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CMBS Forum: Building student success in college math

SIAM is a member of the Conference Board of the Mathematical Sciences (CBMS) which will host a National Forum on building student success in the first two years of college math. The Forum will be held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Reston, Virginia, on October 5-7, 2014. The Forum features sessions such as the one on Modeling across the Curriculum, organized by SIAM VP for Education Peter Turner.

The forum should be of interest to mathematics department chairs, directors of undergraduate studies in mathematics departments, and anyone with interest in and responsibility for improving the teaching and learning of mathematics in the first two years of college.

The forum will provide information and models for the participants who want to learn more about the needs of today’s students and to take a fresh look at their own curricula. CMBS encourages two-year and four-year colleges, as well as universities to send teams of two or three participants, ideally including the department chair and the director of undergraduate studies or others with primary responsibility for coordination of the major and the service courses taught in the first two years.

Details on the Forum may be found at Register for the forum here.

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SIAM Unwrapped September 2014

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

Did you know that one of the most convenient ways to stay updated about SIAM activities and announcements is through our social media pages? Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and subscribe to our YouTube channel!

We also have a brand new Google Plus page. Follow us and add us to your circles for updates. Also share interesting articles, events and other activities with us that may be of interest to the larger math community. Read the rest of this entry »

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DARPA seeks approach to predict chikungunya virus spread

From Science Magazine:

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is turning to scientists to help forecast the next outbreak of the mosquito-borne chikungunya virus, announcing its first  health-related challenge. DARPA is offering $150,000 for the best new approach.   The virus causes high fever, joint and muscle pain, headache, nausea, fatigue, and rash While the infection is very rarely fatal, the painful swelling of joints is usually prolonged and can be disabling. DARPA has a special interest in protecting U.S. soldiers in different parts of the world from being infected.

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New international Women in Maths website

In March 2013, the Executive Committee of the International Mathematical Union (IMU) approved the establishment of an Advisory Group for Women in Mathematics, charged with creating and overseeing a section of the IMU website entitled Women in Mathematics (WiM). Opportunities for women vary widely from country to country and a main aim is to enhance the participation of women in all mathematical communities. The new WiM site will be launched at the International Congress of Women Mathematicians on August 12th, just prior to the International Congress of Mathematicians, at

The site includes information about organizations, people, events, resources and initiatives of interest to women mathematicians worldwide. In order to maximize the usefulness
of this site, we welcome suggestions from the community. Indeed, advice concerning items for inclusion is important to us. Read the rest of this entry »

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SIAM Unwrapped August 2014

  News & announcements for the SIAM membership community

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Dear SIAM members,

Have a say in who represents SIAM and makes decisions on your behalf! Vote in the SIAM general elections to be held next month. Read more details below.

Also in this issue, read a recap of the SIAM Annual Meeting held in Chicago last month. Read the rest of this entry »

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Richard C. DiPrima Prize goes to Thomas D. Trogdon

Philadelphia, PA—The 2014 Richard C. DiPrima Prize has been awarded to Thomas D. Trogdon of the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, New York University.

The Richard C. DiPrima Prize is awarded to a junior scientist who has done outstanding research in applied mathematics (defined as those topics covered by SIAM journals) and who has completed his/her doctoral dissertation and all other requirements for his/her doctorate during the period running from three years prior to the award date to one year prior to the award date.  Selection is based on the candidates’ dissertations. Read the rest of this entry »

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Theodore von Kármán Prize awarded to Weinan E and Richard D. James

Philadelphia, PA—The Theodore von Kármán Prize, established in 1968, is awarded for a notable application of mathematics to mechanics and/or the engineering sciences made during the five to ten years preceding the award.  The award may be given either for a single notable achievement or for a collection of such achievements.

The 2014 Theodore von Kármán Prize is awarded to Weinan E and Richard D. James.

The 2014 award is given to Weinan E for his deep mathematical contributions to fundamental questions in physics ranging from the structure of matter to turbulence, to a rejuvenation of numerical analysis in the light of multiple scales, and for his eclectic and ingenious solutions in scientific computing. Read the rest of this entry »

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Arieh Iserles receives the SIAM Prize for Distinguished Service to the Profession

Philadelphia, PA— Arieh Iserles, Professor in Numerical Analysis of Differential Equations at Cambridge University, is awarded the SIAM Prize for Distinguished Service to the Profession for his outstanding editorial contributions to applied mathematics.

In 1992, Iserles founded Acta Numerica, an annual volume that publishes seminal review articles in numerical analysis and scientific computing, and has been editor of the volume ever since. Under his guidance and leadership, Acta Numerica has published authoritative articles that are widely read and highly cited, and it has continued to keep pace with rapidly evolving trends in research.  Iserles has also made major and long-standing editorial contributions to the Journal of Foundations of Computational Mathematics and the IMA Journal of Numerical Analysis.  In all his editorial work, he acts with extraordinary dedication, wisdom and integrity. Read the rest of this entry »

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W. T. and Idalia Reid Prize goes to Alain Bensoussan

Philadelphia, PA—Alain Bensoussan of University of Texas at Dallas and City University of Hong Kong received the 2014 W. T. and Idalia Reid Prize in Mathematics at the SIAM Annual Meeting last month.

The Reid Prize was established by SIAM in 1993 to recognize outstanding work in, or other contributions to, the broadly defined areas of differential equations and control theory.  The prize, given annually since 2000, may be awarded either for a single notable achievement or a collection of such achievements.  The prize fund was endowed by the late Mrs. Idalia Reid to honor her husband. Read the rest of this entry »

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2014 George Pólya Prize shared by Adam Marcus, Daniel Spielman, and Nikhil Srivastava

Philadelphia, PA—Adam Marcus of Yale University and Crisply LLC, Daniel A. Spielman of Yale University, and Nikhil Srivastava of Microsoft Research India, have been awarded the 2014 George Pólya Prize.

The George Pólya Prize in Mathematics, originally established in 1992, is awarded every four years for a significant contribution, as evidenced by a refereed publication, in an area of mathematics of interest to George Pólya, such as approximation theory, complex analysis, number theory, orthogonal polynomials, or probability theory.  The prize is broadly intended to recognize specific recent work.

The 2014 Pólya Prize was awarded to Marcus, Spielman, and Srivastava for the introduction and development of the method of interlacing polynomials, and for its use in the solution of the Kadison-Singer problem. Read the rest of this entry »

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