Mathematics has become a key enabling technology in all areas of science and technology1. The development of new products or production processes today is dominated by the use of simulation and optimization methods, that, based on a detailed mathematical modeling, support or even replace the costly production of prototypes and classical trial-and-error methods. To address this development and following the Recommendations of the Forward Look ‘Mathematics and Industry’2 published by the European Science Foundation, several European research networks have established a new organization to increase the impact of mathematics on innovations in key technologies and to foster the development of new modeling, simulation- and optimization tools.
This network-of-networks named EU-MATHS-IN, sponsored by the European Mathematical Society (EMS) and the European Consortium for Mathematics in Industry (ECMI), aims to become a dedicated one-stop-shop and service unit to coordinate and facilitate the required exchanges in the field of application-driven mathematical research and its exploitation for innovations in industry, science and society.
The new organization has been established in Amsterdam on Nov. 27, 2013 with a joint meeting of the stakeholders.
1 Lery, T.; Primicerio, M.; Esteban, M.J.; Fontes, M.; Maday, Y.; Mehrmann, V.; Quadros, G.; Schilders, W.; Schuppert, A.; Tewkesbury, H. (Eds.), European Success Stories in Industrial Mathematics, Springer Verlag 2011
2 A forward look: Mathematics and Industry, European Science Foundation, 2011.
From Lewis-Burke Associates LLC
On November 14, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) released it solicitation for the Young Faculty Award (YFA) program. The YFA program “aims to identify and engage rising stars in junior faculty positions in academia and equivalent positions at non-profit research institutions and expose them to Department of Defense (DOD) and National Security challenges and needs.” DARPA is interested in cultivating a pipeline of scientists cognizant of the mission requirements of the DOD war-fighting community, thus ensuring uninterrupted innovation for defense technologies. To be successful, proposals to the YFA program must clearly describe the DOD problem addressed by the research and “the current state-of-the-art technology, new insights to address the problem, a credible research plan and schedule, and critical, quantitative milestones to be pursued.”
For the purposes of this solicitation, young faculty are characterized as “untenured Assistant or Associate Professors within 5 years of appointment to a tenure-track position at a US institution of higher education or equivalent at a non-profit science and technology research institution.” Read the rest of this entry »
From the NSF. Please view details here.
NSF has released a new Program Description PD14-7513 titled Improving Undergraduate STEM Education (IUSE) that provides a mechanism for submitting proposals for research-based and research-generating approaches to:
***Understanding STEM learning;
***Designing, testing, and studying curricular change;
***Wide dissemination and implementation of best practices; and
***Broadening participation of individuals and institutions in STEM fields.
The Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE) is collaborating with the Virtual Faculty Collaborative (VFC), a partnership between AAAS, Louisiana State University, and Higher Education Services, to offer several webinars to discuss the IUSE Program.
The IUSE webinars will be held from:
• 1:00-2:30pm (EST) on December 3, 4, and 5; and
• 3:00-4:30pm (EST) on December 10, 11, and 12.
To register for one of these webinars, please access the registration website
Enrollment will be limited to 300 individuals on a first-come, first-served basis. A recorded version of the webinar will be posted later.
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.
From the Simons Foundation. Please read full announcement here.
The Simons Foundation’s Division for Mathematics and the Physical Sciences invites applications for grants to mathematicians to stimulate collaboration in the field primarily through the funding of travel and related expenditures.
The goal of the program is to support the ‘mathematical marketplace’ by substantially increasing collaborative contacts between mathematicians. The foundation will make a large number of grants to accomplished, active researchers in the United States who do not otherwise have access to funding for research that supports travel and visitors.
Applicants must have a tenure-track or tenured position, or be a professor emeritus, at a U.S. institution of higher education. They must have a current record of active research and publication in high-quality journals and not hold any other grants of over $3,000 per year that allow for support for travel or visitors during the Collaboration Grant award period.
Applicants may apply through proposalCENTRAL beginning September 1, 2013. The deadline to apply is January 31, 2014.
From the Simons Foundation. Please read full announcement here.
The Simons Foundation Division for Mathematics and the Physical Sciences invites applications for the Simons Award for Graduate Students in Theoretical Computer Science program.
Theoretical computer science is unique in that graduate students working independently produce some of the best results in the field. With the Simons Award for Graduate Students, the foundation seeks to identify and support these emerging stars by providing additional support to enable them to freely pursue their research interests. The award is not intended to replace the regular academic-year support of these outstanding students.
Applicants must be graduate students who have completed two, three or four years at a U.S. or Canadian institution of higher education with a track record of outstanding results in theoretical computer science. There are no citizenship requirements.
Up to 10 awards will be made annually. Applicants must apply through proposalCENTRAL. The deadline to apply is February 12, 2014, at midnight EST.
[From the NSF. View full article here]
The Division of Mathematical Sciences, within the Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences, National Science Foundation (NSF), announces a nationwide search for mathematical sciences professionals to fill Program Director positions.
NSF Program Directors bear the primary responsibility for carrying out the Agency’s overall mission. To discharge this responsibility requires not only knowledge in the appropriate disciplines, but also a commitment to high standards, a considerable breadth of interest and receptivity to new ideas, a strong sense of fairness, good judgment, and a high degree of personal integrity. Read the rest of this entry »
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News from the Hill
- Policy Update: COMPETES Reauthorization Moves Forward in Both the Senate and House 1
- FY 2014 Appropriations: Bipartisan Budget Agreement Reached
Federal Agency News
- DOD: DARPA Releases RFI for Brain Research Tools Program
- NIH: National Institutes of Health Releases BRAIN Initiative Interim Report
- OSTP: White House Grand Challenges Update
- Policy Update: NSF and NIH Issue Guidance to the Community Following Government Shutdown
- Defense: Defense Science Board Releases Study on Future DOD Technology Needs 9
- DOE: Office of Science Names New Head of ASCR
SIAM and DC
- SIAM Signs on to Non-Defense Discretionary Sign-on Letter 11