The 2016 Mathematical Society of Japan Algebra Prize has been awarded to Kazuhiko Kurano (Meiji University), for his work in intersection theory over local rings and its application to the theory of Cohen-Macaulay modules. Congratulations! The other recipients of this year’s prize are Hidenori Katsurada and Masa-hiko Saito.

The Mathematical Sciences Program of the National Security Agency has announced that they will not be able to fund any new projects in fiscal year 2017.

Yves André has proved the direct summand conjecture using

perfectoid methods and Bhargav Bhatt has simplified the proof greatly and

also proved the derived version. Here are André’s preprint and Bhatt’s preprint.

The first week will consist of three minicourses:

- Khovanov homology and categorification – Brent Everitt (University of York)
- Noncommutative algebraic geometry – Paul Smith (University of Washington)
- Geometric representation theory (TBC) – Geordie Williamson (MPI Bonn)

The second week will comprise of research talks on these topics.

For more information, see the ICTP web page for the school and workshop.

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**update 24 June 2016:** We are also saddened to tell the community that Anthony Geramita passed away on the 22nd. Tony had a long and distinguished career at Queen’s University and the University of Genova.

The department of Mathematics of the University of Genova is offering 7 three-year PhD grants for positions starting from November 1, 2016. The topics include:

1) Algebraic Geometry (Claudio Bartocci, Mauro Beltrametti, Matteo Penegini).

2) Algebraic number theory (Stefano Vigni)

3) Commutative Algebra (Aldo Conca, Emanuela De Negri, Maria Evelina Rossi, Matteo Varbaro)

Application deadline: June 10, 2016.

Please forward this to any potential applicant.

For further information and application procedure, see:

http://www.dima.unige.it/didattica/dottorato/

or contactProf. Pinamonti (pinamont@dima.unige.it)

Prof. Vigni (vigni@dima.unige.it)

Anna Siri (siri@dima.unige.it).

Meanwhile, Tim Römer writes:

]]>The DFG Research Training Group “Combinatorial Structures in Geometry” at the University of Osnabrück offers 7 positions for PhD students and 1 postdoctoral position starting from October 1st, 2016 especially in the areas commutative algebra, combinatorial optimization, harmonic analysis, homotopy theory, K-theory, and stochastic geometry.

For further details see: http://www.uni-osnabrueck.de/universitaet/arbeiten_an_der_universitaet/stellenausschreibung/59_fb_6_positions_for_phd_postdoctoral_position.html

[SIAGA] publishes research articles of exceptional quality on the development of algebraic, geometric, and topological methods with strong connection to applications. Areas from mathematics that are covered include algebraic geometry, algebraic and topological combinatorics, algebraic topology, commutative and noncommutative algebra, convex and discrete geometry, differential geometry, multilinear and tensor algebra, number theory, representation theory, symbolic and numerical computation. Application areas include biology, coding theory, complexity theory, computer graphics, computer vision, control theory, cryptography, data science, game theory and economics, geometric design, machine learning, optimization, quantum computing, robotics, social choice, and statistics.

The poster for the new journal includes 7 pictures, which you can read about on Anna Seigal’s blog.

]]>]]>The UC|UP Joint PhD Program in Mathematics, run by the Universities of Coimbra and Porto, in Portugal, welcomes applications for the academic year 2016/2017.

The Program will offer a number of doctoral scholarships (covering tuition fees and living expenses) to selected candidates. Funding will be made available from the support of the national agency FCT and the associated research centers.

All areas of Mathematics are covered in the Program, in particular:

- Algebra
- Analysis/Differential Equations
- Discrete Mathematics/Combinatorics
- Dynamical Systems
- Geometry/Topology
- Numerical Analysis/Optimization
- Probability/Statistics
The first call for applications is open from December 1, 2015 to January 31, 2016:

Extensive information about the Program is available at the website (and additional questions can be posed using phd_prog@mat.uc.pt).

More information can be found at

http://www.mast.queensu.ca/~wehlau/Herstmonceux/herst.html

(There is some financial support ear-marked for Post Docs and Ph.D. students.)

]]>Version 1.8.1 of Macaulay2 has been released, and distributions for various architectures are available on the web site at http://macaulay2.com/. The source code is also available in the downloads section, if we don’t have a release for your architecture.

This is a minor but recommended update to 1.8, whose release suffered a minor glitch, and was available only briefly. The lists of changes is available onthe web site.

Speaking of Macaulay2, we here at commalg.org have hosted since 2002 (!) a page about installing M2 on Windows. It is now out of date in every possible way, and we will be retiring it in the near future. If you know of some reason this is a bad idea, please get in touch with us as soon as possible.

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