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I. E. Block Community Lecture

Named in honor of I. E. Block, a co-founder and the first managing director of SIAM, this lecture is open to the public at the SIAM Annual Meeting. It is intended to encourage public appreciation of applied mathematics and computational science by reaching out to the local community.

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Prize Description


Prize Description

The I. E. Block Community Lecture is given annually at the SIAM Annual Meeting and is named in honor of the co-founder and former 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. The lectures are intended to 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.


Eligibility Criteria

The lectureship may be awarded to any member of the scientific community who is known for engaging nontechnical as well as technical audiences in the role that applied mathematics plays in solving topical, real world problems. Candidates are determined and the recipient is selected by the Block Community Lecture Committee.

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Congratulations to the 2022 lecturer, Kristin Lauter! Learn more about her accomplishments.

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Selection Committee

Selection Committee

Chair

Susan Minkoff
The University of Texas At Dallas

Members

Susanne C. Brenner
Louisiana State University
Mark Embree
Virginia Tech
Tamara G. Kolda
MathSci.ai

About the Award


About the I. E. Block Community Lecture


The lecturer will receive an honorarium of $1,500 and a small gift commemorating the lecture. SIAM will reimburse the recipient for reasonable travel expenses incurred in attending the award ceremony and giving the lecture.

Award Date

The I. E. Block Community Lecture will next be given at the 2024 SIAM Annual Meeting.


Award Presentation

The SIAM President will introduce the lecturer at the meeting. The lecture is free to the public and widely promoted in local media. The announcement of the award will appear in SIAM News, the SIAM website, and appropriate electronic media.

Prize History



Prize History

Lecture

Artificial Intelligence & Cryptography: Privacy and Security in the AI Era

Selection Committee

Susan Minkoff (Chair)
Susanne C. Brenner
Suncica Canic
Edmond Chow
Mark Embree
Tamara G. Kolda

Lecture

Can You Hear the Will of the People in the Vote? Assessing Fairness in Redistricting via Monte Carlo Sampling

Selection Committee

Chen Greif (Chair)
Mark P. Embree
Lisa Fauci
Jay Gopalakrishnan
Fadil Santosa
Elaine Spiller

Lecture

Mathematics Meets Origami 

Selection Committee

Chen Greif (Chair)
Lisa J. Fauci
Lia Bronsard
Thomas Hillen
Jay Gopalakrishnan
Mark Embree

Lecture

How Paradoxes Shape Mathematics and Give Us Self-Verifying Computer Programs

Selection Committee

Simon J. Tavener (Chair)
L. Pamela Cook
Lois Curfman McInnes
Douglas Arnold
Esmond G. Ng
Jay Gopalakrishnan

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Lecture

From Flatland to Our Land: A Mathematician’s Journey throughOur Changing Planet

Selection Committee

Simon J. Tavener (Chair)
L. Pamela Cook
Desmond J. Higham
Jennifer Mueller
Esmond G. Ng
Fadil Santosa

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Lecture

Toy Models

Selection Committee

Simon J. Tavener (Chair)
Irene Fonseca
David Gleich
Esmond G. Ng
Fadil Santosa
Mary Silber

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Lecture

Search and Discovery in Human Networks

Selection Committee

Simon J. Tavener (Chair)
Irene Fonseca
Margot G. Gerritsen
Jan S. Hesthaven
Esmond G. Ng
Fadil Santosa

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Lecture

Razor Clams to Robots: The Mathematics Behind Biologically Inspired Design

Selection Committee

Simon J. Tavener (Chair)
Bruce Hendrickson
Jan S. Hesthaven
Hinke M. Osinga
Linda R. Petzold
Nick Trefethen

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Lecture

Creating Reality: The Mathematics Behind Visual Effects 

Selection Committee

Pam Cook (Chair)
Michele Benzi
Tasso J. Kaper
Linda R. Petzold
Fadil Santosa
Nick Trefethen
Henry Warchall

2010 Dmitri Tymoczko

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Selection Committee

Pam Cook (Chair)
Douglas N. Arnold
Barbara Lee Keyfitz
Steven H. Strogatz
Nick Trefethen
Henry Warchall

2009 Andrew W. Lo

Selection Committee

Pam Cook (Chair)
Lori A. Diachin
Philip J. Holmes
Philip J. Holmes
Cleve B. Moler
Steven H. Strogatz
Andrew J. Wathen


Earlier Years

2008 Daniel N. Rockmore
2007 No award given this year
2006 Simon A. Levin
2005 Christopher R. Johnson
2004 Michael B. Ray
2003 William J. Cook
2002 Christoph Bregler
2001 Steven H. Strogatz
2000 James A. Sethian
1999 Richard A. Tapia
1998 Robert C. Merton
1997 Joseph B. Keller
1996 Brian Rosen (Community Lecture)
1996 William F. Ballhaus (Block Lecture)
1995 Charles Van Loan (Community Lecture)
1995 Phillip A. Griffiths (Block Lecture)

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