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Feb 4, 2019 • Christine Klymko

Happy February! This is Christine Klymko, the new secretary of SIAG/LA. I am looking forward to working with the other officers over the course of our tenure.


Strategies for Promoting Diversity and Inclusion within our Profession

Are you struggling with how to improve diversity and inclusion within your organization? Would you like to hear and share ideas with others? Attend (or point a colleague to) the plenary panel session on “Strategies for Promoting Diversity and Inclusion within our Profession”, to be held at SIAM CSE19 Monday Feb 25 at 6pm (full details below).

We have an amazing line-up of panelists, all with experience and stories to share. The panel will be moderated by SIAM President Lisa Fauci. Our goal is to have this panel spark an engaged discussion with all attendees, and have everyone leave with at least one new idea to take back to their home institutions.

We hope to see you there.

On behalf of the panel organizers

Tammy Kolda, Helen Moore, Karen Willcox

CSE19 Plenary Panel Session Monday, February 25, 2019 6pm - 7:15pm Conference Theater

Strategies for Promoting Diversity and Inclusion within our Profession

Panelists Carlos Castillo-Chavez, Arizona State Rachel Kuske, Georgia Tech William Massey, Princeton Eve Riskin, University of Washington

Moderator Lisa Fauci, Tulane (President of SIAM)

Organizers Tamara G. Kolda, Sandia National Labs Helen Moore, AstraZeneca Karen Willcox, University of Texas, Austin

Description As a professional society, SIAM supports its members in taking on the biggest challenges in the field. This panel is focused on one such challenge: inadequate representation of under-represented groups such as women and minorities. Our panelists have carefully studied the issue from different viewpoints and implemented various solutions. Their remarks will be focused on concrete actions for improving our profession in this regard. Join the discussion as we address questions such as…

  • What are the biggest obstacles that our field faces in achieving better diversity and inclusion?
  • What is the most successful diversity and inclusion strategy/action you have personally led or experienced?
  • What have you tried and found not to work?
  • What are your three top recommendations for actions that departments / individuals can take?

Workshop on Low-Rank Models and Applications

The 2019 Workshop on Low-Rank Models and Applications (LRMA) will take place from 12-13 September 2019 at the Faculty of Engineering, University of Mons, Belgium. The LRMA workshop is sponsored by the European Research Council (ERC) under the COLORAMAP project, and offers a vibrant and intimate venue for interaction between researchers from fields such as computer science, information theory, mathematics and signal processing. The scientific program of the LRMA workshop will include invited plenary lectures, as well as regular contributed talks and posters. The plenary speakers are: José M. Bioucas Dias (Universidade de Lisboa), Cédric Févotte (CNRS, Institut de Recherche en Informatique de Toulouse), Christian Grussler (Cambridge University), Nicola Guglielmi (University of L’Aquila), Valeria Simoncini (Università di Bologna), Vincent Tan (National University of Singapore), André Uschmajew (Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in the Sciences, Leipzig), Stephen Vavasis (University of Waterloo) and Zhihui Zhu (Johns Hopkins University).

The deadline for submitting abstract is the 12th of April 2019.

Summer 2019 Givens Associate program at Argonne for PhD students

The Mathematics and Computer Science (MCS) Division at Argonne National Laboratory is developing innovative techniques in numerical computing and computational mathematics in its Laboratory for Applied Math, Numerical Software, and Statistics (LANS). Our Givens Associate program is intended to encourage graduate students who are beginning careers in numerical analysis or computational mathematics.

Givens Associates will work actively with MCS scientists designing, analyzing, and implementing numerical, statistical, and learning algorithms. For further information about applied mathematics, numerical software, and statistics research related areas in MCS, see

The deadline for all application materials is March 1, 2019 but applications will be processed starting February 1. Please see complete details at .

Candidates must be in a Ph.D. program in applied mathematics, computer science, computational science, statistics, or a related field at a U.S. university (U.S. citizenship is not required).

Submissions for next SIAM-LA digest

The next SIAM-LA Digest is due to be sent out on Mar 04, 2019. Please send any postings for the next Digest to siam-la at Only SIAG/LA members may submit postings. To contact the list owner, send an email to siam-la-owner at