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New SIAM Student Chapter: Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne

EPFL Chapter Inaugural workshop.

The École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne student chapter of SIAM has made their mark, becoming the first student chapter of SIAM located in Switzerland and one of eight chapters located in Central Europe. École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne is a research university, ranked 15th in the world according to Leiden rankings. École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne specializes in physical sciences and engineering, offering bachelor, masters, and PhD programs. Read the rest of this entry »

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George Mason Student Chapter Hosts Math Competition

 

The George Mason University SIAM Chapter and the Department of Mathematical Sciences hosted the 2016 Northern Virginia Regional MATHCOUNTS competitions on Saturday, February 6, 2016. The regional competition combines the Fairfax, George Washington and Northern VA Chapters and brought over 400 sixth through eighth grade students from 48 elementary and middle schools that competed at the events. Read the rest of this entry »

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Second Annual SIAM Chapter Conference at NUI Galway

Plenary speakers Dr Dana Mackey & Prof. James Gleeson

The NUI Galway Student Chapter of SIAM held their second annual conference on 3 December 2015. This one-day conference brought together research students from universities throughout Ireland and further afield. Local participants were joined by researchers from the University of Limerick, University College Dublin, Dublin Institute of Technology, and Trinity College Dublin, while the presence of attendees from UNINA (Naples), Politecnico di Torino (Turin) and Zhejiang University (China) lent an international atmosphere to the day.

The plenary speakers on the day were Prof. James Gleeson (MACSI, UL), who spoke about information contagion on social networks, and Dr Dana Mackey (DIT) who spoke about her work on immunosensors and the dynamics of interdisciplinary collaborations. They were joined by seven student speakers, with topics including differential privacy, drug delivery, infectious disease modelling, solar collectors, geophysical waves, steel casting, and phase and precession evolution in the Burgers equation. At the conclusion of proceedings, Gary O’Keeffe of the University of Limerick was awarded the prize for best student speaker. The event was generously supported by SIAM, MACSI at the University of Limerick, the Stokes Cluster for Applied Mathematics and the Mathematics Society at NUI Galway.

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Paul Greaney, Secretary/Treasurer, NUI Galway SIAM Student Chapter

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Manchester SIAM Student Chapter Pizza Social and Blog Launch

The Manchester SIAM Student Chapter hosted a pizza social evening for our members on November 19, 2016. This was our first event of the academic year, and was a great opportunity for new and returning members to find out about the events the chapter will be running this year, as well as finding out about SIAM more generally.

After a short talk from the chapter’s president, Weijian Zhang, pizza was served, and people broke off to socialize and network with each other. Math related games were available, and people had a relaxed atmosphere in which to get to know their fellow members.

The Manchester SIAM Student Chapter has also launched an applied mathematics blog at https://manchestersiam.wordpress.com/. This blog provides a space for our members to share their research, or just discuss areas of applied math that are of interest to them. The first post is about applying topological graph theory to chemistry and is live now, and the next post will be uploaded later in December.

Matthew Gwynne
Secretary, Manchester SIAM Student Chapter

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Industry Workshop by the Student Chapter of Magdeburg

The Student Chapter of SIAM Magdeburg organized a workshop on “Applied Mathematics in Industry” on the 9th of June, 2015. The workshop was hold by the Otto-von-Guericke University of Magdeburg and the Max Planck Institute Magdeburg. It focused on the applications of mathematics in industry and economy. In particular, it thematized real world applications. The two plenary talks were given by Dr. Melina Freitag, lecturer in Applied Mathematics at the University of Bath, UK, as well as Dr. Detlev Huser, independent contractor at SM&A in Irvine, CA, and owner of dh creative services in Syke, Germany. Moreover, four student talks covered a wide range of topics, including source detection of electrocadial signals, lake management, model predictive control for embedded systems and product development.Student_Chapter_Magdeburg

Guest speaker Dr. Melina Freitag gave an introduction to data assimilation in numerical weather prediction. She presented key data assimilation methods as currently used in practice and explained computational challenges.

Dr. Detlev Huser pointed out how research in (and for) space, especially under microgravity
conditions has influenced the life and technology on earth. He explained several examples from various research areas which consider physical science and life science and their terrestrial application potential.

Afterwards the audience was invited to join the chapter board and the speakers for
dinner and some fruitful discussions.

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Nerd Nite Magdeburg

The Student Chapter of SIAM Magdeburg brought the event “Nerd Nite” to Magdeburg, Germany. The basic idea is a perfect mix of science, entertainment and fun—putting it all together in a cozy bar. Three speakers present in about 15 minutes each a topic
of their choice. The presentations are intended to be fun, yet informative and can go across all disciplines. There are no limits to the speaker’s creativity. Participants are encouraged to ask questions.

The event started in Boston in 2003 and the motto is “It’s like the Discovery Channel—with beer!”. It is now represented in more than 70 cities around the world, and since 2014 also in Magdeburg.Nerd_Nite_Magdeburg0

The Student Chapter of SIAM Magdeburg held the 3rd Nerd Nite on the 26th of May, 2015. Dr. Alexander Pastukhov, research associate at the Department of General Psychology and Methodology, Otto-Friedrich-University of Bamberg, explored the topic “Seeing as guessing. Why does our visual system ‘feel lucky’?”. He discussed what neuroscience and art can tell us about this, and why we need parallel computing. Patrick Kurschner, research associate at the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics of Complex Technical Systems, Magdeburg, showed what we can do with antigravity. He presented dubious ways to build UFOs and hoverboards. Prof. Dr. Sebastian Eichfelder, Chair in Business Taxation, Otto-von-Guericke University of Magdeburg, illustrates why the German tax declaration does not fi t on a beer coaster by speaking about tax laws versus tax “insanities”.

The 3rd Nerd Nite inspired a large audience. About 100 people enjoyed the event, which
took place between 8 and 11 pm. More information can be found at http://magdeburg.
nerdnite.com/.

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Oncology, Machine Learning and Watson: SIAM Student Chapter visits IBM

Eric Eager, faculty advisor of the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse SIAM Student Chapter, writes:

On April 10th I had the pleasure of leading a group of seven students from the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse SIAM Student Chapter on a visit to IBM Rochester in Rochester, MN.  The group, which consists of many students who are graduate-school bound in pure mathematics, was very excited to see what doing mathematics was like in a non-academic setting.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Recipients named for ninth annual SIAM Student Chapter Certificate of Recognition

SIAM Student Chapter certificates of recognition have been awarded to 76 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 »

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Pi Day 2015 at UMBC

On Friday, March 13, 2015, University of Maryland, Baltimore County’s SIAM Student Chapter, Mathematics and Statistics Graduate Student Association (MSGSA), and Pi Mu Epsilon Chapter co-hosted a special Pi Day Social.  The President of MSGSA gave students a brief history of Pi, presenting the chronology of attempts to approximate Pi. There was food, fun, and math-related games including Jeopardy Pi Day Edition,  Pi Day Sudoku, a pie tasting contest, and a Pi reciting contest where an undergraduate in mechanical engineering was able to recite 100 digits of Pi.  Special emphasis was placed on giving the opportunity for graduate and undergraduate students from mathematics, statistics, mechanical engineering, and computer science to network and socialize in an informal, friendly, and light-hearted math environment. The event had great turnout and was a fantastic success!

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George Mason University SIAM chapter volunteers in MATHCOUNTS competitions

Diego Torrejon of the George Mason University SIAM student chapter writes: 

The Northern Virginia Regional 32nd MATHCOUNTS competitions were held on Saturday, February 7, 2015 at Glasgow Middle School in Alexandria, VA and at Thomas Jefferson Middle School in Arlington, VA. These chapters include schools in Fairfax and Arlington counties as well as the cities of Alexandria, Falls Church, Fairfax City and Vienna. Over 450 sixth through eighth grade students from 51 elementary and middle schools competed at the events. Several members from the George Mason University SIAM student chapter participated in this outreach event as judges, scorers and volunteers.

SIAM GMU chapter volunteers at MAHTCOUNTS [From (R to L: Front Row: Raymond Powell (Chairman, Northern Virginia Mathcounts Chapter), Manuel DePonte, (Chairman, Mathcounts National Board of Directors), Mezel Smith, Christopher Gray, Rachel Locke, Marilyn Vazquez, Shauna Simeone, Alexandra Johnson, Margaret Araneo, Alicia Suchicital and Padmanabhan Seshaiyer (SIAM Faculty Advisor) Back Row: Diego Torrejon, James Cameron and Stephen Liddle]

SIAM GMU chapter volunteers at MATHCOUNTS

In picture above, from R to L: Front Row: Raymond Powell (Chairman, Northern Virginia Mathcounts Chapter), Manuel DePonte, (Chairman, Mathcounts National Board of Directors), Mezel Smith, Christopher Gray, Rachel Locke, Marilyn Vazquez, Shauna Simeone, Alexandra Johnson, Margaret Araneo, Alicia Suchicital and Padmanabhan Seshaiyer (SIAM Faculty Advisor) Back Row: Diego Torrejon, James Cameron and Stephen Liddle]

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