Prizes and Awards

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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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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Eminent Members designated as SIAM Fellows

SIAM is pleased to announce the 2014 Class of SIAM Fellows. These distinguished members were nominated for their exemplary research as well as outstanding service to the community. Through their contributions, SIAM Fellows help advance the fields of applied mathematics and computational science.

SIAM would like to congratulate these 32 members of the community listed below in alphabetical order:

Mark Ainsworth, Brown University

John S. Baras, University of Maryland, College Park

Lorenz T. Biegler, Carnegie Mellon University

Åke Björck, Linköping University, Emeritus

Alfred M. Bruckstein, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology Read the rest of this entry »

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SIAM names 2014 Class of Fellows

Each year, the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) designates as Fellows of the society members who have made outstanding contributions to fields served by SIAM.

This year, SIAM is happy to recognize 32 members of the community for this honor. Fellows are nominated by peers for their distinguished contributions to the fields of applied mathematics and computational science and related disciplines.

The Class of 2014 Fellows, listed below in alphabetical order, will be recognized at the 2014 SIAM Annual Meeting to be held in Chicago in July. Read the rest of this entry »

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Richard Tapia receives 2014 Vannevar Bush Award

The National Science Board (NSB) has named mathematician Richard Tapia as the 2014 recipient of its Vannevar Bush Award. Dr. Tapia, Maxfield-Oshman Professor in Engineering in the department of computational and applied mathematics at Rice University, is a leading figure in mentoring minorities in science, engineering and mathematics fields.

Tapia will receive the award–which was initiated in 1980 in memory of Vannevar Bush, who helped establish federal funding for science and engineering as a national priority–on May 6 during the National Science Foundation/NSB Annual Awards Ceremony in Washington, DC.

Tapia was SIAM’s I.E. Block Community Lecturer in 1999, and is a SIAM Fellow.

To read more details on the Vannevar Bush Award and the full press release, visit:

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‘Mathematics and Climate’ wins award

The book, Mathematics and Climate, published by SIAM last October, 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.

Mathematics and Climate is a timely textbook with wide appeal. It is aimed at students and researchers in mathematics and statistics who are interested in current issues of climate science, as well as at climate scientists who wish to become familiar with qualitative and quantitative methods of mathematics and statistics. The authors emphasize conceptual models that capture important aspects of Earth’s climate system and present the mathematical and statistical techniques that can be applied to their analysis. Topics from climate science include the Earth’s energy balance, temperature distribution, ocean circulation patterns such as El Niño–Southern Oscillation, ice caps and glaciation periods, the carbon cycle, and the biological pump. Among the mathematical and statistical techniques presented in the text are dynamical systems and bifurcation theory, Fourier analysis, conservation laws, regression analysis, and extreme value theory. Read the rest of this entry »

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William Gropp and Jed Brown win SIAG on Supercomputing Career and Junior Scientist prizes

SIAM is pleased to announce William D. Gropp as the recipient of the 2014 SIAM Activity Group on Supercomputing (SIAG/SC) Career Prize.

The prize, which is awarded biennially at the SIAM Conference on Parallel Processing for Scientific Computing, is given to an outstanding senior researcher who has held a PhD or equivalent degree for at least fifteen years, and has made broad and distinguished contributions to the field of algorithms research and development for parallel scientific and engineering computing.

Professor Gropp was awarded the prize for his excellence in research, contributions to numerical software for linear algebra, high-performance parallel and distributed computation, and exceptional service to the scientific community.

The Thomas M. Siebel Chair in Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Gropp’s research interests are in high performance scientific computing with particular emphasis on parallel computing, development of the message passing interface, and hierarchical numerical methods for the numerical solution of partial differential equations. Read the rest of this entry »

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Pamela Cook named Unidel Professor of Mathematical Sciences at University of Delaware

SIAM’s new President Elect L. Pamela Cook has been named Unidel Professor of Mathematical Sciences at the University of Delaware.

The award is from the Unidel Foundation, which makes grants to finance projects to enrich educational programs at the University of Delaware. The foundation was  established by Amy E. du Pont who supported women’s education in Delaware and bequeathed her estate to create the foundation.

Professor Cook chaired University of Delaware’s Department of Mathematical Sciences for nine years. She was also Chair of the University’s Commission on the Status of Women for six years.

Dr. Cook’s areas of research include viscoelastic fluid flows, perturbation analysis, fluid mechanics, and transonic aerodynamics, among other applications of mathematics.

She is a SIAM Fellow, and was elected SIAM President for 2015-16 in SIAM’s fall elections.

Please view the full release on the University of Delaware website.

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Christopher Johnson to Receive IEEE-CS Sidney Fernbach Award

According to the CRA Newsletter, Christopher Johnson has been named the recipient of the 2013 IEEE Computer Society Sidney Fernbach Award for his work in scientific visualization and computing. Johnson is the founding director of the University of Utah’s Scientific Computing and Imaging (SCI) Institute.

An active member of SIAM’s Activity Group on CS&E, Chris Johnson is a co-chair of the organizing committee for the next SIAM Conference on Computational Science and Engineering (CSE15).

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