Math Awareness Month - April 1999

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE For more information, Date Mailed: month day, 1999 CONTACT: your name your phone your email address (Date, Your City).. Mathematics and Biology is the theme for Mathematics Awareness Month 1999, which will be observed during April 1999. INCLUDE INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR SPECIFIC EVENT (S) HERE. This year, Texas Instruments joins three mathematical societies in sponsoring and organizing Mathematics Awareness Month. The theme Mathematics and Biology has been selected, and this year's poster is Vital Rhythms: Mathematics in the Heart. The poster illustrates significant contributions of mathematics to biological discovery through heart research. Mathematics is an essential element of scientific advancement in many other biological areas, including brain research, the human genome, modeling blood flow, epidemiology and many other bio-technical fields. The 1999 Mathematics Awareness Month color poster, Vital Rhythms: Mathematics in the Heart highlights the contribution mathematical modeling makes in understanding heart function and malfunction. These images are visualizations of mathematical models that help us "see" how the heart is excited. They result when mathematics is used (as no other science can) to depict physical processes or physical activity. These particular models/images demonstrate normal electrical activity in the heart and help researchers understand more about fatal heart attacks. Dr. James Keener of the University of Utah and Professor A.V. Panfilov of the University of Utrecht provided the poster images. During Mathematics Awareness Month, celebrations take place at colleges, universities, and research laboratories across the country. Special events taking place this year include public lectures, mathematical games and competitions, and special days that bring high school students to college campuses where they are introduced to mathematics departments and faculty. Extensive information about Mathematics Awareness Month---including the theme poster and other visuals, an annotated essay with links to many other related sites, and news of MAM celebrations talking place around the country----can be found on the MAM website at Mathematics Awareness Month is coordinated by the Joint Policy Board for Mathematics on behalf of three national mathematics organizations---the American Mathematical Society, the Mathematical Association of America, and the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics. Previous MAM themes have included Mathematics and the Internet, Mathematics and Decision-Making and Mathematics and Symmetry.

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.