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SIAM volunteers at Math Fest

Several dozen SIAM student and regular members volunteered at the National Math Festival, helping with over 20 Math Midway exhibits. SIAM members from Northern Virginia, as well as from as far as New York and Massachusetts were at the event, offering help and support.  Read the rest of this entry »

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In honor of Earth Day: Books exploring math & Earth

No better time than Earth Day to explore the role of mathematics in climate, environment, and Earth sciences. Visit to get these recent SIAM books especially suited for your Earth Day reading list: Mathematics and Climate, by Hans Engler and Hans Kaper; Mathematics of Planet Earth, by Hans Kaper and Christiane Rousseau; and Climate Modeling for Scientists and Engineers, by John B. Drake.


Also explore our brand new Activity Group: Mathematics of Planet Earth.

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Should a political party form a coalition? Using math to decide

nugget_iconPhiladelphia, PA–Mathematical ideas and tools are often used to describe aspects of large macroscopic systems. Examples abound in areas as varied as finance to psychology. In a paper published last month in the SIAM Journal on Applied Mathematics, author Fabio Bagarello proposes mathematical models to analyze political decision-making.  Using a dynamical approach which accounts for interactions between political parties and their constituents, the model tries to deduce whether parties should form coalitions under various circumstances.

“Mathematics is important in many aspects of social behavior. Politics is just one of these aspects, since
some of the typical behavior in politics can be characterized by suitable quantities which, usually, evolve in time,” says Bagarello. “In other words, political parties are examples of dynamical systems.” Read the rest of this entry »

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SIAM Unwrapped April 2015

News & announcements for the SIAM membership community

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Dear SIAM members,

Have you watched this amazing overview of 32 math applications in 63 seconds? View it and share the video clip, “I use math for…” here.  How do you use math? Tweet us with hashtag #Iusemath

Did you know that SIAM offers discounted membership rates for members of other mathematical societies? SIAM has a reciprocity agreement with 13 societies: view the entire list. If you would like to change your membership to a “reciprocal” category, contact SIAM Customer Service at

Also, a reminder to all members (and especially students at this time of year): if you are moving or intend to move, please update your records at Read the rest of this entry »

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Recipients named for ninth annual SIAM Student Chapter Certificate of Recognition

SIAM Student Chapter certificates of recognition have been awarded to 76 students who have made outstanding contributions to their SIAM student chapters. This program recognizes the importance of student contributions in creating and sustaining exciting chapters, acknowledges students’ efforts within the greater SIAM community, and provides a noteworthy commendation for students to add to their records for career building.

SIAM congratulates all of the recipients and thanks them for their contributions to the development and growth of SIAM student chapters. Read the rest of this entry »

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Pi Day 2015 at UMBC

On Friday, March 13, 2015, University of Maryland, Baltimore County’s SIAM Student Chapter, Mathematics and Statistics Graduate Student Association (MSGSA), and Pi Mu Epsilon Chapter co-hosted a special Pi Day Social.  The President of MSGSA gave students a brief history of Pi, presenting the chronology of attempts to approximate Pi. There was food, fun, and math-related games including Jeopardy Pi Day Edition,  Pi Day Sudoku, a pie tasting contest, and a Pi reciting contest where an undergraduate in mechanical engineering was able to recite 100 digits of Pi.  Special emphasis was placed on giving the opportunity for graduate and undergraduate students from mathematics, statistics, mechanical engineering, and computer science to network and socialize in an informal, friendly, and light-hearted math environment. The event had great turnout and was a fantastic success!

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SIAM names Class of 2015 Fellows

Philadelphia, PA—Each year, SIAM designates as Fellows of the society those who have made outstanding contributions to the fields of applied mathematics and computational science. This year, 31 members of the community have been selected for this distinction: Read the rest of this entry »

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2015 Class of SIAM Fellows are a distinguished group

Fellow_LOGOFinal-ol-273_resizeMembers of the community recognized for their outstanding contributions

Philadelphia, PA—SIAM Fellows are designated each year to recognize members of the community for their distinguished contributions to the disciplines of applied mathematics, computational science and related fields. The Fellows Selection Committee selects Fellows based on nominations by SIAM members.

The new Class of Fellows, listed below in alphabetical order will be honored at the Prizes and Awards Luncheon to be held at the International Congress on Industrial and Applied Mathematics in Beijing in August. Read the rest of this entry »

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Nancy Kopell and Bard Ermentrout receive Mathematical Neuroscience Prize

Dr. Nancy Kopell of Boston University and Dr. Bard Ermentrout of the University of Pittsburgh have been awarded the Mathematical Neuroscience Prize.

Kopell was awarded for her work in mathematical analysis of the nervous system functions, and Ermentrout was recognized for his classic work in mathematical biology. Each received a $100,000 prize.

Kopell and Ermentrout are both SIAM Fellows.


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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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