International Association of Mathematical Physics

News Bulletin October 2008

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  1. EC Election

  2. New members

  3. Obituary: Oded Schramm

  4. Open positions

  5. Forthcoming meetings

  1. Election of the new Executive Committee

    The term of the present EC is drawing to an end and we have to elect the new one. For the first time this will be done electronically according to the statutes revision which we approved last year. Several weeks ago all of you received an announcement of the ballot with the attachments required by the By-Laws. In the next days you will be sent the second message containing a link to your web-based ballot and an ID-KEY to access this ballot; the web page will remind you of how to proceed.

    Please remember that the right to vote for the EC is a privilege of ordinary members in good standing and life members. If for some reason you appear to be in arrears and you want your vote to be counted, it is sufficient to pay your dues before October 31 and to send a notification of this to [email protected]. If you have forgotten how to pay, please look here

  2. New members: The following colleagues recently joined the Association

     Pablo A. Ferrari
     Universidade de Sao Paulo, Brazil
     Alexander Its
     Purdue University, Indianapolis, USA
     Assane Lo
     King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia
     Yoshiko Ogata
     Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan
     Olaf Post
     Humboldt Universitaet Berlin
     Delfim F.M. Torres
     University of Aveiro, Portugal
     Navinder Singh
     Institute of Physics, Bhubaneswar, India
     Craig Tracy
     University of California at Davis, USA

    We welcome them heartily; we are particularly glad that after a long time we have a new female member again!
  3. Obituary: Oded Schramm (1961-2008)

    With profound sadness and shock, we inform you that our colleague and friend, Oded Schramm, died in a tragic hiking accident on September 1st. Oded was a towering figure, an extraordinary mathematician, widely considered to be the most influential probabilist in the world. His revolutionary work completely transformed our understanding of critical processes in two dimensions, tying probability theory to analysis and topology like never before. Oded worked at Microsoft Research for the last ten years. He received the Erdo Prize in Mathematics in 1996, the Salem Prize in 2001, the Clay Research Award in 2002, the Poincare Prize sponsored by Iagolnitzer Foundation in 2003, the Loeve Prize in 2003, the Polya Prize in 2006 and the Ostrowski Prize in 2007. He was elected as a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in 2008. Oded gave many key lectures, including plenary addresses in the 2004 European Congress of Mathematics and the 2006 International Congress of Mathematicians, as well as the 2005 Coxeter Lecture Series at the Fields Institute and the 2006 Abel lecture. On the theory group webpage, Oded listed his interests: Percolation, two dimensional random systems, critical systems, SLE, conformal mappings, dynamical random systems, discrete and coarse geometry, mountains. Oded was a remarkable individual: always calm, humble, generous with his insights and ideas, the best collaborator one could hope for and the person who could always be relied upon. Our hearts are with Oded's family. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him.

    Yuval Peres
  4. Open positions

  5. Conference announcements

    Here we mention a forthcoming meeting supported by the IAMP (type B),

    and others recognized by the IAMP (type C):