Archive for February 2011

M3 Challenge 2011: the numbers behind the numbers

717 teams + 3,252 students in 18 states

3,252 high-school students from Maine through Florida will spend this week speculating on the nature of the real-world problem they will try to solve this weekend.  The possibility of winning thousands of dollars in prize money will be just one of many motivators as they hone their math, critical thinking, and team-building skills in preparation for Moody’s Mega Math (M3) Challenge 2011.

717 teams from over 500 high schools have registered for this year’s M3 Challenge, which takes place March 5-6, 2011. Read the rest of this entry »

RTG Summer School on Inverse Problems and Partial Differential Equations

June 20-July 8, 2011

University of Washington, Seattle

The Research Training Group in the Department of Mathematics at the University of Washington will host a summer school for advanced undergraduates and beginning graduate students on inverse problems and partial differential equations. Students will attend lectures in the morning and problem sessions in small groups with mentors in the afternoon. On-campus accommodation and meals will be provided, plus a travel allowance of up to $500. The Summer School is supported by an NSF Research Training Grant. Support is restricted to U.S. citizens/permanent residents; international students may be considered but would have to pay all their own expenses.

Two mini-courses will be presented: Inverse Transport and the X-Ray Transform, (Gunther Uhlmann, Guillaume Bal, and Steve McDowall) and Finite Volume Methods and the Clawpack Software (Randall LeVeque and Donna Calhoun).


Apply online by: April 1, 2011.

A national symposium facilitating interdisciplinary research and education

Science on FIRE: Facilitating Interdisciplinary Research and Education is a national symposium by the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Colorado Initiative in Molecular Biotechnology to be held March 28-29th, 2011, in Boulder, Colorado.

The FIRE Symposium will convene many of the nation’s leaders in interdisciplinary science, with a primary focus on the biosciences, to define best practices to support current and future interdisciplinary research and education programs across the country. Proceedings from the FIRE Symposium will be made freely available in the form of A Practical Guide to the Organization of Interdisciplinary Research and Education Programs.

A limited number of seats are still available to attend the symposium. The cost to attend is $150 plus processing fees. Find agenda, speaker, and registration information here.

5th Annual Texas Applied Mathematics Meeting for Students (TAMMS)

The 5th Annual Texas Applied Mathematics Meeting for Students (TAMMS) will be held April 2-3, 2011, at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas.  The conference will feature a guest speaker and will provide students the opportunity to present their research and discuss ideas with other students from the region including members of SIAM Student Chapters at Texas Tech, University of Texas at Austin, Rice University, University of Texas at Arlington, Trinity University, and University of Texas at Arlington. For more information go to

U.S. FY 2012 Budget: President Proposes Increases for Research and Education Agencies

President Obama released his budget request for fiscal year (FY) 2012 on February 14, 2011 in the midst of major changes in political leadership in Congress and an unresolved federal budget for FY 2011.  His request continues his support for federal science funding as an important component of innovation and economic recovery for the nation, providing significant increases for scientific research and development programs despite a 5-year freeze in overall spending for non-security domestic discretionary programs.  The White House proposal emphasizes the connections between federal research funding and economic outcomes – focusing on the bang for the buck rather than the knowledge benefits generally. Read the rest of this entry »

Opportunities for Mathematical and Computational Scientists in SEES and PIRE Programs at NSF

The National Science Foundation has issued Dear Colleague Letters about two NSF-wide multiyear programs in sustainability that are of interest to the mathematical sciences community. The Science, Engineering and Education for Sustainability and Partnerships for International Research and Education progams will focus on the need to understand and overcome barriers to sustainable human well-being.

Readers can find out more by reading these letters at


House Republicans Introduce Year-Long CR with Cuts to Research and Education Agencies

On Friday, February 11, House Republicans proposed legislation (H.R. 1) to fund the federal government for the remainder of Fiscal Year (FY) 2011.  Republican leaders in the House have announced that the continuing resolution (CR) will cut $100 billion in federal spending from the President’s original request for the remainder of FY 2011.  This announcement came after an earlier proposal with a proposed $58 billion in cuts was scuttled due to pressure from the fiscal conservatives in the House.

Not all federal research and education agencies are treated equally in the CR, however most of these agencies would experience cuts below the President’s FY 2011 budget request, with some agencies receiving decreases below FY 2010.  Of the major extramural federal research and education programs, the Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science, the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E), the Department of Education (DoED) Pell Grant program, and the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) within the National Institutes of Health (NIH) were hit particularly hard. The House is expected to debate the bill this week with numerous amendments to be offered.  Below is a brief breakdown of the funding levels included in the CR for the National Science Foundation (NSF), DOE, the Department of Defense (DOD), and NIH. Read the rest of this entry »

International Conference on Mathematical Finance and Economics (ICMFE)

July 6-8, 2011

Istanbul Technical University (ITU) – Suleyman Demirel Cultural Center, Istanbul, Turkey


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SIAM Books go electronic

On January 31, 2011, SIAM books officially entered the electronic age with SIAM’s new e-book program for libraries and institutions, making hundreds of new and classic SIAM titles available to online readers all over the world.

Hosted by the same AIP/Scitation platform as SIAM Journals, e-books improve accessibility to SIAM publications worldwide, featuring titles written by internationally renowned experts spanning a wide range of topic areas in applied mathematics and computational science. Starting with roughly half the books in the collection, the program will gradually expand over the next few months to encompass almost the entire SIAM library of over 400 titles. Books published hereafter will be available online immediately upon publication. Read the rest of this entry »

SIAM Journal upgrades improve discoverability

SIAM Journals have migrated to Scitation’s next-generation C3 platform. Visit the new epubs link here.

C3’s improved functionality allows users to work with journal data in new ways, vastly improving discovery, search and reading time. It provides ease of connecting similar concepts, and hence, reveals related content without user interaction. Each article abstract allows users to browse articles related to it by keyword or classification code, saving them the trouble of devising searches to accomplish the same goal.

To further facilitate fast discoverability, users can create “smart ToCs,” enabling them to tailor search listings to their own interests, harvest citations, hide irrelevant content, and preview abstracts with the click of a mouse. Greater utility has been added to the search functions with more options and better controls to refine returned content. Read the rest of this entry »