Sam Sherman's Summer Internship Story

Read the story Sharing applied mathematics with the world from Sam’s 2018 NSF-sponsored internship working with me at Sandia National Labs.

Rising Stars in Computational and Data Sciences Nominations due Jan. 22nd

The Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences (ICES) at UT Austin and Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) are partnering together to host Rising Stars in Computational and Data Sciences, an intensive workshop for women graduate students and early-career researchers who are interested in pursuing academic and research careers. The workshop will be held April 9-10, 2019 at ICES. We are seeking nominations for outstanding candidates in their final year of PhD or within three years of having graduated.

Gene Golub Siam Summer School Applications Due Feb. 8th

Applications for the Gene Golub SIAM Summer School are due February 8th! This year will focus on large-scale data analytics. The program is open to graduate students in the mathematical sciences and related areas. This summer school is taking place in the French Alps from June 17-30, 2019. I am one of the instructors along with Animashree Anandkumar, Haesun Park, Jack Poulson, and Costas Bekas. For the application, you need a cover letter, 2-page CV, transcript, and letter of recommendation from you advisor.

SIMODS Word Cloud

Just for fun, some of the terms from submissions in the first six months of SIMODS. This was generated using the titles, abstracts, and keywords from all the submissions that went for full review.

Engineering Paper

I recreated the page from a standard engineering computation pad for use with electronic note-taking systems.

SIAM Launches New Journal on the Mathematics of Data Science

SIAM has launched a new journal on the Mathematics of Data Science, and it is now taking submissions.

Re-elected for 3rd Term on SIAM Board of Trustees

I have been re-elected to a third term on the SIAM Board of Trustees. Thanks to all SIAM members who voted in the election - your participation matters! The Board is a largely invisible but important part of SIAM because they are responsible for the management of SIAM. In fact, they are the body that has full legal control of SIAM funds, investments, and properties. The board comprises nine elected members along with the SIAM President, SIAM Treasurer, and two appointees (determined by the Board).

Sparse Versus Scarce

Sometimes the term sparse is used to refer to a matrix that has a large fraction of missing entries, but the more typical usage of that term is to refer to a matrix that has a large fraction of zero entries. We instead recommend the term scarce for a large amount of missing data and discuss various scenarios.

New Tensor Toolbox Website

The Tensor Toolbox is now fully open source and also has a new website at

Recommended Reading

What Works for Women at Work, Beyond Bias and Barriers (from the National Academy), Influence: the Psychology of Persuasion, A PhD Is Not Enough, and The Illustrated Guide to a PhD