AMS News AMS News - RSS Feed Tue, 19 Aug 2014 00:00:00 EST en-us AMS Fall 2014 Sectional Meetings Tue, 19 Aug 2014 00:00:00 EST <p> * <strong>September 20-21</strong>: <a href="/meetings/sectional/2212_program.html">University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, WI</a><br /> * <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 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>, or contact the AMS at, 800-321-4267 (US &amp; Canada), or +1-401-455-4000 (worldwide). 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 Wed, 13 Aug 2014 00:00:00 EST <p> <a href="/images/jmm-2015-logo2.jpg"><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="">up-to-date JMM 2015 information</a>.</p> 2014 Fields Medalists Tue, 12 Aug 2014 00:00:00 EST <p> <a href="/images/fields-2010-Large.jpg"><img alt="Fields Medal" src="/images/thumbs/md-201407-fields-medal.jpg" style="width: 100px; height: 96px; border-width: 0px; border-style: solid; margin-left: 1px; margin-right: 1px; float: left;" /></a><strong>Artur Avila</strong> (Centre national de la recherche scientifique, France), <strong>Manjul Bhargava</strong> (Princeton University), <strong>Martin Hairer</strong> (the University of Warwick, UK), and <strong>Maryam Mirzakhani</strong> (Stanford University) have been named Fields Medalists by the International Mathematical Union. The medals were presented at the 2014 International Congress of Mathematicians (ICM) in Seoul, Korea.<!-- AMSNEWSBREAK --><br /> <br clear="all" /> <a href="/images/fields-2014-avila.jpg"><img alt="Artur Avila" src="/images/thumbs/fields-2014-avila.jpg" style="width: 84px; height: 100px; border-width: 0px; border-style: solid; margin: 2px; float: left;" /></a>*Avila was recognized &quot;for his profound contributions to dynamical systems theory, which have changed the face of the field, using the powerful idea of renormalization as a unifying principle.&quot;<br clear="all" /> <a href="/images/fields-2014-bhargava.jpg"><img alt="Manjul Bhargava" src="/images/thumbs/fields-2014-bhargava.jpg" style="width: 84px; height: 100px; border-width: 0px; border-style: solid; margin: 2px; float: left;" /></a>*Bhargava was awarded a Fields Medal &quot;for developing powerful new methods in the geometry of numbers, which he applied to count rings of small rank and to bound the average rank of elliptic curves.&quot;<br clear="all" /> <a href="/images/fields-2014-hairer.jpg"><img alt="Martin Hairer" src="/images/thumbs/fields-2014-hairer.jpg" style="width: 100px; height: 75px; border-width: 0px; border-style: solid; margin: 2px; float: left;" /></a>*Hairer was cited &quot;for his outstanding contributions to the theory of stochastic partial differential equations, and in particular for the creation of a theory of regularity structures for such equations.&quot;<br clear="all" /> <a href="/images/fields-2014-mirzakhani.jpg"><img alt="Maryam Mirzakhani" src="/images/thumbs/fields-2014-mirzakhani.jpg" style="width: 100px; height: 66px; border-width: 0px; border-style: solid; margin-left: 2px; margin-right: 2px; float: left;" /></a>*Mirzakhani was recognized &quot;for her outstanding contributions to the dynamics and geometry of Riemann surfaces and their moduli spaces.&quot; She is the first woman to win a Fields Medal.<br clear="all" /> The <a href="">Fields Medal</a> recognizes outstanding mathematical achievement for existing work and for the promise of future achievement. A candidate&#39;s 40th birthday must not occur before January 1st of the year of the Congress at which the Fields Medals are awarded. <a href="">See videos of each of the winners and more on their work</a> in the online <em>Quanta Magazine</em>.<br /> Other awards that were given out are:<br /> *the Nevanlinna Prize to <strong>Subhask Khot</strong> (Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences) &quot;for his prescient definition of the &#39;Unique Games&#39; problem;<br /> *the Gauss Prize to <strong>Stanley Osher</strong> (UCLA) &quot;for his influential contributions to several fields in applied mathematics, and for his far-ranging inventions that have changed our conception of physical, perceptual, and mathematical concepts, giving us new tools to apprehend the world&quot;;<br /> *the Chern Medal Award to <strong>Phillip Griffiths</strong> (Institute for Advanced Study) &quot;for his groundbreaking and transformative development of transcendental methods in complex geometry, particularly his seminal work in Hodge theory and periods of algebraic varieties&quot;; and<br /> *the Leelavati Prize to <strong>Adri&aacute;n Paenza</strong> (Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina) &quot;for his decisive contributions to changing the mind of a whole country about the way it perceives mathematics in daily life.&quot;<br /> The ICM is being held in Seoul August 13-21.</p> <p> Slideshow of the awards ceremony (photos by AMS Senior Editor Ed Dunne):</p> <center> <div style="width:400px;height:400px;text-align:center;margin:auto;"> <object classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000" codebase=",0,40,0" height="400" width="400"><param name="flashvars" value="offsite=true&amp;lang=en-us&amp;page_show_url=%2Fphotos%2F95990789%40N08%2Fsets%2F72157646004638589%2Fshow&amp;page_show_back_url=%2Fphotos%2F95990789%40N08%2Fsets%2F72157646004638589%2F&amp;set_id=72157646004638589" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><param name="src" value="" /><embed allowfullscreen="true" flashvars="offsite=true&amp;lang=en-us&amp;page_show_url=%2Fphotos%2F95990789%40N08%2Fsets%2F72157646004638589%2Fshow&amp;page_show_back_url=%2Fphotos%2F95990789%40N08%2Fsets%2F72157646004638589%2F&amp;set_id=72157646004638589" height="400" src="" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="400"></embed></object><br /> <small>Created with <a href="">flickr slideshow</a>.</small></div> </center> Witten Receives Kyoto Prize Mon, 28 Jul 2014 00:00:00 EST <strong><a href="/images/Kyoto-Witten-2014.jpg"><img alt="" src="/images/thumbs/Kyoto-Witten-2014.jpg" style="width: 100px; height: 99px; float: left; border-width: 0px; border-style: solid; margin: 5px;" /></a></strong> <p style="orphans: 2; widows: 2; "> <strong>Edward Witten</strong> has received the 2014 Kyoto Prize in Basic Sciences from the Inamori Foundation. &nbsp;(Photo by Dan Komoda, courtesy of the Institute for Advanced Study.)&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5em;"><!-- AMSNEWSBREAK -->The web site of the foundation says that Witten &quot;has made significant contributions to theoretical physics for more than 30 years as a leader in the dramatic evolution of superstring theory. Moreover, by applying his physical intuition and mathematical skills, he has advanced mathematics, and prompted the cutting-edge research of many mathematicians. His achievements are both unique and outstanding.&quot; A 1990 Fields Medalist, Witten is the Charles Simonyi Professor at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. The Kyoto Prize is an international award to honor those who have contributed significantly to the scientific, cultural, and spiritual betterment of mankind. The Prize is presented annually in each of the following three categories: Advanced Technology, Basic Sciences, and Arts and Philosophy. Each prize carries a monetary award of 50 million yen (about US$490,000). </span><a href="" style="line-height: 1.5em;">More</a><span style="line-height: 1.5em;"> about the prize is available on the web site of the Inamori Foundation.</span></p> Golden Goose Award Thu, 17 Jul 2014 00:00:00 EST <p> <a href="/images/golden-goose.png"><img alt="Golden Goose logo" src="/images/thumbs/golden-goose.png" style="width: 100px; height: 62px; border-width: 0px; border-style: solid; margin-left: 2px; margin-right: 2px; float: left;" /></a><strong>Preston McAfee</strong> (Microsoft), <strong>Paul Milgrom</strong> (Stanford University), and&nbsp;<strong>Robert Wilson</strong> (Stanford University) will receive the Golden Goose Award for their research and work in complex auctions. The three designed the Federal Communications Commission&#39;s first spectrum auction in 1994, a simultaneous multiple round auction that was efficient and fair. They will receive the award in a ceremony in Washington, DC on September 18. <!-- AMSNEWSBREAK --><a href="">The Golden Goose Award</a> &quot;highlights the often unexpected or serendipitous nature of basic scientific research by honoring federally funded researchers whose work may once have been viewed as unusual, odd or obscure but which has produced important discoveries that have benefited society in significant ways.&quot; The AMS is a financial sponsor of the award.</p> 2014 SIAM Annual Meeting Tue, 15 Jul 2014 00:00:00 EST <p> <a href="/images/siam-2014-chicago.jpg"><img alt="" src="/images/thumbs/siam-2014-chicago.jpg" style="width: 100px; height: 86px; border-width: 0px; border-style: solid; margin-left: 3px; margin-right: 3px; float: left;" /></a>See <a href="/meetings/siam-2014">photos from the recent 2014 SIAM Annual Meeting</a> in Chicago, including photos of prize and award winners.<br /> &nbsp;</p> IMO 2014 Results Mon, 14 Jul 2014 00:00:00 EST <p> <a href="/images/imo-logo.gif"><img alt="IMO symbol" src="/images/thumbs/imo-logo.gif" style="width: 100px; height: 69px; border-width: 0px; border-style: solid; margin-left: 3px; margin-right: 3px; float: left;" /></a>The team from the <strong>People&#39;s Republic of China</strong> finished first in this year&#39;s International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) with 201 points out of a possible 252. The U.S. team finished in second place with 193 points. Finishing closely behind the U.S. team were the teams from Taiwan (192 points) and the Russian Federation (191). Japan finished fifth with 177 points. <!-- AMSNEWSBREAK --></p> <br clear="all" /> <p> <a href="/images/us-imo-2014.jpg"><img alt="US IMO team" src="/images/thumbs/us-imo-2014.jpg" style="width: 100px; height: 79px; border-width: 0px; border-style: solid; margin-left: 2px; margin-right: 2px; float: left;" /></a>The following five members of the U.S. team were awarded gold medals (listed in order of their point totals): <strong>Mark Sellke</strong> (William Henry Harrison High School, IN), <strong>James Tao</strong> (Illinois Math and Science Academy)--each with 35 points--<strong>Allen Liu</strong> (Penfield High School, NY), <strong>Yang Liu</strong> (Ladue Horton Watkins High School, MO), and <strong>Sammy Luo</strong> (North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics). The sixth member of the team, <strong>Joshua Brakensiek</strong> (homeschooled, AZ), earned a silver medal. Sammy Luo was one of the ten semifinalists in <a href="/programs/students/wwtbam/jmm2014">the 2014 national <em>Who Wants to Be a Mathematician</em> in Baltimore</a>. <a href="">See all the results from this year&#39;s IMO</a>, which took place in Cape Town, South Africa. <a href="">The 2015 IMO</a>&nbsp; will be held July 3-15 in Chiang Mai, Thailand. (Photo by Je&rsquo;nine May, (L to R): U.S. Deputy Leader Razvan Gelca, team members James Tao, Allen Liu, Mark Sellke, Yang Liu, Sammy Luo, and Josh Brakensiek. Not pictured: Team Leader Po-Shen Loh.)</p>