AMS Resources & Updates related to COVID-19
as of 1 July 2020

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AMS Resources

AMS Open Math Notes offers freely downloadable mathematical works in progress for researchers, teachers and students. These draft works include course notes, textbooks, and research expositions in progress. They have not been published elsewhere, and, as works in progress, are subject to revision. Visitors are encouraged to download and use these materials as teaching, research, and study aids, and to send constructive comments and suggestions to the authors.

Remote pairing with your institution's library to access MathSciNet and other AMS content during COVID-19 closures.

Top ways to use free AMS math content.

Save 25% on new AMS memberships for a limited time.

50% off all AMS eBooks through August 31

The AMS is participating in the Copyright Clearance Center Education Continuity License program, providing access to our content for distance learning and other educational uses at no cost to the user.

Free AMS Mathematical Modeling content available during COVID-19 pandemic.

To help connect mathematics events and participants, the AMS has launched a centralized listing of Free Online Lectures & Seminars.

AMS Authors to receive their royalties via electronic payments.

Transitioning to Online Teaching Ideas for how to structure classes, assign and assess student work, ‘netiquette’ and more.

MathSciNet® is still available and being updated, but more slowly than under usual circumstances. Please contact your institution's library to set up remote pairing to access.

Note: MathSciNet is still sending electronic material to reviewers. We know that many reviewers' situations have changed dramatically, so we are providing them a means to become "inactive reviewers" for the time being. Read more at the Beyond Reviews: Inside MathSciNet blog.

For package deliveries to AMS staff in RI, please send to 35 Monticello Place, Pawtucket, RI 02861.

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Mathematics and COVID-19

Teaching, Grading, and Looking Ahead to Fall

How COVID-19 is Changing Research Culture Robert Harington, AMS Associate Executive Director for Publishing, interviews Daniel Hook, CEO of Digital Science and co-author of a new report on the impact of COVID-19 on the culture of scholarly research.

Support Our International Students and Faculty Colleagues: Update AMS Director of Government Relations Karen Saxe updates us on the action over 400 mathematicians and the Joint Policy Board of Mathematics (JPBM) have taken in support of international students and colleagues. On the Capital Currents blog.

Support Our International Students and Faculty Colleagues Help ensure our international students and faculty colleagues are able to come to campus in the fall. Karen Saxe of our Government Relations office is asking people to Take Action by May 22.

Remember Why You Started. Undergraduates Allyson Hahn and Vien Ho discuss ways they handled the challenges of online learning this past semester. On the Living Proof blog. (14 May 2020)

Math SWAGGER: Summer Workshop for Achieving Greater Graduate Educational Readiness is a free five-week summer program (being held virtually in 2020) for any underrepresented student who will be enrolled in a mathematical/statistical graduate program in Fall 2020. This was developed by the Networks of Mathematicians of Color and Latinx Mathematicians Network, at workshops hosted by the American Institute of Mathematics. Read the full blog post from Alexander Diaz-Lopez, Pamela E. Harris, Vanessa Rivera Quiñones, Luis Sordo Vieira, Shelby Wilson, Aris Winger, and Michael Young on the e-Mentoring Network blog. (14 May 2020)

Learning during the pandemic - What we wish our professors and mentors knew. From student authors Mayleen Cortez, Brooke Keene-Gomez, Lucy Martinez, Amaury V. Miniño, Kelemua Tesfaye, and Stephanie. Blog post compiled by Melissa Gutiérrez González, Pamela E. Harris, and Alicia Prieto Langarica on the e-Mentoring Network blog. (5 May 2020)

The Kids are Not All Right Either Courtney Thatcher considers the work, time, and emotional labor kids experience when attempting to homeschool during a pandemic. On the Math Mamas blog.

TPSE's Top Ten List: Recommended Practices for Every Online Instructor. From Transforming Post-Secondary Education in Mathematics (TPSEMath)

Here's a List of Colleges' Plans for Reopening in the Fall. A running list from the Chronicle of Higher Education. (ongoing from 23 April 2020)

"Math in the time of COVID-19" by Vanessa Rivera-Quinones on the Blog on Math Blogs. (20 April 2020)

Grading as an issue of justice in this time of transition. By Brian Katz and Kate Owens on the inclusion/exclusion blog. (21 March 2020)

A Discussion Series: Mac Hyman of Tulane University talks Mathematical Modeling and COVID-19

COVID-19 Models & Data Mac Hyman discusses their strengths and weaknesses, the data that we currently have and what we really need, and what models can tell us about a possible second wave. AMS YouTube (30 Apr 2020)

Mathematical Modeling of COVID-19: A New Discussion with Mac Hyman. Mac Hyman talks about the reproductive number of COVID-19, the wide range of estimates for the future, & the role that mathematicians can play during the pandemic. AMS YouTube (17 April 2020)

New Orleans and COVID-19. Mac Hyman, discusses COVID-19's effect on New Orleans and the proper social behavior once we emerge from quarantine. AMS YouTube (14 Apr 2020)

Mathematical modeling of COVID-19 including sites with data, transmission models, and the need to incorporate social behavior in models. AMS YouTube (10 April 2020)

Mac Hyman and the Mathematics of COVID-19 Mac Hyman talks about the mathematics of COVID-19.  AMS YouTube (11 March 2020)

Mathematical Modeling, Statistics, NSF Funding, and more

Emory's COVID-19 Student Math Modeling Contest a video discussion with Alessandro Veneziani and Manuela Manetta of Emory University, and Alex Viguerie and Isabelle Atcha of University of Pavia, Italy (11 May 2020)

Mathematics and the Family Tree of SARS-CoV-2 AMS Feature Column by Bill Casselman (1 May 2020)

How coronavirus charts can mislead us. A video from Vox (28 April 2020)

10 Tips for making sense of COVID-19 models for decision making by Elizabeth A. Stuart, Daniel Polsky, Mary Kathryn Grabowski, and David Peters at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (27 April 2020)

Junk Charts: A Tour. Rachel J. Crowell takes you through Kaiser Fung's pandemic-related work in her post on the Blog on Math Blogs. (24 April 2020)

Why forecasting COVID-19 is harder than forecasting elections by Galen Druke, Laura Bronner and Maggie Koerth on (3 April 2020)

Why it's so freaking hard to make a good COVID-19 model by Maggie Koerth, Laura Bronner and Jasmine Mithani on (31 March 2020)

Working to model COVID-19. Biostatisticians Helen Jenkins and Laura Forsberg White of Boston University discuss the pandemic and its data challenges. AMS YouTube (27 March 2020)

Why we randomize A video by Darren Dahly on why we should use randomized studies to understand if a medicine actually works.

NSF and other funding of research grants and student loans during the COVID-19 pandemic. by Karen Saxe on the Capital Currents blog. (24 March 2020)

Read more on how math is being applied to help understand and address the coronavirus pandemic.

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AMS Meetings Updates

AMS Fall 2020 Sectional Meetings will occur VIRTUALLY.

All 2020 Fall Sectional Meetings will be held virtually, on the originally planned dates. Further details will be posted as soon as they become available. In particular, we will post information about changes to deadlines for abstracts. Please email any questions to Meetings staff. 

The abstracts deadline has been extended for the Fall 2020 Western Sectional Meeting (formerly at University of Texas, El Paso). Abstracts deadline is August 4. Schedules are due August 6.

The AMS is grateful to the four institutions originally scheduled to host these meetings and appreciates their understanding. We are working to arrange for them to host an in-person Sectional meeting in the future. These sites include University of Texas at El Paso, Penn State, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, and University of Utah.

AMS 2020 Spring Sectionals were not held due to COVID-19. Abstracts will appear in an upcoming issue. Future Spring Sectionals will take place at those locations as noted:
Spring Western Sectional Meeting, California State University, Fresno  — Rescheduled for May 6-7, 2023 
Spring Central Sectional Meeting, Purdue University — Rescheduled for March 26-27, 2022
Spring Eastern Sectional Meeting, Tufts University — Rescheduled for March 19-20, 2022
Spring Southeastern Sectional Meeting, University of Virginia (UVA) — Rescheduled for March 11-13, 2022 

Deadlines related to these meetings have BEEN EXTENDED:
AMS-SMF-EMS Joint International Meeting. July 5 - 9, 2021, Grenoble, France
Deadline for Special Session proposals has been extended to September 15 (was May 15)

2021 Joint Mathematics Meetings. January 6 - 9, 2021, Washington, D.C.
Deadline for Special Session proposals has been extended to April 16 (was April 2). Organizers will be notified whether their proposal has been accepted by May 29 (was May 15).

The following AMS Committee meetings will be held VIRTUALLY. Information will be emailed to all those involved.

Committee on Publications (CPUB) October 16-17, 2020

Committee on the Profession (CoPROF) October 17-18, 2020

Committee on Education (COE) October 22-24, 2020

Committee on Education (COE) Mini-conference: Current Issues: What can we do to support math majors and graduate students in the time of pandemic? October 23-24, 2020

Executive Committee and Board of Trustees (ECBT) Meeting, November 19-21, 2020

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AMS Programs Updates

Nomination deadline for the AMS Leroy P. Steele Prizes has been extended to May 8, 2020. Celebrate excellence in mathematics scholarship by nominating a colleague for Lifetime Achievement, Mathematical Exposition, or Seminal Contribution to Research in Algebra/Number Theory.

The Mathematics Research Communities (MRCs) program is operating with a reconfigured schedule. The 2020 MRC organizers and participants will begin meeting remotely; their in-person conferences originally scheduled for June 2020 will instead be held in June 2021. We will announce further updates to the MRC schedule, as plans evolve. Contact us with any questions. 

The AMS has extended the deadline for submission of 2021 Fellows nominations to April 30, 2020. All requirements should be met by that date, including that 2020 dues payments be in place for all of those participating in a nomination.

We are holding to the deadline of the AMS-Simons Travel Grants (March 31), but we will be flexible with regards to completeness on that date. We will be allowing for the late submission of reference letters. Since the work of the selection committee may become delayed, responses should not be expected until June or July. Questions can be sent to AMS Professional Services.

During the COVID-19 crisis,The Mathematical and Statistical Sciences Annual Survey is still collecting data about the mathematical community, and is urging all academic mathematical sciences departments to respond so that we can provide accurate information for and about the community. We welcome all survey forms that are submitted, even late forms. If there are shortfalls in data collection at this time, an attempt will be made to fill that data in later on, to keep a complete ongoing record of the mathematical community. Contact Annual Survey with any questions.

We are working with AMS Graduate Student Chapters to support their efforts in either changing in-person meetings to virtual experiences or rescheduling for the next academic year. We are committed to assisting our Chapters as they deliver important services to members and the mathematics community. Chapter members can email AMS Membership for assistance.

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To our community,

In a time of rapid change related to the spread of COVID-19, the AMS is maintaining operations in the best possible way.

During this unprecedented and uncertain period, we appreciate your sense of community and your patience, as we continue our mission to support, engage and serve you. Please check this page regularly for updates and resources.

Our thoughts go out to all of you.

We will remain vigilant in monitoring the situation and responding rapidly, as conditions evolve.

Stay safe and healthy,

Catherine Roberts, Executive Director

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