Over 6400
mathematicians descended upon Baltimore January 15-18 for the 2014 Joint
Mathematics Meetings. Sessions included current research in math, discussions
on pedagogy, content, collaborations across institutions, social events, and
more.

The first session on
Wednesday 15 January was the MAA Minority Chairs committee meeting at 7:00 am,
although there were actually some short courses, workshops, AMS council
meetings and MAA Board of Governors meeting on the preceding Monday and
Tuesday. And there were dozens of contributed paper sessions throughout the
morning and the rest of the day.

The JMM unveiled the
theme of the 2014 Math Awareness Month (April 2014): Mathematics, Magic, &
Mystery (http://www.mathaware.org/). On
each day of April 2014 a new square of the Activity Calendar goes live, giving
access to mathematical puzzles and magic. (Once opened, the resources are to be
kept available for as long as the AMS exists.)

JMM2014 also
included a panel session launching TPSE Math: Transforming Post-Secondary
Education in Mathematics (@tpsem, http://www.tpsemath.org/).
The project is sponsored by the Carnegie Foundation of New York and the Alfred
P. Sloan Foundation.

One of the sessions
on the last day was The Public Face of Mathematics http://blogs.ams.org/jmm2014/2014/01/18/the-public-face-of-mathematics/. The panel was organized by mathemagician Art Benjamin (http://www.math.hmc.edu/~benjamin/) and included "Math Guy" Keith Devlin (http://www.stanford.edu/~kdevlin/), NY Times columnist Steven Strogatz (http://www.stevenstrogatz.com/), mathbabe Cathy O'Neill (http://mathbabe.org/), freelance journalist Tom Siegfried (http://www.sciencenoise.org/), and US Congressman Jerry McNerny (http://mcnerney.house.gov/).