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.
Katherine Johnson, the American mathematician whose calculations of rocket trajectories were critical to the success of the first and subsequent U.S. crewed spaceflights and who is celebrated in the movie "Hidden Figures", has died at the age of 101. In 2017, the "Katherine G. Johnson Computational Research Facility" was named and dedicated in her honor.
The CWM 2020 call for Networks, Schools and Workshops received 35 applications of which CWM decided to support 8. In the selection of grants, priority was given to projects developing regional networks for Women in Mathematics in Africa, Latin America, and Asia.
Marithania Silvero Casanova was not yet born when Louis Kauffman stated in 1983 the conjecture that established that two particular families of knots were equivalent. Silvero, born in Huelva in 1989, refuted the conjecture in 2015. Her finding has been recognized with the Vicent Caselles research prize, awarded by the Royal Spanish Mathematical Society and the BBVA Foundation.
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CWM invites proposals for funding of up to €3000 for activities or initiatives taking place in 2020, aimed at either (a) establishing or supporting networks for women in mathematics, preferably at the continental or regional level, and with priority given to networks in developing or emerging countries or (b) organizing a mathematical school open to all with all women speakers and mainly women organisers or (c) orgaizing research workshops geared towards establishing research networks for women by fostering research collaborations during the event or (d) other i
For her foundational contributions to group theory and combinatorics, Cheryl Praeger was awarded the Prime Minister's Science Prize during a ceremony at the Parliament House on October 16, 2019. Cheryl Praeger is a Professor Emeritus at the University of Western Australia.