Mathematics Awareness Week - April 1998

Mathematics and Imaging

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HEADLINE ABOUT YOUR SPECIFIC EVENT(S) OR PARTICIPATION
IN MATHEMATICS AWARENESS WEEK, April 26 - May 2, 1998


(Your City) . . . . . Mathematics and Imaging is the theme for
Mathematics Awareness Week 1998, which will be observed nationwide
from April 26 - May 2. INCLUDE INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR SPECIFIC
EVENT(S) HERE.

The three mathematical societies organizing Mathematics Awareness Week
selected Mathematics and Imaging to highlight the many significant
contributions mathematics makes to areas important to our lives.
Mathematics is an essential element of imaging in fields as diverse as
medicine, computer sciences, and space exploration, and many other
settings as well.

The 1998 Mathematics Awareness Week color poster, Mathematics and
Imaging, depicts the role mathematics plays in representing images
digitally for storage, transmission, and analysis. It shows a
photographic image (of a mandrill) which is decomposed using modern,
wavelet-based techniques into three separate images that preserve
different features of the original in an extremely efficient manner.
Images were provideby Professor Ronald Coifman of Yale University's
Department of Mathematics.

During Mathematics Awareness Week celebrations take place at colleges,
universities, and research laboratories across the country. Special
events taking place this year include public lectures, mathematical
games and competitions, and special days that bring high school
students to college campuses where they are introduced to mathematics
departments and faculty.

Extensive information about Mathematics Awareness Week--including the
theme poster and other visuals, an annotated essay with links to many
other related sites, and news of MAW celebrations taking place around
the country--can be found on the MAW 1998 website at
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Mathematics Awareness Week is coordinated by the Joint Policy Board
for Mathematics on behalf of three national mathematical
organizations--the American Mathematical Society, the Mathematical
Association of America, and the Society for Industrial and Applied
Mathematics. Previous MAW themes have included Mathematics and the
Internet, Mathematics and Decision-Making, Mathematics and Symmetry,
and Mathematics and Medicine.
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