AMS News AMS News - RSS Feed Wed, 25 Mar 2015 00:00:00 EST en-us 2015 Abel Prize to Nash and Nirenberg Wed, 25 Mar 2015 00:00:00 EST <p> <a href="/images/john-nash-jr-orig.jpg"><img alt="John Nash" src="/images/thumbs/john-nash-jr-orig.jpg" style="width: 67px; height: 100px; float: left;" /></a><a href="/images/louis-nirenberg-orig.jpg"><img alt="" src="/images/thumbs/louis-nirenberg-orig.jpg" style="width: 67px; height: 100px; float: left;" /></a>The Norwegian Academy of Sciences and Letters will award the <a href="">2015 Abel Prize</a> to <strong>John F. Nash Jr.</strong> (left), Princeton University, and <strong>Louis Nirenberg</strong> (right), Courant Institute, New York University, &quot;for striking and seminal contributions to the theory of nonlinear partial differential equations and its applications to geometric analysis.&quot; (<em>Photos:</em> Nash: &copy; Peter Badge/Typos 1 in coop. with the HLF - all rights reserved 2015 and Nirenberg: &copy; NYU Photo Bureau: Hollenshead.) <!-- AMSNEWSBREAK --><br /> <br /> Although Nash and Nirenberg did not formally collaborate on any papers, they influenced each other greatly. The Abel committee writes: &quot;Their breakthroughs have developed into versatile and robust techniques that have become essential tools for the study of nonlinear partial differential equations. Their impact can be felt in all branches of the theory.&quot; <a href="">Read more about the laureates and their work</a>.<br /> <br /> &quot;On behalf of the American Mathematical Society, it is a great pleasure to congratulate John F. Nash, Jr. and Louis Nirenberg, recipients of the 2015 Abel Prize.&nbsp; Dr. Nash&#39;s work in extending our understanding of game theory, partial differential equations, and analytic geometry has been an inspiration to mathematicians and economists everywhere, and Professor Nirenberg&#39;s unparallelled leadership in analysis has revolutionized our understanding of the power of analytical methods.&nbsp; Their foundational works continue to profoundly influence research in mathematics and economics, to the lasting benefit of us all,&quot; writes Robert Bryant, AMS President.<br /> <br /> Nash has received the Nobel Prize in Economics (1994), the John von Neumann Theory Prize (1978) and the&nbsp;<a href="/notices/199904/comm-steele-prz.pdf">AMS Steele Prize for Seminal Contribution to Research</a>&nbsp;(1999). Nirenberg has received the AMS B&ocirc;cher Memorial Prize (1959), the inaugural Crafoord Prize (1982), the AMS Steele Prize for Lifetime Achievement(1994), the first Chern Medal for lifetime achievement (2010), and--along with Luis A. Caffarelli and Robert Kohn<span style="color: rgb(84, 84, 84); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: small; line-height: 18.2000007629395px;">&mdash;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5em;">the&nbsp;<a href="http://notices/201404/noti-p393.pdf">AMS&nbsp; Steele Prize for Seminal Contribution to Research</a>&nbsp;(2014).</span><br /> <br /> See also: <a href="/notices/200204/fea-nirenberg.pdf">Interview&nbsp;with Louis Nirenberg</a>&nbsp;by <em>Notices</em> senior writer and deputy editor Allyn Jackson (<em>Notices of the AMS</em>, April 2002), <a href="/notices/201103/rtx110300469p.pdf">&quot;On the Work of Louis Nirenberg</a>, and &quot;<a href="/notices/199810/milnor.pdf">John Nash and &#39;A Beautiful Mind&#39;&quot;</a> by John Milnor, on Nash&#39;s work and his biography by Sylvia Nasar (Notices of the AMS, November 1998).<!--</p--></p> Who Wants to Be a Mathematician at the University of Michigan Tue, 17 Mar 2015 00:00:00 EST <p> <a href="/images/wwtbam-annarbor15-champs.jpg"><img alt="Mike, Zachary, and Raviraj" src="/images/thumbs/wwtbam-annarbor15-champs.jpg" style="width: 100px; height: 75px; border-width: 0px; border-style: solid; margin-left: 2px; margin-right: 2px; float: left;" /></a> <strong>Zachary Obsniuk</strong> (center) was the big winner when <em>Who Wants to Be a Mathematician</em> traveled to Ann Arbor for a <a href="/programs/students/wwtbam/annarbor-2015">morning of mathematics at the University of Michigan</a>. Read more about a lecture by <strong>Sarah C. Koch</strong>, <em>From Fibonacci to Fractals</em>, and the games. (Photo: WWTBAM host Mike Breen, Zachary Obsniuk, and WWTBAM runner-up Raviraj Rege.)</p> 2015 Sloan Research Fellows Tue, 24 Feb 2015 00:00:00 EST <p> Twenty early-career mathematicians are among the 126 Sloan Research Fellows for 2015. Each Sloan Fellow receives $50,000 to further his or her research. <!-- AMSNEWSBREAK -->The Fellows in mathematics are:</p> <table border="0" height="332" width="691"> <tbody> <tr> <td> <ul> <li> Ben Adcock, Simon Fraser University</li> <li> Richard Bamler, University of California, Berkeley</li> <li> Jacob Bedrossian, University of Maryland, College Park</li> <li> Boris Bukh, Carnegie Mellon University</li> <li> Jonathan Chaika, University of Utah</li> <li> Jian Ding, The University of Chicago</li> <li> J&ouml;rn Dunkel, Massachusetts Institute of Technology</li> <li> David Geraghty, Boston College</li> <li> Jennifer Hom, Columbia University</li> <li> Tasho Kaletha, Harvard University</li> </ul> </td> <td> <ul> <li> Lin Lin, University of California, Berkeley</li> <li> Emmy Murphy, Massachusetts Institute of Technology</li> <li> Vivek Shende, University of California, Berkeley</li> <li> Andrew Snowden, University of Michigan</li> <li> Jacob Tsimerman, University of Toronto</li> <li> Vlad Vicol, Princeton University</li> <li> Melanie M. Wood, University of Wisconsin, Madison</li> <li> Hau-tieng Wu, University of Toronto</li> <li> Ting Zhou, Northeastern University</li> <li> Xinwen Zhu, California Institute of Technology</li> </ul> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p> The fellowships, awarded annually by the Sloan Foundation since 1955, honor early-career scientists and scholars whose achievements and potential identify them as the next generation of scientific leaders. See the list of the <a href="">2015 Sloan Research Fellows</a>.</p> New AMS Prize: The Chevalley Prize in Lie Theory 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 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 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=";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=" ">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 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 Tue, 20 Jan 2015 00:00:00 EST <p> <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>