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SIAM Unwrapped - April 2017

April 10, 2017

SIAM members,

Happy Mathematics and Statistics Awareness Month! This month, people throughout the world will learn more about the importance of the mathematical sciences on society, and that math and statistics play a vital part in everyday life. Help spread the world. Learn more and download the 2017 flyer at www.mathaware.org

Becky Kerner
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Contents:

MATH IN THE NEWS

FROM SIAM HQ

Congratulations to the 2017 Class of SIAM Fellows
SIAM Supports Goals of the March for Science
ICIAM 2019: Call for Prize Nominations
Get Involved: Big Math Network

Winning Teams in M3 Challenge Announced, Top Six Head to Finals in New York 

 

What is Math Modeling? Video Series Part 4: Defining Variables

CONFERENCE UPDATES

AN17: Employers, Gear Up for the Career Fair
SIAM Conference Registrations, Submissions & Deadlines

PRIZES & AWARDS

CSE17: Lin Lin Receives SIAG/CSE Early Career Prize    



MATH IN THE NEWS

FROM SIAM HQ

Congratulations to the 2017 Class of SIAM Fellows

SIAM Fellows are nominated by peers for excellence in research and/or industrial work, educational and community activities, or other forms of achievements related to the goals of our organization. This year, we are pleased to recognize 28 distinguished members as Fellows. Please view the full list and details on all 2017 Fellows and learn more about the SIAM Fellows program. The 2017 class will be recognized at the SIAM Business Meeting at the 2017 SIAM Annual Meeting in Pittsburgh, PA in July.

SIAM Supports Goals of the March for Science 

On Earth Day, April 22, 2017, scientists worldwide will participate in numerous activities that promote science, science education, and the use of scientific evidence to inform policy. A March for Science is scheduled in Washington, D.C., with numerous satellite marches in other locations throughout the U.S. and around the world. SIAM supports the goals of the March for Science and encourages its members to help make the event a success. P.S. - National Math Festival occurs on the same day in Washington, D.C. – it’s a big day!

ICIAM 2019: Call for Prize Nominations 

The International Council for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (ICIAM) Prize Committee calls for nominations for upcoming prizes (the Collatz Prize, the Lagrange Prize, the Maxwell Prize, the Pioneer Prize, and the Su Buchin Prize) to be awarded at the Valencia, Spain meeting in 2019. The deadline for nominations of these prizes is July 15, 2017. Learn more about these prizes, and don’t forget to check out information about the ICIAM Olga Taussky-Todd 2019 Lecture, which has a deadline of September 30, 2017. Make your nomination now!

Get Involved: BIG Math Network  

BIG Math Network is a product of several organizations, led by SIAM’s VP for Education, Rachel Levy. This collaborative effort brings together mathematical scientists in business, industry, government, and academia to build job opportunities, increase knowledge about internships, facilitate connections, and more. Learn more and join the BIG Math Network now.

Winning Teams in M3 Challenge Announced, Top Six Head to Finals in New York

After a rigorous judging process by more than 228 SIAM member judges, 425+ high school students (90 teams) will receive scholarships for their use of mathematical models to gain insight about climate factors in U.S. national parks in the Moody’s Mega Math (M3) Challenge. The top six teams will square off against one another on Monday, April 24, in the final phase of judging at Moody’s Corporation offices in Manhattan where they will present their findings to, and answer questions from, a panel of professional applied mathematician judges to determine the final rank order. See the full list of top-ranking teams, and learn more about becoming an M3 Challenge judge. 

FEATURED VIDEO

What is Math Modeling? Video Series Part 4: Defining Variables

Mathematical modeling uses math to represent, analyze, make predictions, or otherwise provide insight into real world phenomena. After defining the problem statement and making assumptions, defining variables tells modelers exactly the parameters and units they are looking for. This creates the basis for the next part of the process – getting a solution! This is the fourth episode in a recently-released seven-part video series – a great resource for high school level educators and students alike! Watch it now.

CONFERENCE UPDATES

AN17: Employers, Gear Up for the Career Fair

We saw great success at the recent Career Fair at the Conference on Computational Science and Engineering. So, we’ve decided to hold yet another Career Fair – this time at the SIAM Annual Meeting on Monday, July 10, 2017.  Representatives of employers from industry and government (that is – employers other than academia) are encouraged to submit to participate. There is no participation fee for employers. Mark it on your AN17 agenda now, and see you there!

SIAM Conference Registrations, Submissions & Deadlines

Check out the SIAM Conference Calendar for a full list of SIAM meetings and those sponsored by SIAM and review the Student Travel Award page to find out what conferences are offering awards.

PRIZES & AWARDS

CSE17: Lin Lin Receives SIAG/CSE Early Career Prize    

Congratulations Dr. Lin Lin of UC Berkeley, who was awarded the 2017 SIAG/CSE Early Career Prize in March at the SIAM Conference on Computational Science and Engineering! The prize was awarded for Lin’s significant contributions to numerical methods and high-performance computational tools for materials science, enabling scalable electronic structure calculations. This new prize recognizes outstanding, influential, and potentially long-lasting contributions made by a researcher within seven years of receiving the PhD. We asked Dr. Lin about his research interests. Learn more about Dr. Lin’s research interests and add your congratulations to the comments.

Check out 
all prizes with open nominations and read all about the SIAM Prize Program. If you have any questions, please contact us at prizeadmin@siam.org.

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