AMS Committee on Meetings and Conferences (COMC) 2005 Annual Report
Highlights of 2005 meeting (April 30, 2005)
Report of the Secretariat
AMS Secretary Robert Daverman gave a report on the April 29 Secretariat meeting.
Report on the Subcommittee to Review the Scientific Program at National Meetings. This subcommittee was composed of Paul Zorn, Susan Friedlander and Irena Peeva. The subcommittee reported that overall they found that meetings ran well.
The subcommittee reported on the following:
Report on Focus Planning. There was discussion on the recommendation from the Focus Planning Report that the AMS create a new type of conference program. CoMC passed a motion to endorse exploring new types of conference on a trial basis. A subcommittee of CoMC will work to identify topics for the conference and report their recommendations to the Secretariat for final review and approval. Associate Secretaries Leslie Sibner and Matt Miller volunteered to work with the new conferences.
Special Session on Current Events. CoMC endorsed continuing the Special Session on Current Events at the Joint Meeting as long as possible.
Report on the Atlanta Focus Group. Jean Taylor moderated the CoMC Focus Group discussion in Atlanta. The comments and suggestions from the Focus Group were discussed during Taylor's oral report. Overall focus group members were very satisfied with the Annual meeting. They also felt that they did not want programming during the lunch hour and wanted to keep it open. They also were happy with the type of Invited Addresses (IA's) offered and had no suggestions for different types of A's. No formal action was taken by CoMC.
Other informational items. CoMC's topic for annual review for 2006 is to be the Review of the National Meeting (overall program including governance meetings). A subcommittee consisting of Gregory Smith, Chair, Gail Ratcliff and Joel Hass will prepare a report on this topic for the next meeting.
CoMC will host a focus group at the San Antonio meeting on Friday, January 13, at 7 am. Joel Hass will chair the focus group.
Jim Maxwell, Associate Exec. Director