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Francisco Aranda Ordaz Award (Latin-American Prize) for Julián Facundo Martínez - published on (22-10-2014)

During the CLAPEM (The Latin American Congress of Probability and Mathematical Statistics by its initials in Spanish), held in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia in September 22-26, 2014, Julián Facundo Martínez received the Francisco Aranda Ordaz Award for his PhD Research in Probability, with the thesis: “Dynamical Gibbs-non-Gibbs transitions and Brownian percolatian” under supervisión of Prof. Frank den Hollander and Roberto Fernández at the Mathematical Institute.

Every two/three years, the LARC-SLAPEM (Latin-American Society on Probability and Mathematical Statistics by its initials in Spanish) organizes a prize to honor the memory of Francisco Aranda-Ordaz, a distinguished young Mexican statistician who died tragically in 1991. The Francisco Aranda-Ordaz Award is awarded for one thesis in Probability and one thesis in Statistics written by students from Latin America, regardless of the country of the university offering the degree, or by students from other nationalities who received the degree from a Latin American university. The winners are invited to present their works at the CLAPEM meeting.

Roeland Merks wins IgNobel 24/7 battle - published on (13-10-2014)

The Ig Nobel prize is awarded annually to ten studies that first "let you laugh and then let you think about it." Scientists from around the world look forward every year to win the prize.

What does poo tell us about the cooperation within intestinal flora? That is what prof. dr. Roeland Merks explained on 20 September in the ‘Stadsgehoorzaal’ in Leiden, during the Dutch Ig Nobel Night 24/7 battle, which celebrates unusual and controversial research. In the Ig Nobel 24/7 battle, six scientists (including Ionica Smeets) faced off against each other. In the presence of an amused audience, they raced through their research in a mere 24 seconds, before giving a seven-word summary. The winning 7 words of Merks were: 'Constipation makes intestinal social, diarrhea gives anarchy.'

Fields Medal for Leiden Professor of Number Theory Manjul Bhargava - published on (15-8-2014)

Leiden Professor of Number Theory Manjul Bhargava has been awarded a Fields Medal, widely regarded as the Nobel Prize for Maths. Bhargava is a professor in Princeton, and since 2010 has also been the holder of the Stieltjes chair in Leiden.

Manjul Bhargava is the holder of the so-called Stieltjes chair, an endowed chair at Leiden University. Since 2006 he has given lectures in Leiden and carried out research in partnership with Leiden Professor of Number Theory Hendrik Lenstra. ‘In the letters of recommendation for his appointment in Leiden, Bhargava (1974) was spoken of in glowing terms: everything that he touches turns to gold,’ Lenstra commented.

Bhargava has received many prestigious awards, including the Clay Research Award (2005), the SASTRA Ramanujan Prize (2005) and the AMS Frank Nelson Cole Prize in Number Theory (2008). At Harvard, where he gave lectures even as an undergraduate, he was awarded the teaching prize in three consecutive years. In March 2013 Bhargava was admitted to the Inaugural Class of AMS Fellows of the ‘Fellows of the American Mathematical Society Program’, together with Leiden Professors Frank den Hollander and Hendrik Lenstra.

The Fields Medal, an award for outstanding mathematicians up to the age of 40, has been awarded since 1936 once every four years to a maximum of four candidates. This is a highly distinguished prize, that owes more to its prestige than to its financial reward. It carries a prize of 15,000 dollars, compared to the Nobel Prize worth 1 million dollars.

Ionica Smeets in Dutch television show ‘Zomergasten’ - published on (18-7-2014)

As from 20 July, six people are being interviewed for over three hours for the Dutch television show ‘Zomergasten’ at the VPRO. Ionica Smeets is one of the six guests and obtained her doctorate degree from the Mathematical Institute of Leiden University in 2010. She will be interviewed on 17 August 20h15 on channel Nederland 2. Smeets: "I want to make a tribute to the cleverness. Or rather, an ode to the nerds. I want to show people that give you an idea that you did not have before, of people make it very difficult for themselves. The film I chose is Moonrise Kingdom by Wes Anderson, a man who makes things hard for himself. I will further show Vi Hart math videos from YouTube. In one of the videos, she writes a letter to Nickelodeon, where she complains that the pineapple where SpongeBob lives in, is no real pineapple, because the mathematical pattern it is not correct. "

Michelle Sweering (17) best math girl in the world - published on (18-7-2014)

The Dutch Michelle Sweering became the best math girl in the world at the International Mathematical Olympiad in South Africa. She is the only girl who won a golden medal. The Dutch team was supervised by Birgit van Dalen, who in 2011, received her doctorate degree at the Mathematical Institute of Leiden University, ever since a partner of the Mathematical Olympiad.

The International Mathematical Olympiad took place from 6 to 13 July in Cape Town, South Africa. The Dutch team was exceptionally strong this year: all 6 students achieved a medal. On each of the two competition days, the students were given three tasks of high mathematical level where they could work on for four and a half hours. Michelle was one of only 15 participants who knew how to solve the most difficult task.

Frank den Hollander interviewed by CIRM - published on (19-6-2014)

From 2 to 6 June 2014, Prof. dr. Frank den Hollander has provided 2 lectures during the workshop ‘Recent Models in Random Media’ at the Centre International de Rencontres Mathematique in Marseille (CIRM). This center facilitates workshops for mathematicians throughout the year. During his visit, Prof. den Hollander was interviewed by CIRM about his own mathematical research, the theme of the workshop and his lectures and about the state of mathematics in the Netherlands. The interview is published and can be watched here.