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JPBM Communications Award

The JPBM Communications Award is given annually to reward and encourage communicators who, on a sustained basis, bring mathematical ideas and information to non-mathematical audiences. The prize may be awarded in two categories: For Public Outreach and For Expository and Popular Books. Nominations can be submitted via the AMS website.

Prize Description


Prize Description

The Joint Policy Board for Mathematics (JPBM) established the JPBM Communications Award in 1988 to reward and encourage communicators who, on a sustained basis, bring mathematical ideas and information to non-mathematical audiences. Since 2016, the prize may be awarded in two categories: For Public Outreach and For Expository and Popular Books. Up to two awards are made annually.

The nominating committee consists of one representative from each member society of the JPBM. The committee's selection process is chaired by the society chairing JPBM for the year. JPBM is a collaborative effort of SIAM, the American Mathematical Society (AMS), the American Statistical Association (ASA), and the Mathematical Association of America (MAA).


Eligibility Criteria

The prize may be awarded to any mathematician or non-mathematician who meets the general guideline of the prize description.


Required Materials

  • A short description of the canidate's work that is the basis of the nomination
  • Candidate's CV

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Selection Committee

Selection Committee

Chair

Ronald Wasserstein
Kansas State University

Members

Deanna Haunsperger
Carleton College
Nicholas Higham
The University of Manchester
Catherine Roberts
American Mathematical Society

About the Award


About the JPBM Communications Award


The JPBM Communications Award includes a $2,000 monetary award. The JPBM will reimburse the recipient for reasonable travel expenses incurred in accepting the award.

Award Date

The JPBM Communications Award will next be awarded in January 2019 at the Joint Mathematics Meetings.


Award Presentation

The award will be presented at the Prize Session and Reception during the Joint Mathematics Meetings. The announcement of the award will appear in SIAM News, the SIAM website, and appropriate electronic media.


Award Fund

The funds for this award are dedicated by the Joint Policy Board on Mathematics.

Prize History



Prize History

2018 Vi Hart
2018 Matt Parker
2017 Arthur T. Benjamin
2017 Siobhan Roberts
2016 Museum of Mathematics
2016 Simon Singh
2015 Nate Silver
2014 Danica McKellar
2013 John Allen Paulos
2012 Dana Mackenzie
2011 Nicolas Falacci and Cheryl Heuton
2010 Marcus du Sautoy
2009 George Csicsery
2008 Carl Bialik
2007 Steven H. Strogatz
2006 Roger Penrose
2005 Barry Cipra
2004 No award was given
2003 Robert Osserman
2002 Helaman Ferguson and Claire Ferguson
2001 Keith Devlin
2000 Sylvia Nasar
1999 John Lynch and Simon Singh
1999 Ian Stewart
1998 Constance Reid
1997 Phillip J. Davis
1996 Gina Kolata
1994 Martin Gardner
1993 Joel Schneider
1991 Ivars Peterson
1990 Hugh Whitemore
1988 James Gleick

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