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  August 2014

From the Director
September and the beginning of a new Annual Thematic Program, “Discrete Structures: Analysis and Applications,” are right around the corner. The new class of postdocs will begin arriving later this month, with 11 participating in the year-long program and two joining the Industrial Program. In all, we’ll have 19 postdocs and more than 50 long-term visitors in residence. Program workshops will span frontier topics of research in discrete mathematics (including combinatorics and optimization) and probability throughout the year. In the fall term, the program will focus on probabilistic, extremal, geometric, and enumerative aspects of combinatorics and convex and other nonlinear programming aspects of optimization. First up are workshops on Probabilistic and Extremal Combinatorics, September 8-12 and Additive and Analytic Combinatorics, September 29 to October 3.

Minnesota State Fair
The IMA can once again be found at the Minnesota State Fair on Friday, August 29, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. in the U of M Exhibit Building on Dan Patch Avenue and Underwood Street. The IMA booth will have fun, hands-on activities for fair-goers to try their hand at cracking codes, playing the infamous Traveling Salesman game, and more. Visiting mathematicians will be available to share how the IMA is among the world's most influential math institutes.

Save the Date: Public Lecture Series
The IMA is pleased to announce the speakers for the 2014-2015 Public Lecture Series. Internationally renowned mathematician Jordan Ellenberg, author of How Not to Be Wrong: The Power of Mathematical Thinking and The Grasshopper King, will kick off the series with a talk on September 30, 2014. Other speakers include Tadashi Tokieda on October 30, 2014, Lisa Fauci on March 11, 2015, and Cédric Villani in April 2015. All lectures begin at 7 p.m. Please stay tuned to the website for more information.

  In the News

Abel Prize Conference. The IMA will hold its fourth annual Abel Conference in honor of Yakov G. Sinai, the 2014 recipient of the Abel Prize, from October 31 through November 2, 2014. Sinai is one of the most influential mathematicians of the 20th century, having achieved numerous groundbreaking results in the theory of dynamical systems, in mathematical physics and in probability theory. The conference is a collaboration between the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters and the IMA, with generous support from Schlumberger-Doll Research and Microsoft Research. The program application is available on the IMA website.

Focusing on Control Theory. In May and June, the IMA held a three-week New Directions Short Course on Topics in Control Theory. Participants came with varied backgrounds in math, physics, computer science and engineering. Such diversity demonstrated a great interest in concepts and techniques from this branch of math, which has become increasingly interdisciplinary. As a result, the systems and control community is rapidly broadening its scope in a variety of directions. With its mixed focus, the short course was just a taste of what’s to come in the 2015-2016 academic year as the IMA’s Annual Thematic Program will be on Control Theory and its Applications. Catch up on the short course with video recordings and talk materials available on the IMA website.

IMA and MathCEP Host Successful Math Modeling Camp for High Schoolers. The first-ever math modeling camp for high school students held this past July was declared a great success by organizers. Under the supervision of teachers and University faculty, students worked collaboratively on open-ended modeling problems that included mercury content in fish found in the Mississippi River, corridor options for light rail expansion, and the distribution of rental bikes in the Nice Ride program. Each group presented solutions and results to their peers. More than 30 students attended, coming from many Minnesota high schools located throughout the Twin Cities area.

Find the IMA on LinkedIn! The IMA has created a new LinkedIn Group for current and former postdocs, visitors, students and friends to network and share information on relevant career resources, employment opportunites, events, and more.

  Hot Topic and Special Workshops and Events

Upcoming Hot Topics Workshop: Impact of Waves Along Coastlines. From October 14-17, the IMA will offer a Hot Topics Workshop on the Impact of Waves Along Coastlines. Over the past decade, a series of natural disasters caused by waves have attacked coastal communities, resulting in substantial loss of life and property. This workshop will investigate modeling and simulation efforts and their capabilities in forecasting and risk assessment of coastal hazards.

IMA and NIMS Joint Workshop on Math in Industry. The IMA and the National Institute for Mathematical Sciences (NIMS) will be holding a special Joint Workshop on Math in Industry from October 16-18 in Korea. This workshop will gather mathematicians from the United States, Europe and Korea. By bringing academic faculty, postdocs, and students together with industrial mathematicians, the workshop will aim to inform academic representatives about industrial opportunities and to help prepare junior representatives for careers in industry.

Structure-Preserving Discretizations of Partial Differential Equations. This upcoming special workshop on Structure-Preserving Discretizations of Partial Differential Equations will take place October 22-24. This workshop will join researchers at the forefront of developing new numerical approximation schemes and fast solution methods for the resulting discrete equations, based on the approach of structure-preserving discretizations, with the goals of fostering communication and laying out promising future directions for research. This workshop will also be an occasion to celebrate the 60th birthday of Douglas N. Arnold, whose work has made profound contributions to the field of numerical analysis of PDEs.

Finite Element Circus. A meeting of the Finite Element Circus, devoted to the theory and applications of the finite element method and related areas of numerical analysis and PDEs, will immediately follow the IMA Special Workshop, taking place on October 24-25, 2014, at the same location.

  Important Dates

September 2014
8-12: Probabilistic and Extremal Combinatorics
29-30: Additive and Analytic Combinatorics
30: Public Lecture: Jordan Ellenberg

October 2014
1-3: Additive and Analytic Combinatorics
14-17: Impact of Waves Along Coastlines
Joint Workshop on Math in Industry
Structure-Preserving Discretizations of Partial Differential Equations
24-25: Finite Element Circus

November 2014
10-14: Geometric and Enumerative Combinatorics

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