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Summer Programs Heating Up at the IMA

The Summer of 2012 is right around the corner, and the IMA's schedule of offerings is full of exciting opportunities. In addition to the events below, the IMA will be sponsoring SIAM's Opening Reception to be held July 9–13 in Minneapolis. Since many of you will be attending the meeting, plan on joining us for several events planned in honor of our 30th anniversary celebration.  

MAXIMA Summer REU in Interdisciplinary Mathematics
The Institute for Mathematics and its Applications (IMA) and the Macalester College Department of Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science recently announced a six-week (June 18 - July 27, 2012) Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) in applied mathematics. The program will be hosted at the IMA facilities on the Twin Cities campus of the University of Minnesota (UMN). Topics for summer 2012 are drawn from optics, robotics, and social computing. Full details, including descriptions from two previous summers and an online application, can be found at: http://www.ima.umn.edu/reu. The online application is due March 1, 2012.

New Directions Short Course Applications Due March 1 for Summer 2012
The IMA is now accepting applications for the New Directions Short Course: Advances in Random Matrix Theory (RMT), organized by Greg Anderson, University of Minnesota, and Ofer Zeitouni, University of Minnesota and Weizmann Institute, to be held June 18–29, 2012, at the Institute for Mathematics and its Applications (IMA). This short course provides opportunities for establishing collaborations, building connections, and possibly shifting one's research focus. Past attendees have cited the IMA's New Directions short course as the impetus for publishing papers and books; beginning new projects; and joining forces with others in the field to form new, inspired partnerships. The course is intended for researchers at all levels who have had prior exposure to RMT and who are interested in learning recent techniques and results in RMT. More online at http://www.ima.umn.edu/2011-2012/ND6.18-29.12.

Opportunity for Graduate Students: Math Modeling in Industry Workshop XVI
 
In 2012, the 10-day Math Modeling in Industry Workshop for Graduate Students will be held at the University of Calgary in Canada. The workshop is jointly organized by the IMA and the Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences. The workshop is designed to provide graduate students and qualified advanced undergraduates first-hand experience in industrial research. During the workshop, students will work in teams of six students under the guidance of an industry mentor. The mentor will help guide the students in the modeling process, analysis, and computational work associated with a real-world industrial problem. Students will be selected through a competitive process beginning in winter 2012. Details on this exciting opportunity are available at http://www.pims.math.ca/industrial-event/120618-mmiiw.

User-Centered Modeling Workshop, May 2–11, 2012
This data-driven workshop will explore the challenges for inference, models, algorithms, and graphical and analytical tools that these different aspects of user-centered modeling raise. The plan is to start with enabling, evaluating, and analyzing data that users actively contribute in citizen science, taking into account thorny issues like data aggregation, selection bias, data quality, and inferential uncertainty, then move on to data that users passively contribute or leave behind on the web, even when they are trying to hide, and asking the same questions in that context. More information, including how to apply and how to watch the workshop streaming online, is available at http://www.ima.umn.edu/2011-2012/W5.7-11.12.

Second Annual Abel Conference Available Online
The Second Annual Abel Conference, A Mathematical Celebration of John Milnor, was held January 30 through February 1, 2012. Milnor, a distinguished professor of Mathematics at the Stony Brook Mathematics Department and co-director of the Institute for Mathematical Sciences, won the Abel Prize in 2011 for pioneering discoveries in topology, geometry and algebra. According to the Abel committee his profound ideas and fundamental discoveries have largely shaped the mathematical landscape of the second half of the 20th century. More than 80 mathematicians gathered from around the world to participate in this annual celebration. You can listen to the talks by watching the videos available online at http://www.ima.umn.edu/2011-2012/SW1.30-2.1.12.

Coming in May—The Mathematics of New Financial Systems
Organized by René Carmona, Jean-Pierre Fouque, Kay Giesecke, George Papanicolaou, Ronnie Sircar , and Thaleia Zariphopoulou, this Hot Topics Workshop will cover The Mathematics of the New Financial Systems and will be held May 17-19, 2012, including risk management in the commodity markets, systemic risk, and investment and portfolio theory. Read more about this opportunity or find out how to watch the workshop live-streaming at http://www.ima.umn.edu/2011-2012/SW5.17-19.12.

Workshop for Women in Analysis and PDE  
This year’s program, devoted to harmonic analysis and the theory of elliptic partial differential equations, will center around two main lectures delivered by Jill Pipher (Carleson measures and elliptic boundary value problems) and Cristina Pereyra (Dyadic harmonic analysis and weighted inequalities). The workshop is targeted toward women at the early stages of their career in mathematics. It is designed to support them through the crucial passage from graduate school to postdoc to faculty position to tenure, which is statistically the phase at which a particularly high percent of women leave academia. The workshop, to be held May 30 through June 2, 2012, will bring together outstanding senior female mathematicians and junior researchers, including invited and contributed talks, as well as panel discussions regarding career development issues. More information is available online at http://www.ima.umn.edu/2011-2012/SW5.30-6.2.12.

Early-Career Participants: Submit Your Application for NSF PIRE Summer School by April 15                    
From June 21–29, 2012, the IMA presents the NSF PIRE Summer School: New frontiers in multiscale analysis and computing for materials. During the program, there will be four tutorials (5 hours each) by leading experts in the field: Kaushik Bhattacharya—The origins and consequences of material microstructure; Barbara Niethammer—Self-similarity in mean-field models for coarsening and coagulation; Christoph Ortner—Atomistic-to-continuum coupling methods for crystalline solids; and Felix Otto—Pattern formation and scaling laws in materials science. These tutorials will be complemented by additional lectures by other specialists. While participants at all levels are welcome, this event is intended particularly for PhD students and young scientists. More online at http://www.ima.umn.edu/2011-2012/SW6.21-29.12.

To view all of the events offered this summer at the IMA, visit http://www.ima.umn.edu/programs/upcoming.html.

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