## I.E. Block Community Lecture

The I.E. Block Community Lecture is given each year at the SIAM Annual Meeting and is named in honor of the former co-founder and Managing Director of SIAM, I. Edward Block, to recognize his contributions to the growth of SIAM and to perpetuate his vision.

The I.E. Block Community Lecture is open to the public and is intended to encourage public appreciation of the excitement and vitality of science. These lectures should reach out as broadly as possible to students, teachers, and members of the local community, as well as to SIAM members, researchers, and practitioners in fields related to applied and computational mathematics.

### Specifications for the I.E. Block Community Lecture

The I.E. Block Community Lecturer is chosen at least ten months before the annual meeting by a committee chaired by the SIAM Secretary and consisting of the SIAM President, the chairs of the annual meeting, and two individuals serving staggered two-year terms chosen by the SIAM Secretary with the approval of the SIAM President. The SIAM President will introduce the speaker at the meeting.

Reasonable travel expenses, an honorarium of $1,500, and a small gift commemorating the lecture will be provided to the lecturer.

### History of the Lecture

In 1994, the SIAM Council and Board approved the creation of the I.E. Block Lecture Series, with the following description:

"This lecture series is to honor Ed Block for his relentless efforts to promote and nourish mathematics and its applications. The spirit of this lecture series is to identify issues which will deal with topics such as emerging areas of applied mathematics, opportunities for mathematical and computational analysis in the solution of important industrial and societal problems, strengthening the ties between mathematics and its applications, and the education of applied mathematicians."

In 1995, SIAM initiated a community lecture. In 1997, the Block and Community lectures were merged and became the I.E. Block Community Lecture, with the following description:

"The I.E. Block Community Lecture is open to the public and is intended to encourage public appreciation of the excitement and vitality of applied mathematics and computational science. The lecture is named in honor of SIAM's long-time Managing Director and one of its founders, I. Edward Block."

### Past Lecturers

**I. E. Block Lecture Series**

**1995**Phillip A. Griffiths (Institute for Advanced Studies)

*Issues that Challenge the SIAM Community***1996**William F. Ballhaus (Lockheed Martin)

*A Survivalist View of Today's Aerospace Industry*

**Community Lecture Series**

**1995**Charles Van Loan (Cornell University)

*If Copernicus Had a Computer***1996**Brian Rosen (Pixar)

*Toy Story: Character-Driven Mathematics*

**I. E. Block Community Lecture Series**

**1997**Joseph B. Keller (Stanford University)

*Mathematics of Games and Sports***1998**Robert C. Merton (Harvard University)

*Mathematics in Finance***1999**Richard A. Tapia (Rice University)

*Some Mathematical Insights into Car and Bicycle Racing***2000**James A. Sethian (University of California, Berkeley)

*Advances in Advancing Interfaces***2001**Steven H. Strogatz (Cornell University)

*Small World Networks***2002**Christoph Bregler (Stanford University)

*From Muybridge to Virtual Humans, the Mathematics of Motion Pictures***2003**William J. Cook (Georgia Institute of Technology)

*The Traveling Salesman Problem and Optimization on a Grand Scale***2004**Michael B. Ray (ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company)

*Mathematical Challenges in the Upstream Energy Business***2005**Christopher R. Johnson (University of Utah)

*Computing the Future of Biomedicine***2006**Simon A. Levin (Princeton University)

*Individual Choices, Cooperation and the Global Commons: Mathematical Challenges in Uniting Ecology and Socioeconomics for a Sustainable Environment***2007**No award was given this year**2008**Daniel N. Rockmore (Dartmouth College)

*Stylish Mathematics***2009**Andrew W. Lo (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

*"Kill All The Quants"?: Models vs. Mania in the Current Financial Crisis***2010**Dmitri Tymoczko

*The Geometry of Music***2011**No award was given this year**2012**Robert Bridson

*Creating Reality: the Mathematics Behind Visual Effects***2013**Anette Hosoi

*From Razor Clams to Robots: The Mathematics Behind Biologically Inspired Design***2014**Sep Kamvar

*Search and Discovery in Human Networks by Sep Kamvar***2015**No award was given this year**2016**Tadashi Tokieda (University of Cambridge)

Prize specifications as revised and approved by the SIAM Board and Council, October 3, 2005.