Archive for December 2012

SIAM Washington Update


·         SIAM Action Alert: Call and Urge Your Senators and Representative to Support Balanced Deficit Reduction and Protect Research Funding

·         SIAM Committee on Science Policy Holds Fall Meeting in Washington, DC

·         Sequestration: SIAM Signs onto Community Letter to the Administration and Congressional Leadership to Protect Research Funding in Fiscal Cliff Negotiations

·         NSF: Subra Suresh Responds to SIAM Letter on OCI/CISE Merger Read the rest of this entry »

Finding answers in big data sets

 Philadelphia, PA—Whether you’ve watched an elaborate weather forecast, made an online purchase, or received personalized news stories in your inbox in recent years, you’ve likely seen “big data” in action.

Big data is everywhere these days, be it personalized ad targeting, weather and climate modeling, or flu trend analysis to mention just a few.

Ever-increasing amounts of data are now available thanks to many modern realities: e-commerce and transaction-based information that has been stored over the years,  data streaming in from growing social media activity and rising Web traffic, and sensor data from the increased use of digital sensors in industrial equipment, electrical meters, automobiles, and satellites, for example. With decreasing storage costs, archiving this data has also become easier than ever. Read the rest of this entry »

Student Chapter Events: Some Ideas and Tips

by Sam Relton and Mary Aprahamian, University of Manchester SIAM Student Chapter

One fundamental activity of any student chapter is running events to facilitate research collaboration, encourage new members to join and (most of all) to have fun! In this blog post we’d like to talk about some ideas that the Manchester student chapter has found to be successful, some tips for running them yourselves, and some interesting events that other chapters are running.  Most of this post is based on our experience of organizing the SIAM National Student Chapter Conference 2012 (SNSCC12), the first national student chapter conference in the UK, with help from the other UK chapters.  You can find details of the conference here.
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And the SIAM Fiesta winners are

The results of the SIAM Fiesta contest are in, and we’re happy to announce the winners!

Grand Prize

Three free SIAM books + SIAM Swag Bag

Goes to:

Sara T. M. Suleiman, Bergen, Norway

Runners Up

SIAM Swag Bag (includes Schaefer SIAM pen & pencil set, SIAM t-shirt,

SIAM coffee mug, SIAM heavy-duty tote bag, zippered notepad holder,

SIAM umbrella, SIAM spiral-bound notebook, and SIAM notepad.)

Goes to:

Ryan Seal, Liverpool, New York

Przemyslaw Klosiewicz, Antwerp, Belgium

Daniel B. Szyld, Philadelphia, PA

David Bourne, Eindhoven, The Netherlands

Heidelberg Laureates Forum opportunity for young scientists

The Heidelberg Laureates Forum is a new opportunity for young scientists that will bring together winners of the Turing Award, the Abel Prize, and the Fields Medal to meet with ~100+ young researchers for a week in Heidelberg, Germany.

The idea for the forum, which is modeled after the Lindau Forum for Nobel Laureates and young researchers, came about after the Klaus Tschira Foundation and the Heidelberg Institute of Theoretical Studies approached ACM, the International Mathematics Union, and the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters with a proposal.

The Heidelberg Laureates Forum will be held for one week each September in Heidelberg, Germany.  The focus of the forum will alternate between computer science and mathematics in subsequent years.  For the first forum to be held September 22-27, 2013, the focus will be on both computer science and mathematics.

For more details, visit the Forum page.

To apply, visit the application page.

A million-dollar algorithm challenge from the DTRA

The US Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) is sponsoring an algorithm challenge at Innocentive, the website that crowdsources innovative problems, with a $1 million prize purse.

The challenge is to design an algorithm that takes raw DNA sequence data from a complex, possibly limited, diagnostic sample, characterize the quality of the sample, and provide a DNA analysis.

The algorithm should be able to provide an accurate analysis,  be implementable in a low to moderate resource computational environment, be fast, and not require a human expert.

For details visit the challenge page.

SIAM Unwrapped December 2012

SIAM Unwrapped

News & announcements for the SIAM membership community


December 2012


 Dear SIAM members,

As the end of the year approaches, we would like to remind you to not only renew your membership, but also of all the great benefits SIAM has to offer. In this issue, you will find a link to a 5-minute video where SIAM members talk about all the reasons for being part of this great community. I hope you can watch and share it.

The SIAM elections are now over and the votes are in! We are happy to welcome new officers. Please read details on the new Board and Council below.

Here’s wishing you a great end of the year!


Karthika Muthukumaraswamy


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Mathematicians tackle global issues

 Philadelphia, PA– More than 100 academic institutions and scholarly societies have joined in a major world-wide initiative: Mathematics of Planet Earth (MPE) 2013. This year-long effort will highlight the contributions made by mathematics in tackling global problems, including natural disasters such as hurricanes, earthquakes, and tsunamis; climate change; sustainability; and pandemics. MPE2013 partners will sponsor workshops, research conferences, public lectures, outreach events, and educational opportunities for all ages.  Each country from a partner institution will host a special launch to the year.

MPE2013 enjoys the patronage of UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization.  The Director-General of UNESCO, Irena Bokova, said, “UNESCO strongly supports this extraordinary collaboration of mathematicians around the world to advance research on fundamental questions about planet Earth, to nurture a better understanding of global issues, to help inform the public, and to enrich the school curriculum about the essential role of mathematics in the challenges facing our planet.” Read the rest of this entry »

SIAM Fiesta promotion extended!

The SIAM Fiesta contest was due to wrap up as of Friday, November 30. In the spirit of the season, we decided to extend the deadline for participating until December 16.

If you want to enter for your chance to win the top prize of three free SIAM books of your choice, or  runner-up prizes of SIAM merchandise, you still have time.  SIAM books make great holiday gifts for friends and colleagues.

Anyone buying a SIAM book is eligible to enter. Simply include the words “Free Stuff” in the Comments section of the online book order form, or include it in your fax order. For complete rules and a look at the prizes being offered, please go to

Winners will be announced the week of Dec. 16th. Good luck!


SIAM welcomes new Board and Council

In November, the SIAM community elected the following members to serve on the SIAM Board of Trustees and the SIAM Council, effective January 1, 2013 for a term of three-years.  SIAM wishes to thank all of the candidates for their participation.


Lisa Fauci was elected to continue her term on the Board of Trustees. Dr. Fauci is Pendergraft Nola Lee Haynes Professor of Mathematics at Tulane Univeristy. Her research spans the areas of fluid dynamics, mathematical biology, and computational science.  She has previously served on the SIAM Council, and is a past Chair of the SIAM Activity Group on Life Sciences. She also serves as Associate Editor for the SIAM Journal on Applied Dynamical Systems. She was recognized as a SIAM Fellow in 2012 for her contributions to computational biofluid dynamics. Read the rest of this entry »