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

"Top of the Top 40," by Ben Harder. Science News, 20 March 2004,page 182.

The Top 40 in this case are the top finishers in the recent Intel ScienceTalent Search. First place went to Herbert Mason Hedberg of North AttleboroHigh School (MA) for a test that could identify tumor-fighting compounds.Hedberg received a US$100,000 scholarship. Second and fourth place were awardedto math projects by Boris Alexeev of Cedar Shoals High School (GA) and LindaBrown Westrick of the Maggie L. Walker Governor's School (VA). Alexeev, whoreceived a US$75,000 scholarship, did research into automata, while Westrick'sproject involved properties of the number derivative. You can read more aboutthe top tenfinishers and Westrick'sproject online.

--- Mike Breen

American Mathematical Society