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2 MAA FOCUS October 2008 MAA FOCUS is published by the Mathematical Association of America in January, February, March, April, May/June, August/September, October, November, and December. Editor: Fernando Gouvêa, Colby College; fqgouvea@colby.edu Managing Editor: Carol Baxter, MAA cbaxter@maa.org Senior Writer: Harry Waldman, MAA hwaldman@maa.org Please address advertising inquiries to: advertising@maa.org President: Joseph Gallian First Vice President: Elizabeth Mayfield, Second Vice President: Daniel J. Teague, Secretary: Martha J. Siegel, Associate Secretary: James J. Tattersall, Treasurer: John W. Kenelly Executive Director: Tina H. Straley Director of Publications for Journals and Communications: Ivars Peterson MAA FOCUS Editorial Board: Donald J. Albers; Robert Bradley; Joseph Gallian; Jacqueline Giles; Colm Mulcahy; Michael Orrison; Peter Renz; Sharon Cutler Ross; Annie Selden; Hortensia Soto-Johnson; Peter Stanek; Ravi Vakil. Letters to the editor should be addressed to Fernando Gouvêa, Colby College, Dept. of Mathematics, Waterville, ME 04901, or by email to fqgouvea@colby.edu. Subscription and membership questions should be directed to the MAA Customer Service Center, 800-331-1622; email: maahq@maa.org; (301) 617-7800 (outside U.S. and Canada); fax: (301) 206-9789. MAA Headquarters: (202) 387-5200. Copyright © 2008 by the Mathematical Association of America (Incorporated). Educational institutions may reproduce articles for their own use, but not for sale, provided that the following citation is used: “Reprinted with permission of MAA FOCUS, the newsmagazine of the Mathematical Association of America (Incorporated).” Periodicals postage paid at Washington, DC and additional mailing offices. Postmaster: Send address changes to MAA FOCUS, Mathematical Association of America, P.O. Box 90973, Washington, DC 20090-0973. ISSN: 0731-2040; Printed in the United States of America. MAA FOCUS Inside 4 ‘I can wear a math hat and a computer science hat’ An Interview with Margaret Wright By Ivars Peterson 6 Financial Information for Members is Now on the MAA Web Site By John W. Kenelly 7 It’s All About MAQ By Kay Weiss 9 Letters to the Editor 10 Consternation and Exhilaration Early Experiences in Conducting Undergraduate Research By Robin Blankenship 12 MathFest 2008 in Pictures 14 Report of the Secretary By Martha J. Siegel 16 Renowned Mathematician Oded Schramm Dies in Fall 17 In Memoriam . 18 Joint Mathematics Meetings Washington, D.C. January 5 – 8, 2009 46 Employment Opportunities Volume 28 Issue 7 Cover photograph courtesy of iStockphoto.com MAA FOCUS Deadlines August/September October November Editorial Copy July 8 September 16 Display Ads July 10 August 20 September 24 Employment Ads June 11 August 13 September 10

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