2013 is drawing to a close and the holidays are approaching. APAM has had a lot to be thankful for in 2013. Our applied mathematics (APMA) faculty is steadily growing and will exceed 10 permanent members in 2014. The climate modeling / computation group, with professors Polvani, Shaw, Sobel and Tippet, is working hard to analyze the ever more frequent “extreme events”; Professor Sobel has been featured in many media outlets and has recently co-authored an op-ed piece in the Los Angeles Times on the increasing frequency of these hitherto rare events and their impact on the societies of the world. In our Materials Science and Engineering Program, Professor Billinge is working on the characterization of nano-particles, a very important new technology, using novel techniques. His efforts are highlighted in this issue.
We are also cognizant of some rough seas ahead. The decreases in the federal budget, possible effects of sequestration on grants, etc. are keeping us busy to make sure our research and our students are unaffected.
I wish all of you Happy Holidays and a wonderful New Year.