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26 June 2000 Vol. 5, No. 26 THE MATH FORUM INTERNET NEWS Millennium Prize Problems | Math News from Science News Mid-Atlantic Eisenhower Consortium MILLENNIUM PRIZE PROBLEMS - Clay Mathematics Institute http://www.ams.org/claymath/ http://www.claymath.org/prize_problems/ In order to celebrate mathematics in the new millennium, the Clay Mathematics Institute (CMI) of Cambridge, Massachusetts has named seven "Millennium Prize Problems" focusing on important classic questions that have resisted solution over the years: - P versus NP - The Hodge Conjecture - The Poincaré Conjecture - The Riemann Hypothesis - Yang-Mills Existence and Mass Gap - Navier-Stokes Existence and Smoothness - The Birch and Swinnerton-Dyer Conjecture The site offers brief descriptions and histories of each problem. The Board of Directors of CMI will award $1 million for each solution. -|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|- MATH NEWS From Science News - MAA http://www.maa.org/news/mathnews_scinews.html The Mathematical Association of America (MAA) hosts these columns, chosen for their relevance to mathematics and originally published in Science News Online: http://www.sciencenews.org/ Topics from the year 2000 have included: - Changes of Mathematical State - Message in DNA tops Science Talent Search - Great Computations: Owners of home computers join researchers in cracking problems and crunching data - Hunting for Higher Dimensions: Experimenters scurry to test new theories suggesting that extra dimensions are detectable - An Artist's Timely Riddles: Deploying scientific methods to understand a Dada artist's provocative creations -|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|- MID-ATLANTIC EISENHOWER CONSORTIUM FOR MATHEMATICS AND SCIENCE EDUCATION http://www.rbs.org/ec.nsf THE U.S. Department of Education has awarded Research for Better Schools (RBS) a five-year grant to continue operations of the Mid-Atlantic Eisenhower Consortium for Mathematics and Science Education. The Consortium will continue to focus on providing intensive professional development and technical assistance to educators based on effective curriculum, instruction, and assessment practices, and guided by its mission to support improvement in teacher and student performance. The four primary categories of in-person services will be: - professional development workshops - regional and state leadership conferences - technical assistance to schools - the Middle School Math Project The four types of large-scale communications services, designed to reach all mathematics and science educators in the region, will be: - the Currents semiannual newsletter - electronic media (listservs, Web sites, etc.) - dissemination of R&D-based products - Eisenhower demonstration and access centers See, in particular, the Consortium's TIMSS Resource Center, a section of the site devoted to information, analysis, and opinion about the Third International Mathematics and Science Study: http://www.rbs.org/ec.nsf/pages/L2TIMSS/ -|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|- CHECK OUT OUR WEB SITE: The Math Forum http://mathforum.org/ Ask Dr. Math http://mathforum.org/dr.math/ Problems of the Week http://mathforum.org/pow/ Mathematics Library http://mathforum.org/library/ Teacher2Teacher http://mathforum.org/t2t/ Discussion Groups http://mathforum.org/discussions/ Join the Math Forum http://mathforum.org/join.forum.html Send comments to the Math Forum Internet Newsletter editors _o \o_ __| \ / |__ o _ o/ \o/ __|- __/ \__/o \o | o/ o/__/ /\ /| | \ \ / \ / \ /o\ / \ / \ / | / \ / \ |

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