AMS News AMS News - RSS Feed Wed, 11 May 2016 00:00:00 EST en-us 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> Nemmers Prize to Koll&aacute;r Fri, 08 Apr 2016 00:00:00 EST <p> <strong><a href="/images/nemmers-2016-kollar.jpg"><img alt="Janos Kollar" src="/images/thumbs/nemmers-2016-kollar.jpg" style="width: 98px; height: 100px; border-width: 0px; border-style: solid; margin-left: 1px; margin-right: 1px; float: left;" /></a>J&aacute;nos Koll&aacute;r</strong>, Princeton University, is the recipient of the 2016 Frederic Esser Nemmers Prize in Mathematics, which carries with it a stipend of US$200,000. Koll&aacute;r is recognized for his &quot;fundamental contributions to algebraic geometry, including the minimal model program and its applications, the theory of rational connectedness and the study of real algebraic varieties.&quot; (Photo: Will Crow.) <!-- AMSNEWSBREAK -->He was elected to the U.S. National Academy of Sciences in 2005, the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in 1995, and became a Fellow of the AMS in 2012. Koll&aacute;r received the <a href="/notices/200604/comm-cole.pdf">Frank Nelson Cole Prize in Algebra from the AMS in 2006</a>, was a plenary speaker at the International Congress of Mathematicians (ICM) in 2014, and an invited speaker at the 1990 ICM.</p> <p> The Nemmers Prizes--in mathematics, economics, medical science and music--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.<a href=""> Read more about J&aacute;nos Koll&aacute;r and the Nemmers Prizes</a>.</p> Morehouse College Department of Mathematics Honored for Achievements Wed, 06 Apr 2016 00:00:00 EST <p> <a href="/images/PTMD-2016-morehouse-web.jpg"><img alt="Math students from Morehouse at the JMM" src="/images/thumbs/PTMD-2016-morehouse-web.jpg" style="width: 100px; height: 75px; border-width: 0px; border-style: solid; margin-left: 1px; margin-right: 1px; float: left;" /></a>The <strong>Department of Mathematics at Morehouse College</strong> has been chosen to receive the <a href="/news?news_id=3011">2016 AMS Mathematics Programs that Make a Difference Award</a>. The department at Morehouse is honored &quot;for its significant efforts to encourage students from underrepresented groups to continue in the study of mathematics.&quot; (Photo of Morehouse students at the Joint Mathematics Meetings courtesy of Morehouse College Department of Mathematics.)</p>