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Big Data: White House R&D Initiative and a session at AN12

At a White House event led by the Office of Science and Technology Policy in Washington, D.C. Thursday, NSF Director Subra Suresh detailed new Big Data solicitations, $10 million Expeditions in Computing award, and awards in cyberinfrastructure, geosciences, and training. He said these efforts will build on the NSF’s legacy in supporting the fundamental science and underlying infrastructure enabling the big data revolution. Heads from other federal science agencies—OSTP, NIH, DOE, DOD, DARPA and USGS—also outlined how their agencies are engaged in Big Data research.  They discussed cross-agency big data plans and announced new areas of research funding across various disciplines in the field. This was followed by a panel of thought leaders on the subject from academia and industry.

A detailed press release and a webcast of the event can be found on the NSF site.

In light of the importance of collecting and interpreting ever-growing amounts of data and its important role in scientific and technological progress, the SIAM Annual Meeting will also feature a panel on big data. The session, which is to take place on Monday July 9 from 6:15—7:15 p.m. will be open to the public. Find detailed information about the panel, including a list of speakers here.

The 2012 SIAM Annual Meeting will be held in Minneapolis, Minnesota, from July 9—13.

SIAM Names 2012 Fellows

Philadelphia, PA

The Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) today announced its Class of 2012 Fellows. Nominated by the SIAM community, the 2012 Class includes 35 academics and professionals from the fields of applied mathematics and computational science. They are being recognized for their exemplary research in the field as well as outstanding contributions to the community, both of which help advance this broad discipline. Read the rest of this entry »

SIAM Names Class of 2012 Fellows

Philadelphia, PA

The Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) named 35 academics and professionals to its 2012 Class of Fellows for exemplary contributions to applied mathematics and computational science. The individuals are recognized for outstanding research in the field as well as their service to the larger community. Please find their names and affiliations below: Read the rest of this entry »

Institute for Computational and Experimental Research in Mathematics Workshop: Bridging Scales in Computational Polymer Chemistry

August 6–10, 2012
Providence, Rhode Island

Many important advances in material and biomedical science will come from controlling the chemical properties and nanoscale morphology of polymer mixtures. Predicting the longtime continuum-level properties of such complex systems poses a canonical computational challenge due to the disparate length and time scales separating the molecular description from the macroscopic behavior, particularly the evolution of morphology. This workshop ( focuses on overlapping approaches to bridging this gap, the goal being to spur the development of hybrid computational methods with the capacity to identify and characterize the rare events and the driving forces that steer the systems towards equilibrium, and connect the burgeoning growth in parallel-computation techniques for particle-based systems with recently developed classes of continuum models.

Organizers: Andrew J. Christlieb, Michigan State University; Cecilia Clementi, Rice University; Keith Promislow, Michigan State University; Mark Tuckerman, New York University; and Zhengfu Xu, Michigan Technological University.

For more information about this and other programs, organizers, and confirmed participants, and to submit an application, readers should go to ICERM’s website:

NSF/CBMS Conference at ICERM: Finite Element Exterior Calculus

June 11–15, 2012
Providence, Rhode Island

Finite element exterior calculus (FEEC) is a recent advance in the mathematics of finite element methods that employs differential complexes to construct stable numerical schemes for several important types of application problems. It has aroused great interest because it both presents interesting mathematical problems and shows great potential for application in computational science and engineering. The concentrated sequence of lectures in this program will provide participants with an understanding of the mathematical tools required to fully grasp the concepts in FEEC. ICERM is pleased to host this NSF/CBMS Regional Research Conference ( Prospective participants should apply soon, as funding for support is limited.

Organizing Committee: Alan Demlow, University of Kentucky; Johnny Guzmán, Brown University; and Dmitriy Leykekhman, University of Connecticut.

Speakers: Douglas Arnold (keynote), University of Minnesota; Richard Falk, Rutgers University; and Anil Hirani, University of Illinois.

For more about this and other programs, organizers, and confirmed participants, and to submit an application, readers should go to ICERM’s website:

Institute for Computational and Experimental Research in Mathematics Workshop: Heterostructured Nanocrystalline Materials

May 30–June 1, 2012
Providence, Rhode Island

The theme of this workshop ( is the computation, modeling, and mathematical analysis of heterostructured nanocrystalline materials. This includes quantum dots, nanowires, graphene, and grain boundaries. These various phenomena will be discussed in the context of modeling and computation on different scales ranging from density functional theory to continuum mechanics. The workshop will also address various techniques that allow one to combine models on different scales to yield efficient computational methods.

Organizers: Tim Schulze, University of Ten-nessee; Vivek Shenoy, Brown University; and Peter Smereka, University of Michigan.

About ICERM: The Institute for Computational and Experimental Research in Mathematics is a National Science Foundation mathematics institute at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. Its mission is to broaden the relationship between mathematics and computation.

For more about this and other programs, organizers, confirmed participants, and speakers, and to submit an application, readers should go to ICERM’s website:

ICERM encourages women and members of underrepresented minorities to apply.

GSMMC 2012: Graduate Student Mathematical Modeling Camp

June 5–8, 2012
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

The Department of Mathematical Sciences at RPI is pleased to announce the ninth annual GSMM Camp. The camp is a four-day informal workshop in which graduate students work in teams on problems brought by invited faculty mentors. The problems, inspired by real problems that arise in industrial applications, span a wide range of mathematics and are designed to promote problem-solving skills, while the team approach is designed to promote scientific communication.

Graduate students at all levels are invited to participate. General information and an online application form can be found at Financial support for travel and local accommodations is available. The application deadline is April 27, 2012.

Graduate students attending the GSMM Camp are also invited to participate in the Mathematical Problems in Industry Workshop, to be held at the University of Delaware during the week following the camp. For further information about MPI 2012, students should visit

MMDS 2012: Workshop on Algorithms for Modern Massive Data Sets

July 10–13, 2012
Stanford University, Stanford, California

Online registration for the 2012 Workshop on Algorithms for Modern Massive Data Sets is now available at:

The MMDS workshop will address algorithmic, mathematical, and statistical challenges in modern statistical data analysis. Its goals are to explore novel techniques for modeling and analyzing massive, high-dimensional, and nonlinearly structured scientific and internet data sets, and to bring together computer scientists, statisticians, mathematicians, and data-analysis practitioners to promote cross-fertilization of ideas.

In addition to talks, there will be a poster session. Prospective poster presenters should send a title and abstract by May 1, 2012.


SIAM Student Chapters Host Regional Conferences, Inaugual Events and Other Activities!

SIAM provided over $36,000 to 76 chapters to support  activities on campus during the 2011-2012 academic year. Here is a sampling of the activities that SIAM chapters sponsored this year.

Columbia University Chapter of SIAM

On February 29, Columbia alumni from the burgeoning NYC startup scene came to an event organized by the Columbia Chapter to talk about the role of mathematics in their companies and to solicit fresh ideas from students. Foursquare, Bitly, Codecademy, Buzzfeed, and Sailthru were the startups that presented. A reception after the event gave students plenty of time to mingle with the presenters and to ask questions.  The “Startup-Math-Collaborative” this year drew record audiences and involved students from a diverse set of quantitative disciplines.

University of Heidelberg chapter opening ceremony will feature Jürgen Hairbucher, Director of the Intel Open Lab Munich.


Heidelberg Chapter of SIAM

The new SIAM Student Chapter at the University of Heidelberg will be holding its opening ceremony on March 29, 2012. The ceremony will feature Jürgen Hairbucher, Director of the Intel Open Lab Munich, who will give a talk about the interconnections between industry and academia. The Intel Open Lab Munich, together with a sister lab in Ireland, coordinates the Research and Development activities of more than 1000 scientists across the European Union. For more information go to

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DOE-sponsored Professional Development Workshop for Underrepresented Participants

In order to help students and professionals from underrepresented groups in the area of computational science benefit from mentoring activities and succeed in their professional endeavors, the Center for Minorities and People with Disabilities in IT (CMD-IT) is developing a pilot professional development workshop. Focused on senior graduate students and post-docs, and laboratory professional junior staff from underrepresented groups in the area of computational science, the primary goal of this program is to mentor participants on successful strategies for navigating the professional ladder and becoming familiar with the various opportunities in computational science at the Department of Energy (DOE)’s national laboratories.  Participants will have an opportunity to discuss their research. The workshop will focus on the following underrepresented groups:  African Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans, and People with Disabilities. Read the rest of this entry »