#### 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.

# Mathematical Digest

### Short Summaries of Articles about Mathematics

in the Popular Press

"NSF Initiative Gives Field a Chance to Show Relevance," by Charles Seife.*Science,* 14 December, 2001,p. 2275.

The field in question is mathematics, and despite the predominant gloomy newsfor the U.S. budget, the quadrupling of NSF funding for mathematics (mostrecently 121 million dollars) may still be on track. Seife writes thatCongress and the White House have been persuaded that "increasing fundingfor mathematics is a cost-effective means of spurring scientific discoveryin all fields---and it is also vitally important to national security." Onecongressional staffer said that mathematics is "a ubiquitous tool to advanceall areas." Mathematics is what is called an "enabling discipline."

*--- Mike Breen *