Karen Uhlenbeck to Receive 2020 Steele Prize for Lifetime Achievement

Photo credit: Andrea Kane, Institute for Advanced Study.

From the AMS: The 2020 Steele Prize for Lifetime Achievement will be awarded to Karen Uhlenbeck for her long-lasting influence in geometric topology and analysis and for her mentorship of young people and women in mathematics. Karen Uhlenbeck’s mathematics has laid the foundation for a tremendous range of research in differential geometry and geometric analysis over the past four decades.

DINAMICS readers may recall that Uhlenbeck was awarded the Abel Prize this spring and was the subject of a DINAMICS Someone You Should Know post. Read more about this announcement, including Uhlenbeck’s response, here.

The EDGE Foundation and Karen Uhlenbeck

From the AWM: “A generous gift from Dr. Uhlenbeck is being used to establish The Karen EDGE Fellowship Program. This Fellowship Program is to support and enhance the research programs and collaborations of mid-career mathematicians who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents and members of a minority group (any gender!) that is underrepresented in the field of mathematics. Fellowships are available to mid-career mathematicians employed in full-time positions in the U.S. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents with a Ph.D. or equivalent.

The award ($8,000/year for 3 years), includes funds to support one trip per year to the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. Applications will be submitted through MathPrograms.org. Three awardees will be announced by May 1, 2020. DEADLINE February 1, 2020.

NIH: Scientists of Color Underfunded

Margee Louisias, an associate physician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, wants to study ways to reduce asthma in minority children.

From the Chronicle: “Black academics, already underrepresented in science, are less likely to land grants that are critical to advancing their careers, in part because they tend to want to study interventions that could improve the health of poor Americans of color.” Read the Chronicle story here (which may require campus access or subscription) and the original NIH AAAS paper here.