Announcement - Feb. 2001

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To: Mathematical Sciences Community Date: February 2001 Re: MATHEMATICS AWARENESS MONTH, April 2001

"Mathematics and the Ocean" is the theme of Mathematics Awareness Month (MAM) sponsored by the Joint Policy Board for Mathematics (JPBM). The MAM 2001 poster will appear both on bulletin boards and at the MAM website: /mam/01/ . Mathematics Awareness Month provides the mathematical sciences community with opportunities for promoting the importance and versatility of mathematics, and its relationship to our daily lives. JPBM invites you to use the electronic poster for MAM 2001 and the related materials to inform your colleagues, students, and the general public about the value of mathematics. Mathematics Awareness Month is an excellent time to communicate with broad audiences about the relevance of mathematics in their lives. Here are some suggested activities: * Design your own Web page, and submit it to be linked to the MAM 2001 website; * Encourage your local math club, student chapter, or chapter of the Pi Mu Epsilon or Mu Alpha Theta, to organize campus events related to the MAM 2001 theme; * Request that appropriate state and local officials issue a proclamation declaring April 2001 to be Mathematics Awareness Month in your locality; * Invite your local legislators and other elected officials to visit your department--public officials appreciate opportunities to speak with faculty about their public policy concerns; * Tailor the sample news release to include details on your MAM activities and mail it to your local print and broadcast media outlets--you can find media listings in the reference section of your library, or work with your institution's public information office; * Check the MAM website for an extensive listing of past activities and events. The Joint Policy Board for Mathematics and its member societies--the American Mathematical Society, the Mathematical Association of America, and the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics--appreciate the involvement of the mathematical sciences community in Mathematics Awareness Month. For more information, please contact: James M. Crowley, Executive Director, SIAM, 215-382-9800; Allison Bogardo, Assistant to the Executive Director, 215-382-9800, Fax 215-386-7999; Annette Emerson or Mike Breen, AMS, 401-455-4000, Fax 415-331-3842; Donald Albers, Associate Executive Director, MAA, 800-741-9415, Fax 202-265-2384; or Richard Tchen, The Math Forum, 610-544-3644 or 800-756-7823, Fax 610-544-1358

Mathematics Awareness Month is sponsored each year by the Joint Policy Board for Mathematics to recognize the importance of mathematics through written materials and an accompanying poster that highlight mathematical developments and applications in a particular area.