AMS News AMS News - RSS Feed Thu, 17 Jul 2014 00:00:00 EST en-us 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 -->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.</p> Winners of Inaugural Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics Mon, 23 Jun 2014 00:00:00 EST <p> <strong>Simon Donaldson</strong>, <strong>Maxim Kontsevich</strong>, <strong>Jacob Lurie</strong>, <strong>Richard Taylor</strong>, and <strong>Terence Tao</strong> are the recipients of the first Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics. Each of the five mathematicians will receive US$3 million.<!-- AMSNEWSBREAK --></p> <p> <strong>Simon Donaldson</strong>, Stony Brook University and Imperial College London, who has made significant results in differential geometry, has also received the Fields Medal (1986), the <a href="">Crafoord Prize (1994)</a>, the <a href="/notices/200603/comm-faisal.pdf">King Faisal International Prize for Science</a> (jointly with M.S. Narasimhan, 2006), the <a href="/notices/200807/tx080700808p.pdf">Nemmers Prize in Mathematics (2008)</a>, and the <a href="/notices/200908/rtx090800952p.pdf">Shaw Prize</a> (jointly with Clifford Taubes, 2009).</p> <p> <strong>Maxim Kontsevich</strong>, Institut des Hautes &Eacute;tudes Scientifiques (Paris), works in mathematical physics, topology, and algebraic geometry. He has previously been awarded the Henri Poincar&eacute; Prize (1997), the <a href="/notices/199810/comm-fields.pdf">Fields Medal (1998)</a>, the <a href="/notices/200805/tx080500593p.pdf">Crafoord Prize</a> (jointly with Edward Witten, 2008), the <a href="/notices/201209/rtx120901261p.pdf">Shaw Prize (2012)</a>, and the Breakthrough Prize in Physics (2012).</p> <p> <strong>Jacob Lurie</strong>, Harvard University, works in derived algebraic geometry. He is a recipient of the <a href="/notices/200104/comm-morgan.pdf">Morgan Prize (2000)</a> and earned his PhD from MIT in 2004 under the direction of Michael J. Hopkins.</p> <p> <strong>Richard Taylor</strong>, Institute for Advanced Study, is a number theorist who teamed with Andrew Wiles to complete the proof of Fermat&#39;s Last Theorem. He has received the <a href="/notices/200202/people.pdf">Fermat Prize</a> (jointly with Wendelin Werner, 2001), the <a href="/notices/200207/comm-ostrowski.pdf">Ostrowski Prize</a> (with Henryk Iwaniec and Peter Sarnak, 2001), the <a href="/notices/200204/comm-coleprz.pdf">Cole Prize in Number Theory</a> (with Henryk Iwaniec, 2002), and the <a href="/notices/200708/tx070801001p.pdf">Shaw Prize</a> (with Robert Langlands, 2007).</p> <p> <strong>Terence Tao</strong>, UCLA, has achieved results in many fields, from number theory to partial differential equations. He has received the <a href="/notices/200609/comm-prize-fields.pdf">Fields Medal</a> (2006), the <a href="/notices/200204/comm-bocherprz.pdf">B&ocirc;cher Prize</a> (with Daniel Tataru and Fanghua Lin, 2002), the <a href="/notices/200504/comm-conant.pdf">Conant Prize</a> (jointly with Allen Knutson, 2005), a MacArthur &quot;genius&quot; grant (2006), the <a href="/notices/201007/rtx100700869p.pdf">Nemmers Prize</a> (2010), and the<a href="/notices/201205/rtx120500676p.pdf"> Crafoord Prize</a> (with Jean Bourgain, 2012).</p> <p> The Breakthrough Prize is funded by Yuri Milner and Mark Zuckerberg. Read more about the winners and the prize in an <a href=";_r=0">article by Kenneth Chang in <em>The New York Times</em></a>. &nbsp;A <a href=";action=news&amp;news_id=18">news release</a> is available on the Breakthrough Prize web site.</p> Granovskiy Awarded AMS Congressional Fellowship Fri, 20 Jun 2014 00:00:00 EST <p> <a href="/images/Granovskiy.jpg"><img alt="Boris Granovskiy" src="/images/thumbs/Granovskiy.jpg" style="width: 100px; height: 80px; border-width: 0px; border-style: solid; float: left;" /></a>The AMS has awarded its 2014-15 Congressional Fellowship to <strong>Boris Granovskiy</strong>.&nbsp; Granovskiy earned his PhD in mathematics last year from Uppsala University in Sweden.&nbsp; <!-- AMSNEWSBREAK -->Prior to accepting the fellowship, he worked at the Institute for Futures Studies in Stockholm as a postdoctoral researcher in collaboration with the Swedish Association of Local Governments.&nbsp; He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Applied Mathematics from Harvard University.<br /> <br /> The Congressional Fellowship program is administered by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).&nbsp; Fellows spend a year working on the staff of a member of Congress or a congressional committee, working as a special legislative assistant in legislative and policy areas requiring scientific and technical input.&nbsp; The fellowship program includes an orientation on congressional and executive branch operations and a year-long seminar series on issues involving science, technology and public policy.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> The fellowship is designed to provide a unique public policy learning experience to demonstrate the value of science-government interaction and to bring a technical background and external perspective to the decision making process in Congress.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> For more information on the AMS-AAAS Congressional Fellowship go to <a href=""></a><br /> &nbsp;</p> Michael J. Hopkins Receives 2014 Nemmers Prize Thu, 12 Jun 2014 00:00:00 EST <p> <strong><a href="/images/nemmers2014-hopkins.jpg"><img alt="Michael J. Hopkins" src="/images/thumbs/nemmers2014-hopkins.jpg" style="width: 100px; height: 56px; border-width: 0px; border-style: solid; margin-left: 2px; margin-right: 2px; float: left;" /></a>Michael J. Hopkins</strong>, Harvard University, is the recipient of the 2014 Frederic Esser Nemmers Prize in Mathematics, which carries with it a $200,000 stipend. He is being recognized for his fundamental contributions to algebraic topology, stable homotopy theory and derived algebraic geometry. (Photo: Harvard University)<!-- AMSNEWSBREAK --> Northwestern Provost Daniel Linzer said, &quot;It is an extraordinary privilege to recognize Michael with the Nemmers Prize for his significant contributions to the mathematics field, including creating new areas of study.&quot;</p> <p> Working with Michael Hill and Douglas Ravenel, Hopkins recently solved the long-standing Kervaire invariant problem, a problem which his PhD advisor, Mark Mahowald, also worked on. Hopkins is the recipient of numerous honors, including the <a href="/notices/201205/rtx120500678p.pdf">National Academy of Sciences Award in Mathematics in 2012</a> and the Society&rsquo;s <a href="/notices/200104/comm-veblen.pdf">Oswald Veblen Prize in Geometry in 2001</a>. He received his bachelor&rsquo;s degree and PhD from Northwestern and is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a foreign member of the Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters.</p> <p> The Nemmers Prizes are awarded every other year and are made possible through bequests from the late Erwin Esser Nemmers, a former member of the Northwestern University faculty, and his brother, the late Frederic E. Nemmers.</p> Robert Ghrist presents "Topological Sensor Networks" on Capitol Hill Thu, 29 May 2014 00:00:00 EST <a href="/images/0185-crop-t.jpg"><img alt="" src="/images/thumbs/0185-crop-t.jpg" style="width: 100px; height: 67px; border-width: 0px; border-style: solid; margin-left: 4px; margin-right: 4px; float: left;" /></a> <p> <strong>Robert Ghrist</strong>, University of Pennsylvania, presented work on &quot;Topological Sensor Networks&quot; in the <a href="/policy/government/outreach/CNSFExhibition2014">AMS exhibit at the annual Coalition for National Science Funding (CNSF) Exhibition &amp; Reception</a> in Washington, DC.</p> Epsilon Fund Makes Awards for 2014 Wed, 28 May 2014 00:00:00 EST <p> <a href="/images/epsilon-2014-PROTaSM.jpg"><img alt="PROTasM 2013" src="/images/thumbs/epsilon-2014-PROTaSM.jpg" style="width: 100px; height: 68px; border-width: 0px; border-style: solid; margin-left: 2px; margin-right: 2px; float: left;" /></a>The AMS has chosen 21 summer mathematics programs to receive Epsilon grants for 2014. These programs give students a chance to see aspects of mathematics that they may not see in school and to share their enthusiasm for mathematics with one another. (Photo: PROTaSM, Puerto Rico Opportunities for Talented Students in Mathematics, participants and professors from 2013.)<!-- AMSNEWSBREAK --></p> <p> Here are the programs that received grants and the program directors:</p> <ul> <li> All Girls/All Math, University of Nebraska, Gwendolen Hines</li> <li> Camp Euclid, online, David T. Gay</li> <li> Canada/USA Mathcamp, Lewis and Clark College (OR), Marisa Debowsky</li> <li> Governor&#39;s Institutes of Vermont, University of Vermont, Karen Taylor Mitchell</li> <li> KSU Math Circle Summer Camp, Kennesaw State University (GA), Virginia Watson</li> <li> MathILy, Bryn Mawr College (PA), Sarah-Marie Belcastro</li> <li> MathPath, Mount Holyoke College (MA), Stephen B. Maurer</li> <li> Mathworks Honors Summer Math Camp, Texas State University, Max L. Warshauer</li> <li> Michigan Math and Science Scholars Summer Program, University of Michigan, Kelli Szczepanski</li> <li> New York Math Circle High School Summer Program, NYU Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Japheth Wood</li> <li> PROMYS, Boston University, Glenn Stevens</li> <li> PROTaSM (Puerto Rico Opportunities for Talented Students in Mathematics), University of Puerto Rico, Mayag&uuml;ez Campus, Luis F. Caceres-Duque</li> <li> Research Science Institute, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Charles M. Farmer</li> <li> Ross Mathematics Program, The Ohio State University, Daniel Shapiro</li> <li> Stanford University Mathematics Camp (SUMaC) Stanford University (CA), Rick Sommer</li> <li> Summer Program for Applied Rationality and Cognition, University of California, Berkeley, Brienne Strohl</li> <li> Summer Program in Mathematical Problem Solving, Bard College (NY), Daniel Zaharopol</li> <li> UMTYMP Summer Program, University of Minnesota, David Clark</li> <li> We Do Math, Clemson University (SC), Gretchen Matthews</li> <li> Williams College Math Camp (WCMC), Williams College (MA), Allison M. Pacelli</li> <li> Young Scholars Program, University of Chicago, Robert Fefferman</li> </ul> <p> From a past PROTasM participant to director Luis Caceres-Duque: &quot;<em>I wanted to tell you that I have just accepted a postdoc. I am very happy. And I cannot forget, ten years later, that not any of this would be happening if not for the efforts you did then and still do. I thank you very much.</em>&rdquo;</p> <p> <a href="/about-us/support-ams/giving_op/epsilon">The Epsilon Fund</a>, the endowment whose income supports the awards, reached its initial funding goal of US$2 million in 2008. A very generous anonymous gift helped achieve that goal, together with numerous contributions from AMS members and others in the mathematical community. The AMS continues to place a high priority on supporting the programs that bring mathematically talented high school and middle school students together and introduce them to mathematical research.<!-- AMSNEWSBREAK --></p> Lusztig Awarded 2014 Shaw Prize Tue, 27 May 2014 00:00:00 EST <p> <strong><a href="/images/Lusztig.George.jpg"><img alt="" src="/images/thumbs/Lusztig.George.jpg" style="width: 100px; height: 67px; float: left; border-width: 0px; border-style: solid; margin: 5px;" /></a>George Lusztig</strong> has been awarded the 2014 Shaw Prize in Mathematical Sciences. (Photo: Massachusetts Institute of Technology.)<!-- AMSNEWSBREAK --> Lusztig, the Abdun-Nur Professor of Mathematics at MIT, is honored &quot;for his fundamental contributions to algebra, algebraic geometry, and representation theory, and for weaving these subjects together to solve old problems and reveal beautiful new connections.&quot; The Shaw Prize carries a monetary award of US$1-million and is presented annually in three areas: Astronomy, Life Science and Medicine, and Mathematical Sciences. The Shaw Foundation has issued a <a href=";twoid=79&amp;threeid=231&amp;fourid=411">press release</a> about the 2014 awards.</p> <p> Lusztig received the 1985 AMS Cole Prize in Algebra &quot;for his fundamental work on the representation theory of finite groups of Lie type,&quot; particularly for his contributions to the classification of the irreducible representations in characteristic zero of the groups of rational points of reductive groups over finite fields. He was also awarded the <a href="/notices/200804/tx080400486p.pdf">2008 AMS Steele Prize for Lifetime Achievement</a>. The citation for the Steele Prize noted that Lusztig&#39;s work &quot;has entirely reshaped representation theory and in the process changed much of mathematics.&quot;</p> ICM 2014 Fri, 31 Jan 2014 00:00:00 EST <p> <strong>August 13-21, 2014</strong>:<a href=""> International Congress of Mathematicians</a>, Seoul, Korea. Early Advance Registration expires <strong>May 10, 2014</strong>.</p>