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Transforming Post-Secondary Education in Mathematics

The recently published report from the TPSEMath group (Transforming Post-Secondary Education in Mathematics) addresses the issues to be discussed at the upcoming CBMS Council meeting on December 5 and provides excellent background reading for the discussions planned for the CBMS meeting.  It frames the issues well, discusses specific findings, makes recommendations, and includes brief description of some of the ongoing efforts at transformation.  The report is available online.  We will have hard copies for all attendees at the meeting (thanks to Tara Holm for making these available).  All the slides of the presentations from last month’s CBMS Forum focusing on these issues are also available on the CBMS website.

Student Chapters Update

chapter_icon-cmyk2015colorsSIAM provided close to $40,000 to 87 chapters to support activities during the 2013-2014 academic year. The activities that they planned were limited only by their imaginations. Here are some of the exciting activities that SIAM chapters sponsored during the 2013-2014 academic year.

Delhi Techological University chapter organized EVOLUTE, a three day technical festival promoting technological growth in a rapidly evolving world. Highlights included an industrial conference on data analytics, poster presentations, and a trivia competition.

Delhi Techological University chapter organized EVOLUTE, a three day technical festival promoting technological growth in a rapidly evolving world. Highlights included an industrial conference on data analytics, poster presentations, and a trivia competition.

On April 26, the California State University, Fresno chapter hosted Math Field Day, an event aimed at promoting mathematics to middle and high school students. The event drew roughly 600 participants who got to compete in events testing their speed, problem solving, and ability to work in teams. The chapter also participated in Mathematics Engineering Science Achievement on February 22, volunteering to guide middle and high school students from disadvantaged areas in group sessions on robotics, rockets, and catapult and bridge building, among other topics. Read the rest of this entry »

SIAM Welcomes its Newest Student Chapters

SIAM Welcomes its Newest Student Chapters:

  • Delft University of Technology, Netherlands
  • Imperial College London, UK
  • National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland
  • Ohio State University
  • RWTH Aachen University, Germany
  • University of Cambridge, UK
  • University of Ngaoundere, Cameroon
  • University of Utah
  • Youngstown State University

 For information on forming a chapter at your school, go to

A new SIAM Activity Group on Education

A proposal to form a SIAM Activity Group (SIAG) on Education was approved by the SIAM Council and Board at their meeting earlier this month. The SIAG will officially start operation on January 1, 2015.

The proposed SIAG will focus on all aspects promoting excellence in applied mathematics educational programs, courses and practice. Broadly inclusive, it will cover industrial mathematics, computational science, modeling, data sciences, applied statistics and the application domains. The primary focus will be undergraduate education but extension of this to graduate and pre-college education is included. A key activity will be to hold a regular conference. Read the rest of this entry »

SIAM Members Annual Business Meeting

The annual business meeting of members of SIAM will be held on Tuesday, July 8, 2014, at 7:15-8:00 PM in the Grand Ballroom on 4th Floor of The Palmer House, during the upcoming SIAM Annual Meeting in Chicago, Illinois. Participation is open to all SIAM members. The meeting will be chaired by SIAM President Irene Fonseca and will include a review of SIAM activities, finances, and plans for the future. Refreshments will be served.

Recipients named for eighth annual SIAM Student Chapter Certificate of Recognition

Chen-bo Zhu (right; head of NUS’s math department) presenting Jia Li with his Certificate of Recognition for service to the National University of Singapore chapter.

Chen-bo Zhu (right; head of NUS’s math department) presenting Jia Li with his Certificate of Recognition for service to the National University of Singapore chapter.

SIAM Student Chapter certificates of recognition have been awarded to 66 students who have made outstanding contributions to their SIAM student chapters. This program recognizes the importance of student contributions in creating and sustaining exciting chapters, acknowledges students’ efforts within the greater SIAM community, and provides a noteworthy commendation for students to add to their records for career building.

SIAM congratulates all of the recipients and thanks them for their contributions to the development and growth of SIAM student chapters. Read the rest of this entry »

Welcome to the newest SIAM Student Chapters

SIAM welcomes the newest student chapters formed at the following schools:

Brigham Young University

California State Polytechnic University Pomona 

City University of New York

Colorado College

University of Pennsylvania


For more information about forming a chapter at your school, go to and check out the slide show at

Why publish in SIAM Journals? [Video]

SIAM publishes 16 peer-reviewed journals covering a broad range of disciplines in applied math and computational science, including SIAM Review, a quarterly journal of expository survey and education-oriented papers; SIAM/ASA Journal on Uncertainty Quantification, all-electronic and new in 2013; SIAM Journal on Financial Mathematics, launched in 2010, covering breakthroughs in financial computational challenges; SIAM Journal on Imaging Sciences; Multiscale Modeling and Simulation; SIAM Journal on Applied Dynamical Systems;and SIAM Undergraduate Research Online (SIURO), an open-access publication for undergraduates.

In this video, SIAM’s Publisher and Editors of various SIAM journals talk about what it means to publish in SIAM journals:

More journal information can be found at

Member-Get-a-Member Campaign Winners Announced

The Member-Get-a-Member program encourages SIAM members to invite their colleagues to join SIAM. This past year, 78 members referred 85 colleagues who joined SIAM as a result. For every member who referred a colleague who then joined SIAM as a new member during 2013, both the person making the referral and the new member were entered into a drawing to win a prize. Congratulations to the following people, whose names were randomly selected on January 16, 2014, from all who were eligible. (Each member who made a successful referral will also receive a SIAM tshirt.)

Raymond Honfu Chan of the Chinese University of Hong Kong won an iPad. Chan referred his colleague Gabriele Steidl, who joined SIAM as a result.

Abbas Shirinifard of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital won a free year of SIAM membership. He referred his colleague Suresh Thiagarajan who joined SIAM as a result.

New member Danial Faghihi of the University of Texas at Austin won a free registration to the SIAM conference of his choice. He joined SIAM after being referred by his colleague, SIAM member Ernesto Prudencio.

New member Wen-Wei Lin of the National Chiao Tung University in Taiwan won a free SIAM book of his choice. Lin was referred by his colleague, SIAM member Ming-Chih Lai.

Thanks to all who participated!

A new contest starts now, so refer your colleagues for a chance to win next year.

Congratulations to Newly Elected SIAG Officers

New officers have been elected for the following SIAM activity groups. Thanks to all candidates for participating in the process.

Algebraic Geometry (SIAG/AG) — Chair Jan Draisma, Vice Chair Elisa Gorla, Secretary Kristian Ranestad, Program Director Greg Blekherman

Control and Systems Theory (SIAG/CST) — Chair George Yin, Vice Chair Fariba Fahroo, Secretary Maurizio Falcone, Program Director Bozenna Pasik-Duncan

Data Mining and Analytics (SIAG/DMA) — Chair Zoran Obradovic, Vice Chair Jeremy Kepner, Secretary Kirk Borne, Program Director Takashi Washio

Discrete Mathematics (SIAG/DM) — Chair Doug West, Vice Chair Lenore Cowen, Secretary Rick Brewster, Program Director Guantao Chen

Dynamical Systems (SIAG/DS) — Chair Timothy Sauer, Vice Chair Vivi Rottschafer, Secretary Elizabeth Cherry, Program Director Lora Billings, Advisory Board: Danielle Bassett, Janet A. Best, Wolf-Jurgen Beyn, Tasso J. Kaper, Chad M. Topaz

Imaging Science (SIAG/IS) — Chair Naoki Saito, Vice Chair Peter Kuchment, Secretary Marcelo Bertalmio, Program Director Rebecca Willett

Mathematical Aspects of Materials Science (SIAG/MS) — Chair Qiang Du, Vice Chair John Lowengrub, Secretary Maria Emelianenko, Program Director Peter Smereka

Optimization (SIAG/OPT) — Chair Juan Meza, Vice Chair Martine Labbe, Secretary Kim Chuan Toh, Program Director Michael Friedlander

Orthogonal Polynomials and Special Functions (SIAG/OPSF) — Chair Walter Van Assche, Vice Chair Jeff Geronimo, Secretary Yuan Xu, Program Director Diego Dominici

Supercomputing (SIAG/SC) — Chair Ali Pinar, Vice Chair Karen Devine, Secretary Bora Ucar, Program Director Laura Grigori

All terms are from 1/1/2014 through 12/31/2015 except SIAG/OPT and SIAG/OPSF which are from 1/1/2014 through 12/31/2016.

Elections of officers for the following activity groups will be held in 2014 for terms of office beginning January 1, 2015: Analysis of Partial Differential Equations (SIAG/APDE) Computational Science and Engineering (SIAG/CSE) Financial Mathematics and Engineering (SIAG/FME) Geometric Design (SIAG/GD) Geosciences (SIAG/GS) Life Sciences (SIAG/LS) Nonlinear Waves and Coherent Structures (SIAG/NWCS) Uncertainty Quantification (SIAG/UQ)