AWM prizes

Here is a message from the AWM Canvassing Committee:

Each year, the Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM) awards prizes to celebrate the achievements of our colleagues in a variety of roles. If you know of someone deserving of recognition, the AWM Canvassing Committee encourages you to nominate them for one of the following awards.

AWM Birman Research Prizes highlight exceptional research in topology or geometry by a woman early in her career. Deadline: May 15 of even years AWM Service Awards recognize individuals for promoting and supporting women in math through exceptional service to the AWM.
Deadline: May 15

AWM Student Chapter Awards recognize outstanding achievements by AWM Student Chapters in any of four categories: (1) scientific excellence, (2) outreach, (3) professional development, and (4) funding/sustainability. Deadline: May 15
Each school will submit a report to describe their activities.

Mary and Alfie Gray Award for Social Justice for the vigorous and imaginative application of the mathematical sciences to advancing the cause of social justice.
Deadline: May 15 of even years

Gweneth Humphreys Award to recognize outstanding mentorship from math teachers (female or male) who have encouraged female undergrad students to pursue mathematical careers and/or graduate mathematics study.
Deadline: May 15

Louise Hay Awards recognize outstanding achievement by a woman in any area of mathematics education.
Deadline: May 15

AWM Fellows recognizes individuals who have demonstrated a sustained commitment to the support and advancement of women in the mathematical sciences.
Deadline: May 15

For guidance on writing letters of nomination, the committee has provided some suggestions here. news: an updated list of commutative algebraists

We are renovating our list of commutative algebraists. If you would like to be included on the list, please fill out this short form. Please note that even if you were on the old list, you’ll have to fill out the form to be on the list.

Note: Whenever you add yourself to this new list for the first time, independently of whether you were on the list before, leave the box unchecked!

Our goal is to keep this list as up to date as possible. Whenever you move or any of your information changes, please fill out the form again so we can update your info.

What’s new on commalg? February 2024 edition

Conferences with deadlines coming up or that were recently announced:

Summer schools with deadlines coming up or that were recently announced:

Other news:

Combinatorial Commutative Algebra in Canada virtual seminar

The recently formed ARMS Collaborative Research Group called “Combinatorial Commutative Algebra in Canada” will be hosting a regular virtual seminar on topics in Combinatorial Commutative Algebra. The first talk will be held on January 23.

For more information, see the seminar’s website.

Franz Halter-Koch (1944-2023)

We are deeply saddened to announce to the mathematics community that Franz Halter-Koch passed away on November 29, 2023. Below is an obituary written by Scott T. Chapman and Alfred Geroldinger.

“Franz Halter-Koch began his study of mathematics and physics at the University of Graz in 1962. Some years later, he moved to the University of Hamburg, where he completed his master thesis under the supervision of Helmut Hasse. He then returned to the University of Graz and wrote his PhD thesis under the supervision of the number theorist Alexander Aigner. After positions at the Graz University of Technology and at the University of Cologne, he became a professor at the University of Essen in 1973. He moved back to Graz in 1981, where he served as a professor at the University of Graz and as the head of the algebra and number theory group until his retirement in 2008.

Franz Halter-Koch made substantial contributions to classical elementary and algebraic num- ber theory, to commutative algebra in rings and monoids, and to factorization theory. He wrote about 150 research papers and 6 monographs, including the books Ideal Systems, Non-Unique Factorizations, and Class Field Theory and L-Functions. He was a member of several mathematical societies as well as the Austrian Academy of Sciences.

Not only his academic work, but his passion for mathematics and his selfless support inspired his local group in Graz as well as many colleagues in the worldwide community. We are grateful that we had him as a teacher and mentor over these many decades.

Our thoughts are with his wife Dorothea, his children Christian, Beate, and Anna, and his seven grandchildren.

A longer obituary will appear in a forthcoming issue of the International Mathematical News of the Austrian Mathematical Society.”

What’s new on commalg? October 2023 edition

Conferences with deadlines coming up or that were recently announced:

Other news:

  • There will be a Commutative Algebra semester long program at SLMath/MSRI.
  • The University of Manitoba has a tenure-track position starting in Fall 2024 in algebra/topology with applications to quantum science. More information here.
  • Marie Vitulli is looking to donate her commutative algebra and algebraic geometry library. See full post here.
  • Edwin O’Shea (1977-2023).
  • The University of West Virginia has decided to end its Math PhD program. See here for more information and how to get involved.

Research library donation

A message from Marie Vitulli:

“I need to downsize and want to let go of my research library in commutative algebra and algebraic geometry. AIM is no longer accepting donations. Does anyone know of another place to donate as a tax-deductible contribution? I think this is a long shot so I am thinking of listing my collection for sale on Alibris. Does anyone know of another good place to sell trade books? I have a fairly extensive collection.”

If you have any suggestions, you can reply directly to Marie or you can contact us here.


Edwin O’Shea (1977-2023)

We are deeply saddened to share with the community the news of the passing of Edwin O’Shea. In the words of Graham Leuschke, Edwin was “a hilarious, kind, generous person”. A memorial fund is being established in his name, the Edwin O’Shea Memorial Scholarship for Undergraduate Mathematics Research, which will benefit students currently enrolled at James Madison University. You can donate to the scholarship fund here. To learn more about Edwin, his contributions to academia and his commitment to his students visit this website, or read his obituary here.