AMS News AMS News - RSS Feed Fri, 05 May 2017 00:00:00 EST en-us 2017 Mathematics Research Communities Fri, 05 May 2017 00:00:00 EST <p>This AMS program supported by NSF includes one-week summer conferences for recent PhDs:<br /> <strong>June 4&ndash;10</strong>: Homotopy Type Theory<br /> <strong>June 11&ndash;17</strong>: Beyond Planarity: Crossing Numbers of Graphs<br /> <strong>June 18&ndash;24</strong>: Dynamical Systems: Smooth, Symbolic, and Measurable<br /> Find <a href="/programs/research-communities/mrc-17">details about the organizers and details on the workshops</a>.</p> MCA 2017 Tue, 09 Jun 2015 00:00:00 EST <p><a href="/images/MCA-17-banner-sm.jpg"><img alt="" src="/images/thumbs/MCA-17-banner-sm.jpg" style="border-style:solid; border-width:0px; float:left; height:16px; margin-left:4px; margin-right:4px; width:100px" /></a><strong>July 24-28, 2017</strong>:&nbsp; <a href="">Mathematical Congress of the Americas 2017</a> (MCA2017) will be held in Montr&eacute;al, Canada.</p> AMS Hosts Capitol Hill Exhibit Fri, 26 May 2017 00:00:00 EST <p><a href="/images/Jenkins-McNerney.Small.jpg"><img alt="" src="/images/thumbs/Jenkins-McNerney.Small.jpg" style="border-style:solid; border-width:0px; float:left; height:65px; margin-left:4px; margin-right:4px; width:100px" /></a>The AMS sponsored an exhibit at the 23rd annual Coalition for National Science Funding (CNSF) Exhibition &amp; Reception on Capitol Hill held on May 16, 2017. <strong>Lea Jenkins</strong>, Clemson University, made a presentation entitled &ldquo;Berry Smart: Mathematics for Food and Water Security&rdquo; describing her team&rsquo;s work on helping farmers manage crop portfolios and maintain profitability while minimizing water usage. <a href="">Learn more</a></p> This Week in Washington Wed, 24 May 2017 00:00:00 EST <p>The week that began on May 23, 2017 was an exciting one for AMS members who follow federal activity related to the National Science Foundation, and the annual Congressional budget process.<br /> <br /> On Tuesday, the White House released President Trump&rsquo;s full budget proposal for FY2018, titled &ldquo;A New Foundation for American Greatness.&rdquo; This followed the March release of his budget blueprint. The proposal is <a href="">devastating for science</a> and reduces non-defense discretionary (NDD) funding in order to increase defense spending. <a href="/PresidentBudgetFY2018.pdf">The document</a> lays out 479 billion dollars for non-defense programs, which amounts to 57 billion dollars less than current spending. <!-- AMSNEWSBREAK -->The White House has proposed slashing funding for all federal departments besides Department of Defense, Veterans Affairs, and Homeland Security.<br /> <br /> It is critically important to remember that Congress&mdash;and not the President&mdash;is charged with the final appropriations, and that legislators take great pride in their responsibility for and ability to direct federal funding. And, it is worth noting that President Trump also proposed significant cuts to science for FY2017 but that the actual budget put in place by Congress was much more favorable for the NSF and other science agencies. We are grateful to our supporters in Congress. See the Washington Office blog for more on the <a href="">annual Congressional budget process.</a><br /> <br /> On Tuesday afternoon, Washington Office Director Karen Saxe attended the <a href="">NSF&rsquo;s FY2018 Budget Overview</a>. NSF&rsquo;s FY 2018 budget request is 6.653 billion dollars, a decrease of 840.98 million dollars (-11.2%) over the FY 2016 actual investment. This funding will support approximately 8,000 new research grants, with an estimated funding rate of 19% for research grant proposals submitted to NSF. For comparison, in FY 2016, NSF funded 8,800 new research grants, with a funding rate of 21%. The Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences is proposed to fare slightly better than the NSF overall, and is scheduled to lose 9.6% of its budget. A bipartisan group of 164 House members <a href=";utm_source=FYI&amp;dm_i=1ZJN,4YB8S,OSSKKP,ITIT0,1">sent a letter</a> on April 4 to the appropriations subcommittee responsible for NSF&rsquo;s budget, urging it to fund the agency at an $8 billion level; the AMS supported this letter. Stay tuned to the <a href="">Washington Office blog</a> as the Congressional budget process unfolds.<br /> <br /> The 11% from the National Science Foundation pales in comparison to the requested 44% cut from the Environmental Protection Agency&rsquo;s science and technology programs or the Energy Department&rsquo;s Office of Energy Efficiency &amp; Renewable Energy proposed 69% reduction. On Wednesday morning, Karen Saxe attended a hearing in the House of Representatives to examine the overhead costs for conducting federal taxpayer-funded research at universities and non-profit research institutions, focusing on how the NSF negotiates and monitors indirect costs. Overhead costs emerged as a topic of discussion in Congress this year after Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price <a href=";utm_source=FYI&amp;dm_i=1ZJN,4YB8S,OSSKKP,ITIT4,1">suggested</a> that President Trump&rsquo;s proposed budget cuts to the National Institutes of Health could be absorbed by reducing the amount that NIH provides grant recipients for &ldquo;indirect&rdquo; or overhead costs. Each university (or other grant-recipient organization) negotiates its overhead rate with the federal government individually; rates vary from less than 1% to over 60%. Currently about 22% of the entire research budget from NSF is used to pay these costs. Overhead money is used for many expenditures including to fulfill compliance requirements, and to pay for construction and maintenance of research facilities, HVAC, biocontainment facilities, graduate student tuition, IT and library resources.<br /> <br /> Learn more about funding and the ways of Washington on the <a href="">Capital Currents blog</a>.</p> 2017 Shaw Prize to Koll&aacute;r and Voisin Tue, 23 May 2017 00:00:00 EST <p><strong><a href="/images/shaw-2017-kollar.jpg"><img alt="Janos Kollar" src="/images/thumbs/shaw-2017-kollar.jpg" style="border-style:solid; border-width:0px; float:left; height:100px; margin-left:2px; margin-right:2px; width:100px" /></a><a href="/images/shaw-2017-voisin.jpg"><img alt="Claire Voisin" src="/images/thumbs/shaw-2017-voisin.jpg" style="border-style:solid; border-width:0px; float:left; height:99px; margin-left:2px; margin-right:2px; width:100px" /></a>J&aacute;nos Koll&aacute;r</strong>, Princeton University, and <strong>Claire Voisin</strong>, Coll&egrave;ge de France, will share the 2017 Shaw Prize in the Mathematical Sciences &quot;for their remarkable results in many central areas of algebraic geometry, which have transformed the field and led to the solution of long-standing problems that had appeared out of reach.&quot; (Photo of Koll&aacute;r: William Crow/Princeton University. Photo of Voisin: &copy; Patrick Imbert/Coll&egrave;ge de France.) <!-- AMSNEWSBREAK --></p> <p>J&aacute;nos Koll&aacute;r&#39;s most recent work--the definition and study of moduli of higher-dimensional varieties--will influence algebraic geometry deeply in the decades to come, and his ideas have almost defined the field of higher-dimensional moduli. He won the <a href="/notices/200604/comm-cole.pdf">2006 Cole Prize in Algebra</a> and the 2016 Nemmers Prize. Koll&aacute;r is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, was a member of the inaugural class of AMS Fellows, and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.</p> <p>Claire Voisin solved the Kodaira problem, by demonstrating the existence of compact K&auml;hler manifolds that are not deformations of projective manifolds and in fact aren&#39;t homeomorphic to any projective manifold. She also solved Green&#39;s Conjecture and found a counterexample to a generalization of the Hodge conjecture. Voisin received the Sophie Germain Prize in 2003 the <a href="/notices/200704/comm-satter-web.pdf">Satter Prize in 2007</a>, and the CNRS Gold Medal--France's highest scientific research award--in 2016.</p> <p>The Shaw Prize, which carries with it a monetary award of US$1,200,000, honors individuals who have recently achieved significant breakthroughs in academic and scientific research or applications and whose work has resulted in a positive and profound impact on mankind. (Much of the preceding is based on the <a href=";twoid=104&amp;threeid=268&amp;fourid=512">Shaw Prize press release</a>.)</p> AMS Fall 2017 Sectional Meetings Fri, 19 May 2017 00:00:00 EST <p><strong>September 9-10, 2017:</strong> <a href="/meetings/sectional/2249_program.html">Fall Central Sectional Meeting</a>, University of North Texas, Denton, TX<br /> <strong>September 16-17, 2017: </strong><a href="/meetings/sectional/2240_program.html">Fall Eastern Sectional Meeting</a>, State University of New York at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY<br /> <strong>September 23-24, 2017:</strong> <a href="/meetings/sectional/2246_program.html">Fall Southeastern Sectional Meeting</a>, University of Central Florida, Orlando, Orlando, FL<br /> <strong>November 4-5, 2017:</strong> <a href="/meetings/sectional/2243_program.html">Fall Western Sectional Meeting</a>, University of California, Riverside, Riverside, CA</p> National Academy of Sciences Elections Wed, 17 May 2017 00:00:00 EST <p><a href="/images/NAS.jpg"><img alt="National Academy of Sciences' logo" src="/images/thumbs/NAS.jpg" style="border-style:solid; border-width:0px; float:left; height:100px; margin-left:2px; margin-right:2px; width:100px" /></a>Eight individuals in the mathematical sciences are among the 84 new members recently elected to the National Academy of Sciences: <strong>Nima Arkani-Hamed</strong>, Institute for Advanced Study, <strong>Alexander Beilinson</strong>, University of Chicago, <strong>Maury D. Bramson</strong>, University of Minnesota, <strong>Ronald A. DeVore</strong>, Texas A&amp;M University, <strong>Noam D. Elkies</strong>, Harvard University, <strong>Madhu Sudan</strong>, Harvard University, <strong>Daniel A. Spielman</strong>, Yale University, and <strong>Don B. Zagier</strong>, Max Planck Institute for Mathematics. Elected as a foreign associate is <strong>Shigefumi Mori</strong>, Research Institute for Mathematical Sciences, Kyoto University (Japan). <!-- AMSNEWSBREAK -->Established in 1863, the National Academy of Sciences is a private, nonprofit institution that recognizes achievement in science by election to membership and, along with the National Academy of Engineering and the National Academy of Medicine, provides science, engineering, and health policy advice to the federal government and other organizations. See the <a href="">academy&#39;s press release</a> for the full list of this year&#39;s honorees.</p> George D. Mostow, 1923-2017 Mon, 01 May 2017 00:00:00 EST <p><a href="/images/wolf-2013-mostow.jpg"><img alt="" src="/images/thumbs/wolf-2013-mostow.jpg" style="border-style:solid; border-width:0px; float:left; height:100px; margin-left:2px; margin-right:2px; width:66px" /></a><strong>George D. Mostow</strong>, professor emeritus at Yale University and former AMS president (1987-1988) who won the Steele Prize for Seminal Contribution to Research and the Wolf Prize, died April 4 at the age of 93. He was known for his work in Lie theory, including his strong rigidity theorem, and was a member of the National Academy of Sciences. (Photo by Michael Marsland/Yale.) <!-- AMSNEWSBREAK -->Mostow won the Steele Prize in 1993 for his paper, &quot;Strong rigidity of locally symmetric spaces&quot; (<em>Annals of Mathematics Studies</em>, No. 78, 1973), and received the <a href="/notices/201305/rnoti-p602.pdf">Wolf Prize in 2013</a> &quot;for his fundamental and pioneering contribution to geometry and Lie group theory.&quot; He received his PhD from Harvard University in 1948 under the direction of Garrett Birkhoff. Mostow was on the faculty first at Syracuse University and then at Johns Hopkins University before moving to Yale in 1961. He taught at Yale until his retirement from the university in 1998 and served as department chair from 1971 to 1974. Mostow was an AMS member since 1944. Yale has <a href="">more information</a>.</p> The Math Alliance Receives AMS Award Mon, 24 Apr 2017 00:00:00 EST <p><a href="/images/ptmd-2017-alliance.jpg"><img alt="Field of Dreams conference" src="/images/thumbs/ptmd-2017-alliance.jpg" style="border-style:solid; border-width:0px; float:left; height:59px; margin-left:2px; margin-right:2px; width:100px" /></a>The National Alliance for Doctoral Studies in the Mathematical Sciences, known as the <strong>Math Alliance</strong>, has been chosen to receive the 2017 Mathematics Programs that Make a Difference Award, the AMS announced today. (Field of Dreams participants have a lot of fun, even when posing for group photos. Laughing at the front of the group is Math Alliance Director Phil Kutzko. At right kneeling is Executive Director David Goldberg. Photo by Donald Cole.)<!-- AMSNEWSBREAK --></p> <p>The annual award was created by the AMS Committee on the Profession to recognize outstanding programs that successfully address the issue of underrepresented groups in mathematics. The Math Alliance is honored &quot;for its programs over the last 10 years promoting participation by groups underrepresented in doctoral programs in the mathematical sciences.&quot;</p> <p>William McCallum of the University of Arizona, who served as chair of the award selection committee, said: &quot;The <a href="">Math Alliance</a> shows what can be achieved when the community takes seriously the promise of equal opportunity for all mathematicians. By building a network of mentors and students united by their dedication to mathematics and to increasing diversity in the field, this program is having a strong positive effect that will continue for years to come. The AMS is very happy to recognize the Math Alliance with the Mathematics Programs that Make a Difference Award.&quot;</p> <p>The main purpose of the Math Alliance is to ensure that students from underrepresented groups who have the ambition and desire to pursue graduate study in the mathematical sciences have an opportunity to do so in a supportive environment. The alliance helps students realize their potential for graduate work in these fields and nurtures them in their journey to becoming math science professionals.</p> <p>Now based at Purdue University, the Math Alliance began in 2001 as a partnership of three Iowa State Regents universities and four Historically Black Colleges and Universities and has grown into a national network of institutions and faculty that mentor minority students in both undergraduate and graduate programs. The work of the Math Alliance has received support from the National Science Foundation since 2002.</p> <p>The Math Alliance holds the annual Field of Dreams Conference, attended in 2016 by 198 undergraduates and 115 faculty from 113 institutions. In addition, Alliance mentors work at the predoctoral, masters, PhD, and post-doctoral levels to help students succeed in their studies and progress on to the next level. In 2015-16, the program listed 552 faculty mentoring over 600 active scholars. The Alliance has expanded its network 30-fold over the last 10 years and has recently been used as a model for a similar program in physics by the American Physical Society.</p> <p>The ultimate goal of the Math Alliance is to spark a spiritual transformation within mathematical sciences departments as they progress away from the traditional model of weeding students out and towards embracing an inclusive model of helping all students succeed.</p> <p>The official announcement of this award, including the selection committee&#39;s citation, is available from the AMS Public Awareness Office and appears in the <a href="/journals/notices/201705/">May 2017 issue of the <em>Notices of the AMS</em></a>. No subscription is necessary.</p> <p><a href="/profession/prizes-awards/prizes">Find out more about this and other AMS awards</a>.</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> Kristin Umland Receives 2017 AMS Impact Award Tue, 18 Apr 2017 00:00:00 EST <p><strong><a href="/images/impact-2017-umland.jpg"><img alt="Kristin Umland" src="/images/thumbs/impact-2017-umland.jpg" style="border-style:solid; border-width:0px; float:left; height:100px; margin-left:2px; margin-right:2px; width:71px" /></a>Kristin Umland</strong>, Vice President for Content Development at Illustrative Mathematics, has received the 2017 AMS Award for Impact on the Teaching and Learning of Mathematics, the AMS announced today. Umland is honored for her outstanding work toward improving mathematics education at the precollege level, especially her role in the development of the nonprofit organization Illustrative Mathematics. (Photo courtesy of Kristin Umland.)<!-- AMSNEWSBREAK --></p> <p>&quot;Kristin Umland has worked with energy, vision, and commitment on improving mathematics education at the precollege level,&quot; said Tara Holm of Cornell University, who served as chair of the Impact Award selection committee. &quot;She brings high-level mathematical knowledge together with deep understanding of the needs of school mathematics teachers. Her work at Illustrative Mathematics makes quality materials available to millions of teachers and also serves as an effective means for professional development. We are happy to recognize her outstanding work with the AMS Impact Award.&quot;</p> <p>For almost two decades, Kristin Umland was on the faculty of the Mathematics and Statistics Department at the University of New Mexico. While there, she made major improvements in the mathematics courses for both elementary and secondary pre-service teachers, adding rigor as well as more-relevant material. She has also been deeply involved in supporting the national K-12 mathematics community in the transition to the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics (CCSS-M).</p> <p>Since 2011, Umland has been one of the driving forces behind <a href="">Illustrative Mathematics</a>, working together with its founder, William McCallum of the University of Arizona, the leader of the CCSS-M writing team. The vision of Illustrative Mathematics is to construct an open online resource, created by a community of mathematicians, mathematics educators, and teachers, that illustrates how the new standards could be implemented. Umland has been instrumental in forming a community of 100 editors and 550 reviewers who have created over 1200 highly vetted tasks illustrating the standards. In 2016, she left the University of New Mexico to work full-time on Illustrative Mathematics, where she today serves as Vice President for Content Development.</p> <p>The public success of Illustrative Mathematics, measured by its use around the country, is staggering: The website sees 170,000 sessions per month (on average) with 5,000 to 10,000 sessions per day. Since 2012, has had over 4 million visitors viewing tasks over 14 million times.</p> <p>What makes this effort so valuable is not just the final product of a powerful resource for millions of educators in the U.S., but also the process of creating and working with the tasks, which serves as highly effective professional development for hundreds of educators. Umland has contributed deep mathematical knowledge and a hands-on approach, making her one of the outstanding mathematics educators working in the nation today.</p> <p>The Award for Impact on the Teaching and Learning of Mathematics was established by the AMS Committee on Education in 2013. The endowment fund that supports the award was established in 2012 by a contribution from Kenneth I. and Mary Lou Gross in honor of their daughters Laura and Karen.</p> <p>The official announcement of this award, including the selection committee&#39;s citation, is available from the AMS Public Awareness Office and will appear in the <a href="/journals/notices/201705/">May 2017 issue of the <em>Notices of the AMS</em></a>. No subscription is necessary.</p> <p><a href="/profession/prizes-awards/prizes">Find out more about this and other AMS awards</a>.</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>