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Computational scientist receives prestigious honor
The Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics will honor Franco Brezzi, one of the leading computational mathematicians of our day, as the 2009 John von Neumann Lecturer during the SIAM Annual Meeting in Denver, July 6-10. Brezzi is director of the Institute of Applied Mathematics and Information Technology and professor at the Institute for Advanced Study, Italy. (2009-06-30)

Professor honored with prestigious award for work in computational mathematics
Professor Assyr Abdulle, of École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland, will be honored with the James H. Wilkinson Prize in Numerical Analysis and Scientific Computing during the annual meeting of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics in Denver, July 6-10. (2009-06-30)

UT Austin professor honored with prestigious mathematics award
Mary F. Wheeler, of the University of Texas at Austin, will be awarded the Theodore von Kármán Prize at the SIAM Annual Meeting for her seminal research in numerical methods for partial differential equations, her leadership in the field of scientific computation and service to the scientific community, and for her pioneering work in the application of computational methods to the engineering sciences, most notably in geosciences. (2009-06-30)

Princeton professor to receive prestigious prize in mathematics
Weinan E., professor in the Department of Mathematics and Program in Applied and Computational Mathematics at Princeton University will be awarded the Ralph E. Kleinman Prize at the annual meeting of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics in Denver, July 6-10. (2009-06-30)

Improving math education in early childhood
Though many consider teaching math to young children to be unnecessary or inappropriate at this stage in their educational development, research shows that as early as infancy, children start to think about the world in mathematical ways (2009-06-30)

Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden professor to receive prestigious prize in mathematics
The W.T. and Idalia Reid Prize in Mathematics will be awarded to Anders Lindquist at the annual meeting of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics in Denver, July 6-10. Lindquist is being recognized for his fundamental contributions to the theory of stochastic systems, signals and control. He is head of the Division of Optimization and Systems Theory and director of the Strategic Center for Industrial and Applied Mathematics both at the Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden. (2009-06-30)

UT Austin professor to receive prize for distinguished service
J. Tinsley Oden will receive the SIAM Prize for Distinguished Service to the Profession on Tuesday, July 7, during the annual meeting of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics in Denver. Oden, director of ICES at the University of Texas at Austin, will be honored for his tireless service to the applied mathematics and mechanics communities. (2009-06-30)

Getting the most out of gemstones
Emeralds, rubies and the like are referred to as colored gemstones by experts. They sparkle and shine with varying intensity, depending on the cut. A new machine can achieve the best possible cut and extract up to 30 percent more precious stone from the raw material. (2009-06-25)

University of Nevada, Reno mathematician receives nuclear energy grant to study reactors
University of Nevada, Reno mathematics researcher and faculty member Pavel Solin can help make a nuclear reactor run more efficiently, and he will be using scientific computing to prove it as part of a national effort to develop the next generation of nuclear technologies. (2009-06-19)

Rare disorder gives modelers first glimpse at immune system development
Children born without thymus glands have given Duke University Medical Center researchers a rare opportunity to watch as a new immune system develops its population of infection-fighting T cells. Researchers led by Thomas Kepler, Ph.D., division chief of computational biology, tracked three young patients after thymus tissue transplantation to measure the growth of a T cell population -- with all of its diversity -- and learn about regulation mechanisms. (2009-06-16)

D.C. Math for America awarded $1.5-million NSF grant
In 2008, the Carnegie Institution's Carnegie Academy for Science Education launched a partnership with Math for America and American University. The program is to improve the mathematics education of Washington, D.C., public and public charter secondary school students by selecting and educating fellows to become skilled teachers. Using stimulus funds, the National Science Foundation has just awarded MfA DC a $1.498-million grant to cover costs for the first 14 fellows. (2009-06-15)

CSE Prize 2009 awarded to scientists for rbMIT software package
Springer, a leading global scientific publisher, has awarded the Computational Science and Engineering Prize 2009 to Phuong Huynh, Ngoc-Cuong Nguyen and Gianluigi Rozza for developing the software package rbMIT, used in solving parametrized partial differential equations by the reduced basis method. This package is an outstanding example of CSE software and is being used for both research and CSE education. The CSE Prize, established this year by Springer, is accompanied by $10,000. (2009-06-15)

SIAM Journal on Financial Mathematics to launch in 2010
Continuing to advance its mission to publish journals of high quality, relevance and originality, the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics is pleased to announce that the SIAM Journal on Financial Mathematics will launch in early 2010. SIFIN, which will feature continuous electronic publication, will serve as an essential resource for finance researchers and practitioners as it brings together theoretical developments in financial mathematics and breakthroughs in the computational challenges they encompass. (2009-06-12)

NJIT mathematicians named first fellows of math society
Two professors of mathematics at NJIT will number among the first Fellows named by the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics. Gregory Kriegsmann, Ph.D., noted for his research in applied mathematics, asymptotic methods and more, will receive the honor. (2009-06-10)

AMNH endorses Carnegie effort to transform science education
The American Museum of Natural History added its support to the Carnegie Corporation of New York-IAS Commission on Mathematics and Science Education in its call to (2009-06-10)

Math theories may hold clues to origin, future of life in universe, K-State professor says
Louis Crane, K-State professor of mathematics, is studying new theories about why the universe is the way it is. Crane hopes to uncover implications of these theories for the origin and the future of life. (2009-06-09)

MIT takes aim at 'phantom' traffic jams
A team of MIT mathematicians has developed a model that describes how and under what conditions (2009-06-09)

Snakes use friction and redistribution of their weight to slither on flat terrain
Snakes use both friction generated by their scales and redistribution of their weight to slither along flat surfaces, researchers at New York University and the Georgia Institute of Technology have found. Their findings, which appear in the latest issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, run counter to previous studies that have shown snakes move by pushing laterally against rocks and branches. (2009-06-08)

Culture, not biology, underpins math gender gap
For more than a century, the notion that females are innately less capable than males at doing mathematics, especially at the highest levels, has persisted in even the loftiest circles. (2009-06-01)

2 Central High (Philadelphia) grads honored by AIBS
Each year the American Institute of Biological Sciences recognizes eminent individuals or groups for outstanding contributions to the biological sciences. Since 1972, AIBS has presented the Distinguished Scientist Award annually to individuals who have made significant scientific contributions to the biological sciences, particularly in the fields of integrative and organismal biology. The award is presented at the AIBS Annual Meeting. The 2009 Annual Meeting was recently held in Arlington, Va. (2009-05-28)

K-State grad student receives National Science Foundation fellowship for computer science
Tim Weninger, research associate in computer science at K-State, will receive three years of funding for graduate studies in computer science. (2009-05-26)

Inexpensive plastic used in CDs could improve aircraft, computer electronics
The inexpensive plastic now used to manufacture CDs and DVDs may soon be put to use in improving the integrity of electronics in aircraft, computers and iPhones. Thanks to a pair of grants from the US Air Force, a team of UH researchers have demonstrated ultra-high electrical conductive properties in these plastics. The findings are chronicled in a recent issue of the Journal of Applied Physics. (2009-05-15)

U of Minnesota's Institute for Mathematics receives funding for five new math postdoctoral fellows
he University of Minnesota Institute for Mathematics and its Applications at the University of Minnesota received funding for five new math postdoctoral fellows as part of a new National Science Foundation initiative to create jobs for talented young mathematicians. (2009-05-12)

Chemists honor retired executive Norman Augustine and Reps. Honda, Gingrey
Reps. Mike Honda and Phil Gingrey, along with noted science policy expert Norman R. Augustine, have been awarded the American Chemical Society's 2009 Public Service Award. (2009-05-06)

Bringing underrepresented groups into mathematics
The Department of Statistics at North Carolina State University and the Department of Mathematics at the University of Mississippi are recognized by the American Mathematical Society for their programs that successfully address the issue of underrepresented groups in mathematics. (2009-05-01)

Two Argonne mathematicians recognized as SIAM Fellows
Hans G. Kaper and Jorge Moré, both researchers from the US Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory, have been named Fellows of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM). (2009-05-01)

Keynoter to highlight need for continual change in sustainable education reform
Any educational reform, no matter how effective it may seem today, will have to change in order to last, according to University of Chicago education researcher Jeanne Century. (2009-04-28)

Workshop seeks to lure women researchers from industry to academia
Experienced women researchers in the private sector are invited to apply for a workshop that will offer support to women who are considering making the jump to academia. Recruiting women from industry is a new approach that seeks to boost the number of women in US science, technology, engineering and mathematics departments. (2009-04-21)

UH initiative will use 'Harry Potter' to conjure love for science in Houston-area schools
Hoping that science will cast a spell on local middle and high school students, a University of Houston team is starting a program that will harness the magical draw of the Harry Potter series to make technical subjects resonate in local classrooms. The initiative will pair teachers from the Houston, Dickinson and Galena Park school districts with graduate students from two UH colleges. (2009-04-20)

Scientists discover 'dancing' algae
Scientists at the Cambridge University have discovered that freshwater algae can form stable groupings in which they dance around each other, miraculously held together only by the fluid flows they create. Their research was published today in the journal Physical Review Letters. (2009-04-20)

Nebraska Mathematics Department receives AMS national award
The Mathematics Department at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln has been given the 2009 Award for an Exemplary Program or Achievement in a Mathematics Department. Presented annually by the American Mathematical Society, the award recognizes a college or university mathematics department that has distinguished itself by undertaking an unusual or particularly effective program of value to the mathematics community, internally or in relation to the rest of society. (2009-04-14)

Carnegie Mellon's Dana Scott awarded Sobolev Institute Gold Medal
The Russian Academy of Science's Sobolev Institute of Mathematics has awarded its 2009 Gold Medal for Great Contributions to Mathematics to Dana S. Scott, the Hillman University Professor of Computer Science, Philosophy and Mathematical Logic, Emeritus, at Carnegie Mellon University. (2009-04-14)

Duke physicists see the cosmos in a coffee cup
A Duke University professor and his graduate student have discovered a universal principle that unites the curious interplay of light and shadow on the surface of your morning coffee with the way gravity magnifies and distorts light from distant galaxies. (2009-04-14)

Mathematics and climate change
How mathematical models of percolation, a physical process in which a fluid moves and filters through a porous solid, apply to the study of sea ice. (2009-04-13)

6 out of every 10 university students present 'mathematical anxiety' or fear of this subject
A study carried out at the University of Granada concludes that this problem affects more women than men. The research work was carried out through a survey to 885 first-year students of 23 degrees given at the UGR who study mathematics. Tension, nervousness, concern, worry, edginess, impatience, confusion, fear and mental block are some of the symptoms of this disorder. (2009-04-01)

Relocation, relocation, relocation
As sea levels rise in the wake of climate change and semi-arid regions turn to desert, people living in those parts of the world are likely to be displaced. A mathematical approach to planned relocation reported in the International Journal of Mathematics and Operational Research. (2009-04-01)

Rutgers selected to co-lead Homeland Security research center
The United States Department of Homeland Security has selected Rutgers University as the co-lead for a new DHS Center of Excellence to conduct research into the technological issues involved with maintaining homeland security. Rutgers and its co-lead, Purdue University, will together receive up to $5 million per year over a period of six years, for an anticipated total of as much as $30 million. (2009-04-01)

Alternative teacher certification programs do not meet expectations
What began in the 1980s as a possible way to relieve teacher shortages and improve instructional quality in areas such as mathematics and science, alternative teacher certification programs have become a widespread strategy used in almost every state. In a new study, University of Missouri researchers have found that ATCPs, which are designed to allow industry professionals to become certified teachers, may not be meeting initial expectations and some experience in a learning profession seems to predict better teaching in schools. (2009-03-25)

Software fits flexible components
Can the newly designed dashboard be easily installed? What paths should the assembly robot take so that the cables do not hit against the car body? A new software program simulates assembly paths and also factors in the pliability of components. (2009-03-23)

Women opt out of math/science careers because of family demands
Women tend to choose nonmath-intensive fields for their careers -- not because they lack mathematical ability, but because they want flexibility to raise children or prefer less math-intensive fields of science, reports a new Cornell study. (2009-03-13)

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