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SIAM/MAA Fourth Mid-Atlantic Student Regional Conference on Applied Mathematics

The SIAM Student Chapter at Shippensberg is hosting its Fourth Mid-Atlantic Student Regional Conference on Applied Mathematics, April 12 –  13, 2013, in partnership with the SIAM Student Chapters at University of Delaware, George Mason University, Penn State University and University of Maryland – Baltimore County. The conference will feature guest speaker Suzanne Lenhart of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and NIMBioS; a career panel; poster and oral presentations; and presentations of COMAP Math Contest in Modeling Team Solutions. Abstract submissions are being accepted until March 28. Some funding is available for student presenters. For more information go to or contact Dr. Luis Melara,


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IdeaLab: Early Career Researcher Program at Brown University

This is a paid announcement.

July 15 – July 19, 2013

The IdeaLab invites 20 early career researchers (postdoctoral candidates and assistant professors) to the Institute for Computational and Experimental Research in Mathematics (ICERM) for a week during the summer. Participants begin the week by presenting their research interests to build a common understanding of the breadth and depth of expertise. Throughout the week, leading senior researchers will give comprehensive overviews of their research topics. Smaller teams will be created to discuss, in depth, various research questions, obstacles, and possible solutions. At week’s end, teams will present on the problems at hand and solution ideas. These will be shared with a broad audience including invited program officers from funding agencies.


  • Towards Efficient Homomorphic Encryption
  • Tipping Points in Climate Systems

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5th Annual Computational Science and Engineering Student Conference

[Courtesy of the Purdue University SIAM Student Chapter]
We are proud to announce the 5th Annual Computational Science and Engineering Student Conference (CSESC 2013) organized by SIAM@Purdue. The conference will be held on April 5th, 2013. We invite both graduate and undergraduate students to participate.
The conference includes keynote speakers from different areas (view full list here), students’ oral presentations and a poster session, as well as a closing banquet for presenters.
CSESC provides a space for networking with other students and researchers who perform research in interdisciplinary areas involving computational research.
The best oral presentation and the best poster presented will be monetarily awarded by the committee.
Online registration is NOW OPEN! Please, check the CSESC 2013 website for important dates and more information.
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Summer grad program at the IMA

The Institute for Mathematics and its Applications (IMA) is holding a summer grad program this July.

The program, entitled, “Flow, Geometric Motion, Deformation and Mass Transport in Physiological Processes” will expose graduate students to the fundamentals of mathematical and computational studies in mechanisms that underlie physiological and materials processes, including the motion of biomembranes, solid-fluid interaction, and the morphogenesis of growing tissues. These processes play a key role in cell biology and biological physics. Understanding how to model, analyze, and simulate the basic elements of physiological processes from the molecular to the one-cell to the multi-cell level can possibly pave the way to improving drug design.

The program will also familiarize students with basic tools and techniques from the theory and numerical analysis of nonlinear partial differential equations and the associated free-boundary problems, kinetic theory, and solid and fluid mechanics. The list of invited speakers includes experts in applied and numerical analysis, mathematical modeling, computational mathematics, and experimental science. The program will provide lectures, tutorials, and hands-on lab demonstrations by senior and junior researchers.

Please see full details on the IMA website here.

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Math helps detect gang-related crime and better allocate police resources

Philadelphia, PA—Social groups in a population can lend important cues to law enforcement officials, consumer-based services and risk assessors. Social and geographical patterns that provide information about such communities or gangs have been a popular subject for mathematical modeling.

In a paper published last month in the SIAM Journal on Applied Mathematics, authors use police department records about individuals’ social and geographical information to determine gang memberships.

Data on social interactions is particularly hard to come by, but in combination with geographical data, it can determine locations of specific groups in the population, such as gangs. For instance, if an individual’s geographic location at a set of times is known, social interactions may be inferred by detecting people present at the same place at the same time. In this manner, hotspots at major gang locations can be determined. Read the rest of this entry »

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SIAM Unwrapped February 2013

News & announcements for the SIAM membership community
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Unwrapped_icon_post_sizeDear SIAM members,

In this issue, we announce winners of our MGAM contest and call for ICIAM prize nominations. You’ll also learn about a couple of milestones with regard to SIAM journals and conferences. Read the rest of this entry »

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Supplementary Materials for SIAM journals

SIAM journals have entered a new era and are now considering unrefereed supplementary materials for publication along with the author’s manuscript. The first journals to seize the opportunity, SIAM Journal on Matrix Analysis and Applications, SIAM Journal on Scientific Computing and SIAM Review, began taking submissions with accompanying supplemental files in January.  SIAM Journal on Mathematical Analysis is next in line, with other journals expected to follow.

Prior to this new initiative, SIAM Journal on Applied Dynamical Systems and SIAM Journal on Imaging Sciences did review refereed supplemental content. SIAM journals that consider supplemental content for publication under the new policy will treat it on an unrefereed basis.

Supplementary materials must be submitted at the same time the article is first submitted. They might include additional figures or examples, animations, data sets used in the paper, computer code used to generate figures or tables, or other materials that are necessary to fully document the research contained in the paper or to facilitate the readers’ ability to understand and extend the work.

Supplementary materials, though not refereed, will be available to referees. The referees will be asked to give the materials at least a cursory look and verify that they are appropriate to accompany the paper. The referees or editor may suggest changes.

If published, they will be linked from the main article webpage and will be clearly marked as unrefereed supplementary materials associated with a particular paper.


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President awards medals for science, technology and innovation

President Obama presented the 2011 National Medals of Science and National Medals of Technology and Innovation on Friday. The highest awards given to scientists, engineers and inventors by the federal government, they were bestowed to twelve researchers in a ceremony in the White House East Room.

Mathematicians Solomon Golomb and Barry Mazur were among the recipients. Solomon Golomb is a SIAM member.

You can view a complete transcript and a video of President Obama’s remarks, along with award citations here.

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Call for Nominations for ICIAM Prizes

The ICIAM Prize Committee for 2015 calls for nominations for the five ICIAM Prizes to be awarded in 2015. All ICIAM prizes are international, and each prize has its own special character. Nominations are therefore welcomed from all over the world, and are due 31 October 2013. Read the rest of this entry »

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January 2013: 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. Read the rest of this entry »

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