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Archive for October 2011

Mathematically detecting bubbles before they burst

Predicting economic crashes for more stable economies

And we’re not talking figuratively. From the dotcom bust in the late nineties to the housing crash in the run-up to the 2008 crisis, financial bubbles have been a topic of major concern. Identifying bubbles is important in order to prevent collapses that can severely impact nations and economies.

A paper published this month in the SIAM Journal on Financial Mathematics addresses just this issue. Opening fittingly with a quote from New York Federal Reserve President William Dudley emphasizing the importance of developing tools to identify and address bubbles in real time, authors Robert Jarrow, Younes Kchia, and Philip Protter propose a mathematical model to detect financial bubbles. Read the rest of this entry »

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Why present a poster at a meeting?

Watch this video on tips, advice and benefits of presenting research posters at conferences. Attendees at ICIAM 2011 spoke with us about the benefits of presenting posters at professional and academic conferences, and about how poster sessions enable one to interact and network with other attendees, providing a more casual setting to learn about research in varied areas in the field:

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Oil Spills and Math: ICIAM 2011 video

What do oil spills have to do with math? At ICIAM 2011, Professor Andrea Bertozzi of UCLA spoke about the mathematical modeling of oil spill cleanups, based on the dynamics of particulates like sand in viscous fluids such as oil, and complex processes involving settling dynamics and dynamics of the fluid. Watch a video of highlights from her talkParticle Laden Viscous Fluids and the Gulf of Mexico Oilspill and a brief Q&A with the speaker:

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SIAM Unwrapped – October 2011

SIAM Unwrapped is a free electronic newsletter distributed monthly to SIAM members. It provides links to industry news, membership information, meetings, publications, and other items of interest.

Dear SIAM members,

We recognize how important it is for students and those in their early careers to have access to the extensive professional network and resources that SIAM has to offer, which is why we provide opportunities for free student memberships. To help deserving students take advantage of this, nominate a student for free membership in 2012. Nonstudent members can nominate up to two students per year.

If you have been a paying member of SIAM for at least three years and are currently unemployed, you are eligible to receive a special discounted membership rate for up to one year. Contact Member Services for more information. Read the rest of this entry »

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An open source exhibition of virtual modules – Mathematics of Planet Earth

The Mathematics of Planet Earth announces an open source exhibition of virtual modules.

Comprising a virtual part as well as instructions to realize material parts, the exhibition proposes the following four themes:

– A PLANET TO DISCOVER: oceans; meteorology and climate; mantle processes, natural resources, celestial mechanics
– A PLANET SUPPORTING LIFE: ecology, biodiversity, evolution
– A PLANET ORGANIZED BY HUMANS: political, economic, social and financial systems; organization of transport and communications networks; management of resources; energy
– A PLANET AT RISK: climate change, sustainable development, epidemics; invasive species, natural disasters

The competition will be open from January 2012 to May 15, 2012 and winners will be announced in August 2012.

Full details are available here on the MPE website.

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Watch an overview video of ICIAM 2011

Missed ICIAM 2011–or just want to reminisce? Watch a 5-minute overview video of the Congress, where mathematical scientists from around the world gathered to discuss the most recent advances in the discipline, demonstrating their applicability to science, engineering and industry, and emphasizing industrial applications and computational science in new and emerging areas.

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Minisymposium on Methods to Predict the Structural and Mechanical Properties of Dense Granular Media

Graz, Austria
July 9–13, 2012

A minisymposium titled “Methods to Predict the Structural and Mechanical Proper-ties of Dense Granular Media” will be held during the 8th Euromech Solid Mechanics Conference (ESMC), in Graz, Austria, July 9–13, 2012. The minisymposium will include presentations and discussion forums on novel mathematical approaches to modeling and analysis of these complex systems.

ESMC itself is a major event, with more than 50 workshops and a number of general sessions. More information can be found at

Interested participants are invited to submit an abstract at the ESMC website before November 30, 2011. Questions about the minisymposium can be directed to any of the organizers: Lou Kondic (, Corey S. O’Hern (, and Robert P. Behringer ( The organizers will be seeking support from funding agencies to help defray the travel costs of participants, especially junior scientists.

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