Journal of Online Mathematics and its Applications | Wikipedia audio article

Journal of Online Mathematics and its Applications | Wikipedia audio article


The Mathematical Association of America (MAA)
is a professional society that focuses on mathematics accessible at the undergraduate
level. Members include university, college, and high school teachers; graduate and undergraduate
students; pure and applied mathematicians; computer scientists; statisticians; and many
others in academia, government, business, and industry.
The MAA was founded in 1915 and is headquartered at 1529 18th Street, Northwest in the Dupont
Circle neighborhood of Washington, D.C.. The organization publishes mathematics journals
and books, including the American Mathematical Monthly (established in 1894 by Benjamin Finkel),
the most widely read mathematics journal in the world according to records on JSTOR.==Meetings==
The MAA sponsors the annual summer MathFest and cosponsors with the American Mathematical
Society the Joint Mathematics Meeting, held in early January of each year. On occasion
the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics joins in these meetings. Twenty-nine regional
sections also hold regular meetings.==Publications==
The association publishes multiple journals in partnership with Taylor & Francis: The American Mathematical Monthly is expository,
aimed at a broad audience from undergraduate students to research mathematicians.
Mathematics Magazine is expository, aimed at teachers of undergraduate mathematics,
especially at the junior-senior level. The College Mathematics Journal is expository,
aimed at teachers of undergraduate mathematics, especially at the freshman-sophomore level.
Math Horizons is expository, aimed at undergraduate students.MAA FOCUS is the association member
newsletter. The Association publishes an online resource, Mathematical Sciences Digital Library
(Math DL). The service launched in 2001 with the online-only Journal of Online Mathematics
and its Applications (JOMA) and a set of classroom tools, Digital Classroom Resources. These
were followed in 2004 by Convergence, an online-only history magazine, and in 2005 by MAA Reviews,
an online book review service, and Classroom Capsules and Notes, a set of classroom notes.==Competitions==
The MAA sponsors numerous competitions for students, including the William Lowell Putnam
exam for undergraduate students, the online In-ter-stel-lar competition series, and the
American Mathematics Competitions (AMC) for middle- and high-school students. This series
of competitions is as follows: AMC 8, a 25-question, 40-minute multiple choice
exam AMC 10/AMC 12, a 25-question, 75-minute multiple
choice exam AIME, a 15-question, 3-hour short answer exam
USAMO/USAJMO, a 6-question 2-day 9-hour proof based olympiadThrough this program, outstanding
students are identified and invited to participate in the Mathematical Olympiad Program. Ultimately,
six high school students are chosen to represent the U.S. at the International Mathematics
Olympiad.==Sections==
The MAA is composed of the following twenty-nine regional sections:
Allegheny Mountain, EPADEL, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Intermountain, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky,
Louisiana/Mississippi, MD-DC-VA, Metro New York, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska – SE
SD, New Jersey, North Central, Northeastern, Northern CA – NV-HI, Ohio, Oklahoma-Arkansas,
Pacific Northwest, Rocky Mountain, Seaway, Southeastern, Southern CA – NV, Southwestern,
Texas, Wisconsin==Special Interest Groups==
There are seventeen Special Interest Groups of the Mathematical Association of America
(SIGMAAs). These SIGMAAs were established to advance the MAA mission by supporting groups
with a common mathematical interest, and facilitating interaction between such groups and the greater
mathematics community.==Awards and prizes==
The MAA distributes many prizes, including the Chauvenet Prize and the Carl B. Allendoerfer
Award, Trevor Evans Award, Lester R. Ford Award, George Pólya Award, Merten M. Hasse
Award, Henry L. Alder Award, Euler Book Prize awards and Beckenbach Book Prize.==Memberships==
The MAA is one of four partners in the Joint Policy Board for Mathematics (JPBM, http://www.jpbm.org/index.html),
and participates in the Conference Board of the Mathematical Sciences (CBMS, http://www.cbmsweb.org/),
an umbrella organization of sixteen professional societies.==Historical accounts==
A detailed history of the first fifty years of the MAA appears in May (1972). A report
on activities prior to World War II appears in Bennet (1967). Further details of its history
can be found in Case (1996). In addition numerous regional sections of the MAA have published
accounts of their local history. The MAA was established in 1915. But the roots
of the Association can be traced to the 1894 founding of the American Mathematical Monthly
by Benjamin Finkel, who wrote “Most of our existing journals deal almost exclusively
with subjects beyond the reach of the average student or teacher of mathematics or at least
with subjects with which they are familiar, and little, if any, space, is devoted to the
solution of problems…No pains will be spared on the part of the Editors to make this the
most interesting and most popular journal published in America.”==Inclusiveness==The MAA has for a long time followed a strict
policy of inclusiveness and non-discrimination. In previous periods it was subject to the
same problems of discrimination that were widespread across the United States. One notorious
incident at a south-eastern sectional meeting in Nashville in 1951 has been documented by
the mathematician and equal rights activist Lee Lorch, who recently received the highest
honour of the MAA for distinguished services to mathematics. The citation delivered at
the 2007 MAA awards presentation, where Lorch received a standing ovation, recorded that: “Lee Lorch, the chair of the mathematics department
at Fisk University, and three Black colleagues, Evelyn Boyd (now Granville), Walter Brown,
and H. M. Holloway came to the meeting and were able to attend the scientific sessions.
However, the organizer for the closing banquet refused to honor the reservations of these
four mathematicians. (Letters in Science, August 10, 1951, pp. 161–162 spell out the
details). Lorch and his colleagues wrote to the governing bodies of the AMS and MAA seeking
bylaws against discrimination. Bylaws were not changed, but non-discriminatory policies
were established and have been strictly observed since then.”The Association’s first woman
president was Dorothy Lewis Bernstein (1979–1980).==MAA Carriage House==
The Carriage House that belonged to the residents at 1529 18th Street, N.W. dates to around
1900. It is older than the 5-story townhouse where the MAA Headquarters is currently located,
which was completed in 1903. Charles Evans Hughes occupied the house while he was Secretary
of State (1921–1925) and a Supreme Court Justice (1910–1916 and 1930–1941).
The Carriage House would have been used by the owners as a livery stable to house the
family carriage, though little else is known about its history today. There are huge doors
that were once used as an entrance for horses and carriages. Iron rings used to tie up horses
can still be seen on an adjacent building. The Carriage House would have perhaps also
been used as living quarters for a coachman, as was typical for the time period.
The building is owned by the MAA since 1978. In Spring of 2007 an opening ceremony was
held to mark its transformation from a mail room and publication warehouse into a first-rate
conference center. It is now used for meetings, lectures, and other events.==Presidents==
The presidents of the MAA:==See also==
American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges
American Mathematical Society National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics==Notes

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