AMS Committee on Meetings and Conferences (COMC) 2006 Annual Report
Highlights of 2006 meeting (March 18, 2006)
Report of the Secretariat
AMS Secretary Robert Daverman gave a report on the March 17 Secretariat meeting.
Report on the Subcommittee to Review the National Meeting (overall program, including Governance meetings). This subcommittee was composed of Gregory Smith (Chair), Gail Ratcliff and Joel Hass. The subcommittee reported that in their assessment, the Joint Mathematics Meetings does an excellent job fulfilling the AMS needs for national meetings.
Report on the San Antonio Focus Group. Joel Hass moderated the CoMC Focus Group discussion in San Antonio. The comments and suggestions from the Focus Group were discussed during Hass's report. Some suggestions were to put a flyer in the pre registration packet announcing the social events and receptions that are open to the public and to hold a social event in the JMM city. When asked what sessions could be eliminated, the focus group said none. They had several suggestions for the Meetings web page and asked that the instructions on how to participate in a contributed paper be made clearer to the reader and the young mathematician. The group also suggested that there be a way to find mentors for young mathematicians. CoMC moved that a Bulletin Board be made available at the JMM where spontaneous social events could be listed.
New Types of AMS Conferences. The CoMC subcommittee to look at topics for a new type of conference, headed by Jon McCammond, met at the JMM in San Antonio. McCammond reported on the subcommittee meeting. Ellen Maycock reported on the Proposal that has been developed based on the discussion at that meeting. The program, tentatively entitled "Y-Research," would provide opportunities and support for young mathematicians as they begin their research careers. Several comments and suggestions were given to Maycock for help in presenting the proposal to the Council in April 2006.
Policy on Diversity for Organizers of AMS Meetings & Conferences. A subcommittee consisting of Joel Hass, Catherine Roberts and John Ewing was appointed to write an AMS Meetings policy on diversity to include young mathematicians and underrepresented groups. This policy will be posted on the meetings web pages and on all Call for Papers.
Other informational items. CoMC's topic for annual review for 2007 is to be the review of International Meetings. Jon McCammond will chair the subcommittee to prepare a report on this topic for the next meeting.
CoMC will host a Focus Group during the New Orleans meeting on Saturday, January 6, 2007. Judy Kennedy will chair the focus group.