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 November 2015

From the Director
It's been a busy fall with our annual program workshops and seminars on control theory underway and excitement over the fifth Abel Conference. I am pleased to announce that the IMA has recently launched a Data Science Lab that will serve as a hub for collaboration between industry and academic researchers and provide industry with access to academic research and tools for data analysis. To learn more about the lab, attend or tune in to the data science seminar series that features leading researchers in the field. With the close of another calendar year upon us, we will be seeking your support during the IMA's annual fund drive and sharing the past year's accomplishments in the Year in Review.

  In the News

data science imageData Science Lab. The IMA is pleased to announce the creation of a Data Science Lab led by Gilad Lerman, professor of mathematics and director of the Minnesota Center for Industrial Mathematics in the School of Mathematics at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Read the full story.

Funding for PI Conferences. Faculty members of Participating Institutions are invited to submit proposals for the 2016-2017 IMA Participating Institution Conferences. Conferences must be held during the period from May 2016 through August 2017. Proposals, which need only be a few pages in length, should be submitted online by Friday, December 5, 2015. Awards will be announced in February 2016.Jonathan Weare

IMA Prize Winner. The 2015 IMA Prize in Mathematics and its Applications was awarded to Jonathan Weare, an assistant professor in the Department of Statistics and The James Franck Institute at the University of Chicago. Weare received this recognition for his innovative contributions to the theory and practice of stochastic sampling methods, in particular rare event and Markov chain Monte Carlo algorithms for accelerating molecular simulations. Read the full story.

2015-2016 postdocsMeet the Postdocs. The IMA welcomed eight new postdoctoral fellows for its 2015-2016 Thematic Program on Control Theory and its Applications in September. Incoming postdocs were selected from among hundreds of applications. Read more about this talented group of mathematicians and their interests.

  Programs and Events

john nash and louis nirenbergAnnual Thematic Program. The IMA website has been updated to include workshop dates and descriptions for the 2016-2017 year on Mathematics and Optics. General memberships and workshop applications are now being accepted.

Math-to-Industry Boot Camp. The IMA is hosting a six-week "boot camp" designed to provide graduate students with training and experience that is valuable for employment outside of academia. Students will work in teams on projects, be provided with soft skills training, and interact with industry participants. The boot camp will be held June 20 to July 29, 2016. The online application is now open.

john nash and louis nirenbergAbel Conference. The IMA recently held the fifth annual Abel Conference to celebrate the mathematical impact of John F. Nash Jr. and Louis Nirenberg, the 2015 recipients of the Abel Prize, from November 2-4, 2015. Videos are available online. The conference is a collaboration between the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters and the IMA, with generous support from Schlumberger-Doll Research, the UMN College of Science and Engineering, and the UMN School of Mathematics.

Outreach Events. In October, the IMA participated once again in the University of Minnesota's "Discovery Across Disciplines" showcase sponsored by the Graduate School and the Office of the Vice President for Research. More than 60 of the University's interdisciplinary research centers and institutes were on hand to highlight their exciting and engaging work in a poster-session-style event and share opportunities for involvement in interdisciplinary inquiry. And on November 21, the IMA will be at the College of Science and Engineering Math & Science Family Fun Fair to provide hands-on math activities, taking place at Coffman Memorial Union from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  Important Dates

November 16–20, 2015
Biological Systems and Networks

January 25–29, 2016
Optimization and Parsimonious Modeling

February 23, 2016
Public Lecture: Lillian Lee, Cornell University

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