AMS News AMS News - RSS Feed Fri, 17 Jun 2016 00:00:00 EST en-us 2016 AMS-AAAS Mass Media Fellow Announced Fri, 17 Jun 2016 00:00:00 EST <p><a href="/images/Houston-Edwards-MM16.jpg"><img alt="" src="/images/thumbs/Houston-Edwards-MM16.jpg" style="border-style:solid; border-width:0px; float:left; height:67px; margin-left:4px; margin-right:4px; width:100px" /></a>The AMS has awarded <strong>Kelsey Houston-Edwards</strong> the 2016 AMS-AAAS Mass Media Fellowship.&nbsp; Kelsey is a PhD student at Cornell University and will work this summer at NOVA.<!-- AMSNEWSBREAK --></p> <p>The <a href=""> AAAS Mass Media Science &amp; Engineering Fellows</a> program is organized by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).&nbsp; This competitive program is designed to improve public understanding of science and technology by placing graduate and post-graduate science, mathematics and engineering students in media outlets nationwide.&nbsp; The fellows work for 10 weeks each summer as reporters, researchers and production assistants alongside media professionals to sharpen their communication skills and increase their understanding of the editorial process by which events and ideas become news.</p> <p>The program is available to enrolled college or university students (graduate, doctoral, or upper level undergraduates) in the physical, biological, geological, health, engineering, computer, or social sciences or mathematics with outstanding written and oral communication skills and a strong interest in learning about the media.</p> <p>In its 42nd year, this fellowship program has placed over 655 science, mathematics and engineering scholars in media organizations nationwide as they research, write and report today&rsquo;s headlines.&nbsp;</p> <p>See a list of previous <a href="/programs/ams-fellowships/media-fellow/massmediafellow">AMS Mass Media Fellows</a> and information on their experiences.<br /> &nbsp;</p> Catherine A. Roberts Named Executive Director Thu, 09 Jun 2016 00:00:00 EST <p><a href="/images/catherine-roberts-exdir.jpg"><img alt="Catherine A. Roberts" src="/images/thumbs/catherine-roberts-exdir.jpg" style="border-style:solid; border-width:0px; float:left; height:100px; margin-left:1px; margin-right:1px; width:66px" /></a>The AMS Board of Trustees is delighted to announce the appointment of <strong>Dr. Catherine A. Roberts</strong>, professor of mathematics at the College of the Holy Cross, as the new Executive Director of the AMS, following the retirement this summer of the Society&#39;s current Executive Director, Dr. Don McClure, who is retiring after more than seven years of outstanding service in this position. (Photo: College of the Holy Cross/Tom Rettig/Amy Forbes.)<!-- AMSNEWSBREAK --></p> <p>&quot;<em>Catherine has a sustained record of high-level professional service throughout her career, including participation on AMS policy committees during the last ten years,</em>&quot; Dr. McClure observed. &quot;<em>Her experience is very broad and is excellent preparation for her new leadership role. I am pleased that she was selected by the Board as the Society&rsquo;s next Executive Director.</em>&quot;</p> <p>&quot;<em>I look forward to working with Dr. Roberts,</em>&rdquo; said AMS President Robert Bryant. &ldquo;<em>She has had a distinguished career in mathematics, both in research and in service, and continues a tradition of excellence in the AMS Executive Director position.</em>&quot;</p> <p>Dr. Roberts, who received her PhD in applied mathematics in 1992 from Northwestern University, brings to her new position as Executive Director a wealth of administrative experience, including her six-year service as chair of the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at the College of the Holy Cross and extensive experience as a journal editor. Before taking a position at Holy Cross, Dr. Roberts was a member of the faculty at the University of Rhode Island and at Northern Arizona University.</p> <p>She has served on a number of AMS committees, including the Committee on Education, the Committee on Professional Ethics, and the Committee on Meetings and Conferences. Her involvement with the mathematical community has been wide-ranging in other ways as well, for she has also served in various capacities in organizations such as the Association for Women in Mathematics and the Mathematical Association of America.</p> <p>Her research in applied mathematics has been in nonlinear Volterra integral equations and natural resource modeling. Dr. Roberts currently serves as editor-in-chief of Natural Resource Modeling, and has long had a leadership role in organizing conferences and workshops in this area. She is a dedicated and enthusiastic teacher, being involved in education at all levels, including stints as associate editor of the American Mathematical Monthly and as a workshop instructor for the MAA&#39;s Project NExT.</p> <p>Dr. Roberts says, &quot;<em>The AMS has been a partner throughout my career as a mathematician. I value how the AMS provides professional support through its publishing and conference endeavors, as well as its advocacy work promoting the importance of mathematics. I look forward to contributing to the important work the society does on behalf of mathematical research, scholarship and education.</em>&quot;</p> <p>She will begin her initial five-year term of appointment on August 1, 2016, and the Board and Council look forward to working with her to further the mission of the AMS to provide the very best in service and leadership to the professional mathematics community.</p> <p>[% ams_include('pao-contact') %]</p> <div style="text-align: center;"># # #</div> <p>Founded in 1888 to further mathematical research and scholarship, today the American Mathematical Society fulfills its mission through programs and services that promote mathematical research and its uses, strengthen mathematical education, and foster awareness and appreciation of mathematics and its connections to other disciplines and to everyday life.</p> AMS Names Helen Grundman Director of Education and Diversity Mon, 06 Jun 2016 00:00:00 EST <p><strong><a href="/images/grundman-2016.jpg"><img alt="Helen Grundman" src="/images/thumbs/grundman-2016.jpg" style="border-style:solid; border-width:0px; float:left; height:100px; margin-left:1px; margin-right:1px; width:72px" /></a>Helen Grundman</strong>, professor of mathematics at Bryn Mawr College, has been named Director of Education and Diversity, a newly established department in the Division of Meetings and Professional Services of the AMS. Grundman will provide leadership for the Society&#39;s current and future programs supporting education and promoting diversity, particularly at the graduate level. <a href="/news?news_id=3086">Read more about Grundman and the new position</a>. (Photo courtesy of Bryn Mawr College.)</p> Centennial Fellowship Awarded to Eyal Lubetzky Wed, 01 Jun 2016 00:00:00 EST <p><a href="/images/centennial-2016-lubetzky.jpg"><img alt="Eyal Lubetzky" src="/images/thumbs/centennial-2016-lubetzky.jpg" style="border-style:solid; border-width:0px; float:left; height:100px; margin-left:1px; margin-right:1px; width:67px" /></a><strong>Eyal Lubetzky</strong> of the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, New York University, has been awarded the prestigious AMS Centennial Fellowship for the 2016-2017 academic year. The fellowship carries a stipend of US$89,000, plus an expense allowance of US$8,900. <a href="/news?news_id=3082">Read more about Lubetzky and the Centennial Fellowship</a>. (Photo courtesy of Eyal Lubetzky.)</p> 2016 Shaw Prize to Nigel J. Hitchin Tue, 31 May 2016 00:00:00 EST <p><a href="/images/shaw-2016-hitchin.jpg"><img alt="Nigel J. Hitchin" src="/images/thumbs/shaw-2016-hitchin.jpg" style="border-style:solid; border-width:0px; float:left; height:64px; margin-left:1px; margin-right:1px; width:100px" /></a><strong>Nigel J. Hitchin</strong>, Savilian Professor of Geometry at the University of Oxford, is the winner of the 2016 Shaw Prize in the Mathematical Sciences, which carries with it a cash award of US$1.2 million. Hitchin won the prize for &quot;his far-reaching contributions to geometry, representation theory and theoretical physics. The fundamental and elegant concepts and techniques that he has introduced have had wide impact and are of lasting importance.&quot; (Photo: Elyce Winters.)<!-- AMSNEWSBREAK --> Hitchin is a Fellow of the Royal Society and of the AMS. He received the London Mathematical Society&#39;s P&oacute;lya Prize in 2002 and served as its president from 1994 to 1996. <a href=";twoid=102&amp;threeid=256&amp;fourid=466">Read more about his work and the prize</a>. Presentation of the Shaw Prize, awarded annually by the Shaw Prize Foundation, will be at a ceremony in September in Hong Kong.</p> 2016 Karl Menger Memorial Awards Announced Thu, 26 May 2016 00:00:00 EST <p><a href="/images/2016IntelScienceFair.jpg"><img alt="" src="/images/thumbs/2016IntelScienceFair.jpg" style="float:left; height:67px; margin-left:4px; margin-right:4px; width:100px" /></a>The AMS presented the Karl Menger Memorial Awards at the 2016 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF), held May 10-16 in Phoenix, AZ. The First Place Award of US$2000 was given to <strong>Stephanie Shi-Ning Mui</strong>, Oakton High School, Vienna, VA, for &quot;Embedding a Flat Torus in Three Dimensional Euclidean Space.&quot; <!-- AMSNEWSBREAK --><em>[Photo (click to enlarge):</em> Front row, left to right: Osvaldo J. Pagan, Dariannette Valentin, Pei-Hsuan Chang, Stephanie Shi-Ning Mui, and Irina Mitrea (Chair, Menger Award Committee). Back row, left to right: Qingxuan Jiang, Ekaterina Lebedeva, Phuong Anh Tran, and Muhammad Ugur oglu Abdulla. Photo by April Rietze, Society for Science &amp; the Public.]<br /> <br /> <em>&quot;</em><em>The winner of the AMS Karl Menger Memorial Prize was Stephanie Shi-Ning Mui,&nbsp; a sixteen year old senior at the Oakton High School in Vienna, Virginia. Her poster entitled &ldquo;Embedding a Flat Torus in Three Dimensional Euclidean Space&rdquo; was concerned with the problem of providing a visualization of the embedded flat torus in the three-dimensional Euclidean space using sinusoidal fractal curves,&quot;</em> said Menger Awards Chair <strong>Irina Mitrea</strong>.<br /> <br /> The Menger Awards Committee, <strong>Irina Mitrea </strong>(Chair), Temple University, <strong>William Y. Velez</strong>, University of Arizona, and <strong>Andrew Whelan</strong>, GKN Driveline, also presented the following awards:</p> <ul> <li><em>Second Award of $1,000</em>: <strong>Ekaterina Lebedeva, </strong>Municipal Lyceum #40, Nizhny Novgorod, Russian Federation, &quot; Triangular Circle in a Square&quot; and <strong>Phuong Anh Tran</strong>, Cherkasy Physics and Mathematics Lyceum, Cherkasy, Ukraine, &quot;Towards Common Algorithm for Computation of Polygonal Numbers&quot;</li> <li><em>Third Award of $500</em>: <strong>Muhammad Ugur oglu Abdulla</strong>, West Shore Junior/Senior High School, &quot;Stochastic Analysis in Biomedical Engineering: Identifying Acute Myocardial Infarction&quot;; <strong>Pei-Hsuan Chang</strong>, Taipei Municipal LiShan High School, Taipei City, Chinese Taipei, &quot;Nested Eggs: Where Brianchon, Pascal and Poncelet Meet&quot;; <strong>Qingxuan Jiang</strong>, Shanghai High School, Shanghai, China, &quot;The Rolling Lamp Problem and Related Link Structure&quot;; and <strong>Osvaldo J. Pagan</strong> and <strong>Dariannette Valentin</strong>, both of Dr. Carlos Gonzalez High School, Aguada, Puerto Rico, &quot;The Future of Energy: Spidronized Solar Cells&quot;</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Certificate of Honorable Mention: <strong>Dona-Maria Radoslavova Ivanova</strong>, Baba Tonka High School of Mathematics, Ruse, Bulgaria, &quot;On the Coverings of {0,1,2 }^n with Minimal Cardinality&quot;; <strong>Emil Sebastian Geisler</strong>, Bountiful High School, Bountiful, Utah, &quot;The Investigation of an Impartial Normal Play Game&quot;; <strong>Roy Jacobson</strong>, Israel Arts and Science Academy, Jerusalem, Israel, &quot;Graph Rigidity in L1 and Kusner&#39;s Conjecture&quot;; <strong>Karthik Yegnesh</strong>, Methacton High School, Eagleville, Pennsylvania, &quot;Cosheaf Theoretical Constructions in Networks and Persistent Homology&quot;; and <strong>Shaden Naif Alshammari</strong>, 19th HighSchool, Hail, Saudi Arabia, &quot;Enhancement RSA Security using Polynomials and Rabin Functions&quot;</li> </ul> <p>A booklet on Karl Menger was also given to each winner. This is the 26th year of the presentation of the <a href="">Karl Menger Memorial Awards</a>. The Society&#39;s participation in the Intel ISEF is supported in part by income from the Karl Menger Fund, which was established by the family of the late Karl Menger. For more information about this program or to make contributions to this fund, contact the <a href="">AMS Development Office</a>.<br /> &nbsp;</p> Wiles Received 2016 Abel Prize from Norway's Crown Prince Haakon Tue, 24 May 2016 00:00:00 EST <a href="/images/wiles-haakon-Abel-May2016.jpg"><img alt="" src="/images/thumbs/wiles-haakon-Abel-May2016.jpg" style="border-style:solid; border-width:0px; float:left; height:67px; margin-left:4px; margin-right:4px; width:100px" /></a> <p><strong>Sir Andrew J. Wiles</strong> received the 2016 Abel Prize from Norway&#39;s Crown Prince Haakon at an award ceremony at the University of Oslo on the 24th of May. (Photo of Wiles (left) and H.R.H. Crown Prince Haakon, by Audun Braastad.) <!-- AMSNEWSBREAK --></p> <p>Wiles receives the Abel Prize &quot;for his stunning proof of Fermat&#39;s Last Theorem by way of the modularity conjecture for semistable elliptic curves, opening a new era in number theory.&quot; The <a href="">award ceremony</a> opened with Abel Fanfare, composed by Klaus Sandvik, performed as the Abel Laureate entered the University Aula. Wiles was accompanied by members of the Abel committee, the chair of the Abel board and the President of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters. A film by Berlin-based filmmaker and mathematician Ekaterina Eremenko, in which Wiles shares his thoughts about life and mathematics, was shown. See a <a href="">re-run of the live webcast</a>. Wiles will give his prize lecture at the University of Oslo on the 25th of May, followed by two Abel Lectures by Henri Darmon and Manjul Bhargava. Simon Singh will then give the popular lecture <em>From Fermat&#39;s Last Theorem to Homer&#39;s Last Theorem</em>. The Abel Prize carries a cash award of 6 million NOK (about EUR 700,000 or USD 750,000) and has been awarded annually since 2003 by the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters. See <a href="">more about the Abel Prize</a>.</p> L-functions and Modular Forms Database Wed, 11 May 2016 00:00:00 EST <p> <a href="/images/lmfdb.jpg"><img alt="" src="/images/thumbs/lmfdb.jpg" style="width: 99px; height: 100px; border-width: 0px; border-style: solid; margin-left: 1px; margin-right: 1px; float: left;" /></a>The L-functions and Modular Forms Database, LMFDB, is a site with tables, formulas, links, and references, created by a team of more than 80 mathematicians from 12 countries with support from the National Science Foundation and the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council.<!-- AMSNEWSBREAK --> <a href="">Visit the database</a> and read more about the LMFDB on blog posts by <a href="">Anna Haensch</a> on the AMS Blog on Math Blogs and by <a href="">Timothy Gowers</a>. (Image from LMFDB.)</p> A Message from the AMS President on Human Rights Wed, 11 May 2016 00:00:00 EST <a href="/images/robert-bryant-pres-home.jpg"><img alt="" src="/images/thumbs/robert-bryant-pres-home.jpg" style="width: 70px; height: 100px; border-width: 0px; border-style: solid; margin-left: 4px; margin-right: 4px; float: left;" /></a> <p> Dear fellow AMS members:</p> <p> This spring, four academics in Turkey, including our mathematical colleague, Dr. K&#305;van&ccedil; Ersoy, were arrested for signing an Academics for Peace petition calling for an end to the Turkish military operations in the Kurdish areas of southeastern Turkey. The individuals have been released, but the Turkish government continues its campaign of intimidation and threats of dismissal against many who signed the petition.<!-- AMSNEWSBREAK --></p> <p> This is a serious violation of human rights and free speech. The AMS believes that violations of human rights are serious matters. The <a href="/about-us/governance/committees/comm-all.html#HUMANRIGHT ">AMS Committee on Human Rights of Mathematicians</a> follows such violations and makes recommendations of appropriate actions. Two committee members, currently Joseph Watkins and Melvyn Nathanson, also serve as the AMS representatives to the American Association for the Advancement of Science Human Rights Coalition.</p> <p> The Committee of Concerned Scientists maintains an <a href="">archive of articles about this situation</a> and has initiated a <a href="">petition to the President of Turkey protesting the treatment of these academics</a>, and urges all who are concerned about such violations to consider signing.</p> <p> I have signed this petition and encourage my fellow AMS members to learn about the situation and speak up in support of our Turkish colleagues.</p> <p> Yours,<br /> Robert Bryant<br /> President of the AMS</p> MIT Team First in Putnam Wed, 04 May 2016 00:00:00 EST <p> A team from the <strong>Massachusetts Institute of Technology</strong> has won the 76th William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition. This is MIT&#39;s third straight win. <!-- AMSNEWSBREAK -->Here are the top five teams:</p> <ul> <li> MIT: Mark Selke, Bobby Shen, and David Yang</li> <li> Carnegie Mellon University: Joshua Brakensiek, Linus Hamilton, and Thomas Swayze</li> <li> Princeton University: Rodrigo Angelo, Andre Arslan, and Eric Schneider</li> <li> Stanford University: Jie Jun Ang, Gyujin Oh, and Albert Zhang</li> <li> Harvard University: Calvin Deng, Ravi Jagadeesan, and David Stoner</li> </ul> <p> Five of the above individuals (Calvin Deng, Linus Hamilton, Eric Schneider,&nbsp; Bobby Shen, and David Stoner) are former participants in <em>Who Wants to Be a Mathematician</em>. Calvin won the <a href="/programs/students/wwtbam/jmm2013">2013 national <em>Who Wants to Be a Mathematician</em></a>.</p> <p> The Putnam Fellows, the six highest individual scorers, are (in alphabetical order):</p> <ul> <li> Pakawut Jiradilok, Harvard University</li> <li> Bumsoo Kim, Princeton University</li> <li> Gyujin Oh, Stanford University</li> <li> Daniel Spivak, University of Waterloo</li> <li> David Yang, MIT</li> <li> Yunkun Zhou, MIT</li> </ul> <p> Danielle Wang of MIT is the winner of the Elizabeth Lowell Putnam Prize, which is given to a woman whose performance on the exam is particularly meritorious. <a href="">See more results of the 2015 competition</a>, which was taken by more than 4,000 students at over 550 institutions. <a href="">Problems from the exam and solutions</a> are also available. The William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition is an annual competition for undergraduates in the U.S. and Canada that is held on the first Saturday in December and is administered by the Mathematical Association of America.</p>