AMS News AMS News - RSS Feed Wed, 19 Apr 2017 00:00:00 EST en-us Ridgevue Valedictorian Dreams of Proving Unsolved Math Problems Wed, 19 Apr 2017 00:00:00 EST <p><strong>Caleb Monoran</strong>, a senior at Ridgevue High School in Nampa, Idaho, says &ldquo;Math is a beautiful;s intrinsically intricate and I call it the language of the universe.&rdquo; He wants to delve into a mathematical discovery and plans to solve theorems. <a href="">Read more about his plans for after graduation</a>.</p> Are the Star Trek Redshirts Most Likely to Die?' Wed, 19 Apr 2017 00:00:00 EST <p>In a <a href="">recent presentation at the Museum of Mathematics</a>, <strong>James Grime</strong>, University of Cambridge, interpreted Star Trek-based calculations to show that the redshirts are actually not most likely to die.</p> Women of Mathematics Exhibit and Interviews Wed, 19 Apr 2017 00:00:00 EST <p>Six mathematicians at the University of Cambridge contributed their portraits to the <a href="">Women of Mathematics exhibition</a>. Plus Magazine features interviews with all six.</p> Habits of Talented Math Students Tue, 18 Apr 2017 00:00:00 EST <p>The Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics conducted a <a href="">survey of nearly 1,700 students</a> who participated in the Moody&#39;s Mega Math Challenge. Results show that talented math students &quot;tend to study alone and to learn best when they grasp the underlying concepts behind math formulas.&quot;</p> Math Projects Win Second and Third Place in Science Talent Search Tue, 18 Apr 2017 00:00:00 EST <p><a href="/images/regeneron-2017.jpg"><img alt="Aaron Yeiser and Arjun Ramani" src="/images/thumbs/regeneron-2017.jpg" style="border-style:solid; border-width:0px; float:left; height:100px; margin-left:2px; margin-right:2px; width:55px" /></a>In the <a href="">2017 Regeneron Science Talent Search</a>, <strong>Aaron Yeiser</strong> (top) of Schwenksville, PA won a \$175,000 award and second place for &quot;his development of a new mathematical method for solving partial differential equations on complicated geometries,&quot; and <strong>Arjun Ramani</strong> (bottom, left) of West Lafayette, IN won third place and a \$150,000 award for &quot;blending graph theory with computer programming to answer questions about networks.&quot; (Photos courtesy of Society for Science &amp; the Public. Photos of Yeiser and Ramani by Chris Ayers and Jessica Yurinko, respectively.)<!-- AMSNEWSBREAK --> <strong>Laura Pierson</strong> of Oakland, CA won sixth place and an \$80,000 award for her use of theoretical algebra to study the representation theory of symmetric groups. The top award of \$250,000 went to Idrani Das of Oradell, NJ for her study of brain injury. The Search, which has been conducted since 1942, is a program of the Society for Science &amp; the Public for high school seniors. Regeneron became its title sponsor this year.</p> 2016 Putnam Results Wed, 12 Apr 2017 00:00:00 EST <p><a href="/images/putnam-2017-carnegie-mellon.jpg"><img alt="Carnegie Mellon University's Putnam team" src="/images/thumbs/putnam-2017-carnegie-mellon.jpg" style="border-style:solid; border-width:0px; float:left; height:66px; margin-left:2px; margin-right:2px; width:100px" /></a>The team from <strong>Carnegie Mellon University</strong> finished first in the 77th William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition. The three Carnegie Mellon team members (left to right: Thomas Swayze, Samuel Zbarsky, and Joshua D. Brakensiek) each placed in the top five individually. (Photo: Carnegie Mellon University.)&nbsp; <!-- AMSNEWSBREAK -->The top five teams, in order, with team members in alphabetical order, are:</p> <ul> <li>Carnegie Mellon University: Joshua D. Brakensiek, Thomas E. Swayze, and Samuel Zbarsky</li> <li>Princeton University: Eric D. Schneider, Zhuo Qun Song, and Xiaoyu Xu</li> <li>Harvard University: Pakawut Jiradilok, Dong Ryul Kim, and David W. Stoner</li> <li>Massachusetts Institute of Technology: Robert C. Shen, David H. Yang, and Yunkun Zhou</li> <li>Stanford University: Jie Jun Ang, Huy T. Pham, and Albert R. Zhang</li> </ul> <p>The Putnam Fellows, the five highest individual scorers, are (in alphabetical order):</p> <ul> <li>Joshua D. Brakensiek, Carnegie Mellon University</li> <li>Dong Ryul Kim, Harvard University</li> <li>Thomas E. Swayze, Carnegie Mellon University</li> <li>Samuel Zbarsky, Carnegie Mellon University</li> <li>Yunkun Zhou, MIT</li> </ul> <p>Simona Diaconu of Princeton University is the winner of the Elizabeth Lowell Putnam Prize, which is given to a woman whose performance on the exam is particularly meritorious.</p> <p>Two of the members of the top five teams--Eric Schneider (Princeton) and David W. Stoner (Harvard)--are former participants in <em>Who Wants to Be a Mathematician</em>. Eric qualified for the national <em>Who Wants to Be a Mathematician</em> in <a href="/programs/students/wwtbam/jmm2012">2012</a> and <a href="/programs/students/wwtbam/jmm2013">2013</a>, and won a regional game at <a href="/programs/students/wwtbam/arl2013">the National Museum of Mathematics in 2013</a>. David won a regional game at the <a href="/programs/students/wwtbam/cofc2014">College of Charleston in 2014</a> and his team from South Carolina finished second in a team game at the <a href="/programs/students/wwtbam/arml-2015">2015 ARML competition at the University of Georgia</a>.</p> <p><a href="">See more results of the 2016 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 administered by the Mathematical Association of America and held on the first Saturday in December.</p> 'Bad at Math' -- No More Tue, 11 Apr 2017 00:00:00 EST <p>Student, Zoe Clute, explains <a href=";utm_campaign=6ce68505b5-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_04_10&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_term=0_a4f3e0748b-6ce68505b5-319348841">how a college course helped change her mindset</a> about math.</p> National Math Festival-April 22 Fri, 07 Apr 2017 00:00:00 EST <p><a href="/images/nmf-logo-horizontal.jpg"><img alt="National Math Festival logo" src="/images/thumbs/nmf-logo-horizontal.jpg" style="border-style:solid; border-width:0px; float:left; height:35px; margin-left:2px; margin-right:2px; width:100px" /></a>The <a href="">2017 National Math Festival</a> will take place April 22 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC. Six area students will compete in <em>Who Wants to Be a Mathematician</em> at 10 a.m. Don&#39;t miss it or the great day of math.</p> Who Wants to Be a Mathematician Contestant Competing in Moody's Mega Math Challenge Tue, 04 Apr 2017 00:00:00 EST <p><strong>Andrew Hwang</strong> recently competed in the <a href="/programs/students/wwtbam/jmm2017">2017 National <em>Who Wants to Be a Mathematician</em> </a>competition in Atlanta, GA. Now, he and his teammates from Adlai E. Stevenson High School are headed to NYC to <a href="">compete in Moody&rsquo;s Mega Math Challenge</a>.</p> Tips for the GRE Math Subject Test Tue, 04 Apr 2017 00:00:00 EST <p>From the <a href="">AMS eMentoring Network blog</a>, <strong>Mohamed Omar</strong>, Harvey Mudd College, gives tips for the taking the GRE math subject test.</p> <iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="130" src="" width="250"></iframe>