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2014 International Congress of Mathematicians (ICM): August 13-21 in Seoul, Korea
ICM is the largest international congress in the mathematics community. It is held once every four years under the auspices of the International Mathematical Union (IMU). The Seoul, Korea Congress was held August 13-21, 2014.
At ICM 2014, the USNC/Math hosted two events. A welcoming breakfast, on August 14, was held for U.S. early career mathematicians. The USNC/Math also hosted a U.S. reception on August 18. Both events were made possible through the support of the Simons Foundation. In addition, on August 14, USNC/Math member Georgia Benkart gave the Emmy Noether Lecture.
A highlight of every ICM is the announcement of prize winners at the opening ceremony. In 2014, this occurred on August 13, when the President of Korea, Park Geun-hye, gave the opening address and presented the IMU awards. The 2014 IMU prize winners from the United States were:
- The Fields Medalists included Manjul Bhargava (NAS), from Princeton University, and Maryam Mirzakhani, from Stanford University. Dr. Mirzakhani is the first woman to be awarded the prize, which was established in 1936. The Fields Medal is awarded to mathematicians who accomplish a remarkable achievement and are under the age of 40.
- The Nevanlinna Prize Winner was Subhash Khot of New York University. The prize was established in 1981, in honor of the Finnish mathematician Rolf Nevanlinna, and is also targeted at younger mathematicians.
- The Carl Friedrich Gauss Prize Winner was Stanley Osher (NAS) of the University of California, Los Angeles. The Carl Friedrich Gauss Prize for Applications of Mathematics is granted for outstanding mathematical contributions, that have found significant applications outside of mathematics.
- The Chern Medalist was Phillip Griffiths (NAS), from the Institute for Advanced Study, a former member of the USNC/Math. The award is granted to an individual whose accomplishments warrant the highest level of recognition for outstanding achievements in the field of mathematics. One component of this award is $250,000 to be given to the organization of the award winner's choice. Dr. Griffiths has chosen to give this award to the African Mathematics Millennium Science Initiative (AMMSI), a long-time collaborator of the USNC/Math.
For more details on these prizes and the prize winners, please consult the Seoul ICM 2014 awards webpage.
International Congress of Women Mathematicians 2014: August 12 and 14
The International Congress of Women Mathematicians 2014 (ICWM 2014) is an associated meeting of ICM 2014. The congress was held August 12 and 14 in Seoul, Korea. The purpose of ICWM 2014 was to bring together women mathematicians and supporters of women in mathematical sciences from around the world. Several members of the USNC/Math were involved in this event's organization. More details on the congress can be found on the ICWM 2014 website and the ICWM 2104 Overview Poster (PDF).
17th IMU General Assembly: August 10 to 11, 2014
The IMU General Assembly took place August 10 to 11, 2014 in Gyeongju, Korea. The General Assembly consisted of delegates appointed by the Adhering Organizations, together with the members of the Executive Committee. The U.S. delegates to the 2014 IMU General Assembly were: USNC/Math chair Peter March, Georgia Benkart, Hee Oh, Jill Pipher, and Carol Wood.
2014 IMU General Assembly election highlights include:
- Vaughan Jones (NAS) elected as IMU Vice-President
- Benedict Gross (NAS) elected as a member of the IMU Executive Committee
- Herb Clemens elected as Secretary for Policy of the IMU's Commission on Developing Countries
2013 Mathematical Congress of the Americas
The first Mathematical Congress of the Americas took place on August 5-9, 2013 at the Centro de Investigación en Matemáticas (CIMAT) in Guanajuato, Mexico. Mathematicians and students from North America, Central America, South America, and the Caribbean were in attendance. The purpose of the Congress was to highlight the excellence of mathematical achievements in the Americas and foster scientific integration worldwide. To find out more, please view the Congress website.
Workshop on "Mathematics of Climate Change, Related Natural Hazards and Risks"
The workshop on “Mathematics of Climate Change, Related Natural Hazards and Risks” was held at CIMAT in Guanajuato, Mexico, 29 July - 2 August 2013. The workshop brought together about 40 young researchers, mainly from Latin America and the Caribbean and a dozen distinguished scientists, each of which gave several lectures on a chosen topic. The workshop was part of the world initiative “Mathematics of Planet Earth 2013”. It was jointly organized by the International Mathematical Union (IMU), the International Union of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics (IUTAM), and the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (IUGG). It was sponsored by the International Council of Industrial and Applied Mathematics (ICIAM) and partly funded by a grant from the International Council for Science (ICSU). It was supported by the ICSU Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean (ROLAC), the Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR), the World Climate Research Program (WCRP), the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, and the Academia Mexicana de Ciencias, and CIMAT (Centro de Investigación en Matemáticas). The members of the Scientific Committee were Susan Friedlander (IMU), Ilya Zaliapin (IUGG) and Paul F. Linden (IUTAM). More details are available on the workshop's website.
This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Number PHY-1318107. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.
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