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IMU-Net 6: July 2004

A Bimonthly Email Newsletter from the International Mathematical Union
Editor: Mireille Chaleyat-Maurel, Universit&eacute René Descartes, Paris, France



  1. Editorial
  2. Nomination
  3. Proposed Nomination Committee
  4. IMU on the Web
  5. Developing Countries Strategy Group
  6. 100th birthday of Henri Cartan
  7. Subscribing to IMU-Net


Dear Reader,

this is our Summer issue.
As usual, you will find news about the IMU and the regular column
"IMU on the Web".
In the September issue, you will find some highlights from the main
International Congresses of this Summer.
I wish you a good vacation.

Mireille Chaleyat-Maurel

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Nominations for candidates for the Fields Medal, Rolf Nevanlinna Prize
and the Carl Friedrich Gauss Prize to be awarded at the Opening Ceremony
of the ICM 2006 Congress, can be sent to the Chairs of the corresponding
Prize Committees, namely:

Fields Medals:
Professor John Ball,
Mathematical Institute,
24-29 St Giles',
Oxford OX1 3LB, U.K.

Rolf Nevanlinna Prize:
Professor Margaret Wright,
Computer Science Department,
New York University,
Warren Weaver Hall, 251 Mercer Street,
New York, NY 10012,

Carl Friedrich Gauss Prize:
Professor Dr Martin Grötschel,
Konrad-Zuse-Zentrum för Informationstechnik Berlin (ZIB),
Takustr. 7,
D-14195 Berlin-Dahlem,

Nominations should ideally be sent by 15 December 2004.
No winner of one of these Prizes is eligible for one of the others. 

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Construction of slates for elections.
In response to a resolution of the 2002 IMU General Assembly, the IMU
Executive Committee is proposing that in future slates for elections
will formed by Nominating Committees. One Nominating Committee will
propose the slates for the Executive Committee of IMU, the Commission of
Development and Exchanges and the International Commission of the History
of Mathematics. A second Nominating Committee will propose the slate for
the Executive Committee of the International Commission on Mathematical
The two Nominating Committees have similar structures. However the
proposed procedures for ICMI also envision that the election for the ICMI
Executive Committee will be made by the ICMI General Assembly, rather than
by the IMU General Assembly as at present. A suitable transitional
arrangement is also proposed.
Until presented to the General Assembly in 2006, the Nominating Committees
will be operated informally as advisory bodies to the IMU Executive
Experience gained can be incorporated into a formal proposal for a change
in Statutes at the 15th IMU General Assembly in 2006.
The details of the Nomination Committee models can be found at:

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Christopher A. Reed writes in the Chronicle of Higher education
(Chronicle Review, February 20, 2004):
"It used to be publish or perish. Now it is publish and perish. Academic
science and medicine are drowning in a sea of publications. They have
developed journal-publishing culture that threatens to engulf them.
Library budgets can't keep up. The peer-review system is overloaded.
Researchers feel overwhelmed ..... "; for more see

At , Michael Doob offers the
Opinion that Bundling and Consortia Purchasing of Journals carries
significant dangers to our ability, that is of we academics, to influence
our universities' library holdings.

The world digital mathematics library (WDML):

The world mathematical community has embraced the goal of ensuring the
future of the mathematical literature by aiming to digitise the complete
mathematical research literature and making it readily available for at
most reasonable tolls. A recent meeting "New Developments in Electronic
Publishing of Mathematics" held at KTH, Stockholm in association with ECM
2004 inter alia agreed to develop and promulgate minimum standards for the
many new digitisation projects that will add to present efforts.
See for a preliminary
report on the EMANI/WDML Stockholm Workshop. 

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Responding to a mandate of the General Assembly of ICM2002, the Executive
Committee of the International Mathematical Union (IMU) has recently
constituted a Developing Countries Strategy Group (DCSG) with a mandate to
oversee an increase of IMU activity in support of mathematics and
mathematicians in the developing world. IMU has also provided the group
with part-time staff support, based at the International Center of
Theoretical Physics in Trieste.  Members of the DCSG are Michèle Artigue
(Université de Paris 7, ICMI), Herbert Clemens (Ohio State University,
IMU/CDE), Hajer Bahouri (Université de Tunis, IMU/CDE), S.G. Dani (Tata
Institute of Fundamental Research, IMU/CDE), Jean-Pierre Gossez (Université

Libre de Bruxelles), Lê Dung Trang (Abdus Salam International Centre for
Theoretical Physics), Jacob Palis (Instituto de Matematica Pura e Aplicada,
IMU/Executive Committee), Ragni Piene (University of Oslo, IMU/Executive
Committee), and John M. Ball (University of Oxford, IMU President). The
committee is chaired by Herbert Clemens.

The initial agenda of the DCSG includes support of mathematics development
in Africa and a role in coordinating the work of several groups currently
contributing to that development, fund-raising to increase the resources
available to support the work of mathematicians in developing countries,
and the establishing of an international database of mathematicians and
mathematical programs and activities in the developing world.  The group
will also have a role in coordinating an expanded travel grants program to
ICM2006 in Madrid, Spain, for mathematicians from developing and
economically disadvantaged countries. 

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The International Mathematical Union wishes to honor mathematician Henri
Cartan on the occasion of his 100th birthday.  Renowned for his fundamental
contributions to several mathematical areas, Cartan was President of the
IMU from 1967 to 1970.
For more, see:

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