The seven National Science Foundation Mathematical Sciences
Institutes have launched a web portal at
The site features:
- A description of and easy access to all seven institutes, American
Institute of Mathematics (AIM) in Palo Alto, Institute for Advanced
Studies (IAS) in Princeton, Institute for Mathematics and its
Applications (IMA) in Minneapolis, Institute for Pure and Applied
Mathematics (IPAM) in Los Angeles, Mathematical Biosciences Institute
(MBI) in Columbus, Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI) in
Berkeley, and Statistical and Applied Mathematical Institute (SAMSI) in
Research Triangle Park.
- An events database which can be browsed or searched by
institute, keyword, dates, and program length, giving access to all the
programs at all the institutes.
- An ever expanding collection of research highlights pointing out some
of the scientific outcomes from the institutes.
- A search box which interacts with google to return matches which
occur at any of the institutes web site.
The web portal is the most visible outcome of the Mathematical Sciences
Institute Directors Council, which was formed in an effort to maximize
the value of the portfolio of mathematical sciences insitutes supported
by the NSF. At a meeting at the NSF headquarters in January 2005,
the council identified its initial goals:
To ensure complementarity, coordination, and coverage of programs
in order to maximize scientific breadth and value.
To encourage cross-institute synergy.
To maximize efficiency through development and sharing of best
To broaden participation in mathematical sciences research through
data sharing and discussion of best practices.
To facilitate accurate, insightful, uniform, and efficient reporting
of relevant data.
To work together to publicize institutes' programs and accomplishments.
Since then the council has met yearly in the spring, at the IMA
in May 2005, at MSRI in May 2006, with a May 2007 meeting to be
held at IPAM.