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noticias de la UNIÓN INTERNACIONAL DE MATEMÁTICA
*1. **Editorial: Ladyzhenskaya medal in mathematical physics announced
Olga Alexandrovna Ladyzhenskaya (1922-2004) occupies a very special
place in the history of mathematics and mathematical physics in St
Petersburg, Russia, and worldwide. Her theorems shaped the modern
theory of Partial Differential Equations of mathematical physics.
Through her lectures, seminars, and students, she inspired
extraordinary advances in many other branches of mathematical
physics, including Quantum Field Theory and Statistical Physics.
2022, the year of the St Petersburg ICM, will mark the 100th
birthday of Olga Alexandrovna. The National Committee of
Mathematicians of Russia, St Petersburg State University, and, for
the inaugural prize, the Organizing Committee of the ICM establish a
new prize in honor of Ladyzhenskaya to be awarded for the first time
at a special event dedicated to the Ladyzhenskaya Centennial during
The Ladyzhenskaya medal in mathematical physics will be awarded
every 4 years to recognize revolutionary results in or with
applications to mathematical physics. This includes any existing or
future area of research in mathematical physics and neighboring
fields of mathematics.
The winner receives a medal and a cash award of 1 million rubles. If
the main work is joint among several people, the committee may
consider a shared prize. Full statues of the prize may be found at
Nominations should be submitted to the Chair of the 2022 Prize
Committee, Professor Giovanni Felder at giovanni.felder en math.ethz.ch
<mailto:giovanni.felder en math.ethz.ch>. Each nomination should
contain a detailed description of the work of the candidate and how
it fits in the overall development of the field, and include
references. Nominations are confidential and must not be disclosed
to the candidate. The deadline for nominations is *December 1, 2021*.
In its decisions, the prize Committee will be guided by the pursuit
of excellence as well as attention to the diversity of both the
field of mathematical physics and the people who work in it. The
winner(s) of the prize will be announced during ICM 2022.
The organizers of the prize invite proposals for the design of the
award insignia. Proposal should be submitted to loc en icm.org
<mailto:loc en icm.org>. The best proposal will receive an invitation
to the OAL Centennial and a modest cash award.
To learn more about the extraordinary life and career of Olga
Alexandrovna Ladyzhenskaya, a great resource is the article
https://www.ams.org/notices/200411/fea-olga.pdf in the Notices of
the AMS by S. Friedlander, P. Lax, C. Morawetz, L. Nirenberg, G.
Seregin, N. Uraltseva, and M. Vishik; as well as the contribution
to the Bulletin of the AMS by S. Friedlander. Further material and
references may be found on the site of the St. Petersburg
Mathematical Pantheon devoted to O.A. Ladyzhenskaya and on the ICM
webpage, see in particular the collection of essays
Stanislav Smirnov (Head of the ICM 2022 Local Organizing Committee)
***2. **CEIC: Notes and Comments**
The last year has had a number of developments in the scholarly
publishing landscape. The following two articles by Diana Kwon give
a very nice overview of 2019’s news and what might be coming in 2020:
***3. **CDC: Fellowships and visiting scholar program**
*a. Nominations for the IMU Breakout Graduate Fellowships solicited
Thanks to a generous donation by the winners of the Breakthrough
Prizes in Mathematics – Ian Agol, Jean Bourgain, Simon Donaldson,
Alex Eskin, Christopher Hacon, Maxim Kontsevich, Vincent Lafforgue,
Jacob Lurie, James McKernan, Terence Tao and Richard Taylor – IMU
with the assistance of FIMU <http://www.friends-imu.org> is opening
a new call of the/IMU Breakout Graduate Fellowship/ program to
support postgraduate studies, in a developing country, leading to a
PhD degree in the mathematical sciences. The/IMU Breakout Graduate
Fellowships/ offers a limited number of complete grants, with
duration of up to four years, for excellent students from developing
Professional mathematicians are invited to nominate highly motivated
and mathematically talented students from developing countries who
plan to complete a doctoral degree in a developing country,
including their own home country. Nominees must have a consistently
good academic record and must be seriously interested in pursuing a
career of research and teaching in mathematics.
For a nomination to be eligible, the country of citizenship of the
student, the country of residency and the country where the study
will take place must be contained in the list of Developing
Countries as defined by IMU for the period 2019-2022:
The 2020 call will be open from February 1 to May 30, 2020. More
*b. Abel Visiting Scholar program: 2020 deadlines*
The Abel Visiting Scholar program, funded by the Niels Henrik Abel
Board (Norway), supports young mathematicians professionally based
in developing countries to visit an international research
collaborator for a period of one month. Deadlines:
April 30, 2020 for visits between September 1 and
December 31, 2020
August 31, 2020 for visits between January 1 and
April 30, 2021.
December 31, 2020 for visits between May 1 and
August 31, 2021.
For more information:
***4. **CWM: Recommendations of the Gender Gap in Science project**
The recommendations stem from the findings of the project tasks and
discussions held within the network created around the project.
*Please use them as a tool to reduce the gender gap in mathematics!*
*For instructors and parents*
1.1 Avoid gender stereotyping and unconscious gender bias in
interactions with female students and children. Adopt practices that
encourage girls to participate in STEM activities in schools and
non-school settings. Teach boys and girls about gender equity.
1.2 Avoid books and social media that reinforce the gender gap in
science. Use books and media promoting gender balance and
highlighting the contributions of women in science.
1.3 Develop gender awareness in the classroom and encourage girls in
their learning of STEM subjects. Track whom you are engaging in
class to ensure that every student has a chance to participate and
that girls feel comfortable in speaking up.
1.4 Encourage relevant single-sex activities to raise girls’
self-confidence and possibilities for expressing themselves.
*For local organizations*
By local organizations we mean scientific or educational
organizations of all kinds: science departments at universities,
conference centers, research groups in industry, etc.
2.1 Promote a respectful, collegial working atmosphere in your
organization. Monitor support, well-being and mentoring of female
2.2 Define best practices to prevent report and address sexual
harassment and discrimination in professional spaces.
2.3 Address the impact of parenthood on the careers of women.
Introduce proper accounting (18 months per child recommended) for
childcare responsibilities when evaluating candidates in hiring and
promotion processes. In practice, this applies mainly to women.
Encourage provision of a research-only year after maternity leave or
parental leave. Acknowledge and accept the existence of
discontinuous careers and family responsibilities and consider these
in hiring and funding policies.
2.4 Ensure transparency of statistics on salaries, course loadings,
bonuses, hiring and promotion, observing progress or difficulties
experienced by female academics. Encourage policies to help reduce
gendered salary disparities. Ensure female and male representation
on recruitment committees and provide unconscious bias training for
all members. Make the gender lens the responsibility of a dedicated
2.5 Welcome families and provide child friendly environments.
Provide improved support systems for parents. Allocate teaching
loads with suitable hours for parents. For conference centres, take
care of the issues of families attending with children and equip
family rooms in the guest houses to cater for all basic needs
(/e.g./, children's toys, high chairs and changing tables for babies).
2.6 Address gender equality in all institutional policies. Identify
a person or a group in charge of gender equality inside the
organization, looking at the gender balance in all kind of
activities. Put in place initiatives encouraging women. Involve men
in identifying barriers and addressing them. Diversity action plans
should have financial consequences if not met.
2.7 In all outreach and educational programs, include the aim of
reducing the gender gap. Adapt such programs to the region or
discipline concerned by the organization and evaluate their
effectiveness. Develop gender awareness of future teachers and
provide training in critical thinking.
There is a third part with recommendations for scientific unions and
other worldwide organizations, including IMU. We do not include them
here for lack of space but they will be posted in the next days on
the CWM website <https://www.mathunion.org/cwm>.
***5. **Inside the IMU: Centennial conference**
*The IMU was officially established on 20 September 1920 in
Strasbourg, France, just prior to the ICM in Strasbourg. The
conference *Mathematics without Borders, Strasbourg, 28–29 September
2020*, will celebrate the centennial of this historic event. The
opening of the conference will take place in the same building in
which the 1920 ICM was held in Strasbourg.
More information, including a list of speakers:
https://indico.math.cnrs.fr/event/5375/ . Registration will open
***6. **International Day of Mathematics**
*a. Launch***at UNESCO on March 13 2020. The preliminary program is
now online at
Attendance is by invitation only.
*b.* Call for *video submission*: we are putting together a
collective video for the first official International Day of
Mathematics centered on this year’s topic “Mathematics is
Everywhere” and showing that mathematics is celebrated all around
the world. Individually submitted clips from all over the world will
illustrate the manifold places where math can be found. The final
video will be presented during the two launch events at the UNESCO
headquarters and at the African launch NEF 2020 on March 13, 2020
and shared online.
Join in and take part! Please send us a short recording of 15
seconds following the instructions at
<https://www.idm314.org/maths-everywhere-video.html> before February
*c.* Explore on the *website *http://everywhere.idm314.org
<http://everywhere.idm314.org/> how ''Mathematics is everywhere’’.
*d.* If you have not yet done so and plan to organize an event, then
*pre-announce* your event at http://www.idm314.org
<http://www.idm314.org/>. Your event will then join the many other
dots on the map.
*e.* If you have not done so, *register *to the IDM newsletter at
http://www.idm314.org <http://www.idm314.org/>. This is how you will
be made aware of the new
***7. **John T. Tate (1925 – 2019)**
The American mathematician John Torrent Tate passed away on October
16, 2019. He was known worldwide for his work in number theory and
His influence in these areas is reflected in the many concepts
bearing his name: Tate torsion, Tate-Shafarevich group, Tate module,
Tate algebras, Tate cohomology, Tate duality theorem, Tate trace,
Hodge-Tate theory, and Sato-Tate conjecture, are some examples.
After completing a master’s degree in mathematics at Harvard
University and a PhD at Princeton on “Fourier analysis in number
fields and Hecke’s zeta function”, under the supervision of Emil
Artin, Tate taught at Harvard for 36 years. In 1990, he joined the
University of Texas at Austin, from which he retired in 2009.
Throughout his career, John T. Tate developed strong connections
with the French mathematical community. From the 1950s, and for
about ten years, he was part of the Bourbaki group. He gave seminars
at Collège de France and was a visiting professor at IHES on several
occasions. He is co-author, together with J.-P. Serre, of the theory
that now bears their names, the Serre-Tate theory. From the 1950s
onwards, they maintained a long scientific correspondence, which was
partly published in 2015 by the Société mathématique de France.
After having circulated as a preprint for years, Tate’s article
/Rigid Analytic Spaces/ was finally published in the mathematical
journal /Inventiones Mathematicae/ in 1971; it served as a basis for
the development of rigid geometry. Tate came up with the idea that
his p-adic uniformization of elliptic curves indicated the existence
of a general theory of p-adic analytical spaces. This idea was so
radically new that even Grothendieck was very skeptical at first;
changing his mind once Tate began to develop his theory in 1961.
John T. Tate was a member of the National Academy of Sciences (USA),
the Norwegian Academy of Sciences and Humanities, an associate
foreign member of the French Academy of Sciences, and an honorary
member of the London Mathematical Society.
In 2010, he was awarded the Abel Prize, one of the two most
prestigious awards in mathematics, for /“his vast and lasting impact
on the theory of numbers“/. The Wolf Prize (2002), the Steele Prize
(1995), and the Cole Prize in Number Theory (1956), are some of the
several other honours he received throughout his career.
(Abridged version of an obituary
from the website of the Institut des Hautes Études Scientifiques,
Bures-sur-Yvette, France; reproduced with permission)
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