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SIAM Unwrapped - August 2018

August 13, 2018

In This Issue

Math in the News


  • 2018 SIAM General Election: Polls Open September 11, 2018
  • New Free Resource: Math Modeling Hub
  • Use AmazonSmile for Back-to-School Shopping
  • Nominate a Colleague for the 2019 Class of SIAM Fellows
  • Give Your Opinion: Global Survey of Scientists
  • SIAM is Hiring! 
  • Lock in 2018 SIAM Membership Rates 

Publishing News & Notes

  • New Books: Hot Off the Press

Featured SIAM Video

  • What is Artificial Intelligence & How Are We Using It?

Conference Updates

  • ​Lectures & Videos from AN18 and MS18
  • Activity Group Sessions at ICIAM 2019
  • CSE19 Deadlines Extended 
  • Conference Registrations, Submissions, & Deadlines

Prizes & Awards

  • 2019 Major Prizes – Open for Nominations!
Math in the News
Vote Now

2018 SIAM General Election: Polls Open September 11, 2018

The SIAM General Election is around the corner! We will be electing three Board of Trustees and four SIAM Council members to serve as SIAM leadership. The polls open September 11, 2018. Make your voice heard! Find our who's running. Full bios will be available later this month. 

New Free Resource: Math Modeling Hub 

Last month, the SIAM Conference on Applied Mathematics Education hosted the official launch of a new mathematics community - the Math Modeling Hub (MMHub). The MMHub is a website designed to support the growing community of math modeling educators across all educational levels through mentoring, resources, and community. Learn more about the features and join now.

Use AmazonSmile for Back-to-School Shopping

Back-to-school season is here! When you shop at (now and all year long), Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible purchases to SIAM, at no cost to you. Just follow this link to select "Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics" as your charitable organization (search for our full name - no acronym). Happy shopping!

Nominate a Colleague for the 2019 Class of SIAM Fellows

Nominations for the 2019 Class of Fellows are being accepted now through October 17, 2018! Help raise the visibility of the applied math community by identifying members with demonstrated excellence in research, industrial work, educational activities, and other services related to the goals of SIAM. Members can nominate up to two individuals for distinguished work. Learn more about the SIAM Fellows Program and make your nomination now.

Give Your Opinion: Global Survey of Scientists

The International Council for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (ICIAM) is participating in conducting a survey which aims to better understand the problems mathematical, computing, and natural science academics and practitioners are facing around the world. SIAM members are encouraged to participate in this survey. One of the specific tasks for the project is to collect data across the world to inform policy makers from all countries, especially developing countries, about reducing the gap between men and women in mathematical, computing, and natural sciences. Take the survey now. 

SIAM is Hiring! 

SIAM is seeking a Director of Programs and Services and a Meeting Manager. The Director of Programs and Services is responsible for the oversight and management of programs and projects mostly concentrated on the society’s membership and conference programs. Learn more about this position. The Meeting Manager will be part of a small and busy conference department. Qualified candidates must possess the ability to work independently, manage multiple deadlines, learn new software quickly, and work well with others. Learn more about this position.

Lock in 2018 SIAM Membership Rates 

Did you know you can join SIAM as a lifetime member and lock in your rate forever - so it never increases AND you don't have to remember to renew each year? The deal: subtract your age from 65 and multiply that number by $154 for your dues (minimum $770). Learn more, and email to become a lifetime member. 
Publishing News & Notes

New Books: Hot Off the Press

Computational Uncertainty Quantification for Inverse Problems
This book is an introduction to both computational inverse problems and uncertainty quantification (UQ) for inverse problems. The book also presents more advanced material on Bayesian methods and UQ, including Markov chain Monte Carlo sampling methods for UQ in inverse problems. Each chapter contains MATLAB® code that implements the algorithms and generates the figures, as well as a large number of exercises accessible to both graduate students and researchers. Learn more.

Numerical Analysis of Partial Differential Equations Using Maple and MATLAB
This book provides an elementary yet comprehensive introduction to the numerical solution of partial differential equations (PDEs). Used to model important phenomena, these equations have applications in engineering and the life sciences, and most can only be solved approximately using computers. Detailed descriptions of the four major classes of discretization methods for PDEs, self-contained convergence proofs for each method, and runnable MATLAB code for each of the discretization methods and exercises are included. Learn more.
Featured SIAM Video
Learn more about AI

What is Artificial Intelligence & How Are We Using It?

Deep learning is driving the explosion of artificial intelligence today. Deep learning—software that attempts to mimic activity in neurons in the neocortex—has greatly enhanced state-of-the-art techniques in speech recognition, natural language understanding, object detection, visual object recognition, and language translation. In this video, Yann LeCun of New York University and Facebook talks about deep learning’s impact on various disciplines ranging from artificial intelligence and imaging to biomedicine, drug discovery, and genomics. Watch the video.

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Conference Updates
SIAM Conferences

Lectures & Videos from AN18 and MS18

Missed the meetings last month in Portland? Too many talks to choose from?  Presentations from select sessions at the SIAM Annual Meeting (AN18) and SIAM Conference on the Mathematical Aspect of Materials Science are now available. Check out the lectures and videos now. PS: thanks to everyone who participated in the meeting in Portland. Our total attendance reached 1,500!

Activity Group Sessions at ICIAM 2019

SIAM Activity Groups are encouraged to help promote the 2019 ICIAM meeting to their membership. Minisymposia sessions organized by the Activity Groups can be listed in the ICIAM program with a tag identifying it with the group. All sessions need to be first submitted to ICIAM. Please also send the name of the minisymposia session and organizers to Jim Crowley at, and include in the subject line "ICIAM 2019 sessions" and the name of the Activity Group. Closing date for minisymposia is November 5, 2018. Learn more.

SIAM Conference on Computational Science and Engineering (CSE19) Deadlines Extended 

New Due Dates:
Minisymposium Proposal Submissions: August 15, 2018
SIAM Student Travel and Early Career Travel Award Applications: August 22, 2018
Contributed Lecture, Minisymposia, Poster and Minisymposteria Presentation Abstracts: September 5, 2018

Submit now.

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
SIAM Prize Program

2019 Major Prizes – Open for Nominations!

Tell us about a colleague who should be honored for recent contributions to advances in applied mathematics and computational sciences. If you know someone who meets the criteria for one of the SIAM prizes below, we need to hear from you by October 15, 2018. We rely on our community to keep us informed. Make your nomination now!
George Pólya Prize for Mathematical Exposition
Germund Dahlquist Prize
Peter Henrici Prize
Ralph E. Kleinman Prize
W. T. and Idalia Reid Prize
Last month we awarded 2018 major prizes at the SIAM Annual Meeting in Portland. Find out who was honored at AN18. While you're at it, read the Q&A spotlight with Eva Tardos, who received this year's AWM-SIAM Sonia Kovalevsky Lecture, and Peter Gangl, the Richard C. DiPrima Prize recipient.
See all prizes with open nominations and learn more about prizes and awards at SIAM. Any questions? Contact us.
SIAM Conferences & Events

September 13-15, 2018
SIAM Conference on Mathematics of Planet Earth​ (MPE18)

September 14 - September 15 , 2018
2nd IMA Conference on Theoretical and Computational Discrete Mathematics

September 25 - September 27 , 2018
2018 IEEE High Performance Extreme Computing Conference (HPEC '18)

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