AMS News AMS News - RSS Feed Thu, 29 Sep 2016 00:00:00 EST en-us Grundman Honored with Humphreys Award Thu, 29 Sep 2016 00:00:00 EST <p><a href="/images/grundman-2016.jpg"><img alt="Helen G. 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>AMS Director of Education and Diversity <strong>Helen G. Grundman</strong> will receive the M. Gweneth Humphreys Award for her &quot;outstanding achievements in inspiring, mentoring and supporting undergraduate women at all stages of their mathematical careers.&quot; The award is given by the Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM) and will be presented in January at the Joint Mathematics Meetings in Atlanta. (Photo courtesy of Bryn Mawr College.)<!-- AMSNEWSBREAK --> In addition to her position as director of the Department of Education and Diversity, Grundman is emeritus professor of mathematics at Bryn Mawr College. While at the college she mentored more than 30 undergraduate female students, guiding them on their coursework, summer research programs, and in their careers. She has also been the advisor for more than 25 senior, master&#39;s, and PhD theses. The <a href="">news release from the AWM</a> notes that &quot;Setting Grundman apart from other instructors is her beautifully sincere and long-lasting support of students beyond graduation.&quot;</p> Khot Named MacArthur Fellow Mon, 26 Sep 2016 00:00:00 EST <p><strong><a href="/images/khot-macarthur2016.jpg"><img alt="Subhash Khot" src="/images/thumbs/khot-macarthur2016.jpg" style="border-style:solid; border-width:0px; float:left; height:67px; margin-left:1px; margin-right:1px; width:100px" /></a>Subhash Khot</strong>, Silver Professor of Computer Science at the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, has received a US$625,000 MacArthur Fellowship. Khot works in computational complexity theory and is known for his Unique Games Conjecture (UGC), which states that determining the approximate value of a certain type of game is NP-hard. Attempts to prove the conjecture have led to theorems in several areas of mathematics. (Photo: John D. &amp; Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.) <!-- AMSNEWSBREAK -->From the <a href="">news release issued by the MacArthur Foundation</a>: &quot;Work by Khot and others has demonstrated that although it is as yet unproven, the conjecture sheds new light on the computational complexity of many, very diverse, optimization tasks. If true, then solutions to a host of problems, many of them seemingly unrelated to the original problem of the UGC, are also too hard to approximate.&quot;</p> <p>See Khot talk about his work.</p> <iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="" width="560"></iframe> <p>The MacArthur Fellows Program awards unrestricted five-year fellowships to individuals who have shown &quot;extraordinary originality and dedication in their creative pursuits and a marked capacity for self-direction.&quot;</p> Message from AMS President and Committee on Human Rights of Mathematicians Wed, 14 Sep 2016 00:00:00 EST <p><a href="/images/robert-bryant-pres-home.jpg"><img alt="Robert Bryant" src="/images/thumbs/robert-bryant-pres-home.jpg" style="border-style:solid; border-width:0px; float:left; height:100px; margin-left:2px; margin-right:2px; width:70px" /></a>AMS President <strong>Robert L. Bryant</strong> and the Society&#39;s Committee on Human Rights of Mathematicians have sent a <a href="/about-us/governance/letter-to-president-erdogan-9-14-16.pdf">letter to Turkish President Erdo&#287;an</a> and other Turkish government officials expressing their concerns about mistreatment of Turkish academics by the Turkish government. Read more about the situation in Turkey, in this <a href="/about-us/governance/Turkish-Call-for-Solidarity.pdf">call for solidarity</a>.</p> Jean-Christophe Yoccoz, 1957-2016 Tue, 13 Sep 2016 00:00:00 EST <p><strong>Jean-Christophe Yoccoz</strong>, Fields Medalist and professor at the Coll&egrave;ge de France, died on September 3 at the age of 59. His work on dynamical systems had a profound impact on mathematics. He was awarded the Fields Medal in 1994 for &quot;proving stability properties--dynamic stability, such as that sought for the solar system, or structural stability, meaning persistence under parameter changes of the global properties of the system.&quot; He also received the Salem Prize in 1988. <!-- AMSNEWSBREAK -->Born in Paris, France, in 1957, Yoccoz showed mathematical brilliance at an early age, finishing his Agr&eacute;gation in mathematics at the &Eacute;cole Normale Sup&eacute;rieure in 1977. After military service in Brazil, he earned a PhD in 1985, under the direction of Michel Herman. A brief <a href="">obituary</a> (in French) by Alain Connes, &Eacute;tienne Ghys, and Pierre-Louis Lions has appeared on the website of the Coll&egrave;ge de France. Calling Yoccoz &quot;the world leader of the theory of dynamical systems,&quot; the obituary says that he obtained several decisive results concerning the most difficult problems in dynamical systems. &quot;His proofs possessed an uncommon analytical power, a startling geometric vision, and a prodigious mastery of combinatorics, illustrated by what have now come to be called &#39;Yoccoz puzzles&#39;,&quot; the obituary states.</p> Attention Graduate Program Directors Mon, 12 Sep 2016 00:00:00 EST <p>The <a href="">2016 Field of Dreams Conference</a>, organized by the National Alliance for Doctoral Studies in the Mathematical Sciences (Math Alliance), will be held Nov. 4-6 in St. Louis, MO. The conference brings together about 200 undergraduates interested in applying to graduate school in mathematics, around 85% of whom are underrepresented minority students. The Math Alliance encourages graduate programs to consider sending representatives to take part in the conference&rsquo;s recruiting events.</p> 2016 AMS Election - Candidates and Voting Methods Thu, 18 Aug 2016 00:00:00 EST <p>The 2016 AMS election is underway. See <a href="/notices/201608/rnoti-p951.pdf">biographies of the candidates</a> in the September issue of <em>Notices</em> and <a href="/about-us/governance/elections/election-info">detailed information about electronic and paper voting methods</a>. <em>&quot;The Society belongs to its members. You can influence the policy and direction it takes by voting. Please vote.&quot;</em> --- <strong>AMS Secretary Carla Savage</strong>. <!-- AMSNEWSBREAK -->In this AMS election members vote for Vice President, Board of Trustees, Member at Large of the Council, Nominating Committee and Editorial Boards Committee.&nbsp; The election ends at 11:59 PM, ET, November 4, 2016.</p> Karen Saxe Named New Director of AMS Washington DC Office Tue, 16 Aug 2016 00:00:00 EST <p><a href="/images/Saxe-web.jpg"><img alt="" src="/images/thumbs/Saxe-web.jpg" style="border-style:solid; border-width:0px; float:left; height:100px; margin-left:4px; margin-right:4px; width:68px" /></a></p> <p><strong>Karen Saxe</strong>, DeWitt Wallace Professor of Mathematics, in the Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Sciences Department at Macalester College, has been <a href="/news?news_id=3136">named Director of the Washington DC Office of the American Mathematical Society starting January 1, 2017</a>, where she will work to connect the mathematics community with Washington decision makers who impact science and education funding. Samuel Rankin will retire after serving 21 years as Director.</p> <p>&quot;As the AMS focuses on increasing advocacy and awareness of research and education in mathematics, Karen brings so much to the position of Director of the Washington Office--a long record of advocacy, a familiarity with Washington from her time as a AAAS Science &amp; Technology Policy Fellow, as well as tremendous creative energy,&quot; says AMS Executive Director Catherine Roberts. &quot;I look forward to working closely with Karen.&quot; (Photo courtesy of Macalester College.)</p> U.S. Team Takes First in 2016 IMO Fri, 15 Jul 2016 00:00:00 EST <p><a href="/images/2016-IMO.jpg"><img alt="" src="/images/thumbs/2016-IMO.jpg" style="float:left; height:67px; margin-left:4px; margin-right:4px; width:100px" /></a>The U.S. team finished first with 214 points at the <a href="">57th International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) in Hong Kong</a>. All six members of the team-- <strong>Ankan Bhattacharya</strong> (International Academy East, Troy, Michigan), <strong>Michael Kural</strong> (Greenwich High School, Riverside, Connecticut), <strong>Allen Liu</strong> (Penfield Senior High School, Penfield, New York), <strong>Junyao Peng</strong> (Princeton International School of Mathematics and Science, Princeton, New Jersey), <strong>Ashwin Sah</strong> (Jesuit High School, Portland, Oregon), and <strong>Yuan Yao</strong> (Phillips Exeter Academy, Exeter, New Hampshire)-- earned gold medals. The team from the Republic of Korea earned 207 points and China finished third with 204 points. (Photo courtesy of the Mathematical Association of America/Carnegie Mellon University.)<!-- AMSNEWSBREAK --> Three of the six U.S. team members are former contestants in Who Wants to Be a Mathematician (WWTBAM): Ankan Bhattacharya (<a href="/programs/students/wwtbam/jmm2016">2016 national champ</a>), Michael Kural (<a href="/programs/students/wwtbam/jmm2015">2015 national contestant</a> and a contestant at the <a href="/programs/students/wwtbam/wcsu">Western Connecticut State University game</a>), and Ashwin Sah (<a href="/programs/students/wwtbam/osu-2014">2014 winner at Oregon State University</a>). All the participants on the U.S. team were selected through a series of competitions organized by the Mathematical Association of America (MAA), culminating with the USA Mathematical Olympiad. The U.S. team leader was Po-Shen Loh of Carnegie Mellon University. See <a href="">results of the 2016 IMO</a>, which had more than 100 countries participating. The 2017 IMO will be July 12-24 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.</p> AMS Fall 2016 Sectional Meetings Fri, 08 Jul 2016 00:00:00 EST <p><strong>September 24-25</strong>: <a href="/meetings/sectional/2238_program.html">Bowdoin College</a>, Brunswick, ME<br /> <strong>October 8-9:</strong> <a href="/meetings/sectional/2235_program.html">University of Denver</a>, CO<br /> <strong>October 28-30:</strong> <a href="/meetings/sectional/2239_program.html">University of St. Thomas (Minneapolis campus)</a>, MN<br /> <strong>November 12-13</strong>: <a href="/meetings/sectional/2241_program.html">North Carolina State University</a>, Raleigh</p> An Award for MathJax Thu, 30 Jun 2016 00:00:00 EST <a href="/images/PAMdivision-award-presentation.jpg"><img alt="SLA PAM Division award ceremony" src="/images/thumbs/PAMdivision-award-presentation.jpg" style="float:left; height:75px; margin-left:10px; margin-right:10px; width:100px" /></a> <p>MathJax was awarded the 2016 PAM Division Award by the Physics-Astronomy-Math (PAM) Division of the Special Libraries Association. The award was presented on June 12, 2016, at the annual PAM Business meeting. David Cervone, lead developer at MathJax, accepted the award on behalf of MathJax.</p> <p>The complete award announcement may be found on the <a href="">SLA PAM Division website</a>. Visit the <a href="">MathJax website</a> for more information on the MathJax project.</p>