IMU-Net 56: November 2012

A Bimonthly Email Newsletter from the International Mathematical Union

Editor: Mireille Chaleyat-Maurel, University Paris Descartes, Paris, France

Mathematics of Planet Earth 2013 (MPE2013) is about to start. It has

grown from North-American initiative to an unprecedented gathering

under the patronage of UNESCO of more than one hundred partners from

all around the world. And new partners join regularly. The success of

MPE2013 comes from the fact that it is timely. Indeed, addressing the

climate change and sustainability issues requires the use and

development of sophisticated mathematical tools. A concerted, massive,

long-term involvement of the mathematical sciences in collaboration

with other disciplines is essential to any significant progress in the

understanding of planetary problems. The world mathematical community

is becoming more and more aware of the urgency of planetary and

sustainability issues, and it is time to train a new generation of

young researchers to sustainability problems. For all these reasons,

an impressive number of scientific programs and workshops have been

organized around the world. And the effort will not stop in 2013.

Already in the US, the NSF has funded follow-up activities in 2014.

The outreach component of MPE2013 is no less important. National

launches of MPE2013 are organized in several countries with public

activities. MPE public lectures will take place around the world in

2013. Congresses of teachers will highlight MPE2013. In the US, the

theme of the Math Awareness month will be sustainability, while the

French week of mathematics will be on MPE. Mathematical magazines and

enrichment material are prepared so as to raise the interest of the

future scientists still in the schools.

An important component of MPE2013 is its Open Source Exhibition of

museum-quality exhibits (modules) that will be hosted through the

Imaginary Project by Mathematischen Forschungsinstituts Oberwolfach.

The launch of the exhibition is organized by IMU jointly with MPE2013.

Il will occur at the Headquarters in Paris on March 5th 2013 and

modules will be exhibited at UNESCO on March 5 to 8. The basis of the

exhibition will come from the MPE competition

(www.mpe2013.org/competition), the winners of which will receive their

prize at the launch.

MPE2013 is an exceptional opportunity of increasing the collaborations

of mathematicians with other disciplines. For IMU, it provides an

occasion of strengthening its links with other scientific unions, with

ICIAM and with ICSU bodies, on capacity-building projects in different

areas of the world. The workshop on mathematics of climate change,

related hazards and risks (see item 3) as a satellite activity of the

Mathematical Congress of the Americas 2013 is a first step in this

direction.

It is not too late to join MPE2013, to benefit from collaborating with

the planet, and to share your enthusiasm with your students or the

public. The spirit of MPE2013 is there to stay.

Christiane Rousseau,

Vice-president of IMU

- IMU's CEIC has been represented by Olga Caprotti at the sessions

organized by the ICSU's World Data System at the 23rd CODATA

International Conferenceb Open Data and Information for a Changing

Planet -- held in Taipei on 28b 31 October 2012 [1]. Discussions have

centered on data publication and data citation, the summary 'Research

Data enters Scholarly Communication' is online [2]. IMU's poster was

presented during the WDS Membersb Forum b to update member

organizations on ongoing activities [3].

[1] http://www.codata2012.com/

[2]

http://www.icsu-wds.org/images/files/Research_Data_enters_Scholarly_Communication.pdf

[3] http://www.icsu-wds.org/images/files/WDS_Members_Forum_Programme.pdf

- Open Access Week was recognized at many schools, research

institutes, universities and colleges across the world last month. A

good summary of the spectrum of such activities is presented at this

web page, http://www.openaccessweek.org/ .

- At the same time, concerns about ongoing sustainability of the

various financial aspects of OA are voiced in various quarters. For

instance, three mathematical societies in France have gone on record

with cautionary advice to the government regarding undesirable effects

of attempts to rely upon author-funded publication.

http://smf.emath.fr/sites/smf.emath.fr/files/open_access_3_soc-trans.pdf

- We continue to track the progress of the effort to redesign the

governance and support model for arxiv.org. As of September 2012, the

Simons Foundation has announced beginning 2013 through 2017 support in

the amount of up to $300,000 per year as matching funds to that from

contributing institutions. If arxiv.org is important to you, please

check its web site for the list of institutional contributors. Is

yours there? http://arxiv.org/help/support

- Some interesting things happen without much fanfare. It is not

clear that many noticed that Elsevier has recently made open access a

number of backfiles of mathematical journals. This is a good

outcome, one might wish they had come to this decision much earlier.

http://www.elsevier.com/wps/find/P11.cws_home/archivedjournals Please

have a look.

This is the first announcement of a 5-day workshop that is organized

as a satellite activity of the 2013 Mathematical Congress of the

Americas at CIMAT in Guanajuato (Mexico) during July 29 -- August 2

2013. The workshop will bring together about 40 young researchers,

mainly from Latin America and the Caribbean and a dozen distinguished

scientists, each of which will give several lectures on a chosen topic.

The workshop is part of the world initiative "Mathematics of Planet

Earth 2013" which is endorsed by IMU (www.mpe2013.org). It is jointly

organized by IMU together with the International Union of Geodesy and

Geophysics (IUGG) and the International Union of Theoretical and

Applied Mechanics (IUTAM). It is supported by the International

Council of Industrial and Applied Mathematics (ICIAM), by ICSU

Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean, by two

interdisciplinary bodies of ICSU, namely IRDR (Integrated Research on

Disaster Risk) and WCRP, by the US National Academy of Sciences, by

the Academia Mexicana de Ciencias, and by CIMAT (Centro de

InvestigaciC3n en MatemC!ticas) in Mexico. Hopefully the workshop will

be funded by ICSU. The members of the Scientific Committee are Susan

Friedlander (IMU), Ilya Zaliapin (IUGG) and Paul F. Linden (IUTAM).

The website will be ready to receive applications by January 15 2013.

More details at: http://cams.usc.edu/mathgeo/

The President of the IMU, Ingrid Daubechies, has written to the

Adhering Organizations, asking them to submit nominations for the IMU

awards listed below.

* Fields Medals - fields14-chair(at)mathunion.org

The Fields Medals are awarded every 4 years on the occasion of the

International Congress of Mathematicians to recognize outstanding

mathematical achievement for existing work and for the promise of

future achievement.

* Rolf Nevanlinna Prize - nevanlinna14-chair(at)mathunion.org

The Nevanlinna Prize is awarded once every 4 years at the

International Congress of Mathematicians, for outstanding

contributions in mathematical aspects of information sciences.

* Carl Friedrich Gauss Prize - gauss14-chair(at)mathunion.org

The Gauss Prize is awarded once every 4 years to honor a scientist

whose mathematical research has had an impact outside mathematics -

either in technology, in business, or simply in people's everyday lives.

* Chern Medal Award - chern14-chair(at)mathunion.org

The Chern Medal is awarded every 4 years on the occasion of the

International Congress of Mathematicians to an individual whose

accomplishments warrant the highest level of recognition for

outstanding achievements in the field

of mathematics.

* Leelavati Prize, sponsored by Infosys - leelavati14-chair(at)mathunion.org

The Leelavati Prize, is intended to accord high recognition and great

appreciation of the IMU and Infosys of outstanding contributions for

increasing public awareness of mathematics as an intellectual

discipline and the crucial role it plays in diverse human endeavors.

* ICM 2014 Emmy Noether Lecture - noether14-chair(at)mathunion.org

The ICM Emmy Noether lecture is a special lecture at an ICM which

honors women who have made fundamental and sustained contributions to

the mathematical sciences.

More details about each of these awards and the Noether lecture, as

well as lists of past laureates, can be found on the IMU Web site, at URL:

www.mathunion.org/general/prizes

Deadline for nominations: December 31, 2012

The names of the chairs of the various prize committees and their

contact information can be found at:

http://www.mathunion.org/general/prizes/prize-committee-chairs/2014/

The names of the other prize committee members remain confidential and

will be announced at the Opening Ceremony of ICM 2014 only.

The organizers of the Mathematical Congress of the Americas 2013

invite nominations for the prizes to be delivered in connection with

the Congress (see

http://www.mca2013.org/prizes.html). There are 12 Prizes:

- five MCA Prizes of USD$ 1,000 each will be awarded to mathematicians

who are no more than 12 years past their PhD in August 2013 and

either received their graduate education or currently hold a position

in one or more

countries in the Americas.

- five Americas Prizes of USD$ 5,000 each will be awarded to

individual or groups in recognition of their work to enhance

collaboration and the development of research that links

mathematicians in several countries in the Americas.

- two Solomon Lefschetz Medals carrying a cash award of USD$ 5,000

will be given to mathematicians in recognition of their excellence in

research and their contributions to the development of Mathematics in

a country or countries in the Americas.

Nominations and requests for information concerning the nominating

process should be sent by e-mail to

mca2013.prizes(at)gmail.com

The deadline for nominations is January 31, 2013.

The Ramanujan Prize has been awarded annually since 2005. The 2013

Prize will be jointly funded and administered by ICTP and the IMU.

The Ramanujan Prize is usually awarded to one person, but may be

shared equally among recipients who have contributed to the same body

of work. Eligible for

the prize is a person who has conducted outstanding work in a

developing country, he/she must be less than 45 years of age on 31

December of the year of the award.

February 1, 2013 is the deadline for nominations.

Nominations are to be sent to math(at)ictp.it.

The Committee on Education of the European Mathematical Society is

organizing a Conference on March 14b 15, 2013 in Berlin "Friends of

Mathematics Education - A European Initiative -" to which all European

foundations, NGOs and institutions which are engaged in mathematics

education, are invited. Contact: Prof. Dr. Guenter Toerner, Chair of

EMS Committee on Education) guenter.toerner(at)uni-due.de

Several news about MPE2013 can be found in the editorial and in the item 3.

It is not too late to participate to the "Mathematics of Planet Earth

Competition for an open source exhibition of virtual modules"

(museum-quality exhibits): www.mpe2013.org/competition. The modules

submitted will form the basis of the permanent Mathematics of Planet

Earth Open Source Exhibition which will be launched at the UNESCO

Headquarters in Paris on March 5-8 2013.

Examples of modules or themes to be covered are available on the website.

The competition is open until December 20, 2012.

If you have not visited the website recently (www.mpe2013.org), then

please do so: new partners and new activities are posted regularly.

Also, some educational and bibliographic resources are now starting to

be posted on the website, and several partners committed to produce

many more during 2013.

In addition to the MPE blog, several countries intend to run their

national blogs in 2013, including Australia and France. Links to these

blogs will be posted on the main MPE website.

The South African launch already occured on October 30 2012

(http://www.sams2012.org/public-lecture/). The Canadian launch will

take place on December 7-10 2012

(http://cms.math.ca/Events/winter12/), the UK launch on December 17

2013 (http://www.newton.ac.uk/mpe2013/), and the US launch at the JMM

on January 9-12 2013 (http://jointmathematicsmeetings.org/jmm).

An important issue for our whole community is the clear formulation and

understanding of ethical principles and accepted practice related to the

publication of mathematical results; this is all the more important in

view of troubling examples that have surfaced in recent years. (See e.g.

http://www.siam.org/news/news.php?id=1663.)

Several learned societies around the world have published a Code of

Ethics addressing these issues, and advertise it to their members. In

2010, the European Mathematical Society constituted a Committee of

Ethics, and asked it to draft a Code of Practice. The resulting document

was approved by the EMS Executive Committee at the end of October 2012;

it can be found on

http://www.euro-math-soc.eu/system/files/COP-approved.pdf.

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