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  February 2015

From the Director
As you may have heard, the National Science Foundation (NSF) has decided to end its funding of the IMA through its Math Institutes program, putting the IMA into a ramp-down phase. The IMA that we know and love will cease to exist in its present form on August 31, 2017. Over the last 33 years, the IMA made a huge contribution to the mathematical sciences, from creating new knowledge to talent development and from changing the culture of mathematical research to creating new research communities. In the coming months, my colleagues and I will put our effort into re-imagining the IMA. Until that time, we still have two more annual programs to carry out for 2015-2016 and 2016-2017, as well as the plethora of special and hot topics workshops, public lectures, and seminars. All of us at the IMA thank you for your continued support. You can read my full column on this topic in the Year in Review. In addition, please take a moment to share thoughts and stories about how the IMA has impacted your career or research at www.ima-alumni.org.

  In the News

2013-2014: The Year in Review. The IMA is pleased to announce that the institute's annual report has now been posted online. Read all about the 2013-2014 Thematic Year on Scientific and Engineering Applications of Algebraic Topology, including interviews on the successful collaborations made by visitors and postdocs alike. Find recaps on IMA workshops, public lectures, outreach, and more.

Workshop Changes. The IMA will begin providing workshop materials electronically, beginning with the February annual program workshop. Visitors can download the University of Minnesota app for viewing workshop schedules. And spring workshop visitors will be the first to try out our newly remodeled reception room in 3-176 Keller Hall.

Public Lecture. The IMA will host a public lecture featuring Pendergraft Nola Lee Haynes Professor of Mathematics Lisa Fauci of Tulane University on March 11, 2015. Fauci will speak on the topic of biological fluid dynamics and explore how mathematical models and computational simulations are being used to study phytoplankton floating in the ocean, sperm moving through the reproductive tract, and fish swimming in the sea. Find more information.

Reviewing (and Previewing) the Annual Program Year. Planning the year on Discrete Structures: Analysis and Applications began about three years ago for at least two of its organizers, Jerrold Griggs (University of South Carolina) and Prasad Tetali (Georgia Institute of Technology). Both Griggs and Tetali were long-term visitors and workshop organizers at the IMA this fall. Read their thoughts on the fall term. Organizer Sergey Bobkov (University of Minnesota) previews the spring term and its focus on probability and analysis in this story.

Training the Next Generation of Mathematicians. The IMA is known for being a collaborative workplace for established mathematicians. But the institute also strives to provide an engaging environment for graduate students to help train them as the next generation of researchers and educators. Read the full story.

  Programs and Events

Special Workshop. Careers in Mathematical Sciences: Workshop for Underrepresented Groups will be held March 26-28, 2015. This workshop consists of presentations on opportunities for working in academia, industry, and government laboratories. Talks will also emphasize career skills, such as networking, interviewing, negotiation, and leadership. The workshop is appropriate for mathematicians at various stages of their careers, including graduate students and postdocs. Applications are being accepted on the IMA website.

Special Workshop. The Careers and Opportunities in Industry for Mathematical Scientists, from April 20-22, 2015, will build on the successful workshop held in April 2014. Industrial representatives will share their experiences about working in and with industry, as well as some anecdotes from their work and careers. The target audience for this workshop consists of faculty members, postdocs, and graduate students who are interested in exploring careers in and opportunities for working in and collaborating with industry. Applications are being accepted on the IMA website.

Hot Topics Workshop. The past two decades have witnessed an enormous expansion of hydraulic fracturing. The workshop on Hydraulic Fracturing: From Modeling and Simulation to Reconstruction and Characterization, May 11-14, 2015, will bring together researchers in the inverse problems community and the hydraulic fracturing community to initiate and foster synergy between the two groups.

Special Workshop. The Workshop for Women in Analysis and PDE, May 28-31, 2015, is centered around two main lectures delivered by Gigliola Staffilani (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) and Tatiana Toro (University of Washington). The workshop is targeted toward women at the early stages of their career in mathematics and will bring together outstanding senior female mathematicians and junior researchers, including invited and contributed talks, as well as panel discussions regarding career development.

Short Course. The IMA is pleased to offer a New Directions Short Course on Introduction to Uncertainty Quantification, to be held June 15-26, 2015. In many application areas it is essential that predictions based on models and data take uncertainties into account. The topic of uncertainty quantification (UQ) includes mathematical and statistical methods that address the modeling, assessment, propagation, and management of uncertainties. Attendees will learn the basic tools of UQ and apply them to their own questions. Applications are being accepted on the IMA website.

  Important Dates

February 23-27, 2015
Convexity and Optimization: Theory and Applications

March 2015
11: Public Lecture: Waving Tails, Spiny Disks, and Sticky Situations: Explorations in Biological Fluid Dynamics
The Power of Randomness in Computation
26-28: Careers in Mathematical Sciences: Workshop for Underrepresented Groups

April 2015
13-17: Information Theory and Concentration Phenomena
Careers and Opportunities in Industry for Mathematical Scientists
22: Public Lecture: Cédric Villani, University of Lyon & Institut Henri Poincaré
27-May 1:
Analytic Tools in Probability and Applications

May 2015
11-14: Hydraulic Fracturing: From Modeling and Simulation to Reconstruction and Characterization
Graphical Models, Statistical Inference, and Algorithms (GRAMSIA)
28-31: Workshop for Women in Analysis and PDE

June 2015
1-5: Sage Days 64.5: Cluster Algebras
15-26: New Directions Short Course: Introduction to Uncertainty Quantification

Reflected Brownian Motions, Stochastic Networks, and their Applications

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