Math Alliance Events

Underrepresented Students in Topology and Algebra Research Symposium

Date: March 30, 2017 to April 2, 2017
Location: Amherst, Massachusetts

We are excited to announce that the seventh annual Underrepresented Students in Topology and Algebra Research Symposium will be hosted by Amherst College March 31- April 2, 2017. USTARS is an annual conference where students at all stages in their research present their work and form research and social support networks with other mathematicians with related research and professional interests. USTARS provides an invaluable opportunity for students who have not yet chosen a research topic, or have switched areas of study, to learn about potential research topics.

Presenters at USTARS give 30-minute research talks on various topics in the fields of topology and algebra. Two graduate students are chosen to give 1-hour presentations as the Distinguished Graduate Students (DGS). As this year’s Invited Faculty Speaker, Dr. Chelsea Walton (Temple University) will give the keynote address. In addition to the student lectures, a poster session highlights undergraduate research, and an early-career faculty development workshop precedes the symposium.

Application Deadline: January 7, 2017

Visit us at www.ustars.org to apply and for additional information about USTARS events.

ASTRO: Astrophysical Population Emulation and Uncertainty Quantification

Date: April 3, 2017 to April 7, 2017
Location: Research Triangle Park, NC.

Inference problems on astrophysical populations arise in a large variety of fields, from exoplanets to gravitational-wave astrophysics to extragalactic astronomy. The application of hierarchical Bayesian modeling to observed astrophysical populations typically requires the generation of population models. Often, the full physical model is moderately to extremely computationally expensive. Therefore, there is a need to utilize fast emulators for much of the required computations. The workshop will provide opportunities to more efficiently review the previously done work, address any challenges, and discuss future directions.

This will be a very collaborative, hands-on workshop. As such, it will be scheduled predominantly around collaborative research sessions.The daily schedule will include a one-hour morning session presenting current project status, followed by intensive discussions and joint implementation work in smaller groups. The group will reconvene in the afternoon for a progress review meeting.

Questions: email astro@samsi.info

Nonconvexity, Nonlocality and Incompatibility: From Materials to Biology

Date: May 5, 2017 to May 7, 2017
Location: University of Pittsburgh

The conference aims to facilitate exchange of ideas and establish new connections between researchers from different fields working on problems in materials science and biology that involve nonconvex nonlocal interactions and incompatibility, as well as other closely related issues. Conference topics include plasticity and phase transitions in crystals, nucleation and evolution of defects and microstructures in crystal lattices, self-organized criticality and avalanches, crystallization, wrinkling, rupture processes in earthquakes, morphogenesis, cell motility, growth and remodeling of biological tissues, mechanics of muscles and protein motors. Mathematical studies of such problems involve multiscale variational methods and homogenization, stochastic analysis, differential geometry and analysis of nonlinear partial, functional and lattice differential equations.

UAB June short course – The Mathematical Sciences in Obesity

Date: June 26, 2017 to June 30, 2017
Location: The University of Alabama at Birmingham

UAB's Nutrition Obesity Research Center (NORC) invites you to join us at our NIH-funded short course on "The Mathematical Sciences in Obesity" at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Mon 6/26/2017 - Fri 6/30/2017.

The mathematical sciences including engineering, statistics, computer science, physics, econometrics, psychometrics, epidemiology, and mathematics qua mathematics are increasingly being applied to advance our understanding of the causes, consequences, and alleviation of obesity. These applications do not merely involve routine well-established approaches easily implemented in widely available commercial software. Rather, they increasingly involve computationally demanding tasks, use and in some cases development of novel analytic methods and software, new derivations, computer simulations, and unprecedented interdigitation of two or more existing techniques. Such advances at the interface of the mathematical sciences and obesity research require bilateral training and exposure for investigators in both disciplines. This course on the mathematical sciences in obesity research features some of the world's finest scientists working in this domain to fill this unmet need by providing nine topic driven modules designed to bridge the disciplines.

For full details of the course, please refer to the attached draft agenda, and our website at https://www.uab.edu/shp/home/energetics/courses/mathematical-sciences-shortcourse/fourth. You may apply online at http://www.uab.edu/shp/home/energetics/courses/mathematical-sciences-shortcourse/fourth-registration.

Limited travel scholarships are available to young investigators.

Please apply prior to Fri 3/03/2017. Accepted applicants will be notified no later than Fri 3/10/2017. Women, members of underrepresented minority groups and individuals with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. We look forward to seeing you in Birmingham this summer!

Bridge to Enter Advanced Mathematics: Summer Faculty Positions

Date: July 5, 2017 to August 15, 2017
Location: New York City

Bridge to Enter Advanced Mathematics: Summer Faculty Positions

This summer, change the lives of talented middle school students from underserved backgrounds: teach them what mathematics really is.

Bridge to Enter Advanced Mathematics (BEAM), a project of the Art of Problem Solving Foundation, is seeking instructors for a program that gives everyone a chance to excel in mathematics. Faculty design and teach their own courses to bright, underserved middle school students. During summer 2017, we will run two programs, a residential program on college campuses in the Hudson Valley, and a day program in New York City.

Residential Program (BEAM 7):
Compensation: $5,000 for four weeks (or $3,300 for junior faculty such as graduate students or early-career teachers), plus room, board, and a transportation stipend.
Location: Bard College and a second campus TBD, both located about 2 hours out of NYC. Our students, all from high-poverty New York City public schools, will be discovering a new environment in these idyllic settings.
Dates: July 6 to August 2, 2017

Courses at BEAM 7 can be:
• Pure math such as number theory, combinatorics, graph theory, or logic;
• Applied math such as circuit design, programming, astrophysics, or genetics; or
• Problem solving, either Math Team Strategies or Solving Big Problems.
Non-residential Program:
Compensation: $2,400-$5,600 for six weeks depending on course load (part-time positions available).
Location: New York City
Dates: July 5 to August 15, 2017

BEAM 6 teachers receive outlines to help plan courses in Logical Reasoning, Math Team Strategies, Math Fundamentals, or Applied Math, and we are flexible for many different courses that meet our learning goals.

For both:
Ideal candidates include college or university professors (as well as graduate students) with strong teaching backgrounds, and middle or high school teachers with strong mathematics backgrounds. We've found that the community of teachers that we create, bringing together instructors from across many different academic areas, is one of the program's strengths and provides a great experience for all participants.

Good candidates will work well on a close-knit team and will be able to bring unique curriculum perspectives to the program. Experience with other extracurricular outreach programs (such as math summer programs or math circles, MATHCOUNTS, programming workshops, or similar) are also a plus. We will provide mentorship, textbooks, and other resources as needed.

This is a unique opportunity to influence the lives of young students. Our students have tremendous potential and a strong ability for abstract reasoning, but because of their schools and backgrounds they often have not had the same training as more affluent peers. They are devoted, doing many hours of math each day (and loving it). We hope that you will join us (and them)!

For more information and the application, contact us at info@beammath.org or visit our website at www.beammath.org.

Counselor/Teaching Assistant

This summer, change the lives of talented middle school students from underserved backgrounds.

Bridge to Enter Advanced Mathematics (BEAM), a project of the Art of Problem Solving Foundation, is seeking undergraduate students or recent graduates to be counselors and teaching assistants for a summer program that gives everyone a chance to excel in mathematics. During summer 2017, we will run two programs, a residential program on college campuses in the Hudson Valley, and a day program in New York City.

At our residential program, counselors will live with the students in the campus dorms. At both programs, you'll create a vibrant social experience for kids who are discovering for the first time that there are other people who like doing mathematics; you'll also be a TA for classes on topics such as number theory, combinatorics, problem solving, and computer science. Be a role model and guide for students who are just beginning to set their educational path!

Counselors must be strong mathematically, be reliable, and take initiative. They should be charismatic and able to help the kids have fun. All counselors must be at least 18 years old by July 9, 2017.

Residential Program:
Compensation: $2,600 for four weeks, plus room, board, and a transportation stipend.
Location: Bard College and a second campus TBD
Dates: July 6 to August 2, 2017

Non-residential Program:
Compensation: $3,600 for six weeks, plus an unlimited MetroCard and breakfast/lunch on weekdays.
Location: New York City
Dates: July 5 to August 15, 2017

Deadline: rolling, but please apply by February 13, 2017 for full consideration

For more information and to apply: https://www.beammath.org/counselor-info/