The Park City Mathematics Institute (PCMI), an Institute for Advanced Study outreach program of professional development for the entire mathematics community is celebrating its twenty-fifth anniversary, new leadership and several positive funding developments.
Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman of Google Inc. and Trustee of the Institute for Advanced Study, and Wendy Schmidt, President of The Schmidt Family Foundation, have donated $5 million to support four Members across the Schools of Natural Sciences and Mathematics and support campus programs and promotion. The Schmidt Fellows will receive support related to all aspects of the academic appointment and community life that are unique and fundamental aspects of the Institute experience. The $5 million gift from Eric and Wendy Schmidt is an important contribution to the Campaign for the Institute, which ends on June 30, 2015 and helps to complete the $100 million campaign challenge, established by the Simons Foundation and the Charles and Lisa Simonyi Fund for Arts and Sciences.
Kristen Ghodsee, Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies at Bowdoin College, was elected President of the Board of Trustees of the Association of Members of the Institute for Advanced Study (AMIAS). As President, Ghodsee, who is a former Member (2006–07) in the School of Social Science, will lead the AMIAS Board in its works on behalf of the Institute and current and former Members. She succeeds Stephen Mansbach who served as President from 2012–14.
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Today, the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI) and the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) announced that the inaugural National Math Festival will take place in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, April 18, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The free public celebration, organized in cooperation with the Smithsonian Institution, will feature more than 30 unique performances, interactive exhibits, and lectures, with activities to engage toddlers through lifelong learners. Events will take place at the Smithsonian's Enid A. Haupt Garden, the S. Dillon Ripley Center, the National Museum of Natural History, the National Air and Space Museum, the National Museum of African Art, and the Freer and Sackler Galleries, among others.
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U.S. Representative Rush Holt was appointed a Director’s Visitor at the Institute for Advanced Study, through March 1, 2015. Director’s Visitors are scholars from a variety of fields who are invited to the Institute to pursue their research interests. While a Director’s Visitor, Holt will reflect on science, policy and their interaction.
Marvin L. “Murph” Goldberger, who served as the Institute for Advanced Study’s sixth Director from 1987–91, died on November 26 at the age of 92. A prominent physicist with a distinguished career in higher education, he was most recently a Professor of Physics at the University of California, San Diego. Before his Directorship at the Institute, Goldberger served as President of the California Institute of Technology from 1978–87.
Founded by Sergey Brin and Anne Wojcicki, Jack Ma and Cathy Zhang, Yuri and Julia Milner, and Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan, the Breakthrough Prizes aim to celebrate scientists and generate excitement about the pursuit of science as a career.
On Wednesday, November 19, Barbara Arnwine, President and Executive Director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, will give a public lecture, “The State of Democracy and Voting in a Post Shelby Era,” which will take place at 5:30 p.m. in Wolfensohn Hall on the Institute campus. The talk is part of Lectures on Public Policy, an annual series at the Institute that addresses issues of broad import relevant to contemporary politics, social conditions and scientific matters.
Robbert Dijkgraaf, Director and Leon Levy Professor, will be among the first eight instructors of World Science U's Master Classes — a series of short, sharply focused explorations guided by world-renowned scientists. Dijkgraaf's Master Class, "The Past and Future of Unification," will discuss the connections between the very big and the infinitesimally small, and the work to formulate an all-encompassing description of the universe.
World Science U is a digital-education initiative launched by World Science Festival cofounder and former Member Brian Greene to break down the cutting edge of science for serious enthusiasts and learners from all walks of life. Of the inaugural group of eight Master Class instructors, four are former Members of the Institute: Edward Frenkel, Professor of Mathematics at UC Berkeley; Alan Guth, Victor Weisskopf Professor of Physics at MIT; Paul Steinhardt, Albert Einstein Professor in Science at Princeton University; and Max Tegmark, Professor of Physics at MIT.