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Free online parallel computing course from XSEDE

Graduate and undergraduate students from all disciplines interested in using parallel computers efficiently and productively are invited to register for a FREE online course sponsored by the Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE), a project funded by the National Science Foundation.

The online course is an adaptation of the class, Applications of Parallel Computers, taught by Professor Jim Demmel at the University of California, Berkeley, in Spring 2012. Lecture materials, quizzes, and programming exercises will be rolled out weekly from February 14 to May 2. For more information on the topics covered in the course, visit this page.

As a prerequisite, students should have some programming experience in C or similar language. Enrollment is limited to the first 300 students and registration will close February 13. To enroll, please visit the XSEDE user portal page to create an account, then view the course-calendar to register for the Applications of Parallel Computers course. Registered students will receive accounts to access XSEDE computing resources and consulting help. Those who successfully complete all quizzes and programming assignments will receive an XSEDE certificate of completion.

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2013 SIAM Front Range Student Conference

The SIAM student chapters of Colorado are hosting their eighth annual regional student conference on applied mathematics for all schools along the Front Range. This event will allow students from different universities in the area to see what is being done in this field and promote interest in applied mathematics in general. This event is open to both undergraduates and graduate students.

Location: University of Colorado at Denver

Date March 2, 2013

For more information:

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Career profiles in the mathematical sciences: 18 exciting STEM paths to pursue

SIAM careers guide is a valuable resource for those seeking direction in STEM professions

 Philadelphia, PA—Gone are the days when math enthusiasts had just two career options: sit at a desk and solve equations or stand at a blackboard and explain them.

Today, mathematicians are everywhere.

The disciplines of applied mathematics and computational science are making an impact on so many scientific and technological areas that those with a degree in these fields can be overwhelmed by the choices available to them.

Enter “Careers in Applied Mathematics— Alternatives to academia for STEM majors,” a 20-page glossy career guide published by the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM). Read the rest of this entry »

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SIAM Chapter Day 2013, Cardiff

The First Annual SIAM Chapter Day held at Cardiff University on 21 January 2013 marked the formation of the first Student SIAM Chapter to be established in Wales. This launching event brought together over 70 research students and faculty in mathematics and engineering, and offered a platform for discussions on a range of topics from computational accuracy to mathematical modelling to engineering applications. The programme included guest lectures by Nick Higham (University of Manchester), Alain Goriely (University of Oxford), Simon Cox (Aberystwyth University), and Matthew Gilbert (University of Sheffield), and poster presentations by doctoral students from Cardiff
University and their guests from the Universities of Manchester, Aberystwyth, and Swansea.

The event’s official webpage is:


Research students authors of the posters and their guest lecturers at the First Annual SIAM Chapter Day at Cardiff University, UK

Angela Mihai (Faculty Advisor for the Student SIAM Chapter at Cardiff University)

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Former SIAM President Chia-Chiao Lin passes away

Former SIAM President Chia-Chiao Lin, who held the office from 1972-74, has passed away at the age of 97. Dr. Lin also served on the SIAM Board of Trustees from 1978 to 1980.

Tsinghua University, where he had been a Distinguished Professor since 2002, announced that Dr. Lin died in Beijing on the morning of January 13, 2013. The family identified heart failure as the cause of death.

An internationally renowned authority in mechanics and applied mathematics, Dr. Lin’s initial research in fluid mechanics and hydrodynamics stability and turbulence greatly influenced the field of fluid flow. His later research interests focused on hydrodynamics of superfluid helium and astrophysics. He is well known for the book, “Mathematics Applied to Deterministic Problems,” which he co-authored with Lee Segel, and which was re-published by SIAM as a classic. Read the rest of this entry »

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SIAM Unwrapped January 2013

News & announcements for the SIAM membership community

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Unwrapped_icon_post_size Dear SIAM members,

Season’s greetings! As we welcome the New Year, we acknowledge that 2013 has been designated the year of Mathematics of Planet Earth. The dedication was made by more than 100 scientific societies, universities, research institutes, and organizations worldwide. Read more about it below.

We also welcome new officers for several of our activity groups who begin their terms this month. Read the rest of this entry »

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SIAM welcomes new SIAG Officers

 New SIAG officers have been elected for several of SIAM’s activity groups. Terms began on January 1. Officers of all SIAGs will serve 2-year terms, with the exception of the SIAG on Linear Algebra, which elects for three-year terms. We welcome all new appointees and thank all candidates for their participation.

Full details on all new officers, their research interests, and SIAM activities are below:  Read the rest of this entry »

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American mathematicians win prestigious Wolf Prize

Seven scientists from America, Germany and Austria as well as an architect from Portugal are recipients of Israel’s prestigious Wolf Prize, announced in Tel Aviv Wednesday.

Wolf winners are considered strong contenders for Nobel prizes, with about one in three laureates in chemistry, physics and medicine going on to receive the Nobel in the more than three decades that the Wolf Foundation has granted the awards.

The two prizes in mathematics went to Americans George D. Mostow and Michael Artin.  Michael Artin is a SIAM member and Emeritus Professor at MIT.

You can find more details about the award and other prize recipients here.

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Summer 2013 Research Opportunities for Undergraduates

Undergraduates who are looking for summer research opportunities are encouraged to visit the National Science Foundation’s “Search for an REU Site” Web page at and click on the “Mathematical Sciences” link. Students can also find research opportunities in the mathematical sciences that have been identified by SIAM News press time, funded both by NSF and by other institutions, listed below. Read the rest of this entry »

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December 2012’s outstanding undergrad research on SIURO

SIAM Undergraduate Research Online, SIAM’s web-based publication often referred to as SIURO, publishes outstanding undergraduate research in applied and computational mathematics. Two types of articles can be found in SIURO: papers to which undergraduates have made a significant contribution, and expository (survey) papers of high quality written by a faculty member or researcher for an undergrad audience.

The latest three papers published last month in SIURO provide insights to cluster analysis in large data sets, approximation methods for spectral clustering, and a review of numerical computational packages comparable to Matlab. Read the rest of this entry »

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