AWM Activities at MathFest

AWM-MAA Falconer Lecture

The Association for Women in Mathematics and the Mathematical Association of America annually present the Etta Z. Falconer Lecture to honor women who have made distinguished contributions to the mathematical sciences or mathematics education. These one-hour expository lectures are presented at MathFest each summer. While the lectures began with MathFest 1996, the title "Etta Z. Falconer Lecture" was established in 2004 in memory of Falconer's profound vision and accomplishments in enhancing the movement of minorities and women into scientific careers.                                                                                                                                      

Marie A. Vitulli will deliver the 2014 Falconer Lecture
Friday, August 8, 8:30 a.m. - 9:20 a.m., Hilton Portland, Ballroom Level, Grand Ballroom 
AWM Panel
These panel discussions have included topics such as “Parenthood on the Tenure Track”, “Moving up the Career Ladder in the Academia”, “The Single Mathematician” , “Family Matters” and "Successful Career Transitions"

2014 Panel:  Mentoring Matters
Thursday, August 7, 1:00 p.m. – 2:20 p.m., Hilton Portland, 23rd Floor, Skyline 2
Organizers: Jacqueline Jensen, Magnhild Lien, Maura Mast


·         Stan Yoshinobu, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

·         Carol Schumacher, Kenyon College

·         Helen Wong, Carleton College

·         Courtney Gibbons, Hamilton College


The initiation of mentoring programs for all faculty is supported not just anecdotally, but also by data-driven recommendations that appeared in publications such as 2010's "Gender Differences in Critical Transitions in the Careers of Science, Engineering, and Mathematics Faculty" and 2006's "Report of the Banff International Research Station's Workshop on Women in Mathematics."   This panel offers several perspectives on mentoring, from individual experiences to programs supported by organizations such as the Association for Women in Mathematics and National Science Foundation.   Additionally, the panel addresses the process of finding the right mentor and having multiple mentors; and best practices for institutions interested in developing and training mentors.