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‘Math and Voting’ Contest Winner Announced

Members of the Joint Policy Board for Mathematics recently announced Mace Mateo of British Columbia, Canada, the winner of the “What Does ‘Math and Voting’ Mean to You?” YouTube video contest. Mateo received a warm congratulations and a check for $500.

The contest, which was announced in the March issue of Amstat News, invited anyone interested in mathematics and statistics to create a video using music, humor, or another creative element to express their feelings about the connection between math and voting. Participants were judged on creativity, how well their message was conveyed, the level of entertainment, quality of the video, and relevance to the theme.

Members of the Joint Policy Board for Mathematics—a collaborative effort of the American Mathematical Society, the American Statistical Association, the Mathematical Association of America, and the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics—proclaimed “Math and Voting” the theme for Mathematics Awareness Month 2008 earlier this year. In a presidential election year, the term “voting” brings to mind national elections. But voting is not just about electoral politics. In any situation in which preferences are expressed—where to have dinner, how to raise money for a charity, who makes the team, etc. —voting occurs. Resources for this year’s Mathematics Awareness Month were designed to help explain what makes votes matter, as well as how the voting system used affects the outcome, regardless of the context of the voting.

Mathematics Awareness Month, held each year in April, was created to increase public understanding of and appreciation for mathematics. It began in 1986, when President Reagan issued a proclamation establishing National Mathematics Awareness Week. Activities for Mathematics Awareness Month generally are organized on local, state, and regional levels by college and university departments, institutional public information offices, student groups, and related associations and interest groups.

The joint committee wishes to thank everyone who participated and helped make Math Awareness Month a success. All the YouTube videos may be viewed at www.youtube.com/watch?v=cQ_OY3qmR2c.

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