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ASA at 175 - Partnerships, part 1

By Ronald Wasserstein posted 01-15-2014 22:17


I am enjoying attending the Joint Mathematics Meetings (JMM), the largest mathematics meeting in the world, which this year is taking place at the Baltimore Convention Center.  It is a fascinating meeting, similar to the Joint Statistical Meetings in many ways.

The American Mathematical Society (AMS) and the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) partner to organize JMM. Partnerships are important to the success of professional societies, and its 175th year, the ASA is involved in many partnerships.  In this blog I will say a few words about our partnerships with mathematical societies.

The ASA collaborates with AMS, MAA, and the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) to form the Joint Policy Board for Mathematics (JPBM).  The presidents and executive directors of these four societies meet together twice a year to confer on matters of mutual importance. In addition, the four societies work together to organize and promote Mathematics Awareness Month, celebrated each April, and the JPBM Communications Award, awarded annually. 

We are engaged collectively with those societies in other ways as well. 

 In addition, we have individual partnerships with most of these societies:

Among many other things, these partnerships allow us to address difficult problems that confront us.  We work together to advocate for better preparation for teachers of statistics, for example.  (See a statement on K-12 teaching in partnership with NCTM, and soon to be released is a statement prepared in collaboration with MAA about teaching undergraduate statistics.)

As I look out at the beautiful Inner Harbor in Baltimore at the end of a wonderful day at JMM, I am deeply appreciative of these partnerships with learned societies in mathematics.