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Project Information

Project Information


The Mathematical Sciences in 2025


Project Scope:

The study will produce a forward-looking assessment of the current state of the mathematical sciences and of emerging trends that will affect the discipline and its stakeholders as they look ahead to the quarter century mark. Specifically, the study will assess:

- The vitality of research in the mathematical sciences, looking at such aspects as the unity and coherence of research, significance of recent developments, rate of progress at the frontiers, and emerging trends;
- The impact of research and training in the mathematical sciences on science and engineering; on industry and technology; on innovation and economic competitiveness; on national security; and other areas of national interest.

The study will make recommendations to NSF's Division of Mathematical Sciences on how to adjust its portfolio of activities to improve the vitality and impact of the discipline.

The Project is sponsored by the National Science Foundation
The approximate start date for the project is 08/01/09
A report will be issued at the end of the project in approximately 21 months.

Note: The project duration has been extended. The final report is expected to be issued in January 2013.

Status: Current

PIN: BMSA-L-08-03-A

Project Duration (months): 21 month(s)

RSO: Weidman, Scott


Committee Membership

Committee Post Date: 06/17/2010



Dr. Thomas E. Everhart - (Chair)
California Institute of Technology

Thomas E. Everhart (NAE) is President Emeritus of the California Institute of Technology and Professor Emeritus of Electrical Engineering and Applied Physics. He received a Ph.D. in engineering from Cambridge University, England in 1958. Dr. Everhart joined the University of California at Berkeley in 1958, where he served in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science for more than 20 years. After being Dean of Engineering at Cornell University (1979-84) and Chancellor of the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana (1984-87), he accepted the presidency at Caltech in 1987. He holds a guest appointment at the University of California at Santa Barbara as a Distinguished Visiting Professor and Senior Advisor to the Chancellor. Dr. Everhart’s honors and awards include the IEEE Centennial Medal; the 1989 Benjamin Garver Lamme Award from the American Society for Engineering Education; the Clark Kerr Award from UC Berkeley in 1992; the Founder’s Award in 1995 from the Energy and Resources Group at Berkeley; and the IEEE Founders Medal and Okawa Prize in 2002. He currently serves on the board of trustees of Caltech and has served on the board of overseers of Harvard University.
Dr. Mark L. Green - (Vice Chair)
University of California, Los Angeles

Mark L. Green is a professor in the Department of Mathematics at the University of California at Los Angeles. He received his BS from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his MA and PhD from Princeton University. After teaching at the University of California at Berkeley and MIT, he came to UCLA as an assistant professor in 1975. He was a founding co-director of the NSF-funded Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics. Dr. Green’s research has taken him into different areas of mathematics: several complex variables, differential geometry, commutative algebra, Hodge theory, and algebraic geometry. He received an Alfred P. Sloan fellowship, was an invited speaker at the International Congress of Mathematicians in Berlin in 1998, and was recently elected as a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences.
Ms. Tanya Styblo Beder
SBCC Group, Inc.

Tanya Styblo Beder is chair of SBCC Group, a financial and risk consulting firm that she founded in 1987. From 1994 through 2005, Ms. Beder held two senior positions in the asset management industry, first as Managing Director of Caxton Associates LLC, a $10 billion asset management firm, then as CEO of Tribeca Global Management LLC, a $3 billion dollar multi-strategy fund. At SBCC Group, Ms. Beder heads the global strategy, crisis and risk management, derivatives, workout and fund launch practices. Ms. Beder’s career includes numerous projects borne from the financial distress of the stock market crashes of 1997, 2001 and 2008; the asset/liability and savings & loan crises of the late 1980s; the derivatives losses of the 1990s; the LTCM and currency crises in 1998; and the bursting of the credit bubble and meltdown that started in 2007. Ms. Beder is a member of the Board of Directors of the International Association of Financial Engineers where she co-chairs its Investor Risk Committee. From 1998 through 2003 she was Chairman of that Association. Euromoney named Ms. Beder one of the top 50 women in finance around the world. Ms Beder was an author of “Risk Standards for Institutional Investors and Institutional Investment Managers” and has written numerous articles in the financial area. She holds an M.B.A. in finance from Harvard University and a B.A. in mathematics from Yale University. She was a member of the NSF’s “Odom Committee” in the mid-1990s (chaired by Gen. William Odom), which performed the last introspective study of the mathematical sciences.
Dr. James O. Berger
Duke University

James O. Berger (NAS) is Arts and Sciences Professor in the Department of Statistical Science at Duke University. He received a PhD in mathematics from Cornell University in 1974. Dr. Berger was a faculty member in the Department of Statistics at Purdue University until 1997, at which time he moved to Duke. From 2002 until 2009 he directed the NSF-supported Statistical and Applied Mathematical Sciences Institute (SAMSI). Dr. Berger was president of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics from 1995-1996, chair of the Section on Bayesian Statistical Science of the American Statistical Association in 1995, and president of the International Society for Bayesian Analysis during 2004. Among his awards and honors are Guggenheim and Sloan Fellowships, the President’s Award from the Committee of Presidents of Statistical Societies in 1985, the Sigma Xi Research Award at Purdue University for contribution of the year to science in 1993, the Fisher Lectureship in 2001, election as foreign member of the Spanish Real Academia de Ciencias in 2002, election to the NAS in 2003, an honorary Doctor of Science degree from Purdue University in 2004, and the Wald Lectureship in 2007. Prof. Berger currently chairs the NSF's Advisory Committee for Mathematics and Physical Sciences, which deals with some of the same issues as does the study on the Mathematical Sciences in 2025. Berger’s research has primarily been in Bayesian statistics, foundations of statistics, statistical decision theory, simulation, model selection, and various interdisciplinary areas of science and industry, especially astronomy and the interface between computer modeling and statistics. He has supervised 31 PhD dissertations, published over 160 articles, and written or edited 14 books or special volumes.
Dr. Luis A. Caffarelli
The University of Texas at Austin

Luis Caffarelli obtained his Masters of Science (1969) and Ph.D. (1972) at the University of Buenos Aires. Since 1996 he has held the Sid Richardson Chair in Mathematics at the University of Texas at Austin. He also has been a professor at the University of Minnesota, the University of Chicago, and the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences at New York University. From 1986 to 1996 he was a permanent member at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. In 1991, he was elected to the National Academy of Sciences. He received the Bôcher Prize in 1984. In 2005, he was honored to receive the prestigious Rolf Schock Prize in Mathematics of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. He recently received the Leroy P. Steele Prize for Lifetime Achievement in Mathematics. Professor Caffarelli is a member of the American Mathematical Society, the Union Matematica Argentina, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Academy of Sciences and the Pontifical Academy of Sciences. The focus of Professor Caffarelli’s research has been in the area of elliptic nonlinear partial differential equations and their applications. His research has reached from theoretical questions about the regularity of solutions to fully nonlinear elliptic equations to partial regularity properties of Navier Stokes equations. Some of his most significant contributions are the regularity of free boundary problems and solutions to nonlinear elliptic partial differential equations, optimal transportation theory and, more recently, results in the theory of homogenization.




Dr. Emmanuel J. Candes
Stanford University

Emmanuel J. Candes is a professor of statistics and mathematics at Stanford University. He is considered to be an unusually broad mathematical scientist, having carried out (at a young age) noteworthy research into compressive sensing, mathematical signal processing, computational harmonic analysis, multiscale analysis, scientific computing, statistical estimation and detection, high-dimensional statistics, theoretical computer science, mathematical optimization, and information theory. He received his Dipl. from Ecole Polytechnique and his PhD in statistics from Stanford in 1998.
Dr. Phillip Colella
E. O. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Phillip Colella (NAS) is Senior Mathematician and Group Leader of the Applied Numerical Algorithms Group at the E. O. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. He is a leader in the development of mathematical methods and computer science tools for science and engineering. His work has resulted in software tools applicable in a wide variety of problems in fluid dynamics, shock wave theory, and astrophysics. Dr. Colella received an A.B. and PhD from the University of California, Berkeley. A former member of BMSA, he was an excellent contributor to a recent DEPS/DELS study on high-end capability computing. He was recommended by BMSA director Scott Weidman.
Dr. David Eisenbud
Simons Foundation

David Eisenbud was Director of the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute in Berkeley from 1997 until 2007, and he continues to serve on the faculty of the University of California at Berkeley as Professor of Mathematics. He received his PhD in mathematics in 1970 at the University of Chicago. Dr. Eisenbud was on the faculty at Brandeis University for 27 years before coming to Berkeley. He has been a visiting professor at Harvard, Bonn, and Paris. His mathematical interests range widely over commutative and non-commutative algebra, algebraic geometry, topology, and computer methods. He was President of the American Mathematical Society in 2004 and 2005 and is a Director of Math for America, a foundation devoted to improving mathematics teaching. In 2006, Dr. Eisenbud was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. He currently serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Algebra and Number Theory, the Bulletin du Societe Mathematique de France, Computing in Science & Engineering, and Springer-Verlag’s book series Algorithms and Computation in Mathematics.
Dr. Ju-Lee Kim
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Ju-Lee Kim is an associate professor of mathematics at MIT. She received a B.S. from the Korean Advanced Institute in Science & Technology in 1991, and a PhD from Yale in 1997, under the direction of NAS member Roger Howe. She had postdoctoral appointments at the École Normale Supérieure and the Institute for Advanced Study before joining the University of Michigan as assistant professor in 1998. In 2002, she moved to the University of Illinois at Chicago. Professor Kim’s research interests include representation theory, harmonic analysis of p-adic groups, Lie theory, and automorphic forms.
Dr. Yann LeCun
New York University

Yann LeCun has been a Professor of Computer Science at the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences at NYU since 2003 and was named Silver Professor in 2008. LeCun received a PhD in Computer Science from the Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris in 1987. LeCun joined the Adaptive Systems Research Department at AT&T Bell Laboratories in Holmdel, NJ in 1988, where he later became head of the Image Processing Research Department, part of Larry Rabiner’s Speech and Image Processing Research Lab at AT&T Labs-Research in Red Bank, NJ. In 2002, he became a Fellow of the NEC Research Institute (now NEC Labs America) in Princeton, NJ. He then began his tenure at NYU, where he remains. Dr. LeCun’s research focuses on machine learning, computer vision, pattern recognition, neural networks, handwriting recognition, image compression, document understanding, image processing, VLSI design, and information theory. His handwriting recognition technology is used by several banks around the world, and his image compression technology is used by hundreds of web sites and publishers and millions of users to access scanned documents on the Web.
Dr. Jun Liu
Harvard University

Jun Liu is a professor of statistics at Harvard University and of biostatistics in the Harvard School of Public Health. His research deals with statistical imputation, Gibbs sampling, graphical models, genetics, image reconstructions, and other methods of biostatistics and bioinformatics. He holds a B.S. in mathematics from Peking University (1985) and a PhD in statistics from the University of Chicago (1991). Prof. Liu began his career at Harvard in 1991, was at Stanford in 1994-2000, and returned to Harvard in 2000. His honors include selection as a Medallion Lecturer of the Institute for Mathematical Statistics (IMS) in 2002; receipt of the 2002 COPSS Presidents’ Award, given annually by five leading statistical societies to a young individual for outstanding contributions to the profession of statistics; election as an IMS Fellow in 2004; and selection as Bernoulli Lecturer by the Bernoulli Society, 2004. He is author of Monte Carlo Strategies in Scientific Computing (2001), has overseen 18 PhD students, and has contributed to 18 software modules for computational biology.
Dr. Juan Maldacena
Institute for Advanced Study

Juan Maldecena is a theoretical physicist at the Institute for Advanced Study. Among his many discoveries, the most famous one is the AdS/CFT correspondence, the conjecture about the equivalence of string theory on Anti de Sitter (AdS) space and a conformal field theory defined on the boundary of the AdS space. Dr. Maldacena obtained his “licenciatura” (a 6 years degree) in 1991 at the Instituto Balseiro from the Universidad Nacional de Cuyo, Bariloche, Argentina. He then obtained his PhD at Princeton University under the supervision of Curtis Callan in 1996 and went on to a post-doctoral position at Rutgers University. In 1997, he joined Harvard University as associate professor, being quickly promoted to Professor of Physics in 1999. Since 2001 he has been a professor at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey. He has the Edward A. Bouchet Award of the American Physical Society (2004), the Xanthopoulos International Award for Research in Gravitational Physics (2001), the Sackler Prize in Physics, a MacArthur Fellowship in 1999, and the Dirac Medal in 2008.
Dr. John W. Morgan
Stony Brook University

John W. Morgan (NAS) is Director of the Simons Center for Geometry and Physics at SUNY-Stony Brook. He received his BA and PhD in mathematics from Rice University in 1968 and 1969, respectively. He was an instructor at Princeton University from 1969 to 1972, and an assistant professor at MIT from 1972 to 1974. He has been on the faculty at Columbia University since 1974. In July 2009, Prof. Morgan moved to Stony Brook University to become the first director of the Simons Center for Geometry and Physics. He has been a Visiting Professor at Harvard University, Stanford University, The Université de Paris, The Mathematical Sciences Research Institute, the Institute for Advanced Study, and The Institut des Hautes Etudes Scientifiques. He is an editor of the Journal of the American Mathematical Society and Geometry and Topology.
Dr. Yuval Peres
Microsoft Research

Yuval Peres obtained his PhD in 1990 from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, working under Hillel Furstenberg. In 1993, Peres joined the faculty of the statistics department at the University of California at Berkeley, where he served as a professor in the mathematics and statistics departments until moving recently to Microsoft Research to manage the Theory Group. Peres’s research is extraordinarily prolific and collaborative, encompassing a broad range of topics in theoretical probability. His research could be characterized as probability on infinite discrete structures where geometry plays a role. This includes, for instance, the study of random percolation on infinite Cayley graphs, where (in contrast to the usual d-dimensional lattice setting) one has the possibility of coexistence of infinitely many infinite components. Peres’s work illustrates and delineates active and exciting areas where probability meets other areas of pure mathematics.
Dr. Eva Tardos
Cornell University

Eva Tardos (NAE) is the Jacob Gould Schurman Professor of Computer Science at Cornell University, and was department chair 2006-2010. She received her BA and PhD from Eötvös University in Budapest. She had a Humboldt Fellowship at the University of Bonn, a postdoctoral fellowship at the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute in Berkeley, a postdoctoral fellowship from the Hungarian Academy of Sciences at Eötvös University, was a visiting professor at Department of Mathematics at MIT 1987-89. before joining the faculty at Cornell. Dr. Tardos won the Fulkerson Prize, awarded jointly by the Mathematical Programming Society and the American Mathematical Society, and the Dantzig prize awarded jointly by Mathematical Programming Society and the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics. She was awarded an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship (1991-93), a National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator Award (1991-96), and the David and Lucille Packard Foundation Fellowship in Science and Engineering (1990-95), a Guggenheim Fellowship (1999-2000). She is an ACM Fellow, INFORMS fellow, and SIAM fellow, is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and was elected to the National Academy of Engineering. Dr. Tardos’s research interest is algorithms and algorithmic game theory, the subarea of computer science theory of designing systems and algorithms for selfish users. Her research focuses on algorithms and games on networks. She is most known for her work on network-flow algorithms, approximation algorithms, and quantifying the efficiency of selfish routing.


Dr. Margaret H. Wright
New York University

Margaret H. Wright (NAS/NAE) is Silver Professor of Computer Science at the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences,New York University. She received an M.S. and a PhD in Computer Science, and a B.S. in Mathematics, all from Stanford University. Before joining NYU in 2001, she was a Distinguished Member of Technical Staff and Bell Labs Fellow at Bell Laboratories, Lucent Technologies. Her research interests include optimization, linear algebra, scientific computing, and real-world applications. She is the co-author of two books, Practical Optimization and Numerical Linear Algebra and Optimization, and the author or co-author of many research papers. She has chaired the Advisory Committee for the Mathematical and Physical Sciences Directorate at the NSF, and the Advanced Scientific Computing Advisory Committee for the US Department of Energy; she has also served on several other committees for the NSF and the NRC. She is a member of the scientific advisory board of the DFG Research Center "Matheon" (Berlin), and of the Center for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (Sweden); she is chair of the 2010 International Review of Mathematical Sciences Research in the United Kingdom. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and she has received a Doctorate in Mathematics (honoris causa) from the University of Waterloo (Canada) and an honorary Doctorate of Technology from the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Sweden.

Mr. Joe B. Wyatt
Vanderbilt University

Joe B. Wyatt served as chancellor and CEO of Vanderbilt University from 1982 to 2000. During that time, he led Vanderbilt’s ascent into the top tier of U.S. teaching and research universities. He oversaw the expansion of the university’s academic offerings and diversity of the student body and the increase of Vanderbilt’s endowment from $170 million to more than $2 billion. Prior to joining Vanderbilt, Prof. Wyatt was a member of the faculty and administration at Harvard University, serving as Vice President for Administration from 1976 to 1982. During this period, he led EDUCOM, a consortium of 450 universities that developed computer networks and systems for sharing information and resources. In addition Mr. Wyatt co-authored the book, Financial Planning Models for Colleges and Universities, and wrote numerous papers and articles in the fields of technology, management and education. Mr. Wyatt’s earlier career focused on computer science and systems, beginning at General Dynamics Corporation in 1956, and continuing at Symbiotics International, Inc., a company he co-founded in 1965. Mr. Wyatt was a co-founder, Vice Chairman of the Board, and Chairman of the Investment Committee for the Massachusetts Technology Development Corporation, a public/private venture capital group that has financed a large number of successful technology-based companies in Massachusetts. He is former Chairman of the NRC’s Government-University-Industry Research Roundtable and is currently Chairman of the Board of the Universities Research Association.
Dr. Peter Wilcox Jones
Yale University

Peter Wilcox Jones (NAS) is the James E. English Professor of Mathematics & Applied Mathematics at Yale. He received his doctorate from UCLA in pure mathematics in 1978, and began his lifelong international collaborations during his graduate studies when he relocated to Paris during his advisor’s year-long sabbatical to the University of Paris at Orsay. Dr. Jones began his academic career at the University of Chicago in 1978 where he served for two years as assistant director of the Institut Mittag-Leffler, a research branch of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. Dr. Jones received the Salem Prize in 1981, an award given annually to a young mathematician who has done outstanding work in the theory of Fourier series. Jones joined the Department of Mathematics at Yale in 1985, where he currently works with a large group that focuses on the value of math in biology and medicine for creating models. Since its inception in 1999, he has served as the chair of the Science Advisory Board at IPAM, a mathematics research institute at UCLA created and funded by the NSF. Dr. Jones is a Sloan Fellow, a foreign member of the Swedish Academy of Science, and a member of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences.

Events



Location:

Arnold and Mabel Beckman Center
100 Academy Dr.
Irvine, California
Event Type :  
-

Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Scott Weidman
Contact Email:  sweidman@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  -

Agenda

This meeting is closed in its entirety.
Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

Thomas Everhart
Mark L. Green
Tanya Beder
James O. Berger
Luis Caffarelli
Emmanuel J. Candes
Phillip Colella
David Eisenbud
Jun Liu
Juan M. Maldacena
John W. Morgan
Yuval Peres
Eva Tardos
Joe B. Wyatt


The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

Draft sections of the final report

The following materials (written documents) were made available to the committee in the closed sessions:

None

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
January 18, 2012


Location:

J. Erik Jonsson Woods Hole Center
314 Quissett Ave.
Woods Hole, Massachusetts
Event Type :  
-

Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Scott Weidman
Contact Email:  sweidman@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  202-334-1519

Agenda

This meeting is devoted to discussions of draft report materials and is closed in its entirety.
Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

Thomas Everhart
Mark Green
Margaret Wright
Peter Jones
Jun Liu
Tanya Beder
Joseph Wyatt
John Morgan
Yann LeCun
James Berger

The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

Draft report materials

The following materials (written documents) were made available to the committee in the closed sessions:

Tables 76-78 from the NSF’s 2006 Characteristics of Doctoral Scientists and Engineers in the Unites States

“Input from IPAM to the Mathematical Sciences in 2025 Study, September 4, 2011”
(This is on the portal labeled as “Chapter 3-Input from IPAM”)

“Input from IMA Director Fadil Santosa”
(This is on the portal labeled as “Chapter 3-Input from IPAM”)

“Computational Science”, White Paper submitted by the MPSAC Working Group, May 14, 2010
(Available at http://www.nsf.gov/attachments/118651/public/MPSAC_Computational_Science_White_Paper.pdf.)


Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
September 28, 2011


Location:

Chicago, IL
Event Type :  
-

Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Scott Weidman
Contact Email:  sweidman@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  202-334-1519

Agenda

THURSDAY, MAY 12, University of Chicago Booth School of Business
Charles M. Harper Center, Room 104, 5807 S. Woodlawn Avenue, Chicago, IL


CLOSED SESSION
7:30 – 11:00 am Private committee discussions


OPEN SESSION
11:00 Discussion with Dean Robert Fefferman and President Robert Zimmer, University of Chicago. Discuss stresses and opportunities for the mathematical sciences.

12:00 Working lunch

1:00 Discussion with representatives from Chicago-vicinity math and stat departments. What do they see as major opportunities for the mathematical sciences, steps needed to realize them, and stresses affecting the profession over the coming years? We are not asking each to make a presentation, but we hope they will come with thoughts about trends, major research opportunities, stresses, and how the community can respond to each.

Panelists:
Yali Amit, University of Chicago, Statistics Department
Peter Constantin, University of Chicago, Mathematics Department
Kam Tsui, University of Wisconsin, Statistics Department
Douglas Simpson, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Statistics Department
Bryna Kra, Northwestern University, Mathematics Department
Lawrence Ein, University of Illinois at Chicago, Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science Department
Shi Jin, University of Wisconsin, Mathematics Department
Bill Cleveland, Purdue University, Statistics Department


3:00 Break

CLOSED SESSION
3:15 Committee discussion

5:00 ADJOURN



FRIDAY, MAY 13, Hyatt Regency McCormick Place (room TBD)

CLOSED SESSION
8:00 – 2:30 Private committee discussions

2:30 ADJOURN
Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

Thomas E. Everhart
Mark L. Green
Tanya Styblo Beder
James O. Berger
Luis A. Caffarelli
Emmanuel J. Candes
David Eisenbud
Peter Wilcox Jones
Ju-Lee Kim
Yann LeCun
Jun Liu
John W. Morgan
Yuval Peres
Eva Tardos
Joe B. Wyatt


The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

Information received to date
Progress on the interim report and next steps
Major points to include in the final report
Outline and writing assignments for the final report

The following materials (written documents) were made available to the committee in the closed sessions:

NSF/DMS Committee of Visitors reports for 2004, 2007, and 2010
Draft report of the U.K. math review (December, 2010)
Inputs collected by the Canadian NSERC review of the mathematical sciences
Four inputs received from members of the community
NSF/DMS report on Approaches to Combat Terrorism
NSF/MPS report on Data-Enabled Science
NSF/DMS report on Discovery in Complex or Massive Datasets
NSF/DMS report on Mathematics and Science
NSF/DMS "Odom" report
NSF/DMS web materials on Opportunities for the Mathematical Sciences (2000)
NSF PRISM workshop report
Report of the National Science Board Task Force on the Environment
NSF/DMS report of the Special Emphasis Panel on VIGRE
NSF/DMS report of the working group on Cryptology and Coding Theory
Report of the NSF Advisory Workshop on Research Networks
NSF report Toward a Science of Sustainability
NSF reports from the study on Impact of Proposal and Award
Management Mechanisms
2005 report from the Conference Board of the Mathematical Sciences, "Statistical Abstract
of Undergraduate Programs in the Mathematical Sciences in the United States"
Compilations of federal funding for the mathematical sciences (by Sam Rankin, AMS) for 2007-2011
"Citation Statistics" from the International Mathematical Union
European Math and Industry report
SIAM Math in Industry report
A Report on the Future of Statistics; Lindsay, Kettenring, and Siegmund
International Benchmarking of US Mathematics Research, NRC, 1997
"The Mis-Education of Mathematics Teachers", AMS Notices, March 2011
NSF Office of Cyberinfrastructure reports on Data, High-Performance Computing, and Software (March 2011)
"Topical Bias in Generalist Mathematics Journals", AMS Notices, December 2010
"What is Statistics?" by Emery N. Brown and Robert E. Kass
"Expanding Underrepresented Minority Participation: America’s Science and Technology Talent at the Crossroads", National Academies, 2010







Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
May 13, 2011


Location:

Conference call
Event Type :  
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Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

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NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Scott Weidman
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Contact Phone:  202-334-1519

Agenda

2:15 PM Discussion of topics for interim report
3:15 PM Adjourn
Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

Thomas Everhart
Mark Green
Margaret Wright
James Berger
Eva Tardos
David Eisenbud

The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

Topics to be covered by the study's science writer

The following materials (written documents) were made available to the committee in the closed sessions:

None

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
August 31, 2011


Location:

Joint Mathematics Meetings
Balcony L, 4th Floor, New Orleans Marriott
Event Type :  
-

Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

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If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Barbara Wright
Contact Email:  bwright@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  202-334-2421

Agenda

4:30 pm CST Overview of Study
Thomas Everhart and Mark Green

4:45 Comments from the audience and discussion

5:20 Adjourn

7:30-9:00 pm CLOSED WORKING DINNER
Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

Thomas Everhart
Mark Green
Yuval Peres

The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

Next steps in data collection for the study

The following materials (written documents) were made available to the committee in the closed sessions:

None

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
August 31, 2011


Location:

Arnold and Mabel Beckman Center
100 Academy Dr.
Irvine, California
Event Type :  
-

Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Scott Weidman
Contact Email:  sweidman@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  202-334-2421

Agenda

Saturday, December 4, 2010

CLOSED SESSION (committee and staff only)
7:30-8:30

OPEN SESSION
8:30 Hal Stern, Dean and Professor of Statistics
Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences
University of California, Irvine

9:15 Brenda Dietrich, Vice President for Business Analytics and Mathematical Sciences at the IBM T. J. Watson Research Center (by telephone)

10:00 Break

10:15 Terry Sejnowski, Salk Institute for Biological Studies, University of California, San Diego (by telephone)

11:00 Nafees bin Zafar, DreamWorks

11:45 Al Hales, UCLA (ret.) and director of the Institute for Defense Analyses’s Center for Communications Research–La Jolla

12:30 Lunch

1:15 Jim Simons, Renaissance Technologies (by telephone)

2:00 S.-T. Yau, Harvard University (by telephone)

2:45 Harry Shum, Microsoft (by telephone)

CLOSED SESSION
3:30-8:00 pm


Sunday, December 5, 2010
CLOSED SESSION (committee and staff only)
7:15-12:00

12:00 Adjourn
Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

Thomas E. Everhart
Mark L. Green
Tanya Styblo Beder (via telephone)
James O. Berger
Phillip Colella
Peter Jones
Ju-Lee Kim
Yann LeCun
Jun Liu
John W. Morgan
Eva Tardos
Margaret H. Wright
Joe B. Wyatt



The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

Meeting goals
Preliminary drafts for the committee’s first report
Committee's public website
Preliminary ideas of the main messages to convey in the final report
Plan for data collection
Plans for upcoming meetings

The following materials (written documents) were made available to the committee in the closed sessions:

Articles from the September and October 2010 issues of the AMS Notices: Mary E. Flahive and Marie A. Vitulli, "An Update: Are Women Getting All the Jobs?" (pp. 984-986) and "Statistics on Womne Mathematicians Compiled by the AMS (p. 1163).

Four additional articles from the AMS Notices, September 2010: Jack Heidel, "The Sky Is Not Falling, It's Just Shifting" (p. 943); Ellen Kirkman, "CBMS 2010 Survey of Undergraduate Mathematical Sciences Programs" (pp. 997-998); Samuel M. Rankin III, "Mathematical Sciences in the FY2011 Budget" (pp. 988-991); and Allyn Jackson, "NSF Fiscal Year 2011 Budget Request" (pp. 992-996).

A 1999 paper from Phil Griffiths on “Mathematics at the turn of the millennium,” presented at the Conference “Frontiers of the Mind in the 21st Century” at the Library of Congress, Washington DC, 15 June 1999.

Data and graphics excerpted from the David I and David II reports, the Odom report, the Academies' "Challenge of Numbers" (1990) and "International Benchmarking" (1997) reports, and from the 2004 review of mathematical research in the U.K.

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
December 16, 2010


Location:

Keck Center
500 5th Street, NW
Washington D.C. 20001

Event Type :  
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Registration for in Person Attendance :   
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If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Scott Weidman
Contact Email:  sweidman@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  202-334/1519

Agenda

Monday, September 20, 2010

CLOSED SESSION (committee and staff only)
8:00 – 10:00

OPEN SESSION
10:00 Break

10:15 Discussion of study goals with NSF
Sastry Pantula and Deborah Lockhart

11:15 Discussion of study goals with major professional societies
Jim Crowley, Executive Director, Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM)
Tina Straley, Executive Director, Mathematical Association of America (MAA)
Ron Wasserstein, Executive Director, American Statistical Association (ASA)
Don McClure, Executive Director, American Mathematical Society (AMS)

12:30 Lunch

1:15 What changes and stresses are affecting the research enterprise?
Discussion with Brit Kirwan (mathematician and Chancellor of the University of Maryland system) and Jud King, former Berkeley provost and director of its Center for Studies in Higher Education

3:15 Break

3:30 Discussion of possible models for our study
- Controlling the Quantum World: The Science of Atoms, Molecules, and Photons (2007). The study’s co-chair, Phil Bucksbaum (Stanford University) will join us by videoconference.
- Other decadal studies conducted by the Academies’ Board on Physics and Astronomy (BPA). BPA director Don Shapero will discuss.
- Suggested questions for our guests might include the following:
? How did the study evaluate the health of the field?
? What inputs did it receive about changing conditions in research, emerging opportunities, and other predictions about the future?
? How did it assess which future directions would be of greatest value?
? How did it interact with the community to collect inputs, promote discussion, and pave the way for buy-in of the results?

5:30 Meeting adjourns for the day


Tuesday, September 21, 2010

OPEN SESSION
8:00 Breakfast available; general discussion

8:30 Overview of funding for mathematical sciences research
- Sastry Pantula and Deborah Lockhart, NSF
- Walt Polansky, DOE
- Wen Masters, DoD (illustrative observations)
- Charles Toll, NSA
- David Eisenbud, Simons Foundation
- Jim Crowley on industry research

10:00 Break

10:15 Open discussion of major advances in recent years that illustrate new opportunities and future directions. Where is the discipline heading? This discussion is meant to provide a foundation for the committee’s selection of research topics to highlight in its first report.
- Jim Carlson, President of the Clay Mathematics Institute, will offer some thoughts on this question
- Mark Green suggests that this session be framed in terms of where the field is going rather than where it has been. Recent advances should be used primarily to illustrate where appropriate new opportunities and future directions.

12:15 Lunch

CLOSED SESSION
1:00 – 3:00

3:00 Adjourn


Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

Thomas E. Everhart
Mark L. Green
Tanya Styblo Beder
James O. Berger
Luis Caffarelli
Phillip Colella
David Eisenbud
Ju-Lee Kim
Yann LeCun
Jun Liu
Juan M. Maldacena
John W. Morgan
Yuval Peres
Eva Tardos
Margaret H. Wright
Joe B. Wyatt


The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

Discussion of committee balance and composition.
Develop plans for the interim report.
Discuss the overall plan for the study.


The following materials (written documents) were made available to the committee in the closed sessions:

Title: The Path Forward: The Future of Graduate Education in the United States
Authors: Debra W. Stewart, President, Council of Graduate Schools
Kurt M. Landgraf, President and CEO, Educational Testing Service
April, 2010

Title: Graduate Education 2020
From: Council of Graduate School’s Communicator, Jan/Feb 2006 issue

Title: Science and the Entrepreneurial University
Authors: Richard C. Atkinson and Patricia A. Pelfrey, U of CA, Berkeley
Center for Studies in Higher Education of the University of California, Berkeley

Title: Rising Above the Gathering Storm: Energizing and Employing America for a Brighter Economic Future (executive summary)
From: Committee on Prospering in the Global Economy of the 21st Century: An Agenda for American Science and Technology, National Research Council, 2007

Title: Decadal Science Strategy Surveys: Report of A Workshop
Authors: Jack D. Fellows, Rapporteur
Joseph K. Alexander, Editor
From: Space Studies Board, National Research Council

Title: Understanding the Sun and Solar System Plasmas:
Future Directions in Solar and Space Physics
From: Solar and Space Physics Survey Committee, Committee on Solar and Space Physics, Space Studies Board, National Research Council, 2004

Title: Science and Technology Priorities for the [federal] FY 2021 Budget
From: Office of Management and Budget in the White House

Title: Controlling the Quantum World: The Science of Atoms, Molecules, and Photons (excerpts)
From: Committee on AMO 2010, Board on Physics and Astronomy, National Research Council, 2007

Title: Report of the Senior Assessment Panel for the International Assessment of the U.S. Mathematical Sciences, March 1998
From: National Science Foundation.

Title: Data-Enabled Science in the Mathematical and Physical Sciences
From: National Science Foundation



Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
October 25, 2010

Publications

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