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 IMU-Net 39: January 2010A Bimonthly Email Newsletter from the International Mathematical UnionEditor: Mireille Chaleyat-Maurel, University Paris Descartes, Paris, FranceCONTENTS1. Editorial2. IMU on the Web3. ICM 2010 Local Hospitality4. IMU at ICSU5. 2009 Ramanujan Prize6. Subscribing to IMU-Net------------------------------------------------------------------------1. EDITORIALDear Reader,The Executive Committee will meet in Rome on February 27-28. This meetingwill focus on the preparations for the issues to be considered at theGeneral Assembly of IMU, to be held in Bangalore, India, August 16-17,just before the ICM in Hyderabad. One of the items on the agenda of theRome EC meeting will be the "IMU stable office". As you may recall (IMU-Net26: November 2007), the 15th General Assembly in Santiago de Compostelarecommended that the incoming EC "studies the establishment of stableadministrative structure ... and reports to the 2010 General Assembly withconcrete proposals". The call for bids to host the IMU office was sent tothe Adhering Organizations in the Circular Letter 6/2007, and the responsehas been so positive that IMU now finds itself in the fortunate, butdifficult, situation of having to choose between several very good andvery generous offers! On behalf of the EC, I would like thank all thebidding institutions, and all the people involved, for the time andeffort they have spent, and for thus showing their interest in, andconcern for, the future wellbeing of IMU.Ragni PieneMember of the Executive Committee------------------------------------------------------------------------2. IMU ON THE WEB: some short noteworthy announcements- SHERPA/RoMEOStill active and updated is the project called SHERPA, which inaddition to offering information about various digital archives andrepositories, has a section guiding authors who want to post worksonline to a collection of publishers' conditions regarding transfer ofcopyright.Check here for details: www.sherpa.ac.uk- MathJax: Rich Math Display from LaTeX and MathMLGoing mainstream at the recent Joint Math Meetings in San Francisco:A MathJax display choice for Math Reviews will be released later inthe year as an alternative to the current display choices of plainHTML and PDF. MathJax is an open source platform displayingmathematics in a wide range of browsers. Its development is supportedby a consortium including the AMS, SIAM, Design Science and the APS.See www.mathjax.org- Cornell University Library seeks broader financial support for arxiv.orgRead the press release: news.library.cornell.edu/news/arxiv- Math Overflow (MO)Readers may recall the USENET group sci.math.research, or be familiarwith web sites offering calculus homework aid. Today, seriousmathematics researchers are partaking of a relatively newparticipatory web site called "Math Overflow".MO is funded by Prof Ravi Vakil (Stanford) and is managed by a groupof graduate students including Anton Geraschenko, Dan Brown andothers. It is a place on the web where researchers may pose questionsand receive answers from a sizable participant community.When asked whether the moderation of Math Overflow takes a lot oftime, the answer was "no". And the interesting factor here is areputation system which controls "trolling". Answers may be voted upor down, and users earn reputation points for their activities. Thiskind of system scales well, leading eventually to only a limiteddistinction between the moderators and participants with "highreputation".In this way, the kinds of questions typically brought to adepartmental tea can be presented to a wide audience.Carol Hutchins, member, CEIC-------------------------------------------------------------------------3. ICM LOCAL HOSPITALITYThe Executive Organizing Committee for ICM 2010 is pleased to announcethat it is in a position to offer local hospitality to a limitednumber of PRE-REGISTERED international participants in ICM 2010.Local hospitality includes:(i) Transfer from the airport to place of accommodation on arrival onthe 18th/19th of August and vice-versa on departure 27th/28th of August.(ii) Accommodation in a service apartment or guest house (details areat www.icm2010.com/accommodation.asp) from the 18thto the 27th of August. You may have to share your accommodation.(iii) Daily transport from the place of accommodation to HICC, thevenue of the ICM 2010 on all mornings (except Monday the 23rd) andreturn in the evening.(iv) A modest subsistence allowance for incidental expenses.Those desirous of availing this support should either send an email torajattanicm@gmail.comor write to ICM secretariatDept of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad 500046Indiain the format given atwww.icm2010.org.in/financial-support/local-hospitality-support.The last date for applying is 31st March, 2010. To avail of thissupport participants will have to register by 1st May. (Remember thatyou only need to PRE-REGISTER to apply for support.)Registration is now open for the ICM at icm2010.org.inYou may also sign up for news and updates at twitter.com/icm2010india--------------------------------------------------------------------------4. IMU at ICSUIMU is a member of the International Council of Science (ICSU), whoseinitials are a reminder of its former name, the International Councilof Scientific Unions. The ICSU was founded in 1931 to promote internationalscientific activity and its applications for the benefit of humanity,which makes it one of the oldest non-governmental organizations in theworld. Its origins date back to the International Association ofAcademies (IAA; 1899-1914) and the International Research Council(IRC; 1919-1931), which eventually gave rise to this new structure.The strength of the ICSU resides in the dual nature of its memberbodies: Nations, on the one hand, and International Scientific Unionson the other. The IMU belongs to this second category.The ICSU is structured geographically according to three RegionalOffices, each with its own specific priorities. These offices are asfollows:- Regional Office for Africa-ROA- Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean-ROLAC- Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific-ROAPA project is currently under way to create a further office in Arab countries.Questions we might ask ourselves are: What is the IMU's role in theICSU? Is it useful for the IMU to be a member of the ICU? Andreciprocally, what advantage does the ICSU derive from the IMU'smembership?Like any other scientific union, the IMU finds a natural place in theICSU, but this would be inconceivable if it did not includemathematicians. We should always bear in mind that Mathematics playsan essential role in Education, but they should also be regarded asthe key technology, the basic technology.Therefore, both the overall and particular objectives of the ICSU areimpossible without Mathematics at two levels:- Mathematical education is indispensable for a sound scientific education;- Mathematical research must necessarily form part of all scientificand technological development.These twin aspects are clear for all to see if we take a look at thecurrent ICSU Strategic Plan for the 2006-2011 period, but they areclearer still in the scheme that is soon to get under way in2012-2017, which will concentrate on three areas:- Environmental and Sustainable Development (HAZARDS)- Data and Information (SICD)- Capacity Building (Science Education)All three of these important projects will entail a great deal of mathematicalresearch:in partial differential equations, control theory, fluidmechanics, dynamic systems, mathematical algorithms, data mining,stochastic processes, complexity, etc. Mathematicians must thereforebe able to break through their own barriers and gradually occupy theirplace in the ICSU; their contribution is essential for the ICSU toachieve its aims.The IMU's strategy and that of the mathematicians in the ICSU must bedirected along three main lines of action:- To underline the role of mathematical education at both universityand non-university levels;- To continue the task of training young researchers in countries witheconomic difficulties by means of schools, workshops, congresses and grants,just as the IMU has been doing for decades;- To foment the role of mathematical research in the programs launchedthrough the ICSU, with experts capable of identifying the type ofmathematics required in each case as well as proposing the appropriatemathematical measures to be adopted.The task of the IMU in the ICSU should be structured through theRegional Offices. An outstanding example is the IMU's collaborationwith ROLAC, an office that includes Mathematical Education as one ofits priorities. The new strategic plan of the ICSU providesopportunities for Capacity Building (with the obvious participation ofthe ICMI and the CDC) and for Data and Information (in which the CEIChas a natural field of action).In recent years, the IMU has stepped up its presence in the ICSU bysending a delegation to the ICSU General Assembly held in Maputo(Mozambique) in October 2008, and by participating in more specificmeetings such as the World Science Forum in November 2009, in Budapest(Hungary), as well as the next meeting of the scientific unions inRome on April 7th and 8th of this year. Experts have also beennominated to sit on various committees, and while the response has notalways been as positive as the IMU would have desired, it is only aquestion of time before it occupies a significant role in the ICSU.Furthermore, the imminent establishmentof the IMU permanent office will without doubt help to increase theIMU's representation in the ICSU.Manuel de Leon, Member of the Executive Committee of IMU, IMUrepresentative at ICSU------------------------------------------------------------------------5. 2009 RAMANUJAN PRIZEThe Ramanujan Prize Selection Committee has announced that the 2009Srinivasa Ramanujan Prize will be awarded to Ernesto Lupercio, aresearcher at CINVESTAV, Instituto Politécnico Nacional, Mexico.Ernesto Lupercio is being honoured for "his outstanding contributions toalgebraic topology, geometry and mathematical physics. The prizeis also in acknowledgement of the enormous contribution that ProfessorLupercio has made to mathematics in Mexico, through his energy,enthusiasm and collaborations with young researchers."The Prize has been supported by the Niels Henrik Abel Memorial Fund,with the participation of the International Mathematical Union.For more information:prizes.ictp.it/pio/words/news/prizes_news/2009/2009-ramanujan-prize-----------------------------------------------------------------------------6. SUBSCRIBING TO IMU-NETThere are two ways of subscribing to IMU-Net:1. Click on www.mathunion.org/IMU-Net with a Web browser and goto the "Subscribe" button to subscribe to IMU-Net online.2. Send an e-mail to imu-net-request@mathunion.org with the Subject-line:Subject: subscribeIn both cases you will get an e-mail to confirm your subscription sothat misuse will be minimized. 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