AMS News AMS News - RSS Feed Wed, 29 Jul 2015 00:00:00 EST en-us Fulkerson Prize to Francisco Santos Wed, 29 Jul 2015 00:00:00 EST <p> The 2015 Delbert Ray Fulkerson Prize has been awarded to <strong>Francisco Santos</strong>, University of Cantabria (Spain), for his paper &quot;A Counterexample to the Hirsch Conjecture,&quot; <em>Annals of Mathematics</em> (2012). The Fulkerson Prize is sponsored jointly by the Mathematical Optimization Society and the AMS, and is given every three years for outstanding papers in the area of discrete mathematics. <a href="/profession/prizes-awards/ams-prizes/fulkerson-prize">Read more about the Fulkerson Prize</a>.</p> Highlights of the Joint AMS-EMS-SPM Meeting Thu, 16 Jul 2015 00:00:00 EST <p> The Joint International Meeting of the AMS, European Mathematical Society (EMS) and Portuguese Mathematical Society/Sociedad Portuguesa de Matem&aacute;tica (SPM) drew 1103 participants from 59 countries. See <a href="/meetings/international/ams-portugal-mtg15">highlights of this meeting</a> held at the University of Porto in the UNESCO world heritage city of Porto, Portugal, June 10-13, 2015.</p> U.S. Team Takes First in 2015 IMO Tue, 14 Jul 2015 00:00:00 EST <p> <a href="/images/usimo-2015.jpg"><img alt="US IMO 2015 team" src="/images/thumbs/usimo-2015.jpg" style="width: 100px; height: 67px; border-width: 0px; border-style: solid; margin-left: 1px; margin-right: 1px; float: left;" /></a>The U.S. team finished first with 185 points at the 56th International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Five members of the team--<strong>Ryan Alweiss</strong> (Bergen County Academies, NJ), <strong>Allen Liu</strong> (Penfield Senior High School, NY), <strong>Yang Liu</strong> (Ladue Horton Watkins High School, MO), <strong>Shyam Narayanan</strong> (Blue Valley West High School, KS), and <strong>David Stoner</strong> (South Aiken High School, SC)--earned gold medals while <strong>Michael Kural</strong> (Greenwich High School, CT) earned a silver medal. The team from China finished second with 181 points and the South Korean team was third with 161 points. (Photo, left to right: Michael Kural, Yang Liu, Allen Liu, Ryan Alweiss, Shyam Narayanan, and David Stoner, courtesy of the MAA.) <!-- AMSNEWSBREAK -->Three of the six U.S. team members are former contestants in <em>Who Wants to Be a Mathematician</em> (WWTBAM). Michael Kural qualified as a sophomore for the 2015 national WWTBAM in San Antonio, Shyam Narayanan was a four-time participant in the national WWTBAM, winning as a freshman in 2012, and David Stoner won a regional WWTBAM at the College of Charleston Math Meet in 2014 and was a member of the runner-up team at a WWTBAM game at the ARML competition in May at the University of Georgia. All the participants on the U.S. team were selected through a series of competitions organized by the <a href="">Mathematical Association of America</a> (MAA), culminating with the USA Mathematical Olympiad. The U.S. team leader was <strong>Po-Shen Loh</strong> of Carnegie Mellon University. See <a href="">results of the 2015 IMO</a>, which had more than 100 countries participating. The 2016 IMO will be July 6-16 in Hong Kong.</p> Recent on AMS Blogs Thu, 02 Jul 2015 00:00:00 EST <p> Mathematicians are covering interesting topics on all the AMS Blogs: <a href="">&quot;What can I do this summer to be ready to start a PhD program in the fall?,&quot;</a> by Ricardo Cortez; <a href="">&quot;The surprising unity of all fields of human endeavor,&quot;</a> by Adriana Salerno; <a href="">&quot;Zariski surgically dissecting a flawed proof,&quot;</a> by Edward Dunne; <a href="">&quot;The First Year of <em>On Teaching and Learning Mathematics</em>,&quot;</a> by Ben Braun; <a href="">&quot;An Ugly Song That Definitely Won&#39;t Get Stuck In Your Head. I Promise,&quot;</a> by Anna Haensch, among others. The bloggers welcome comments and invite readers to set up an RSS feed to follow them.</p> AMS Fall Sectional Meetings Wed, 24 Jun 2015 00:00:00 EST <p> * October 3-4: <a href="/meetings/sectional/2219_program.html">Loyola University Chicago</a><br /> * October 17-18: <a href="/meetings/sectional/2226_program.html">University of Memphis</a><br /> * October 24-25: <a href="/meetings/sectional/2221_program.html">California State University, Fullerton</a><br /> * November 14-15: <a href="/meetings/sectional/2227_program.html">Rutgers University, New Brunswick</a><br /> See <a href="/meetings/sectional/sectional.html">all upcoming AMS Sectional Meetings</a>.</p> 2016 Joint Mathematics Meeting Wed, 24 Jun 2015 00:00:00 EST <p> <a href="/images/JMM2016.jpg"><img alt="" src="/images/thumbs/JMM2016.jpg" style="width: 100px; height: 63px; float: left; margin-left: 4px; margin-right: 4px;" /></a>JMM 2016 will be held in Seattle, WA, January 6-9. Mark your calendars and see <a href="">up-to-date JMM 2016 information</a>.</p> AMS Joins 252 Groups and Business Leaders Across the Country in Call for Action for American "Innovation Imperative" Tue, 23 Jun 2015 00:00:00 EST <p> The AMS, scores of other organizations, and leaders of American business, industry, higher education, science, and engineering voice an urgent call to action for stronger federal policies and investment to drive domestic research and development --<a href="/news?news_id=2714"> &quot;Innovation: An American Imperative.&quot;</a> The action follows the American Academy of Arts &amp; Sciences report, <em>Restoring the Foundation: The Vital Role of Research in Preserving the American Dream</em>.</p> Macula Named AMS Congressional Fellow Fri, 19 Jun 2015 00:00:00 EST <p> <a href="/images/MaculaSmall.06-17-15.jpg"><img alt="Dr. Anthony J. Macula" src="/images/thumbs/MaculaSmall.06-17-15.jpg" style="width: 100px; height: 67px; float: left; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px;" /></a>The AMS is pleased to announce that <strong>Dr. Anthony J. Macula</strong> has been awarded its 2015-16 Congressional Fellowship.&nbsp; Macula earned his Ph.D. in Mathematics from Wesleyan University and has been a Professor of Mathematics at the State University of New York, College at Geneseo since 1993.&nbsp; He has done research in pure and applied mathematics, primarily in Combinatorics, Group Testing, Information Theory, Mathematical Biology, Math Education and Topology.<!-- AMSNEWSBREAK --></p> <p> Among his many other accomplishments, Dr. Macula was a rotating program officer in the Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences at the National Science Foundation (NSF), where he served the broad mathematical community in the Division of Mathematical Sciences.&nbsp; He would like to continue to serve the community by contributing to the formation of federal science and education policies and initiatives through the AMS Congressional Fellowship.</p> <p> The Congressional Fellowship program is administered by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).&nbsp; Fellows spend a year working on the staff of a member of Congress or a congressional committee, working as a special legislative assistant in legislative and policy areas requiring scientific and technical input.</p> <p> See <a href="">more information on the AMS-AAAS Congressional Fellowship</a>.</p> Scholze Awarded 2015 Ostrowski Prize Thu, 18 Jun 2015 00:00:00 EST <p> <strong><a href="/images/ostrowski-2015-scholze.jpg"><img alt="Peter Scholze" src="/images/thumbs/ostrowski-2015-scholze.jpg" style="width: 100px; height: 87px; border-width: 0px; border-style: solid; margin-left: 1px; margin-right: 1px; float: left;" /></a>Peter Scholze</strong>, who holds a Hausdorff Chair at the University of Bonn, has been awarded the 2015 Ostrowski Prize for his breakthrough work in arithmetic algebraic geometry, specifically &quot;for developing the theory of perfectoid spaces and successfully applying the theory to address a number of difficult open questions.&quot; The prize carries with it a monetary award of 100,000 Swiss Francs (approximately US$109,000). (Photo: (c) Astrid Slizewski/Uni Bonn.) <!-- AMSNEWSBREAK -->Scholze has received the <a href="/notices/201504/rnoti-p425.pdf">Cole Prize in Algebra</a> (2015), the Clay Research Award (2014), the SASTRA Ramanujan Prize (2013), and the Prix Peccot of the Coll&egrave;ge de France (2013), and was an invited speaker at the International Congress of Mathematicians in Seoul in 2014. The <a href="">Ostrowski Prize</a> is awarded every other year by the Ostrowski Foundation for outstanding achievements in pure mathematics or in the foundations of numerical mathematics.</p> 2015 Shaw Prize to Faltings and Iwaniec Tue, 09 Jun 2015 00:00:00 EST <p> <a href="/images/Faltings-MPI.jpg"><img alt="" src="/images/thumbs/Faltings-MPI.jpg" style="width: 66px; height: 100px; border-width: 0px; border-style: solid; margin-left: 4px; margin-right: 4px; float: left;" /></a><a href="/images/iwaniec-rutgers-shaw15.jpg"><img alt="" src="/images/thumbs/iwaniec-rutgers-shaw15.jpg" style="width: 84px; height: 100px; border-width: 0px; border-style: solid; margin-left: 4px; margin-right: 4px; float: left;" /></a>The 2015 Shaw Prize in Mathematical Sciences is awarded to <strong>Gerd Faltings</strong>, Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in Bonn, Germany, and <strong>Henryk Iwaniec</strong>, Rutgers University, for &quot;their introduction and development of fundamental tools in number theory, allowing them as well as others to resolve some longstanding classical problems.&quot; The two will share equally in the US$1,000,000 prize. (Photo of Falting: Max Planck Institute for Mathematics, Bonn, Germany; photo of Iwaniec: Nick Romanenko, Rutgers University.) <!-- AMSNEWSBREAK --></p> <p> Faltings has also received the Fields Medal (1986), a Guggenheim Fellowship (1988), the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize (1996), and the King Faisal International Prize for Science (2014). Iwaniec was awarded the <a href="/notices/200204/comm-coleprz.pdf">Frank Nelson Cole Prize in Number Theory (2002)</a>, the <a href="/notices/201104/rtx110400593p.pdf">Leroy P. Steele Prize for Mathematical Exposition (2011)</a>, and was a member of the inaugural class of AMS Fellows (2012). The Shaw Prize honors individuals who have achieved significant breakthroughs in academic and scientific research or applications and whose work has resulted in a positive and profound impact on mankind. There are three prizes annually: in Astronomy, Life Science and Medicine, and Mathematical Sciences. The presentation of the this year&#39;s prizes will occur in a ceremony on September 24. Read more about <a href=";twoid=98&amp;threeid=245&amp;fourid=446">the prize and the work of Faltings and Iwaniec</a>.</p>