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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 »

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 »

21st Industrial Mathematical & Statistical Modeling Workshop


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 »

SIAM Unwrapped February 2015

Unwrapped_icon_finalNews & announcements for the SIAM membership community

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Dear SIAM members,

One of SIAM’s largest conferences is just around the corner. Are you all set to attend?

Read details on what to expect at the SIAM Conference on Computational Science and Engineering (CSE15) in this issue, among other updates.

We hope to see you in Salt Lake City in March! Read the rest of this entry »

Medical and industrial improvements through algorithms

During the last two decades, fast algorithms have brought a variety of large-scale physical and biophysical modeling tasks within practical reach. This is particularly true of integral equation approaches to electromagnetics, acoustics, gravitation, elasticity, and fluid dynamics. The practical application of these methods, however, requires analytic representations that lead to well-conditioned linear systems, quadrature methods that permit the accurate evaluation of boundary integrals with singular kernels, and techniques for a posteriori error estimation that permit robust mesh refinement. At the 2014 SIAM Annual Meeting Leslie Greengard of the Simons Foundation and Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, New York University, gave an overview of recent progress in these areas with a particular emphasis on wave scattering problems in complex geometry via The John von Neumann Lecture. View the video for an overview of his talk:


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Member-Get-A-Member contest winners announced

The Member-Get-a-Member program encourages SIAM members to invite their colleagues to join SIAM. This past year, 88 members referred 90 colleagues who joined SIAM as a result. For every member who referred a colleague who then joined SIAM as a new member during 2014, both the person making the referral and the new member were entered into a drawing to win a prize. Congratulations to the following people, whose names were randomly selected on February 2, 2015, from all who were eligible. (Each member who made a successful referral will also receive a SIAM tshirt.)

William L Kath of Northwestern University won an iPad. Kath referred his colleague Aushra Abouzeid, who joined SIAM as a result.

Brent Nelson of Northeastern University won a free year of SIAM membership. He referred his colleague Yang-Hui He  of the City University, London, who joined SIAM as a result.

New member Sukhdev Singh of Lovely Professional University in Jalandhar Punjab, India, won a free registration to the SIAM conference of his choice. He joined SIAM after being referred by his colleague, SIAM member Dilbaj Singh.

New member August Johansson of Simula Research Laboratory in Oslo, Norway, won a free SIAM book of his choice. He joined SIAM after being referred by his colleague, SIAM member Anders Logg.

Thanks to all who participated!

A new contest starts now, so refer your colleagues for a chance to win next year.

Student Chapter Funding for 2014-2015

SIAM awarded over $46,000 to 95 chapters for activities taking place throughout the 2014-2015 academic year. Many of SIAM’s Student Chapters have weekly or biweekly meetings, seminars, invited speakers, workshops, field trips to companies and labs, and other interesting activities. Below are a few exciting events our chapters held in fall 2014 or plan to do in spring 2015.

A New Years greeting from the Rochester Institute of Technology chapter.

A New Years greeting from the Rochester Institute of Technology chapter.

The Cardiff University chapter hosted their Third SIAM Chapter Day on January 15. Doctoral students and postdoctoral researchers from Cardiff University and other universities were invited to showcase their research in a poster presentation. Guest lecturers included Des Higham (University of Strathclyde), Kevin Glazebrook (University of Lancaster), and Peter Wells (Cardiff University). The chapter also hosts regular seminars given by junior or postdoctoral researchers in mathematics or engineering. Read the rest of this entry »

University of Michigan Announces a NEW Quantitative Finance & Risk Management MS Program

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The University of Michigan Announces a NEW Quantitative Finance & Risk Management MS Program! Please visit our website for more information:

Call for Nominations for the Ostrowski Prize, 2015

This is an announcement that appeared in SIAM News.

The aim of the Ostrowski Foundation is to promote the mathematical sciences. Every second year it provides a prize for recent outstanding achievements in pure mathematics and in the foundations of numerical mathematics. The value of the prize for 2015 is 100,000 Swiss francs.

The prize has been awarded every two years since 1989. The most recent winners are Ben Green and Terence Tao in 2005; Oded Schramm in 2007; Sorin Popa in 2009; Ib Madsen, David Preiss, and Kannan Soundararajan in 2011; and Yitang Zhang in 2013. See for the complete list and further details.

The jury invites nominations for candidates for the 2015 Ostrowski Prize. Nominations should include a curriculum vitae of the candidate, a letter of nomination, and 2–3 letters of reference. The Chair of the jury for 2015 is Christian Berg of the University of Copenhagen, Denmark. Nominations should be sent to by April 15, 2015.

Attend the career fair at the SIAM CS&E conference!

Are you attending the SIAM Conference on Computational Science and Engineering (CSE15) in Salt Lake City in March? Then you may be interested in the CSE15 career fair sessions being held there on Saturday, March 14.

If you plan to attend the fair, please submit your resume if possible, so it can be provided in advance to the participating employers.

The career fair is an interactive event at which you can speak with employers about working in various industries. It is a great opportunity for you to meet government and industry representatives to discuss what they look for in candidates and what each employer may have to offer. The event is held primarily for graduate students and recent graduates, but job-seekers of all levels are encouraged to attend.

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