2013 – The Year of Mathematics of Planet Earth
More than 100 academic institutions and scholarly societies 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, climate change, sustainability, etc. MPE2013 partners are sponsoring workshops, research conferences, public lectures, outreach events, and educational opportunities for all ages. MPE2013 enjoys the patronage of the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The MPE2013 website (www.mpe2013.org) now highlights several thematic programs organized by institutes, as well as a series of workshops and summer schools that will take place around the world. Several societies or unions have decided to celebrate MPE2013 during their annual or regional meetings, including AMS, CMS (Canada), MAA, SMAI, CELMEC, IAMG, IUGG, and more may still decide to do so.
Description copied from the electronic IMU newsletter / graphic copied from www.mpe2013.org
2014 International Congress of MathematiciansU.S. Volunteer Lecturer Program (VLP)
The International Congress of Mathematicians (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 next Congress will be held August 13-21, 2014 in Seoul, Korea. For more information, please visit the ICM 2014 website.
Logo and description copied from www.icm2014.org.
The goal of this program is 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 as an ongoing program in 2009 once the National Science Foundation Grant (# DMS-0937225) was obtained. In 2010 the VLP was expanded to Latin America and the African region. In 2011, the VLP launched a social network to establish a sustainable platform for the advancement of mathematics capacity building in the developing world. 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.
- President: Ingrid Daubechies, Princeton University
- Secretary for Policy, Commission for Developing Countries: Herb Clemens; Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio.