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A Solution to the 3x + 1 Problem?

This is a paid announcement that appeared in SIAM News.

I believe I might have solved this very difficult problem. I will welcome reader comments.  See “A Solution to the 3x + 1 Problem,” on
occampress.com.

Contact: Peter Schorer, peteschorer@gmail.com.

Summer 2014 Research Opportunities for Undergraduates

From SIAM News, Volume 47, Number 1, January/February 2014

Undergraduates who are looking for summer research opportunities are encouraged to visit the National Science Foundation’s “Search for an REU Site” Web page at http://www.nsf.gov/crssprgm/reu/reu_search.cfm and click on the “Mathematical Sciences” link. Students can also find research opportunities in the mathematical sciences that have been identified by SIAM News press time, funded both by NSF and by other institutions, listed below.

***Argonne National Laboratory Student Research Participation Programs, May 27-August 1
http://www.dep.anl.gov/p_undergrad/summersrp.htm

***Argonne National Laboratory DOE Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships, May 27-August 1
http://www.dep.anl.gov/p_undergrad/summersuli.htm

***Arizona State University Mathematical and Theoretical Biology Institute Summer Program, June 4-July 25
http://mtbi.asu.edu/summer-program

***Auburn University, TBA
http://www.math.auburn.edu/

***Boise State University, May 26-August 1
http://math.boisestate.edu/reu/

***Brigham Young University, TBA
http://math.byu.edu/reu/

***California State University, Chico, TBA
http://www.csuchico.edu/math/REUT.shtml

***California State University, San Bernadino, June 30-August 22
http://www.math.csusb.edu/reu/program_description.html

***Carleton College Summer Mathematics Program for Women Undergraduates, June 22-July 20
http://www.math.carleton.edu/smp/information.html

***Carnegie Mellon University 2011 Summer Undergraduate Applied Mathematics Institute, May 27-July 22
http://www.math.cmu.edu/CNA/summer_institute.html

***Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, June 3-August 9
http://www.cshl.edu/education/urp/nsf-sponsored-reu-in-bioinformatics-and-computational-biology

***College of William and Mary, June 2-July 25
http://www.wm.edu/as/mathematics/undergraduate_research/summerreu/index.php

***Cornell University, June 16-August 8
http://www.math.cornell.edu/Undergraduate/REU/REU.htm

***Department of Homeland Security STEM Summer Internships, May 5-August 29
http://www.orau.gov/dhseducation/internships/

***East Tennessee State University, TBA
http://www.etsu.edu/math/godbole/nsf.htm

***Emory University, June-July, TBA
http://www.mathcs.emory.edu/~ono/REUs/

***Fairfield University, June 2-July 25
http://faculty.fairfield.edu/srafalski/reu/index.html

***George Mason University, TBA
http://math.gmu.edu/reu/

***Grand Valley State University, June 15-August 10
http://www.gvsu.edu/mathreu/

***Hope College, June 2-July 25
http://www.math.hope.edu/reu.html

***ICERM: Summer@ICERM: Geometry and Dynamics, June 16-August 8
http://icerm.brown.edu/summerug_2014

***Illinois State University, TBA
http://math.illinoisstate.edu/reu/

***Indiana University Bloomington, June 8-August 2
http://www.math.indiana.edu/reu/

***Iowa State University, TBA
http://orion.math.iastate.edu/reu/homepage.html#info

***Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics, June 22-August 22
http://www.ipam.ucla.edu/rips/

***James Madison University, June 2-July 25
http://educ.jmu.edu/~vanwykla/reu/

***Kansas State University, May 27-July 22
http://www.math.ksu.edu/reu/sumar/

***Kent State University, TBA
http://www.math.kent.edu/~soprunova/reu/

***Lafayette College, June 1-July 26
http://math.lafayette.edu/opportunities/reu/

***LA-SiGMA REU:  Interdisciplinary Research Experiences in Materials Science, end of May 2014-early August; program dates vary by university
http://reu.lasigma.loni.org/

***Louisiana State University, on sabbatical in 2014
https://www.math.lsu.edu/dept/reu

***LSU Center for Computation and Technology, May 26-August 1
http://reu.cct.lsu.edu

***Macalester College and IMA, June 9-July 18
http://www.ima.umn.edu/2013-2014/SW6.9-7.18.14/

***Marquette University, TBA
http://acm.mscs.mu.edu/wiki-reu/index.php/Main_Page

***Mathematical Association of America NREUP, TBA
http://www.maa.org/programs/faculty-and-departments/underrepresented-groups/nreup

***Mathematical Sciences Research Institute Summer Program, June 21-August 3
http://www.msri.org/web/msri/education/for-undergraduates/msri-up

***Miami University (Ohio), June 9-July 25
http://www.units.muohio.edu/sumsri/

***Michigan State University, May 28-July 25
http://www.lymanbriggs.msu.edu/SURIEM/

***Missouri State University, June 9-August 1
http://faculty.missouristate.edu/l/lesreid/reu/

***Mount Holyoke College, TBA
http://www.mtholyoke.edu/acad/math/reu/

***NIST Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program, May 19­-August 1
http://www.nist.gov/surfboulder/index.cfm

***North Carolina State University, May 27-August 1
http://www.math.ncsu.edu/REU/

***Oakland University, TBA
https://sites.google.com/a/oakland.edu/mathreu/

***Ohio State University Mathematical Biosciences Institute, June 2-August 15
http://www.mbi.osu.edu/eduprograms/undergrad2014.html

***Ohio Wesleyan University, May 19-July 25
http://reu.owu.edu/

***Oregon State University, June 23-August 15
http://www.math.oregonstate.edu/~math_reu/

***Penn State University, July 2-August 13
http://www.math.psu.edu/mass/

***Rice University Summer Institute of Statistics, TBA
http://www.stat.rice.edu/~jrojo/

***Rochester Institute of Technology, TBA
http://people.rit.edu/~dansma/index_files/NSFREU.htm

***Rutgers University, DIMACS, June 2-August 2
http://reu.dimacs.rutgers.edu/2014/

***Rutgers University DIMACS/DIMATIA, TBA
http://reu.dimacs.rutgers.edu/2014/

***Sam Houston State University, TBA
http://www.shsu.edu/academics/mathematics-and-statistics/research.html

***San Diego State University, June 15-August 9
http://www.sci.sdsu.edu/math-reu/index.html

***Santa Fe Institute, June 8-August 16
http://www.santafe.edu/education/fellowships-undergraduate-program.php

***South Dakota State University, June 2-July 26
http://www.sdstate.edu/mathstat/reu/

***SUNY Potsdam/Clarkson University, May 28-July 22
http://people.clarkson.edu/~ttamon/reu.html

***Texas A&M University, June 2-July 25
http://www.math.tamu.edu/undergraduate/research/REU/

***UCLA Logic Center Summer School for Undergraduates, TBA
http://www.math.ucla.edu/~ineeman/Summer-school/

***University of California, Santa Barbara, June 23-August 15
http://math.ucsb.edu/REU/index.html

***University of Maryland, Baltimore County, June 16-August 8
http://www.umbc.edu/hpcreu/

***University of Minnesota, June 16-August 8
http://www.math.umn.edu/~reiner/REU/REU.html

***University of Minnesota Duluth, June 8-August 14
http://www.d.umn.edu/~jgallian/

***University of Nebraska, Lincoln, TBA
http://www.math.unl.edu/programs/reu/

***University of North Carolina, Greensboro, June 2-July 26
http://www.uncg.edu/cmp/reu/index.html

***University of Texas at Tyler, TBA
http://www.math.uttyler.edu/reu/

***University of Utah, TBA
http://www.math.utah.edu/ugrad/research.html

***University of Washington, TBA
http://www.math.washington.edu/~reu/

***University of Wisconsin Stout, June 1-July 26
http://www.uwstout.edu/mscs/reu.cfm

***University of Wyoming, TBA
http://www.uwyo.edu/math/

***Ursinus College, TBA
http://www.ursinus.edu/NetCommunity/Page.aspx?pid=2881

***Valparaiso University, May 28-July 30
http://www.valpo.edu/mcs/verum/

***Virginia Bioinformatics Institute (VBI) at Virginia Tech, TBA
http://biomath.vbi.vt.edu/

***Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech), TBA
http://tissue-eng.vbi.vt.edu/

***Willamette University, June 16-August 8
http://www.willamette.edu/cla/math/REU-RET/

***Williams College, June 16-August 15
http://math.williams.edu/small/

***WPI Center for Industrial Mathematics and Statistics, May 28-July 25
http://www.wpi.edu/Academics/Depts/Math/CIMS/REU/Current/index.html

Information about REUs in 2014 can be sent to mehne@siam.org.

 

ICERM CALL FOR PROPOSALS

This is a paid announcement.

The Institute for Computational and Experimental Research in Mathematics (ICERM) invites semester program proposals that support its mission to foster and broaden the relationship between mathematics and computation.

Semester Programs: ICERM hosts two semester programs per year. Each has 4-7 organizers and typically incorporates three week-long associated workshops.

On average, the institute provides partial or full support for 5 postdoctoral fellows and 6-10 graduate students per program. There is support for housing and travel support for long-term visitors (including organizers), who stay for 3-4 months, as well as short-term visitors, who stay for 2-6 weeks. In addition, there is support for workshop attendees and applicants.

Faculty interested in organizing a semester research program should begin the process by submitting a pre-proposal: a 2-3 page document which describes the scientific goals, lists the organizers of the program, and identifies the key participants.

All pre-proposals should be submitted to director@icerm.brown.edu by September 1st.  Proposers will receive feedback from an ICERM director within a few weeks of their submission.

Click here for more details:

ICERM is a National Science Foundation Mathematical Sciences Institute at Brown University, Providence, RI.

Mathematical Biosciences Institute Undergraduate Research Program: Capstone Conference

This conference offers undergraduate students doing research projects in the mathematical biosciences an opportunity to present their work on the national stage.

This student centered conference features:

• Recruitment fair for graduate studies

• Panels on jobs and graduate opportunities

• Keynotes from prominent Math Biologist

• Social event at the Columbus Zoo/Aquarium

Deadline for application: July 12, 2013

For more information and to apply, please visit www.mbi.osu.edu/eduprograms/upcapstone2013.html

AC.CES 2013: Aachen Conference on Computational Engineering Science

This is a paid announcement.

September 9-11, 2013
RWTH Aachen University
Aachen, Germany

The Aachen Institute for Advanced Study in Computational Engineering Science (AICES) invites you to participate in the Aachen Conference on Computational Engineering Science (AC.CES), to be held September 9-11, 2013 in Aachen, Germany. AC.CES will bring together leading experts in theory, method development, and applications in computational engineering. The main objectives of the conference are to present cutting-edge research and to foster the growth of a stronger CES community, as well as to facilitate collaborations and the dissemination of new ideas among different CES disciplines.

The conference will be organized as a series of plenary sessions with invited talks as well as poster sessions contributed by regular participants. Among the topics to be discussed at the conference are:

  •  uncertainty quantification
  •  inverse problems in materials science
  • computational biology
  • model order reduction
  • optimization and control
  • imaging/tomographic inversion

E-Mail: acces@aices.rwth-aachen.de

Web: http://www.ac-ces.rwth-aachen.de

Program: http://www.ac-ces.rwth-aachen.de/MainContents/Program.php

Institute for Mathematics and its Applications

This is a paid announcement that appeared in SIAM News.

Minneapolis, Minnesota

The Institute for Mathematics and its Applications, located on the University of Minnesota campus, recently announced the following upcoming programs and opportunities:

2013–2014 Thematic Program: The IMA will soon launch its new annual Thematic Program, to run from September 2013 to June 2014. The theme—Scientific and Engineering Applications of Algebraic Topology—will gather researchers from topology, computational geometry, networking, statistics, biology, and other fields to address methods for qualitative analysis and recognition problems in contemporary contexts, including data (finite metric spaces as samples from experiments, surveys, or sensors), networks (Internet traffic, gene regulation, coordinated robotics, communications), and dynamics (systems equipped with only finite resolution or those that are stochastic). The six workshops planned for the year are designed to be truly interdisciplinary. More information about this year’s workshops and the thematic program are available online at http://www.ima.umn.edu/2013-2014.

Call for Proposals: Hot Topics Workshops. The IMA’s Hot Topics Workshops cover rapidly developing areas of interests, focusing on a specific problem or area of exceptional contemporary significance. These workshops are often cosponsored by a participating institution, corporation, government funding agency, or an NSF-focused research group. More information on submitting a workshop proposal is available online at http://www.ima.umn.edu/solicit/hot-topics-guidelines.html.

New Directions Research Professorships: Applications are invited for New Directions Research Professorships, which provide an extraordinary opportunity for established mathematicians—typically mid-career faculty at U.S. universities—to branch into new directions and increase the impact of their research by spending an academic year immersed in the thematic program at the IMA, where they learn new mathematics and applications, connect their research with important problems, and establish new contacts and collaborations. Applications for professorships during the 2013–2014 (Scientific and Engineering Applications of Algebraic Topology) and 2014–2015 (Discrete Structures: Analysis and Applications) thematic programs are still being accepted. Readers can visit http://www.ima.umn.edu/new-directions for more information as well as an online application.

New Directions Short Course: Applied Statistics and Machine Learning. From June 17 to 28, 2013, the IMA will hold its New Directions Short Course, titled “Applied Statistics and Machine Learning.” Applications are now being accepted for the two-week course, organized by Bin Yu (University of California, Berkeley) and David Madigan (Columbia University); the course will introduce participants to a broad array of modern statistical concepts and techniques, with a focus on critical thinking and practical data analysis. The statistical software R will be used extensively and students are expected to have at least rudimentary knowledge of R prior to the course. The course will cover exploratory data analysis (visualization, dimension reduction, clustering), statistical modeling (linear models, generalized linear models, logistic regression, graphical models), and statistical computation (Monte Carlo, Markov chain Monte Carlo, convex optimization). The course will also cover regularized and large-scale modeling techniques.

More information and an online application are available at http://www.ima.umn.edu/2012-2013/ND6.17-28.13. The deadline for applications is April 15, 2013.

RTG Summer School on Microlocal Analysis and Inverse Problems

This is a paid announcement that appeared in SIAM News.

July 8–26, 2013
University of Washington, Seattle
The Research Training Group in the Department of Mathematics at the University of Washington will host a summer school on solving inverse problems via microlocal analysis, aimed at graduate students and advanced undergraduates who have the required background. Students will attend lectures in the morning and problem sessions in small groups with mentors in the afternoon. On-campus accommodation and meals will be provided, plus a travel allowance of up to $600. The Summer School is supported by an NSF Research Training Grant. Support is restricted to U.S. citizens/permanent residents; international students can be considered but will have to pay all their own expenses.

The course will be taught by Mark Anastasio, Guillaume Bal, Francois Monard, Plamen Stefanov, and Gunther Uhlmann.

Prospective attendees can visit the website for a full course description and prerequisites.

URL: http://www.math.washington.edu/ipde/summer/.

MBI 2013 Undergraduate Research Program at Ohio State

May 20 – August 16, 2013

The goal of this MBI NSF-funded program is to introduce students to exciting new areas of mathematical biology, to involve them in collaborative research with their peers and faculty mentors, and to increase their interest in mathematical biology. The program consists of three parts – each including a mix of educational and social experiences:

The on-line registration form will require:

  • Two letters of reference
  • A ranked list of three projects that you want to participate in (see below)
  • A statement indicating your reasons for wanting to participate in this program

***To receive full consideration, completed applications must be received by January 31, 2013.***

Institute for Computational and Experimental Research in Mathematics Workshop: Bridging Scales in Computational Polymer Chemistry

August 6–10, 2012
Providence, Rhode Island

Many important advances in material and biomedical science will come from controlling the chemical properties and nanoscale morphology of polymer mixtures. Predicting the longtime continuum-level properties of such complex systems poses a canonical computational challenge due to the disparate length and time scales separating the molecular description from the macroscopic behavior, particularly the evolution of morphology. This workshop (http://icerm.brown.edu/tw12-4-bscpc) focuses on overlapping approaches to bridging this gap, the goal being to spur the development of hybrid computational methods with the capacity to identify and characterize the rare events and the driving forces that steer the systems towards equilibrium, and connect the burgeoning growth in parallel-computation techniques for particle-based systems with recently developed classes of continuum models.

Organizers: Andrew J. Christlieb, Michigan State University; Cecilia Clementi, Rice University; Keith Promislow, Michigan State University; Mark Tuckerman, New York University; and Zhengfu Xu, Michigan Technological University.

For more information about this and other programs, organizers, and confirmed participants, and to submit an application, readers should go to ICERM’s website: http://icerm.brown.edu.

NSF/CBMS Conference at ICERM: Finite Element Exterior Calculus

June 11–15, 2012
Providence, Rhode Island

Finite element exterior calculus (FEEC) is a recent advance in the mathematics of finite element methods that employs differential complexes to construct stable numerical schemes for several important types of application problems. It has aroused great interest because it both presents interesting mathematical problems and shows great potential for application in computational science and engineering. The concentrated sequence of lectures in this program will provide participants with an understanding of the mathematical tools required to fully grasp the concepts in FEEC. ICERM is pleased to host this NSF/CBMS Regional Research Conference (http://icerm.brown.edu/tw12-2-cbms). Prospective participants should apply soon, as funding for support is limited.

Organizing Committee: Alan Demlow, University of Kentucky; Johnny Guzmán, Brown University; and Dmitriy Leykekhman, University of Connecticut.

Speakers: Douglas Arnold (keynote), University of Minnesota; Richard Falk, Rutgers University; and Anil Hirani, University of Illinois.

For more about this and other programs, organizers, and confirmed participants, and to submit an application, readers should go to ICERM’s website: http://icerm.brown.edu.