AMS News http://www.ams.org AMS News - RSS Feed Fri, 20 Feb 2015 00:00:00 EST en-us 2015 Einstein Lecture http://www.ams.org/news?news_id=2575 http://www.ams.org/news?news_id=2575 Fri, 20 Feb 2015 00:00:00 EST <p> <strong><a href="/images/tavare-2015-einstein.jpg"><img alt="Simon Tavare" src="/images/thumbs/tavare-2015-einstein.jpg" style="width: 100px; height: 67px; border-width: 0px; border-style: solid; margin-left: 2px; margin-right: 2px; float: left;" /></a>Simon Tavar&eacute;</strong> (left), University of Cambridge, will present the 2015 Einstein Public Lecture, <em>Cancer by the Numbers</em>, at Georgetown University on Saturday, March 7. <a href="/news?news_id=2574">Read more about the lecture</a>.</p> New AMS Prize: The Chevalley Prize in Lie Theory http://www.ams.org/news?news_id=2565 http://www.ams.org/news?news_id=2565 Fri, 06 Feb 2015 00:00:00 EST <p> <a href="/images/Chevalley_HMATH21.jpg"><img alt="" src="/images/thumbs/Chevalley_HMATH21.jpg" style="width: 98px; height: 100px; float: left; margin-top: 4px; margin-bottom: 4px;" /></a>The <a href="/profession/prizes-awards/chevalley-prize">Chevalley Prize in Lie Theory</a>, established by George Lusztig, recognizes notable work in Lie Theory published during the preceding six years. The US$8000 prize will be awarded in even-numbered years, with the first award being made in 2016.<!-- AMSNEWSBREAK --></p> <p> Lusztig established the prize in 2014 to honor Claude Chevalley (1909&ndash;1984), a founding member of the Bourbaki group. He made fundamental contributions to class field theory, algebraic geometry, and group theory. Chevalley&rsquo;s three-volume treatise on Lie groups served as standard reference for many decades. His classification of semisimple groups over an arbitrary algebraically closed field provides a link between Lie&#39;s theory of continuous groups and the theory of finite groups, to the enormous enrichment of both subjects.</p> <p> The Chevalley Prize in Lie Theory is awarded without restriction on society membership, citizenship, or venue of publication. A recipient should be at most 25 years past the PhD. The <a href="/profession/prizes-awards/nominations">nomination deadline</a> for the 2016 prize is June 30, 2015.</p> Bryant Begins Term as AMS President http://www.ams.org/news?news_id=2558 http://www.ams.org/news?news_id=2558 Tue, 03 Feb 2015 00:00:00 EST <p> <strong><a href="/images/robert-bryant-pres-home.jpg"><img alt="Robert Bryant" src="/images/thumbs/robert-bryant-pres-home.jpg" style="width: 70px; height: 100px; border-width: 0px; border-style: solid; margin-left: 2px; margin-right: 2px; float: left;" /></a>Robert L. Bryant</strong>, Phillip Griffiths Professor of Mathematics at Duke University, has begun his two-year term as AMS president. He is a leading researcher in nonlinear partial differential equations and differential geometry with a long record of service to the community. Bryant succeeds <strong>David A. Vogan, Jr.</strong> (MIT), whose term ended January 31. (Photo courtesy Duke Photography, Les Todd, photographer.) <!-- AMSNEWSBREAK -->Bryant is a Fellow of the AMS (2013), a member of the National Academy of Sciences (2007), a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts &amp; Sciences (2002), and a former director of the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (2007-2013). Read more about Bryant in <a href="/notices/201308/rnoti-p1074.pdf">&quot;Nominations for President,&quot;</a> in the September 2013 <em>Notices</em>.</p> James Arthur Awarded 2015 Wolf Prize in Mathematics http://www.ams.org/news?news_id=2559 http://www.ams.org/news?news_id=2559 Tue, 03 Feb 2015 00:00:00 EST <a href="/images/james-arthur-amspres.jpg"><img alt="" src="/images/thumbs/james-arthur-amspres.jpg" style="width: 81px; height: 100px; border-width: 0px; border-style: solid; margin-left: 4px; margin-right: 4px; float: left;" /></a> <p> <strong>James Arthur</strong>, University of Toronto (Canada), is the winner of the 2015 Wolf Prize in Mathematics &quot;for his monumental work on the trace formula and his fundamental contributions to the theory of automorphic representations of reductive groups.&quot; <!-- AMSNEWSBREAK --> The <a href="http://www.wolffund.org.il/index.php?dir=site&amp;page=winners&amp;cs=807">citation</a> states that &quot;Arthur&#39;s ideas, achievements and the techniques he introduced will have many more deep applications in the theory of automorphic representations, and the study of locally symmetric spaces. Arthur&#39;s work is a mathematical landmark that will inspire future generations of mathematicians.&quot;</p> <p> Arthur received his PhD from Yale University in 1970, and has taught at the University of Toronto since 1979. Arthur has achieved many distinctions in his career, including being a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and the Royal Society of London, and member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 1999 he received the Canada Gold Medal for Science and Engineering from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, making him the only mathematician to have won Canada&#39;s top award in science. Arthur has been an invited speaker at the International Congress of Mathematicians three times and was invited to give an address at the 2005 Abel Prize Celebration in honor of award winner Peter Lax. Arthur served as <a href=" http://www.ams.org/about-us/presidents/58-arthur ">president of the AMS 2005-2006</a>, was elected to the U.S. National Academy of Sciences in 2014, and is a Fellow of the AMS. The Wolf Prize Laureates receive their awards from the President of the State of Israel. The prize presentation takes place at a special ceremony at the Knesset Building (Israel&#39;s Parliament), in Jerusalem.</p> 2015 National Who Wants to Be a Mathematician http://www.ams.org/news?news_id=2549 http://www.ams.org/news?news_id=2549 Mon, 26 Jan 2015 00:00:00 EST <p> <strong><a href="/images/wwtbam-jmm2015-bryant-sam-vogan.jpg"><img alt="Robert Bryant, Sam Korsky, and David Vogan" src="/images/thumbs/wwtbam-jmm2015-bryant-sam-vogan.jpg" style="width: 100px; height: 81px; border-width: 0px; border-style: solid; margin-left: 2px; margin-right: 2px; float: left;" /></a>Sam Korsky</strong> (pictured with AMS President-elect Robert Bryant, left, and AMS President David Vogan, right) of Glenbrook North High School (IL) won the 2015 national <em>Who Wants to Be a Mathematician</em> at the recent Joint Mathematics Meetings in San Antonio. Sam won a very close and exciting match which earned him $5,000, a TI-Nspire CX, and $5,000 for the Glenbrook math department. <a href="/programs/students/wwtbam/jmm2015">See photos, videos, and a description of the 2015 semifinals and finals</a>. (Photo: Goen South.)</p> AMS Spring 2015 Sectional Meetings http://www.ams.org/news?news_id=2536 http://www.ams.org/news?news_id=2536 Tue, 20 Jan 2015 00:00:00 EST <p> <strong>March 7-8</strong>: <a href="/meetings/sectional/2225_program.html">Georgetown University, Washington, DC</a>, including Einstein Public Lecture, &quot;Cancer by the Numbers,&quot; by Simon Tavar&eacute;<br /> <strong>March 14-15</strong>: <a href="/meetings/sectional/2229_program.html">Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI</a><br /> <strong>March 27-29</strong>: <a href="/meetings/sectional/2224_program.html">University of Alabama in Huntsville, AL</a><br /> <strong>April 18-19</strong>: <a href="/meetings/sectional/2218_program.html">University of Nevada, Las Vegas, NV </a><br /> See <a href="/meetings/sectional/sectional.html">all upcoming AMS Sectional Meetings</a>.</p> 2015 Mathematical Art Exhibition Awards http://www.ams.org/news?news_id=2538 http://www.ams.org/news?news_id=2538 Tue, 20 Jan 2015 00:00:00 EST <a href="/images/jmm15-pfitzenmaier.jpg"><img alt="" src="/images/thumbs/jmm15-pfitzenmaier.jpg" style="width: 100px; height: 67px; border-width: 0px; border-style: solid; margin-left: 4px; margin-right: 4px; float: left;" /></a> <p> The 2015 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;Penrose Pursuit 2,&quot;</strong></em> by <strong>Kerry Mitchell</strong> was awarded <em>Best photograph, painting, or print</em>; <em><strong>&quot;Map Coloring Jewelry Set,&quot;</strong></em> by <strong>Susan Goldstine</strong> was awarded <em>Best textile, sculpture, or other medium</em>; and <em><strong>&quot;15 Irregular Hexahedra,&quot;</strong></em> by <strong>Aaron Pfitzenmaier </strong>received <em>Honorable Mention</em>. See the <a href="/news?news_id=2537">news release</a> for images and descriptions of these works and for information about the award.</p> AMS Congressional Briefing http://www.ams.org/news?news_id=2540 http://www.ams.org/news?news_id=2540 Tue, 20 Jan 2015 00:00:00 EST <p> <a href="/images/Ghrist.0082-t.jpg"><img alt="Robert Ghrist" src="/images/thumbs/Ghrist.0082-t.jpg" style="width: 100px; height: 67px; border-width: 0px; border-style: solid; margin-left: 2px; margin-right: 2px; float: left;" /></a>The AMS recently held a briefing on Capitol Hill to discuss <a href="/policy/government/outreach/CongressBriefing2014">&quot;The Future of Mathematics: Education &amp; Innovation.</a>&quot;&nbsp; The briefing was led by <strong>Robert Ghrist</strong>, University of Pennsylvania, who addressed the role of innovation--both in research and education--in the future of mathematics.</p> JMM2015 Blog http://www.ams.org/news?news_id=2535 http://www.ams.org/news?news_id=2535 Fri, 16 Jan 2015 00:00:00 EST <p><a href="/images/jmm-2015-logo.jpg"><img alt="JMM 2015 logo" src="/images/thumbs/jmm-2015-logo.jpg" style="width: 100px; height: 64px; border-width: 0px; border-style: solid; margin-left: 2px; margin-right: 2px; float: left;" /></a>Relive the fun at the recent Joint Mathematics Meetings in San Antonio, or catch up on what you missed, on the <a href="http://blogs.ams.org/jmm2015/">JMM2015 Blog</a> by Adriana Salerno, Anna Haensch, and Joshua Batson. Nate Silver Awarded 2015 JPBM Communications Award http://www.ams.org/news?news_id=2528 http://www.ams.org/news?news_id=2528 Wed, 07 Jan 2015 00:00:00 EST <p> <strong><a href="/images/comm-silver-2015.jpg"><img alt="Nate Silver" src="/images/thumbs/comm-silver-2015.jpg" style="width: 67px; height: 100px; border-width: 0px; border-style: solid; margin-left: 1px; margin-right: 1px; float: left;" /></a>Nate Silver</strong> was awarded the <a href="/news?news_id=2527">2015 JPBM Communications Award</a> &quot;for his award-winning FiveThirtyEight.com website, his <em>New York Times</em> bestseller, <em>The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail &ndash; but Some Don&rsquo;t</em>, and a host of other ways in which he has helped the public to better understand the world through sound and innovative use of statistics and extraordinarily lucid explanations of his work.&quot; (Photo by Allen Kee/ESPN Images.)</p>