AMS News AMS News - RSS Feed Tue, 21 Mar 2017 00:00:00 EST en-us Yves Meyer to Receive the 2017 Abel Prize Tue, 21 Mar 2017 00:00:00 EST <p><a href="/images/Abel2017-Meyer.jpg"><img alt="" src="/images/thumbs/Abel2017-Meyer.jpg" style="border-style:solid; border-width:0px; float:left; height:100px; margin-left:4px; margin-right:4px; width:67px" /></a>The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters announces the 2017 Abel Prize is awarded to <strong>Yves Meyer</strong>, &Eacute;cole normale sup&eacute;rieure Paris-Saclay, France, &quot;for his pivotal role in the development of the mathematical theory of wavelets.&quot; Yves Meyer &quot;was the visionary leader in the modern development of this theory, at the intersection of mathematics, information technology and computational science.&quot; The Abel Prize website webcast the announcement (embedded below), followed by a popular science presentation by Terence Tao of the Laureate&#39;s work.<!-- AMSNEWSBREAK --></p> <p><em>&quot;On behalf of the American Mathematical Society, it is my great pleasure to congratulate Professor Yves Meyer, recipient of the 2017 Abel Prize. Professor Meyer has been a visionary in a broad range of fields, including number theory and differential equations. His fundamental work in the theory of wavelets has transformed the world of signal processing and has led to a myriad of practical applications.&quot; </em>--- <strong>AMS President Kenneth A. Ribet</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="" width="560"></iframe></p> <p>(The video takes nearly two minutes to load and start.)</p> <p>&quot;Wavelet analysis has been applied in a wide variety of arenas as diverse as applied and computational harmonic analysis, data compression, noise reduction, medical imaging, archiving, digital cinema, deconvolution of the Hubble space telescope images, and the recent LIGO detection of gravitational waves created by the collision of two black holes.... Yves Meyer has also made fundamental contributions to problems in number theory, harmonic analysis and partial differential equations, on topics such as quasi-crystals, singular integral operators and the Navier-Stokes equations.&quot;</p> <p>Yves Meyer is a member of the French Academy of Science, an honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a Fellow of the American Mathematical Society.</p> <p>The Abel Prize recognizes contributions of extraordinary depth and influence to the mathematical sciences and has been awarded annually since 2003. It carries a cash award of 6 million NOK (about 675,000 Euro or $715,000 USD). Read the <a href="">full citation; his biography by Philip de Greff Ball; &quot;If it were true, it would be known,&quot; a glimpse of the Laureate&#39;s work by Arne B. Sletsj&oslash;e; and about the Abel Prize</a>.</p> New Prize: The Ulf Grenander Prize in Stochastic Theory and Modeling Mon, 20 Mar 2017 00:00:00 EST <p><a href="/images/Grenander-Ulf-Brown-U-Archives-by-Uosis-Joudvalkis.jpg"><img alt="Ulf Grenander" src="/images/thumbs/Grenander-Ulf-Brown-U-Archives-by-Uosis-Joudvalkis.jpg" style="border-style:solid; border-width:0px; float:left; height:98px; margin-left:2px; margin-right:2px; width:100px" /></a>The <a href="/profession/prizes-awards/ams-prizes/grenander-prize">Grenander Prize</a> is a new prize that recognizes exceptional theoretical and applied contributions in stochastic theory and modeling. It is awarded for seminal work, theoretical or applied, in the areas of probabilistic modeling, statistical inference, or related computational algorithms, especially for the analysis of complex or high-dimensional systems. The prize was established by colleagues of Grenander, who died in 2016. (Photo by Uosis Joudvalkis, courtesy of Brown University Archives.)<!-- AMSNEWSBREAK --> A long-time faculty member and chair of Brown University&rsquo;s Department of Applied Mathematics, Grenander received many honors. He was a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Sciences, and a member of the Royal Swedish Academy. Nominations are open until June 30 for the first Grenander Prize, which will be awarded in January 2018.</p> Mathematics and Statistics Awareness Month Mon, 20 Mar 2017 00:00:00 EST <p><strong>April 2017:</strong> Increase the understanding and appreciation of mathematics and statistics, with <a href="">resources from the AMS, ASA, MAA and SIAM</a>.</p> Capital Currents - News from the AMS Washington Office Thu, 16 Mar 2017 00:00:00 EST <a href="/images/capital-currents-800x800-social-media.jpg"><img alt="" src="/images/thumbs/capital-currents-800x800-social-media.jpg" style="border-style:solid; border-width:0px; float:left; height:100px; margin-left:4px; margin-right:4px; width:100px" /></a> <p>The new <a href="">Capital Currents</a> blog keeps the mathematics community up-to-date on activities of the AMS Washington Office and issues of interest. Washington Office Director <strong>Karen Saxe</strong>&#39;s posts will include information on activities in Congress that affect the mathematics and the broader science community and opportunities for engaging with Congress and other policy-makers. Read now: <a href="">&quot;Time to contact your representatives in congress about NSF Funding!&quot;</a> and <a href="">&quot;The Washington Office &ndash; A Primer.&quot; </a><!-- AMSNEWSBREAK --> Subscribe to the blog via email to receive notifications of new posts by email, or subscribe to an RSS feed (see these subscribe options in the right column of the blog).</p> New AMS Prize: The Bertrand Russell Prize Wed, 15 Mar 2017 00:00:00 EST <p><a href="/images/Russell_Bertrand-in_1924.jpg"><img alt="Bertrand Russell" src="/images/thumbs/Russell_Bertrand-in_1924.jpg" style="border-style:solid; border-width:0px; float:left; height:100px; margin-left:2px; margin-right:2px; width:71px" /></a>The <a href="/profession/prizes-awards/russell-prize">Bertrand Russell Prize of the AMS</a> was established in 2016 by Thomas Hales, University of Pittsburgh, and honors research or service contributions of mathematicians or related professionals to promoting good in the world and recognizes the various ways that mathematics furthers human values. <!-- AMSNEWSBREAK -->Nominations are being accepted for the 2018 prize, which will be awarded at the 2018 Joint Mathematics Meeting in San Diego. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons.)</p> Epstein and Tr&egrave;ves Awarded Bergman Prize Wed, 15 Mar 2017 00:00:00 EST <p><strong><a href="/images/Bergman-2016-Epstein-photo.jpg"><img alt="Charles S. Epstein" src="/images/thumbs/Bergman-2016-Epstein-photo.jpg" style="border-style:solid; border-width:0px; float:left; height:100px; margin-left:1px; margin-right:1px; width:75px" /></a><a href="/images/Bergman-2016-Treves-photo.jpg"><img alt="Francois Treves" src="/images/thumbs/Bergman-2016-Treves-photo.jpg" style="border-style:solid; border-width:0px; float:left; height:100px; margin-left:1px; margin-right:1px; width:75px" /></a>Charles L. Epstein</strong> (left) of the University of Pennsylvania and <strong>Fran&ccedil;ois Tr&egrave;ves</strong> (right) of Rutgers University have been awarded the 2016 Stefan Bergman Prize for their profound contributions to complex analysis and geometry. Each will receive US$12,000, which is one-half of the 2016 income from the Stefan Bergman Trust. (Photo of Charles L. Epstein courtesy of Jane Epstein, and photo of Fran&ccedil;ois Tr&egrave;ves courtesy of Ursula Tr&egrave;ves.)<!-- AMSNEWSBREAK --></p> <p>&quot;The two recipients of this year&#39;s Bergman Prize, Charles Epstein and Fran&ccedil;ois Tr&egrave;ves, have each made profound contributions to complex analysis and geometry,&quot; said Rafe Mazzeo of Stanford University, who served as chair of the prize selection committee. &quot;Epstein&#39;s work has led to fundamental new understanding of three-dimensional geometries called CR structures and to a host of related analytic problems. The award to Tr&egrave;ves recognizes the extent to which, over his long career, his work has permeated many aspects of several complex variables and partial differential equations and strongly influenced new generations of mathematicians.&quot;</p> <p><strong>Charles L. Epstein</strong><br /> Charles L. Epstein has made deep and incisive contributions to mathematical analysis, the theory of complex variables, and geometric analysis. For more than a decade, he has also worked on a range of problems in medical imaging, image analysis, computational electro-magnetics, numerical analysis, and population genetics.</p> <p>Epstein received his PhD in 1983 from New York University, where his thesis won the K.O. Friedrichs Prize of the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences. After a postdoctoral position at Princeton University, he joined the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania in 1985. He currently holds the Thomas A. Scott Chair in Mathematics. In 2007 he founded the Graduate Group in Applied Mathematics and Computational Science at the University of Pennsylvania, which he continues to chair. He is a fellow of the AMS and of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.</p> <p><strong>Fran&ccedil;ois Tr&egrave;ves</strong><br /> Fran&ccedil;ois Tr&egrave;ves has made fundamental contributions to the theory of complex variables and partial differential equations. The author of several important and extensively used monographs, he continues to have a wide influence on the research of many mathematicians.</p> <p>Tr&egrave;ves did his graduate studies at Universit&eacute; Paris IV-Sorbonne and received the Doctorat d&#39;&Eacute;tat &egrave;s Sciences degree in 1958. Not being a French citizen, he could not at that time get a position in France. He came to the United States and held various positions before becoming, in 1970, a professor at Rutgers University. There he held the Robert Adrain Chair of Mathematics from 1984 until his retirement in 2005. His other honors include the 1972 Chauvenet Prize of the Mathematical Association of America and the 1991 AMS Leroy P. Steele Prize for Mathematical Exposition. Tr&egrave;ves has collected butterflies across the tropics and is currently writing his eighteenth book about mathematical analysis.</p> <p><strong>About the Prize</strong><br /> Established in 1988, the Bergman Prize honors the memory of Stefan Bergman, who was best known for his research in several complex variables, as well as for the Bergman projection and the Bergman kernel function that bear his name. A native of Poland, he taught at Stanford University for many years and died in 1977 at the age of 82. He was an AMS member for 35 years. When his wife died, the terms of her will stipulated that funds should go toward a special prize in her husband&#39;s honor. On behalf of Wells Fargo Bank of California, the manager of the Bergman Trust, the AMS assembles committees to select recipients of the prize.</p> <p><a href="/publications/journals/notices/201704/rnoti-p392.pdf">More about the prize and the work of the prize winners</a> is in the April issue of <em>Notices</em> (pp. 393-394).</p> <p>[% ams_include('pao-contact') %]</p> <p style="text-align: center;">* * * * *</p> <p>Founded in 1888 to further mathematical research and scholarship, today the American Mathematical Society fulfills its mission through programs and services that promote mathematical research and its uses, strengthen mathematical education, and foster awareness and appreciation of mathematics and its connections to other disciplines and to everyday life.</p> 2017 Einstein Lecture Thu, 09 Mar 2017 00:00:00 EST <p><strong><a href="/images/einstein-2017-schwartz.jpg"><img alt="Richard Evan Schwartz" src="/images/thumbs/einstein-2017-schwartz.jpg" style="border-style:solid; border-width:0px; float:left; height:67px; margin-left:2px; margin-right:2px; width:100px" /></a>Richard Evan Schwartz</strong>, Brown University, will deliver the 2017 AMS Einstein Public Lecture in Mathematics, &quot;Modern Scratch Paper: Graphical explorations in geometry and dynamics,&quot; Saturday, April 1 at Indiana University as part of the <a href="/meetings/sectional/2233_program.html">Spring 2017 AMS Central Sectional Meeting</a> at the university April 1-2.<!-- AMSNEWSBREAK --> Schwartz, Chancellor&#39;s Professor of Mathematics at Brown, is a Guggenheim Fellow, a Clay Research Scholar, and a Simons Fellow. He is the author of the award-winning <a href=""><em>Really Big Numbers</em></a>, the recently released <a href=""><em>Gallery of the Infinite</em></a>, and the soon-to-be-released <a href=""><em>The Projective Heat Map</em></a>. The Einstein Lectures, which began in 2005 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Einstein&#39;s <em>annus mirabilis</em>, are given annually by distinguished mathematicians at one of the Society&#39;s eight sectional meetings. See the <a href="/amsmtgs/2233_abstracts/1127-00-7.pdf">abstract</a> for the lecture and the <a href="/meetings/lectures/einstein-lecture-poster-17-web.pdf">2017 Einstein Lecture poster</a>.</p> A Message from the AMS President on Mathematics and Statistics Awareness Month, National Math Festival, and March for Science Wed, 08 Mar 2017 00:00:00 EST <p><a href="/images/ken-ribet-president-2017.jpg"><img alt="AMS President Kenneth A. Ribet" src="/images/thumbs/ken-ribet-president-2017.jpg" style="border-style:solid; border-width:0px; float:left; height:100px; margin-left:2px; margin-right:2px; width:79px" /></a>The AMS is pleased to celebrate Mathematics and Statistics Awareness Month in April. Find <a href="/policy/govnews/April22DCEventsMemo.pdf">information on an Open House, the AMS <em>Who Wants to Be a Mathematician</em> game at the National Math Festival, and the March for Science</a>, all taking place on April 22 in Washington, DC. (Photo of AMS President Kenneth A. Ribet by Jim Block.) <!-- AMSNEWSBREAK -->The March for Science is a grassroots affirmation of the fundamental role played by science and mathematics in the life of our nation. Mathematical research has fueled technological innovation and has led to the development of new products and even new industries. Scientists have been valuable advisors to policymakers since the middle of the nineteenth century. The American Mathematical Society works continually to showcase the importance of mathematical research both to legislators and to the nation at large. Mathematicians will march to underscore the importance of our profession to the U.S. and to the world.</p> Epsilon Fund Makes Awards for 2017 Tue, 07 Mar 2017 00:00:00 EST <p><a href="/images/beam-2016-steps.jpg"><img alt="BEAM 2016 participants and staff " src="/images/thumbs/beam-2016-steps.jpg" style="border-style:solid; border-width:0px; float:left; height:57px; margin-left:2px; margin-right:2px; width:100px" /></a>The AMS has chosen 17 summer mathematics programs to receive Epsilon grants for 2017. These summer programs give students a chance to see aspects of mathematics that they may not see in school and allow them to share their enthusiasm for mathematics with like-minded students. (Photo: 2016 BEAM program participants and staff, courtesy of BEAM.) <!-- AMSNEWSBREAK --></p> <p>The programs that received Epsilon grants for 2017 are:</p> <ul> <li>All Girls/All Math Summer Camp, University of Nebraska, Yu Jin</li> <li>Bridge to Enter Advanced Mathematics (BEAM), two colleges in the Hudson Valley, NY (Bard College and one TBA), Daniel Zaharopol</li> <li>Camp Euclid, Euclid Lab (online), David Gay</li> <li>Canada/USA Mathcamp, University of Puget Sound, Marisa Debowsky</li> <li>GirlsGetMath@ICERM 2017, ICERM, Brown University, Brendan Edward Hassett</li> <li>GirlsGetMath@Rochester, University of Rochester, Amanda M. Tucker (nee Beeson)</li> <li>Hampshire College Summer Studies in Mathematics, Hampshire College, David C. Kelly</li> <li>MathILy (serious Mathematics Infused with Levity), Bryn Mawr College, Sarah-Marie Belcastro</li> <li>MathILy-Er, Willamette University, Jonah K. Ostroff</li> <li>MathPath, Mount Holyoke College, Stephen B. Maurer</li> <li>Mathworks Honors Summer Math Camp, Texas State University, Max Warshauer/Michelle Pruett</li> <li>Michigan Math and Science Scholars (MMSS), University of Michigan, Doreen J. Fussman</li> <li>PROMYS-Program in Mathematics for Young Scientists, Boston University, Glenn Stevens</li> <li>PROTaSM (Puerto Rico Opportunities for Talented Students in Mathematics), University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez Campus, Luis F. Caceres</li> <li>Research Science Institute (RSI), Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Charles M. Farmer</li> <li>SigmaCamp, Silver Lake Camp and Conference Center, Sharon, CT, Alexander Kirillov</li> <li>Summer Institute for Mathematics at UW, University of Washington, Ron Irving</li> </ul> <p><a href="/about-us/support-ams/giving_op/epsilon">The Epsilon Fund for Young Scholars Programs</a>, the endowment whose income supports the awards, reached its initial funding goal of $2 million in 2008. A very generous anonymous gift helped achieve that goal, along with numerous contributions from AMS members and others in the mathematical community. The AMS continues to place a high priority on supporting the programs that bring mathematically talented high school and middle school students together and introduce them to mathematical research.</p> inclusion/exclusion, a new AMS Blog Thu, 23 Feb 2017 00:00:00 EST <p><a href="/images/salerno-blog-editor.jpg"><img alt="" src="/images/thumbs/salerno-blog-editor.jpg" style="border-style:solid; border-width:0px; float:left; height:100px; margin-left:4px; margin-right:4px; width:71px" /></a>The new <a href="">inclusion/exclusion blog</a> will cover issues pertaining to marginalized and underrepresented groups in mathematics. <strong>Adriana Salerno</strong> (Bates College), editor-in-chief pictured here, and editors <strong>Edray Goins</strong> (Purdue University), <strong>Brian P. Katz</strong> (Augustana College), <strong>Luis Leyva</strong> (Vanderbilt University) and <strong>Piper Harron</strong> (University of Hawaii at Manoa) hope that by increasing awareness of these issues, they will help develop a more inclusive, supportive, and diverse community of mathematicians.<!-- AMSNEWSBREAK --></p> <p>The first posts are &quot;Inclusion/Exclusion Principle,&quot; &quot;Hidden Figures: How and Why We Brought it to the 2017 JMM,&quot; and &quot;Hands Off My Confidence.&quot; We invite readers to subscribe to the blog and receive notifications of new posts by email, and also join in the conversations by posting comments.</p>