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**The Official News from the Mathematical Association of America has duly been updated below:**

- : MAA to Honor Recipient of Gung and Hu Service Award - News
**WASHINGTON, DC**- The Yueh-Gin Gung and Dr. Charles Y. Hu Award for Distinguished Service to Mathematics, the Mathematical Association of America’s (MAA) most prestigious award for service, will be awarded to Philip Uri Treisman of the University of Texas at Austin and the MAA Texas Section on Jan. - : MAA to Honor Authors of Year’s Best Writing in Mathematics - News
**WASHINGTON, DC**- Awards for the year’s best writing on mathematics will be given to Tom Leinster and Cathy O’Neill by the Mathematical Association of America (MAA). The award winners will receive their prizes on Jan. 17, 2019 at the Joint Mathematics Meetings, the world’s largest gathering of mathematicians, in Baltimore. - : MAA to Honor Distinguished Service to Mathematics at Joint Mathematics Meetings - News
**WASHINGTON, DC**- Awards for the year’s distinguished service to mathematics will be given to mathematicians Suzanne Dorée of Augsburg University and the MAA North Central Section, Carl Lee of Central Michigan University and the MAA Michigan Section, and Jennifer Switkes of California State Polytechnic University-Pomona and the MAA Southern California Section by the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) on Jan. 17, 2019 at the Joint Mathematics Meetings, the world’s largest gathering of mathematicians, in Baltimore. - : MAA and the Joint Mathematics Meetings - News
**Washington, DC**- The recent announcement of the termination of the long-standing agreement between AMS and MAA to manage the Joint Mathematics Meetings after the 2021 meeting has raised questions about MAA's plans to serve our members' needs in subsequent years. - : MAA Thanks Outgoing Associate Secretary, Welcomes New Officer to Role - News
**Washington, DC**- Since 2009, Gerard Venema has served as the associate secretary of the Mathematical Association of America (MAA). Venema, a professor at Calvin College, oversaw the scientific program of the MAA’s two annual national meetings, MAA MathFest and the Joint Mathematics Meetings (JMM) in his capacity as associate secretary which will be filled by Hortensia Soto, a professor at the University of Northern Colorado.

**Also the Official News from Science Daily has been added below:**

- Thu, 17 Jan 2019 14:26:04 +0000: Measuring ability of artificial intelligence to learn is difficult - Mathematics News -- ScienceDaily

Organizations looking to benefit from the artificial intelligence (AI) revolution should be cautious about putting all their eggs in one basket, a study has found. - Wed, 16 Jan 2019 16:11:31 +0000: 'Statistics anxiety' is real, and new research suggests targeted ways to handle it - Mathematics News -- ScienceDaily

A new study uses an analytical technique called 'network science' to determine factors contributing to statistics anxiety among psychology majors. - Tue, 15 Jan 2019 17:44:56 +0000: Mathematical model can improve our knowledge on cancer - Mathematics News -- ScienceDaily

Researchers have developed a new mathematical tool, which can improve our understanding of what happens when cells lose their polarity (direction) in diseases such as cancer. The result is advancing our understanding of how the fertilized egg cell develops into a complete organism. Biological shapes, like individual organs or an entire body, can be reproduced or maintained with great accuracy, just like in the embryonic development or during the adult stage. - Tue, 15 Jan 2019 17:11:14 +0000: Multimaterial 3D printing used to develop fast response stiffness-tunable soft actuator - Mathematics News -- ScienceDaily

Researchers have designed and fabricated a fast-response, stiffness tunable (FRST) soft actuator which is able to complete a softening-stiffening cycle within 32 seconds. - Fri, 11 Jan 2019 16:28:44 +0000: New mathematical model can help save endangered species - Mathematics News -- ScienceDaily

One of the greatest challenges in saving endangered species is to predict if an animal population will die out. Accurate and reliable models are crucial for conservationists.