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The Abel Prize goes to John Nash & Louis Nirenberg

The Norwegian Academy of Sciences and Letters has announced that the Abel Prize for 2015 will go to American mathematicians John F. Nash, Jr. and Louis Nirenberg “for striking and seminal contributions to the theory of nonlinear partial differential equations and its applications to geometric analysis.”

Read full details on the Abel Prize website.

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George Mason University SIAM chapter volunteers in MATHCOUNTS competitions

Diego Torrejon of the George Mason University SIAM student chapter writes: 

The Northern Virginia Regional 32nd MATHCOUNTS competitions were held on Saturday, February 7, 2015 at Glasgow Middle School in Alexandria, VA and at Thomas Jefferson Middle School in Arlington, VA. These chapters include schools in Fairfax and Arlington counties as well as the cities of Alexandria, Falls Church, Fairfax City and Vienna. Over 450 sixth through eighth grade students from 51 elementary and middle schools competed at the events. Several members from the George Mason University SIAM student chapter participated in this outreach event as judges, scorers and volunteers.

SIAM GMU chapter volunteers at MAHTCOUNTS [From (R to L: Front Row: Raymond Powell (Chairman, Northern Virginia Mathcounts Chapter), Manuel DePonte, (Chairman, Mathcounts National Board of Directors), Mezel Smith, Christopher Gray, Rachel Locke, Marilyn Vazquez, Shauna Simeone, Alexandra Johnson, Margaret Araneo, Alicia Suchicital and Padmanabhan Seshaiyer (SIAM Faculty Advisor) Back Row: Diego Torrejon, James Cameron and Stephen Liddle]

SIAM GMU chapter volunteers at MATHCOUNTS

In picture above, from R to L: Front Row: Raymond Powell (Chairman, Northern Virginia Mathcounts Chapter), Manuel DePonte, (Chairman, Mathcounts National Board of Directors), Mezel Smith, Christopher Gray, Rachel Locke, Marilyn Vazquez, Shauna Simeone, Alexandra Johnson, Margaret Araneo, Alicia Suchicital and Padmanabhan Seshaiyer (SIAM Faculty Advisor) Back Row: Diego Torrejon, James Cameron and Stephen Liddle]

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UMBC Chapter Hosts Event on the Transition from Grad School to a Career

Sarah Swatski, Vice President of the SIAM Student Chapter at UMBC, writes: 

On Wednesday, March 11, the UMBC SIAM Student Chapter hosted Navigating the Transition from Grad School to a Career.  We were very pleased to have Susan Hindle, Assistant Director for Internships and Employment with the UMBC Career Center as well as Dr. Bedrich Sousedik and Dr. Kofi Adragni, Assistant Professors in the UMBC Department of Mathematics and Statistics, speaking at this event.  Susan Hindle shared information on the many services offered by the Career Center and discussed when to use and how to construct a “30-second commercial” or “elevator pitch.”  Dr. Sousedik and Dr. Adragni discussed their experiences with their transition from graduate school to their positions at UMBC and answered student questions.

Professors Bedrich Sousedik and Kofi Adragni speaking to students at the event

Professors Bedrich Sousedik and Kofi Adragni speaking to students at the event

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Charles University in Prague Chapter conducts FEniCS workshop

Jan Papež  of Charles University in Prague Chapter of SIAM writes:

In February 2015 the Charles University in Prague Chapter of SIAM organised a week-long workshop focused on programming in the FEniCS Project. The FEniCS Project is a collection of free software with an extensive list of features for automated and efficient solution of partial differential equations. Among the main components of this tool there are the C++/Python problem solving environment DOLFIN and the Unified Form Language (UFL) that allows a user-friendly and almost mathematical formulation of the problem.

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The workshop started off with solving the Laplace equation which was used to teach participants the basics of Python and provide them with a brief introduction to FEniCS. We used our previous experience from MATLAB workshops that learning by doing is the most appreciated approach by attendants. Later in the week we moved from one problem to another and solved the heat equation, the evolutionary nonlinear problems of the incompressible Navier-Stokes equation, and the equations of hyper-elasticity. In the end we spent the last day on computing the eigenfunctions of the Laplace operator.

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The course was led by two members of our faculty, Jaroslav Hron and Jan Blechta who is one of the developers of the FEniCS Project. The workshop attracted 30 participants, students and faculty staff members. We consider it to be a great success with the possibility of becoming a regular activity of our Chapter.

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Ian Stewart and Steven Strogatz awarded 2015 Lewis Thomas Prize

Ian Stewart, Emeritus Professor of Mathematics at The University of Warwick, and Steven Strogatz, Jacob Gould Schurman Professor of Applied Mathematics at Cornell University,  have been awarded the 2015 Lewis Thomas Prize, which recognizes “scientists as poets.”

Read more details here:

www.rockefeller.edu/lewisthomasprize

Dr. Stewart and Dr. Strogatz are members of SIAM and well-known in the mathematical science community.

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My Favorite SIAM Legacy

Susan Whitehouse, outgoing SIAM Membership Manager, recalls memories working with the SIAM student chapter community:

I will be retiring soon, after 12 great years serving as SIAM’s first Membership Manager.  My fondest legacy is the student chapters.  When I walked in the door in January of 2003, there were 12 chapters scattered about the U.S. No one knew who ran them or what they did.  My first task was to survey the existing chapters to find out what they were doing and how SIAM could best support their activities. My second task was to put together a website that would include all the tools that schools would need to set up new chapters and request financial support (the top request identified in my survey of chapter needs.) My third task was to start telling the SIAM community about the opportunity to set up chapters and encourage them to do so at their schools. Read the rest of this entry »

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SIAM Unwrapped March 2015

Unwrapped_icon_finalNews & announcements for the SIAM membership community

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Dear SIAM members,

As you know, SIAM publishes 16 highly-regarded research journals in the fields of applied mathematics and computational science. But do you know some better than others? Do you have colleagues and friends who may not know about the breadth and reach of SIAM journals?

If so, download our latest journals poster and forward along! Printed versions of the (book shelf end panel sized) poster are also available upon request by emailing Hartner@siam.org. Spread the word about SIAM journals! Read the rest of this entry »

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Thinking of Writing a Book?

Ever thought about writing a book? Ever wondered just what that entails? A session at the 2015 SIAM Conference on Computational Science and Engineering will bring together successful authors and publishing staff to discuss the process. Topics of interest will include:

• Why and when you should consider writing a book

• A step-by-step description of the process, from initial idea to published book

• How to choose a publisher Read the rest of this entry »

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Updated NSF funding opportunity in Big Data program

From the NSF: 

A revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 15-1), is effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after December 26, 2014. The PAPPG is consistent with, and, implements the new Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards (Uniform Guidance) (2 CFR § 200). Please be advised that the guidelines contained in NSF 15-1 apply to proposals submitted in response to this funding opportunity.

The full proposal deadline date is May 20, 2015.  Read the rest of this entry »

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21st Industrial Mathematical & Statistical Modeling Workshop

From SIAM/UQ:

The 21st Industrial Mathematical & Statistical Modeling (IMSM) Workshop for Graduate Students will take place at North Carolina State University, 13-22 July 2015.  The workshop is sponsored by the Statistical and Applied Mathematical Science Institute (SAMSI) together with the Center for Research in Scientific Computation (CRSC) and the Department of Mathematics at North Carolina State University.

The IMSM workshop exposes graduate students in mathematics, engineering, and statistics to exciting real-world problems from industry and government. The workshop provides students with experience in a research team environment and exposure to possible career opportunities. On the first day, a Software Carpentry boot camp  will bring students up-to-date on their programming skills in Python/Matlab and R, and introduce them to version control systems and software repositories. Read the rest of this entry »

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