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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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Call for Nominations for the 2016 Vasil A. Popov Prize

This is a paid announcement that appeared in SIAM News.

The Vasil A. Popov Prize is awarded every three years for outstanding research in fields related to the work of Popov, best known for his contributions to approximation theory.

Nominees must have received their PhD within the previous six years.

Nominations, which must include a brief description of the relevant work and the nominee’s curriculum vitae, should be sent to Pencho Petrushev, Chair, Popov Prize Selection Committee, Interdisciplinary Mathematics Institute, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC 29208; The deadline for nominations is November 15, 2015.

The prize will be awarded in May 2016 at the Fifteenth International Conference in Approximation Theory in San Antonio, Texas. For further information, visit

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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.”

Read more details here:

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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