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U.S. National Committee for Mathematics

The National Academy of Sciences is the U.S. adhering body of the International Mathematical Union (IMU) and it maintains its relationship with the union through the U.S. National Committee (USNC)/Math. The objectives of the IMU are to promote international cooperation in mathematics, support the International Congress of Mathematicians and other international scientific meetings, and encourage other international mathematical activities.


IMU/CWM Projects Upcoming for 2017
Formed in March 2015, the IMU's Committee for Women in Mathematics held their first meeting on September 4-5, 2015. Attendees presented findings on women in mathematics from all over the world, and agreed that the CWM's main priority until the ICM 2018 should be to assist developing countries in Latin America, Africa, and Asia in establishing professional networks.

As a result of this meeting, the CWM invites annual project proposals for events and activities. Priority is typically given to proposals from developing or emerging countries. Please visit the CWM Sponsored Events webpage for more information about future opportunities.

The following activities will be sponsored by CWM in 2017:

Brazil: A series of round tables on the gender issue in mathematics in Brazil, in preparation for (WM)^2 and ICM Rio 2018
Contact: Christina Brech

Canada: Panel discussion on "Gender and Mathematics" and lunch, July 27, 2017, during the Mathematical Congress of the Americas in Montreal.
Contact: Natalia GarciaColin

Chile: II Workshop of Women in Mathematics in Latin America, January 22-26, 2018, a follow-up to the 2016 workshop in Oaxaca, Mexico.
Contact: Maria Isabel Cortez

India: Indian Women and Mathematics (IWM) will hold multiple mini-regional workshops, the IWM annual conference at IIS Bangalore in summer 2017, and an international visitors program. Details can be found on the IWM website.
Contact: Riddhi Shah

Iran: Women's Section of the Iranian Mathematical Society (First gathering)
Contact: Mojgan Mahmoudi

Japan: Women in Mathematics, "A Panorama of Contributions" Workshop, July 29-30, Hokkaido University
Contact: Eva Maria Feichtner

Mexico: Engagement with girls during the Festival Matematico Oaxaca, The National Autonomous University of Mexico
Contact: Paloma Zubieta Lopez

Morocco: AWMA General meeting and workshop in tandem with the Pan African Congress of Mathematicians, July 6-7, 2017, University of Rabat
Contact: Marie Francoise Ouedrago

Nepal: Women of Nepal in Mathematical Sciences (WoNiMS) Symposium for South Asian Women in Mathematics in Katmandu
Contact: Dhana Thapa

South Africa: AIMS, "Workshop and Conference for African Women in Discrete Mathematics and its Applications" in Cape Town
Contact: Nancy Ann Neudauer

Tunisia: Second Meeting of the TWMA 2017: Mathematical School on Algebraic Geometry, September 11-15, 2017, Hammamet
Contact: Saima Khenissy

Vietnam: National School on Commutative Algebra, August 17-18, 2017, Thai Nguyen University
Contact: Lam Hoang

ICM 2018 Open Arms Program Offers Travel Awards
550 travel awards, including 200 to mathematicians from Latin American countries, will be granted through the ICM 2018 Open Arms Program. These grants will provide funding to attend the International Congress of Mathematicians in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from August 1-9, 2018.

The travel award program is sponsored by the Instituto Nacional de Matemática Pura e Aplicada (IMPA) and the Brazilian Mathematical Society, and receives generous contributions from the International Mathematical Union (IMU). To apply, please visit Applications will be accepted from April 15 to July 20, 2017.

The General Assembly of the IMU will meet in São Paulo from July 29 -30. Registration for the event will not be available until 2017, but those interested are encouraged to visit the ICM 2018 website and sign up for the newsletter for event updates.

USNC/IMU Sponsors Recent Panel
The USNC/Mathematics sponsored a panel on “International Mathematics Efforts and the IMU” at the Joint Mathematics Meetings (JMM) in Atlanta, GA on Thursday, January 5, 2017.  Topics highlighted were IMU's volunteer lecturer program and the union's digital library. Panelists included:

Ingrid Daubechies, Duke University 
Wilfrid Gangbo, University of California Los Angeles 
Ken Ono, Emory University 
Eric M. Friedlander, University of Southern California
The panel discussion was followed by a showing of the film, The Man Who Knew Infinity. USNC member Ken Ono, served as a technical advisor for mathematics. The 2015 film describes the life and career of the Indian mathematician, Srinivasa Ramanujan, and his friendship with his mentor, Professor G.H. Hardy.   

Adopt a Mathematics Graduate Student: An Initiative of the IMU with help from the Friends of the IMU 
At the 2014 International Congress of Mathematics (ICM), the the IMU launched a program to pair individual donors with graduate students in developing countries. "Adopt a Mathematics Graduate Student" provides the financial means for students to study mathematics full time, giving them the focus and security needed to complete their degrees. To find out more on how you can support mathematics graduate students through this incentive, please read more on the webpage or contact Lena Koch at the IMU Commission for Developing Countries:

If you are interested in donating to the "Adopt a Mathematics Graduate Student" program or contributing to any other IMU program, please visit the Friends of the IMU website. The Friends of the IMU, established in 2008, is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the IMU's work. All donations are tax-deductible and can be made easily online.

2014 International Congress of Mathematicians (ICM): August 13-21 in Seoul, Korea

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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
The International Congress of Women Mathematicians 2014 (ICWM 2014) was held on August 12 and 14 in Seoul, Korea with over 500 attendees, representing more than 50 countries.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.

The following individuals were among those elected:

  • Vice-President: Vaughan Jones; Vanderbilt University
  • Executive Committee Member: Benedict Gross; Harvard University
  • Past President: Ingrid Daubechies, Princeton University 

U.S. Volunteer Lecturer Program (VLP)
The goal of this program was to provide mathematician volunteers with the opportunity to give intensive month-long courses at universities in the developing world. The VLP fosters collaboration between the mathematical communities of the developed and developing world. This program was established through the National Science Foundation Grant (# DMS-0937225). Learn more about the USNC's involvement with the VLP by visiting the new social network.

Workshop on World Digital Mathematical Library held at NAS
The International Mathematical Union's Committee on Electronic Information and Communication (CEIC) held a workshop June 1-3 at the NAS building. Funded by the Sloan Foundation, the purpose of the workshop was to discuss and come up with a viable plan to realize the ongoing goal of a World Digital Mathematics Library (WDML). The WDML would serve as a universally accessible repository for the world's mathematics literature. The chair of the U.S. National Committee for Mathematics (USNC/M) participated in the event, and BISO provided the logistical support. The Sloan Foundation is also funding the National Academies' Board on Mathematical Sciences and Their Applications to produce a consensus study on the Digital Mathematics Heritage Library. 


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Kathie Bailey, Director
Pam Gamble, Administrative Associate


This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Number PHY-1441995. 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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