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Talagrand Wins 2024 Abel Prize

Michel Talagrand of the Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS), Paris, France, was awarded the 2024 Abel Prize “for his groundbreaking contributions to probability theory and functional analysis, with outstanding applications in mathematical physics and statistics,” the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters announced.

Helge Holden, chair of the Abel Prize Committee, called Talagrand “an exceptional mathematician, and a formidable problem solver,” adding that Talagrand “has made profound contributions to our understanding of random, and in particular, Gaussian, processes. His work has reshaped several areas of probability theory. Furthermore, his proof of the celebrated Parisi formula for free energy of spin glasses is an amazing accomplishment.”

Funded by the Norwegian government, the Abel Prize amounts to NOK 7.5 million (US$700,000) and is awarded in May in Oslo by King Harald V of Norway.

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Young Honored with 2024 Rolf Schock Prize

Lai-Sang Young, Courant Institute, New York University, was awarded the 2024 Rolf Schock Prize in Mathematics “for long-lasting and deep contribution to the theory of non-uniformly hyperbolic dynamical systems,” according to the prize citation.

Since 1999 Young has been a professor of mathematics at the Courant Institute, where she is also Henry and Lucy Moses Professor of Science. Her previous awards have included the Ruth Lyttle Satter Prize (1993) and the Heinz Hopf Prize (2023). She is a member of both the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Sciences.

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Čanić to Deliver Kovalevsky Lecture in July

Sunčica Čanić (University of California, Berkeley) was chosen as the 2024 Sonia Kovalevsky Lecturer by the Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM) and the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM). She will deliver her lecture at the 2024 SIAM Annual Meeting in Spokane, Washington, July 8–12, 2024.

“Čanić is a highly influential applied mathematician working in modeling, analysis, and computations of partial differential equations,” according to the citation. She currently serves as a professor and Miller Research Fellow at UC Berkeley and is a Fellow of the AMS and of SIAM. Čanić earned her PhD in 1992 in nonlinear hyperbolic conservation laws from the Department of Applied Mathematics and Statistics at Stony Brook University (the State University of New York).

The Kovalevsky Lecture honors Sonia Kovalevsky (1850–1891), the most widely known Russian mathematician of the late 19th century, who did her most important work in the theory of differential equations.

Association for Women in Mathematics

Nominate Now for 2024 SASTRA Ramanujan Prize

Nominations are due July 31, 2024, for the 2024 SASTRA Ramanujan Prize, announced the Shanmugha Arts, Science, Technology, Research Academy (SASTRA). The annual prize goes to a mathematician not exceeding the age of 32 for outstanding contributions in an area of mathematics influenced by the late Indian mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan.

The 2024 winner is invited to give a talk at SASTRA’s international conference on December 21–22, 2024, in Kumbakonam, India, and receive a $10,000 prize. “The age limit has been set at 32 because Ramanujan achieved so much in his brief life of 32 years,” according to SASTRA.

To make a nomination, the nominator must assemble the vita of the nominee, selected papers, and three letters supporting the nomination to sastraprize@math.ufl.edu. For more information, see the prize website, https://www.qseries.org/sastra-prize/.

SASTRA Ramanujan Prize

Needell to Deliver 2024 Falconer Lecture in August

Deanna Needell (University of California, Los Angeles) was chosen as the 2024 Etta Zuber Falconer Lecturer by the Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM) and the Mathematical Association of America (MAA). She will deliver the Falconer Lecture at the MAA MathFest, in Indianapolis, August 7–10, 2024.

Needell is a professor, Dunn Family Endowed Chair in Data Theory, and executive director of the Institute for Digital Research and Education at UCLA. She received her PhD in 2009 from the University of California, Davis. Her research contributes both to theoretical problems in data science and to their applications, including to important societal issues.

The Falconer Lectures were established in memory of Etta Zuber Falconer (1933–2002), for her many years of service in promoting mathematics at Spelman College, and her efforts to enhance the movement of minorities and women into scientific careers. Falconer Lecturers are women who have made distinguished contributions to the mathematical sciences or mathematics education.

Association for Women in Mathematics

Seceleanu Awarded 2024–2025 Michler Memorial Prize

Alexandra Seceleanu, associate professor of mathematics at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, was awarded the 2024–2025 Ruth I. Michler Memorial Prize by the Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM). She will spend an upcoming semester visiting Cornell University, where she plans to collaborate with Irena Peeva.

Seceleanu, who received her PhD in 2011 from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, works widely in commutative algebra, with interests in both theoretical and computational aspects. These include “free resolutions of modules over Noetherian commutative rings and ordinary and symbolic powers of ideals, especially those ideals of interest in algebraic geometry,” according to the citation. Seceleanu also has served as a mentor for the Polymath REU, supervising groups of 20–23 undergraduates in collaborative research each summer since 2020.

The prize was established through a generous donation from Ruth’s parents, Gerhard and Waltraud Michler of Essen, Germany. The prize grants a midcareer mathematician a residential fellowship in the Cornell mathematics department without teaching obligations.

Association for Women in Mathematics

Groechenig Awarded 2024 Coxeter-James Prize

Michael Groechenig (University of Toronto) will receive the 2024 Coxeter-James Prize for his outstanding contributions to arithmetic and algebraic geometry, as announced by the Canadian Mathematical Society (CMS).

“Still in the early stages of his career, Groechenig has already successfully addressed numerous enduring open problems, a feat complemented by his simultaneous contributions to the advancement of foundational theory in technical domains—a remarkable accomplishment in itself,” a CMS press release reported. Groechenig’s fields of interest include algebraic and arithmetic geometry, moduli spaces of Higgs bundles and flat connections, p-adic integration, and K-theory.

The Coxeter-James Prize was inaugurated in 1978 to recognize young mathematicians who have made outstanding contributions to mathematical research. The award is named for two former CMS presidents, H.S.M. “Donald” Coxeter, recognized as one of the world’s best geometers, and Ralph Duncan James, who was a great contributor to mathematical development in Canada.

Canadian Mathematical Society

Murty Wins 2024 CRM-Fields-PIMS Prize

Ram Murty, the A.V. Douglas Distinguished University Professor at Queen’s University, was awarded the 2024 CRM-Fields-PIMS Prize by the Centre de recherches mathématiques (CRM), the Fields Institute, and the Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences (PIMS). The main selection criterion is outstanding contribution to the advancement of research. The winner’s research should have been conducted primarily in Canada or in affiliation with a Canadian university.

“Murty works on a wide front, with imagination and originality, combining both analytic and algebraic techniques and bringing real philosophical depth to the questions he considers,” according to a press release. “Few parts of the subject of number theory, including its ties to far-afield topics such as mathematical logic, p-adic geometry, and foundations, have been left untouched by his wide-ranging intellectual curiosity.”

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