Job at the AoPS

Hi everyone! I was asked to post a job ad for the Art of Problem Solving website here, and it seems that alums of HCSSiM might be good people for such a gig. --- Tom

Art of Problem Solving offers textbooks, online classes, and other online resources for the top middle and high school math students in the English-speaking world. Our international online community at has over 60,000 members who have posted nearly 1.5 million messages to our community message board. Many of the best middle and high school students around the world take online math classes at Art of Problem Solving each year. Among our students are many winners of major national contests such as MATHCOUNTS, ARML, and the USA Mathematical Olympiad. We are located in Alpine, California, 30 miles east of San Diego.

We currently have one position available.
Position: Online School Manager and Instructor

Description of Position

Our online school manager will organize the school schedule and manage our teams of graders and teaching assistants, most of whom are students at top universities. The school manager will also teach online classes, help develop new courses, augment existing course materials, communicate with students and parents about Art of Problem Solving's online school, and help develop new offerings at Art of Problem Solving.

Undergraduate or graduate degree in a math-related field. Strong communication skills are required, and writing samples will be requested as part of the interview process. Teaching experience is preferred, particularly experience working with high-performing math students, but is not required for candidates with strong mathematics, communication, and organizational backgrounds.

The position is full-time in Alpine, CA, and the company will assist with relocation expenses. The position is available immediately. Salary is negotiable and commensurate with experience.

Contact Richard Rusczyk at with a cover letter and resume.

LaTeX Question

(cross posted at ascii_encore (my livejournal))

I want to believe there's a way to make nice vector graphics, possibly within latex (or using some simple tools, such as a text editor, to make .eps files?). Does anyone know of this sort of thing? I want fairly simple things, like graphs (for my graph theory class) and polygons (for my computational geometry class.

I will now proceed to try googling for this, as well as creating some simple graphics in Mathematica and exporting; if I find anything interesting I will edit this post.

Kelly giving the AMS Arnold Ross Lecture, Oct 23!

Indeed! David Kelly will be giving the 2008 Arnold Ross Lecture, sponsored by the AMS, on Thursday, October 23 at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry in Portland, OR. His talk is titled, "From Pascal's Triangle to Sierpinski's Triangle in Base 2."

More information is here, including a fun picture of Kelly

Strangely, I can't find any information on the exact time of Kelly's lecture.

Any alumni in the Portland, OR area should try to go, though!

Representin' at the ILO5!

Yesterday one of the two USA teams at the 5th International Linguistics Olympiad tied for first place in the team contest. Two people of the 4-person team were HCSSiM alums from last year! BIG ups to Michael Gottlieb and Rebecca Jacobs! W00t!

More info can be seen here.