AMS News AMS News - RSS Feed Mon, 23 Nov 2015 00:00:00 EST en-us AMS Election Results Mon, 23 Nov 2015 00:00:00 EST <p> Results of the 2015 AMS election have been announced. <strong>Kenneth A. Ribet</strong>, University of California, Berkeley, was elected president. He will serve as president-elect beginning in 2016 and will begin his two-year term as AMS president in 2017. <a href="/about-us/governance/elections/election-results">See all the election results</a>.</p> Christoph Koutschan, Manuel Kauers, and Doron Zeilberger to Receive 2016 AMS Robbins Prize Sun, 22 Nov 2015 00:00:00 EST <p> <a href="/images/Robbins-Koutschan-photo-web.jpg"><img alt="Christoph Koutschan" src="/images/thumbs/Robbins-Koutschan-photo-web.jpg" style="width: 67px; height: 100px; border-width: 0px; border-style: solid; margin-left: 1px; margin-right: 1px; float: left;" /></a><a href="/images/Robbins-Kauers-Photo-web.jpg"><img alt="Manuel Kauers" src="/images/thumbs/Robbins-Kauers-Photo-web.jpg" style="width: 81px; height: 100px; border-width: 0px; border-style: solid; margin-left: 1px; margin-right: 1px; float: left;" /></a><a href="/images/Robbins-Zeilberger-Photo-web.jpg"><img alt="Doron Zeilberger" src="/images/thumbs/Robbins-Zeilberger-Photo-web.jpg" style="width: 65px; height: 100px; border-width: 0px; border-style: solid; margin-left: 1px; margin-right: 1px; float: left;" /></a><strong>Christoph Koutschan</strong> (Austrian Academy of Sciences), <strong>Manuel Kauers</strong> (Johannes Kepler University, Linz, Austria), and <strong>Doron Zeilberger</strong> (Rutgers University) will receive the <a href="/news?news_id=2871">2016 AMS David P. Robbins Prize</a> for their paper, &quot;Proof of George Andrews&#39;s and David Robbins&#39;s q-TSPP conjecture,&quot; <em>Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (USA)</em> (2011). (Photos, left to right: Koutschan, Kauers, Zeilberger.)</p> Fernando Cod&aacute; Marques and Andr&eacute; Neves to Receive 2016 AMS Oswald Veblen Prize Fri, 20 Nov 2015 00:00:00 EST <p> <a href="/images/Veblen-Marques-Photo-web.jpg"><img alt="Fernando Coda Marques" src="/images/thumbs/Veblen-Marques-Photo-web.jpg" style="width: 85px; height: 100px; border-width: 0px; border-style: solid; margin-left: 4px; margin-right: 4px; float: left;" /></a><a href="/images/Veblen-Neves-Photo-web.jpg"><img alt="Andre Neves" src="/images/thumbs/Veblen-Neves-Photo-web.jpg" style="width: 66px; height: 100px; border-width: 0px; border-style: solid; margin-left: 4px; margin-right: 4px; float: left;" /></a><strong>Fernando Cod&aacute; Marques</strong> (left), Princeton University, and <strong>Andr&eacute; Neves</strong> (right), Imperial College London, will receive the <a href="/news?news_id=2866">2016 AMS Oswald Veblen Prize in Geometry</a> for &quot;their remarkable work on variational problems in differential geometry [including] the proof of the Willmore conjecture.&quot; (Cod&aacute; Marques photo courtesy Princeton University; Neves photo by Paolo Cascini, Imperial College London.)</p> Geordie Williamson to Receive 2016 AMS Chevalley Prize Wed, 18 Nov 2015 00:00:00 EST <p> <strong><a href="/images/Chevalley-Williamson-Photo-web.jpg"><img alt="Geordie Williamson" src="/images/thumbs/Chevalley-Williamson-Photo-web.jpg" style="width: 86px; height: 100px; border-width: 0px; border-style: solid; margin-left: 1px; margin-right: 1px; float: left;" /></a>Geordie Williamson</strong> of the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics and the University of Sydney, will receive the inaugural <a href="/news?news_id=2867">AMS Claude Chevalley Prize in Lie Theory</a> &quot;for his work on the representation theory of Lie algebras and algebraic groups [which includes] proofs and reproofs of some longstanding conjectures as well as spectacular counterexamples to the expected bounds in others.&quot; Williamson is the inaugural recipient of the Chevalley Prize, which was established through a donation by MIT mathematician George Lusztig.</p> Daniel Rothman to Receive 2016 AMS Conant Prize Mon, 16 Nov 2015 00:00:00 EST <a href="/images/Conant-Rothman-Photo-web.jpg"><img alt="" src="/images/thumbs/Conant-Rothman-Photo-web.jpg" style="width: 100px; height: 100px; border-width: 0px; border-style: solid; margin-left: 4px; margin-right: 4px; float: left;" /></a> <p> <strong>Daniel Rothman</strong>, Professor of Geophysics and Co-Director of the Lorenz Center at MIT, will receive the <a href="/news?news_id=2865">AMS 2016 Levi L. Conant Prize</a>. Rothman is honored for his paper <a href="/journals/bull/2015-52-01/S0273-0979-2014-01471-5/">&quot;Earth&#39;s Carbon Cycle: A Mathematical Perspective,&quot;</a> <em>Bulletin of the AMS</em> (2015) (the article is freely available without subscription). (Photo by John M. Hayes.)</p> 2016 Steele Prizes Thu, 12 Nov 2015 00:00:00 EST <p> At the 2016 Joint Mathematics Meetings in Seattle, <strong>Barry Simon</strong>, Caltech, will be awarded the <a href="/news?news_id=2851">2016 AMS Leroy P. Steele Prize for Lifetime Achievement</a>, <strong>Andrew J. Majda</strong>, Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences at New York University, will be awarded the <a href="/news?news_id=2852">2016 AMS Leroy P. Steele Prize for Seminal Contribution to Research</a>, and three mathematicians: <strong>David Cox</strong> (Amherst College), <strong>John Little</strong> (College of the Holy Cross), and <strong>Donal O&#39;Shea</strong> (New College of Florida) will be awarded the <a href="/news?news_id=2853">2016 AMS Leroy P. Steele Prize for Mathematical Exposition</a>. The prizes will be given on Thursday, January 7 during the Joint Prize Session.</p> 2016 Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics awarded to Ian Agol Mon, 09 Nov 2015 00:00:00 EST <a href="/images/breakthrough16-agol-orig-UCBerkeley.jpg"><img alt="" src="/images/thumbs/breakthrough16-agol-orig-UCBerkeley.jpg" style="width: 83px; height: 100px; border-width: 0px; border-style: solid; margin-left: 4px; margin-right: 4px; float: left;" /></a> <p> The <em><strong>2016 Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics</strong></em> has been awarded to<strong> Ian Agol</strong> &quot;for spectacular contributions to low dimensional topology and geometric group theory, including work on the solutions of the tameness, virtual Haken and virtual fibering conjectures.&quot; Agol is a professor of mathematics at the University of California, Berkeley, currently on sabbatical at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, NJ. (Photo of Ian Agol courtesy UC Berkeley.)<!-- AMSNEWSBREAK --></p> <p> In accepting the award Agol remarked, &quot;I would like to acknowledge my teachers who encouraged my interest in mathematics. This includes my doctoral advisor Mike Freedman whose example encouraged me to be fearless&mdash;to work on hard problems, and to not be afraid to admit what I do not know. I would also like to acknowledge the many mathematicians whose work mine builds on, and to which I&#39;ve added only a small amount. Their vision encouraged me to go places mathematically that I would not have considered otherwise. I will only single out Daniel Groves and Jason Manning, with whom it has been a pleasure to collaborate. Finally I&#39;d like to thank my family, especially my wife Michelle for her support, and my mother Maureen for all the sacrifices she made to get the best education for my brother and me.&quot;</p> <p> &quot;Agol studies the topology and geometry of three-dimensional spaces, such as our own universe, and has won acclaim for solving five major conjectures by one of the giants in the field, the late William Thurston, a UC Berkeley alum,&quot; notes the <a href="">UC Berkeley news release</a>.</p> <p> The award is US$3 million. As have all five past math laureates, Agol plans to give $100,000 of his prize winnings to support graduate students from developing countries through the Breakout Graduate Fellowships administered by the International Mathematical Union.</p> <p> The Breakthrough Prize was founded by <strong>Mark Zuckerberg</strong> and <strong>Yuri Milner</strong>. &quot;Breakthrough Prize laureates are making fundamental discoveries about the universe, life and the mind,&quot; Yuri Milner said. &quot;These fields of investigation are advancing at an exponential pace, yet the biggest questions remain to be answered.&quot; This award ceremony was <a href="">broadcast live on <em>National Geographic Channel</em></a> November 8, 2015. See <a href="">video clips</a>, including <a href="">a video of Agol talking about &quot;The Beauty of Mathematics.&quot;</a></p> <p> The <em><strong>New Horizons in Mathematics Prize</strong></em> is awarded to promising junior researchers who have already produced important work in mathematics. The 2016 awards of $100,000 were given to <strong>Larry Guth</strong>, MIT, &quot;for ingenious and surprising solutions to long standing open problems in symplectic geometry, Riemannian geometry, harmonic analysis, and combinatorial geometry,&quot; and to <strong>Andr&eacute; Arroja Neves</strong>, Imperial College London, &quot;for outstanding contributions to several areas of differential geometry, including work on scalar curvature, geometric flows, and his solution with Cod&aacute; Marques of the 50-year-old Willmore Conjecture.&quot; The third New Horizons in Mathematics Prize, recognizing <strong>Peter Scholze</strong> of Bonn University, was declined.</p> <p> See the <a href="">Breakthrough Prize news release</a> and media coverage: <a href="">&quot;By Solving the Mysteries of Shape-Shifting Spaces, Mathematician Wins $3-Million Prize,&quot;</a> by Evelyn Lamb, <em>Scientific American</em>, 8 November 2015, and <a href="">&quot;Breakthrough Prizes Give Top Scientists the Rock Star Treatment,&quot;</a> <em>The New York Times</em>, 8 November 2015; posts on Reuters and other newswires; coverage in <em>San Jose Mercury News</em>, <em>Science</em>, <em>Time</em>, <em>Forbes</em>, <em>Spiegel Online</em> and news media worldwide; and tweets using hashtag #BreakthroughPrize during and since the televised award ceremony.</p> 2016 Class of AMS Fellows Fri, 30 Oct 2015 00:00:00 EST <p> Fifty mathematical scientists have been named Fellows of the AMS. <a href="/profession/ams-fellows/new-fellows">See the names of individuals who are in this class</a>, their institutions, and their citations. AMS President <strong>Robert L. Bryant</strong> says, &quot;I&#39;m delighted to join with the AMS in recognizing and celebrating the inspiring accomplishments of the 2016 class of AMS Fellows. It is a pleasure to welcome them and thank them for their manifold contributions to our mathematical culture.&quot;</p> 2015 Trjitzinsky Awards Thu, 15 Oct 2015 00:00:00 EST <p> The AMS has made awards of $3,000 each to seven undergraduate students through the Waldemar J. Trjitzinsky Memorial Fund, which is made possible by a bequest from the estate of Waldemar J., Barbara G., and Juliette Trjitzinsky. <a href="/news?news_id=2822">Read about the students who were chosen for the awards</a>.</p> 2015-2016 AMS Project NExT Fellows Thu, 24 Sep 2015 00:00:00 EST <p> <a href="/images/project-next-2015-16.jpg"><img alt="2015-16 Project NExT Fellows" src="/images/thumbs/project-next-2015-16.jpg" style="width: 100px; height: 57px; border-width: 0px; border-style: solid; margin-left: 1px; margin-right: 1px; float: left;" /></a>Each year the Society supports six Project NExT Fellows. The six for this academic year and their employing institutions are: <strong>Thomas Bellsky</strong> (University of Maine), <strong>Vindya Bhat</strong> (New York University), <strong>Houssein El Turkey</strong> (University of New Haven), <strong>Marie Jameson</strong> (University of Tennessee), <strong>Anisah Nu&#39;Man</strong> (Trinity College), and <strong>Alexander Zupan</strong> (University of Nebraska-Lincoln). (Photo: New Project NExT Fellows at this year&#39;s MathFest, courtesy of the MAA).<!-- AMSNEWSBREAK --> <a href="">Project NExT</a> (New Experiences in Teaching) is a professional development program of the MAA for new or recent PhDs. Almost 1600 people have been named Fellows since the program&#39;s inception in 1994.</p>