Virtual Press Room - JMM 2018

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The 2018 Joint Mathematics Meetings (JMM), the national meetings of the American Mathematical Society (AMS) and the Mathematical Association of America (MAA), are being held at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, California, January 10-13. 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, an 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.

The JMM includes over 3,000 presentations--invited lectures, sessions and panels--on theoretical research, on applications that help analyze and solve real-world problems, and on topics such as Math Education, Biology and Medicine, Sports and Recreation, Diversity in Math, The Arts, Social Policy, and other topics also of interest.

Note: All locations are in the San Diego Convention Center, unless indicated otherwise.

For Press Onsite

Credentialed press enjoy complimentary registration and may register onsite at the Joint Meetings Registration Desk, which will be located inside Exhibit Hall B of the Convention Center. The Press Room (619-525-6203) is located next to registration near the entrance to the exhibits 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 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 Kate Awtrey of Atlanta Convention Photography. To inquire about photos, please contact the AMS Public Awareness Office.

Events Open to the Public

  • Privacy in the land of plenty, AMS Josiah Willard Gibbs Lecture, Cynthia Dwork, Wednesday, January 10, 8:30-9:20 p.m., Room 6AB, Upper Level
  • Mathemati-Con:  Saturday, January 13. Mathemati-Con begins at 9:00 a.m. with the Mathematical Art Exhibition (Exhibit Hall), and concludes at 3:00 p.m. with the Porter Lecture by Moon Duchin "Political Geometry: Voting districts,'compactness,' and ideas about fairness" about using math to fight partisan gerrymandering (6AB, Upper Level). In between are a lecture by James Tanton, "Mathematics to the Rescue: How to Fold a Tie" (10:00, Room 6C, Upper Level, the Math Wrangle (11:00, Room 6D, Upper Level), a video by Communication Award winner Vi Hart (11:00, Room 6C, Upper Level), Communication Award winner Matt Parker: Stand-up Mathematician (11:10, Room 6C, Upper Level), 2018 Who Wants to Be a Mathematician Championship (1:00, Room 6C, Upper Level), and Math Circles for Students and Teachers (1:00, Room 6D, Upper Level)

Press Releases

Prizes and Awards

The Joint Prize Session will take place Thursday, January 11 at 4:25 p.m. in Room 6AB on the Upper Level. Prizes and awards will be given for research, mentoring, teaching, service, books, and communication. The 2018 Prize Booklet (PDF) includes full citations and responses of the recipients. For additional information about recipients, please contact the AMS Public Awareness Office.

Featured Talks and Sessions

Math Education

The state of mathematics education continues to generate discussion and proposals. Speakers will present research on: teaching tools, innovative ways to engage students, flipped classrooms, …

Biology and Medicine

Biology has become a data-driven subject. Researchers use mathematics to study cancer, DNA, viruses, disease, …

Sports and Recreation

Talks on March Madness, referee bias, figure skating judging, …

  • Mathematics and Sports, Room 5B, Upper Level
    Wednesday, January 10, Session I: 9:00-10:55 a.m., Session II: 2:15-5:10 p.m.
    Session III: Thursday, January 11, 1:00-3:55 p.m.
  • Toy Models, Tadashi Tokieda. Friday, January 12, 9:00- 9:50 a.m. Ballroom 6AB, Upper Level, San Diego Convention Center
  • Backgammon!, Friday, January 12, 8:00-10:00 p.m., Marina Ballroom D, 3rd Floor, South Tower, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

Diversity in Math

Sessions and panels featuring underrepresented groups as well as topics related to diversity …

The Arts

See beautiful works in the Mathematical Art Exhibition, and enjoy "Mathematically Bent Theater" as well as talks on art using many different media, ...

  • Mathematical Art Exhibition, Wednesday, January 10, 12:15-5:30 p.m., Thursday, January 11 and Friday, January 12, 9:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m., and Saturday, January 13, 9:00-noon, Exhibit Hall B
  • Arts and Mathematics: The Interface
    Wednesday, January 10, Session I: 8:00-10:55 a.m., Session II: 2:15-6:10 p.m., Room 4, Upper Level
    Friday, January 12, Session III: 8:00-10:55 a.m., Room 1A, Upper Level
    Saturday, January 13, Session IV: 1:00-6:15 p.m., Room 1A, Upper Level
  • Math Circle Topics with Visual or Kinesthetic Components, Thursday, January 11, Room 31B, Upper Level
    Session I: 9:00-11:55 a.m., Session II: 1:00-3:15 p.m.
  • Visualization in Mathematics: Perspectives of Mathematicians and Mathematics Educators, Room 30C, Upper Level
    Session I: Friday, January 12, 8:00-10:50 a.m.
    Session II: Saturday, January 13, 8:00-10:50 a.m.
  • Mathematically Bent Theater, raucous, lively dramatic presentation, Colin Adams and the Mobiusbandaid Players. Friday, January 12, 6:00-7:00 p.m., Room 6C, Upper Level

Social Policy

Math's role in addressing social problems …

Also of Interest …

Additional Contacts

  • AMS President Kenneth Ribet
  • MAA President Deanna Haunsperger
  • 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 the 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
Public Awareness Officers
American Mathematical Society
Providence, RI 
Email the Public Awareness Office