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SIAM chapters host 3rd annual Mid-Atlantic Applied Mathematics Student Conference

The Shippensburg University SIAM Student Chapter is pleased to invite participation in the third annual Mid-Atlantic Applied Mathematics Student Conference to be held April 6-7, 2012 on the campus of Shippensburg University in partnership with the SIAM Student Chapters at University of Delaware, George Mason University, Penn State University, University of Maryland – Baltimore County, and University of Pittsburgh. Students are invited to submit abstracts for poster presentations, 20-minute oral presentations, or COMAP Math Contest in Modeling Team Solution Presentations. The deadline for submissions is March 21. Limited funding is available for student presenters.The conference will also feature guest speaker Dr. Carlos Castillo-Chavez from Arizona State University and a career panel discussion.  

For more information see or contact  Dr. Luis Melara

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Department of Defense Faculty Engagement Opportunity

The Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR), the Air Force’s basic and applied research arm, recently announced its annual Spring Review for March 5-9 in Arlington, VA.  Despite the short notice, faculty are encouraged to attend if possible as this event brings together many AFOSR program managers who have significant discretion over spending decisions. Attendees can pick the day most relevant to them based on their research area.

In Fiscal Year 2012 AFOSR reorganized to form a directorate of Mathematics, Information, and Life Sciences.  AFOSR is proposing to spend $119 million in this area in FY 2013.  Previously in FY 2011, AFOSR spent $37 million on math and computer sciences and $61 million on information sciences.  Four major thrusts are proposed for FY 2013, all of which are continuations from FY 2012: information and complex networks;  decision making; dynamical systems, optimization, and control; and natural materials and systems.

This event highlights AFOSR’s basic research programs across its three research directorates and features presentations by program managers and AFOSR staff.  The review provides a great opportunity for faculty to interact with program managers to establish personal connections while gaining a better understanding of AFOSR’s current and future research priorities and AFOSR’s operations. Specific research areas of emphasis are highlighted in the detailed agenda but include computational mathematics, materials research, sensing surveillance, and optics. AFOSR plans to spend approximately $1.7 billion on basic and applied research.

There is no cost to register.  Alternatively, the event will be shown on a live webcast as well for those who are unable to travel to Washington.

More information about the event can be found here including a complete program.

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NUS SIAM Chapter organizes first symposium

The National University of Singapore’s SIAM Chapter organized its first symposium last month.

The National University of Singapore's SIAM Chapter

The day-long event comprised a variety of exciting talks and sessions, including invited lectures by Olivier Pironneau (University of Paris), Zhouping Xin (Chinese University of Hong Kong), and José Carrillo (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona). Complete details on the program can be found here.

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Symposium on impact of Networking and Information Technology R&D

A day-long symposium organized by the Computing Community Consortium in collaboration with the National Coordination Office (NCO) for NITRD will explore the accomplishments and prospects of the Federal Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) Program, a coordinated effort recognizing the unique importance of NIT R&D in the U.S.

Former Vice President Al Gore—who spearheaded the High-Performance Computing Act of 1991 that gave birth to the field over 60 years ago—will be a featured keynote speaker. The program will also include modules on information technology and people, information technology in the physical world, information technology for the advancement of science, the building blocks of information technology, and the world of data. In addition, a forward-looking panel will consider the roles of government, academia, industry, and the research community as a whole in finding and funding the next “Big Ideas.”

The invitation-only symposium will take place in Washington, DC on Thursday, February 16, and a live webcast will be available starting at 8:15 a.m.  A recording of all talks and presentations will also be made available shortly after the event.

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The Brown University Symposium for Undergraduates in the Mathematical Sciences: Strategy, Competition and Cooperation

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Faculty Speakers:
Alethea Barbaro, UCLA
Glenn Ellison, MIT
Andrew Lo, MIT
Rajiv Vohra, Brown University

Attendance is free and open to all
Registration is required

Now accepting applications for short talks and posters from undergraduates
Please visit for more information

SUMS is sponsored by: The Brown University Math Department, The Brown University Division
of Applied Mathematics, and ICERM

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SIAM Unwrapped – February 2012

News & announcements for the SIAM membership community

Dear SIAM Members,

As we look forward to the 2012 SIAM Annual Meeting, we will provide important announcements in the AN12 section to keep you updated.

Students and first-time attendees can also get tips on “Navigating a SIAM Conference” from a brand new flyer developed by our Membership Committee to help you get the most out of SIAM meetings.

Check it out! Read the rest of this entry »

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PCAST releases Undergraduate STEM Education Report

The President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) yesterday released a report titled “Engage to Excel: Producing One Million Additional College Graduates with Degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.”   The report outlines a strategy to improve STEM education during the first two years of college, which would help overcome challenges and create opportunities at this important phase in developing the state of STEM education in the country.

The report was released at a public briefing at the American Association for the Advancement of Science offices in Washington, DC.

More details can be found on the Office of Science and Technology Policy website. You can read the full reporter here.

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What to love about Moodys Mega Math Challenge

And why to participate in the 2012 contest. Registration is open until February 24.

While most typical teenagers are relaxing, shopping, going to the movies, or hanging out with friends, thousands of their peers will spend the first weekend in March analyzing and modeling a complex, real-world issue using the power of mathematics. Participants in Moody’s Mega Math Challenge, these students will be competing for a share of $115,000 in scholarship prizes to be awarded by The Moody’s Foundation in April.

Now in its seventh year, the Challenge is free and currently open to high schools in 29 states in the Eastern United States. Organized by the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM), it gives eleventh and twelfth graders, working in teams of three to five, just 14 hours to attempt to solve an open-ended, applied math-modeling problem focused on a relevant issue. The top six teams—chosen after two intense rounds of judging—will travel to Moody’s Manhattan offices to present their findings to an expert panel of PhD-level mathematicians and receive their awards. Read the rest of this entry »

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UPG SIAM Chapter hosting conference for undergraduate research

The SIAM Student Chapter at the University of Pittsburgh Greensburg, along with the UPG Division of Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Engineering and the Pennsylvania Psi Chapter of National Mathematics Honor Society, is sponsoring the Applied Mathematics Conference for Undergraduate Research in Science (AMCURS) at the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg on March 24, 2012.

The conference celebrates and promotes undergraduate research in applied mathematics or any science related field. Students are invited to participate. Registration is required but there is no fee to attend the conference.

To view the call for papers and poster presentations or for more information go to


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Results of SIAM Member-Get-A-Member campaign contest

Last year SIAM initiated a new Member Get a Member program to encourage SIAM members to invite their colleagues to join SIAM. For every member who referred a colleague who subsequently joined SIAM as a new member between April 4, 2011 and December 31, 2011, both the person making the referral and the new member were entered into a drawing to win a prize. The drawing was held January 30, 2012. The following names were randomly selected from all those eligible to win a prize:

Britto Antony Xavier G of Sacred Heart College in Velore, India won an additional year of SIAM membership. Britto was referred by his colleage SIAM member Dilip D S.

Tiangang Cui of Massachusetts Institute of Technology won a free registration to the SIAM conference of his choice. Tiangang referred his colleague Nick Dudley Ward who joined SIAM as a result.

Rajasekaran Dharmalingam of RMD engineering college in Chennai, India won a free SIAM book of his choice. Rajasekaran was referred by his colleague SIAM member Dilip D S.

You can view the entire list of newly-referred members here. Thanks to all who participated!

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