Two pieces of good news and one bad

Here are two fantastic pieces of news, with one piece of bad news in the middle.
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.

Diana Taylor, 1941-2016; Anthony Geramita, 1942-2016

We are deeply sad to share with the commalg community that Diana Taylor has passed away on June 13 2016. Diana was known for her work on resolution of monomial ideals that has motivated so many mathematicians.
Our thoughts are with her friends and family.
Link to obituary.
tonyupdate 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.
Link to obituary.

PhD grants, Genova and Osnabrück

Aldo Conca writes:

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:
or contact
Prof. Pinamonti (
Prof. Vigni (
Anna Siri (

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:


A new journal, the SIAM Journal on Applied Algebra and Geometry, will start taking submissions on March 23, 2016. From the description:

[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.

PhD Positions, UC|UP Joint PhD Program in Mathematics, Portugal

From Jorge Neves:

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

Macaulay2 version 1.8.1, and retiring the M2/Windows page on

From Dan Grayson:

Version 1.8.1 of Macaulay2 has been released, and distributions for various architectures are available on the web site at 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 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.

Google Celebrates Emmy Noether

In case you missed it, Google posted a doodle celebrating the 133rd Birthday of Emmy Noether.  It goes without saying that Emmy Noether played a prominent role in google-doodlethe development of commutative algebra, as well as other fields of mathematics. This being the case, we would like to join Google in saying happy birthday to Emmy. More information about the Doodle can be found in the following link:

Happy birthday to us!

Screen Shot 2015-02-05 at 11.50.27 AMToday is the 13th birthday of Since our grand opening in 2002, we’ve tried hard to be a useful resource to the commutative algebra community, and we are grateful to the community for its appreciation.
If you’re interested in joining the team, please get in touch. We’re thinking about the future of, and you could be involved.
Anyway, thanks again!