Fry’s Electronics has announced that it will close after more than 40 years in business. AIM appreciates the generous support it has received over the years from the Fry’s company and the Fry’s Family Foundation. Upcoming AIM activities will take place as scheduled.

Alexanderson Award

The American Institute of Mathematics has announced 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 the 2020 award are Laura DeMarco, Holly Krieger, and Hexi 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 the 2020 Alexanderson Award Ceremony and Lecture was postponed and took place on September 30, 2021, in the Recital Hall of Santa Clara University.

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.

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…