Ivan Sudakov reports on 2014 SIAM Annual Meeting
This summer, many applied mathematicians including a few key MCRN members (e.g., Mary Silber, Ken Golden, and Hans Kaper) have met in Chicago at the Palmer House for the 2014 SIAM Annual Meeting, which was held July 7-11. A lot of different events happened in during this meeting.
First of all, I want to note such conferences attract many interesting scientists from all over the world, here we can see what is "mainstream" in different areas (e.g., the 2014 SIAM Annual Meeting covers a few hot topics, such as age of networks, big data, imaging, patterning in nonequilibrium systems, scientific computing in biology and medicine). So, my advice is to prepare your schedule in advance for getting brilliant benefits from participation in the conference. Below, I would like to share my experience related to 2014 SIAM Annual Meeting.
Unfortunately, this year the topics in mathematics of climate and mathematics of planet Earth were not fully covered. However, different topics in geoscience were presented. For example, section "Geosciences", where I was a chair, has tried to cover a wide range of problems from data assimilation to CO2 sequestration. Mini-symposium "Mathematical Challenges in the Geosciences" was organized by the Consortium for Mathematics in the Geosciences (CMG++), http://cmg.boisestate.edu. it is a new network for promoting the development and application of mathematics, statistics, and computational sciences to the geosciences. I guess MCRN and CMG++ may have potential points for collaboration, for example summer schools (http://math.boisestate.edu/cmg/2014/02/27/summer-school-2015/).
In addition, I attended "Professional Development Evening -- Writing for Success". The organizers have explained two important topics for young scientists. There are "Applying for Funding" and "Applying for Jobs". The guests from the different foundations have discussed the current problems in fundraising. I want to mention that military-related agencies have the attractive conditions, which are better than the state foundations can suggest. The delegates from different schools revealed the secret of hiring. There are teaching university, national laboratory, military university, research company and research university. For example, a speaker from the research university told about a main advantage in hiring. There is networking. MCRN is a great example, where people can build very productive cooperation. However, a lot of members represent the famous universities, where very very difficult to get a job, especially for people from a new field like mathematics of climate. I guess this problem should be discussed in during the MCRN Junior Researchers Meeting.
Also, after very productive conversations I went to the Field Museum in Chicago. I strongly recommend to visit this museum because they demonstrate a few spectacular exhibitions related to paleoclimate, climate change problems, biomechanics of animals and sustainable development. It should be very informative for applied mathematicians who work in mathematics of planet Earth.
Thank you very much MCRN for your great support!