AMS News AMS News - RSS Feed Wed, 20 May 2015 00:00:00 EST en-us Lee and Schnell Receive AMS Centennial Fellowships Wed, 20 May 2015 00:00:00 EST <p> Providence, RI: <strong><a href="/images/centennial-2015-lee.jpg"><img alt="Kyungyong Lee" src="/images/thumbs/centennial-2015-lee.jpg" style="width: 75px; height: 100px; border-width: 0px; border-style: solid; margin-left: 1px; margin-right: 1px; float: left;" /></a><a href="/images/centennial-2015-schnell.jpg"><img alt="Christian Schnell" src="/images/thumbs/centennial-2015-schnell.jpg" style="width: 74px; height: 100px; border-width: 0px; border-style: solid; margin-left: 1px; margin-right: 1px; float: left;" /></a>Kyungyong Lee</strong> (left) of Wayne State University and <strong>Christian Schnell</strong> (right) of Stony Brook University have been awarded prestigious AMS Centennial Fellowships for the 2015-2016 academic year. Each fellowship carries a stipend of US$87,000, plus an expense allowance of $8,700. (Photos courtesy of the Department of Mathematics at Wayne State University and Christian Schnell.)<!-- AMSNEWSBREAK --></p> <p> <strong>Kyungyong Lee</strong> received his PhD in 2008 from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. He held postdoctoral positions at Purdue University and the University of Connecticut before taking his present position at Wayne State University. In fall 2016, he will move to the University of Nebraska--Lincoln.</p> <p> Lee&#39;s research focuses on problems at the intersection of four distinct but related areas of mathematics: algebra, combinatorics, geometry, and topology. He will use the Centennial Fellowship to visit the University of Michigan and the University of Connecticut.</p> <p> Born in Germany in 1979, <strong>Christian Schnell</strong> received his PhD from Ohio State University in 2008 and held postdoctoral positions at the University of Illinois at Chicago, the Kavli Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe, and the University of Bonn. He has been at Stony Brook University since 2012.</p> <p> Schnell&#39;s research is in algebraic geometry, a thriving area of mathematics that investigates the deep connections between number and form and that in recent years has exhibited surprising connections to physics. Schell will use the Centennial Fellowship to do research at the Simons Center for Geometry and Physics, the &Eacute;cole Polytechnique in Paris, and the Research Institute for Mathematical Sciences in Kyoto. He will also work with a collaborator, Claude Sabbah, on a research monograph.</p> <p> Established in 1988 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the AMS, the Centennial Fellowship plays a special role by supporting outstanding young mathematicians at a critical stage in their careers, as they make the transition from the postdoctoral/junior faculty stage to senior positions. The primary selection criterion is excellence in research achievement. Many Centennial Fellows have gone on to become leaders in the field.</p> <p> Support for the Centennial Fellowship comes from an AMS endowment, as well as from individual mathematicians who each year make generous donations to support AMS programs.</p> <p> <a href="/profession/prizes-awards/ams-awards/centennial-fellow">Find out more about the Centennial Fellowships</a> as well as other <a href="/profession/prizes-awards/prizes">AMS and AMS-affiliated distinctions.</a></p> <p> [% ams_include('pao-contact') %]</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> * * * * *</p> <p> <em>Founded in 1888 to further mathematical research and scholarship, 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.</em></p> 2015 Menger Awards Tue, 19 May 2015 00:00:00 EST <p> <a href="/images/MengerPic2.jpg"><img alt="2015 Menger awardees" src="/images/thumbs/MengerPic2.jpg" style="width: 100px; height: 67px; border-width: 0px; border-style: solid; margin-left: 4px; margin-right: 4px; float: left;" /></a>The AMS presented the Karl Menger Memorial Awards at the 2015 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF), held May 10-15 in Pittsburgh, PA. The First Place Award of US$2000 was given to <strong>Nitya Mani</strong>, The Harker School, San Jose, CA, for &quot;Characterizing the Constructible N-Division Points of the Rational C-Hypocycloids through Straightedge and Compass Constructions.&quot; <em>[Photo (click to enlarge):</em> Back row, left to right: Stefan Colton, Nitya Mani, Eric Neyman, Vishal Rajesh, and Mihai Stoiciu (Chair, Menger Award Committee). Front row, left to right: Petar Gaydarov, Chia Hua Chang, Nisha Rajesh, and Shashwat Kishore. Photo by April Rietze, Society for Science &amp; the Public.]<!-- AMSNEWSBREAK --></p> <p> <em>&quot;Nitya Mani, a senior high school student at The Harker School in San Jose, CA, was the winner of the First Place for the second (consecutive) year. In her project Nitya investigated the important question of constructibility of division points on plane curves and showed that, for any integer N, the N division points of any rational c-hypocycloid are constructible with an unmarked straightedge and compass, given a pre-drawn hypocycloid. She also characterized the constructibility of N division points of a tricuspoid in the absence of a pre-drawn hypocycloid. Nitya&#39;s original and very impressive work uses many advanced results and techniques from several areas of mathematics, including Galois theory, abstract algebra, and algebraic number theory,&quot;</em> said Menger Awards Chair <strong>Mihai Stoiciu</strong>.</p> <p> The Menger Awards Committee, <strong>Mihai Stoiciu</strong> (Chair), Williams College, <strong>Daniel Dugger</strong>, University of Oregon, and <strong>Irina Mitrea</strong>, Temple University, also presented the following awards:</p> <ul> <li> <em>Second Award of $1,000</em>: <strong>Stefan Luka Colton</strong>, Hunter College High School, New York City, &quot;Solution to the Realization Problem for Two Element Delta Sets&quot; and <strong>Petar Milkov Gaydarov</strong>, Model High School of Mathematics &quot;Akad. Kiril Popov,&quot; Plovdiv, Bulgaria, &quot;Vector Parking Functions and Tree Inversions&quot;</li> <li> <em>Third Award of $500</em>: <strong>Vishal Rajesh</strong>, Plano Senior High School, and <strong>Nisha Rajesh</strong>, Jasper High School, Plano, TX, &quot;Mathematical Fire Fighting: Combating Fire with Delaunay Triangulation and Longitudinal-Reversible Cellular Automata&quot;; <strong>Chia Hua Chang</strong>, National Taichung Girls Senior High School, Taichung, Taiwan, &quot;What Number Cannot Be Realized as the Number of Regions Divided by n Straight Lines?&quot;; <strong>Eric Michael Neyman</strong>, Montgomery Blair High School, Silver Spring, MD, &quot;Cylindric Young Tableaux and Their Properties&quot;; and <strong>Shashwat Kishore</strong>, Unionville High School, Kennett Square, PA, &quot;Signatures of Multiplicity Spaces in Tensor Products of sl<sub>2</sub> and U<sub>q</sub>(sl<sub>2</sub>) Representations&quot;</li> </ul> <ul> <li> Certificate of Honorable Mention: <strong>Daniel M. Hanover</strong>, John L. Miller Great Neck North High School, Great Neck, NY, &quot;The Base Dependent Behavior of Kaprekar&#39;s Routine: A Theoretical and Computational Study Revealing New Regularities&quot;; <strong>Abhimanyu Pallavi Sudhir</strong>, Dhirubhai Ambani International School, Mumbai, India, &quot;A Generalisation of the Determinant to Rectangular Matrices: Implications in Gauge Theory&quot;; <strong>George Drimba</strong>, Stuyvesant High School, New York City, &quot;Categorizing Point Sets with No Empty Pentagons&quot;; <strong>Jung Yoon Kim</strong>, Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, Alexandria, VA, &quot;Connected Matchings in Graphs with Independence Number 2&quot;; and <strong>Sanath Kumar Devalapurkar</strong>, West High School, Torrance, CA, &quot;Preserving Algebraic Structures on Exact Infinity: Categories with the K-theory Functor&quot;</li> </ul> <p> A booklet on Karl Menger was also given to each winner. This is the 25th year of the presentation of the <a href=" /profession/prizes-awards/ams-awards/menger-award">Karl Menger Memorial Awards</a>. The Society&#39;s participation in the Intel ISEF is supported in part by income from the Karl Menger Fund, which was established by the family of the late Karl Menger. For more information about this program or to make contributions to this fund, contact the <a href="/about-us/support-ams/support-ams">AMS Development Office</a>.</p> National Academy of Sciences Elections Wed, 06 May 2015 00:00:00 EST <p> <a href="/images/NAS.jpg"><img alt="NAS logo" src="/images/thumbs/NAS.jpg" style="width: 100px; height: 100px; border-width: 0px; border-style: solid; margin-left: 1px; margin-right: 1px; float: left;" /></a>Eight people in the mathematical sciences are among the 84 new members and 21 foreign associates elected to the National Academy of Sciences (NAS): <strong>Manindra Agrawal</strong>, Indian Institute of Technology (India),<strong> Alexander Eskin</strong>, University of Chicago, <strong>Donald Geman</strong>, Johns Hopkins University, <strong>Maxim Kontsevich</strong>, Institut des Hautes &Eacute;tudes Scientifiques (France/Russia), <strong>Kurt Mehlhorn</strong>, Max Planck Institute for Informatics (Germany), <strong>Tomasz Mrowka</strong>, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, <strong>Richard Taylor</strong>, Institute for Advanced Study, and <strong>Moshe Vardi</strong>, Rice University.&nbsp; (Image courtesy National Academy of Sciences.) <!-- AMSNEWSBREAK -->The NAS is a private, nonprofit institution established under a congressional charter, which recognizes achievement and provides science, technology, and health policy advice to the federal government and other organizations. <a href="">See the full list of this year&#39;s honorees</a>.</p> Who Wants to Be a Mathematician at the Inaugural National Math Festival Mon, 04 May 2015 00:00:00 EST <p> <strong><a href="/images/wwtbam-nmf2015-champ.jpg"><img alt="Erica and Mike" src="/images/thumbs/wwtbam-nmf2015-champ.jpg" style="width: 100px; height: 75px; border-width: 0px; border-style: solid; margin-left: 2px; margin-right: 2px; float: left;" /></a>Erica Lin</strong> (pictured with enormous uncashable check) was the big winner when <em>Who Wants to Be a Mathematician</em> was held at the first National Math Festival in Washington, DC. Erica, a sophomore who was one of six contestants at the game, won $3,000 from the AMS and a TI-Nspire CX from Texas Instruments. <a href="/programs/students/wwtbam/nmf-2015">Read more about the recent game</a>.</p> Beyond Reviews: Inside MathSciNet Wed, 29 Apr 2015 00:00:00 EST <a href="/images/msn-blog-social.jpg"><img alt="" src="/images/thumbs/msn-blog-social.jpg" style="width: 100px; height: 50px; border-width: 0px; border-style: solid; margin-left: 4px; margin-right: 4px; float: left;" /></a> <p> On this 75<sup>th</sup> year of <em>Mathematical Reviews</em> executive editor <strong>Edward Dunne</strong> has started an AMS blog, <a href="">Beyond Reviews: Inside MathSciNet</a>. The blog will highlight some of the features of MathSciNet, post particularly informative reviews, and discuss tips and tricks for navigating MathSciNet, all with the goal of being helpful to users both old and new.<!-- AMSNEWSBREAK --> His first posts are &quot;A good review of a paper on K&auml;hler-Einstein metrics with prescribed singularities,&quot; &quot;People at Mathematical Reviews,&quot; and &quot;Using MathSciNet at home or on the road.&quot; Dunne welcomes readers to comment on the posts, share favorite tricks and favorite reviews, and subscribe to the <a href="">RSS feed</a> to follow the blog.</p> American Academy of Arts and Sciences Elections - 2015 Mon, 27 Apr 2015 00:00:00 EST <a href="/images/amer-acad-seal-large.jpg"><img alt="" src="/images/thumbs/amer-acad-seal-large.jpg" style="width: 100px; height: 80px; border-width: 0px; border-style: solid; margin-left: 4px; margin-right: 4px; float: left;" /></a> <p> The American Academy of Arts and Sciences has elected 197 new fellows and 16 foreign honorary members for 2015. Following are the new fellows in &quot;Mathematics, Applied Mathematics and Statistics&quot;:</p> <p> <strong>L&aacute;szl&oacute; Babai</strong>, University of Chicago; <strong>G&eacute;rard Ben Arous</strong>, New York University; <strong>Bj&ouml;rn Engquist</strong>, University of Texas at Austin; <strong>Igor B. Frenkel</strong>, Yale University; <strong>William P. Minicozzi II</strong>, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; <strong>Jill Pipher</strong>, Brown University; and <strong>Roger M. Temam</strong>, Indiana University. In the &quot;Intersection Candidates&quot; category: <strong>David R. Morrison,</strong> University of California, Santa Barbara.<!-- AMSNEWSBREAK --></p> <p> One of the nation&#39;s most prestigious honorary societies, the Academy is also a leading center for independent policy research. Members contribute to Academy publications and studies of science and technology policy, energy and global security, social policy and American institutions, the humanities and culture, and education. The new members are listed <a href="">alphabetically</a> and <a href="">by discipline</a>. The new class will be inducted at a ceremony on October 10, 2015, at the Academy&#39;s headquarters in Cambridge, Massachusetts.</p> Iowa State University Department of Mathematics Receives AMS Award Mon, 13 Apr 2015 00:00:00 EST <p> <a href="/images/exemplary-2015-isu.jpg"><img alt="2013 ISU REU" src="/images/thumbs/exemplary-2015-isu.jpg" style="width: 100px; height: 54px; border-width: 0px; border-style: solid; margin-left: 2px; margin-right: 2px; float: left;" /></a>The <strong>Department of Mathematics at Iowa State University</strong> is the 2015 recipient of the AMS Award for an Exemplary Program or Achievement in a Mathematics Department. (<em>Photo</em>: Participants in the 2013 REU at Iowa State. Three faculty members are seen in the center of the back row: Leslie Hogben (left), Justin Peters (center) and Sung Yell Song (right). Photo courtesy of the Iowa State University Department of Mathematics.) <a href="/news?news_id=2632">Read more about the department&#39;s award</a>.</p> 2015 Mathematical Art Exhibition album Tue, 07 Apr 2015 00:00:00 EST <a href="/images/jmm15-sarhangi.jpg"><img alt="" src="/images/thumbs/jmm15-sarhangi.jpg" style="width: 95px; height: 100px; border-width: 0px; border-style: solid; margin-left: 4px; margin-right: 4px; float: left;" /></a> <p> See an album on Mathematical Imagery of <a href="/mathimagery/thumbnails.php?album=42">selected works from the 2015 Mathematical Art Exhibition</a>. View and share images of works made with paper, wood, crochet, lace, ceramics, and software.</p> Who Wants to Be a Mathematician at ASU West Mon, 06 Apr 2015 00:00:00 EST <a href="/images/wwtbam-asu2015-michelle.jpg"><img alt="Michelle" src="/images/thumbs/wwtbam-asu2015-michelle.jpg" style="width: 100px; height: 65px; border-width: 0px; border-style: solid; margin-left: 1px; margin-right: 1px; float: left;" /></a> <p> <strong>Michelle Coen</strong> (left) recently won $1,000 playing <em>Who Wants to Be a Mathematician</em> at Arizona State University West&#39;s Sonia Kovalevsky Mathematics Day. <a href="/programs/students/wwtbam/asu-2015">See a very happy Michelle right after her victory</a> and read more about the game.</p> Joint International Meeting of the AMS-EMS-SPM Wed, 01 Apr 2015 00:00:00 EST <p> <strong>June 10-13, 2015:</strong> The <a href="">Joint International Meeting of the AMS, European Mathematical Society and Sociedade Portuguesa de Matem&aacute;tica</a>, in Porto, Portugal.</p>