The American Institute of Mathematics stands in solidarity with the Black community and with peaceful protesters across the nation and the world in outrage, grief, and despair over the brutal police killing of George Floyd and many other Black individuals before him.

We believe that mathematics is a fundamental human endeavor, and we reaffirm AIM’s commitment to diversity and inclusion as essential to the health and development of our discipline. For many of us, the beauty of mathematics often provides a silent refuge from the chaos of the world. Let us not retreat from this moment, however, but instead commit to draw upon the power of mathematics as we work together to bring about systemic change and greater justice in our society.

Call for Proposals: Due November 1

The American Institute of Mathematics seeks proposals for three new virtual research programs. Successful proposals will receive access to a dedicated online platform with integrated tools to support research collaboration, as well as logistical support and training in best practices for facilitating virtual research activities.

AIM Virtual Workshops are collaborative activities for 20-30 people, focused on a specialized area of research mathematics. Modeled after the AIM-style workshops, the main feature is plenty of time for groups of 4-6 people to work on interesting problems, supported by a few lectures and large groups discussions. The expectation is that work begun during the workshop will continue long after the initial week. Participation in AIM Virtual Workshops is by invitation only, but open applications are accepted for approximately 1/4 of the available positions. Learn more.

AIM Virtual SQuaREs are collaborations of 4-6 people, focused on very specific research problems. AIM Virtual SQuaREs meet for one week, with the possibility of additional week-long meetings one year and two years later. Subject to availability, meetings in subsequent years may be in-person. Participation is limited to the individuals named in the proposal. Learn more.

AIM Research Communities are larger collaborative efforts, typically involving 40-60 researchers, organized around a particular specialty area of the mathematical sciences. The purpose of an AIM Research Community is to support the ongoing research activities of its participants. It is expected that Research Communities have a multi-year lifetime and grow over time. Learn more.

Please see the description of AIM virtual activities.

The deadline for applications is November 1, 2020, for activities which will begin in 2021. Questions or comments to research@aimath.org.

Alexanderson Award 2020

The American Institute of Mathematics is pleased to announce the third annual Alexanderson Award. The award is given in honor of Gerald Alexanderson, Professor of Mathematics at Santa Clara University and founding chair of AIM’s Board of Trustees. The Alexanderson Award recognizes outstanding research articles arising from AIM research activities that have been published within the past three years.

Receiving this year’s award are Laura DeMarco, Holly Krieger, and Hexhi Ye for their paper “Uniform Manin-Mumford for a family of genus 2 curves,” published this year in the Annals of Mathematics. Read more…

Due to the pandemic there will not be a 2020 Alexanderson Award Ceremony and Lecture, but we hope to have a celebration in the future.

Math activities for students, teachers, families–just about everyone!

AIM’s Math Communities website has a new calendar of upcoming math activities you can take part in.

Coronavirus update

Friday, October 23, 2020

All workshops through February 2021 have been rescheduled or will be held virtually. All registered participants should have received more information via email.

All SQuaREs scheduled through March 26, 2021, have been postponed or will be held virtually. All participants have been sent further information via email about their SQuaREs.

Upcoming Workshops

AIM Summer School on
Dynamics, Data and the COVID 19 Pandemic

For six weeks this summer more than forty graduate students and advanced undergraduates took part in an online summer program on the mathematics of this critical and timely topic. Students learned the basic mathematical epidemiology underlying the models used in studying COVID19. The program director was Chris Jones (UNC-Chapel Hill).

Faculty: Linda Allen (Texas Tech), James Broda (Bowdoin), Pauline van den Driessche (UVic), Hans Engler (Georgetown), John Gemmer (Wake Forest), Hans Kaper (Georgetown), Richard McGehee (Minnesota), Jack O’Brien (Bowdoin), Nancy Rodriguez (CU-Boulder), Christian Sampson (UNC-Chapel Hill), Mary Silber (Chicago), Erik Van Vleck (Kansas), Jianhong Wu (YorkU), Abdul-Aziz Yakubu (Howard) and Mary Lou Zeeman (Bowdoin).

Program announcement

Math that feels good

Creating learning resources for blind students

Martha Siegel, Professor Emerita from Towson University in Maryland, was working with a blind student who needed a statistics textbook for a required course. The Braille version of the textbook required six months to prepare, a delay which caused the student a significant delay in her studies. Siegel reached out to Al Maneki, a retired NSA mathematician who is blind, and the two of them decided to do something about it.

Focusing on math textbooks initially, Siegel and Maneki pulled together a collaborative team intent on solving the problem. “We were shocked to realize there did not already exist an automated method for producing mathematics Braille textbooks,” said Alexei Kolesnikov, a colleague of Siegel at Towson University and member of the team. Read more…