Michael Breen, Public Awareness Officer, American Mathematical Society

Mike Breen taught at Alfred University and Tennessee Technological University before becoming Public Awareness Officer at the American Mathematical Society in 2000. He and Bill Butterworth began Who Wants to Be a Mathematician in 2001, and the first national game was in 2010. Mike has been a contestant on Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune (if you want to know if he won lots of money on either show, note that he is still working for a living) and may be the only person ever to cut his hand on the wheel. Who Wants to Be a Mathematician has so far been much safer.

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Who wants to be a Mathematician at MEDITECH


At the American Mathematical Society, it is our mission to create a connected community of people who have a shared appreciation for mathematics and the wonderful opportunities it provides. One way we encourage young people to follow their math aspirations is our Who Wants to Be a Mathematician event. The contest involves over 5,000 students across the country who participate in a multiple-choice quiz show with the chance to win prizes and qualify for the 2020 Who Wants to Be a Mathematician championship.

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