West Windsor-Plainsboro High School South, West Wind-
sor, New Jersey; Ray Li, Phillips Exeter Academy, Exeter,
New Hampshire; Mark Sellke, William Henry Harrison
High School, Evansville, Indiana; Bobby Shen, Dulles
High School, Sugar Land, Texas; Zhuoqun Song, Phillips
Exeter Academy, Exeter, New Hampshire; David Stoner,
South Aiken High School, Aiken, South Carolina; Thomas
Swayze, Canyon Crest Academy, San Diego, California;
and Victor Wang, Ladue Horton Watkins High School,
The twelve USAMO winners will attend the Mathemati-
cal Olympiad Summer Program (MOSP) at the University
of Nebraska, Lincoln. Ten of the twelve will take the team
selection test to qualify for the U. S. team. The six students
with the highest combined scores from the test and the
USAMO will become members of the U. S. team and will
compete in the International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO)
to be held in Santa Marta, Colombia, July 18–28, 2013.
—From Mathematical Association
of America announcements
Moody’s Mega Math Challenge
The winners of the 2013 Mega Math Challenge for high
school students have been announced. The topic for this
year’s competition dealt with recycling. Each group had
to quantify the plastic waste filling U.S. landfills, come
up with the best recycling methods for U.S. cities to
implement based on their demographics, and recommend
guidelines for nationwide recycling standards.
A team from Wayzata High School in Plymouth, Min-
nesota, was awarded the Summa Cum Laude Team Prize
of US$20,000 in scholarship money. The members of the
team were Jenny Lai, Abram Sanderson, Amy Xiong,
Lynn Zhang, and Roy Zhao. Their coach was Thomas
The Magna Cum Laude Team Prize of US$15,000 in
scholarship money was awarded to a team from North
Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, Durham,
North Carolina. The team members were Jeffrey An,
Dayton Ellwanger, Christie Jiang, and Anne Kelley.
They were coached by Daniel Teague.
The Cum Laude Team Prize of US$10,000 was awarded
to a team from North Penn High School, Lansdale, Penn-
sylvania. The team members were Priya Kikani, Scott
Landes, Patrick Nicodemus, Julianna Supplee, and
Francis Walsh. Their coach was Dianne Wakefield.
The Meritorious Team Prize of US$7,500 was awarded
to a team from T. R. Robinson High School, Tampa, Florida.
The team members were Lauren Lopez, Ravi Patel,
Chris Sipes, Dylan Wang, and Anna Yannakopoulos.
They were coached by Judi Charley-Sale.
The Exemplary Team Prize of US$5,000 was awarded to
a team from Evanston Township High School, Evanston, Il-
linois. The team members were Maggie Davies, Caroline
Duke, Laura Goetz, Katie Latimer, and Dina Sinclair.
Their coach was Mark Vondracek.
The First Honorable Mention Team Prize of US$2,500
was awarded to a team from Montgomery Blair High
School, Silver Spring, Maryland. The team members were
Alexander Bourzutschky, Alan Du, Tatyana Gubin,
Lisha Ruan, and Audrey Shi. They were coached by
The Mega Math Challenge invites teams of high school
juniors and seniors to solve an open-ended, realistic, chal-
lenging modeling problem focused on real-world issues.
The top five teams receive awards ranging from US$5,000
to US$20,000 in scholarship money. The competition is
sponsored by the Moody’s Foundation, a charitable foun-
dation established by Moody’s Corporation, and organized
by the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics
—From a Moody’s Foundation/SIAM announcement
Malloy and Rubillo Receive
NCTM Lifetime Achievement
The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM)
has presented Mathematics Education Trust (MET) Life-
time Achievement Awards for Distinguished Service to
Mathematics Education to Carol E. Malloy, Wilmington,
North Carolina, and James M. Rubillo, Bucks County Com-
munity College, Newtown, Pennsylvania. Malloy has been a
voice and a leader in mathematics education. Throughout
her career she has worked to address the inequities that
African American, Latino, and Native American students
face in learning mathematics. She has served on the NCTM
Board of Directors, edited NCTM yearbooks, reviewed
journal manuscripts, written journal articles, served on
committees, given presentations, and been elected presi-
dent of the Benjamin Banneker Association, an NCTM af-
filiate. She served on the writing team for the publication
Principles and Standards for School Mathematics. In 2010
she was awarded the first annual UNC–Chapel Hill School
of Education Black Alumni Impact Award. She is currently
serving as a lead author for Glencoe/McGraw-Hill K–12
school mathematics programs.
Rubillo has been an inspirational leader, communicator,
and advocate for mathematics education for more than
forty-five years. He has made numerous contributions to
the mathematics education community, with a special
emphasis on technology and teaching mathematics at the
community college and high school levels. He participated
in developing NCTM’s An Agenda for Action, released in
1980, the first publication to focus on problem solving as
a basic skill, which changed the direction of mathematics
education in the United States. His vision for improving
instruction extended to the use of technology to reach
more educators through such initiatives as Math in the
Media and Math Matters. He served as executive director
of NCTM from 2001 to 2009. He received an honorary
doctor of science degree from West Chester University
in 2004, and in 2008 the National Council of Supervisors
of Mathematics presented him with NCSM’s Ross Taylor/
Glenn Gilbert National Leadership Award.
—From NCTM announcements
National Academy of Sciences
The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) has elected
eighty-four new members and twenty-one foreign associ-
ates for 2013. Following are the new members whose work
involves the mathematical sciences: Manjul Bhargava,
Princeton University; S. James Gates Jr., University of
Maryland, College Park; Juris Hartmanis, Cornell Uni-
versity; Victor Kac, Massachusetts Institute of Technol-
ogy; Gregory F. Lawler, University of Chicago; Juan
Maldacena, Institute for Advanced Study; James A.
Sethian, University of California Berkeley; Éva Tardos,
Cornell University; David A. Vogan Jr., Massachusetts
Institute of Technology; Avi Wigderson, Institute for Ad-
vanced Study; and Horng-Tzer Yau, Harvard University.
Peter G. Hall, University of Melbourne, Australia, was
elected as a foreign associate.
—From an NAS announcement
American Academy of Arts
and Sciences Elections
The American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AAAS) has
elected 186 new fellows and 12 foreign honorary mem-
bers for 2013. Following are the new fellows whose work
involves the mathematical sciences.
Lawrence D. Brown, University of Pennsylvania,
Wharton School; Philip J. Hanlon, University of Michigan/
Dartmouth College; Herve Jacquet, Columbia Univer-
sity; H. Blaine Lawson Jr., Stony Brook University, State
University of New York; Duong H. Phong, Columbia
University; Sorin Popa, University of California, Los An-
geles; Walter A. Strauss, Brown University; Richard A.
Tapia, Rice University; and Bin Yu, University of Califor-
nia, Berkeley. Elected as a foreign honorary member was
Henri Berestycki, École des Hautes Études en Sciences
—From an AAAS announcement
AWM Essay Contest Winners
The Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM) has
announced the winners of its 2013 essay contest, “Biog-
raphies of Contemporary Women in Mathematics”.
The grand prize was awarded to Rebecca Myers, High
Tech High International, San Diego, California, for her
essay “Sara Billey: The Most Famous ‘Sara in Math’”. The
essay won first place in the high school category and will
be published in the AWM Newsletter.
First place in the undergraduate-level category went to
Joy Otobo, Benue State University, Kaduna, Nigeria, for
her essay “Destined to Count”. First place in the middle
school-level category went to Emmanuel Martinez, Ly-
ford Middle School, Lyford, Texas, for his essay “A Teacher
—From an AWM announcement
Royal Society Elections
The Royal Society of London has elected its new fellows
for 2013. The new fellows whose work involves the math-
ematical sciences are: Keith Ball, University of Warwick;
Raymond Goldstein, University of Cambridge; Gareth
Roberts, University of Warwick; Alan Turnbull, National
Physical Laboratory; and Julia Yeomans, University of
Oxford. Elected as a foreign member was Elliott Lieb,
—From a Royal Society announcement
Department of Mathematics
The Department of Mathematics invites applications for tenure-track
faculty position(s) at the rank of Assistant Professor in all areas of
mathematics. Other things being equal, preference will be given to
areas consistent with the Department’s strategic planning.
Applicants should have a PhD degree and strong experience
in research and teaching. Applicants with exceptionally strong
qualiﬁ cations and experience in research and teaching may be
considered for position(s) above the Assistant Professor rank.
Starting rank and salary will depend on qualiﬁ cations and experience.
Fringe beneﬁ ts include medical/dental beneﬁ ts and annual leave.
Housing will also be provided where applicable. Initial appointment
will be made on a three-year contract, renewable subject to mutual
agreement. A gratuity will be payable upon successful completion
of the contract.
Applications received on or before 31 December 2013 will be given
full consideration for appointment in 2014. Applications received
afterwards will be considered subject to the availability of position(s).
Applicants should send their curriculum vitae together with at least
three research references and one teaching reference to the Human
Resources Ofﬁ ce, HKUST, Clear Water Bay, Kowloon, Hong Kong.
Applicants for position(s) above the Assistant Professor rank should
send their curriculum vitae and the names of at least three research
referees to the Human Resources Ofﬁ ce.
More information about the University is available on the University’s
homepage at http://www.ust.hk.
(Information provided by applicants will be used for recruitment and other employment-related purposes.)
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AMS Travel Grants for ICM
The American Mathematical Society has applied to the
National Science Foundation (NSF) for funds to permit
partial travel support for U.S. mathematicians attending
the 2014 International Congress of Mathematicians (ICM
2014), August 13–21, 2014, in Seoul, Korea. Subject to
the award decision by the NSF, the Society is preparing to
administer the selection process, which would be similar
to previous programs funded in 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002,
2006, and 2010.
Instructions on how to apply for support will be
available on the AMS website at http://www.ams.org/
programs/travel-grants/icm. The application period
will be September 1–November 15, 2013. This travel
grants program, if funded, will be administered by the
Membership and Programs Department, AMS, 201 Charles
Street, Providence, RI 02904-2294. You can contact us at
ICM2014@ams.org; 800-321-4267, ext. 4113; or 401-455-
This program is open to U.S. mathematicians (those who
are currently affiliated with a U.S. institution). Early-career
mathematicians (those within six years of their doctorate),
women, and members of U.S. groups underrepresented in
mathematics are especially encouraged to apply. ICM 2014
Invited Speakers from U.S. institutions should submit ap-
plications if funding is desired.
Applications will be evaluated by a panel of mathemati-
cal scientists under the terms of a proposal submitted to
the National Science Foundation by the Society.
Should the proposal to the NSF be funded, the following
conditions will apply: mathematicians accepting grants for
partial support of the travel to ICM 2014 may not supple-
ment them with any other NSF funds. Currently, it is the
intention of the NSF’s Division of Mathematical Sciences to
provide no additional funds on its other regular research
grants for travel to ICM in 2014. However, an individual
mathematician who does not receive a travel grant may use
regular NSF grant funds, subject to the usual restrictions
and prior approval requirements.
grants/icm for more details. All information currently
available about the ICM 2014 program, organization, and
registration procedure is located on the ICM 2014 website,
—AMS Membership and Programs Department
Committee on Education
Launches New Award
At its January 2013 meeting, the AMS Council gave final
approval to a new award proposed by the Committee on
Education. The award recognizes outstanding contribu-
tions by mathematicians to education in mathematics
at the pre-college level and during the first two years of
Award for Impact on the Teaching and Learn-
ing of Mathematics
The Award for Impact on the Teaching and
Learning of Mathematics was established by
the AMS Committee on Education in 2013. The
award is given annually to a mathematician
(or group of mathematicians) who has made
significant contributions of lasting value to
mathematics education. Priorities of the award
include recognition of (a) accomplished math-
ematicians who have worked directly with pre-
college teachers to enhance teachers’ impact on
mathematics achievement for all students, or
(b) sustainable and replicable contributions by
mathematicians to improving the mathematics
education of students in the first two years of
The endowment fund that supports the award was
established by a contribution from Kenneth I. and Mary
Lou Gross in honor of their daughters Laura and Karen.
The US$1,000 award is given annually. The recipient is
selected by the Committee on Education.
Nominations for the first award are now open online
at ams.org/profession/prizes-awards/prizes. The
nomination deadline is September 15, 2013.
The Society gratefully acknowledges Professor and Mrs.
Gross for their generosity in creating the endowed fund.
Their gift demonstrates their steadfast commitment to
mathematics and to preparing our nation’s educators to
teach it. The Kenneth I. and Mary Lou Gross Fund will
provide a perpetual source of support for the new award.
—AMS Committee on Education
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AMS Scholarships for “Math in
The Math in Moscow program at the Independent Univer-
sity of Moscow (IUM) was created in 2001 to provide for-
eign students (primarily from the United States, Canada,
and Europe) with a semester-long, mathematically inten-
sive program of study in the Russian tradition of teaching
mathematics, the main feature of which has always been
the development of a creative approach to studying math-
ematics from the outset—the emphasis being on problem
solving rather than memorizing theorems.
Indeed, discovering mathematics under the guidance of
an experienced teacher is the central principle of the IUM,
and the Math in Moscow program emphasizes in-depth
understanding of carefully selected material rather than
broad surveys of large quantities of material. Even in the
treatment of the most traditional subjects, students are
helped to explore significant connections with contempo-
rary research topics. The IUM is a small, elite institution
of higher learning focusing primarily on mathematics and
was founded in 1991 at the initiative of a group of well-
known Russian research mathematicians, who now make
up the Academic Council of the university. Today, the IUM
is one of the leading mathematical centers in Russia. Most
of the Math in Moscow program’s teachers are internation-
ally recognized research mathematicians, and all of them
have considerable teaching experience in English, typically
in the United States or Canada. All instruction is in English.
With funding from the National Science Foundation
(NSF), the AMS awards five US$9,000 scholarships each
semester to U.S. students to attend the Math in Moscow
program. To be eligible for the scholarships, students
must be either U.S. citizens or enrolled at a U.S. institu-
tion at the time they attend the Math in Moscow program.
Students must apply separately to the IUM’s Math in
Moscow program and to the AMS Math in Moscow Schol-
arship program. Undergraduate or graduate mathematics
or computer science majors may apply. The deadlines
for applications for the scholarship program are Septem-
ber 15, 2013, for the spring 2014 semester and April 15,
2014, for the fall 2014 semester.
Information and application forms for Math in Mos-
cow are available on the Web at http://www.mccme.
ru/mathinmoscow or by writing to: Math in Moscow,
P.O. Box 524, Wynnewood, PA 19096; fax: +7095-291-
65-01; email: email@example.com. Information and applica-
tion forms for the AMS scholarships are available on
the AMS website at http://www.ams.org/programs/
travel-grants/mimoscow or by writing to: Math in
Moscow Program, Membership and Programs Department,
American Mathematical Society, 201 Charles Street, Provi-
dence, RI 02904-2294; email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
—AMS Membership and Programs Department
Call for Nominations for AWM-
Birman Research Prize in
Topology and Geometry
The Executive Committee of the Association for Women
in Mathematics (AWM) has established the AWM–Joan &
Joseph Birman Research Prize in Topology and Geometry
to highlight exceptional research in some area of topology/
geometry by a woman early in her career. The prize will be
awarded every other year, with the first prize presented
at the AWM reception at the Joint Mathematics Meetings
in San Antonio, Texas, in January 2015.
The prize is made possible by a generous contribution
from Joan Birman, whose work has been in low-dimen-
sional topology, and her husband, Joseph, who is a theo-
retical physicist whose specialty is applications of group
theory to solid state physics. Dr. Birman says, “Mathemati-
cal research has played a central role in my own life and
has been a source of deep personal satisfaction. In ad-
dition, some of my closest friendships have come about
through joint work. Finally, as a teacher I felt privileged
to be there when my students had their own ‘aha’ mo-
ments. From my own life I know that creative research in
mathematics can present special difficulties when women
have young children. I felt the conflict personally when my
young children were pulling at my clothing to get my atten-
tion, but I was in ‘math mode’. Everything I know suggests
that women have greater difficulty handling this particular
conflict than men. I also know that children grow up and
develop interests of their own, and when that happens the
conflict slowly diminishes. Also, if you have experienced
the rich satisfaction of creative research at an early career
time, you never forget it. Moreover, the math community
will almost certainly be welcoming if you have taken a
break but then start to have good research ideas again.
Those are the reasons why it was an easy decision for us
to use money that we’d set aside to encourage research
by talented young women through this AWM early career
prize. What better use could we find for our money?”
When reviewing nominations for this award, the field
will be broadly interpreted to include topology, geometry,
geometric group theory, and related areas. Candidates
should be women within ten years of receiving their Ph.D.’s
or having not yet received tenure. Nominations should be
submitted by February 15, 2014.
For further information on the AWM–Joan & Joseph
Birman Research Prize and nomination materials, please
Call for Nominations for Sloan
Nominations for candidates for Sloan Research Fellow-
ships, sponsored by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation,
are due by September 16, 2013. A candidate must be a
member of the regular faculty at a college or university
in the United States or Canada and must have received
the Ph.D. or equivalent within the six years prior to the
nomination. For information write to: Sloan Research Fel-
lowships, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, 630 Fifth Avenue,
Suite 2550, New York, New York 10111-0242; or consult
the foundation’s website: http://www.sloan.org/fel-
—From a Sloan Foundation announcement
NSF Focused Research Groups
The Focused Research Groups (FRG) activity of the Division
of Mathematical Sciences (DMS) of the National Science
Foundation (NSF) supports small groups of researchers
in the mathematical sciences.
The deadline date for full proposals is September 20,
2013. The FRG solicitation may be found on the Web at
—From an NSF announcement
NSF Mathematical Sciences
The Mathematical Sciences Postdoctoral Research Fellow-
ship program of the Division of Mathematical Sciences
(DMS) of the National Science Foundation (NSF) awards fel-
lowships each year that are designed to permit awardees
to choose research environments that will have maximal
impact on their future scientific development. Awards of
these fellowships are made for appropriate research in
areas of the mathematical sciences, including applications
to other disciplines. Fellows may opt to choose either
a research fellowship or a research instructorship. The
deadline for this year’s applications is October 16, 2013.
Applications must be submitted via FastLane on the World
Wide Web. For more information see the website http://
—From an NSF announcement
NSA Mathematical Sciences
Grants and Sabbaticals
As the nation’s largest employer of mathematicians, the
National Security Agency (NSA) is a strong supporter of the
academic mathematics community in the United States.
Through the Mathematical Sciences Program, the NSA
provides research funding and sabbatical opportunities
for eligible faculty members in the mathematical sciences.
Grants for Research in Mathematics. The Mathematical
Sciences Program (MSP) supports self-directed, unclassi-
fied research in the following areas of mathematics: alge-
bra, number theory, discrete mathematics, probability, and
statistics. The Research Grants program offers three types
of grants: the Young Investigators Grant, the Standard
Grant, and the Senior Investigators Grant. The program
also supports conferences and workshops (typically in
the range of US$15,000–$20,000) in these five mathemati-
cal areas. The program does not entertain research or
conference proposals that involve cryptology. A Special
Situation Proposal category is for research experience
for undergraduates or events that do not fall within the
typical “research” conference format. In particular, MSP
is interested in supporting efforts that increase broader
participation in the mathematical sciences, promote wide
dissemination of mathematics, and promote the education
and training of undergraduates and graduate students.
Principal investigators, graduate students, and all other
personnel supported by NSA grants must be U.S. citizens
or permanent residents of the United States at the time
of proposal submission. Proposals should be submitted
electronically by October 15, 2013, via the program web-
Sabbatical Program. NSA’s Mathematics Sabbatical Pro-
gram offers mathematicians, statisticians, and computer
scientists the unique opportunity to develop skills in di-
rections that would be nearly impossible anywhere else.
Sabbatical employees work side by side with other NSA
scientists on projects that involve cryptanalysis, coding
theory, number theory, discrete mathematics, statistics
and probability, and many other subjects. Visitors spend
9–24 months at NSA, and most find that within a very
short period of time they are able to make significant
NSA pays 50 percent of salary and benefits during
academic months and 100 percent of salary and benefits
during summer months of the sabbatical detail. A hous-
ing supplement is available to help offset the cost of local
Applicants must be U. S. citizens and must be able to ob-
tain a security clearance. A complete application includes
a cover letter and curriculum vitae with list of significant
publications. The cover letter should describe the appli-
cant’s research interests, programming experience and
level of fluency, and how an NSA sabbatical would affect
teaching and research upon return to academia. Additional
information about the Sabbatical Program is available
For more information about the Grants or Sabbaticals
Program, please contact the program office at 301-688-
0400. You may also send email to email@example.com.
—Mathematical Sciences Program announcement
Research Experiences for
The Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)
program supports active research participation by under-
graduate students in any of the areas of research funded
by the National Science Foundation (NSF). Student research
may be supported in two forms: REU supplements and
REU supplements may be requested for ongoing NSF-
funded research projects or may be included in proposals
for new or renewal NSF grants or cooperative agreements.
REU sites are based on independent proposals to initi-
ate and conduct undergraduate research participation
projects for a number of students. REU site projects may
be based in a single discipline or academic department
or on interdisciplinary or multidepartment research op-
portunities with a strong intellectual focus. Proposals with
an international dimension are welcomed. A partnership
with the Department of Defense supports REU sites in
research areas relevant to defense. Undergraduate student
participants supported with NSF funds in either supple-
ments or sites must be citizens or permanent residents
of the United States or its possessions.
Students may not apply to NSF to participate in REU
activities. Students apply directly to REU sites and should
consult the directory of active REU sites on the Web
cfm. The deadline for full proposals for REU sites is Au-
gust 28, 2013. Deadline dates for REU supplements vary
with the research program; contact the program director
for more information. The full program announcement
can be found at the website http://www.nsf.gov/
—From an NSF announcement
Call for Nominations for 2012
The Association for Symbolic Logic (ASL) invites nomina-
tions for the 2012 Sacks Prize for the most outstanding
doctoral dissertation in mathematical logic. The Sacks
Prize consists of a cash award and five years’ free member-
ship in the ASL. Dissertations must have been defended
by September 30, 2013.
General information about the prize is available at
details about nomination procedures, see http://www.
—From an ASL announcement
Call for Nominations for Otto
The European Mathematical Society (EMS) is seeking nomi-
nations for the Otto Neugebauer Prize for the History of
Mathematics. The prize will be awarded “for highly original
and influential work in the field of history of mathematics
that enhances our understanding of either the develop-
ment of mathematics or a particular mathematical subject
in any period and in any geographical region.” The award
comprises a certificate including the citation and a cash
prize of 5,000 euros (approximately US$6,500). The dead-
line for nominations is December 31, 2013. For further
information see the website http://www.euro-math-
—From an EMS announcement
News from PIMS
The Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences (PIMS)
invites nominations of outstanding young researchers in
the mathematical sciences for postdoctoral fellowships
for the year 2014–2015.
Nominees must have a Ph.D. or equivalent (or expect to
receive a Ph.D. by December 31, 2014) and must be within
three years of receipt of the Ph.D. at the time of the nomi-
nation (i.e., Ph.D. received on or after January 1, 2011).
The fellowship may be taken up at any time between
September 1, 2014, and January 1, 2015. The fellowship
is for one year and is renewable, contingent on satisfac-
tory progress, for at most one additional year. PIMS post-
doctoral fellows are expected to participate in all PIMS
activities related to their areas of expertise and will be
encouraged to spend time at more than one site.
Candidates must be nominated by at least one scientist
or by a department (or departments) affiliated with PIMS.
The fellowships are intended to supplement support pro-
vided by the sponsor and are tenable at any of the PIMS Ca-
nadian member universities: the University of Alberta, the
University of British Columbia, the University of Calgary,
the University of Lethbridge, the University of Regina, the
University of Saskatchewan, Simon Fraser University, and
the University of Victoria, as well as at the PIMS affiliate,
the University of Northern British Columbia.
Complete applications must be uploaded to MathJobs
by December 1, 2013. For further information, see the
postdoctoral or contact assistant.director@pims.
—From a PIMS announcement
Inside the AMS
Math in Moscow Scholarships
The AMS has made awards to six mathematics students
to attend the Math in Moscow program in the fall of 2013.
Following are the names of the undergraduate students
and their institutions: Alexander Dunlap, University of
Chicago; Vishesh Jain, Stanford University; Jonathan
Lai, University of Texas at Austin; Quan Nguyen, Hen-
drix College; David Richman, Massachusetts Institute of
Technology; and Forrest Thurman, University of Central
Math in Moscow is a program of the Independent
University of Moscow that offers foreign students (under-
graduate or graduate students specializing in mathemat-
ics and/or computer science) the opportunity to spend a
semester in Moscow studying mathematics. All instruction
is given in English. The fifteen-week program is similar to
the Research Experiences for Undergraduates programs
that are held each summer across the United States.
The AMS awards several scholarships for U.S. students
to attend the Math in Moscow program. The scholarships
are made possible through a grant from the National Sci-
ence Foundation. For more information about Math in
Moscow, consult http://www.mccme.ru/mathinmoscow
and the article “Bringing Eastern European mathematical
traditions to North American students,” Notices, November
2003, pages 1250–4.
AMS Congressional Fellow
The American Mathematical Society is pleased to announce
that Karen Saxe has been selected as its 2013–14 Con-
The fellowship provides a unique public policy learning
experience, demonstrates the value of science-government
interaction, and brings a technical background and
external perspective to the decision-making process in
Saxe is currently chair of the mathematics, statistics,
and computer science department at Macalester College.
She received her Ph.D. in mathematics from the University
of Oregon. The AMS will sponsor her fellowship through
the Congressional Fellowship program administered by
the American Association for the Advancement of Science
Fellows spend a year on the staff of a member of Con-
gress or a congressional committee working as a special
legislative assistant in legislative and policy areas requir-
ing scientific and technical input. The fellowship program
includes an orientation on congressional and executive
branch operations and a year-long seminar series on issues
involving science, technology, and public policy.
—AMS Washington Office
AMS Sponsors Exhibit on
The AMS sponsored an exhibit at the nineteenth annual
Coalition for National Science Funding (CNSF) exhibition
and reception on Capitol Hill on May 7, 2013. Philip T.
Gressman, University of Pennsylvania, presented work on
“The Boltzmann Equation: Where Mathematics and Science
Collide”. The exhibition drew more than 285 people, in-
cluding 10 members of Congress, to view thirty-five exhib-
its on research funded by the National Science Foundation.
Gressman and his colleague Robert M. Strain have
found solutions to a 140-year-old, seven-dimensional
equation that were not known to exist for more than a
century despite its widespread use in modeling the be-
havior of gases.
Professor Philip T. Gressman, University of
Pennsylvania, with Representative Eddie Bernice
Johnson (D-TX–30), Ranking Member of the House
Science, Space & Technology Committee.
Inside the AMS
The Boltzmann equation was developed to predict how
gaseous material distributes itself in space and how it
responds to changes in things like temperature, pressure,
or velocity. Using modern mathematical techniques from
the fields of partial differential equations and harmonic
analysis, Gressman and Strain proved the global existence
of classical solutions and rapid time decay to equilibrium
for the Boltzmann equation with long-range interactions.
Global existence and rapid decay imply that the equation
correctly predicts that the solutions will continue to fit
the system’s behavior and not undergo any mathematical
catastrophes such as a breakdown of the equation’s integ-
rity caused by a minor change within the equation. Rapid
decay to equilibrium means that the effect of an initial
small disturbance in the gas is short lived and quickly
The study also provides a new understanding of the
effects due to grazing collisions, when neighboring mol-
ecules just glance off one another rather than collide head
on. These glancing collisions turn out to be a dominant
type of collision for the full Boltzmann equation with
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of Arizona) and Evelyn Lamb (freelance math and science
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thoughts on interesting blogs from around the world, as
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“This Week in Number Theory” and “Building the World
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5-cells”, commissioned work to celebrate the AMS 125th
anniversary, and more origami works by Robert J. Lang.
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Yousef Alavi, of Western Michigan University, died on
May 21, 2013. Born on March 19, 1928, he was a member
of the Society for 57 years.
Anne H. Allen, of Bennington, VT, died on May 23,
2012. Born on December 21, 1932, she was a member of
the Society for 50 years.
Kenneth I. Appel of Dover, NH, died on April 19, 2013.
Born on October 8, 1932, he was a member of the Society
for 54 years.
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of the Society for 23 years.
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April 16, 2013. Born on March 11, 1927, he was a member
of the Society for 54 years.
Don L. Burkholder, professor, University of Illinois,
died on April 14, 2013. Born on January 19, 1927, he was
a member of the Society for 56 years.
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of the Society for 4 days.
Amos Joel Carpenter, of Indianapolis, Indiana, died
on October 30, 2012. Born on May 12, 1939, he was a
member of the Society for 20 years.
Robert W. Carroll, professor, University of Illinois,
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a member of the Society for 54 years.
William R. Fuller, of Lafayette, Indiana, died on Janu-
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Wilfred Martin Greenlee, of Tucson, Arizona, died
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member of the Society for 51 years.
Joan T. Hallett, of Reno, Nevada, died on Novem-
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Seymour Kass, of Brookline, Massachusetts, died on
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of the Society for 52 years.
John F. Kellaher, of Sherborn, Massachusetts, died
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Shoshichi Kobayashi, professor, University of Cali-
fornia Berkeley, died on August 29, 2012. Born on Janu-
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