AMS News http://www.ams.org AMS News - RSS Feed Fri, 17 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EST en-us 2014 Einstein Lecture http://www.ams.org/news?news_id=2435 http://www.ams.org/news?news_id=2435 Fri, 17 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EST <p> <strong><a href="/images/einstein2014-simons.jpg"><img alt="James H. Simons " src="/images/thumbs/einstein2014-simons.jpg" style="width: 80px; height: 100px; border-width: 0px; border-style: solid; margin-left: 2px; margin-right: 2px; float: left;" /></a>James Simons</strong>, chair of the Simons Foundation, will give this year&#39;s AMS Einstein Public Lecture in Mathematics at San Francisco State University Saturday, October 25. Simons will speak on &quot;Mathematics, Common Sense, and Good Luck.&quot; <a href="/meetings/lectures/meet-einstein-lect">Read more about the lecture</a>.</p> T. Christine Stevens Joins AMS Executive Staff http://www.ams.org/news?news_id=2422 http://www.ams.org/news?news_id=2422 Tue, 07 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EST <p> <a href="/images/stevens-home-page.jpg"><img alt="T. Christine Stevens" src="/images/thumbs/stevens-home-page.jpg" style="width: 73px; height: 100px; border-width: 0px; border-style: solid; margin-left: 2px; margin-right: 2px; float: left;" /></a>In August, <strong>T. Christine Stevens</strong> joined the executive staff of the AMS as associate executive director of the Meetings and Professional Services Division. A co-founder and director of the acclaimed Project NExT, Stevens embodies a rare combination of experience and personal qualities that make her ideally suited to her new post. <a href="/news?news_id=2421">Read more ...</a></p> Three Honored with National Medal of Science http://www.ams.org/news?news_id=2418 http://www.ams.org/news?news_id=2418 Fri, 03 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EST <p> <strong><a href="/images/chorin-nms-2014.jpg"><img alt="Alexandre Chorin" src="/images/thumbs/chorin-nms-2014.jpg" style="width: 85px; height: 100px; border-width: 0px; border-style: solid; margin-left: 1px; margin-right: 1px; float: left;" /></a><a href="/images/kailath-nms-2014.jpg"><img alt="Thomas Kailath" src="/images/thumbs/kailath-nms-2014.jpg" style="width: 79px; height: 100px; border-width: 0px; border-style: solid; margin-left: 1px; margin-right: 1px; float: left;" /></a><a href="/images/blackwell-nms-2014.jpg"><img alt="David Blackwell" src="/images/thumbs/blackwell-nms-2014.jpg" style="width: 91px; height: 100px; border-width: 0px; border-style: solid; margin-left: 1px; margin-right: 1px; float: left;" /></a>Alexandre Chorin</strong> (left), University of California, Berkeley and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, <strong>Thomas Kailath</strong> (center), Stanford University, and the late <strong>David Blackwell</strong> (right), formerly of the University of California, Berkeley, are three of the ten new recipients of the National Medal of Science. The medals will be awarded at a White House ceremony to be held later this year. (Photos: Chorin by Peg Skorpinski; Kailath by Linda A. Cicero/Stanford News Service.) <!-- AMSNEWSBREAK --></p> <p> Chorin has done important work in computational fluid mechanics--which has helped in understanding turbulence--and in computing when faced with uncertainty. His previous awards include the National Academy Award in Applied Mathematics and Numerical Analysis, the Norbert Wiener Prize of the AMS and SIAM, and the Lagrange Prize of the International Council on Industrial and Applied Mathematics. Chorin is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and is a fellow of the AMS and SIAM. The <a href="/notices/200004/comm-wiener.pdf">prize citation for the Wiener Prize</a> states that Chorin &quot;has done more than anyone else to create and shape the important discipline of computational applied mathematics.&quot;</p> <p> Kailath&#39;s research is in a variety of fields, including information theory, linear systems, signal processing, probability and statistics, and matrix and operator theory. He has received the Shannon Award of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers&#39; Information Theory Society, and is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a foreign member of the Royal Society of London.</p> <p> Blackwell, who died in 2010, contributed to numerous areas, including probability theory, statistics, and game theory. He was the first tenured black professor at Berkeley and chaired its Department of Statistics. Blackwell was the first black member of the National Academy of Sciences, was a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and served as president of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics.</p> <p> The National Medal of Science was created in 1959 to recognize individuals who have made outstanding contributions to science and engineering. See a list of <a href="http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=132934&amp;WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&amp;WT.mc_ev=click">this year&#39;s honorees</a> in a National Science Foundation press release.</p> Golden Goose Awardees Honored http://www.ams.org/news?news_id=2385 http://www.ams.org/news?news_id=2385 Mon, 22 Sep 2014 00:00:00 EST <p> <a href="/images/GoldenGoose.SmallLogo.png"><img alt="" src="/images/thumbs/GoldenGoose.SmallLogo.png" style="width: 100px; height: 62px; border-width: 0px; border-style: solid; float: left;" /></a>The third annual Golden Goose Awards celebrated eight scientists at an awards ceremony on September 18, 2014 in Washington, DC&nbsp; Their research was funded by the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health and the former Atomic Energy Commission. Awardees include: <strong>Preston McAfee</strong>, <strong>Paul Milgrom</strong> and <strong>Robert Wilson</strong>, economists whose research on game theory and auction design helped to revolutionize telecommunications;<!-- AMSNEWSBREAK --> <strong>Larry Smarr</strong>, a physicist whose work on black hole collisions in space led to the creation of the first internet browsers; and <strong>Tiffany Field</strong>, <strong>Gary Evoniuk</strong>, <strong>Cynthia Kuhn</strong> and <strong>Saul Schanberg</strong> (deceased) whose research, which included massaging rat infants, led to the discovery of the importance of touch in human development.<br /> <br /> The Golden Goose Awards (named as a parody of the late Senator William Proxmire&#39;s Golden Fleece Awards) demonstrates the scientific breakthroughs and significant societal impacts brought about by seemingly obscure or odd-sounding federally funded research.&nbsp; The American Mathematical Society is a financial supporter of the awards.<br /> <br /> Meet the winners, hear about their work and learn more about the Golden Goose Awards at <a href="http://www.goldengooseaward.org/video">http://www.goldengooseaward.org/video/</a><br /> <br /> &nbsp;</p> Voices of Transformation in Mathematics Teaching and Learning http://www.ams.org/news?news_id=2383 http://www.ams.org/news?news_id=2383 Fri, 19 Sep 2014 00:00:00 EST <p> <a href="/images/Braun_Photo2-thumb.jpg"><img alt="Ben Braun" src="/images/thumbs/Braun_Photo2-thumb.jpg" style="width: 89px; height: 100px; float: left; margin: 4px;" /></a><strong>Ben Braun</strong> started the AMS blog <a href="http://blogs.ams.org/matheducation/" target="_blank"><em>On Teaching and Learning Mathematics</em></a> to respond to &quot;widespread transformation&quot; in the post-secondary mathematics education landscape. &quot;How students learn is different than what many of us have assumed&quot; says Braun. &quot;We&#39;re right in the middle of the transformation.&quot; Hear AMS Public Awareness Officer Mike Breen interview Braun about math education and the idea behind the blog:</p> <audio controls=""> <source src="/profession/podcast-blogs-teaching-learning.mp3" type="audio/mpeg"> Your browser does not support the audio element. </source></audio><source src="/profession/podcast-blogs-teaching-learning.mp3" type="audio/mpeg"><source src="/profession/podcast-blogs-teaching-learning.mp3" type="audio/mpeg"><source src="/profession/podcast-blogs-teaching-learning.mp3" type="audio/mpeg"><source src="/profession/podcast-blogs-teaching-learning.mp3" type="audio/mpeg"><source src="/profession/podcast-blogs-teaching-learning.mp3" type="audio/mpeg"><source src="/profession/podcast-blogs-teaching-learning.mp3" type="audio/mpeg"><source src="/profession/podcast-blogs-teaching-learning.mp3" type="audio/mpeg"><source src="/profession/podcast-blogs-teaching-learning.mp3" type="audio/mpeg"><source src="/profession/podcast-blogs-teaching-learning.mp3" type="audio/mpeg"><source src="/profession/podcast-blogs-teaching-learning.mp3" type="audio/mpeg"><source src="/profession/podcast-blogs-teaching-learning.mp3" type="audio/mpeg"><source src="/profession/podcast-blogs-teaching-learning.mp3" type="audio/mpeg"><source src="/profession/podcast-blogs-teaching-learning.mp3" type="audio/mpeg"><source src="/profession/podcast-blogs-teaching-learning.mp3" type="audio/mpeg"><source src="/profession/podcast-blogs-teaching-learning.mp3" type="audio/mpeg"><source src="/profession/podcast-blogs-teaching-learning.mp3" type="audio/mpeg"><source src="/profession/podcast-blogs-teaching-learning.mp3" type="audio/mpeg"><source src="/profession/podcast-blogs-teaching-learning.mp3" type="audio/mpeg"><source src="/profession/podcast-blogs-teaching-learning.mp3" type="audio/mpeg"><source src="/profession/podcast-blogs-teaching-learning.mp3" type="audio/mpeg"> <p> <!-- AMSNEWSBREAK --> The blog features topics related to both postsecondary and PreK-12 education, including active learning methods for first-year courses, inquiry-based learning, K-12 standards and curricular reform, preservice teacher preparation, new developments in educational psychology, and more. Editor-in-Chief Braun and Contributing Editors <strong>Priscilla Bremser, Art Duval, Elise Lockwood, </strong>and<strong> Diana White</strong> hope to include a variety of voices under a &quot;big tent.&quot; Braun invites members of the math education community to share their ideas and suggestions through the blog comments and <a href="http://blogs.ams.org/matheducation/contact-the-editor/">contact form</a>.</p> </source></source></source></source></source></source></source></source></source></source></source></source></source></source></source></source></source></source></source></source> Lurie and Zhang Named MacArthur Fellows http://www.ams.org/news?news_id=2376 http://www.ams.org/news?news_id=2376 Wed, 17 Sep 2014 00:00:00 EST <p> <strong><a href="/images/macarthur-2014-lurie.jpg"><img alt="Jacob Lurie" src="/images/thumbs/macarthur-2014-lurie.jpg" style="width: 67px; height: 100px; border-width: 0px; border-style: solid; margin-left: 2px; margin-right: 2px; float: left;" /></a><a href="/images/macarthur-2014-zhang.jpg"><img alt="Yitang Zhang" src="/images/thumbs/macarthur-2014-zhang.jpg" style="width: 76px; height: 100px; border-width: 0px; border-style: solid; margin-left: 1px; margin-right: 1px; float: left;" /></a>Jacob Lurie</strong> (left), Harvard University, and <strong>Yitang Zhang</strong> (right), University of New Hampshire, are among the 21 people in the 2014 class of MacArthur Fellows. Each will receive a five-year grant of $625,000. (Photos courtesy of the MacArthur Foundation.) <!-- AMSNEWSBREAK --> Lurie has done transformational work in higher category theory and topology, as exemplified by his proof of the cobordism hypothesis (&quot;On the Classification of Topological Field Theories,&quot; <i>Current Developments in Mathematics</i>, 2008). His expository article, <a href="/notices/200808/tx080800949p.pdf">&quot;What is an &infin;-Category?&quot;</a>, in the September 2008 issue of the <i>AMS Notices</i>, describes some of his work. Lurie recently was awarded one of the 2014 Breakthrough Prizes in Mathematics and also won the <a href="/notices/200104/comm-morgan.pdf">2000 Morgan Prize</a>. Zhang achieved an unexpected result last year when he showed that there are infinitely many pairs of prime numbers separated by a gap of a bounded size (&quot;Bounded gaps between primes,&quot; <em>Annals of Mathematics</em>, Vol 179 (2014), issue 3). He was named a co-recipient of the <a href="http://ams.org/notices/201404/rnoti-p399.pdf">2014 Cole Prize in Number Theory</a> for his work.</p> <p> Also among the 21 recipients are <strong>Danielle Bassett</strong> (University of Pennsylvania), a physicist who is applying mathematics to understand the brain, and <strong>Craig Gentry</strong> (IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center), who works in cryptography and theoretical computer science. Read more about <a href="http://www.macfound.org/fellows/class/class-2014/">the 2014 MacArthur Fellows</a>.</p> Sullivan Receives 2014 Balzan Prize http://www.ams.org/news?news_id=2374 http://www.ams.org/news?news_id=2374 Mon, 15 Sep 2014 00:00:00 EST <strong><a href="/images/sullivan-wolf-150.jpg"><img alt="Dennis Sullivan" src="/images/thumbs/sullivan-wolf-150.jpg" style="width: 78px; height: 100px; border-width: 0px; border-style: solid; float: left; margin: 5px;" /></a></strong> <p> <strong>Dennis Sullivan</strong> has been awarded the 2014 Balzan Prize. (Photo courtesy of the City University of New York.)<!-- AMSNEWSBREAK --> He is honored &quot;for his major contributions to topology and the theory of dynamical systems, opening new perspectives for generations to come [and for] his exceptional results in many fields of mathematics, such as geometry, the theory of Kleinian groups, analysis and number theory.&quot; Sullivan&#39;s early work was in homotopy theory and surgery, to which he brought a new, geometric point of view. His geometric insights led to the solution of many important problems on the topology of manifolds, such as the Adams conjecture and the <i>Hauptvermutung</i>. His theory of real and rational homotopy types, based on differential forms, has had profound applications, for example, to the topology of complex algebraic varieties and in Riemannian geometry. Sullivan has made important contributions to the study of foliations and dynamical systems. He has also proved foundational results on quasi-conformal and Lipschitz manifolds, categories that are intermediate between the topological and smooth ones. During the 1980s and 1990s, he was responsible for the emergence of the field of conformal dynamics as a lively and important branch of mathematics straddling the traditional borders between pure and applied areas. In recent years, he launched the field of string topology, which is of great importance in symplectic topology.</p> <p> Sullivan received his Ph.D. from Princeton University (1965), under the direction of William Browder. He has held positions at Princeton, MIT, and the IHES in Paris. Currently he holds the Einstein Chair at the City University of New York and is a professor of mathematics at Stony Brook University. His honors include the AMS Veblen Prize in Geometry (1971), the <a href="/notices/200604/comm-steele.pdf">AMS Steele Prize for Lifetime Achievement</a> (2006), the U.S. National Medal of Science (2005), and the Wolf Prize (2010). The <a href="http://www.balzan.org/en">International Balzan Prize Foundation</a> presents the prize of 750,000 Swiss Francs (US$800,000) each year (though not every year in mathematics). Also receiving the prize in 2014 is <strong>Ian Hacking</strong>, a philosopher who has written about the philosophy of mathematics, including in his latest book, <i>Why Is There Philosophy of Mathematics At All?</i> (Cambridge University Press, 2014).</p> AMS Fall 2014 Sectional Meetings http://www.ams.org/news?news_id=2341 http://www.ams.org/news?news_id=2341 Tue, 19 Aug 2014 00:00:00 EST <p> * <strong>October 18-19</strong>: <a href="/meetings/sectional/2223_program.html">Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada</a><br /> * <strong>October 25-26</strong>: <a href="/meetings/sectional/2214_program.html">San Francisco State University, CA</a>, including Einstein Public Lecture by James H. Simons<br /> * <strong>November 8-9</strong>: <a href="/meetings/sectional/2222_program.html">University of North Carolina at Greensboro, NC</a></p> 2014 AMS Election http://www.ams.org/news?news_id=2335 http://www.ams.org/news?news_id=2335 Mon, 18 Aug 2014 00:00:00 EST <p> The 2014 AMS election is underway. See <a href="/about-us/governance/elections/election-info">detailed information about electronic and paper voting methods</a>. The choices that members make in the election directly affect the Society&#39;s direction, so please remember to vote.</p> 2015 Joint Mathematics Meetings http://www.ams.org/news?news_id=2331 http://www.ams.org/news?news_id=2331 Wed, 13 Aug 2014 00:00:00 EST <p> <a href="http://jointmathematicsmeetings.org/jmm"><img alt="" src="/images/thumbs/jmm-2015-logo2.jpg" style="width: 100px; height: 64px; border-width: 0px; border-style: solid; margin-left: 4px; margin-right: 4px; float: left;" /></a>JMM 2015 will be held in San Antonio, TX, January 10-13. Mark your calendars and see <a href="http://jointmathematicsmeetings.org/jmm">up-to-date JMM 2015 information</a>.</p>