September 15, 2006
Volume 11 No. 37

In This Issue

AWM Essay Contest


NFL Stats and Research Articles


AWM Essay Contest: Biographies of Contemporary Women in Mathematics

To increase awareness of women's ongoing contributions to the mathematical sciences, the Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM) is sponsoring an essay contest for biographies of contemporary women mathematicians and statisticians in academic, industrial, and government careers.

The essays will be based primarily on an interview with a woman currently working in a mathematical sciences career. This contest is open to students in the following categories: Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12, and College Undergraduate.

At least one winning submission will be chosen from each category. Winners will receive a prize, and their essays will be published online at the AWM web site. Additionally, a grand prize winner will have his or her submission published in the AWM Newsletter.

Deadlines include:

  • October 10, 2006 - to request an interviewee
  • November 3, 2006 - for the 2006 contest

View more information on their site, including:

  • Past Results
  • Contest Rules
  • Flyer to use to advertise the 2006 contest


Raytheon Company's national initiative for promoting mathematics in the middle grades shows how math "moves" celebrities such as:

  • Apolo Ohno, Olympic speed skater
  • Willie McGinest, pro football player
  • Mia Hamm, soccer player
  • Dave Mirra, BMX biker
  • Lisa Leslie, WNBA star

NFL Stats and Research Articles

Roland Beech's site provides in-depth statistical coverage and analysis of the National Football League (NFL). See player stats and ratings by position, and regular season team stats such as drive charts, play call by down, and red zone performance.

"Classic" articles include:

  • correlation of NFL stats to wins
  • officiating statistics
  • turnover difference
  • combining drive chart predictions with turnover difference theory
  • offensive line ratings
  • front running teams
  • NFL teams off a bye week
  • quantifying motivation
  • teams' cover percentage when carrying injuries, by position
  • responses to the questions
  • "Does preseason matter?"
    "Should NFL coaches take more risks?"
    "What time frame to use?"

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