AMS Office of Government Relations Activities at the Joint Mathematics Meetings

每年在jmm,my office组织四个事件。


We host anannual workshopfor department chairs,在与JMM之前的相同位置。这个数学科学部门椅子和领导者的一天工作室是在研讨会格式中组织的,以促进同行之间的思想和经验,并创造一个与会者可以解决新观点的部门挑战的环境。该1月15日研讨会具有四个互动会话,鼓励与会者之间的网络和共享思路:

  1. 重新评估纯净与应用数学的关系(北爱荷华大学北部北部北方·赫恩省)
  2. 数学在数据运动中(Doug Mupasiri&GloriaMarí-Beffa,威斯康星大学麦迪逊)
  3. 专业发展和评估教师(格鲁吉亚大学Malcolm Adams&Jennifer Zhao)
  4. 该next step: moving to higher administration (Gloria Marí-Beffa)

截止日期已延长至1月2日星期三。If you miss 2019, we invite you to attend the 2020 workshop in Denver!


该Office of Government Relations works with two of the AMS policy committees—the Committee on Education and the Committee on Science Policy. Each of these holds a session at the JMM each year.

This year theCommittee on Education will host a Guided Discussion(星期四1:00-2:30下午315次,BCC)“基于证据的教学:我们都到达那里?”David Pengelly(俄勒冈州立大学)Dev Sinha(俄勒冈大学)和Ravi Vakil(斯坦福大学)设计并领导讨论。令人信服的原因和资源现已到位,支持转向基于证据的积极学习方法,以便大大提高学生成功。其中包括最近关于主动学习的CBMS声明,MAA教学实践指南和麻省理工学院电子数学教育研讨会。但是,实施并不快速且容易。仍然有很多障碍,个人和机构以及机遇。此活动将促进小组讨论和征求意见。问题包括研究生和早期职业培训;开发能够领导和导师大入学课程的部门专家;观察和培训教学实践的库存工具; program evaluation and deeper, more authentic learning outcomes; programming for department chairs; redesigning the publishing of teaching materials, possibly through new economic models. Audience members should leave better prepared to implement active learning pedagogy themselves and advocate for it in their departments, connect with faculty elsewhere in doing so, and influence national efforts.

科学政策会议委员会(Friday 2:30-4:00 pm in Room 316, BCC) will be a staged conversation with the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) new heads of the Directorates for Mathematical & Physical Sciences (MPS) and Education & Human Resources (EHR). Dr. Anne Kinney is a PhD astrophysicist and came to NSF/MPS in January 2018. MPS supports fundamental research in astronomy, chemistry, physics, materials science and mathematics. Dr. Karen Marrongelle holds a PhD in mathematics education and joined NSF/EHR in October 2018. EHR supports STEM education at all levels. I will facilitate the conversation about Dr. Kinney’s vision for the Division of Mathematical Sciences, Dr. Marrongelle’s vision for mathematics work in EHR, and their joint views on how the mathematical sciences fit with larger programs at the NSF. There will be time for audience Q&A.


最后,我们举办了国会奖学金会议星期五下午,4:30-6:00 pm in Room 316, BCC. This one-year fellowship provides a public policy learning experience, demonstrates the value of science-government interaction and brings a technical background and external perspective to the decision-making process in Congress. Learn more about this program and speak with current and former AMS Fellows. Panelists this year are the current AMS Congressional Fellow James Ricci (Senator Amy Klobuchar office) and Jennifer Pearl (PhD mathematician and Director of the Science & Technology Policy Fellowships Program at the American Association for the Advancement of Science). Application deadline for 2019-20 AMS Congressional Fellowship is February 15, 2019.


Where else will we be?

星期六11:00-11:50 AM,JPBM通信奖winnerMargot Lee Shetterly那author ofHidden Figures那will receive her award and be interviewed by Talithia Williams of Harvey Mudd College. I am pleased that U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen will join us and give remarks at the beginning of the event. Senator Van Hollen represents Maryland and is a co-sponsor of a法案to award Congressional Gold Medals toHidden FiguresChristine Darden, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson, and Dorothy Vaughan. The Congressional Gold Medal is the highest civilian award in the U.S. Following the interview, starting at noon, Shetterly will be available for a meet-and-greet and autograph signing.


Looking forward to seeing you all in Baltimore!


关于Karen Saxe.

Karen Saxe is Director of the AMS Office of Government Relations which works to connect the mathematics community with Washington decision-makers who affect mathematics research and education. Over many years she has contributed much time to the AMS, MAA, and AWM, including service as vice president of the MAA and in policy and advocacy work with all three. She was the 2013-2014 AMS Congressional Fellow, working for Senator Al Franken on education issues, with focus on higher education and STEM education. In Minnesota she has served on the Citizens Redistricting Commission following the 2010 census and serves on the Common Cause Minnesota Redistricting Leadership Circle. She has three children and, when not at work especially enjoys being with them and reading, hiking and sharing good food and wine and beer with family and friends.
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