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Secrets of the Surface: The Mathematical Vision of Maryam Mirzakhani

The Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI) and George Csicsery have started production of a one-hour documentary film, "Secrets of the Surface", about Maryam Mirzakhani. 

"The biographical film is about Maryam Mirzakhani, a brilliant woman, and Muslim immigrant to the United States who became a superstar in her field. The story of her life will be complemented with sections about Mirzakhani’s mathematical contributions, as explained by colleagues and illustrated with animated sequences. Throughout, we will look for clues about the sources of Mirzakhani’s insights and creativity."

The documentary is scheduled to premiere at the Joint Mathematics Meetings in Denver, Colorado, in January 2020.

Nominations for Maryam Mirzakhani Prize in Mathematics, 7 October 2019

In recognition of Dr. Mirzakhani’s remarkable life and achievements, the National Academy of Sciences has established a newly named Maryam Mirzakhani Prize in Mathematics (formerly the NAS Award in Mathematics, which was established in 1988 by the American Mathematical Society in honor of its centennial). The prize will be awarded biennially for exceptional contributions to the mathematical sciences by a mid-career mathematician. Nominations for the inaugural Mirzakhani Prize are due by October 7, 2019. For more information see here.

Carola Schönlieb receives the 2019 Calderon Prize

Carola Schönlieb has  received the 2019 Calderon Prize, which is a prize for the Inverse Problems field (awarded biennially  starting in 2007). Carola Schönlieb is the first woman mathematician that received this award, her work being in image processing and partial differential equations.

Carola Schönlieb is the current covenor of European Women in Mathematics.

Carmen Torras and Elisa Lorenzo Garcia receive the Prize for Pioneer Women in the Physical, Chemical and Mathematical Sciences of the Tatiana Pérez de Guzmán el Bueno Foundation

Spanish Royal Academy of Sciences

The awards ceremony of the Prize for Pioneer Women in the Physical, Chemical and Mathematical Sciences of the Tatiana Pérez de Guzmán el Bueno Foundation took place on June 4 2019 at the Spanish Royal Academy of Sciences.In this fourth edition the prize was awarded to Carme Torras (Barcelona, 1956) and for the first time the Young Modality of the Prize was awarded: the recipient was Elisa Lorenzo García (Madrid, 1987).

Torras is a specialist in artificial intelligence and robotics, she opened a novel line of research on the temporal processing of motor signals. She graduated in Applied Mathematics and, thanks to a Fulbright scholarship, completed a Master's degree in Computer Engineering at the University of Massachusetts (Amherst). Currently, Dr. Torras works in assistive robotics, designing robots that adapt to the deficiencies or disabilities of people, so that they can assist them in daily life activities, such as getting dressed when they have reduced mobility. These robots would act as a personal assistant. This work is the result of the adaptation of the mechanisms of neuro-motor control to robotics, specifically to the kinematics, control and planning of robot movements. This is the line of research that Professor Torras has followed since joining the Institute of Cybernetics in 1981 and then at the Institute of Robotics and Industrial Computing (IRII), a joint center of the Higher Council for Scientific Research and the Polytechnic University of Catalonia , where she has formed and leads a group of 40 people recognized as a consolidated group of Robotics by the Generalitat de Catalunya without interruption from 1997 to the present. Passionate about science fiction, Carme Torras has written several novels that address the ethical dilemmas raised by robotics, artificial intelligence and social networks. "The sentimental mutation", originally written in Catalan and now translated into Spanish (Milenio, 2012)and English with the title "The Vestigial Heart" (MIT Press, 2018) is used, along with teaching materials, to teach a university course on ethics in social robotics and artificial intelligence.

Elisa Lorenzo García is developing her career at the University of Rennes (France) and she already has stood out for the quality and excellence of her research work. The line of her research Ph.D. in mathematics from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (2014), is at the frontier of number theory and arithmetic geometry, with applications in cryptography. After finishing her Ph.D. and before moving to Rennes, she had a postdoctoral position at the University of Leiden. She is president of the Women and Mathematics Commission of the Royal Spanish Mathematical Society since 2017 and Spanish Coordinator of the EWM (European Women in Mathematics) since 2015 and Spanish ambassador of the CWM (Committee for Women of the International Mathematical Union) since 2018. Click here to read an interview with Elisa Lorenzo García on the European Platform of Women Scientists.

Karen Uhlenbeck First Woman to Receive the Abel Prize

"For her pioneering achievements in geometric partial differential equations, gauge theory and integrable systems, and for the fundamental impact of her work on analysis, geometry and mathematical physics" Karen Uhlenbeck (University of Texas at Austin, USA) will be awarded the Abel Prize for 2019 on May 21 in Oslo.

The Abel Prize recognizes mathematicians who have greatly influenced their field and is awarded by the King of Norway. The prize was first awarded in 2003.

A short movie on Karen Uhlenbeck

The Abel Prize Award Ceremony, with Karen Uhlenbeck's speech starting at 33:00 minutes.

Success of May 12, a Celebration for Women in Mathematics

There were more than 100 events, announced here , taking place in the following countries: Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Benin, Brasil, Canada, Chile, Congo, Denmark, Egypt, Ethiopia, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Iran, Israel, Italy, Mexico, Nepal, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Portugal, Russia, Senegal, Slovakia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, UK, Ukraine, USA. Local events were varied : films, exhibitions, panel discussions, lectures, lunches, dinners, ...

The film Journeys of Mathematics and the exhibition Remember Maryam Mirzakhani, both created by CWM were used in several local events.

The May 12 initiative is supported by several organisations for women in mathematics worldwide (European Women in Mathematics, Association for Women in Mathematics, African Women in Mathematics Association, Indian Women and Mathematics, Colectivo de Mujeres Matemáticas de Chile and the Women's Committee of the Iranian Mathematical Society).


Sylvia Serfaty elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AAAS)

The American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AAAS) announced its new class of more than 200 members for the year 2019, amongst them Sylvia Serfaty, a professor in the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences. Sylvia Serfaty's work focusses on the calculus of variations, nonlinear partial differential equations, and mathematical physics. 

May 12, a Celebration for Women in Mathematics

May 12 was chosen for the Celebration of Women in Mathematics because it is the birthdate of Maryam Mirzakhani. The initiative was  proposed by the Women's Committee of the Iranian Mathematical Society and voted by a vast majority of attendees to (WM)², the World Meeting for Women on Mathematics on last July 31 in Rio.

Several suggestions for local activities around May 12 are listed here.Please feel free to organize one and mention it on May 12 website.

The initiative is  supported by several organisations for women in mathematics worldwide (European Women in Mathematics, Association for Women in Mathematics, African Women in Mathematics Association, Indian Women and Mathematics, Colectivo de Mujeres Matemáticas de Chile andthe Women's Committee of the Iranian Mathematical Society).

The initiative is welcoming  the support of more organizations, the conditions are as follows

- accepting to put the name of their organization on the website
- sending a contact name
- disseminating the initiative through their channels
- post the information of their activities around May 12 on the May 12 website.

Organizations are invited to contact the coordination group of May 12  through the website.

More information here.