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Anna Lieb is SIAM-sponsored AAAS Mass Media Fellow

Philadelphia, PA–One of SIAM’s goals is to raise public awareness of the significance of the mathematical sciences, and to foster better communication of research in the field. One way SIAM fulfills this goal is by supporting science communication projects, such as the AAAS Mass Media Science and Engineering Fellowship program.

This year, the SIAM-sponsored AAAS Mass Media Fellowship goes to Anna Lieb of the University of California, Berkeley. Lieb will conduct her Fellowship work at PBS’s NOVA. Read the rest of this entry »

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SIAM names Class of 2015 Fellows

Philadelphia, PA—Each year, SIAM designates as Fellows of the society those who have made outstanding contributions to the fields of applied mathematics and computational science. This year, 31 members of the community have been selected for this distinction: Read the rest of this entry »

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Nancy Kopell and Bard Ermentrout receive Mathematical Neuroscience Prize

Dr. Nancy Kopell of Boston University and Dr. Bard Ermentrout of the University of Pittsburgh have been awarded the Mathematical Neuroscience Prize.

Kopell was awarded for her work in mathematical analysis of the nervous system functions, and Ermentrout was recognized for his classic work in mathematical biology. Each received a $100,000 prize.

Kopell and Ermentrout are both SIAM Fellows.


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The Abel Prize goes to John Nash & Louis Nirenberg

The Norwegian Academy of Sciences and Letters has announced that the Abel Prize for 2015 will go to American mathematicians John F. Nash, Jr. and Louis Nirenberg “for striking and seminal contributions to the theory of nonlinear partial differential equations and its applications to geometric analysis.”

Read full details on the Abel Prize website.

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Ian Stewart and Steven Strogatz awarded 2015 Lewis Thomas Prize

Ian Stewart, Emeritus Professor of Mathematics at The University of Warwick, and Steven Strogatz, Jacob Gould Schurman Professor of Applied Mathematics at Cornell University,  have been awarded the 2015 Lewis Thomas Prize, which recognizes “scientists as poets.”

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Dr. Stewart and Dr. Strogatz are members of SIAM and well-known in the mathematical science community.

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Levent Alpoge to Receive 2015 AMS-MAA-SIAM Morgan Prize

From the American Mathematical Society:

Providence, RI—Levent Alpoge will be awarded the 2015 AMS-MAA-SIAM Frank and Brennie Morgan Prize for Outstanding Research by an Undergraduate Student in Mathematics.  A graduate of Harvard University, Alpoge is currently at Cambridge University undertaking Part III of the Mathematical Tripos as a Churchill Scholar.  The Morgan Prize, jointly sponsored by the American Mathematical Society, the Mathematical Association of America, and the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, will be awarded at the Joint Mathematics Meetings in January in San Antonio, Texas.

Alpoge is honored “for several contributions in the fields of number theory, probability, and combinatorics.”

Although he has yet even to begin graduate studies in mathematics, Alpoge has already authored or co-authored seven research papers and has established a substantial record of proposing innovative solutions to difficult problems.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Chorin and Kailath receive National Medal of Science

Philadelphia, PA–On November 20th at a White House ceremony, President Obama honored the newest recipients of the National Medal of Science and the National Medal of Technology and Innovation. The highest honors bestowed by the United States government for achievements in science, technology, and innovation, the awardees are recognized for their outstanding contributions in fields such as biology, physics, and math, and their vision, creativity and intellect in technology and innovation.

Two SIAM members are among the awardees this year: Read the rest of this entry »

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Emmanuel Candes to Receive 2015 AMS-SIAM Birkhoff Prize in Applied Mathematics  


Providence, RI—Emmanuel Candès will be awarded the 2015 AMS-SIAM George David Birkhoff Prize in Applied Mathematics. Candès holds the Barnum-Simons Chair in Mathematics and Statistics and is a professor of electrical engineering (by courtesy) and a member of the Institute of Computational and Mathematical Engineering at Stanford University. The Birkhoff Prize, jointly sponsored by the American Mathematical Society and the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, will be awarded at the Joint Mathematics Meetings in January in San Antonio, Texas.

Candès is honored “for his work on compressed sensing that has revolutionized signal processing and medical imaging and his related work on computational harmonic analysis, statistics and scientific computing.”

Compressed sensing is a mathematical technique that has led to dramatic advances in the efficiency and accuracy of data collection and analysis.  A prime example comes from medicine, particularly magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).  An MRI machine collects data about the body part analyzed, and then an algorithm uses that data to create a picture of the body part.  The machine should intelligently collect just the right number of data points, and the algorithm should use those points to reliably reconstruct a high-quality image.  When working with doctors on the problem of reducing artifacts in MRI images, Candès and his post-doc Justin Romberg experimented with one particular reconstruction algorithm that worked with an unusually small number of data points.  They noticed something strange: when tested, the algorithm reconstructed the image *exactly*, every time. Candès then realized they were on to something new. Read the rest of this entry »

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SIAM Executive Director James Crowley named AAAS Fellow

Philadelphia, PA—James M. Crowley has been named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) for a distinguished record as a scientific administrator in the U.S. Air Force and for the past two decades of outstanding leadership as executive director of SIAM, the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics.

With Crowley at the helm, SIAM has grown and expanded over the last 20 years through conferences, activity groups and publications that spotlight new areas and cutting edge research, prizes and awards that recognize outstanding work in the field, and a range of projects aimed at improving mathematics education and increasing the impact of the mathematical sciences for the society at large.

Prior to SIAM, Crowley served in positions in the US Air Force, including Assistant Chief Scientist at the Air Force Systems Command. He was a program manager for applied and computational mathematics at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and served as the directorate head for Mathematics and Information Sciences at the Air Force Office of Scientific Research. He was also a tenured associate professor at the US Air Force Academy. He received his PhD in Applied Mathematics from Brown University. Read the rest of this entry »

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SIAM and ACM honor software developers for large-scale scientific computing toolkit



Prize is awarded to recognize contributions to mathematical and computational tools and methods

Philadelphia, PA–The Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) and the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) are pleased to present the SIAM/ACM Prize in Computational Science and Engineering to the PETSc core development team for the development of PETSc (Portable Extensible Toolkit for Scientific Computation), a suite of data structures and routines intended for use in large-scale application projects.

The prize is being awarded to Satish Balay, Jed Brown, William Gropp, Matthew Knepley, Lois Curfman McInnes, Barry Smith, and Hong Zhang for their collaborative work in developing the PETSc software package, which has transformed the way large-scale software libraries are developed, supported, and used within the CS&E community.  The creation of this innovative and seminal numerical software package provides the scientific and engineering community with robust, efficient, scalable, and extensible tools that are the backbone of numerous high-performance applications.  The sustained impact of this work has been felt worldwide. Read the rest of this entry »

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