A MacArthur for math professor

first_imgProfessor of Mathematics Jacob Lurie, whose work has focused on derived algebraic geometry and who has made it applicable to related fields in new ways, has been named a MacArthur Fellow.The MacArthur awards, often called “genius” grants, are given annually to about two dozen recipients from a variety of fields in recognition of their originality and dedication. The fellowships come with no-strings-attached grants of $625,000, which recipients may use to pursue their own creative, intellectual, and professional inclinations. Recipients are nominated anonymously, and don’t know they are under consideration until they are notified by the foundation that they have won.“Of course it’s an honor, but I was surprised,” Lurie said in an interview today. “I didn’t even know mathematicians got them, because mathematics isn’t the kind of work in which you need money — or to travel somewhere and be there to do mathematics.”Lurie embraces an extraordinary breadth of vision, rewriting large swaths of mathematics from a fresh point of view, while also working to apply his foundational ideas to prove important new theorems in other areas. One of Lurie’s chief areas of investigation has been the relationship between algebraic geometry and derived algebraic geometry.“Algebraic geometry is the study of polynomial equations, and derived algebraic geometry is a variant which involves paying close attention to potential redundancy in those equations,” Lurie explained. “To take a simple example, if I told you that x equals zero, that y equals zero, and that x equals y, then traditionally you’d be happy to ignore that last piece of information. Knowing that x and y are both zero already tells you that x equals y. In the setting of derived algebraic geometry, you’d say instead that x is equal to y for two different reasons and hope to make use of that observation later on.”In addition to his work on derived algebraic geometry, Lurie has made significant contributions to higher-category theory, topology, and geometry, and has influenced more distant fields such as representation theory and number theory. His work has redefined the foundations of homotopy theory and topological aspects of algebraic geometry, showing how many known concepts and results can be recast and improved in the framework of infinity categories.Lurie’s work is more than just a philosophical endeavor; he includes hard theorems in his foundations, developing theory to the point that deep new results become the corollary of a general and powerful framework.Illustrative of this is his proof of the cobordism hypothesis, a result that links purely categorical concepts of duality with the topology of manifolds and also supplies a classification of topological quantum field theories.Lurie, who was also among the winners of the inaugural Breakthrough Prize earlier this year, said he plans to donate at least part of the prize to charity.“One thing I would like to do is use some of the money to support the Ross Young Scholars program, which is a math summer camp for high school students,” he said. “I attended when I was a high school student, and I got a great deal out of it, so it would be nice to help them, and make sure the program stays running. The other winners of the Breakthrough Prize and I are also collaborating on an initiative to support mathematics in the developing world.”Jacob Lurie received a B.S. (2000) from Harvard College and a Ph.D. (2004) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He held a postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard University (2004­–2007) and was affiliated with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2007–2009) before joining the faculty of Harvard University. His work has been published in two books, “Higher Topos Theory” and “Higher Algebra,” along with subsequent papers.last_img read more

Sumner falls to Searsport giving the Vikings their first win of the season

first_img Is this the kind of government we deserve? – July 10, 2017 Like he did in the ’60s, Noel Paul Stookey sings out in troubling times – December 27, 2017 Bio The Vikings took a 3-0 lead and held off the Sumner Tigers in the late going to escape with a 3-2 win on Wednesday, May 7, in Searsport.Troy Reynolds pitched a complete game three-hitter, striking out 13 batters, to give the Vikings their first win of the season.Find in-depth coverage of local news in The Ellsworth American. Subscribe digitally or in print. Latest posts by Hugh Bowden (see all) This is placeholder textThis is placeholder text Hugh BowdenExecutive EditorHugh writes editorials, covers Hancock County sports and helps out where needed in The American’s editorial department. When he’s not on the sidelines, he enjoys playing jazz and tennis. [email protected] GSA surges in 4th to win Northern Maine title – February 26, 2017 Latest Postslast_img read more

Commonwealth Games seek new 2022 host after Durban debacle

first_img“It is with disappointment that the detailed review has concluded that there is a significant departure from the undertakings provided in Durban’s bid and as a result a number of key obligations and commitments in areas such as governance, venues, funding and risk management/assurance have not been met under the revised proposition,” the statement added.Durban was named as the 2022 Games host in September 2015 but Mbalula said in February that the South African government and the CGF had still to reach agreement over costs.“It does not look like we will find each other,” said Mbalula. “We have given it our best shot, but we cannot live beyond our means.”According to authorities, a budget of 6.4 billion rand ($492 million, 465 million euros) has already been set aside for the Games, in a country battling high unemployment and poor growth.– ‘Millions of rands wasted’ –Before the CGF issued its own statement, there was an angry response from South Africa’s main opposition party which slammed the “millions of rand” already “wasted” on a bid where “good money has been thrown after a bad idea” by the country’s governing African National Congress.Zwakele Mncwango, the provincial leader of the Democratic Alliance (DA) party in the Kwa-Zulu Natal region that encompasses Durban, said: “This is a devastating blow to our city, and our people, who can only stand by and watch as millions of rands that could have improved our communities, delivered houses, improved services and created jobs have been wasted by the ANC government.”Both the 1995 rugby World Cup and the 2010 football World Cup in South Africa are seen as milestones in the country’s efforts to promote national unity since the apartheid era.The Commonwealth Games is restricted to countries that are members of the Commonwealth, a collection of nations that were mainly once part of the British Empire and whose titular head is Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II,It was known as the British Empire Games when first staged in 1930.Monday’s announcement came as the Queen sent the Commonwealth Games baton off from Buckingham Palace on a relay that will see it visit every member nation ahead of the 2018 edition on Australia’s Gold Coast. Share on: WhatsApp The Queen is joined by The Duke of Edinburgh and The Earl of Wessex to launch the Baton RelayLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Commonwealth Games chiefs said Monday they were looking for a new venue for the 2022 edition after announcing scheduled hosts Durban had failed to meet “key obligations”.Last month, South Africa sports minister Fikile Mbalula indicated the government might withdraw its financial support because of the cost of staging the multi-sport event, saying “we cannot live beyond our means”.Following a meeting in London, Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) president Louise Martin said Monday: “The CGF is actively exploring alternative options, including a potential replacement host.”The mayor of Liverpool said last month the northwest English city would be prepared to host the 2022 Games if they were no longer in Durban.Confirmation that the Games would not be staged in Durban came from South Africa Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASOC) president Gideon Sam.In an interview with South Africa’s eNCA TV news from London, he said: “Durban did not withdraw..,“The CGF gave the country certain conditions… we were supposed to 1) sign a contract agreement, 2) have an LOC (local organising committee) in place, 3) have a CEO (chief executive officer) appointed.“At the (CGF) executive meeting on Saturday they decided that it is not forthcoming and they need to move on and find another city.”Durban 2022 would have been the first edition of the Commonealth Games held in Africa.“The CGF will continue to have an open dialogue with the SASOC and the Republic of South Africa and remains committed to realising the shared ambitions of a future Commonwealth Games in Africa,” Martin added.“The CGF is fully confident and committed to delivering a successful Commonwealth Games for athletes and fans in 2022.”– ‘Significant departure’ –The CGF said they had completed their review of the “final information” submitted by South Africa on November 30 to determine whether their proposals for hosting the 2022 Commonwealth Games honoured their original commitments.last_img read more

Salah goals take Egypt to 2018 World Cup

first_imgEgypt’s Mohamed Salah vies for the ball against Congo’s Tobias Badila during their World Cup 2018 Africa qualifying match between Egypt and Congo at the Borg el-Arab stadium in Alexandria on October 8, 2017. Salah scored the winner. AFP PHOTOStandings Group E??EGY – 12pts??UGA – 8pts??GHA – 6pts??CGOCairo, Egypt | AFP | Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah converted a stoppage-time penalty to give Egypt a dramatic 2-1 win over Congo Brazzaville Sunday and a place at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.Salah put Egypt ahead during the second half in Alexandria only for Arnold Bouka Moutou to equalise two minutes from the end of regular time.Victory gave Egypt an uncatchable four-point lead over Uganda in Group E with one round of fixtures remaining.Uganda were held 0-0 by Ghana in Kampala Saturday.A defensive blunder allowed constant menace Salah to fire past goalkeeper Barel Mouko on 63 minutes at the 85,000-capacity Borg El Arab Stadium.But Congo threatened to turn party-poopers as substitute Moutou, a France-based defender, beat 44-year-old goalkeeper Essam El Hadary from inside the box.A draw would not have been enough for Egypt to seal qualification and they sought a winning goal, which came when Salah sent Mouko the wrong way with his spot-kick.Egypt last qualified for the World Cup in 1990 with the record seven-time African champions suffering numerous heart-breaking failures since. The desperation to qualify was so great ahead of the Congo match that Argentina-born Egypt coach Hector Cuper admitted he was taking medication for high blood pressure.“I am taking hypertension medicine due to the stress I suffer from continuing criticism,” he told reporters without specifying who his critics were.“Life is full of stress, but the challenge of reaching the World Cup is the toughest stress I have faced.”Egypt also beat Congo away and Ghana and Uganda at home to accumulate 12 points, with the only loss away to Uganda.Nigeria became the first African qualifiers Saturday with a 1-0 Group B win over Zambia in Uyo thanks to a goal from another English Premier League player, Alex Iwobi of Arsenal.Tunisia or the Democratic Republic of Congo will qualify from Group A and Morocco or the Ivory Coast from Group C.All four Group D teams — Senegal, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde and South Africa — are in contention to finish first with the final matchday scheduled for November.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Joint Statement from the Ladies’ Golf Union and The R&A

first_img Exploratory discussions are underway between the Ladies’ Golf Union (LGU) and The R&A towards establishing a more closely coordinated working relationship and the possibility of a merger between the two organisations. There is a great deal of synergy between the LGU and The R&A, with both based in St Andrews and responsible for staging Major Championships, prestigious amateur events and international matches. Both organisations are committed to supporting the development of golf and encouraging participation in the sport. A further announcement will be made in due course 20 Feb 2015 Joint Statement from the Ladies’ Golf Union and The R&A last_img read more

Faculty Exhibit Returns to SPSCC’s Minnaert Center Art Gallery

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0The Minnaert Art Gallery CREDIT: www.spscc.ctc.eduBy MorganEvery student has probably wondered what their professor’s do in their every day lives. If they actually have a passion for what they teach in the classroom that carries over into the realm of their sparse free time. This year, with the return of the Art Faculty Exhibit, the students at South Puget Sound Community College (2011 Mottman Rd. Olympia, WA 98512) will get to see what their art professors are capable of. Members of the art faculty on campus will be taking over the Minnaert Center Art Gallery usually dominated by student pieces, from October 3rd to November 23rd. The featured pieces will showcase their diverse talents in a variety of mediums including painting, printmaking, photography, ceramics, sculpture, drawing and more. Even if you do not attend the college, the gallery is open to the public on Mondays and Wednesdays from noon to 4PM, so you can still get a chance to admire all of the amazing work. Later on in the month, there will be a special opening reception for the exhibit from 6PM to 9PM inside the gallery. If you enjoyed any particular pieces earlier in the month, stop by and say hello to the artist who created them!center_img For more information, email the gallery at: [email protected] or call: (360) 596-5527last_img read more

Petronas Partners Pen ShiptoShip LNG Transfer Deal

first_imgzoom  Petronas LNG (PLL), a subsidiary of Petronas LNG Sdn. Bhd (PLSB), signed a two-year service agreement with Argo Engineering Sdn Bhd and Eastport Marine Sdn Bhd to provide liquefied natural gas (LNG) ship-to-ship transfer services in Labuan, Malaysia.The ship-to-ship transfer is the transfer of LNG between two vessels positioned alongside each other.“This ship-to-ship transfer service agreement is Petronas’ first collaboration in providing flexible delivery solutions that goes beyond the conventional selling and delivering of LNG,” PLL’s Chairman, Ahmad Adly Alias said.“LNG ship-to-ship transfer services is an emerging trend to cater to the needs of small scale LNG requirements,” he added.As disclosed, combining Argo and Eastport’s shipping expertise with Petronas’ LNG portfolio, the partnership will enable PLL to respond to new market requirements in the changing LNG industry landscape which includes LNG shipping solutions.Argo has vast experience in LNG shipping operations supported by a network of technical personnel in the LNG shipping industry, while Eastport has expertise in handling bunkering and ship-to-ship operations, in addition to possessing the sole license to provide LNG bunkering and ship-to-ship services at Brunei Bay, Labuan.Separately, PLL has signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with Bintulu Port Sdn Bhd (BPSB), a subsidiary of Bintulu Port Holdings Berhad (BPHB), for the provision of marine services to support PLL’s Gassing Up and Cooling Down (GUCD) services at the Bintulu Port for a period of three years.The GUCD is a specialized service to bring the storage tanks on LNG carriers, after dry-docking, to natural environment and later cool it down to cryogenic temperature (minus 160 degrees Celsius) before loading its next cargo.The services at the Bintulu Port will commence in 2018, making Bintulu as one of the few terminals in the world to offer this facility. The LNG for gassing up services will be supplied from the Petronas LNG Complex in Bintulu.As explained by Adly, this is the first GUCD services in Malaysia at the Bintulu Port.“This collaboration is expected to enhance Petronas’ portfolio of services in the integrated (LNG) value chain,” he added.For the nine-month period ended 30 September 2017, Petronas Group recorded a 15 percent increase in revenue at RM 161.8 billion (USD 39.3 billion), mainly due to the impact of higher average realized prices and the impact of foreign exchange rate.Cumulative profit after tax was RM 27.3 billion compared to RM 12.5 billion in the same period last year, primarily due to lower net impairment on assets and well costs.last_img read more

Charles Barkleys bond with cat litter scientist warms us all

first_img Oh my God, this is the most beautiful story about friendship, and it made me cry this morning. Starring Charles Barkley and the author’s dad. https://t.co/LFfjizV6c3— Soledad O’Brien (@soledadobrien) December 15, 2018 Online Post a comment It’s impossible to absorb Shirley Wang’s story or hear Barkley’s eulogy without feeling your heart stirring. Some people are taking a moment away from politics and the holiday hustle to reflect on the bond between a basketball star and a scientist. Even Dictionary.com chimed in, tweeting, “Humanity. Noun. The quality of being humane; kindness; benevolence. See also: Charles Barkley and Lin Wang.” “Oh my God, this is the most beautiful story about friendship, and it made me cry this morning,” tweeted broadcaster Soledad O’Brien.Though Barkley had an intimidating reputation on the basketball court, those who know him say the friendship was totally in character. “This is really such a lovely story but the best thing about it is that it won’t surprise anyone who knows Chuck,” tweeted ESPN host Rachel Nichols. 0 Shirley Wang created the story for NPR’s Only A Game series, which you can listen to online. “The story of Barkley and my dad was written for the ear. I *truly* couldn’t have imagined a better way to convey my feelings about this friendship,” she tweeted. So if you need a break from the noise of the world, spend a few moments sharing in the light of a improbable relationship that actually made perfect sense.CNET’s Holiday Gift Guide: The place to find the best tech gifts for 2018.Tech Enabled: CNET chronicles tech’s role in providing new kinds of accessibility.  Tags This is really such a lovely story but the best thing about it is that it won’t surprise anyone who knows Chuck. https://t.co/3JPoeDSB5n— Rachel Nichols (@Rachel__Nichols) December 15, 2018 Share your voice Enlarge ImageCharles Barkley speaks at Lin Wang’s funeral. Video screenshot by Amanda Kooser/CNET Charles Barkley is a towering former NBA star, and now a noted basketball analyst. Lin Wang was a cat litter chemist in Iowa. Their story together is a poignant reminder of the light that can spark when strangers become friends.Lin Wang’s daughter Shirley Wang told the tale of how her suburban dad and Barkley came to know each other. She shared it in recognition of her father’s life. Lin Wang was born in China and moved to the US in ’90s. He died from cancer in June and Barkley came to the memorial service.During a eulogy at Wang’s funeral,  Barkley recounted how the unlikely friendship was kindled. It started as a random meeting in a Sacramento hotel, followed by hours of conversation. The two got together to hang out whenever Lin Wang was in the same town as Barkley.”He was a selfless man. He really cared about other people. And the world is going to be a little less happier because he’s not here,” Barkley said during his speech.  Humanity. Noun. The quality of being humane; kindness; benevolence.See also: Charles Barkley and Lin Wang https://t.co/IhyHNyawgF https://t.co/jbelwRyTQB— Dictionary.com (@Dictionarycom) December 15, 2018last_img read more

Islamic State group claims London attack

first_imgForensic investigators search on the platform at Parsons Green tube station in London, Britain, September 15, 2017. Photo: ReutersThe Islamic State group on Friday claimed responsibility for a bomb attack on a packed London Underground train the same day that injured at least 29 people.“The bombing on a metro in London was carried out by a detachment of the Islamic State” group, it said in a statement published by its Amaq propaganda agency.last_img