AMS News AMS News - RSS Feed Tue, 25 Nov 2014 00:00:00 EST en-us Emmanuel Cand&egrave;s to Receive 2015 AMS-SIAM Birkhoff Prize Tue, 25 Nov 2014 00:00:00 EST <p> <strong><a href="/images/birkhoff-candes-2015.jpg"><img alt="Emmanuel Candes" src="/images/thumbs/birkhoff-candes-2015.jpg" style="width: 100px; height: 66px; border-width: 0px; border-style: solid; margin-left: 2px; margin-right: 2px; float: left;" /></a>Emmanuel Cand&egrave;s</strong> (left), Stanford University, will be awarded the <a href="/news?news_id=2484">2015 AMS-SIAM George David Birkhoff Prize in Applied Mathematics</a> at the Joint Mathematics Meetings in January in San Antonio, Texas &quot;for his work on compressed sensing that has revolutionized signal processing and medical imaging and his related work on computational harmonic analysis, statistics and scientific computing.&quot;</p> AMS Election Results Mon, 24 Nov 2014 00:00:00 EST <p> See <a href="/about-us/governance/elections/election-results">results of the 2014 AMS election</a>, including the outcomes of the elections of vice-president and trustee.</p> Hee Oh to Receive 2015 AMS Satter Prize Fri, 21 Nov 2014 00:00:00 EST <p> <strong><a href="/images/satter-oh-2015.jpg"><img alt="Hee Oh" src="/images/thumbs/satter-oh-2015.jpg" style="width: 100px; height: 69px; border-width: 0px; border-style: solid; margin-left: 2px; margin-right: 2px; float: left;" /></a>Hee Oh</strong> (left) of Yale University will be awarded the <a href="/news?news_id=2473">2015 AMS Ruth Lyttle Satter Prize</a> at the Joint Mathematics Meetings in January in San Antonio, Texas. Oh is honored for her &quot;fundamental contributions to the fields of dynamics on homogeneous spaces, discrete subgroups of Lie groups, and applications to number theory.&quot;</p> 2015 Steele Prizes Mon, 17 Nov 2014 00:00:00 EST <p> At the 2015 Joint Mathematics Meetings in San Antonio, <strong>Victor Kac</strong>, MIT, will be awarded the <a href="/news?news_id=2462">2015 AMS Leroy P. Steele Prize for Lifetime Achievement</a>, <strong>Rostislav Grigorchuk</strong>, Texas A&amp;M University, will be awarded the <a href="/news?news_id=2463">2015 AMS Leroy P. Steele Prize for Seminal Contribution to Research</a>, and <strong>Robert Lazarsfeld</strong>, Stony Brook University, will be awarded the <a href="/news?news_id=2464">2015 AMS Leroy P. Steele Prize for Mathematical Exposition</a>. The prizes will be given on Sunday, Jan. 11 during the Joint Prize Session.</p> 2014 Arnold Ross Lecture Mon, 17 Nov 2014 00:00:00 EST <p> <em><a href="/images/wwtbam-arl2014-cohn1.jpg"><img alt="Henry Cohn" src="/images/thumbs/wwtbam-arl2014-cohn1.jpg" style="width: 100px; height: 75px; border-width: 0px; border-style: solid; margin-left: 2px; margin-right: 2px; float: left;" /></a>What&#39;s the densest sphere packing in a million dimensions</em>? In the <a href="/programs/students/wwtbam/arl2014">2014 Arnold Ross Lecture</a><strong>, Henry Cohn</strong>, Microsoft Research and MIT, explained&nbsp; why this is a hard question and one with applications to modern communication. Following Cohn&#39;s lecture, eight students played <em>Who Wants to Be a Mathematician</em>.</p> Alexander Grothendieck, 1928-2014 Fri, 14 Nov 2014 00:00:00 EST <p> <strong><a href="/images/Grothendieck-2014.jpg"><img alt="Alexander Grothendieck" src="/images/thumbs/Grothendieck-2014.jpg" style="width: 100px; height: 68px; border-width: 0px; border-style: solid; margin-left: 2px; margin-right: 2px; float: left;" /></a>Alexander Grothendieck</strong> died November 13 at the age of 86. His extraordinary mathematical vision, which brought an entirely new viewpoint to algebraic geometry in the 20th century, remains a fertile source of inspiration today. He was a highly original thinker whose later non-mathematical writings exhibit radical and penetrating insights about life and spirituality. <!-- AMSNEWSBREAK -->Born in Berlin in 1928, he endured dislocation and trauma during World War II, including the death of his father in Auschwitz. After the end of the war he made his way to Paris and there discovered others who shared his passion for mathematics. He earned his PhD at the Universit&eacute; de Nancy in 1953 and in 1958 was appointed professor at the newly created <a href="">Institut des Hautes &Eacute;tudes Scientifiques</a> just outside Paris. There he spent his most fruitful mathematical years, becoming the epicenter of a revolution that attracted leading mathematicians of the day and many of the most outstanding students. He was awarded the Fields Medal in 1966 and was also for a time a member of the Bourbaki group. In 1970 he abruptly left the IH&Eacute;S and began to work on issues of ecology and anti-militarization. Grothendieck joined the faculty at the University of Montpellier in 1972 and retired in 1990. Not long thereafter he essentially became a hermit, living in the French Pyrenees, where he devoted himself to thinking and writing.</p> <p> Winfried Scharlau has written a 2-part biography of Grothendieck, in German. The first volume has been translated into English, and a translation of the second is under way. See <a href="">this web page</a> for more information. <i>Alexandre Grothendieck: A Mathematical Portrait</i>, containing pieces by various contributors and edited by Leila Schneps, appeared this year.</p> <p> Scharlau&#39;s article <a href="/notices/200808/tx080800930p.pdf">&quot;Who is Alexander Grothendieck?&quot;</a> appeared in the <i>AMS Notices</i> (September 2008). Also in the <i>Notices</i>: &quot;Comme Appel&eacute; du N&eacute;ant: As If Summoned From the Void,&quot; by Allyn Jackson, <a href="/notices/200409/fea-grothendieck-part1.pdf">part 1</a> and <a href="/notices/200410/fea-grothendieck-part2.pdf">part 2</a>, which appeared in 2004; and <a href="/notices/201009/rtx100901106p.pdf">&quot;Reminiscences of Grothendieck and His School,&quot;</a> by Luc Illusie, with Alexander Beilinson, Spencer Bloch, Vladimir Drinfeld, et al.</p> <p> From Grothendieck&#39;s monumental work, <i>R&eacute;coltes et Semailles</i> (English translation follows):</p> <p> <em>Et toute science, quand nous l&#39;entendons non comme un instrument de pouvoir et de domination, mais comme aventure de connaissance de notre esp&egrave;ce &agrave; travers les &acirc;ges, n&#39;est autre chose que cette harmonie, plus ou moins vaste et plus ou moins riche d&#39;une &eacute;poque &agrave; l&#39;autre, qui se d&eacute;ploie au cours des g&eacute;n&eacute;rations et des si&egrave;cles, par le d&eacute;licat contrepoint de tous les th&egrave;mes apparus tour &agrave; tour, comme appel&eacute;s du n&eacute;ant.</em></p> <p> <em>And every science, when we understand it not as an instrument of power and domination but as an adventure in knowledge pursued by our species across the ages, is nothing but this harmony, more or less vast, more or less rich from one epoch to another, which unfurls over the course of generations and centuries, by the delicate counterpoint of all the themes appearing in turn, as if summoned from the void.</em></p> Mathematics at the 2014 SACNAS National Conference Thu, 13 Nov 2014 00:00:00 EST <p> <a href="/images/idlefonso-vastola.jpg"><img alt="" src="/images/thumbs/idlefonso-vastola.jpg" style="width: 75px; height: 100px; border-width: 0px; border-style: solid; margin-left: 4px; margin-right: 4px; float: left;" /></a>The 2014 SACNAS National Conference included student presentations and sessions in the mathematical sciences, and <strong>Herbert Medina</strong> received the 2014 Distinguished Undergraduate Institution Mentor Award. See <a href="/meetings/sacnas2014-mtg">slideshows, a video, and list of student award winners</a>. (<em>Photo:</em> <strong>John Vastola</strong> and <strong>Geena Idlefonso</strong>, mathematics majors at University of Central Florida and McNair Scholars.)</p> Highlights of the 2014 Einstein Lecture Wed, 12 Nov 2014 00:00:00 EST <p> <a href="/images/einstein2014-simons-lectern.jpg"><img alt="Jame Simons" src="/images/thumbs/einstein2014-simons-lectern.jpg" style="width: 100px; height: 72px; border-width: 0px; border-style: solid; margin-left: 2px; margin-right: 2px; float: left;" /></a>See photos of <strong>James Simons</strong>&#39; <a href="/meetings/lectures/einstein-2014">2014 Einstein Public Lecture in Mathematics</a>, which took place October 25 at the Fall Western Sectional Meeting at San Francisco State University. (Photo of James Simons by Lisa Sze.)</p> 2015 Class of AMS Fellows Fri, 31 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EST <p> Sixty-three mathematical scientists have been named Fellows of the AMS for 2015. <a href="/profession/ams-fellows/new-fellows">See the names of individuals who are in this year&#39;s class</a>, their institutions and their citations. AMS President <strong>David A. Vogan Jr.</strong> says, &quot;It is a pleasure to join the AMS in honoring the contributions to mathematics of these newest Fellows. I am proud to be a part of the AMS with them.&quot;</p> T. Christine Stevens Joins AMS Executive Staff Tue, 07 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EST <p> <a href="/images/stevens-home-page.jpg"><img alt="T. Christine Stevens" src="/images/thumbs/stevens-home-page.jpg" style="width: 73px; height: 100px; border-width: 0px; border-style: solid; margin-left: 2px; margin-right: 2px; float: left;" /></a>In August, <strong>T. Christine Stevens</strong> joined the executive staff of the AMS as associate executive director of the Meetings and Professional Services Division. A co-founder and director of the acclaimed Project NExT, Stevens embodies a rare combination of experience and personal qualities that make her ideally suited to her new post. <a href="/news?news_id=2421">Read more ...</a></p>