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Recap: 2014 Joint Mathematics Meetings in Baltimore

During January 15 - 18 of 2014, American Mathematical Society & Mathematical Association of American hosted the 2014 Joint Mathematics Meetings an educational conference in Baltimore. It was the biggest mathematical gathering of the winter at the Baltimore Convention Center. Who knew a joint educational conference could hold so much knowledge in one building. Joint Mathematics Meetings was a one stop shop for everything mathematics from education lectures, mathematical art exhibitions, prize & award ceremonies, mini-courses, poster sessions, scientific showcases and an employment fair.

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Tradina DeMary

As mentioned earlier the Joint Mathematics Meetings took place for four days from Wednesday to Saturday with nearly 6500 registered attendees from high school and college students, scientific publishers, computer hardware companies, software manufacturers, database services organizations, professional associations, government agencies, health and lifestyle companies, scientific games and learning aids companies, insurance companies, and educators & researchers in mathematics, engineering, computer science, or statistics field of study. Talk about an all-inclusive and enriched scientific program geared toward mathematicians of all ages and levels of expertise!

Did you know? There were approximately three dozen social networking events at the Marriott Inner Harbor at Camden Yards and Hilton hotels.

The coolest part of it all was during the conference attendees were allowed to browse and shop through exhibits filled with some of the leading scientific publishers, well-known computer hardware and software manufacturers, well-known health and lifestyle companies, companies offering mathematics enrichment products, and other professional organizations.

In my opinion the American Mathematical Society was one of the coolest booths in the exhibit hall. You should know many exhibits were giving about complimentary calendars and personal planners.

Oh, did I mention the AMS Gibbs Lecture by Andrew Blake was the conversation of the event hosted on Wednesday January 15, 2014. The title of his talk will be ‘Machines that See, Powered by Probability,’ such a cool & informative lecture.

As far as networking parties: The reception for Graduate Students and First-Time Participants was well attended by the young adults from the Joint Mathematics Meetings. Nevertheless, I overheard from some of the older adult attendees that Pennsylvania State University Mathematics Alumni Reception was a great social outlet.

Although; I could only be at one place at a time, I must tell you the 2014 Joint Mathematics Meetings were jammed packed with so many education lectures, mathematical art exhibitions, prize & award ceremonies, mini-courses, poster sessions, scientific showcases and an employment fair. I am a Consumer Technology Evangelist & Technology Examiner reporting on the Joint Mathematics Meetings with degrees in Information Technology. I must also, admit the power of #Math inclusive of #STEM is a very powerful field of study. All that I learned about applying technology to the real world was learned from great #Mathematicians not just at the 2014 Joint Mathematics Meetings but, throughout all my educational endeavors.