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  November 2014

From the Director
This fall, in addition to our usual workshops and seminars, we had the pleasure of awarding the first IMA Prize in Mathematics and its Applications. The award, which recognizes an individual who has made a transformative impact on the mathematical sciences and their applications, went to David Anderson from the University of Wisconsin. The award was given out at the start of the Abel Conference in honor of Yakov Sinai. By coincidence, Anderson turned out to be an academic grandson of Sinai! As this successful calendar year comes to a close, keep an eye on your mail box for a letter on the IMA's annual fund drive, as well as the Year in Review, which will share stories that reflect on the programs we hosted and people who visited over the past year.

Funding for PI Conferences
Faculty members of Participating Institutions are invited to submit proposals for the 2015-2016 IMA Participating Institution Conferences. Conferences must be held during the period from May 2015 through December 2016. Proposals, which need only be a few pages in length, should be submitted online by Friday, November 28, 2014. Awards will be announced in February 2015. Submit your proposal now.

Meet the Postdocs
The IMA welcomed 14 new postdoctoral fellows for its 2014-2015 Thematic Program on Discrete Structures: Analysis and Applications in late August. Incoming postdocs were selected from among hundreds of applications. Read more about this talented group of mathematicians and their interests.

  In the News

Inaugural IMA Prize Winner. The IMA awarded David F. Anderson, an assistant professor in the Department of Mathematics at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, the inaugural IMA Prize in Mathematics and its Applications. Anderson received this recognition for his contributions to numerical methods for stochastic models in biology and to the mathematical theory of biological interaction networks. Read the full story.

Alumni Reunions. The IMA Community Relations Committee would like to encourage you to plan a social get-together with former IMA colleagues in your area, including postdocs, long-term visitors, board members, organizers, and others, to share your experiences and strengthen your connection to the IMA. The first alumni reunion was on Sept. 7, 2014, for those living in the Detroit metropolitan area. The event was hosted by former IMA postdoc Selim Esedoglu, now a professor at the University of Michigan. Director Fadil Santosa was also at the event to share upcoming programs and events. If you are interested in holding a reunion in your area, please contact the IMA at visit@ima.umn.edu.

Outreach Events. In October, the IMA participated in the University of Minnesota's "Discovery Across Disciplines" event. More than 50 of the University's interdisciplinary research centers and institutes highlighted their exciting and engaging work in a poster-session-style event and shared opportunities for involvement in interdisciplinary inquiry. In addition, the IMA will be at the University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering Math and Science Family Fun Fair on Saturday, Nov. 22, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Coffman Memorial Union to provide hands-on math activities.

New! Find Workshop Schedule on University of Minnesota App. The IMA is utilizing the University of Minnesota's new app for the third annual program workshop on Nov. 10-14, 2014. In this app, you’ll find a guide containing the schedule, abstracts, participant list, maps, and more. Once you download the guide, all of the information stays in the app on your device when you don't have an Internet connection. To download, go to the website or simply search for “University of Minnesota” in your app store for iPhone or Android. Once in the app, search for the IMA Geometric and Enumerative Combinatorics Workshop and download the guide.

  Programs and Events

Thematic Program Years. The IMA website has been updated to include workshop dates and descriptions for the 2015-2016 year on Control Theory and its Applications. The year will cover three themes: dynamics and control on graphs and networks; large-scale systems and PDEs: modeling, optimization, and control; and control of the small and the large emergent applications. Postdoctoral fellowships, general memberships, and workshop applications are now being accepted. The IMA is also pleased to announce that the 2016-2017 year will be on Mathematics and Optics.

Public Lectures. The IMA hosted two successful public lectures this fall. Jordan Ellenberg, author of the New York Times bestseller How Not to Be Wrong: The Power of Mathematical Thinking, spoke on Sept. 30 about “How to Use Geometry to Get Rich Playing the Lottery." He discussed the math behind an exploited loophole in the Massachusetts state lottery. On Oct. 30, Tadashi Tokieda, Director of Studies in Mathematics at Trinity Hall, Cambridge, spoke about “Toy Models” and demonstrated the science behind simple toys. Both lecture videos are available online. The next public lecture will take place on March 11, 2015 with Lisa Fauci, Pendergraft Nola Lee Haynes Professor of Mathematics at Tulane University.

Terence Tao Speaks at Annual Program Workshop. The second annual program workshop on Additive and Analytic Combinatorics featured 2006 Fields Medal winner Terence Tao among its list of distinguished speakers. Tao is a professor in the Department of Mathematics at the University of California, Los Angeles, where he was the youngest person, at age 24, to become a full, tenured professor. He has accumulated an impressive list of prestigious awards, including a MacArthur Fellowship. His lectures were related to the topic of Inverse Littlewood-Offord Theory, which is the study of the probability that a random signed sums of n integers, or more generally, n vectors, equals a fixed value or lies in a fixed set. Videos of his lectures, and others, can be viewed online.

  Important Dates

November 2014
10-14: Geometric and Enumerative Combinatorics

February 2014
23-27: Convexity and Optimization: Theory and Applications

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