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Exploring human nature through the social web

Free public lecture discusses how online expression and communication is changing how we study human networks 

Philadelphia, PA—The web grows larger and more social every day, allowing ordinary people to express themselves more publicly and permanently than ever before through blogs and social media such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, and Foursquare.

Sep Kamvar, LG Career Development Professor of Media Arts and Sciences and director of the Social Computing group at the MIT Media Lab, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, has had more than a decade of experience studying social technology that has emerged from this tremendous growth in public human communication and self-expression on the web.

In a free public lecture organized as part of the Annual Meeting of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) in Chicago next week, Dr. Kamvar will discuss how this technological and accompanying cultural shift offers a great opportunity to study (and organize) people. “The Internet is bursting with people’s documented expression and communication, pictures and videos, all linked to freely available information about their location, time of day, weather, and more,” according to Kamvar. Read the rest of this entry »

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Leslie Greengard to deliver The John von Neumann Lecture

The prize will be awarded at the SIAM Annual Meeting in Chicago

Philadelphia, PA—Leslie F. Greengard of the Simons Foundation and the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences at New York University has been awarded the 2014 John von Neumann Lecture prize.

The highest honor awarded by the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM), the society’s flagship lecture—established in 1959 in honor of the Hungarian-American mathematician of the same name—is given to a mathematician, or a scientist in another field, who has made distinguished contributions to the field of applied mathematical sciences. Dr. Greengard will receive his award and present the associated prize lecture at the SIAM Annual Meeting to be held in Chicago next month. Read the rest of this entry »

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Symposium by Delhi Technology University SIAM Student Chapter

Delhi Technology University’s SIAM Student Chapter organized EVOLUTE, a three day symposium, in April. The technical festival promoted, showcased, and rewarded technological developments taking place in a rapidly changing world, with the goal of inspiring young minds to think, discover and create.

The symposium featured an industrial conference on data analytics; a poster presentation competition on ‘mathematics: the language of science, technology, magic and mystery’; a paper presentation competition on ‘quantitative finance and applied mathematics’ as well as case studies and a quizzing event, with exciting cash prizes. Read the rest of this entry »

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SIAM Unwrapped June 9, 2014

News & announcements for the SIAM membership community                  

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  Dear SIAM members,

Have you registered for the SIAM Annual Meeting yet? Today is the last day to pre-register! Do so now: https://www.siam.org/meetings/an14/regform.php

The hotel registration deadline is coming up as well. See more information at: http://www.siam.org/meetings/an14/hotel.php

Read about a new look for the SIAM online bookstore, SIAM’s participation at the USA Science and Engineering Festival this spring, and more in this issue. Read the rest of this entry »

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Heidelberg Student Chapter holds “University Meets Industry — First hand experience”

The SIAM Student Chapter at University of Heidelberg held the SIAM symposium “University meets Industry – First hand experience” on May 15, 2014. The Symposium featured talks given by Dr. Josef R. Wuensch, Senior Vice President for Formulation, Mathematics, Modelling & Technology Incubation at BASF SE and Prof. Dr. Dres. h.c. Hans Georg Bock, managing director of the Interdisciplinary Center for Scientific Computing (IWR). Read the rest of this entry »

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SIAM Unwrapped May 27, 2014

SIAM Unwrapped – May 27, 2014

News & announcements for the SIAM membership community                  

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Dear SIAM members,

Have you made plans for the SIAM Annual Meeting yet? There is still time to pre-register online! Read details below.

Read more in this issue about how SIAM promotes applied mathematics and math modeling among high school students through Moody’s Mega Math Challenge, as well as with a brand new math modeling handbook. Read the rest of this entry »

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Putting a number on opinion dynamics in a population

How math helps us analyze information distribution and assimilation 

Philadelphia, PA—Opinion formation in a large population is influenced by both endogenous factors, such as interaction with one’s peers—in-person and via social media—as well as exogenous factors, such as the media, of which mainstream media is one of the most influential factors. For example, according to a study conducted by the National Bureau of Economic Research in 2006, after the introduction and expansion of Fox News in the United States between 1996 and 2000, an estimated 3-28% of the audience was persuaded to vote Republican.

In a recent paper published in the SIAM Journal of Applied Dynamical Systems, authors Anahita Mirtabatabaei, Peng Jia, and Francesco Bullo use a mathematical model to study the process of information assimilation in a population resulting from such exogenous inputs. Read the rest of this entry »

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SIAM Unwrapped Annual Meeting 2014 Special Issue

News & announcements for the SIAM membership community

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  Dear SIAM members,

Are you going to be in Chicago for the 2014 SIAM Annual meeting? SIAM will take the windy city by storm July 7-11 at The Palmer House. Plan to be there!

Have you taken a look at videos from past SIAM meetings? With the 2014 annual meeting fast approaching, now is a good time to refresh your memory about the exciting research that gets covered at SIAM meetings each year. From the role of big data in science and technology, image processing, and cryptography to liquid crystals, robotic astronomy, disease dynamics, and financial math, SIAM annual meetings span a range of topics. View all videos here: bit.ly/1g2JO6Y

Many audio/slide presentations are also available from annual meetings from 2008 onward on SIAM Presents, to which we anticipate adding content from the 2014 meeting.

Child Care Grants are still available for those bringing their children to AN14. Read details below. Read the rest of this entry »

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A chat with Mathematics and Climate authors

View a Google Hangout interview with Hans Kaper and Hans Engler, authors of the book, Mathematics and Climate.

The book was published by SIAM in October 2013, and has been honored by the Atmospheric Science Librarians International (ASLI) as the best book of 2013 in the fields of meteorology, climatology, and atmospheric sciences.

How can mathematical and statistical tools help us understand the dynamics of the Earth’s climate system? What are conceptual climate models and how do they aid in predicting future climate? What should mathematicians and scientists do to reinforce the urgency with which we should be tackling one of the biggest problems of our time? Read the rest of this entry »

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SIAM at USA Science & Engineering Festival

View photos of the SIAM booth at the USA Science and Engineering Festival on April 26-27 in Washington, DC. Volunteers from SIAM student chapters at George Mason University and Shippensburg University staffed the booth.

 

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