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SIAM Unwrapped - December 2017

December 12, 2017

In This Issue

Math in the News


  • MathWorks is Title Sponsor of Our Math Modeling Challenge
  • Meet Our Newest Leadership: Board, Council, Officers
  • Introducing New SIAM Staff
  • Speakers Wanted: SIAM Visiting Lecture Program
  • Welcome: 14 New Student Chapters in 2017
  • Attend SIAM Sessions at the Joint Mathematics Meetings

Publishing News & Notes

  • New Book: Mathematics Curriculum for the 21st Century Student

Featured SIAM Video

  • WATCH: What is Math Modeling? Video Series Part 5: Getting a Solution

Conference Updates

  • Sneak Peak: 2018 SIAM Annual Meeting Speakers
  • Get Involved: Gene Golub SIAM Summer School
  • Conference Registrations, Submissions, & Deadlines

Prizes & Awards

  • Spotlight: SIAG/APDE Prize Awarded
Math in the News
M3 Challenge

MathWorks is Title Sponsor of Our Math Modeling Challenge

We are thrilled to announce to the community that MathWorks, the developer of MATLAB, is the new title sponsor of SIAM's Math Modeling Challenge! “We are excited to partner on the Challenge with MathWorks, whom we know well and have collaborated with in the past, and whose goals and mission are closely aligned with our own. We anticipate a seamless transition and are confident that any changes that may occur will be positive ones,” says SIAM President Nick Higham. The Challenge goal is to motivate high school students to study and pursue careers in applied math and computational sciences. Registration for the 2018 Challenge closes February 23. Learn more at

Meet Our Newest Leadership: Board, Council, Officers

Following SIAM’s recent elections, we are pleased to announce our newly elected Officers and members of our Board and Council. Thank you to the entire slate of outstanding candidates for your willingness to serve the SIAM community in this capacity, and the SIAM members who cast your vote in the election. Learn more about these leaders.


  • President Elect
    Lisa J. Fauci, Tulane University
  • Vice President At Large
    Carol S. Woodward, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
  • Secretary
    Chen Greif, The University of British Columbia

Board of Trustees

  • Russel Caflisch, Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences*
  • Tammy G. Kolda, Sandia National Laboratories*
  • Esmond G. Ng, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory


  • Raymond Chan, The Chinese University of Hong Kong*
  • Laura Grigori, INRIA France
  • Lois Curfman McInnes, Argonne National Laboratory
  • Padma Raghavan, Vanderbilt University*

* indicates incumbent

Introducing New SIAM Staff

The SIAM family has grown over the last few months, with three new staff members joining the ISD, Membership, and Marketing teams. Get to know these folks a bit, and leave a comment to welcome them! Meet Kris Hagner, Max Hayes, and Maggie Hohenadel.

Speakers Wanted: SIAM Visiting Lecture Program

The SIAM Education Committee has been working to relaunch and revitalize the SIAM Visiting Lecturer Program (VLP) and we need your help. The VLP functions as a valuable resource to the mathematical sciences community by presenting students, chairpersons, colloquium organizers, and undergraduate advisors with a list of applied mathematicians working in industry, government, and academia who can speak on a variety of interesting topics. Have suggestions for speakers? Learn more and submit your suggestions now.

Welcome: 14 New Student Chapters in 2017

As we close out the year, we are thrilled to introduce 14 new student chapters to the SIAM family! It’s inspiring to see young minds invested in broadening their academic experiences, and partnering with SIAM to do so. Interested in starting a chapter at your university? Learn more about all the great things SIAM student chapters do to push the envelope in the mathematical sciences, and how you can start one this year.

Congrats and welcome:

Chinese University of Hong Kong
Duke University
Metropolitan State University of Denver
Stellenbosch University, South Africa
Tecnológico de Antioquia - Institución Universitaria, Colombia
University of Arkansas
University of Calgary, Canada
University of California, Irvine
University of Connecticut
University of Kansas
University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
University of Nottingham, UK
Utrecht University, The Netherlands
Western Kentucky University

Attend SIAM Sessions at the Joint Mathematics Meetings

Tamara G. Kolda is giving the SIAM Invited Talk at the Joint Mathematics Meetings (JMM) in San Diego, being held January 10-13, 2018. Read the article about her invited talk on Tensor Decomposition in the December issue of SIAM News. In addition, SIAM is sponsoring eight minisymposia at the JMM on a range of applied topics, including sessions on Data Science, Imaging Science, and Finite Element Approximation. Learn more and attend.

Publishing News & Notes
Foundations of Applied Mathematics

New Book: Mathematics Curriculum for the 21st Century Student

Foundations of Applied Mathematics, Volume I: Mathematical Analysis, authored by Jeffrey Humpherys, Tyler J. Jarvis, and Emily J. Evans and published by SIAM, provides the essential foundations of both linear and nonlinear analysis necessary for understanding and working in twenty-first century applied and computational mathematics. In addition to the standard topics, the text includes several key concepts of modern applied mathematical analysis that should be, but are not typically, included in advanced undergraduate and beginning graduate mathematics curricula. Watch this short video interview with the authors and purchase your copy of the book.

Featured SIAM Video
Math Modeling: Getting a Solution

WATCH: What is Math Modeling? Video Series Part 5: Getting a Solution

As we rev up for this year's M3 Challenge, we're putting the focus on this free resource for high school level educators and students - our seven-part math modeling video series! Mathematical modeling uses math to represent, analyze, make predictions, or otherwise provide insight into real world phenomena. This episode, number five in the series, guides you through the process of finding a solution to your mathematical model. Here’s where you’ll first discover if you’ve really answered your original real world problem. It's never too early to start prepping for the 2018 Challenge - watch part 5 now.

Conference Updates
SIAM AN18 speakers

Sneak Peak: 2018 SIAM Annual Meeting Speakers

The list is now posted! Find out who will be speaking at the 2018 SIAM Annual Meeting in July, and get a sneak peak of one highly-anticipated talk. Björn Sandstede will show how geometric dynamical systems ideas combined with PDE approaches can shed light on the stability and dynamics of spiral waves and many other patterns and nonlinear waves. Learn more about this talk, and see the most up-to-date list of presenters now. And don't forget, the deadline for minisymposia proposals is January 10, 2018.

Get Involved: Gene Golub SIAM Summer School

2018 Call for Applications
Applications to attend the 2018 Gene Golub SIAM Summer School are now being accepted. The 2018 G2S3 is happening June 17-30, 2018, in Breckenridge, Colorado, USA, and aims to introduce graduate students to the mathematical and computational aspects of inverse problems. Applications to attend are being accepted now through February 1.

2019 Call for Proposals
Interested in helping organize a Gene Golub SIAM Summer School? Proposals for organizing the 2019 G2S3 are also currently being accepted. Letters of intent to organize next year’s school are due January 1, 2018.

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 prizes

Spotlight: SIAG/APDE Prize Awarded

Congratulations go to Scott N. Armstrong and Charles K. Smart, who received the SIAG/APDE Prize on Monday, December 11, at PD17 in Baltimore, Maryland. SIAG/APDE awards the prize for an outstanding paper on a topic in PDE. Scott presented their winning paper at the conference. Learn more and see how the recipients answered our questions about their research.

See all prizes with open nominations and learn more about SIAM prizes and awards. If you have any questions, contact us.

SIAM Conferences & Events

January 7-8, 2018
Algorithm Engineering and Experiments (ALENEX18)

January 7-10, 2018
ACM-SIAM Symposium on Discrete Algorithms (SODA18)

January 8-9, 2018
Analytic Algorithmics and Combinatorics (ANALCO18)

March 7-10, 2018
SIAM Conference on Parallel Processing for Scientific Computing (PP18)

April 16-19, 2018
SIAM Conference on Uncertainty Quantification (UQ18)

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