UChicago to host interdisciplinary workshop to address COVID-19 | University of Chicago News

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The
COVID-19
pandemic
has
presented
unprecedented
medical,
scientific
and
economic
challenges,
and
researchers
of
every
academic
and
scientific
discipline
have
refocused
their
efforts
to
find
ways
they
can
contribute
their
expertise
to
finding
solutions. On
Oct.
29-30,
the
Institute
for
Mathematical
and
Statistical
Innovation
(IMSI)
at
the
University
of
Chicago
will
host
an
interdisciplinary
workshop
to
address
the
COVID-19
pandemic.
The
event,
“Dealing
with
COVID-19
in
Theory
and
Practice,”
will
bring
together
key
stakeholders
with
diverse
backgrounds
and
expertise
from
across
academia,
industry
and
government—including
biomedical
experts,
epidemiologists,
public
health
officials,
economists,
business
professionals
and
bioethicists.

Conference to explore how math, statistics can address urgent global problems | University of Chicago News

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Mathematical
models
are
important
tools
for
understanding
the
behavior
of
complex
systems.
For
example,
in
order
to
predict
the
growing
consequences
of
climate
change,
researchers
build
computational
models
that
can
suggest
the
rise
in
sea
levels
in
100
years
or
project
the
intensity
of
droughts
and
storms.
But
because
the
climate
is
such
a
complex
system—spanning
geographical
and
time
scales—trying
to
create
such
models
can
exceed
the
limits
of
computational
power
and
make
reliable
predictions
difficult.

Launched
earlier
this
year,
the
new
Institute
for
Mathematical
and
Statistical
Innovation
at
the
University
of
Chicago
will
address
these
kinds
of
pressing
global
challenges.
At
the
institute’s
opening
conference
on
Oct.
7-9,
researchers
will
discuss
how
they
can
apply
mathematical
and
statistical
ideas
to
scientific
and
societal
problems
like
climate
change.

Conference highlights graduate research opportunities for women in mathematical sciences | News | Physical Sciences Division | The University of Chicago

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This
fall,
171
undergraduate
women
from
across
the
globe
who
are
interested
in
pursuing
a
graduate
degree
in
the
mathematical
sciences
will
gather
virtually
to
learn
about
potential
research
and
career
pathways.
The
annual
conference,
called
Graduate
Research
Opportunities
for
Women
(GROW),
will
be
hosted
by
the

Institute
for
Mathematical
and
Statistical
Innovation
(IMSI)
at
the
University
of
Chicago
for
the
first
time
since
its
inception
in
2015.

Why STEM Needs to Focus on Social Justice | Washington Monthly

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An article in the Washington Monthly makes the case that a focus on social justice is an important motivation for many Black students to pursue degrees and careers in STEM, and that the extent to which that is welcomed is an important factor in their success:

“[T]he current tendency for STEM academics to ignore social justice presents a major opportunity. If Black STEM students are disproportionately interested in using their degrees to make the world more equitable and fair, then STEM departments can attract and retain more Black students by making these themes central to their curriculums. Doing so will have two sets of benefits: It will help Black people enter well-paying professions, and it will help create a corps of scientists and engineers focused on making a more just planet.”

Announcements | NSF – National Science Foundation

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Mathematical Sciences Research Institutes, funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation, act as incubators to tackle problems ranging from health care and economics to data science and artificial intelligence.  By engaging multiple research communities, the institutes enable the field of mathematics to respond quickly to national needs.

NSF is investing more than $118 million over five years for six awards to Mathematical Sciences Research Institutes.  In addition to five renewal awards for existing institutes, one is brand new: the Institute for Mathematical and Statistical Innovation at the University of Chicago.  The new institute, in collaboration with Northwestern University, the University of Illinois at Chicago, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, will convene both leaders in the field and junior trainees for long-term programming such as workshops and residencies that help to shape the direction and progress of mathematical research in the United States.

New mathematical and statistical institute launches at the University of Illinois | College of Liberal Arts & Sciences at Illinois

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The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded $15.5 million to four universities in Illinois, including the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, to create an institute to bring powerful mathematical ideas to bear on key contemporary scientific and technological challenges. Researchers at the new Institute for Mathematical and Statistical Innovation (IMSI) will build a platform that accelerates the translation of applied mathematical and statistical techniques into solutions for urgent scientific and societal problems. Many of these problems arise naturally in a range of fields already being studied across the four partner institutions, including climate change, health care, quantum information theory, artificial intelligence, data science, economics, and materials science.

UIC, partners team up for $15.5M NSF-funded math institute | UIC Today

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Mathematicians and statisticians from the University of Illinois at Chicago will join a collaborative group of researchers representing three other leading research universities in Illinois as part of the new Institute for Mathematical and Statistical Innovation. Funded with a five-year, $15.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation, or NSF, the University of Chicago-based institute aims to bring powerful mathematical ideas to bear on key contemporary scientific and technological challenges, while enriching scientific research and workforce development in Chicago and the state of Illinois.

National Science Foundation awards $15.5M to launch math institute at UChicago | University of Chicago News

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Partnership
of
four
Illinois
universities
will
apply
mathematical,
statistical
ideas
to
scientific
progress
and
economic
development

The
new Institute
for
Mathematical
and
Statistical
Innovation at
the
University
of
Chicago
comprises
a
collaborative
group
of
mathematicians
and
statisticians
from
UChicago,
Northwestern
University,
the
University
of
Illinois
at
Chicago and
the
University
of
Illinois
at
Urbana-Champaign
who
seek
to
bring
powerful
mathematical
ideas
to
bear
on
key
contemporary
scientific
and
technological
challenges.
IMSI
is
funded
with
a
five-year,
$15.5
million grant
from
the
National
Science
Foundation.