AMS News AMS News - RSS Feed Mon, 28 Jul 2014 00:00:00 EST en-us 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 -->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> 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> ICWM 2014 Fri, 31 Jan 2014 00:00:00 EST <p> <strong>August 12 and 14</strong>: The <a href="">International Congress of Women Mathematicians 2014</a> will be held in Seoul, Korea.</p>