Equations help explain key parameters of stents that combat artherosclerosis
Philadelphia, PA—Coronary heart disease accounts for 18% of deaths in the United States every year. The disease results from a blockage of one or more arteries that supply blood to the heart muscle. This occurs as a result of a complex inflammatory condition called artherosclerosis, which leads to progressive buildup of fatty plaque near the surface of the arterial wall.
In a paper published last month in the SIAM Journal on Applied Mathematics, authors Sean McGinty, Sean McKee, Roger Wadsworth, and Christopher McCormick devise a mathematical model to improve currently-employed treatments of coronary heart disease (CHD).
“CHD remains the leading global cause of death, and mathematical modeling has a crucial role to play in the development of practical and effective treatments for this disease,” says lead author Sean McGinty. “The use of mathematics allows often highly complex biological processes and treatment responses to be simplified and written in terms of equations which describe the key parameters of the system. The solution of these equations invariably provides invaluable insight and understanding that will be crucial to the development of better treatments for patients in the future.” Read the rest of this entry »
From the Simons Foundation. Please read full announcement here.
The Simons Foundation’s Division for Mathematics and the Physical Sciences invites applications for grants to mathematicians to stimulate collaboration in the field primarily through the funding of travel and related expenditures.
The goal of the program is to support the ‘mathematical marketplace’ by substantially increasing collaborative contacts between mathematicians. The foundation will make a large number of grants to accomplished, active researchers in the United States who do not otherwise have access to funding for research that supports travel and visitors.
Applicants must have a tenure-track or tenured position, or be a professor emeritus, at a U.S. institution of higher education. They must have a current record of active research and publication in high-quality journals and not hold any other grants of over $3,000 per year that allow for support for travel or visitors during the Collaboration Grant award period.
Applicants may apply through proposalCENTRAL beginning September 1, 2013. The deadline to apply is January 31, 2014.
Read the following post by the University of Florida SIAM student chapter for details on their third SIAM Gators Conference.
The Third University of Florida SIAM Gators Conference will take place March 27-29, 2014, in the Mathematics Department of the University of Florida. The conference focuses on the following three areas:
1. Numerical Optimization and Applications
2. Mathematical Algorithms in Imaging
3. Mathematical Biology and Modelling Read the rest of this entry »
News & announcements for the SIAM membership community
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Dear SIAM members,
Can you nominate a SIAM Fellow? Help SIAM honor members for their distinguished contributions to the disciplines served by SIAM as well as make outstanding members more competitive for awards and leadership positions in broader society.
Inducted Fellows for the Class of 2014 will be recognized at the SIAM Annual Meeting to be held in Chicago next July. Each current (non-student) SIAM member may make up to two nominations per year.
SIAM provided over $39,500 to 85 chapters to support activities during the 2012-2013 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 2012-2013 academic year.
On April 27-28, college math students in the greater Chicago area convened at the first annual Chicago Area SIAM Student Conference (CASSC), hosted by the University of Illinois at Chicago. The event was a collaboration between the SIAM chapters of UIC, Northwestern University, and Illinois Institute of Technology. It featured three plenary speakers, numerous talks from graduate students, a poster session, and a career panel. Next year’s conference will be held next spring at Northwestern University. Read the rest of this entry »
Philadelphia, PA—A photo captures only as much as the camera in use will allow, and is therefore limited by the field of view of the camera’s lens. In the case of smartphones and many advanced cameras, the view from the lens is much smaller than the view from your own eyes.
Panoramic photographs were invented to capture large objects or scenes that could not otherwise fit within the constraints of a single photo. Panoramic photography is achieved through image stitching, a process that combines two or more photographs, seamlessly blending input images with overlapping regions into one picture. A paper published by Wei Wang and Michael Ng in the SIAM Journal on Imaging Sciences this summer aims to develop an algorithm for image stitching.
SIAM is accepting requests for funding for up to $500 per SIAM Student Chapter for projects taking place on campus during the 2013-2014 academic year. Download the “Request for Funding” at http://www.siam.org/students/chapters/funding.php,, fill it out, and submit to Nancy Snell , Membership Coordinator, by October 1, 2013.
The Simons Foundation announced Leslie Greengard as the founding director of the Simons Center for Data Analysis (SCDA) last week.
As director of the new center devoted to the topic of data analysis, Greengard will lead a team of scientists analyzing large-scale, rich data sets and developing innovative mathematical methods to examine such data. The center will be funded by the Simons Foundation.
A distinguished mathematician and computer scientist, Dr. Greengard is a SIAM member.
For more details, read the complete press release.