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Virtual Press Room - JMM 2016

Welcome * For Press Onsite * Press Releases * Prizes and Awards * Featured Talks and Sessions * Photography * Additional Contacts * About JMM * Contact the AMS Public Awareness Office


The 2016 Joint Mathematics Meetings (JMM), the national meetings of the American Mathematical Society (AMS) and Mathematical Association of America (MAA), are being held at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle, January 6-9. The meeting is expected to draw over 6,000 mathematicians in many fields and at all levels of the mathematics profession. The program includes the full schedule, highlights, alphabetical list of speakers, and links to abstracts.

Journalists and bloggers in the media have an opportunity to hear, meet and interview prize and award recipients, speakers, leaders, exhibitors, mathematical artists, and students about mathematics applications, discoveries, education, publications, products, and trends. Speakers listed below may have images to provide.

The JMM includes over 2,800 presentations--invited lectures, sessions and panels--on theoretical research, on applications that help analyze and solve real-world problems, and on topics such as the Environment and Climate, Biology and Medicine, Math Education and Outreach, Sports and Recreation, Public Policy, Diversity in Math, the Arts, Digital Information, and the History of Math.

For Press Onsite

Credentialed Press enjoy complimentary registration and may register onsite at the registration center located on the fourth floor of the Washington State Convention Center. The Press Room (206-219-4523) is located in Room 613 of the center and  is open 7:30-5:00 Wed.-Fri and 7:30-noon on Saturday. The Press Room offers light refreshments and WiFi, and provides a place to meet, write, and conduct interviews. The mobile app includes the full program, customized scheduling, maps and more.

All JMM registrants who provided an email address will receive the Daily News, which includes program changes and cancellations, news of special events and awards, exhibitor promotions and more.

Press Releases

Prizes and Awards

The Joint Prize Session will take place Thursday, January 7 at 4:25 p.m. in Ballroom 6BC. The list of all recipients is posted on the above page. The 2016 Prize Booklet (PDF) includes full citations and responses of the recipients. For additional information about recipients please contact the AMS Public Awareness Office.


Press are welcome to take photos and videos of individuals and events, but may not record video or audio of talks.

The professional photographer for the meetings is Steve Schneider. To inquire about photos, please contact the AMS Public Awareness Office.

Featured Talks and Sessions

Environment and Climate. Math plays a role in understanding many aspects of our environment and climate, and how they fit together...

Biology and Medicine. Biology is increasingly a data-driven subject. Researchers use mathematics to study topics including epidemics, cancer growth, and HIV treatment...

Math Education and Outreach. The state of mathematics education continues to generate discussion and proposals. Speakers will present research on: teaching tools, innovative ways to engage students, training teachers at all levels, and “Inquiry-Based Learning”...

Sports and Recreation. Math and statistics help examine strategies, rankings, streaks, and slumps, as well as coaches' and players' decisions...

  • Mathematics and Sports. Session I: Friday, January 8, 1:00 p.m.-4:15 p.m. Session II: Saturday, January 9, 8:00 a.m.-11:55 a.m., Room 608
    Contact: Carl Yerger, Davidson College
  • Recreational Mathematics: Puzzles, Card Tricks, Games, Game Shows, and Gambling.Thursday, January 7. Session I: 8:00 a.m.-11:55 a.m., Session II: 1:00 p.m.-4:15 p.m., Room 304
    Contact: Paul R. Coe, Dominican University

Public Policy. Hear one former Congressional Fellow talk about his experience working for Rep. Jim McDermott (WA), another talk about her recommendations for promoting math to policy-makers, and talks on modeling health care reform, …

  • "Fair Division," an MAA Invited Address by Steven Brams, New York University. Thursday, January 7. 9:00 a.m.-9:50 a.m., Ballroom 6BC
  • Fair Division. Thursday, January 7. 1:00 p.m.-3:50 p.m., Room 607
    Contacts: Michael Jones, AMS Math Reviews and Jennifer Wilson, The New School
  • Congressional Fellowship Session, 2015-16 AMS-AAAS Congressional Fellow Anthony Macula, SUNY-Geneseo, Friday January 8. 4:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m., Room 3B
    Contact: Anthony Macula
  • "Mathematics and policy: Strategies for effective advocacy," an MAA Invited Address by former AMS-AAAS Congressional Fellow Katherine D. Crowley, Wednesday, January 6. 3:20 p.m.-4:10 p.m., Ballroom 6BC
  • Mathematics and Public Policy. Wednesday, January 6. 8:00 a.m.-10:50 a.m., Rooms 307/308
    Contact: Paul Dreyer, RAND Corporation
  • "Promoting mathematics to policy makers and the public," panel discussion, Wednesday, January 6. 4:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m., Room 3B
    Contact: Allan Greenleaf, University of Rochester

Diversity in Math. Many are aiming to increase diversity of individuals in the field of mathematics. See a documentary Navajo Math Circles and hear about incorporating contributions of women and minorities in the classroom…

The Arts. The connection between math and the arts is deep and beautiful. See stunning works in the Mathematical Art Exhibition, and enjoy "Mathematically Bent Theater" as well as talks on computational origami, geodesic universal models, and tessellations …

  • Mathematical Art Exhibition. Works in various media by artists who are inspired by mathematics and by mathematicians who use visual art to express their findings. Hall 4A, 4th floor, during JMM exhibit hours.
    Contact: Robert Fathauer, Tessellations
  • "Mathematically Bent Theater," Colin Adams and the Mobiusbandaid Players, Friday, January 8. 6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m., Room 6A
  • Origami Methods and Applications, Wednesday, January 6. Session I: 8:00 a.m.-10:50 a.m., Session II: 2:15 p.m.-6:05 p.m., Room 4C-3
    Contact: Thomas C. Hull, Western New England University
  • Origami in the Mathematics K-12 Classroom. Saturday, January 9. 1:00 p.m. - 4:15 p.m., Room 303
    Contact: Thomas C. Hull, Western New England University
  • Mathematics and the Arts. Wednesday, January 6, Session I: 8:00 a.m.-10:55 a.m., Session II: 2:15 p.m.-5:50 p.m. Saturday January 9, Session III: 9:00 a.m.-11:55 a.m., Session IV: 1:00 p.m.-4:15 p.m., Room 2B
    Contacts: Douglas Norton, Villanova University and Henry Segerman, Oklahoma State University
  • "Singing along with math: The mathematical work of the opera singer Jerome Hines," an MAA Invited Address by T. Christine Stevens, AMS, Wednesday, January 6. 2:15 p.m.-3:05 p.m., Ballroom 6BC

Digital Information. Publishers, libraries and computer scientists are finding solutions and challenges in gathering and digitizing data, making it available, yet keeping it private when necessary…

  • "How to Keep your Genome Secret," an AMS-MAA Invited Address by Kristin Estella Lauter, Microsoft Research. Friday, January 8. 11:10 a.m.-12:00 p.m., Ballroom 6BC
  • "Network Science: From the Online World to Cancer Genomics," the MAA-AMS-SIAM Gerald and Judith Porter Lecture, by Jennifer Chayes, Microsoft Research. Saturday, January 9. 3:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m., Ballroom 6BC
  • Mathematical Information in the Digital Age of Science. Wednesday, January 6, Session I: 8:00 a.m.-10:50 a.m., Session II: 2:15 p.m.-6:05 p.m. Session III: Thursday, January 7, 8:00 a.m.-11:50 a.m., Room 603
    Contact: Stephen Watt, University of Western Ontario
  • "Big data, experiments, and resampling at Google," Tim Hesterberg, Google, Thursday, January 7, 6:50 p.m.-7:40 p.m., Yakima 1, Yakima Level One

History of Math. Hear about the Antikythera Mechanism, and talks on the mathematical sciences of medieval Islam…

  • "The Antikythera Mechanism: A Masterpiece of Ancient Astronomy, Mechanics, and Mathematical Modeling," James Evans, University of Puget Sound, Wednesday, January 6. 6:30 p.m.-7:20 p.m., Room 607
  • Current Areas of Interest in the Mathematical Sciences of Medieval Islam. Saturday, January 9. Session I: 8:00 a.m.-11:20 a.m., Session II: 1:00 p.m.-4:40 p.m., Skagit 3, Skagit Lower Level
    Contact: Branko Grünbaum, University of Washington

Additional Contacts

  • AMS President Robert Bryant
  • MAA President Francis Su
  • Mike Breen, Who Wants to Be a Mathematician game emcee

Press wishing to contact speakers and panelists can find email addresses with the session abstracts. The PAO will assist with finding contact information for other individuals.

About the Joint Mathematics Meetings

The Joint Mathematics Meetings (JMM), the national meetings of the American Mathematical Society (AMS) and Mathematical Association of America (MAA), are held annually for the purpose of advancing mathematical achievement, encouraging research, and providing the communication necessary to progress in the field. These meetings serve to preserve, supplement, and utilize the results of the research of mathematicians throughout the world. Held the first or second week of January, JMM includes invited addresses, special sessions, and panels, as well as short courses, minicourses, tutorials, exhibits, social events, and networking and employment opportunities.

Upcoming Joint Mathematics Meetings

Contacts: Mike Breen and Annette Emerson
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