A Funny Thing Happened

If you are reading this, you are most likely a subscriber to the ICIAM Dianoia newsletter. However, a strange thing happened over the past year and a half: thousands of subscribers were added to the mailing list. We assume this was caused by some mischievous hack, as most of the addresses were nonsense. To prevent an interminable delay in sending out notices (the server sends them out about 100 at a time, taking about an hour for each batch), our web consultant removed all addresses that were added after September 2, 2019. It is possible that we removed some names of legitimate subscribers. For this, we apologize.

If you were notified of this issue by e-mail, as usual, then everything is fine. You are still a subscriber, and ICIAM thanks you for your support. However, if you hear from anyone who was a subscriber and did not receive this issue, or if you did not receive it by e-mail but found it by browsing on the ICIAM site, then please re-subscribe. We have instituted a protocol that filters out illegitimate attempts to subscribe, so this should not happen again.

We are, of course, curious why anyone would intentionally play this annoying but basically harmless trick. If you have any ideas, we welcome them. You can send them to me at keyfitz.2@osu.edu.



Barbara Lee Keyfitz

Barbara Lee Keyfitz is Emeritus Professor of Mathematics at The Ohio State University. She has a PhD from New York University, and works in partial differential equations. She is a former President of ICIAM, and Editor-in-Chief of ICIAM Dianoia.