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SIAM Unwrapped - January 2019

January 14, 2019

In This Issue

Math in the News


  • Welcome Two New SIAM Sections!
  • Lisa Fauci Takes Reins as SIAM President
  • M3 Challenge Registration Closes February 22
  • Ins and Outs of Reciprocal Membership
  • SIAM Welcomes New Director of Programs and Services
  • Contest: Tutorials on Dynamical Systems Software

Publishing News & Notes

  • Hot Off the Press: Three New SIAM Books
  • Gil Strang: Linear Algebra and Learning from Data

Featured SIAM Video

  • Math in Our Lives Series: SIAM Journal on Applied Mathematics

Conference Updates

  • CSE19: One of SIAM's Largest Conferences Yet!
  • ICIAM 2019: Deadlines Extended 
  • Conference Registrations, Submissions, & Deadlines

Prizes & Awards

  • SIAM Annual Lectures at ICIAM
  • January Prize Spotlight
  • Open Prize Nominations 
Math in the News

Welcome Two New SIAM Sections!

We have two new sections coming to you in 2019! The Mexico Section of SIAM (MEX-SIAM) has been recently revived. The Mexico Section plans to hold an Annual Meeting in 2019. Financial support for travel expenses will be offered to several speakers. Learn more.
We're also introducing the SIAM Northern States Section (SIAM-NSS)! This section will encompass Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming. Learn more.

Lisa Fauci Takes Reins as SIAM President

With the start of 2019, Lisa Fauci has officially stepped into her role as SIAM President! Lisa, member of the SIAM Board of Trustees since 2009, takes over for Nicholas Higham. Lisa is Nola Lee Haynes Pendergraft Professor of Mathematics, Tulane University, and Associate Director, Center for Computational Science, Tulane University. Learn more about Lisa and all new SIAM leadership.

M3 Challenge Registration Closes February 22 

Registration for MathWorks Math Modeling (M3) Challenge 2019 is open through February 22! SIAM’s partnership with MathWorks provides many free resources to help teams prepare for success – including handbooks on modeling, instructive videos, and free licenses for software. High school juniors and seniors seeking a pinnacle high school experience and the chance to win money for college are encouraged to participate. The contest is free and open to all U.S. students and will award top teams this year with $100,000 in scholarships. Learn more.

Ins and Outs of Reciprocal Membership

Know an organization that may qualify for a reciprocal SIAM membership? Reciprocity is a mutual agreement between SIAM and another society that supports the goals of SIAM. Individual members of these societies qualify for discounted reciprocal membership rates for SIAM. Learn more about how organizations can establish reciprocity, and how to qualify for reciprocal membership as an individual.

SIAM Welcomes New Director of Programs and Services

We're excited to introduce SIAM's new Director of Programs and Services - Richard O. Moore! Richard has been active in SIAM throughout his career, presenting at SIAM conferences, publishing in SIAM journals, and serving as Secretary in the SIAM Activity Group on Nonlinear Waves and Coherent Structures. Get to know Richard!

Contest: Tutorials on Dynamical Systems Software

DSWeb, the online portal for SIAM’s dynamical systems activity group, invites students, postdoctoral researchers, and faculty to enter its 2019 competition for software tutorials on dynamical systems theory and its applications. Winners will be selected in each category and prize money totaling $1,500 will be shared among winners. Learn more.

Publishing News & Notes

Hot Off the Press: Three New SIAM Books

Computational Mathematics with SageMath

SageMath, or Sage for short, is an open-source mathematical software system based on the Python language that provides the most recent algorithms and tools. Developed by an international community of teachers and researchers whose aim is to provide an alternative to commercial products, Sage is freely available and is supported by all modern operating systems. Computational Mathematics with SageMath focuses on the underlying mathematics necessary to use Sage efficiently and is illustrated with concrete examples. It is accessible to high school and undergraduate students as well as graduate students, teachers, and researchers. Learn more.

Finite Element Exterior Calculus

The finite element exterior calculus, or FEEC, is a powerful new theoretical approach to the design and understanding of numerical methods to solve partial differential equations. This volume aims to help numerical analysts master the fundamentals of FEEC, including the geometrical and functional analysis preliminaries, quickly and in one place. It is also accessible to mathematicians and students of mathematics from areas other than numerical analysis who are interested in understanding how techniques from geometry and topology play a role in numerical PDEs. Learn more.

Solitons in Two-Dimensional Shallow Water

Web-like waves, often observed on the surface of shallow water, are examples of nonlinear waves. They are generated by nonlinear interactions among several obliquely propagating solitary waves, also known as solitons. In this book, modern mathematical tools are used to analyze these two-dimensional wave patterns. The author’s primary goal is to explain some details of the classification problem of the soliton solutions of the KP equation (or KP solitons) and their applications to shallow water waves. Learn more.

Gil Strang: Linear Algebra and Learning from Data 

This is a textbook to help readers understand the steps that lead to deep learning. Linear algebra comes first—especially singular values, least squares, and matrix factorizations. The weights that connect hidden layers are found by stochastic gradient descent. This book is for anyone who wants to learn how data is reduced and interpreted and understood by matrix methods. Learn more about the book, available in the SIAM Bookstore in the end of January. 
Featured SIAM Video

Math in Our Lives Series: SIAM Journal on Applied Mathematics

What is the best use of personal energy while running track? Can math be used to predict sea level rise and its impact? These are topics of recent SIAM journal articles, and addressed in our NEW video series - Math in our Lives! We'll be releasing one video each month through July; watch this video to learn how math relates to coffee, health, and more. Stay tuned for more series videos! Watch the video. 

Don't forget to subscribe to SIAM's YouTube channel so you see more of our content, more easily. 

Conference Updates
Student Days at CSE19

CSE19: One of SIAM's Largest Conferences Yet!

The SIAM Conference on Computational Science and Engineering (CSE19) is being held in Spokane, Washington from February 25-March 1, 2019, and is slated to be one of SIAM's biggest conferences to date, having the most submissions! 

Industry Talks & Events at a Glance
The SIAM Industry Committee has combed through CSE19 conference program to highlight talks and events that may be of interest to attendees who work in Business, Industry, and Government. View the calendar here.

Register Today for the Career Fair
The Career Fair presents a unique opportunity for job seekers to meet prospective employers. Job seekers must pre-register for the CSE19 Meeting by TODAY, January 14, 2019. Resumes can be submitted to through February 15, 2019 in order to be included in a resume booklet. Learn more.

Student Days Activities 
SIAM Student Days 2019 will be held at CSE19. These events, for students and about students, will include several activities and sessions where students can meet with peers and professionals in their field, participate in a career fair, attend an information session on hot areas for jobs and research, and network with SIAM Student Chapters from all over the world. Learn more.

ICIAM 2019: Deadlines Extended 

The International Council on Industrial and Applied Mathematics (ICIAM) is a worldwide organization for applied mathematics societies and other associations with a significant interest in industrial or applied mathematics, of which SIAM is a member. The 9th International Congress on Industrial and Applied Mathematics (ICIAM 2019) will be held in Valencia, Spain, July 15-19, 2019. 

Call for Contributed Papers and Posters Deadline Extended
The ICIAM 2019 Organizing Committee is seeking contributed lecture and poster presentations in all areas consistent with the conference themes. Delegates are invited to learn more and submit now.

Deadlines for submissions:
Contributed papers: Extended to January 21, 2019
Posters: April 1st, 2019

Travel Grant Deadline is January 15
SIAM is offering approximately 100 travel grants, funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation, for students and early career members traveling from U.S. institutions to ICIAM19. Deadline for submissions is January 15, 2019. Learn more

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 Annual Lectures at ICIAM

Two of our annual lectures will move to ICIAM for 2019! 

Margaret H. Wright of the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, New York University, will deliver her John von Neumann Lecture "A Hungarian Feast of Applied Mathematics," on Tuesday, July 16, 2019 at 7:15 p.m.
Catherine Sulem of the University of Toronto will deliver the 2019 AWM-SIAM Sonia Kovalevsky Lecture, “The Dynamics of Ocean Waves,” on Wednesday, July 17, 2019, at 7:15 p.m.   

January Prize Spotlight

Congratulations to these five members of the SIAM community, Jeff Bezanson, Steven L. Brunton, Jack Dongarra, Stefan Karpinski, and Viral B. Shah, who were recently awarded the James H. Wilkinson Prize for Numerical Software, SIAG/CSE Early Career Prize, and SIAM/ACM Prize in Computational Science and Engineering. Read more.

Open Prize Nominations 

View all prizes with open nominations, including the SIAM Student Paper Prize, SIAG/APDE Prize and the SIAG/FME Conference Paper Prize which are all due February 15, and learn more about prizes and awards at SIAM. Contact us at with any questions.
SIAM Conferences & Events

February 25-March 1, 2019
SIAM Conference on Computational Science and Engineering (CSE19)

March 11-14, 2019
SIAM Conference on Mathematical & Computational Issues in the Geosciences (GS19)

May 2-4, 2019
SIAM International Conference on Data Mining (SDM19)

May 19-23, 2019
SIAM Conference on Applications of Dynamical Systems (DS19)

May 22-23, 2019
SIAM Workshop on Network Science (NS19)

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