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AMS Sponsors Exhibit at Capitol Hill Event

The AMS sponsored an exhibit booth at the Coalition for National Science Funding (CNSF) Exhibition on Capitol Hill on May 15, 2012 on the Institute for Computational and Experimental Research in Mathematics (ICERM).   Jill Pipher, Director of ICERM, and Lauren Barrows, Program Manager, presented information on the Institute to 275 attendees at this annual event showcasing research and education projects supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF). 

During the last decade, rapidly evolving technological advances, in particular in the information and communication sciences, has lead to the introduction of social networks, search engines, cyber security and privacy, smart energy grids, improved medical imaging and a plethora of novel modes of commerce. However, the generation, optimization, and deployment of these new technologies continue to drive the demand for new mathematics – new algorithms, techniques, formulations and models to address emerging question of critical societal importance.

In a complementary fashion, computers continue to enrich mathematics by providing an experimental platform, a kind to the laboratory of the biologist, in which the researchers can conduct experiments to drive insight and innovation. Advanced and reliable software is increasing becoming an essential part of the fabric of society, and the continued development and improvement of today's software, employing a fresh approach to math and modeling, will be essential for to address tomorrow’s grand challenges.

This exhibit, entitled ICERM: Connecting Mathematics and Computing through Experimentation, highlighted how researchers employ an experimental approach to investigate cutting-edge mathematical questions and computational tools, laying the foundation for discovery, emerging technologies and innovation.

ICERM, funded by the NSF and located at Brown University in Providence, RI, helps researchers tackle these mathematical problems in the context of two semester-long thematic programs together with their associated international conferences and workshops.
The 2012 CNSF Exhibition included thirty-five displays on a wide range of projects

Jill Pipher with Cora Marrett, Deputy Director of the NSF and Sastry Pantula, Director of the Division of Mathematical Sciences at NSF Jill Pipher and Lauren Barrows with Rep. Rush Holt (D-NJ)

CNSF is an alliance of over 130 scientific and professional societies and universities united by a concern for the future viability of the national science, mathematics and engineering enterprise.

Previous AMS exhibits at CNSF Exhibitions include: