Archive for November 2011

Enneking Doctoral Fellowships at Portland State University

Portland State University
Fariborz Maseeh Department of Mathematics and Statistics/Eugene Enneking Doctoral Fellowship Program

The Fariborz Maseeh Department of Mathematics and Statistics announces a competition for Eugene Enneking Doctoral Fellowships. Enneking fellowships are designed to attract and retain outstanding graduate students who are seeking a PhD in mathematical sciences at Portland State University. These fellowships are part of a recent $3.9 million gift from alumnus and entrepreneur Fariborz Maseeh to develop an outstanding computational mathematics and statistics program at Portland State University and to promote partnerships for research and innovation.

Eligibility: Applicants must be either students seeking admission to the department’s PhD program in the mathematical sciences program or full-time graduate students pursuing a PhD in mathematical sciences. In particular, the department seeks outstanding students who plan to or are already specializing in the areas of mathematics and statistics applied to the health sciences, finance/business, general sciences, or engineering and computer science. Special consideration will be given to candidates interested in computational mathematics and statistics; however, applicants working in other areas of research will also be considered. The selection will be based on merit rather than on applicants’ current or potential scientific interests. Fellowships are generally awarded to students with a GPA of at least 3.5.

Awards: Up to three fellowships of $20,000 per academic year, plus tuition remission, will be awarded. Each initial award will be made for up to two years with the possibility of renewal for a second and/or third year. The renewal of fellowships will require a re-application and will be reviewed with other applicants for such awards.

Application procedures: Applicants should submit (1) a written application for the fellowship (students applying concurrently for admission to the PhD program at PSU should state clearly why they would like to study at PSU and should list up to three faculty members with whom they would like to work during a PhD program), (2) a current curriculum vitae, (3) a copy of all academic transcripts, and (4) at least two letters of recommendation to: PhD in Mathematical Sciences Committee, Fariborz Maseeh Department in Mathematics and Statistics, Portland State University, Portland, OR 97207–0751. Applications should be submitted on or before January 15, 2012.

And the winner is: 2011 SIAM General Election

The votes from the 2011 election are in, and we are pleased to announce the results. All candidates listed below will assume office on January 1, 2012. Asterisks indicate incumbent officers who will continue their terms.

Irene Fonseca, Carnegie-Mellon University

Nicholas Higham*, University of Manchester

Simon Tavener, Colorado State University

Kathryn Brenan, The Aerospace Corporation
Mary Ann Horn*, Vanderbilt University
Tamara Kolda, Sandia National Laboratories

Michele Benzi*, Emory University
Bruce Hendrickson*, Sandia National Laboratories
Tom Hou*, California Institute of Technology
Rachel Kuske, University of British Columbia

SIAM would like to extend its special gratitude to all the excellent candidates who participated in the election, and would like to thank all who voted.

Mathematics and biology: a video from ICIAM 2011

Watch a video from ICIAM 2011, which gives an overview of mathematical modeling in biological and ecological processes, human and animal dynamics, and animal interactions with the environment. Professors Maeve McCarthy, Benoit Perthame, Gerda de Vries and several other speakers at the Congress spoke on many aspects of this broad and intriguing topic.

SAMSI Summer Program on Computational Advertising

The SAMSI Summer Program on Computational Advertising in cooperation with SIAM and SIAG/DMA will be held August 6-17, 2012 at Research Triangle Park, NC.

The  first three days of the two-week program will be spent on technical presentations by leading researchers and industry experts, to bring everyone up to speed on the currently used methodology. On the fourth day, the participants will self-organize into working groups, each of which will address one of the key problem areas.

The activities in the working groups will address real-world datasets provided by the corporate participants. Datasets that will be made available include:

Recommender systems data: (1) Netflix competition data; (2) Y! Music data available from KDD cup 2011; (3) Movielens dataset available from GroupLens; (4) Y! front page data (to be released, tentative at this point)

Web Search: (1) Learning to rank competition data.

Advertising: (1) Click logs from a real-world system (to be released, tentative at this point).

e-commerce:( 1) Epinions: data to study user trust and product ratings.

For more information, please visit the program page, or contact

ICIAM video: math modeling in disease dynamics

At ICIAM 2011, speakers from varying backgrounds, including Professors Patrick Nelson, Kerry Landman, and Avner Friedman, and graduate student Irina Kareva, outlined the many aspects of mathematical modeling in disease progression and dynamics, emphasizing the connections between mathematics and medical science.

Watch a video that highlights the applications of math modeling in diabetes, cancer and wound healing:

You can also read about Avner Friedman’s other research—on math modeling for cancer treatments here.

Forward Looking Workshop by SIAG on GeoSciences

The SIAM Activity Group on GeoSciences organized a Forward Looking Workshop, which convened in Crystal City, Washington, D.C. on Sept. 16-17, 2011. The workshop, which was funded by the National Science Foundation, discussed research and methodological challenges that occur at the frontier of geosciences and mathematical and computational research. Workshop participants put forth ways in which these challenges could be overcome, by presenting models and discussing opportunities for successful collaborations that could be supported by interdisciplinary National Science Foundation (NSF) programs, similar to previous initiatives such as the program on Collaboration in Mathematical Geosciences (CMG).  Workshop participants and organizers interacted with NSF officers to discuss  current initiatives in the mathematical geosciences as well as the many scientific, organizational, and educational challenges facing the field.

Please see the full report from the workshop here: Forward Looking Workshop White Paper

You can also access a wiki with the paper and other materials from the workshop.

SIAM Unwrapped – November 2011

SIAM Unwrapped is a free electronic newsletter distributed monthly to SIAM members. It provides links to industry news, membership information, meetings, publications, and other items of interest.

Dear SIAM Members,

As the end of the year approaches, we would like to remind you to renew your membership for 2012. This will ensure uninterrupted access to all your member benefits, including your subscriptions to SIAM News and SIAM Review, and discounts available to you on SIAM books, journals, and conferences.

In addition, those who join SIAM for 2012 now will get the rest of 2011 for free. Read the rest of this entry »

DOE announces Office of Science Graduate Fellowship Program

The Department of Energy has announced the Office of Science Graduate Fellowship (SCGF) Program, a three-year award providing partial tuition support, an annual stipend for living expenses, and a research allowance for full-time graduate study and thesis/dissertation research at U.S. academic institutions.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens and first- or second-year graduate students or undergraduate seniors at the time of application. They must be pursuing or plan to pursue advanced degrees in areas relevant to the Office of Science research, e.g., physics, materials sciences, chemistry, biology, applied mathematics, computer and computational sciences, environmental sciences, and some areas of engineering.

This year the Office of Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR) will make awards in 3 major areas: Computer Science, Applied Math and Network Environment Research.

Complete information about the program and a link to the online application can be found on the SCGF website. Applications are due Tuesday, January 3, 2012.

Image and shape analysis with computational science: ICIAM 2011 video

At ICIAM 2011, Professor Ron Kimmel of Technion Israel Institute of Technology spoke about the detection and measurement of human physical and biological traits with the help of electronic devices, and on how this field of biometrics has implications in various fields such as forensic science, medical imaging, robotics and gaming.

Watch a video of his interview!

Mathematically modeling road traffic and crowd dynamics: ICIAM 2011 video

Watch a video from ICIAM 2011, which gives an overview of various aspects of mathematical modeling in road traffic, crowd dynamics, animal groups, and animal movement. Professors Benedetto Piccoli, Gerda de Vries, and Chris Budd featured here were among several speakers at the Congress who spoke on this broad and intriguing topic.