Kra and Mann to be Honored at the 2019 JMM
The Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM) and The American Mathematical Society (AMS) have chosen Professor Bryna Kra to give the 2019 AWM-AMS Noether Lecture at the 2019 Joint Math Meetings (JMM) in Baltimore, Maryland. The AWM-AMS Noether Lecture was founded in 1980 to honor “woman who have made fundamental and sustained contributions to the mathematical sciences.” Kra was selected for, “her profound impact on mathematics, both through her work in the fields of dynamical systems and ergodic theory and through her service to the profession” (AWM Press Release). Kra is the Sarah Rebecca Roland Professor of Mathematics at Northwestern University, a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, an AMS Fellow, and recipient of the AMS Centennial Fellowship and also the AMS Levi L. Conant Prize. She was a member of IPAM’s Board of Trustees from 2012-2015 and is currently a member of AMS’s Board of Trustees.
Professor Kathryn Mann will be the third recipient of the AWM Joan & Joseph Birman Research Prize in Topology and Geometry. The AWM will present the award at the 2019 JMM. According to AWM’s newsletter, the award is to recognize “exceptional research in topology and geometry by a woman early in her career.” Mann earned the award for her “major breakthroughs in the theory of dynamics of group actions on manifolds.” Mann is currently Manning Assistant Professor of Mathematics at Brown University and recipient of the 2016 Mary Ellen Rudin Young Researcher Award. In January 2018, she was a speaker at IPAM’s winter workshop, New Methods for Zimmer’s Conjecture.