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SIAM Unwrapped – May 2016

Dear SIAM members,

It’s been a busy month! In April, while celebrating Mathematics Awareness Month, SIAM crowned our 2016 Moody’s Mega Math Challenge champ team (who took home $20K in scholarships out of the total $150K given away!), opened 15+ calls for nominations for SIAM prizes and awards, and much more.

Happy reading,
Becky Kerner
Editor


Contents:

Math in the News
From SIAM HQ

From SIAM Leadership: A Closer Look at Activity Groups
M3 Challenge 2016 Champ Teams Named, Read Top Solution Papers
Download and Read: “GAIMME” – Guidelines for Assessment & Instruction in Mathematical Modeling Education
Change of Contact Info? Update It! 

Publishing News & Notes

New SIAM Journal: A SIAGA of Seven Pictures
Books: Free Shipping Ends This Month 

SIAM Annual Meeting 2016

Participate in Student Days & Career Fair

Conference Updates

Mobile App for MS16 & IS16 Now Available
SIAM Conference Registrations, Submissions & Deadlines 

Prizes

Make Your 2017 Prize Nominations

Featured Video

Lecture: Fields of Dreams Modeling & Analysis of Large Scale Activity in the Brain


MATH IN THE NEWS


FROM SIAM HQ

From SIAM Leadership: A Closer Look at Activity Groups

In many ways, SIAM activity groups (SIAGs) are the heart of our organization, allowing members an opportunity to network and share information with colleagues who have similar research interests. SIAM Executive Director Jim Crowley and President Pam Cook offer an overview of these important groups, including how they form, operate and more. Learn more and read the article.

M3 Challenge 2016 Champ Teams Named, Read Top Solution Papers  

At the recent Moody’s Mega Math Challenge Final Event in NYC, the top six teams presented their solutions for issues facing the future of mobility, vying for a piece of $150,000 in scholarship funds. Saint John’s School in Houston, TX, was named as the 2016 Challenge winning team for coming up with the soundest mathematical solution to how and where car-sharing companies can flourish in a rapidly-shifting automotive landscape. Read the top-ranking solutions and learn more about the day’s events!

Download and Read: GAIMME – Guidelines for Assessment & Instruction in Mathematical Modeling Education

Mathematical modeling can be taught at every stage of a student’s mathematical education, from kindergarten to undergraduate school and beyond, as a basis for developing problem-solving skills and mathematical habits of mind. That’s the premise of the national Guidelines for Assessment and Instruction in Mathematical Modeling Education (GAIMME), a new report co-published by SIAM and the Consortium for Mathematics and its Applications (COMAP) and in cooperation with the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. Learn more as Rachel Levy discusses the free new report in the May issue of SIAM News.

Change of Contact Info? Update It!

Moving? Graduating? If you didn’t update your contact information when renewing your membership for 2016, ensure you’re continuing to get important information by updating your details for SIAM and the Combined Membership List (CML) now.


PUBLISHING NEWS & NOTES

New SIAM Journal: A SIAGA of Seven Pictures

Our newest journal – SIAM Journal on Applied Algebra and Geometry (SIAGA) – launched in March and seeks submissions.

Learn more about this journal in the second of three installments introducing SIAGA, where Anna Seigal of University of California, Berkeley, interprets two images on the journal’s cover illustrating polyhedral geometry and topology of data. Read the article.

Books: Free Shipping Ends This Month

Get free Standard Shipping on any purchase of SIAM books through May 31! Just use the coupon code BKFS16 when you place your order online. Combine this with your 30% SIAM Member discount for some real savings!  Please note – this offer cannot be combined with any other discounts, and does not include Premium or Overnight Shipping. Order your books now!


SIAM ANNUAL MEETING 2016

AN16 will be held July 11-15, 2016 in Boston, MA, in parallel with our Life Sciences meeting (LS16) and the Workshop on Network Science (NS16). Will you join us? Get all the details on AN16.

Participate in Student Days & Career Fair

Student Days at the 2016 SIAM Annual Meeting will feature opportunities for students to meet with peers and professionals in the field, including a student orientation, career fair, information session on hot job and research areas, and an informal meet-and-greet for students to chat with select invited speakers. Technical sessions will include presentations by student chapter representatives and undergraduate researchers. View complete details.

And don’t forget about the Career Fair happening on July 11! Job seekers should submit resumes to SIAM by July 1 so they can be provided to participating employers in advance. Find complete resume preparation and more information on the Career Fair.


CONFERENCE UPDATES

Mobile App for MS16 & IS16 Now Available

Our mobile app for the SIAM Conference on Mathematical Aspects of Materials Science (MS16), May 8-12 in Philadelphia, PA, and SIAM Conference on Imaging Science (IS16), May 23- 26 in Albuquerque, NM, is officially available for download. Browse the schedule, speakers, exhibitors, maps, sync events to your mobile calendar and more. Learn how to get the app now.

SIAM Conference Registrations, Submissions & Deadlines

SIAM Conference on Discrete Mathematics (DM16), June 6-10, 2016, Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Online Pre-registration Deadline: May 9, 2016
Register Now
University Housing Reservation Deadline: May 20, 2016
University Housing and Hotel Information
Hotel Reservation Deadline: Dates vary by hotel; refer to Hotel Information web site for dates.

SIAM Conference on the Life Sciences (LS16), July 11-14, 2016, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Online Pre-registration Deadline: June 13, 2016
Registering for LS16 will also allow you to attend all sessions and activities at the SIAM Annual Meeting
Register Now
Hotel Reservation Deadline: June 13, 2016
Hotel Information

SIAM Annual Meeting (AN16), July 11-15, 2016, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Online Pre-registration Deadline: June 13, 2016
Registering for AN16 will also allow you to attend all sessions and activities at the SIAM conference on the Life Sciences
Register Now
Hotel Reservation Deadline: June 13, 2016
Hotel Information

SIAM Workshop on Network Science (NS16), July 15-16, 2016, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Online Pre-registration Deadline: June 13, 2016
Register Now
Hotel Reservation Deadline: June 13, 2016
Hotel Information

SIAM Conference on Nonlinear Waves and Coherent Structures (NWCS16), August 8-11, 2016, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Hotel Reservation Deadline: July 11, 2016
Hotel Information
Child Care Grant Application Deadline: June 8, 2016
Apply for Child Care Grant

SIAM Conference on Mathematics of Planet Earth (MPE16), September 30-October 2, 2016, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Child Care Grant Application Deadline: August 1, 2016
Apply for support
Hotel Reservation Deadline: August 31, 2016
Hotel Information

SIAM Conference on Applied Mathematics Education (ED16), September 30-October 2, 2016 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Child Care Grant Application Deadline: August 1, 2016
Apply for support
Hotel Reservation Deadline: August 31, 2016
Hotel Information

SIAM Conference on Financial Mathematics and Engineering (FM16), November 17-19, 2016, Austin, Texas, USA
Deadline for contributed lecture, poster and minisymposium abstracts: May 16, 2016
Submit Now
Student and Early-Career Travel Awards Deadline: May 6, 2016
Apply for support

SIAM Conference on Computational Science and Engineering (CSE17), February 27-March 3, 2017, Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Deadline for minisymposium proposals: August 1, 2016
Deadline for contributed lecture, poster and minisymposium presentation abstracts: August 29, 2016
Submit Now
Deadline for student and early-career travel support: August 19, 2016
Apply Now

Check out the SIAM Conference Calendar for a full list of SIAM meetings and those sponsored by SIAM.


PRIZES & AWARDS

Make Your 2017 Prize Nominations

Did you know? SIAM has an extensive prize program which exists to recognize mathematicians and scientists in our community who are pushing the envelope and doing outstanding work. Calls for nominations are now open for many of these distinguished awards. Learn more about our prizes and nominate a colleague

Opens May 1 – Closes October 15
The John von Neumann Lecture
Germund Dahlquist Prize
Ralph E. Kleinman Prize
George Pólya Prize for Mathematical Exposition
W. T. and Idalia Reid Prize
James H. Wilkinson Prize in Numerical Analysis and Scientific Computing
J. D. Crawford Prize
Jürgen Moser Lecture
Gábor Szegő Prize
SIAG/APDE Prize
SIAG/CST Prize
SIAG/GS Career Prize
SIAG/GS Early Career Prize
SIAG/OPT Prize

Opens May 1 – Closes November 1
AWM-SIAM Sonia Kovalevsky Lecture

Opens May 1 – Closes February 15, 2017
SIAG/CST Best SICON Paper Prize
SIAM Student Paper Prize

Check out the complete call for nominations list.


FEATURED VIDEO

Fields of Dreams – Modeling & Analysis of Large Scale Activity in the Brain

Bard Ermentrout, University of Pittsburgh, presented a talk entitled Fields of Dreams: Modeling and Analysis of Large Scale Activity in the Brain at last year’s SIAM Conference on Applications of Dynamical Systems (DS15). With the advent of optogenetics and the ability to record large numbers of neurons with high temporal resolution, there is interest in both the temporal and spatial activity of neurons in the brain. Bard discusses the role of noise on spatio-temporal activity, the interaction between extrinsic and intrinsic activity, interactions between multiple spatial networks, and recent applications of Filippov theory to discontinuous neural field models. Watch this talk and other presentations from SIAM meetings.

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