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  April 2014

From the Director
Recently, the IMA held a special workshop for mathematical scientists on careers and opportunities in industry. The workshop gathered graduate students, postdocs, and industry members from across the country. In fact, attendees from Iowa State University posted a review of the workshop on their website. Next month, we will hold our New Directions Short Course, covering topics in control theory - the focus of our 2015-2016 annual program. There are still spots available if you're interested in participating.

Mathematics in Modern Architecture
Helmut Pottmann
will present Mathematics in Modern Architecture on Tuesday, April 29, 2014. The upcoming Arnold Family Lecture will offer an overview of recent progress in the emerging field of architectural geometry, discuss its relation to contemporary research in geometry and computer graphics, and illustrate the shift of mathematical research into architectural practice.

IMA Launches Math Modeling Camp
for High-School Students

This summer, the IMA will host a week-long math modeling camp, offering high-school students the chance to use their mathematical skills to analyze real-world situations. Funded through the IMA's successful fundraising campaign, the program will help students to work collaboratively on an open-ended math modeling problem and present their results to their peers.

In the News

Abel Prize Awarded to Yakov G. Sinai. The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters has named Yakov G. Sinai the 2014 recipient of the Abel Prize "for his fundamental contributions to dynamical systems, ergodic theory, and mathematical physics." The IMA will hold its fourth annual Abel Conference in honor of Sinai - a professor of mathematical physics at Princeton University since 1993 - from October 31 through November 2, 2014. More information will be available soon on the IMA website.

IMA Launches Mathematical Prize. The IMA has launched a new Prize in Mathematics and its Applications to be awarded annually to a mathematical scientist who is within 10 years of having received his/her Ph.D. degree and who has made a transformative impact on the mathematical sciences and their applications. This prize can recognize either a single notable achievement or acknowledge a body of work. Nominations of persons who have visited and conducted research at the IMA are especially encouraged. Details on the nomination process will be announced soon on the IMA website.

Modern Applications of Representation Theory: 2014 PI Summer Graduate Program. From July 20 to August 6, 2014, the IMA will hold the PI Summer Graduate Program, "Modern Applications of Representation Theory." The program will cover applications of representation theory in algebraic and geometric computational complexity, cryo-electron imaging, digital signal processing, holographic algorithms and quantum computing, machine learning and pattern recognition, and a few other specialized topics.

Former IMA Postdoc Randy Ewoldt Receives NSF CAREER Award. Randy Ewoldt, assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, recently received the NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program award. Former postdoctoral fellows at the IMA who have received the NSF CAREER Award include John Voight (2012), Anton Leykin (2012), Jiawang Nie (2009), Selim Esedoglu (2008), and Jose Nathan Kutz (2001). Ewoldt was also recently named the 2014 Arthur B. Metzner Early Career Award winner.

IMA Hosts Successful Workshop for Mathematical Scientists on Careers in Industry. In early April, the IMA and SIAM brought together faculty, postdocs, and students with industrial mathematicians and human resources personnel for an exciting special workshop, which aimed to inform academic representatives about industrial opportunities and prepare junior representatives for careers in industry. Students from the Department of Mathematics at Iowa State University recently posted a review of the workshop. One student noted they "had the chance to meet mathematicians in industry who are still connected to the mathematical community. It was...heartening to meet other students with similar hopes and fears about an industrial career."

Nitsan Ben-Gal Wins Career Development Award. The University of Minnesota Postdoctoral Association recently named Nitsan Ben-Gal one of five recipients of the 2014 Career Development Award. Ben-Gal, a second-year postdoctoral fellow at the IMA, was chosen from a competitive pool of more than 60 applicants. Ben-Gal received her Ph.D. degree in 2010 from Brown University under Bernold Fiedler and focuses her research on dynamical systems.

Thematic Year Workshops

Topology and Geometry of Networks and Discrete Metric Spaces. This upcoming workshop will cover the structure of large networks. Implicit or explicit enrichment of their structures - considering them as topological or metric spaces - often allows one to apply instruments from geometry and analysis normally not used to analyze social, biological, or engineered networks. What are the new tools that geometry and topology provide? What is the structure of the spaces of networks? How to sample networks? The workshop will take place April 28 through May 2, 2014.

Hot Topic and Special Workshops and Events

Apply Today! New Directions Short Course: Topics in Control Theory. The IMA is currently accepting applications for the upcoming Topics in Control Theory New Directions Short Course to be held from May 27 to June 13, 2014. This intensive three-week course offers an extraordinary opportunity for established mathematicians to branch into new research directions. The course also serves as an excellent lead-in for the 2015-2016 program year on Control Theory and its Applications. Additional course information can be found on the IMA website.

Math Modeling in Industry at PIMS. During the workshop, students will work in teams under the guidance of an industry mentor to model, analyze, and perform computational work associated with a real-world industrial problem. All expenses are covered as part of the workshop participation. The workshop will be held at the Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences in Vancouver, BC. The deadline for applications is May 9, 2014.

Now Accepting Applications for 2015-2016 New Directions Professorships. The IMA is now accepting applications for its New Directions Research Professorships for the 2015-2016 thematic program, Control Theory and its Applications. The professorship offers established mathematical scientists the chance to increase the impact of their research by spending an academic year immersed in the IMA's thematic program, where they learn new mathematics and applications, connect their research with important problems, and establish new contacts and collaborations.

August 11-15: WhAM! for Women in Applied Mathematics: Numerical PDEs and Scientific Computing. In this workshop, cutting-edge numerical algorithms and their applications will be discussed. Each organizer will present a research project and lead a research group. Senior scientists will meet, mentor, and collaborate with the brightest young women in their field on a part of their research agenda of their choosing, and junior women and students will develop their network of colleagues and supporters and enter important new research areas. Applications are now being accepted.

Board and Committee Updates

IMA Accepting Applications for Board of Governors. Applicants may either self-nominate or they may be nominated by others. The IMA's board consists of 15 distinguished members from academia, industry, and national laboratories. The board is the principal governing body of the IMA. Prospective applicants should submit an application via the online form. Nominations must be submitted by July 31, 2014.

Important Dates

April 2014
28-May 2 - Annual Program Workshop: Topology and Geometry of Networks and Discrete Metric Spaces
29 - Public Lecture: Helmut Pottmann on Mathematics in Modern Architecture

May 2014
21-23 - Hot Topics Workshop: Mathematics at the Interface of Partial Differential Equations, the Calculus of Variations, and Materials Science
27-June 13 - New Directions Short Course: Topics in Control Theory

June 2014
9-July 18 - Special Workshop: MAXIMA Research Experience for Undergraduates

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