I feel confident that your first question is “how can I get involved in the policy work and advocacy in support of mathematicians and our students?”
- It is a good time for volunteering. You canvolunteer for any one of the five policy committees, or for one of the many other committees of the AMS.
- You can engage specifically in science policy work by either volunteering for the Committee on Science Policy, or byapplying to one of the DC-based fellowshipsrun by the AMS Office of Government Relations. These fellowships vary in time-length, from 3 days, to one year. Some are for students, some for PhD mathematicians at any career stage.
TheAMS has six “policy” committees. Five were established in 1993. A sixth launched last year—the Committee on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. Each policy committee provides major direction for AMS activities in its area.
The Committee on Science Policy serves as a forum for dialogue about matters of science policy involving representatives of the Society, government and other interested parties; interacts with Federal agencies and policymakers; provides advice to the Society on matters of broad science policy; conducts periodic reviews of Society activities in areas of science policy; and selects those elements of AMS meeting programs which bear directly on policy questions that are within the purview of the Committee.
CSP meets for two days each spring, normally in Washington DC, giving us the opportunity to interact with important players in the policy arena (including congressional staff, from agencies that oversee funding in the mathematical sciences, and from other professional societies with missions with overlap to that of the AMS).
The meeting in DC gives us the opportunity to make visits to CSP members’ congressional delegations. This gives congressional members insight into what mathematicians’ research looks like, why their funding of the National Science Foundation (NSF) is so very important to us, and the level to which we are involved training a future STEM workforce and future math teachers. They care very much about what goes on at colleges and universities in their home districts and states, and how we use federal funding to further research and train the next generation of mathematicians (and all scientists). They love personal stories, and need to collect them for their work in Congress.
This year we could not do the Hill visits, but were able to meet with other decision-makers in DC. The following joined us; each gave a terrific presentation and then we engaged in meaningful conversations:
萨拉巴尔伯has been with the staff of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology since 2016. Her portfolio includes National Science Foundation oversight, STEM education, diversity/equity/inclusion in STEM, interagency R&D programs, and research policy issues such as academic security and access to data and publications. Sara came to the Hill in 2015 as an American Institute of Physics Congressional Science Fellow after graduating from the University of Oklahoma with a PhD in Physics. She gave an overview of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology, including its jurisdiction, membership, recent achievements and priorities in 2021.
Mark Green & Michelle Schwalbespoke with us about their work with the Board of the Mathematical Sciences at the National Academies. The BMSA organizes studies, workshops, and other activities that provide top-quality mathematical science advice to policy makers, helps strengthen connections between mathematical sciences communities and diverse application areas, supports the health of the mathematical sciences ecosystem, and increases public awareness of the expanding role of the mathematical sciences. BMSA Chair Mark Green and BMSA Director Michelle Schwalbe discussed recent projects from the board as well as emerging opportunities for the mathematical sciences in policy discussions.
Sean Jonesis the Assistant Director (AD) for the Directorate of Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MPS) at the NSF, comprising of the Divisions of Astronomy, Chemistry, Mathematical Sciences (DMS), Materials Research, and Physics. He spoke with us about the new NSF Director’s visions, and opportunities for mathematicians within DMS and also outside of DMS.
Rachel Levyis the 2020-21AMS Congressional Fellow并在参议员Maggie Hassan办公室服务。每年AMS赞助一家国会伙计，一年四大的人在私人办公室或委员会上工作了一年。该研究员在我们的年度委员会会议上是一位常设主持人，告诉我们他们作为该计划的数学家的经验，以及他们在国会的日常工作。
The AMS CSP includes several at-large members, and also some who serve on the committee by virtue of some other position they hold within the AMS. The current at-large members of the Committee are:
- Jeffrey Brockis Professor of Mathematics and Dean of Science at Yale University. His research focuses on low dimensional geometry and topology.
- Moon Duchinis an Associate Professor of Mathematics and Senior Fellow of Tisch College of Civic Life, Tufts University. She also serves as the director of Tufts’ interdisciplinary科学、技术和社会Her mathematical research is in geometric group theory, low-dimensional topology, and dynamics. She is one of the leaders of theMetric Geometry and Gerrymandering Group, a Tisch College-supported project that focuses mathematical attention on issues of electoral redistricting.
- Deborah Lockhart, retired, served in a variety of positions at the National Science Foundation—including as Deputy Assistant Director for the Mathematical and Physical Sciences Directorate—beginning in 1988.
- Rosa Orellana是达特茅斯学院的教授。她的研究是代数组合者。她收到了John M. Manley Huntington纪念新职业学院的杰出研究，教学和指导。她共同创立了一章为数学妇女协会，努力增加达特茅斯的数学妇女的数量。
- Natalie Shiels是一个应用数学家,Seni吗or Principal Research Scientist at the UnitedHealth Group in the Twin Cities area.
- Suzanne Weekesis the Executive Director of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM). Her research is in numerical methods for differential equations including applications to spatio-temporal composites and cancer growth. She is the recipient of the2019 Humphreys为指导奖从数学妇女协会，共同指导国家PIC数学（数学科学的工业职业制作）计划，她是数学科学研究所本科课程（MSRI-UP）的创始联合主任。
Additional members are:
- Ruth Charney, Brandeis University, is the AMS President and thus sits on the committee.
- Ralph Cohen,斯坦福大学是AMS董事会的成员，代表委员会的委员会。
- 鲍里斯哈苏州, Tufts University, is the is the AMS Secretary and thus sits on the committee.
- Kasso Okoudjou, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is a member of the AMS Council and represents the Council on the committee.
- Jill Pipher,Brown University, is the AMS Past President and thus sits on the committee.
- 凯瑟琳罗伯茨, American Mathematical Society, is the is the AMS Executive Director and thus sits on the committee.
- Katherine Stevenson, California State University, is the Chair of the AMS Committee on Education and thus sits on the committee.