Important information regarding the recent AMS power outage.

The transformer that provides electricity to the AMS building in Providence went down on Sunday, April 22. The restoration of our email, website, AMS Bookstore and other systems is almost complete. We are currently running on a generator but overnight a new transformer should be hooked up and (fingers crossed) we should be fine by 8:00 (EDT) Wednesday morning. This issue has affected selected phones, which should be repaired by the end of today. No email was lost, although the accumulated messages are only just now being delivered so you should expect some delay.

Thanks for your patience.

Request for Proposals for AMS Special Sessions for the Joint Mathematics Meetings  in San Diego,  CA, January 9-12, 2013

The AMS solicits proposals for AMS Special Sessions at the 2013 Joint Mathematics Meetings.  Each proposal must include:

  1. the name, affiliation, and email address of each organizer, with one organizer designated as the contact person for all communication about the session;
  2. the title and a brief (no longer than one paragraph) description of the topic of the proposed special session;
  3. a sample list of speakers whom the organizers plan to invite (it is not necessary to have received confirmed commitments from these potential speakers)

Organizers are encouraged to look at the AMS Manual for Special Session Organizers at:

Mathematics of Planet Earth 2013, an initiative launched by the mathematical science institutes in North America to showcase the essential relevance of mathematics in planetary issues, will be featured in several activities at the 2013 Joint Mathematics Meetings.  Proposals for Special Sessions related to this theme (interpreted broadly) are welcome.  Please indicate if the proposed session is related to MPE 2013.  Further information on MPE 2013 can be found at:

Proposals for AMS Special Sessions should be sent by e-mail to AMS Associate Secretary Georgia Benkart ( by April 1, 2012.   Late proposals will not be considered.  No decisions will be made on Special Session proposals until after the submission deadline has passed. 

Special Sessions will be allotted between 6 and 10 hours in which to schedule speakers. To enable maximum movement of participants between sessions,  organizers must schedule session speakers for either a 20-minute talk or for a 45-minute talk .  Any combination of 20-minute and 45-minute talks is permitted, but all talks should begin and end at the scheduled time.

The number of Special Sessions on the AMS program at the Joint Mathematics Meetings is limited, and not all proposals can be accepted.   Please be sure to submit as detailed a proposal as possible for review by the Program Committee.  Organizers of proposals will be notified whether their proposal has been accepted no later than May 1, 2012.   

American Mathematical Society