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  • Thomas Yizhao HouThomas Yizhao Hou, Professor of Applied and Computational Mathematices at the California Institute of Technology and IMA Board of Governors member has been elected to the 2011 American Academy of Arts and Sciences class of fellows. He joins one of the nation’s most prestigious honorary societies and a leading center for independent policy research. Members contribute to Academy studies of science and technology policy, global security, social policy and American institutions, the humanities, and education. The new class will be inducted at a ceremony on October 1, at the Academy’s headquarters in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

  • 2009-2010 Long-term visitor Sijue Wu awarded the Morningside Gold Medal of Mathematics
  • 2010-2011 annual program organizer and long-term visitor at the IMA, Susanne C. Brenner, has been selected to deliver the Sonja Kovalevsky Lecture at the 2011 International Congress of Industrial and Applied Mathematicians (ICIAM). The honor is presented by the Association for Women in Mathematics and the lectures are given each year, typically at SIAM's Annual Meetings. This year's lecture will take place at ICIAM. ICIAM is considered to be the most important and largest conference for applied mathematics.
  • Douglas Arnold elected Fellow of AAAS
  • Anna Mazzucato wins the 2011 Ruth I. Michler Memorial Prize
  • IMA REU Students Awarded Poster Prize at the 2011 Joint Mathematics Meeting in New Orleans
  • News Coverage of the First Abel Conference at the IMA
  • The IMA has been awarded a $20.5-million National Science Foundation (NSF) renewal grant over the next five years.
  • Former IMA Postdoctoral Fellow Trachette Jackson will be recipient of the 2010 Blackwell-Tapia Prize. This prize is awarded every second year in honor of the legacy of David H. Blackwell and Richard A. Tapia, and recognizes a mathematical scientist who has made significant contributions to research in his or her field of expertise, and who has served as a role model for mathematical scientists and students from under-represented minority groups.

    Trachette Jackson is Professor of Mathematics at the University of Michigan where she has been since 2002. In 2003 she received the Sloan Foundation Research Fellowship. Professor Jackson is one of the leading researchers in mathematical biology. Her main research focus is mathematical modeling of cancer.
  • Irina Mitrea will serve a 2-year term as IMA Associate Director starting September 1, 2010. Professor Mitrea's main research areas are harmonic analysis and partial differential equations.
  • IMA Director Fadil Santosa has been named a SIAM Fellow "for contributions to the mathematics of inverse problems and for advancing the application of mathematics in industry." The Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) is the premier international organization devoted to applied mathematics and computational science.
  • IMA is sponsoring a Mathematics Awareness Month Lecture. On April 1, 2010, Douglas N. Arnold, former IMA director and McKnight Presidential Professor of Mathematics at the University of Minnesota will give a public lecture entitled "Mathematics that swings: the math behind golf" at the Campus Center, Macalester College, at 5pm.
  • The IMA Annual Program for 2011-12 is Mathematics of Information. The organizers for the annual program are Inderjit Dhillon, University of Texas, Anna Gilbert, University of Michigan, Diane Lambert, Google, Ahmed Tewfik, University of Minnesota, and Roman Vershynin, University of Michigan.
  • Job Announcement: The IMA seeks a person to serve as Associate Director for two years beginning in August 2010.
  • Portland State University has joined the IMA as a Participating Institution effective January 1, 2010.
  • University of Pennsylvania has joined the IMA as a Participating Institution effective October 1, 2009.
  • Joint Institutes' Postdoctoral Positions at the IMA
  • Dr. Tariq Samad, a corporate fellow at Honeywell and a member of the IMA's Industrial Advisory Board, was elected President of the IEEE Control Systems Society (CSS) in January 2009.

    The IEEE Control Systems Society (CSS) was founded in l954 as a scientific, engineering, and professional organization dedicated to the advancement of the theory and practice of systems and control in engineering. The Society has more than 10,000 members world-wide.

    The Industrial Advisory Board is an important source of input, oversight, and communications between the IMA and participating corporations. Samad has been been visiting the IMA since at least 1995 and was an organizer for the Evolutionary Algorithims program in October of 1996.

  • Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) has joined the IMA as a Participating Institution effective February 23, 2009.
  • Two former IMA Postdoctoral Fellows awarded 2009 Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowships

    Two postdoctoral researchers from the Institute for Mathematics and its Applications (IMA) have been awarded prestigious Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowships. The awards, announced February 17, provide more than $6 million to 118 early career researchers. The two recipients, Gerard Awanou, now a faculty member at Northern Illinois University, and Chiu-Yen Kao, now at Ohio State University, spent two years at the IMA developing their research. They join ten other IMA postdoctoral researchers who have also won the prize since 1988: Jared Bronski, 2001; Li-Tien Cheng, 2004; David C. Dobson, 1997; Selim Esedoglu, 2007; Trachette Li Jackson, 2003; Xiantao Li, 2008; Sergey Lototsky, 2002; John Stembridge, 1990; Bernd Sturmfels, 1991; Ruth J. Williams, 1988.

    Sloan Fellowship winners are faculty members at 61 colleges and universities in the United States and Canada who are conducting research at the frontiers of physics, chemistry, computational and evolutionary molecular biology, computer science, economics, mathematics, and neuroscience.

    "The success of the IMA postdoctoral researchers shows they are benefiting from this vibrant environment as they begin their careers,” says Fadil Santosa, director of the IMA. "They have such great opportunities here to study new fields, develop their own research, and to interact with the world's top experts. Our postdocs leave the IMA well prepared to contribute to mathematical research."

    The Sloan Research Fellowships have been awarded since 1955, initially in only three scientific fields: physics, chemistry, and mathematics. Since then, 38 Sloan Research Fellows have gone on to win the Nobel Prize in their fields; and 14 have received the Fields Medal, the top honor in mathematics. Although Sloan Research Fellowships in economics only began in 1983, Sloan Fellows have subsequently accounted for 8 of the 13 winners of the John Bates Clark Medal, generally considered the top honor for young economists.

    Grants of $50,000 for a two-year period are administered by each Fellow’s institution. Once chosen, Sloan Research Fellows are free to pursue whatever lines of inquiry are of most interest to them, and they are permitted to employ Fellowship funds in a wide variety of ways to further their research aims. For a complete list of winners, visit: http://www.sloan.org/fellowships/page/19.

    The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation is a philanthropic, not-for-profit grant making institution based in New York City. Established in 1934 by Alfred Pritchard Sloan Jr., then-President and Chief Executive Officer of the General Motors Corporation, the Foundation makes grants in support of original research and education in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and economic performance. Further information: http://www.sloan.org/.

  • Annual thematic program on Simulating our complex world: Modeling, computation and analysis approved by IMA Board of Governors for 2010–2011.
  • Dr. Juan Meza, department head of the High Performance Computing Research Department at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, was awarded the Blackwell-Tapia Prize November 14, 2008. The prize is named after David Blackwell and Richard Tapia, two influential figures who inspired a generation of African-American, Native American and Latino/Latina students to pursue careers in mathematics.  The award recognizes a mathematical scientist who has contributed significantly to research and who has served as a role model for mathematical scientists and students from under-represented minority groups.

    Dr. Meza received the award as a result of his exceptionally distinguished record as a mathematical scientist, an accomplished and effective head of a large department doing cutting-edge explorations in the computational sciences, computational mathematics, and future technologies, and a role model and active advocate for others from groups under-represented in the mathematical sciences.

    Dr. Meza served on the IMA Board of Governors from January 1999 to December 2001.  He has also provided scientific leadership to the IMA by organizing workshops, most recently, the September 2008 workshop on Electronic Structures.

    For more information on the 2008 Blackwell-Tapia Conference, go to: http://www.samsi.info.

  • Margaret Wright, a member of the IMA Board of Governors since 2005, was awarded an honorary PhD degree by the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm on November 21. A Professor at New York University, Wright has made major contributions to applied mathematics, especially in the fields of optimization and scientific computing. She has also worked to include more women in the mathematical sciences.

    The Board of Governors consists of 15 distinguished mathematical scientists from academia, industry, and government laboratories. It provides oversight and direction for all major aspects of the organization.

    Wright is a member of the National Academy of Sciences. She completed her doctoral degree in computer science at Stanford University in 1976 and stayed here until 1988. Between 1988 and 2000, she worked at Bell Laboratories and then moved on to the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences at New York University in 2001 as Professor and Chair of the Computer Science Department.

  • 2005 New Directions Short Course instructor Alexei Kitaev of Caltech named MacArthur fellow. The half-million-dollar award, often referred to as the "genius award," is an unrestricted fellowships given to talented individuals who have shown extraordinary originality and dedication in their creative pursuits and a marked capacity for self-direction.
  • Chun Liu is the new IMA Associate Director effective 9/1/2008.
  • IMA Director, Fadil Santosa along with Robert Gulliver and Jing Wang designed a software program to improve vision for people who wear bifocal glasses.
  • Fadil Santosa begins his position as IMA director on July 1, 2008.
  • Markus Keel became the new Deputy Director of the IMA effective July 21, 2008.
  • Douglas N. Arnold, IMA Director, has been awarded the 2008 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation award. He has focused his research on developing and understanding mathematical algorithms that enable the computer simulation of physical phenomena ranging from the deformation of elastic plates and shells to the collision of black holes.
  • Douglas N. Arnold, IMA Director, has been appointed by the U of M President Robert Bruininks to a McKnight Presidential Endowed Professorship. This is among the highest honors for faculty at the University. His appointment begins July 1.
  • IMA Director Douglas N. Arnold has been elected as the new president of SIAM. He will serve as President-elect in 2008, President in 2009 and 2010, and Past-president in 2011.
  • Möbius Transformations Revealed, an award-winning video produced by IMA Director D. Arnold and J. Rogness, has captured one million viewers on YouTube.
  • Arizona State University, Tempe has joined the IMA as a Participating Institution, November 19, 2007
  • IMA program organizer wins Nobel prize. Leonid Hurwicz, who organized the second IMA annual program back in 1983-1984, was named one of three winners of the Nobel prize for economics on October 15, 2007.
  • Annual thematic program on Complex Fluids and Complex Flows approved by IMA Board of Governors for 2009–2010.
  • Möbius Transformations Revealed video by IMA director D. Arnold and J. Rogness honored in NSF's 2007 Science & Engineering Visualization Challenge.
  • The University of Central Florida has joined the IMA as a Participating Institution, September 1, 2007
  • John Baxter joins IMA as Deputy Director, Septeber 1, 2007
  • Fadil Santosa named next director of the IMA.
  • The University of Tennessee has joined the IMA as a Participating Institution, July 9, 2007
  • Microsoft has joined the IMA as a Participating Corporation
  • Two former IMA postdocs were among the 20 mathematicians awarded the prestigious Sloan Research Fellowships, highly competitive career enhancement awards for the very best young researchers. Selim Esedoglu was an IMA postdoc from 2000-2002 and Xiantao Li was an IMA postdoc in 2004-2005.
  • Cheri Shakiban joins IMA as Associate Director, September 1, 2006
  • MichiganTech has joined the IMA as a Participating Institution, August 28, 2006
  • Worcester Polytechnic Institute has joined the IMA as a Participating Institution
  • William Massey to be awarded the Blackwell-Tapia Prize during the Blackwell-Tapia Conference at the IMA, November 3-4, 2006.
  • NSF Mathematical Sciences Institutes Launch Web Portal, May 30, 2006
  • Postdoctoral Fellowships for 2006-2007 Program on Applications of Algebraic Geometry, April 15, 2006
  • IMA again featured on Science and Society: listen to the interview with IMA Director Douglas N. Arnold on World Talk Radio, February 15, 2006
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  • Steve
      Crouch, dean
      of the Institute of Technology; Doug Arnold, director of
      Institute for Mathematics and its Applications; and
      Rundell, director of mathematical sciences at the
      Science Foundation. NSF announces record funding for the IMA
    The IMA has been awarded a $19.5 million renewal grant by the National Science Foundation for the period 2005-2010, the largest single research investment in mathematics ever made by NSF. NSF math director William Rundell made the announcement at the IMA on July 20, 2005.
    Press coverage: U of M · Star Tribune · SIAM News · MPR · UPI

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