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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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John Lowengrub receives Julian Cole Lectureship prize

Philadelphia, PA—John Lowengrub of the University of California, Irvine, was awarded the Julian Cole Lectureship at the SIAM Annual Meeting in Chicago last month.

The Julian Cole Lectureship, established in 2000, is awarded every four years for an outstanding contribution to the mathematical characterization and solution of a challenging problem in the physical or biological sciences, or in engineering, or for the development of mathematical methods for the solution of such problems.

The 2014 Julian D. Cole Lectureship was awarded to Professor Lowengrub in recognition of his seminal contributions to fluid dynamics, materials science, and computational biology through the development of mathematical models, computational methods, and numerical simulations of free-boundary problems and tumor growth. Read the rest of this entry »

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Irene Gamba is 2014 AWM-SIAM Sonia Kovalevsky Lecturer

Philadelphia, PA—Irene M. Gamba of the University of Texas at Austin received the 2014 AWM-SIAM Sonia Kovalevsky Lecture prize at the SIAM Annual Meeting held in Chicago last month.

The 2014 Lecture was awarded to Professor Gamba for her significant contributions to analytical and numerical methods for statistical transport problems in complex particle systems.  Professor Gamba also has an outstanding record of service to the applied mathematics community, including serving on scientific, policy, and editorial committees and boards and training postdocs and graduate students, including women applied mathematicians. Read the rest of this entry »

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NSF funding opportunity: Designing Materials to Revolutionize and Engineer our Future

From the NSF: 

Designing Materials to Revolutionize and Engineer our Future (DMREF) is the primary program through which the National Science Foundation participates in the national Materials Genome Initiative (MGI) for Global Competitiveness.  MGI recognizes the importance of materials science to the well-being and advancement of society and aims to “deploy advanced materials at least twice as fast as possible today, at a fraction of the cost.”

DMREF seeks to promote activities that significantly accelerate materials discovery and development by building the fundamental knowledge base needed to progress towards designing and making materials with specific and desired functions or properties from first principles.  Also of interest is research that seeks to advance fundamental understanding of materials across length and time scales to elucidate the effects of microstructure, surfaces, and coatings on the properties and performance of materials and devices.  Read the rest of this entry »

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