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Computational Surgery

By Thierry Colin, Marc Garbey, Olivier Saut
Computational surgery is a new discipline that focuses on the use of medical imaging, medical robotics, simulation, and information technology in surgery [3]. The fifth International Conference in Computational Surgery and Dual Training took place on the main campus of the National Institutes of Health, in Bethesda, Maryland, January 19–21. A particular emphasis at this year’s conference was the clinical and translational impact of multiscale methods, as promoted by the Interagency Modeling and Analysis Group (www.imagwiki.org).
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Mathematical Challenges and  Opportunities in Optics and Photonics

By Gang Bao, Michael I. Weinstein
The field of optics and photonics encompasses the fundamental science of light and its applications. The long history of the field’s interactions with mathematics covers topics ranging from ray optics to the classic theory of the electromagnetic spectrum to the quantum nature of light (quantum optics, light–matter interactions). A multitude of technologies that are central to our lives have emerged from these interactions. 
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Riemann Mapping by Steepest Descent

By Mark Levi
In this issue’s column we outline a quick constructive proof of the Riemann mapping theorem.
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Groundbreaking Contributions to the Theory of Nonlinear PDEs

In Oslo on May 19, His Majesty King Harald of Norway will present the 2015 Abel Prize to John F. Nash, Jr., of Princeton University and Louis Nirenberg of the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, New York University. In announcing the 2015 awards, the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters cited the laureates jointly “for striking and seminal contributions to the theory of nonlinear partial differential equations and its applications to geometric analysis.” 

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Play Takes Aim at the “Two Cultures” Divide

By Katherine Socha

PLAY REVIEW: The Mathematics of Being Human. Written and performed by Michele Osherow and Manil Suri, directed by Alan Kreizenbeck, and featuring performances of Chaz Atkinson and Savannah Jo Chamberlain, November 4, 2014. 

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Peter Lax, an Inspired and Inspiring Life in Mathematics

By Gilbert Strang

BOOK REVIEW: Peter Lax, Mathematician: An Illustrated Memoir. By Reuben Hersh, American Mathematical Society, Providence, Rhode Island, 2015, 253 pages, $35.00. 

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Singular Perturbations Expert Brings the Theory to Life

By Ferdinand Verhulst

BOOK REVIEW: Historical Developments in Singular Perturbations. By Robert E. O’Malley, Springer, New York, 2014, 256 pages, $53.00. 

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Man Ray–Human Equations

As mathematicians, we tend to forget how extraordinary are the objects we study. This exhibit, on view at the Phillips Collection, Washington, DC, through May 10, gives a glimpse of the surrealist photographer and painter Man Ray’s reaction when he encountered models of some of these objects at the Institut Henri Poincaré in Paris.
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The Lewis Thomas Prize for Writing about Science

Since 1993, Rockefeller University has conferred the Lewis Thomas Prize each year on “the rare individual” who succeeds in bridging the worlds of writers and scientists. Ian Stewart of Warwick University, in the UK, and Steven Strogatz of Cornell University, the first mathematicians to receive the prize, are well known to the SIAM community, both for their research and for their general-audience books, articles, broadcasts. Both have made conveying the nature, interest, and uses of mathematics an integral part of their careers.
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