AMS News AMS News - RSS Feed Wed, 15 Feb 2017 00:00:00 EST en-us AMS Spring 2017 Sectional Meetings Wed, 15 Feb 2017 00:00:00 EST <p>* <strong>March 10-12:</strong> College of Charleston, Charleston, SC<br /> * <strong>April 1-2:</strong> Indiana University, Bloomington, IN<br /> * <strong>April 22-23:</strong> Washington State University, Pullman, WA<br /> * <strong>May 6-7:</strong> Hunter College, City University of New York, New York, NY<br /> Find <a href="/meetings/sectional/sectional.html">program, registration and local information</a>.</p> Ribet Begins Term as AMS President Wed, 01 Feb 2017 00:00:00 EST <p><strong><a href="/images/ken-ribet-president-2017.jpg"><img alt="Ken Ribet" src="/images/thumbs/ken-ribet-president-2017.jpg" style="border-style:solid; border-width:0px; float:left; height:100px; margin-left:1px; margin-right:1px; width:79px" /></a>Kenneth A. Ribet</strong>, University of California, Berkeley, began his two-year term as president of the AMS on Feb. 1. He is a leading researcher in number theory, who has also served the mathematics community as an editor of journals, a member of editorial boards of book series, and as a member of the Council and several AMS committees. Ribet succeeds <strong>Robert L. Bryant</strong>, Duke University, whose term ended January 31. (Photo by Jim Block.)<!-- AMSNEWSBREAK --> Ribet won the Fermat Prize in 1989 for his work in number theory and on Fermat&#39;s Last Theorem, which helped lead the way to the proof. He was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1997, to the National Academy of Sciences in 2000, and was a member of the inaugural class of AMS Fellows in 2012. <a href="/notices/201508/rnoti-p931a.pdf">Read more about Ribet</a> in his biography and nomination for president in the September 2015 <em>Notices</em>.</p> AMS Board of Trustees Opposes Executive Order on Immigration Mon, 30 Jan 2017 00:00:00 EST <p>The members of the Board of Trustees of the American Mathematical Society wish to express their opposition to the Executive Order signed by President Trump that temporarily suspends immigration benefits to citizens of seven nations. Read the <a href="/news?news_id=3305">news release</a>.</p> Photos from the 2017 Joint Meeting Thu, 26 Jan 2017 00:00:00 EST <p><a href="/images/jmm2017-exhibit-opening-captioned.jpg"><img alt="2017 exhibit opening" src="/images/thumbs/jmm2017-exhibit-opening-captioned.jpg" style="border-style:solid; border-width:0px; float:left; height:67px; margin-left:2px; margin-right:2px; width:100px" /></a>See <a href="/meetings/national/jmm2017-highlights">photos of events from the recent Joint Mathematics Meetings in Atlanta</a>, including invited addresses, the Joint Prize Session, the Mathematical Art Exhibition, AMS activities, and Mathemati-Con.</p> 2017 Mathematical Art Exhibition Awards Fri, 13 Jan 2017 00:00:00 EST <a href="/images/jmm17-monarchs-web.jpg"><img alt="Monarchs" src="/images/thumbs/jmm17-monarchs-web.jpg" style="border-style:solid; border-width:0px; float:left; height:75px; margin-left:4px; margin-right:4px; width:100px" /></a> <p>The 2017 Mathematical Art Exhibition Awards were made at the Joint Mathematics Meetings last week &quot;for aesthetically pleasing works that combine mathematics and art.&quot; <em><strong>&quot;Fractal Monarchs,&quot;</strong></em> (pictured here) by <strong>Doug Dunham</strong> and <strong>John Shier</strong>, was awarded Best photograph, painting, or print; <em><strong>&quot;Torus,&quot;</strong></em> by <strong>Jiangmei Wu</strong>, was awarded Best textile, sculpture, or other medium; and <em><strong>&quot;AAABBB, two juxtapositions: Dots &amp; Blossoms, Windmills &amp; Pinwheels,&quot;</strong></em> by <strong>Mary Klotz</strong>, received Honorable Mention. See the <a href="/news?news_id=3277">press release</a> for images and descriptions of these works and for information about the award.</p> Fefferman and Schoen Win Wolf Prize Wed, 11 Jan 2017 00:00:00 EST <p><strong><a href="/images/wolf-2017-fefferman.jpg"><img alt="Charles Fefferman" src="/images/thumbs/wolf-2017-fefferman.jpg" style="border-style:solid; border-width:0px; float:left; height:100px; margin-left:2px; margin-right:2px; width:79px" /></a><a href="/images/wolf-2017-schoen.jpg"><img alt="Richard Schoen" src="/images/thumbs/wolf-2017-schoen.jpg" style="border-style:solid; border-width:0px; float:left; height:100px; margin-left:2px; margin-right:2px; width:71px" /></a>Charles Fefferman</strong> (left), Princeton University, and <strong>Richard Schoen</strong> (right), University of California, Irivine, have been named the winners of the 2017 Wolf Prize in Mathematics for &quot;their striking contributions to analysis and geometry.&quot; The two will share the US$100,000 prize. (Photos courtesy of Princeton University and the University of California, Irvine.)<!-- AMSNEWSBREAK --></p> <p>The citation for Charles Fefferman notes that he has &quot;made major contributions to several fields, including several complex variables, partial differential equations and subelliptic problems. He introduced new fundamental techniques into harmonic analysis and explored their application to a wide range of fields including fluid dynamics, spectral geometry and mathematical physics,&quot; and &quot;He solved major problems related to the fine structure of solutions to partial differential equations.&quot; Fefferman received the Fields Medal in 1978, the Bergman Prize in 1982, and the <a href="/notices/200804/tx080400499p.pdf">B&ocirc;cher Memorial Prize in 2008</a>.</p> <p>Richard Schoen was recognized as &quot;a pioneer and a driving force in geometric analysis.&quot; The citation continues: &quot;His work on the regularity of harmonic maps and minimal surfaces had a lasting impact on the field. His solution of the Yamabe problem is based on the discovery of a deep connection to general relativity. Through his work on geometric analysis Schoen has contributed greatly to our understanding of the interrelation between partial differential equations and differential geometry.&quot; Schoen received the B&ocirc;cher Memorial Prize in 1989, and is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, as well as a fellow of the AMS, the American Academy of Arts &amp; Sciences, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He is is currently an AMS vice president.</p> <p>The Wolf Prize, which was first given in 1978, is awarded by the Wolf Foundation. Winners will receive their awards from the President of Israel in a special ceremony at the Knesset Building in Jerusalem. See a <a href=";page=content&amp;cs=3142&amp;langpage=heb&amp;language=eng">list of this year&#39;s laureates</a>.</p> Felix Browder, 1927-2016 Wed, 28 Dec 2016 00:00:00 EST <p><a href="/images/browder-f.jpg"><img alt="Felix Browder" src="/images/thumbs/browder-f.jpg" style="border-style:solid; border-width:0px; float:left; height:100px; margin-left:2px; margin-right:2px; width:69px" /></a><strong>Felix Browder</strong>, a brilliant man who was a leader in nonlinear functional analysis and served as president of the AMS from 1999 to 2000, died December 10 at the age of 89. He received the <a href="/notices/200005/comm-medals.pdf">National Medal of Science in 2000</a> for his &quot;pioneering mathematical work in the creation of nonlinear functional analysis that opened up new avenues in nonlinear problems, and for leadership in the scientific community that broadened the range of interactions among disciplines.&quot; <!-- AMSNEWSBREAK --></p> <p>At the age of 20, Browder received his PhD from Princeton University under the direction of Solomon Lefschetz and Witold Hurewicz. He was a C L E Moore Instructor at MIT from 1948 until 1951, but had trouble finding a position because his father, Earl, was prominent in the Communist Party. Felix served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War but was assigned low-level tasks because of unfounded suspicions of his loyalty. Following the war, in 1955, he was hired at Brandeis University and the next year moved to Yale University where he remained until 1963. Browder then took a position at the University of Chicago and was on the faculty there until 1986, chairing the department from 1971 to 1976 and 1979 to 1985. He retired from the university in 1986 and held the position of vice president for research at Rutgers University until 1991.</p> <p>Browder was elected to the National Academy of Sciences, was a fellow of the American Academy of Sciences, and a member of the inaugural class of fellows of the AMS. He was chair of the program committee for <a href="/notices/200003/editorial.pdf">Mathematical Challenges of the 21st Century</a>, which was held at UCLA in 2000. Browder&#39;s brothers, William and Andrew, are also accomplished mathematicians and William was AMS president from 1989 to 1990. Felix was known for reading a book every day from the age of five and his <a href="">obituary</a> in <em>The Washington Post</em> contains a quote from William (originally published in 1998 in the <em>Star-Ledger</em>) about his brother&#39;s erudition: &quot;Felix really does know everything. He can talk at length about anything--French literature, Buddhist philosophy, the best price for dog food--because he reads and retains so much. It gives him a confidence that few possess.&quot; Read more about Felix Browder in his <a href="">biography</a> at the MacTutor archive, and in interviews with Allyn Jackson, <a href="/notices/199903/comm-browder.pdf">as his term as AMS president began</a> and <a href="/notices/200102/comm-browder.pdf">near its end.</a> Browder was an AMS member since 1950.</p> Top Math Stories in the Media - 2016 Wed, 14 Dec 2016 00:00:00 EST <a href="/images/top-math-stories-2016.jpg"><img alt="" src="/images/thumbs/top-math-stories-2016.jpg" style="border-style:solid; border-width:0px; float:left; height:100px; margin-left:4px; margin-right:4px; width:98px" /></a> <p>Among the <a href="/news/math-in-the-media/md-top-stories-2016">top math stories in the media in 2016</a> were <em>Hidden Figures</em>, <em>The Man Who Knew Infinity</em>, US Team Wins 2016 IMO, Andrew Wiles receives Abel Prize, plus op-eds and letters to the editor by mathematicians.</p> Arthur Benjamin to Receive 2017 JPBM Communications Award for Public Outreach Mon, 12 Dec 2016 00:00:00 EST <p><a href="/images/JPBM-2017-Benjamin-Photo.jpg"><img alt="Arthur Benjamin" src="/images/thumbs/JPBM-2017-Benjamin-Photo.jpg" style="border-style:solid; border-width:0px; float:left; height:100px; margin-left:1px; margin-right:1px; width:67px" /></a>Providence, RI---<strong>Arthur Benjamin</strong>, the Smallwood Family Professor of Mathematics at Harvey Mudd College, will receive the <a href="/news?news_id=3245">2017 JPBM Communications Award for Public Outreach</a>.</p> Siobhan Roberts to Receive 2017 JPBM Communications Award for Expository and Popular Books Fri, 09 Dec 2016 00:00:00 EST <p><a href="/images/JPBM-2017-Roberts.jpg"><img alt="Sioghan Roberts" src="/images/thumbs/JPBM-2017-Roberts.jpg" style="border-style:solid; border-width:0px; float:left; height:100px; margin-left:1px; margin-right:1px; width:67px" /></a>Providence, RI---<strong>Siobhan Roberts</strong>, a journalist and biographer based in Toronto, Canada, will receive the <a href="/news?news_id=3242">2017 JPBM Communications Award for Expository and Popular Books</a>. (Photo: Christopher Wahl.)</p>