AMS News AMS News - RSS Feed Thu, 26 May 2016 00:00:00 EST en-us 2016 Karl Menger Memorial Awards Announced Thu, 26 May 2016 00:00:00 EST <p><a href="/images/2016IntelScienceFair.jpg"><img alt="" src="/images/thumbs/2016IntelScienceFair.jpg" style="float:left; height:67px; margin-left:4px; margin-right:4px; width:100px" /></a>The AMS presented the Karl Menger Memorial Awards at the 2016 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF), held May 10-16 in Washington, DC. The First Place Award of US$2000 was given to <strong>Stephanie Shi-Ning Mui</strong>, Oakton High School, Vienna, VA, for &quot;Embedding a Flat Torus in Three Dimensional Euclidean Space.&quot; <!-- AMSNEWSBREAK --><em>[Photo (click to enlarge):</em> Front row, left to right: Osvaldo J. Pagan, Dariannette Valentin, Pei-Hsuan Chang, Stephanie Shi-Ning Mui, and Irina Mitrea (Chair, Menger Award Committee). Back row, left to right: Qingxuan Jiang, Ekaterina Lebedeva, Phuong Anh Tran, and Muhammad Ugur oglu Abdulla. Photo by April Rietze, Society for Science &amp; the Public.]<br /> <br /> <em>&quot;</em><em>The winner of the AMS Karl Menger Memorial Prize was Stephanie Shi-Ning Mui,&nbsp; a sixteen year old senior at the Oakton High School in Vienna, Virginia. Her poster entitled &ldquo;Embedding a Flat Torus in Three Dimensional Euclidean Space&rdquo; was concerned with the problem of providing a visualization of the embedded flat torus in the three-dimensional Euclidean space using sinusoidal fractal curves,&quot;</em> said Menger Awards Chair <strong>Irina Mitrea</strong>.<br /> <br /> The Menger Awards Committee, <strong>Irina Mitrea </strong>(Chair), Temple University, <strong>William Y. Velez</strong>, University of Arizona, and <strong>Andrew Whelan</strong>, GKN Driveline, also presented the following awards:</p> <ul> <li><em>Second Award of $1,000</em>: <strong>Ekaterina Lebedeva, </strong>Municipal Lyceum #40, Nizhny Novgorod, Russian Federation, &quot; Triangular Circle in a Square&quot; and <strong>Phuong Anh Tran</strong>, Cherkasy Physics and Mathematics Lyceum, Cherkasy, Ukraine, &quot;Towards Common Algorithm for Computation of Polygonal Numbers&quot;</li> <li><em>Third Award of $500</em>: <strong>Muhammad Ugur oglu Abdulla</strong>, West Shore Junior/Senior High School, &quot;Stochastic Analysis in Biomedical Engineering: Identifying Acute Myocardial Infarction&quot;; <strong>Pei-Hsuan Chang</strong>, Taipei Municipal LiShan High School, Taipei City, Chinese Taipei, &quot;Nested Eggs: Where Brianchon, Pascal and Poncelet Meet&quot;; <strong>Qingxuan Jiang</strong>, Shanghai High School, Shanghai, China, &quot;The Rolling Lamp Problem and Related Link Structure&quot;; and <strong>Osvaldo J. Pagan</strong> and <strong>Dariannette Valentin</strong>, both of Dr. Carlos Gonzalez High School, Aguada, Puerto Rico, &quot;The Future of Energy: Spidronized Solar Cells&quot;</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Certificate of Honorable Mention: <strong>Dona-Maria Radoslavova Ivanova</strong>, Baba Tonka High School of Mathematics, Ruse, Bulgaria, &quot;On the Coverings of {0,1,2 }^n with Minimal Cardinality&quot;; <strong>Emil Sebastian Geisler</strong>, Bountiful High School, Bountiful, Utah, &quot;The Investigation of an Impartial Normal Play Game&quot;; <strong>Roy Jacobson</strong>, Israel Arts and Science Academy, Jerusalem, Israel, &quot;Graph Rigidity in L1 and Kusner&#39;s Conjecture&quot;; <strong>Karthik Yegnesh</strong>, Methacton High School, Eagleville, Pennsylvania, &quot;Cosheaf Theoretical Constructions in Networks and Persistent Homology&quot;; and <strong>Shaden Naif Alshammari</strong>, 19th HighSchool, Hail, Saudi Arabia, &quot;Enhancement RSA Security using Polynomials and Rabin Functions&quot;</li> </ul> <p>A booklet on Karl Menger was also given to each winner. This is the 26th year of the presentation of the <a href="">Karl Menger Memorial Awards</a>. The Society&#39;s participation in the Intel ISEF is supported in part by income from the Karl Menger Fund, which was established by the family of the late Karl Menger. For more information about this program or to make contributions to this fund, contact the <a href="">AMS Development Office</a>.<br /> &nbsp;</p> Wiles Received 2016 Abel Prize from Norway's Crown Prince Haakon Tue, 24 May 2016 00:00:00 EST <a href="/images/wiles-haakon-Abel-May2016.jpg"><img alt="" src="/images/thumbs/wiles-haakon-Abel-May2016.jpg" style="border-style:solid; border-width:0px; float:left; height:67px; margin-left:4px; margin-right:4px; width:100px" /></a> <p><strong>Sir Andrew J. Wiles</strong> received the 2016 Abel Prize from Norway&#39;s Crown Prince Haakon at an award ceremony in the University Aula in Oslo on the 24th of May. (Photo of Wiles (left) and H.R.H. Crown Prince Haakon, by Audun Braastad.) <!-- AMSNEWSBREAK --></p> <p>Wiles receives the Abel Prize &quot;for his stunning proof of Fermat&#39;s Last Theorem by way of the modularity conjecture for semistable elliptic curves, opening a new era in number theory.&quot; The <a href="">award ceremony</a> opened with Abel Fanfare, composed by Klaus Sandvik, performed as the Abel Laureate entered the University Aula. Wiles was accompanied by members of the Abel committee, the chair of the Abel board and the President of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters. A film by Berlin-based filmmaker and mathematician Ekaterina Eremenko, in which Wiles shares his thoughts about life and mathematics, was shown. See a <a href="">re-run of the live webcast</a>. Wiles will give his prize lecture at the University of Oslo on the 25th of May, followed by two Abel Lectures by Henri Darmon and Manjul Bhargava. Simon Singh will then give the popular lecture <em>From Fermat&#39;s Last Theorem to Homer&#39;s Last Theorem</em>. The Abel Prize carries a cash award of 6 million NOK (about EUR 700,000 or USD 750,000) and has been awarded annually since 2003 by the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters. See <a href="">more about the Abel Prize</a>.</p> L-functions and Modular Forms Database Wed, 11 May 2016 00:00:00 EST <p> <a href="/images/lmfdb.jpg"><img alt="" src="/images/thumbs/lmfdb.jpg" style="width: 99px; height: 100px; border-width: 0px; border-style: solid; margin-left: 1px; margin-right: 1px; float: left;" /></a>The L-functions and Modular Forms Database, LMFDB, is a site with tables, formulas, links, and references, created by a team of more than 80 mathematicians from 12 countries with support from the National Science Foundation and the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council.<!-- AMSNEWSBREAK --> <a href="">Visit the database</a> and read more about the LMFDB on blog posts by <a href="">Anna Haensch</a> on the AMS Blog on Math Blogs and by <a href="">Timothy Gowers</a>. (Image from LMFDB.)</p> A Message from the AMS President on Human Rights Wed, 11 May 2016 00:00:00 EST <a href="/images/robert-bryant-pres-home.jpg"><img alt="" src="/images/thumbs/robert-bryant-pres-home.jpg" style="width: 70px; height: 100px; border-width: 0px; border-style: solid; margin-left: 4px; margin-right: 4px; float: left;" /></a> <p> Dear fellow AMS members:</p> <p> This spring, four academics in Turkey, including our mathematical colleague, Dr. K&#305;van&ccedil; Ersoy, were arrested for signing an Academics for Peace petition calling for an end to the Turkish military operations in the Kurdish areas of southeastern Turkey. The individuals have been released, but the Turkish government continues its campaign of intimidation and threats of dismissal against many who signed the petition.<!-- AMSNEWSBREAK --></p> <p> This is a serious violation of human rights and free speech. The AMS believes that violations of human rights are serious matters. The <a href="/about-us/governance/committees/comm-all.html#HUMANRIGHT ">AMS Committee on Human Rights of Mathematicians</a> follows such violations and makes recommendations of appropriate actions. Two committee members, currently Joseph Watkins and Melvyn Nathanson, also serve as the AMS representatives to the American Association for the Advancement of Science Human Rights Coalition.</p> <p> The Committee of Concerned Scientists maintains an <a href="">archive of articles about this situation</a> and has initiated a <a href="">petition to the President of Turkey protesting the treatment of these academics</a>, and urges all who are concerned about such violations to consider signing.</p> <p> I have signed this petition and encourage my fellow AMS members to learn about the situation and speak up in support of our Turkish colleagues.</p> <p> Yours,<br /> Robert Bryant<br /> President of the AMS</p> MIT Team First in Putnam Wed, 04 May 2016 00:00:00 EST <p> A team from the <strong>Massachusetts Institute of Technology</strong> has won the 76th William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition. This is MIT&#39;s third straight win. <!-- AMSNEWSBREAK -->Here are the top five teams:</p> <ul> <li> MIT: Mark Selke, Bobby Shen, and David Yang</li> <li> Carnegie Mellon University: Joshua Brakensiek, Linus Hamilton, and Thomas Swayze</li> <li> Princeton University: Rodrigo Angelo, Andre Arslan, and Eric Schneider</li> <li> Stanford University: Jie Jun Ang, Gyujin Oh, and Albert Zhang</li> <li> Harvard University: Calvin Deng, Ravi Jagadeesan, and David Stoner</li> </ul> <p> Five of the above individuals (Calvin Deng, Linus Hamilton, Eric Schneider,&nbsp; Bobby Shen, and David Stoner) are former participants in <em>Who Wants to Be a Mathematician</em>. Calvin won the <a href="/programs/students/wwtbam/jmm2013">2013 national <em>Who Wants to Be a Mathematician</em></a>.</p> <p> The Putnam Fellows, the six highest individual scorers, are (in alphabetical order):</p> <ul> <li> Pakawut Jiradilok, Harvard University</li> <li> Bumsoo Kim, Princeton University</li> <li> Gyujin Oh, Stanford University</li> <li> Daniel Spivak, University of Waterloo</li> <li> David Yang, MIT</li> <li> Yunkun Zhou, MIT</li> </ul> <p> Danielle Wang of MIT is the winner of the Elizabeth Lowell Putnam Prize, which is given to a woman whose performance on the exam is particularly meritorious. <a href="">See more results of the 2015 competition</a>, which was taken by more than 4,000 students at over 550 institutions. <a href="">Problems from the exam and solutions</a> are also available. The William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition is an annual competition for undergraduates in the U.S. and Canada that is held on the first Saturday in December and is administered by the Mathematical Association of America.</p> National Academy of Sciences Elections - 2016 Wed, 04 May 2016 00:00:00 EST <p> <a href="/images/NAS.jpg"><img alt="NAS logo" src="/images/thumbs/NAS.jpg" style="width: 100px; height: 100px; border-width: 0px; border-style: solid; margin-left: 1px; margin-right: 1px; float: left;" /></a>Eleven individuals in the mathematical sciences are among the 84 new members and 21 foreign associates from 14 countries are elected to the National Academy of Sciences (NAS).</p> <p> <em>Members</em>: <strong>Ian Agol</strong>,University of California, Berkeley; <strong>Constantine M. Dafermos</strong>, Brown University; <strong>Vladimir Drinfeld</strong>, University of Chicago; <strong>Steven N. Evans</strong>, University of California, Berkeley; <strong>Maryam Mirzakhani</strong>, Stanford University; <strong>Susan A. Murphy</strong>, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; <strong>Larry A. Wasserman</strong>, Carnegie Mellon University. <em>Foreign Associates</em>: <strong>Yuval Peres</strong>, Microsoft Research; <strong>Hugh Possingham</strong>, University of Queensland; <strong>Nancy M. Reid</strong>, University of Toronto; <strong>Claire Voisin</strong>, CNRS, Institut de Math&eacute;matiques de Jussieu.<!-- AMSNEWSBREAK --> Agol, Dafermos, Evans and Peres are also Fellows of the AMS.</p> <p> The NAS is a private, nonprofit institution established under a congressional charter, which recognizes achievement and provides science, technology, and health policy advice to the federal government and other organizations. (Image courtesy National Academy of Sciences.) <a href="">See the full list of this year&rsquo;s honorees</a>.</p> IMU Breakout Graduate Fellowships Wed, 27 Apr 2016 00:00:00 EST <p> The International Mathematical Union (IMU), with the assistance of Friends of the IMU and The World Academy of Sciences, is launching a fellowship program to support postgraduate studies in a developing country leading to a PhD degree in the mathematical sciences. The program is made possible by generous donations by the winners of the Breakthrough Prizes in Mathematics: Ian Agol, Simon Donaldson, Maxim Kontsevich, Jacob Lurie, Terence Tao, and Richard Taylor. <!-- AMSNEWSBREAK -->Mathematicians are invited to submit online nominations of excellent students in developing countries. <a href="">See the nomination form and eligibility information</a>.</p> AMS at the 2016 USASEF Tue, 26 Apr 2016 00:00:00 EST <p> <a href="/images/usasef16-family.jpg"><img alt="Family at AMS booth" src="/images/thumbs/usasef16-family.jpg" style="width: 100px; height: 75px; border-width: 0px; border-style: solid; margin-left: 2px; margin-right: 2px; float: left;" /></a>See <a href="/meetings/usasef-2016">highlights from the AMS&#39;s curve-stitching activity</a> at the 2016 USA Science and Engineering Festival (USASEF) in Washington, DC. More than 350,000 people attended the three-day festival.</p> American Academy of Arts and Sciences Elections - 2016 Thu, 21 Apr 2016 00:00:00 EST <p> The American Academy of Arts and Sciences has elected 213 national and international scholars, artists, philanthropists, and business leaders. Following are the new members in the mathematical sciences:</p> <p> <strong>Pavel Etingof</strong>, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; <strong>Leslie Greengard</strong>, New York University/Simons Foundation; <strong>J&aacute;nos Koll&aacute;r</strong>, Princeton University; <strong>Bryna R. Kra</strong>, Northwestern University; <strong>Andrei Okounkov</strong>, Columbia University; <strong>Vladimir Rokhlin</strong>, Yale University. Also named are <strong>Hirosi Ooguri</strong>, California Institute of Technology and <strong>Thibault D&#39;Amour</strong>, Institut des Hautes &Eacute;tudes Scientifiques, in physics, and <strong>Tal Rabin</strong>, IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, in computer science, each of whom have made contributions in the mathematical sciences.<!-- AMSNEWSBREAK --> Etingof, Kollar, Kra and Ooguri are also Fellows of the AMS.</p> <p> One of the nation&#39;s most prestigious honorary societies, the Academy is also a leading center for independent policy research. Members contribute to Academy publications and studies of science and technology policy, energy and global security, social policy and American institutions, the humanities and culture, and education. The new members are listed <a href="">alphabetically</a> and <a href="">by discipline</a>. The new class will be inducted at a ceremony on October 8, 2016, at the Academy&#39;s headquarters in Cambridge, Massachusetts.</p> Michael Gage and Arnold Pizer Receive 2016 AMS Impact Award Wed, 13 Apr 2016 00:00:00 EST <p> <a href="/images/Impact-2016-gage-web.jpg"><img alt="Michael Gage" src="/images/thumbs/Impact-2016-gage-web.jpg" style="width: 100px; height: 100px; border-width: 0px; border-style: solid; margin-left: 1px; margin-right: 1px; float: left;" /></a><a href="/images/Impact-2016-pizer-web.jpg"><img alt="Arnold Pizer" src="/images/thumbs/Impact-2016-pizer-web.jpg" style="width: 80px; height: 100px; border-width: 0px; border-style: solid; margin-left: 1px; margin-right: 1px; float: left;" /></a><strong>Michael Gage</strong>(left) and <strong>Arnold Pizer</strong> (right), both of the University of Rochester, have received the <a href="/news?news_id=3006">2016 AMS Award for Impact on the Teaching and Learning of Mathematics</a> for the creation and development of WeBWorK, one of the first web-based systems that assign and grade homework problems in mathematics and science courses. (Photo of Michael Gage courtesy of Sandra Cherin; photo of Arnold Pizer courtesy of Carol Pizer.)</p>