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Eitan Tadmor receives Peter Henrici Prize

Eitan Tadmor of the University of Maryland is the recipient of the 2015 Peter Henrici Prize.

The prize is awarded to Tadmor for his original, broad, and fundamental contributions to the applied and numerical analysis of nonlinear partial differential equations and their applications in areas such as fluid dynamics, image processing, and social dynamics.

Eitan Tadmor’s scientific achievements have had a significant impact on the theory and computational methods for nonlinear hyperbolic PDEs, including the kinetic formulation of conservation laws, the design of non-oscillatory central schemes, entropy stable schemes, edge detection, and spectral viscosity methods. Read the rest of this entry »

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SIAM’s Ralph E. Kleinman Prize goes to George Em Karniadakis

Brown University’s George Em Karniadakis is the 2015 recipient of the Ralph E. Kleinman Prize.

Karniadakis is being recognized for his many outstanding contributions to applied mathematics in a broad range of areas, including computational fluid dynamics, spectral methods and stochastic modeling.

Karniadakis is Charles Pitts Robinson and John Palmer Barstow Professor of Applied Mathematics at Brown University. He received his Ph.D. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1987. In addition to his affiliation at Brown, Karniadakis is also a research scientist at MIT’s Department of Ocean/Mechanical Engineering. He is a Fellow of SIAM, the American Physical Society, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and an Associated Fellow of American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. Read the rest of this entry »

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Linda J. S. Allen awarded AWM-SIAM Sonia Kovalevsky Lecture

The AWM-SIAM Sonia Kovalevsky Lecture is awarded to highlight significant contributions of women to applied or computational mathematics.

This year, that honor goes to Linda J. S. Allen of Texas Tech University.

Allen is being recognized for outstanding contributions in ordinary differential equations, difference equations and stochastic models, with significant applications in the areas of infectious diseases and ecology.

Allen is the Paul Whitfield Horn Professor of Mathematics in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Texas Tech University. She received her Ph.D. in 1981 from the University of Tennessee. Since 1999, Allen has served as an adjunct professor at the Institute of Environmental and Human Health at Texas Tech. Read the rest of this entry »

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SIAM Prize for Distinguished Service to the Profession awarded to Carlos Castillo-Chavez

The 2015 SIAM Prize for Distinguished Service to the Profession goes to Carlos Castillo-Chavez of Arizona State University.

Castillo-Chavez is being recognized for his extraordinary mentoring that has helped bring numerous underrepresented and economically disadvantaged students at all levels to the mathematical sciences; for his extensive research record in mathematical biology and epidemiology; for his distinguished service on numerous national committees and advisory boards at SIAM, the Mathematics Institutes, US National Science Foundation, US National Institutes of Health, and elsewhere; and for his lifelong commitment to successfully promoting diversity in the applied mathematics community.

Castillo-Chavez is Regents Professor and Joaquin Bustoz Jr. Professor of Mathematical Biology and Distinguished Sustainability Scientist at Arizona State University. He also serves as executive director of the Mathematical and Theoretical Biology Institute (MTBI), founding director of the Mathematical, Computational and Modeling Sciences Center (MCMSC), executive director of the Institute for Strengthening the Understanding of Mathematics and Science (SUMS), and Director of STEM Programs for Underrepresented Minorities at ASU. Read the rest of this entry »

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Gerhard Wanner receives SIAM’s George Pólya Prize for Mathematical Exposition

Gerhard Wanner of the University of Geneva is the 2015 recipient of the George Pólya Prize for Mathematical Exposition.

Wanner is being honored primarily for the five books he has co-authored. They display deep mathematics, presented with elegance, enthusiasm, wit, scholarship, and much history. These books have uniquely delineated numerical ODEs (especially stiff equations) and geometric integration and created an historical perspective for the teaching and understanding of analysis and geometry.

Gerhard Wanner retired from the University of Geneva, Switzerland, in 2007, where he had been a full professor since 1976. He received his doctorate from the University of Innsbruck in 1965. Read the rest of this entry »

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Francis Clarke is recipient of 2015 W. T. and Idalia Reid Prize

Philadelphia, PA—Francis Clarke of Université Claude Bernard is the recipient of the 2015 W. T. and Idalia Reid Prize, awarded by the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM).

Dr. Clarke has been awarded the Reid prize for his pioneering and influential work on the analysis of generalized derivatives and subdifferentials and for its applications in PDE optimization and control of nonsmooth systems.

Clarke received the award, a cash prize of $10,000 and an engraved medal, at the SIAM Conference on Control and Its Applications, held July 8-10 in Paris, France. His associated prize lecture, “Definitions and Hypotheses and All That Stuff,” also delivered at the conference, was very well received.

A faculty member at Université Claude Bernard in Lyon, France, Clarke also holds a chair in mathematical control theory at L’Institut universitaire de France. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Washington. Read the rest of this entry »

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Jennifer Tour Chayes of Microsoft to deliver The John von Neumann Lecture

Philadelphia, PA— The Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) is pleased to announce that Jennifer Tour Chayes of Microsoft is the 2015 John von Neumann Lecturer.

The flagship lecture, the highest honor awarded by SIAM, was established in 1959 in honor of the Hungarian-American mathematician after whom the prize is named. The lecture is awarded for outstanding and distinguished contributions to the field of applied mathematical sciences and for the effective communication of these ideas to the community.

The 2015 John von Neumann Lecture is awarded to Dr. Chayes for her leadership in the research community, as well as her seminal contributions to the study of phase transitions in both mathematical physics and the theory of computing.  As co-founder, Managing Director and Distinguished Scientist at Microsoft Research New England and Microsoft Research New York City, she has gone on to tackle network models and algorithms,  algorithmic game theory, and computational biology; through her multiple leadership roles, she continues to inspire and innovate. Read the rest of this entry »

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Let policymakers know why STEM conferences are important!

Anyone who has ever been to a scientific or technical meeting knows the value of attending one: advancing research; learning about the latest in the field; networking with peers and other professionals; finding collaborators, students, and mentors; and participating in scientific discussions, to name just a few of the benefits.

While we know of the many and varied advantages of scientific meetings, it’s time to convince federal policymakers of the same. Since 2012, federal science agency employees and contractors have been subject to significant regulations and burdensome approval processes stipulated by government-wide policies. It has been shown by the Government Accountability Office and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy that this has reduced overall conference participation by scientists and researchers at government agencies.

In order to help spotlight this issue, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) has launched a campaign to elicit anecdotes that highlight the important role of STEM conferences from participants such as yourself. This is part of a larger community advocacy to loosen conference travel restrictions. Read the rest of this entry »

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NSF Unsolicited Proposals for Quantitative Approaches to Biomedical Big Data (QuBBD)

From the NSF:

Dear Colleagues:

The explosion in the availability of health- and disease-related data from biological, biomedical, behavioral, social, environmental, and clinical studies is creating new opportunities for collaborative research. Innovative methodology for visualization, modeling, and analysis of biomedical big data is imperative to address the challenges posed by complex data structures such as images, networks, and graphs, missing and sparse data, and complex dependence structures and interaction effects.

One of the critical application areas at the interface of the biomedical and data sciences is precision (or personalized) medicine. The goal of precision medicine is to develop a targeted treatment (or prevention) regimen that takes into account unique characteristics of an individual such as genetic makeup, environmental factors, and lifestyle. Achieving the goal of precision medicine will require combining data across multiple formats and developing novel, sophisticated mathematical, statistical, and computational methods that facilitate high-confidence predictions for individuals. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tristan van Leeuwen receives SIAM Activity Group on Geosciences Junior Scientist Prize

From the press office of Universiteit Utrecht: 

Tristan van Leeuwen of Utrecht University in the Netherlands received the SIAM Activity Group on Geosciences Junior Scientist Prize this year. The jury praised Van Leeuwen for his “exceptional contribution to the theory, algorithms and large scale computing of seismic inverse problems, and for his leadership in the field of mathematics based seismic imaging.” SIAM awards the prize to a young, promising researcher in the field of mathematics with an application in the geosciences every two years.

Van Leeuwen has been working as an assistant professor at Utrecht University’s Faculty of Science since 2014. He was pleasantly surprised to receive the prize: “I didn’t expect this. This international recognition has inspired me to remain active at the interface between mathematics and geoscience,” he said. Read the rest of this entry »

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