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SIAM Unwrapped October 2014

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DARPA seeks programs mathematically proven to be highly secure

The goal of the Pentagon’s research arm is to stay ahead of threats and keep abreast of the constantly changing cybersecurity landscape. Hence, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is seeking help in developing programs that are mathematically proven to be extremely secure: research that offers mathematical proof that a program is extraordinarily difficult to hack.

According to the announcement, the agency is looking for “revolutionary advances in science, devices or systems.”

Read the complete announcement. Submissions are due by November 18.


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A Solution to the 3x + 1 Problem?

This is a paid announcement that appeared in SIAM News.

I believe I have solved this very difficult problem and am looking for an academic mathematician to check the solution and then, if he or she believes it is correct, to help me prepare the paper for publication. I will offer a generous consulting fee, and/or shared authorship if the mathematician’s contribution merits it, and/or generous mention in the Acknowledgments. The paper is “A Solution to the 3x + 1 Problem” on

Contact: Peter Schorer,

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SIAM and ACM honor software developers for large-scale scientific computing toolkit



Prize is awarded to recognize contributions to mathematical and computational tools and methods

Philadelphia, PA–The Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) and the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) are pleased to present the SIAM/ACM Prize in Computational Science and Engineering to the PETSc core development team for the development of PETSc (Portable Extensible Toolkit for Scientific Computation), a suite of data structures and routines intended for use in large-scale application projects.

The prize is being awarded to Satish Balay, Jed Brown, William Gropp, Matthew Knepley, Lois Curfman McInnes, Barry Smith, and Hong Zhang for their collaborative work in developing the PETSc software package, which has transformed the way large-scale software libraries are developed, supported, and used within the CS&E community.  The creation of this innovative and seminal numerical software package provides the scientific and engineering community with robust, efficient, scalable, and extensible tools that are the backbone of numerous high-performance applications.  The sustained impact of this work has been felt worldwide. Read the rest of this entry »

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Funding Opportunity: DOD Releases FY 2015 MURI BAA

Lewis-Burke Associates LLC – September 24, 2014

On September 22, the Department of Defense (DOD) released the broad agency announcement (BAA) for the fiscal year (FY) 2015 Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI) as part of the larger University Research Initiative (URI) aimed at institutions of higher education.  MURIs remain one of the signature DOD research programs for the university community and stand as the benchmark for building a defense-oriented research capability on campus.  DOD’s continuous increase of basic research budgets has slowed recently due to DOD leadership’s concern that these increases have subsequently diminished investment in more applied accounts.  The overall funding amount for FY 2015 MURI awards reflects this shift, though some in Congress have advocated for restoration of proposed cuts to basic research accounts in future DOD policy and spending legislation.

Through the MURI program, DOD seeks to fund basic research bringing together more than one scientific discipline focused on enhancing fundamental knowledge across fields related to national security.  DOD seeks to leverage its investment in basic research and notes that MURI research will have defense as well as commercial applications further downstream.  As in years past, DOD funds MURI research across a wide range of disciplines that vary by branch needs.  This year’s topics include: Read the rest of this entry »

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Student Chapters Update

chapter_icon-cmyk2015colorsSIAM provided close to $40,000 to 87 chapters to support activities during the 2013-2014 academic year. The activities that they planned were limited only by their imaginations. Here are some of the exciting activities that SIAM chapters sponsored during the 2013-2014 academic year.

Delhi Techological University chapter organized EVOLUTE, a three day technical festival promoting technological growth in a rapidly evolving world. Highlights included an industrial conference on data analytics, poster presentations, and a trivia competition.

Delhi Techological University chapter organized EVOLUTE, a three day technical festival promoting technological growth in a rapidly evolving world. Highlights included an industrial conference on data analytics, poster presentations, and a trivia competition.

On April 26, the California State University, Fresno chapter hosted Math Field Day, an event aimed at promoting mathematics to middle and high school students. The event drew roughly 600 participants who got to compete in events testing their speed, problem solving, and ability to work in teams. The chapter also participated in Mathematics Engineering Science Achievement on February 22, volunteering to guide middle and high school students from disadvantaged areas in group sessions on robotics, rockets, and catapult and bridge building, among other topics. Read the rest of this entry »

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Where is that spacecraft?

Statistically measuring uncertainty for space surveillance 

Philadelphia, PA—Space surveillance is inherently challenging when compared to other tracking environments due to various reasons, not least of which is the long time gap between surveillance updates. “Unlike the air and missile defense environments where objects are frequently observed, the space surveillance environment data is starved, with many objects going several orbital periods between observations,” according to researcher Joshua Horwood. “Thus, it is more challenging to predict the future location of these sparsely-seen objects and they have a tendency to get lost using traditional methods. A new way of tracking them, the Gauss von Mises (GVM) distribution, has improved predictive capabilities that permit one to more effectively maintain custody of infrequently-observed space objects.”

In a paper published in July in the SIAM/ASA Journal on Uncertainty Quantification, authors Horwood and Aubrey Poore, both of Numerica Corporation, propose a more statistically rigorous treatment of uncertainty in the near-Earth space environment than currently available. The method proposed uses a new class of multivariate probability density functions, called the Gauss von Mises (GVM) family of distributions. Read the rest of this entry »

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CNSF statement on Senate introduction of America Competes Act

From CNSF: 

The Coalition for National Science Funding (CNSF) thanked Chairman Jay Rockefeller and his colleagues on the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee for introducing legislation for reauthorization of the America COMPETES Act. CNSF states that it is pleased with the proposed five-year budget growth for the National Science Foundation (NSF), which acknowledges the importance of NSF and its dedication to funding research and education across all fields of science, engineering, and mathematics at all education levels.

View the full statement on the CNSF website.

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CMBS Forum: Building student success in college math

SIAM is a member of the Conference Board of the Mathematical Sciences (CBMS) which will host a National Forum on building student success in the first two years of college math. The Forum will be held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Reston, Virginia, on October 5-7, 2014. The Forum features sessions such as the one on Modeling across the Curriculum, organized by SIAM VP for Education Peter Turner.

The forum should be of interest to mathematics department chairs, directors of undergraduate studies in mathematics departments, and anyone with interest in and responsibility for improving the teaching and learning of mathematics in the first two years of college.

The forum will provide information and models for the participants who want to learn more about the needs of today’s students and to take a fresh look at their own curricula. CMBS encourages two-year and four-year colleges, as well as universities to send teams of two or three participants, ideally including the department chair and the director of undergraduate studies or others with primary responsibility for coordination of the major and the service courses taught in the first two years.

Details on the Forum may be found at Register for the forum here.

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SIAM Unwrapped September 2014

  News & announcements for the SIAM membership community
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Dear SIAM members,

Did you know that one of the most convenient ways to stay updated about SIAM activities and announcements is through our social media pages? Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and subscribe to our YouTube channel!

We also have a brand new Google Plus page. Follow us and add us to your circles for updates. Also share interesting articles, events and other activities with us that may be of interest to the larger math community. Read the rest of this entry »

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