Mathematical Reviews / MathSciNet at virtual JMM – thank you

Header image + logo for JMM 2021Thank you to everyone who came to the demonstrations of MathSciNet as part of JMM 2021.  By rough count, between 150 and 200 people attended the demos!

Here are some links that were distributed in the chats:

We hope to see you all at JMM2022!

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JMM Prizes and Awards 2021

Photo of the World Cup (soccer / football)

Source: Wikimedia

The winners of the prizes and awards associated with the 2021 JMM have been announced.  You can find more information about them in the Prize Booklet.  Below is a list of the prizewinners, with links to their author profiles in MathSciNet.  Some of the winners don’t have author profiles in MathSciNet, such as the journalists Richard Campbell and Rosemary Pennington from Miami University who are receiving the JPBM Communications Award or Lynda Wiest, who has published over 175 books, articles, and chapters on topics in mathematics education, educational equity, and teacher education.  For some others, there is an author profile in MathSciNet, but it only represents a small fraction of their publications, such as Erica Klarreich, who is also receiving the JPBM Communications Award.  Her earliest publications, which are in MathSciNet, are on Kleinian group actions, but the main body of her work is in places like  Quanta Magazine, Nature, New Scientist, and The Atlantic.  If there was no author profile in MathSciNet, the link in the list below is to their webpage.

The prizes and awards represent various bands in the spectrum of the world of mathematics.  There are undergraduates being recognized for their research, as well as senior professors being recognized for lifetime achievement.  Several people are being recognized for broadening mathematics, through communication or diversity efforts.  Some are being recognized for excellence in teaching.  I congratulate the winners.  They represent the many ways that people make the mathematics community better. Continue reading

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Mathematical Reviews / MathSciNet at virtual JMM

Logo and header for the 2021 virtual Joint Mathematics Meetings

At the virtual JMM2021, there will be four demonstrations of how to use MathSciNet.  They are themed:

Date / Time Day Topic Presenter
Jan 6,
12:00 MST / 2:00 EST
Wednesday MathSciNet for undergraduate and graduate students Ursula Whitcher
Jan 7,
12:00 MST / 2:00 EST
Thursday MathSciNe​t for early career mathematicians Andrés Caicedo
Jan 8,
12:00 MST / 2:00 EST
Friday MathSciNet for mid-career mathematicians: editing, refereeing, letters Edward Dunne
Jan 9,
12:00 MST / 2:00 EST
Saturday MathSciNe​t for early career mathematicians Michael Jones

There is more information about each demo at the virtual booth for Mathematical Reviews.

Note: You need to register for the JMM in order to participate in the demos.  There was no special rate for early registration, so don’t fret if you haven’t registered already – you will get the same rate as if you had registered on Day One!

I hope to see you at one of the demonstrations!

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Don’t Count on It – column in the Notices of the AMS

Cover of the January 2020 issue of the Notices of the AMS My latest column has appeared in the Notices of the American Mathematical Society.  The column looks at correlations between citations counts and other forms of recognition, such as winning awards.  The title rather gives a lot away:  Don’t Count on It.





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Nobel Prize in Economics to Milgrom and Wilson

Illustration of Milgrom and Wilson from the Nobel Prize site

© Nobel Media. Ill. Niklas Elmehed.

Paul Milgrom and Robert Wilson have been named as the winners of the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel 2020 (also known as the 2020 Nobel Prize in Economics).   While the prize is for Economics, they work in the area of auction theory, which is a blend of economics, computer science, and mathematics.  Indeed, Milgrom was an undergraduate mathematics major at the University of Michigan.

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Otto Neugebauer, redux

Last May, I wrote a piece about Otto Neugebauer and the founding of Mathematical Reviews.  I find Neugebauer’s story compelling.  A revised version of that blog post was published in the October 2020 issue of the Notices of the American Mathematical Society.  Since I had the benefit of an editor, this version is undoubtedly better.  It is available here.


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MathSciNet Webinar Videos

YouTube logoRecently, Michael Jones, the Managing Editor at Mathematical Reviews, gave a webinar about using MathSciNet.  The full-length video (54 minutes) is available from YouTube here.   There are also three excerpts available:  How to Conduct an Author Search (10 minutes), How to Conduct a Journal Search (8 minutes), and  Additional Resources in MathSciNet (2 minutes 30 seconds).  Check out one or all of them!

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Martin Hairer wins Breakthrough Prize

Breakthrough Prize LogoMartin Hairer has won the 2021 Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics.  The announcement is here.  The official citation is: For transformative contributions to the theory of stochastic analysis, particularly the theory of regularity structures in stochastic partial differential equations.  His long paper in Inventiones Mathematicae is a remarkable and thorough exposition of his work on stochastic PDEs, which has applications in many areas of both pure and applied mathematics.  Our review of this work is at the end of this post. Continue reading

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Harvard hires three new mathematics professors

A crimson HHarvard has hired three new professors in the Mathematics Department:  Laura DeMarco, Mihnea Popa, and Melanie Matchett Wood.  Their appointments began in July.  There are now three women who are tenured, full professors in the department.  Lauren Williams joined the department in 2018.  There is an announcement of the recent three appointments in the Harvard Gazette.  The Gazette’s announcement about Williams is here.






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Roger Penrose on Numberphile


UPDATE [6 October 2020]:  Roger Penrose is one of the winners of the 2020 Nobel Prize in Physics.  Congratulations!

Numberphile has posted an audio interview with Roger Penrose on their YouTube channel Numberphile2.  You can also access it as audio-only from their websiteContinue reading

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