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01_August_2014
Children’s book written and illustrated by Brown Professor, Rich Schwartz



August 1, 2014
— A new children’s book written and illustrated by Rich Schwartz, a Brown professor and member of ICERM's Scientific Advisory Board, takes readers on a visual journal through the infinite number system. Rich hopes Really Big Numbers will help inspire a love of math in young readers. View more about the book


24_July_2014
GirlsGetMath@ICERM!

July 24, 2014 — Young women from all over Rhode Island gathered at ICERM last week for a summer camp completely devoid of cabins, canoes, and campfires. This camp was all about the math. The weeklong retreat, called GirlsGetMath@ICERM, drew 31 young women entering 10th and 11th grades to the institute. The idea behind the annual program, which was offered for the first time this year, is to nurture an interest in math among young women and keep them on track for math-heavy careers in which women tend to be underrepresented. More information


ICERM's 2014 GirlsGetMath program was a great success! 
		  A big 'thank you' to all of our wonderful organizers, TA's, and high-school 
		  students for making this such a fun and educational experience.
ICERM's 2014 GirlsGetMath program was a great success!
A big 'thank you' to all of our wonderful organizers, TA's, and high-school
students for making this such a fun and educational experience

07_May_2014
ICERM Goes to Capitol Hill

ICERM's Jill Pipher, Ruth Crane, and Homer Walker at the 2014 CNSF Exhibit in DC
L-R: ICERM's Jill Pipher, Ruth Crane, and              
Homer Walker at the 2014 CNSF Exhibit in DC             

May 7, 2014
— ICERM was among the presenters at an exhibition sponsored by the Coalition for National Science Funding (CNSF) held on May 7 in Washington, D.C. The exhibition, titled "Investments in STEM Research and Education: Fueling American Innovation," aimed to illustrate the value of the federal investment in basic science research to Members of Congress and their staffs. Jill Pipher (ICERM Director), Homer Walker (Deputy Director), and Ruth Crane (Asst. Director), also had the opportunity to meet with Senator Jack Reed as well as staffers from the offices of Senator Sheldon and Representative Jim Langevin. The trip provided many opportunities to discuss the purpose of the NSF-funded math institutes, and to promote math research to a very broad and interested audience.


17_April_2014
Hughes-Oliver to Receive 2014 Blackwell-Tapia Prize

April 17, 2014 – The National Blackwell-Tapia Committee is pleased to announce that the 2014 Blackwell-Tapia Prize will be awarded to Jacqueline M. Hughes-Oliver, Professor of Statistics, North Carolina State University (visiting George Mason University until May 2014). The prize is awarded every other year in honor of the legacy of David H. Blackwell and Richard A. Tapia, two distinguished mathematical scientists who have been inspirations to more than a generation of African American, Latino/Latina, and Native American students and professionals in the mathematical sciences. Hughes-Oliver has made important contributions in a number of statistical research areas including methodological research on prediction and classification, variable and model selection with dimension reduction, design of experiments, and spatial modeling. She has worked passionately on the cause of increasing diversity of individuals working of the statistical and mathematical sciences. The prize will be presented at the Eighth Blackwell-Tapia Conference, to be held at IPAM on November 14-15, 2014. Read the Read more from the press release. For more information on the 2014 Blackwell Tapia Conference, go to http://www.ipam.ucla.edu/programs/BTAP2014/


31_March_2014
Summer@ICERM Alum Awarded for Research

March 31, 2014 — Summer@ICERM 2013 alum Zijian Yao and ICERM faculty advisor Sergei Tabachnikov received an "Outstanding Presentation Award" during the MAA Undergraduate Poster Session at the 2014 Joint Mathematics Meetings. The title of their poster, based on work begun during the Summer@ICERM program, was "Rotation Number of Outer Billiard with Polygonal Invariant Curves."


17_January_2014
Two Summer@ICERM Alums Receive Awards at JMM

January 17, 2014 – Francisc Bozgan (UCLA) and Zijian Yao (Brown University) both received "Outstanding Presentation" awards at the 2014 Joint Mathematics Meeting in Baltimore, Maryland. Their posters, based on research conducted while attending the 2012 and 2013 Summer@ICERM programs (respectively), were recognized during the MAA Undergraduate Student Poster Session featuring over 300 presentations. Francisc's poster was titled "Weak Rational Ergodicity of Rank-One Transformations in Infinite Ergodic Theory", and Zijian's poster was titled "Rotation Number of Outer Billiard with Polygonal Invariant Curves."


14_January_2014
Jill Pipher to Speak on the Mathematics of Lattice-based Cryptography

January 14, 2014 – Jill Pipher, ICERM Director, delivered the MAA Invited Address at the 2014 Joint Mathematics Meeting in Baltimore, MD, on Friday, January 17, 2014. The title of her talk was "The Mathematics of Lattice-based Cryptography." Read more


13_January_2014
Math Helps Model Metamaterials

January 13, 2014 – A research team led by Jan S Hesthaven (ICERM Deputy Director Emeritus) from École Polytechnique Fédérale De Lausanne (EPFL) has developed a computational approach that helps model metamaterials. Metamaterials are artificial materials engineered to have properties that are not normally found in nature. Typical examples include cloaking materials that can render a person or an aircraft completely invisible to detection. In addition, metamaterials are being explored in a number of cutting-edge technologies including perfect lenses, antennas and terahertz devices. As the field grows, it is becoming increasingly necessary to model metamaterials, which is a difficult task considering their unconventional nature and delicate properties. Read more from the Science World Report


06_November_2013
"Mathletic" Retreat at ICERM

October 11, 2013 — The MET School in Providence worked with their 11th graders on intense math prep work to coach them for their NECAP exam this fall. For the second year in a row, the school held their annual "mathlete retreat" at ICERM as a celebration/stress-reducer/math fun day. ICERM wishes these young "mathletes" (pictured below) the best of luck with their NECAP exams!


30_September_2013
To Everything Under the Sun, there is an Equation
Flower: Dilip Rawal
[Image Credit: Dilip Rawal]

September 30, 2013 —  The seventh in the nine-lecture MPE2013 Simons Public Lecture Series was co-hosted by ICERM and Brown University. (More details)

In addition, ConvergenceRI, an online subscription newsletter offering news and analysis at the convergence of health, science, technology and innovation in Rhode Island, published an article about the MPE2013 Simons Foundation public lecture hosted by ICERM on the Brown campus. (Read more)


19_September_2013
Featured Article

September 19, 2013 — ICERM was recently featured in the September 2013 issue of the Newsletter of the European Mathematical Society Newsletter, p.45.

19_September_2013
ICERM Hosts a Simons Foundation Lecture

September 19, 2013 — Mathematics of Planet Earth: A public lecture: "I think mathematics is the only language we really know that quantifies phenomena," says L. Mahadevan, professor of applied mathematics, physics, and biology at Harvard. Mahadevan will deliver a public lecture on the mathematics of the natural world - part of a celebratory worldwide lecture series - at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013, in the Salomon Center for Teaching at Brown University. Proudly hosted by ICERM and sponsored by the Simons Foundation.   Read full press release >>      View the video of this lecture


09_September_2013
"Readings and References" wiki created by participants

September 09, 2013 — While attending ICERM's Reproducibility in Computational and Experimental Mathematics workshop in 2013, participants put together a "Readings and References" wiki.

We're happy to share it with you here.


21_August_2013
ICERM Welcomes 2013-2014 Postdoctoral Cohort

August 21, 2013 — With the start of every new academic year comes a new group of ICERM postdocs. We're pleased to welcome our newest Institute and Semester postdoctoral fellows for 2013-2014:


Postdoctoral Institute Fellows:

 

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Giulio Tiozzo completed his Ph.D. in Mathematics at Harvard University under the supervision of Prof. C. McMullen. Dr. Tiozzo's primary research focus is on dynamical systems and their relations with complex analysis, Teichmüller theory, and group theory and probability. He is particularly interested in random walks on groups, especially the mapping class group, and entropy and Hausdorff dimension in one-dimensional families. As an Institute postdoc, Dr. Tiozzo will be at ICERM for the 2013-14 academic year. After ICERM, he will be at Yale University.

g_yaroslavtsev.jpg Grigory Yaroslavtsev completed his Ph.D. in Theoretical Computer Science at Pennsylvania State University under the supervision of Professor Sofya Raskhodnikova. Dr. Yaroslavtsev's research interests include efficient combinatorial algorithms for sparsification, summarization and testing properties of large data. He focuses on understanding the role of concise representations in approximation algorithms, learning theory and property testing, communication complexity and differential privacy. As an Institute postdoc, Dr. Yaroslavtsev will be at ICERM for the 2013-14 academic year.

Fall 2013 Postdoctoral Fellows:

 

r_greene.jpg Ryan Greene completed his Ph.D. in Mathematics at The Ohio State University under the supervision of Professor Mike Davis. Dr. Greene's research focuses on convex projective structures on orbifolds, especially Coxeter orbifolds, and actions of reflection groups on projective spaces. He is also interested in low dimensional topology and applications of character variety techniques to questions about knots, links, and their invariants. After serving as a Summer@ICERM Teaching Associate, Dr. Greene will stay at ICERM at a postdoc from September through December 2013.
bogwang.jpg BoGwang Jeon completed his Ph.D. in Mathematics at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign under the supervision of Professor Nathan Dunfield. Dr. Jeon's research focuses on the topology and geometry of 3-manifolds. In particular, he is interested in various invariants of hyperbolic 3-manifolds such as volume and trace field. He will be at ICERM from September through December 2013. After ICERM, Dr. Jeon will join Columbia University.
r_rios_zertuche.jpg Rodolfo Rios-Zertuche completed his Ph.D. in Mathematics at Princeton University, where he was supervised by Professor Andrei Okounkov. Dr. Rios-Zertuche's research draws on analogies with mathematical physics and probability to solve problems in algebraic geometry. It is heavily charged with representations of the infinite symmetric group and of Kac-Moody algebras, and their connections to combinatorics, symmetric functions, arithmetic, and quantum field theory. Before coming to ICERM, Dr. Rios-Zertuche was a lecturer in the Department of Mathematics at Princeton. He will be at ICERM from September through December 2013. After ICERM, Dr. Rios-Zertuche will be a postdoctoral fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in Bonn.
a_tsvietkova.jpg Anastasiia Tsvietkova received her Ph.D. in Mathematics at the University of Tennessee under the supervision of Professor Morwen Thistlethwaite. Dr. Tsvietkova's research interests include knot theory and low-dimensional topology, with a particular emphasis on hyperbolic 3-manifolds. She also is interested in geometric group theory. Before coming to ICERM, Dr. Tsvietkova was a VIGRE Postdoc at Louisiana State University. She will be at ICERM from September through December 2013. In January 2014, Dr. Tsvietkova will begin her position as the Krener Assistant Professor at UC-Davis.

Spring 2014 Postdoctoral Fellows:

 

kyle_fox.jpg Kyle Fox received his Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign under the supervision of Jeff Erickson. Dr. Fox's main research interests lie in algorithms and theory as well as combinatorics. In particular, problems in data structures and computational topology (looking at graphs drawn on donuts) as well as problems in scheduling. Dr. Fox will be at ICERM from January 2014 through May 2014.
d_nanongkai.jpg Danupon Nanongkai received his Ph.D. in Algorithms, Combinatorics and Optimization (ACO) from Georgia Tech under the supervision of Professor Richard J. Lipton. Dr. Nanongkai's research interest lies in the area of theoretical computer science in general and the study of communication involved in processing big graphs in particular. Before coming to ICERM, he was a postdoc at the University of Vienna, Austria, and Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Dr. Nanongkai will be at ICERM from January 2014 through May 2014. After ICERM he will continue his previous postdoctoral position in Singapore.
a_redlich.jpg Amanda Redlich received her Ph.D. in Mathematics from MIT under the supervision of Dr. Peter Shor. Dr. Redlich's research interests include combinatorics, probability, and algorithms, and their mutual interactions. This includes research on random graphs, randomized algorithms, graph decomposition, and random natural processes. Before coming to ICERM, Dr. Redlich was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Rutgers University. She will be at ICERM from January 2014 through May 2014..
c_tsourakakis.jpg Charalampos Tsourakakis received his Ph.D. in Mathematics at Carnegie Mellon University under the supervision of Professor Alan Frieze. His research interest lies at the intersection of data science and theory: network science and efficient algorithm design. Dr. Tsourakakis will be at ICERM from January 2014 through May 2014.

12_June_2013
ICERM announces three new directorate appointments

June 12, 2013 - Institute Director Jill Pipher has announced the appointment of three new directors:

Sergei Tabachnikov, a Professor of Mathematics at Pennsylvania State University, will be joining ICERM as a Deputy Director effective July 1, 2013. Sergei will succeed Jeff Brock, who is now Chair of Brown University's Department of Mathematics.

Homer Walker, a Professor of Mathematics at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, will be joining ICERM as a Deputy Director effective July 1, 2013. He will succeed Jan Hesthaven, who has accepted a position at EPFL in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Ulrica Wilson, an Associate Professor of Mathematics at Morehouse College will be joining ICERM as its first Associate Director of Diversity and Outreach, beginning July 1, 2013.

As Deputy Directors, both Sergei and Homer will be vital members of the institute's management team. Each will be responsible for overseeing one of the two annual semester programs at ICERM, including the development and coordination of program proposals, and working with organizers during the program. Both will help administer additional institute activities such as topical workshops, summer undergraduate and early career research programs, as well as special events. In addition, they will assist in the solicitation and development of programs and workshops and help secure grant proposals to support existing and new programs and initiatives.

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Sergei Tabachnikov

Sergei is an active researcher and experienced administrator. His research focus is in geometry, topology, and dynamics. He has co-authored several books including "Mathematical Omnibus," a collection of 30 lectures on classic mathematics. Sergei is the Director of the NSF-funded semester-long MASS (Mathematics Advanced Study Semesters) Program at Penn State. He is the Notes Editor of the American Mathematical Monthly, a column editor of the Mathematical Intelligencer, and the Editor-in-Chief of Experimental Mathematics. He has held visiting positions at mathematical institutes worldwide: IHES, ETH Zurich, I. Newton Institute Cambridge, MSRI, Max-Planck-Institut, Hausdorff Institute Bonn, Fields Institute. He is a Fellow of the American Mathematical Society and the recipient of the Teresa Cohen Service Award in Mathematics at Penn State



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Homer Walker

Homer's research interests lie in computational and applied mathematics. Much of his work has been done in collaboration with researchers at U.S. national laboratories who have extensive experience with both challenging applications and advanced hardware and software for high-performance computing. Homer's administrative experience includes service as program manager for the Applied Mathematics Program in the Office of Advanced Scientific Computing Research within the DOE Office of Science, and as head of the WPI Mathematical Sciences Department. He has extensive experience organizing conferences and workshops, ranging in scale from local and regional to international.

In announcing the Deputy Director appointments, Pipher said, "Both Sergei and Homer have broad perspectives on mathematical research, and bring substantial administrative experience and a collaborative spirit, making them great assets to the institute's leadership team."



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Ulrica Wilson

As the Associate Director of Diversity and Outreach, Ulrica will provide leadership in meeting institutional diversity goals: ensuring diversity throughout ICERM's programs, assisting in the development of policies and procedures, and helping to identify and obtain funding for programs and activities.

Ulrica's primary research has been in noncommutative ring theory and combinatorial matrix theory. Throughout her career, she has integrated opportunities to address diversity issues in the mathematical workforce. A decade of experience includes co-directing the Enhancing Diversity in Graduate Education (EDGE) Program. As part of her role as an organizer and co-PI of the Research Experience for Undergraduate Faculty (REUF) workshops at the American Institute of Mathematics (AIM), she recruits women and underrepresented participants to the program. She was selected to serve as one of two interim co-Directors for the National Institutes of Health sponsored Minority Biomedical Research Support-Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (MBRS RISE) Program. As co-Director, she planned and managed program activities and the budget. Ulrica's grants and awards reflect her dedication to reaching and mentoring underrepresented groups in mathematics: NSF grant for EDGE Program, NSA grant for EDGE Algebra Workshop, NSF S-STEM for Increasing the number of professional mathematicians, and QEM HBCU-UP Professional Development and Mentoring Program grant.

Pipher says, "Ulrica has extensive experience in addressing diversity issues in the mathematical workforce, and in organizing and developing professional opportunities aimed at underrepresented groups. She will be a tremendous asset to the institute in this newly created position."


30_May_2013
ICERM Education Advisory Board Member Receives BBVA Foundation Award

May 30, 2013 - ICERM Education Advisory Board member, David Mumford, Brown University, has been honored with the BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in the Basic Sciences category. According to the jury's citation he was given this award for his work in pure mathematics, which has strongly influenced diverse fields of application ranging from data compression to pattern recognition. More information on this award can be found in this BBVA press release.


28_May_2013
ICERM Director appointed as the Elisha Benjamin Andrews Professor of Mathematics

May 28, 2013 - This May, Brown University's Corporation approved 13 appointments of faculty to named chairs. Among them was ICERM Director Jill Pipher, whose appointment as the Elisha Benjamin Andrews Professor of Mathematics begins on July 1, 2013. Congratulations to Jill!


09_May_2013
ICERM Participates in the Coalition for National Science Funding Exhibition on Capitol Hill

May 9, 2013


ICERM was among the presenters at an exhibition sponsored by the Coalition for National Science Funding held on May 7 in Washington, D.C. The exhibition, titled "Investments in STEM Research and Education: Fueling American Innovation," aimed to illustrate the value of the federal investment in basic science research to Members of Congress and their staffs. Sastry Pantula, director of the Division of Mathematical Science of the National Science Foundation and Cora Marrett, director of the National Science Foundation stopped by the ICERM exhibit and met with ICERM's Deputy Director Jan Hesthaven and Assistant Director Ruth Crane.


01_May_2013
MPE 2013 Blog Features ICERM IdeaLab

May 1, 2013 - ICERM Associate Director, Björn Sandstede, contributed to the MPE2013 Daily Blog with an overview of ICERM's upcoming IdeaLab and its impact on the Mathematics of Planet Earth initiative. To view the blog post please click here.


17_April_2013
ICERM Associate Director Named as SIAM Fellow

April 17, 2013 - SIAM has announced the 2013 Class of SIAM Fellows and among the 33 members is ICERM Associate Director, Björn Sandstede.These distinguished members were nominated for their exemplary research as well as outstanding service to the community. Through their contributions, SIAM Fellows help advance the fields of applied mathematics and computational science. To view the full announcement please click here.


01_Febraury_2013
New Board of Trustee Board Members Named

March 14, 2013 — We are pleased to announce the following individuals have accepted appointments to ICERM's Board of Trustees (BOT):

Yvon Maday, Université Pierre et Marie Curie

Bin Yu, University of California at Berkeley


ICERM's Board of Trustees oversees all institute activities. This includes being responsible for reviewing the budget for the coming year, approving the appointment of the Director, and taking a leadership role in fundraising and public awareness. The Board of Trustees has a face-to-face meeting at ICERM for one day each year (usually in late spring), and ad hoc meetings as needed.

We would also like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank three founding members who are stepping down from the Board of Trustees this spring: Rick David McLaughlin and David Mumford.


13_March_2013
ICERM Director Discusses STEM Education

March 13, 2013

Jill Pipher, director of ICERM, took part in a panel of distinguished Rhode Islanders to discuss the importance of STEM education and skills in professional development. The discussion was part of a celebration of National Women’s History Month hosted by Sen. Jack Reed. More details on this event can be found in this short press release.


12_March_2013
Science Behind Predictive Policing

March 12, 2013 - The Los Angeles Police Department is using a new tactic in their fight against crime called “predictive policing.” It's a computer program that was originally developed by a team at UCLA, including mathematician (and ICERM Scientific Advisory Board Chair) Andrea Bertozzi and anthropologist Jeff Brantingham. Check out the video clip “Science Behind the News”, which is produced in partnership with NBC Learn.


04_March_2013
ICERM Board Member Encourages Girls Towards STEM Careers

March 4, 2013 - Thirty Loudoun County, Virginia high school girls who have a knack for science were invited to visit with one of the most respected scientists in the field of theoretical computer science and physics, Jennifer Chayes. In addition to being the managing director of Microsoft Research New England and Microsoft Research New York City, Chayes is a founding member of ICERM's Board of Trustees. Read about her inspiring visit as written up in Leesburg Today.


27_February_2013
ICERM Mentioned in "Wired" and Elsewhere

February 27, 2013

ICERM was mentioned in several recent articles highlighting the research and collaboration that occured during the institute's "Reproducibility in Computational and Experimental Mathematics" workshop held in December 2012:


11_February_2013
ICERM Welcomes its Newest Cohort of Postdoctoral Fellows

February 2013 — With the start of its spring 2013 semester program comes a new group of ICERM postdocs. We're pleased to introduce four Postdoctoral Fellows and re-introduce two Institute Fellows.

Postdoctoral Fellows:

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Kwangho Choiy completed his Ph.D. in Mathematics from Purdue University under the supervision of Professor Freydoon Shahidi in August 2012. Before coming to ICERM, Dr. Choiy worked as a Visiting Assistant Professor in the department of mathematics at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater. His research interests lie in the fields of number theory, automorphic forms, representation theory, and harmonic analysis on reductive p-adic groups and Lie algebras. He will be with ICERM through May 2013, and continue to work at Oklahoma State University through May 2014.

zajj.daugherty.jpg Zajj Daugherty received her PhD in Spring 2010 from the University of Wisconsin - Madison, where she worked under the supervision of Arun Ram. When she is not here at ICERM, she is a John Wesley Young Research Instructor at Dartmouth College, where she will be through the Summer of 2014. Her research interests are in combinatorics and representation theory, specifically studying many aspects and applications of centralizer algebras arising, for example, in the studies of Lie theory, symmetric functions, and statistical mechanics. Fundamental examples in her work have been affine Hecke and Birman-Murakami-Wenzl algebras, partitions algebras, and generalizations of two-boundary Temperely Lieb algebras. Dr. Daugherty will be at ICERM through the beginning of May 2013.
lanini.jpg Martina Lanini completed his Mathematics Ph.D. in March 2012 in a binationally supervised program at the Friedrich-Alexander-Universitaet Erlangen Nuernberg, Germany, and at the Universita' degli Studi di Roma Tre, Italy, under the supervision of Professor Peter Fiebig and Professor Lucia Caporaso. Before coming to ICERM, Dr. Lanini worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Mathematics and Statistics of the University of Melbourne, Australia, in the research group of Professor Arun Ram. Dr. Lanini's research interests are in representation theory, especially in its combinatorial and categorical aspects. She will be with ICERM January through May 2013.
salisbury.jpg Ben Salisbury completed his Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut under the direction of Kyu-Hwan Lee. Dr. Salisbury's research interests lie in the field of combinatorial representation theory. More specifically, his work uses various tableaux-like realizations of crystal graphs to study particular p-adic integral formulas arising in analytic number theory. Dr. Salisbury will be at ICERM through May 2013.

Institute Fellows:

julioandrade_1.jpg Julio Andrade completed his Ph.D. in Mathematics at the University of Bristol working under the supervision of Jon Keating and Nina Snaith. Dr. Andrade's primary research interests are in number theory, algebraic geometry, mathematical physics (Quantum Chaos and Random Matrix Theory) and questions in analysis motivated by number theory. His research focuses on the theory of the Riemann zeta-function, automorphic forms (with applications to number theory and mathematical physics) and other L-functions, specifically in the mean values of L-functions, Ratios Conjectures, n-level correlations and low-lying zeros of L- functions and their function field analogues. As an Institute Postdoc, Dr. Andrade will be at ICERM through the 2012-2013 academic year.
aaron_smith_1.jpg Aaron Smith completed his Ph.D. in probability at Stanford University under the supervision of Persi Diaconis in June 2012. Most of Dr. Smith's research interests are centered on mixing analysis of Markov chains. His is particularly interested in coupling methods, especially “user-friendly” non-Markovian couplings and approximation of inhomogenous chains. As an Institute Postdoc, Dr. Smith will be at ICERM through the 2012-2013 academic year.

04_February_2013
ICERM Emeritus Board Member Receives Award

February 4, 2013 – David Mumford, emeritus member of ICERM’s Board of Trustees, was recently awarded the BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in the Basic Sciences category. The award was granted jointly to both Mumford and mathematician Ingrid Daubechies “for their works in pure mathematics, which have strongly influenced diverse fields of application ranging from data compression to pattern recognition,” in the words of the jury’s citation. 

Mumford, who declared himself “pleased and surprised” by the jury’s decision, explained that he was drawn to pure mathematics by a teacher who “made the field of algebraic geometry seem almost magical.” His own work, which he describes as “making maps” that offer “a bird’s eye view” of algebraic geometry, was impressive enough to earn him the Fields Medal in 1974, aged just 37. More details can be found at the BBVA site.


25_January_2013
ICERM Board Chair Part of UCLA Scientific Team Receiving $1 Million Award from Keck Foundation

January 25, 2013 – A team of UCLA scientists, including Andrea Bertozzi, Chair of ICERM’s Scientific Advisory Board and director of computational and applied mathematics at UCLA, has been awarded a prestigious $1 million grant from the W.M. Keck Foundation for research aimed at reshaping and improving how images and large data sets are collected and analyzed in science, engineering, medicine and other fields.

For more information go to the UCLA press release: http://newsroom.ucla.edu/portal/ucla/keck-foundation-awards-1-million-242616.aspx


10_December_2012
ICERM Board Member Inspires Through Math and Science

December 10, 2012 -- The Boston Globe recently featured people who actively promote diversity in Massachusetts. Among them was Jennifer Chayes, a founding member of ICERM’s Board of Trustees. Using her position as co-founder of Microsoft Research New England, Jennifer inspires young women to pursue careers in math and science. For more information go to the Boston Globe article.

 


10_December_2012
Permanent Endowed Chair Presented to Andrea Bertozzi

December 10, 2012 -- The Chancellor's Office at UCLA announced that Professor Andrea Bertozzi, Chair of ICERM's Scientific Advisory Board, was appointed the Betsy Wood Knapp Chair for Innovation and Creativity. For more information, visit UCLA's website.


7_December_2012
Mathematicians Tackle Global Issues

December 7, 2012 –More than 100 academic institutions and scholarly societies, ICERM among them, have joined in a major world-wide initiative: Mathematics of Planet Earth (MPE) 2013. This year-long effort will highlight the contributions made by mathematics in tackling global problems, including natural disasters such as hurricanes, earthquakes, and tsunamis; climate change; sustainability; and pandemics. MPE2013 partners will sponsor workshops, research conferences, public lectures, outreach events, and educational opportunities for all ages.  Each country from a partner institution will host a special launch to the year. Press release >>

To see how ICERM is participating, please go to http://icerm.brown.edu/mpe2013


19_November_2012
ICERM and the Mathematics of Planet Earth 2013

November 19, 2012 — ICERM is pleased to host the jury meeting for the MPE 2013 Competition to design virtual or physical museum-quality exhibits.


13_November_2012
Ricardo Cortez honored during Blackwell-Tapia Conference at ICERM

November 13, 2012

November 10, 2012: Dr. Ricardo Cortez of Tulane University was awarded the 2012 Blackwell-Tapia Prize in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the fields of fluid dynamics and mathematical modeling and for serving as a role model for diversity in the mathematical sciences. Mayor Angel Taveras also presented Dr. Cortez with a citizen citation from the City of Providence. The Blackwell-Tapia prize was conferred by Dr. Trachette Jackson, the 2010 recipient of the prize, during a banquet that ended the two day Blackwell-Tapia Conference hosted by ICERM.

Trachette Jackson presents Dr. Cortez
with the 2012 Blackwell-Tapia Prize
Mayor Angel Taveras presents Dr. Cortez with
a citizen citation from the City of Providence

01_November_2012
AMS Fellows Named

November 1, 2012 — Over 1000 mathematical scientists from around the world have been named Fellows of the American Mathematical Society for 2013, the program's initial year. The list of Fellows of the AMS has been posted online at http://www.ams.org/profession/fellows-list.

Included on this list are:

Jill Pipher, ICERM Director

From ICERM's Board of Trustees:

Barbara Keyfitz, Chair, Ohio State University

Sir John Ball, University of Oxford

Jennifer Chayes, Microsoft Research

David McLaughlin, New York University

David Mumford, Brown University

Srinivasa Varadhan, New York University

From ICERM's Scientific Advisory Board:

Andrea Bertozzi, Chair, UCLA

David Gabai, Princeton University

Andrew Odlyzko, University of Minnesota

George Papanicolaou, Stanford University

Bernd Stermfels, UC/Berkeley

Yuri Tschinkel, NYU

From ICERM's Education Advisory Board:

Thomas Banchoff, Chair, Brown University

Frank Morgan, Williams College

David Mumford, Brown University

 


05_October_2012
"Mathletic" Retreat at ICERM

October 5, 2012 — The MET School in Providence is working with their 11th graders on intense math prep work --they will take their NECAP exam in mid-October. The school held their annual "mathlete retreat" at ICERM as a celebration/stress-reducer/math fun day. ICERM wishes these young "mathletes" the best of luck with their NECAP exams!


04_October_2012
Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Helps Fund Blackwell-Tapia Conference

October 4, 2012 — The Sloan Foundation has provided partial funding for the Blackwell-Tapia Conference 2012 at ICERM, which honors the inspired leadership of David Blackwell and Richard Tapia by showcasing mathematical excellence by minority researchers and efforts to address underrepresentation.

ICERM would like to thank the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation for its support.

The conference will be held November 9-12, 2012.  For more information, visit the conference website.


25_September_2012
New Scientific Advisory Board Members Named

September 25, 2012 — We are pleased to announce the following individuals have accepted appointments to ICERM's Scientific Advisory Board (SAB):

  • Michael Brenner (Harvard)
  • Cynthia Phillips (Sandia)
  • Richard Schwartz (Brown)
  • Yuri Tschinkel (NYU)
  • Peter Winkler (Dartmouth)

ICERM's Scientific Advisory Board is responsible for approving the programs and scientific activities of the Institute. In addition, the SAB is involved in shaping the direction of the scientific enterprise through specific suggestions of thematic programs and of program organizers. Three of the seats on this Board are reserved for senior representatives of Google, IBM, and Microsoft.

We would also like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank four founding members who are stepping down from the Scientific Advisory Board this fall: David Gabai, Rick Kenyon, Don Saari, Bernd Sturmfels, and Eli Upfal.


30_August_2012
ICERM Welcomes its Newest Cohort of Postdoctoral Fellows

September 5, 2012 — With the start of its fall 2012 semester program (Computational Challenges in Probability) comes a new group of ICERM postdocs. We're pleased to welcome two Postdoctoral Institute Fellows and four Postdoctoral Fellows:

Postdoctoral Institute Fellows:

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Julio Andrade completed his Ph.D. in Mathematics at the University of Bristol working under the supervision of Jon Keating and Nina Snaith. Dr. Andrade’s primary research interests are in number theory, algebraic geometry, mathematical physics (Quantum Chaos and Random Matrix Theory) and questions in analysis motivated by number theory. His research focuses on the theory of the Riemann zeta-function, automorphic forms (with applications to number theory and mathematical physics) and other L-functions, specifically in the mean values of L-functions, Ratios Conjectures, n-level correlations and low-lying zeros of L- functions and their function field analogues. As an Institute Postdoc, Dr. Andrade will be at ICERM through the 2012-2013 academic year.

Aaron_Smith.jpg Aaron Smith completed his Ph.D. in probability at Stanford University under the supervision of Persi Diaconis in June 2012. Most of Dr. Smith’s research interests are centered on mixing analysis of Markov chains. His is particularly interested in coupling methods, especially “user-friendly” non-Markovian couplings and approximation of inhomogenous chains. As an Institute Postdoc, Dr. Smith will be at ICERM through the 2012-2013 academic year.

Postdoctoral Fellows:

Dan_Cargill.jpg Daniel Cargill completed his Mathematics Ph.D. in August of 2012 at the New Jersey Institute of Technology under the supervision of Professor Richard O. Moore. Dr. Cargill’s research interests are in modeling and analysis of stochastic lightwave systems. This includes developing new analytical and numerical methods for the calculation of rare event paths in soliton optical communication systems, as well as mode-locked lasers. These systems are modeled as stochastic PDEs or ODEs, which allow for the application of various Monte-Carlo methods and analytical theories such as large deviation theory.  Dr Cargill will be with ICERM through December 2012.
ArnabGanguly_web.jpg Arnab Ganguly completed his Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison under the supervision of Prof. Thomas G. Kurtz in August 2010. Before coming to ICERM, Dr. Ganguly worked as a postdoctoral researcher in the Automatic Control Laboratory at ETH Zurich. Dr. Ganguly’s research interests lie in probability theory, especially in the area of stochastic analysis and its applications. His work includes study of weak convergence, large deviation, stability and numerical simulation of stochastic processes. Applications of probability theory especially interest him; in particular, the application of various mathematical tools for solving problems from biology, control theory and other fields. He has also worked on statistical inference in connection to parameter estimation in systems biology. Dr Ganguly will be with ICERM through December 2012, and will continue his research with Paul Dupuis in the Department of Applied Mathematics at Brown University through June 2013.  
Ni_Hao_0.jpg Ni Hao completed her Ph.D. in Mathematics in August 2012 at the University of Oxford under the supervision of Terry Lyons Dr. Hao’s research interests include stochastic analysis and financial mathematics, Rough Paths Theory and its application, and the expected signature of stochastic processes, e.g. stopped Brownian Motion and the SLE curve. Dr Hao will be with ICERM through December 2012.
PengHu2.jpg Peng Hu completed his Ph.D. in June 2012 at the French research center INRIA, supervised by Professor Pierre Del Moral. Dr. Hu’s research interests include the analysis of advanced Monte Carlo particle simulations and their applications to Finance. Dr Hu will be with ICERM through December 2012.

22_August_2012
John von Neumann Lecture Awarded to ICERM Board Member John Ball

August 20, 2012 — The Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) awarded the 2012 John von Neumann Lecture to ICERM Board of Trustee member Sir John Ball of the University of Oxford in recognition of his deep contributions to our understanding of the mechanics of materials via the calculus of variations and other branches of mathematical analysis. Read more >>


20_August_2012
ICERM Board Member Keyfitz Receives SIAM Award

August 20, 2012 — The Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) awards the SIAM Prize for Distinguished Service to the Profession to an applied mathematician who has made noteworthy contributions to the furtherance of applied mathematics on the national level. The 2012 award goes to ICERM's Board of Trustees Chair Barbara Lee Keyfitz of The Ohio State University. Read more >>

 


20_August_2012
New Microsoft Lab in NYC led by ICERM Board Member

August 20, 2012 — From Fortune Magazine: The new Microsoft research lab in Manhattan is the latest addition to New York City's increasingly buzzy tech scene. Headed by mathematical physicist [and ICERM Board of Trustees member] Jennifer Chayes, the lab will focus on Big Data analysis, parsing the vast troves of information created by the world's digital denizens. Chayes spoke with Fortune about the lab, the world-changing potential of Big Data, and why New York City has an edge when it comes to tech's next big thing.

See also the Business Insider article about Jennifer Chayes >>


28_May_2012
A Visit to Brown's Math Institute

28 May 2012— Frank Morgan, professor of mathematics at Williams College, writes for the Huffinton Post about a recent visit to ICERM while on a tour of mathematics events up and down the East Coast. Article includes a video of ICERM Director Jill Pipher describing a recent "Day of Data". Full report online: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/frank-morgan/geometry-now-commencement_b_1549248.html.


15_May_2012
Ricardo Cortez Awarded Blackwell-Tapia Prize

16 May 2012 — The National Blackwell-Tapia Committee recently announced that Professor Ricardo Cortez of the Mathematics Department at Tulane University was awarded the 2012 Blackwell-Tapia Prize. The prize recognizes a mathematical scientist who has contributed significantly to research in his or her field of expertise and who has served as a role model for mathematical scientists and students from underrepresented minority groups or has contributed in other significant ways to addressing the problem of the underrepresentation of minorities in mathematics. Dr. Cortez is internationally regarded as a leading researcher in fluid dynamics and mathematical modeling. He has also been a leader in undergraduate mentoring and the development of training opportunities for underrepresented minority students in the mathematical sciences. Dr. Cortez will be the guest of honor at the Seventh Blackwell-Tapia Conference at ICERM on November 9–10, 2012; Read the full announcement here.

Photo by Paula Burch-Celentano


15_May_2012
Day of Data

15 May 2012 — Artists, biologists, humanists, engineers, social scientists . . . faculty across disciplines from Brown University, the Marine Biology Laboratory, Rhode Island School of Design and the University of Rhode Island will gather on May 18th at the Institute for Computational and Experimental Research in Mathematics (ICERM) for a “Day of Data.” Click here for more details.


14_May_2012
AMS Sponsors ICERM Exhibit at Capitol Hill Event

15 May 2012 — The American Mathematical Society (AMS) sponsored an exhibit booth at the Coalition for National Science Funding (CNSF) Exhibition on Capitol Hill on May 15, 2012. The booth featured the Institute for Computational and Experimental Research in Mathematics (ICERM).  Jill Pipher, Director of ICERM, and Lauren Barrows, Program Manager, presented information on the Institute to 275 attendees at this annual event showcasing research and education projects supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF). ICERM would like to thank the AMS for this opportunity. Click here for more details.

 


Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2012/05/07/4471199/whats-next-in-science-and-technology.html#storylink=cpy

14_May-2012
Full STEAM Ahead!

04 May 2012 — Industrial Design Critic Amy Leidtke has created several STEM to STEAM mini-institutes for SmART Schools, a research-based K–12 reform initiative that fuses rigorous core academics with dance, theater, music and visual arts. Her Seeing and Making Mathematical Paper Structures workshop was developed with funding from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts. During the program she used the space at ICERM to work with area math teachers. “Visualizing polyhedra is actually fun, and makes it possible . . . to make sense of spatial and structural relationships in our world,” she says, adding that “no one will go away without making his or her own mathematical toy, [or without] renewed insight on how to ignite the curiosity in the minds of students.”  Click here for more details.

SmART Schools Mini-Institute participants

collaborate to draw a variety of intersecting

three-dimensional representations of Archimedes’

platonic solids.


03_May_2012
Call for Applications

03 May 2012 — The eight NSF Mathematical Sciences Institutes and NIMBioS are pleased to offer three concurrent sessions immediately preceding the Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) annual meeting, Oct. 11-14, 2012, in Seattle, WA. The sessions – one for graduate students and recent PhDs, and two for undergraduate students – aim to invigorate the research careers of minority mathematicians and mathematics faculty at minority-serving institutions. The sessions begin with lunch on Oct. 10 and end at 12:30 p.m. prior to the SACNAS conference lunch on Oct. 11. Application deadline: July 1, 2012. For more information and the online application, visit http://www.nimbios.org/education/modern_math_ws


24_April_2012
Self-assembling Nano Boxes

24 April 2012 —  With support from the National Science Foundation (NSF), David Gracias from Johns Hopkins and Govind Menon, a mathematician at Brown University and an ICERM Associate Director, are developing self-assembling 3-D micro- and nanostructures that can be used in a number of applications, including medicine. Click here for more information.

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10_February_2012
Advisory Board Member Juan Meza Named Chair-Elect of the AAAS Section on Mathematics

10 February 2012 —  ICERM’s Scientific Advisory Board member Juan Meza (Univ. of California, Merced) was named the American Association for the Advancement of Science 2011 Chair-Elect of its Section on Mathematics. The AAAS seeks to "To advance science, engineering, and innovation throughout the world for the benefit of all people." Congratulations to Dr. Meza!



31_January_2012
ICERM's Flies High

31 January 2012 — Delta Airlines' January 2012 Sky magazine has a profile on "Academic Haven" Rhode Island. One of the main features of the paragraph on Brown is "the Institute for Computational and Experimental Research in Mathematics, one of only eight such centers in the country." You can read about ICERM on page 14 of the Delta Sky Magazine, here:

http://www.pageturnpro.com/MSP-Communications/34407-Rhode-Island/index.html#14


24_January_2012

ICERM Deputy Director, Jan Hesthaven, Among Speakers at World Economic Forum

 

24 January 2012 —  Brown University Applied Mathematics Professor and Deputy Director of ICERM, Jan Hesthaven was among four Brown faculty who spoke about the challenges and immense potential of “big data” during the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Read the Brown Press Release here.


23_January_2012
Researchers at ICERM Discuss Challenges in Developing Exascale Computer Architecture that is Energy Efficient

23 January 2012 — During ICERM's “Synchronization-reducing and Communication-reducing Algorithms and Programming Models for Large-scale Simulations” workshop held in early January, researchers made up of academics, industry, and national research lab leaders discussed the future of supercomputing and the mathematical challenges of creating new algorithms when memory and energy are prohibitively expensive. Read more at InnovationNewsDaily

This article was also featured on Yahoo!News



01 January 2012
NSF Math Institutes Provide Opportunities for Statistics Community

12 January 2012 — AMSTATNews recently published an article that stated, among other things, that the “Division of Mathematical Sciences (DMS) at NSF provides support for several institutes, including Statistical and Applied Mathematical Sciences Institute (SAMSI) and the Institute for Computational and Experimental Research in Mathematics (ICERM). These institutes offer a variety of research programs, including short courses and workshops. In 2011–2012, SAMSI has a program on uncertainty quantification and is organizing workshops in January and February. ICERM will offer a workshop on Bayesian nonparametrics in September. The institutes offer programs for graduate students, post-doctoral associates, and junior and senior faculty.”


11 January 2012
ICERM Featured on Architectural Website

 

11 January 2012 — Award winning New York-based firm Architecture Research Office (ARO) recently completed the Institute for Computational and Experimental Research in Mathematics, (ICERM) at Brown University. ARO’s work was featured on “Arch Daily", an architecture website.


02_January_2012
ICERM and Others Represented at the 2012 JMM Conference in Boston

02 January 2012 — Mathematical Institutes Open House at the Joint Mathematics Meetings on Wednesday, January 4, 2012 from 5:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m in Boston. Participants are warmly invited to attend this open house which is co-sponsored by 15 of the Mathematical Institutes in North America. This reception precedes the Gibbs Lecture. Come find out about the latest activities and programs at each of the institutes that may be suited to your own research.

The Open House will be held at the Boston Marriott Copley Place, in the Gloucester Room on the 3rd floor, located at 110 Huntington Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts.


08 December 2011
ICERM's Board of Trustees Chair Named President of ICIAM

08 December 2011 —  A professor at The Ohio State University and Chair of ICERM's Board of Trustees, Barbara Keyfitz became the first woman president of the International Council on Industrial and Applied Mathematics (ICIAM).

The Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM) has also announced that Professor Keyfitz will deliver the Noether Lecture at the 2012 Joint Mathematics Meetings.


21 November 2011
ICERM's Corporate Sponsorship Program Takes Off!

22 November 2011 — ICERM is pleased to announce its first corporate sponsor, Dassualt Systeme's SIMULIA brand. Through its sponsorship, SIMULIA, a company that delivers a scalable portfolio of realistic simulation solutions including the CATIA Analysis applications, the Abaqus product suite for Unified Finite Element Analysis, multiphysics solutions for insight into challenging engineering problems, and lifecycle management solutions for managing simulation data, processes, and intellectual property, will be able to gain insight into cutting edge mathematical research, apply what they learn from participation in ICERM programs to their own commercial applications, support the training of a new generation of mathematical scientists, enhance math education in a diverse community, and ultimately remain competitive in an ever-changing market.


21 November 2011
ICERM Launches Academic Sponsors Program

21 November 2011 — ICERM launches its Academic Sponsorship program. For more details click here.


01_November_2011
ICERM's Scientific Advisory Board Chair Helps Fights Crime

01 November 2011 — Andrea Bertozzi, ICERM's Scientific Advisory Board Chair, and her colleagues at UCLA have developed an algorithm to identify street gangs involved in unsolved crimes. The algorithm has the potential apply more broadly to activity on social networks.

UCLA Press Release:
http://newsroom.ucla.edu/portal/ucla/fighting-violent-gang-crime-with-218046.aspx

LA Times link
http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-ucla-gang-computer-20111101,0,563462.story


5 October 2011
NSF Launches SAVI

05 October 2011 —  Today, the NSF launched "SAVI", Science Across Virtual Institutes. Building on beneficial partnerships initiated by NSF-supported researchers, research institutes and universities, SAVI projects will address common challenges and serve as creative hubs for innovative research and education activities across borders. NSF will support U.S. participants,while their international partners will be supported by their own national or regional funding source.

During today's launch at the NSF in Washington, DC, ICERM Director Jill Pipher introduced the Virtual Institute for Mathematical and Statistical Sciences (VI-MSS) which, as part of SAVI, connects two existing NSF mathematical and statistical research institutes (ICERM and SAMSI) with several Indian research institutes, capitalizing on the strength of each in different facets of research. Jill was quoted as saying, "VI-MSS will address many global challenges by supporting fundamental and computational research in mathematics and statistics related to issues such as sustainability, cybersecurity, health, and the extraction of useful information from massive and complex data."

Here are links to the launch announcements:
http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=121825 (press release)

http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=121825&org=NSF&from=news
http://www.nsf.gov/news/special_reports/savi/index.jsp

View a video of the launch here:
http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_videos.jsp?cntn_id=121825&media_id=71270&org=NSF


ICERM launches its Corporate Sponsorship Program

4 October 2011 — ICERM launches its Corporate Sponsorship program. For more details click here.


Congratulations to "National Medal of Science" Recipients

3 October 2011 —  Srinivasa S.R.Varadhan, a professor at New York University's Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences and member of ICERM's Board of Trustees, and Richard Tapia, a Rice University Professor, Director of the Center for Excellence and Equity in Education, and honoree of the biennial Blackwell-Tapia Conference (which ICERM will co-sponsor in 2012), were both named recipients of the National Medal of Science, the highest honor bestowed by the United States government on scientists and engineers. They will be among the seven who will be honored at a White House ceremony later this year.


ICERM at SACNAS

30 September 2011 — Look for information about ICERM at the upcoming SACNAS conference this October. ICERM's Associate Director and Professor of Mathematics at Brown University, Jeff Brock, will be on-hand to answer questions about NSF's newest Math Institute during the "Modern Math Workshop" reception. Information about our programs will also be available at the NSF Math Institutes' table. We are pleased that Columbia University's Professor Jose Blanchet will represent ICERM, giving a talk on "Monte Carlo Methods for Risk Analysis". http://www.ipam.ucla.edu/programs/mmw2011/


ICERM Board of Trustees member Professor David Keyes was awarded the SIAM Prize for "Distinguished Service to the Profession"

1 August 2011 - In July 2011, ICERM Board of Trustees member Professor David Keyes was awarded the SIAM Prize for "Distinguished Service to the Profession" for his leadership and long-term advocacy of high performance computing and computational science and engineering. In March of 2011, Professor Keyes was named a 2011 SIAM Fellow.

For details about both honors, go to: http://www.apam.columbia.edu/announcements/Keyes_SIAM.html


Juan Meza (member of ICERM's Scientific Advisory Board) accepts Dean of Natural Sciences position at UC Merced
Juan Meza 3 June 2011 —  Juan Meza, member of ICERM's Scientific Advisory Board, has moved from Berkeley Lab to take on a new position as the Dean of Natural Sciences at UC Merced. Dr. Meza's research interests include applied mathematics and computer science with an eye toward computational research, including nonlinear optimization and parallel computing methods. Dr. Meza was named one of Hispanic Business magazine's "Top 100 Influentials of 2009" and one of the "Top 200 Most Influential Hispanics in Technology" by Hispanic Engineer and Information Technology magazine in April.  The official announcement can be found here.

David Mumford receives honorary degree from Brown University

29 May 2011 —  David Mumford, a member of ICERM's Board of Trustees and Education Advisory Board, received an honorary degree from Brown University at its 2011 Commencement. To read the citation, please click here.


ICERM Participates in Brown University's Commencement Forum Series

19 May 2011 —  ICERM will be participating in Brown University's Commencement Forum Series on Saturday, May 28th at 1:00 pm at the Sidney E. Frank Hall for Life Sciences, Nathan Marcuvitz Auditorium, Room 220. Hope to see you there! Please see the Brown University Commencement Fourms page for more information.


Associate Director Jan Hesthaven spoke at local "Providence Geeks" Dinner
Jan Hesthaven

14 March 2011 —  On Wednesday, March 16, 2011, Jan Hesthaven (Brown Professor of Applied Math, Director for the Center for Computation and Visualization, and Associate Director of ICERM) gave an overview of ICERM, including ways that the Institute and the local Geek community might work together. The goal of the Providence Geeks is to help Rhode Island's digital innovators connect, collaborate, and ultimately make the City-State and its geeks info-technology leaders. All are welcome!


ICERM Launch Ceremony

7 March 2011 —  On March 7, Brown University hosted a gathering of leaders from Brown University and representatives from the National Science Foundation, local and federal government, and corporations to celebrate the new Institute for Computational and Experimental Research in Mathematics (ICERM). Further details can be found in:


ICERM co-sponsored the Brown University SUMS conference on March 5, 2011

19 February 2011 —  ICERM co-sponsored the Brown University Symposium for Undergraduates in the Mathematical Sciences (SUMS), which took place March 5, 2011. The symposium's goal is to foster greater undergraduate interest and scholarship in mathematics by demonstrating the ubiquity of mathematics throughout the sciences. This year's symposium featured the topic of Math and the Design of Form.


David Mumford received National Medal of Science
David Mumford

17 November 2010 —  David Mumford received the National Medal of Science, the nation's highest scientific honor, from President Barack Obama at a White House ceremony on November 17. Mumford is a professor emeritus of applied mathematics at Brown University and currently serves as member of the Board of Trustees and the Education Advisory Board of ICERM. Further details can be found in Brown University's press release .


New NSF Mathematics Institute established

4 August 2010 —  The National Science Foundation (NSF) announced a $15.5M award for its newest Mathematical Sciences Research Institute. The Institute for Computational and Experimental Research in Mathematics (ICERM) at Brown University will become operational in June 2011. Its mission is to support and broaden the relationship between mathematics and computation. For further details, see Brown's press release.