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AMS Hosts Congressional Briefing

The AMS held its annual Congressional Briefing on December 10, 2014 in Washington, DC.  Robert Ghrist, Andrea Mitchell University Professor of Mathematics and Electrical/Systems Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania gave the presentation on "The Future of Mathematics: Education & Innovation."  The briefing addressed the role of innovation both in research (cutting-edge fields of inquiry) and education (through, e.g., on-line courses and MOOCs), giving a glimpse at the future of Mathematics.

Professor Ghrist cited the numerous and daunting scientific and technological challenges that the United States must solve to guarantee long-term health, prosperity, and peace.  He spoke about how mathematics has been a key ingredient in the past to breakthrough solutions -- spawning cryptography, computer science, and data analysis -- and how novel challenges will demand novel mathematics, created and communicated.

 

Prof. Robert Ghrist speaking to Congressional representatives Prof. Robert Ghrist presents Congressional Briefing on Capitol Hill.


The AMS holds annual congressional briefings as a means to communicate information to policymakers.  Speakers discuss the importance of mathematics research and present their work in layman's terms to Congressional staff as a way to inform Members of Congress of how mathematics impacts today's important issues.


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