Mathematics & Statistics Awareness Month
April 20, 2017
Each April, the Joint Policy Board for Mathematics, a partnership between the American Mathematic Society, the Mathematical Association of America, the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, and the American Statistical Association, celebrates Mathematics Awareness Month. For the very first time, this year’s event includes our favorite topic – statistics – in the newly-minted Mathematics and Statistics Awareness Month … and we’re partying all month long.
To provide a bit of history, this effort was established by President Ronald Reagan, who first proclaimed Mathematics Awareness Week in 1986. He said:
The application of mathematics is indispensable in such diverse fields as medicine, computer sciences, space exploration, the skilled trades, business, defense, and government. To help encourage the study and utilization of mathematics, it is appropriate that all Americans be reminded of the importance of this basic branch of science to our daily lives.
We couldn’t agree more. Though Reagan made this proclamation over 30 years ago, statistics continues to be a rapidly growing field where data are put into action for real-world applications across many different subject areas—often with major impact.
To celebrate this trend, ASA is marking MASAM by sharing the stories of young professionals using their statistics degrees for a wide range of career paths. Keep an eye for their profiles on This is Statistics’ Facebook and Twitter feeds.
Here on the blog, we’ll share quotes from these young professionals’ stories, as well as the latest trends in statistics career and education.
To get involved in MASAM activities in your area, look to your local college and university departments, institutional public information offices, student groups, and related associations and interest groups. And don’t forget to use the hashtag #MathStatsMonth on social!
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