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MATHEMATICAL ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA MAA Participates in MPE 2013 MAA FOCUS is published by the Mathematical Association of America in February/March, April/May, June/July, August/September, October/November, and December/January. Editor: Ivars Peterson, MAA ipeterson@maa.org M Managing Editor: Lois M. Baron, MAA lbaron@maa.org Please address advertising inquiries to: advertising@maa.org AA is a participating partner in Mathematics of Planet Earth 2013, a year-long program to publicize and promote the role of mathematics in develop-ing a better understanding of dynamic processes affect-ing Earth, ranging from geophysical systems governing climate to economic and financial activity. The MPE 2013 effort will provide a platform to showcase the essential relevance of mathematics to planetary prob-lems, encourage research to identify and address funda-mental questions, coalesce activities currently dispersed among institutions, and create a context for mathematical and interdisciplinary developments that will be needed to address myriad issues and global challenges. President: Paul Zorn First Vice President: Lloyd Douglas Second Vice President: Jennifer Quinn Secretary: Barbara T. Faires Treasurer: Jim Daniel Executive Director: Michael Pearson Director of Publications: Ivars Peterson MAA FOCUS Editorial Board: Donald J. Albers, Janet L. Beery, David M. Bressoud, Susan J. Colley, Brie Finegold, Joseph A. Gal-lian, Jacqueline B. Giles, Fernando Q. Gouvêa, Jacqueline A. Jensen, Colm Mulcahy, Adriana J. Salerno, Amy Shell-Gellasch, Francis E. Su, Laura Taalman, Gerard A. Venema Letters to the editor should be addressed to Ivars Peterson, Mathematical Association of America, 1529 18th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036, or by email to ipeterson@maa.org. Subscription and membership questions should be directed to the MAA Customer Service Center, 800-331-1622; email: maaservice@maa.org; 301-617-7800 (outside U.S. and Canada); fax: 301-206-9789. MAA Headquarters: 202-387-5200. Copyright © 2012, © 2013 by the Mathematical Associa-tion of America (Incorporated). Educational institutions may reproduce articles for their own use, but not for sale, provided the following citation is used: “Re-printed with permission of MAA FOCUS , the newsmagazine of the Mathematical Associa-tion of America.” Periodicals postage paid at Washington, D.C., and additional mailing offices. Postmaster: Send address changes to MAA FOCUS, Math-ematical Association of America, P.O. Box 90973, Washington, DC 20090-0973. ISSN: 0731-2040 (print). ISSN 2161-704X (online). Printed in the United States of America. Pertinent MAA Books Environmental Mathematics in the Classroom B. A. Fusaro and P. C. Kenschaft, Editors Mathematical Modeling in the Environment Charles R. Hadlock Six Sources of Collapse Charles R. Hadlock A Course in Math-ematical Modeling Douglas Mooney and Randall Swift Study Tour: Alaska’s Inside Passage The MAA is offering the perfect trip for the Mathematics of Planet Earth 2013 initiative—a small-ship cruise of Alaska’s inside passage, July 9–17, 2013. Traveling on a ship that holds 60 passengers, participants will get up close to thundering tidewater glaciers and see stunning wilderness and wildlife through the eyes of expert naturalists, expedition leaders, and First Nations interpreters. Embarking from Sitka, Alaska, the itinerary includes Glacier Bay National Park, Juneau, and out-of-the-way exclusive places such as Hobart Bay. Evening programs will explore the challenges of educating the population spread across the largest state in the Union and provide resources for teaching about na-tive Alaskan mathematics. For more information, visit maa.org/studytour. 10 Reasons for Studying Algebra T his summer an article in the New York Times asked “Is Algebra Necessary?,” sparking conversation that continues. Denny Gulick, University of Maryland, College Park, weighs in: maa.org/pubs/FOCUSDec12-Jan13_gulick.html. And David Bressoud’s September blog entry provides background and more comments: launchings.blogspot.com/2012/08/teaching-and-learning-for-transference.html.

MAA Participates in MPE 2013

MAA is a participating partner in Mathematics of Planet Earth 2013, a yearlong program to publicize and promote the role of mathematics in developing a better understanding of dynamic processes affecting Earth, ranging from geophysical systems governing climate to economic and financial activity.

The MPE 2013 effort will provide a platform to showcase the essential relevance of mathematics to planetary problems, encourage research to identify and address fundamental questions, coalesce activities currently dispersed among institutions, and create a context for mathematical and interdisciplinary developments that will be needed to address myriad issues and global challenges.

Study Tour: Alaska’s Inside Passage
The MAA is offering the perfect trip for the Mathematics of Planet Earth 2013 initiative—a small-ship cruise of Alaska’s inside passage, July 9–17, 2013.

Traveling on a ship that holds 60 passengers, participants will get up close to thundering tidewater glaciers and see stunning wilderness and wildlife through the eyes of expert naturalists, expedition leaders, and First Nations interpreters.

Embarking from Sitka, Alaska, the itinerary includes Glacier Bay National Park, Juneau, and out-of-the-way exclusive places such as Hobart Bay.

Evening programs will explore the challenges of educating the population spread across the largest state in the Union and provide resources for teaching about native Alaskan mathematics. For more information, visit maa.org/studytour.

Read the full article at http://digital.ipcprintservices.com/article/MAA+Participates+in+MPE+2013/1261896/139063/article.html.

10 Reasons for Studying Algebra

This summer an article in the New York Times asked “Is Algebra Necessary?,” sparking conversation that continues. Denny Gulick, University of Maryland, College Park, weighs in: maa.org/pubs/FOCUSDec12-Jan13_gulick.html. And David Bressoud’s September blog entry provides background and more comments: launchings.blogspot.com/2012/08/teaching-and-learning-for-transference.html.

Read the full article at http://digital.ipcprintservices.com/article/10+Reasons+for+Studying+Algebra/1261899/139063/article.html.

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