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AMS Officials Advise Federal Government on Math Education

Invited by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), officials of the American Mathematical Society (AMS) recently contributed to preparing the US government’s Five-Year Federal STEM Education Strategic Plan.

Due out in spring 2024, the plan “presents a vision for a future in which all Americans will have lifelong access to high-quality STEM education and the United States will remain the global leader in STEM literacy, innovation, and employment,” according to OSTP.

AMS staff members Karen Saxe (senior vice president, AMS Office of Government Relations) and Tyler Kloefkorn (associate vice president, government relations) joined AMS elected officials Bryna Kra (president), Judy Walker (board of trustees member), and Duane Cooper (council member) at a virtual meeting with the report-writing team on February 14. During this gathering, the group shared the AMS’s priorities for mathematical sciences education:

Agencies and departments should collectively prioritize and promote mathematical sciences education through gatherings, common resources, and shared investments to improve support dramatically for effective activities and programs. Coordination among OSTP’s six policy teams, the National Science Foundation, Department of Education, Department of Energy, and the Department of Defense would be especially helpful.

Increased and sustained investments in mathematical sciences education research and scaling solutions across the nation would transform our education system. Investments in mathematical sciences education research, development, and large-scale dissemination remain small in comparison to other scientific disciplines.

“We, the AMS, are so grateful to have the opportunity to meet with OSTP and the Federal STEM Education Strategic Plan writing team,” Kloefkorn said. “High-quality and accessible mathematical sciences education in the US is essential for global leadership in STEM innovation and discovery and prosperity for all. We look forward to seeing the latest version of the report and how mathematical sciences education is foundational to advancing US interests and priorities.”

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PME Honors Undergraduates for Outstanding Paper Presentations

Pi Mu Epsilon (PME), the national honorary mathematics society, honored 19 students for outstanding talks in the PME Paper Sessions on Research by Undergraduates at the 2024 Joint Mathematics Meetings in San Francisco in January:

Kendall Bearnden, Samford University, “Comment on predator-prey dynamical behavior and stability with square root functional response;”

Clara Chaplin, Bucknell University, “Optimizing Final Exam Schedules at Bucknell University;”

Brent Christian, University of Alabama, “Nonlocal transport in layered media: Role of interface of heterogeneities;”

Georgia Corbett, Bucknell University, “Large Values of Newform Dedekind Sums;”

Cameron Davis, Fitchburg State University, “Incorporating Sandfly Population Dynamics into a Compartmental Disease Model for Visceral Leishmaniasis;”

Galileo Fries, Colorado College, “The Geometry of Small Chemical Reaction Networks;”

Jacob Gathje, College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University, “The Sandpile Group of Subset Intersection Graphs;”

Shelby Horth, Wake Forest University, “Modeling Multiple Capillary Layers in the Human Retina;”

Kyle Kelley, Kenyon College, “Structural Properties of Move Graphs Generated by Group Actions;”

Celia Kerr, College of William and Mary, “Shellability of Kohnet posets;”

Jackson Krebsbach, Hope College, “Mapping Plant Populations Using Drones and Machine Learning;”

Sarah Kulas, St. Norbert College, “Present Bias in Group Work;”

Isaac Leiterman, St. Norbert College, “Predicting Low-Probability River Floods using Extreme Value Theory;”

Juntao Liu, St. Olaf College, “Super Strongly Hypercyclicity for Weighted Backward Shifts;”

Oscar Murillo-Espinoza, California State University, Monterey Bay, “Arithmetical Structures on Canoe Paddle Graphs;”

Olivia Roberts, University of South Dakota, “Musical Systems with -Cayley Graphs;”

Leif Schaumann, Kenyon College, “Generalized Thue-Morse Turtle Curves;”

Dylan Schuster, St. Norbert College, “Classifying Character Degree Graphs with Seven Vertices;”

Nash Ward, University of Utah, “Fractal Seas; Measuring sea ice geometry from millimeters to kilometers.”

The AMS sponsors these annual awards administered by PME, initiated in 1989 in honor of PME’s seventy-fifth anniversary. For more information, see https://www.ams.org/prizes-awards/paview.cgi?parent_id=2.

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Gupta to Deliver AWM-AMS Noether Lecture at JMM 2025

Neena Gupta was selected to deliver the AWM-AMS Noether Lecture at the 2025 Joint Mathematics Meetings, announced the Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM) and the American Mathematical Society (AMS). JMM 2025 will take place in Seattle on January 8–11, 2025.

Gupta, of the Theoretical Statistics and Mathematics Unit (TSMU-Kolkata), Indian Statistical Institute, “is recognized for outstanding contributions to affine algebraic geometry, for creating deep theories and research expository that have attracted many mathematicians to the field, and for being a brilliant problem solver who successfully solved one of the most challenging and longstanding open questions of nearly seven decades: the ‘Zariski Cancellation Problem,’” according to the citation. “The discovery of this bridge is itself a landmark with enormous potential.”

Gupta, who received her PhD in 2012 from the Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata, was in 2019 the youngest-ever mathematician to receive India’s highest scientific honor, the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize. She received the Ramanujan Prize in 2021 and was invited as an ICM 2022 Sectional Speaker in both Algebra and Algebraic and Complex Geometry.

In 1980, AWM established the Emmy Noether Lecture to honor women who have made fundamental and sustained contributions to the mathematical sciences. In 2013 the lecture was renamed the AWM-AMS Noether Lecture and since 2015 has been sponsored jointly by the AWM and the AMS.

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Deaths of AMS Members

Paul Milnes, of Canada, died on October 31, 2022. Born on August 22, 1942, he was a member of the Society for 55 years.

K. L. Duggal, of Canada, died on December 1, 2022. Born on December 1, 1929, he was a member of the Society for 53 years.

Wolfgang Wefelmeyer, of Germany, died on January 15, 2024. Born on June 30, 1949, he was a member of the Society for 35 years.

S. Dineen, of Ireland, died on January 18, 2024. Born on February 12, 1944, he was a member of the Society for 43 years.

Nicholas John Higham, of the United Kingdom, died on January 20, 2024. Born on December 25, 1961, he was a member of the Society for 19 years.

Charles W. Neville, of West Hartford, Connecticut, died on February 4, 2024. Born on April 2, 1941, he was a member of the Society for 57 years.

Mary Ann Horn, of Arlington, Virginia, died on February 7, 2024. Born on September 11, 1965, she was a member of the Society for 33 years.

Murray Gerstenhaber, of Haverford, Pennsylvania, died on February 21, 2024. Born on May 6, 1927, he was a member of the Society for 74 years.

Klaus Habetha, of Germany, died on April 8, 2024. Born on February 14, 1932, he was a member of the Society for 61 years.

Mark E. Watkins, of Syracuse, New York, died on April 23, 2024. Born on April 13, 1937, he was a member of the Society for 62 years.