The Statistical and Applied Mathematical Sciences Institute (SAMSI) has teamed up with the Institute for Computational and Experimental Research in Mathematics (ICERM) and several institutes in India (CMI, IISc,ISI, IMSC) to form the Virtual Institute for Mathematical and Statistical Sciences (VI-MSS). The Virtual Institute will sponsor joint workshops, research visitors and graduate educational activities with support from the US National Science Foundation. VI-MSS is part of a larger NSF initiative for international collaborations known as Science Across Virtual Institutes.

As part of this initiative, SAMSI announces three new activities:

1. A workshop on Environmental Statistics will be held at SAMSI on June 18–20, 2012.
There will be invited speakers from both the US and India. Registration for the meeting will shortly be open and will include the opportunity to participate in a poster session. Major themes of the workshop include: measuring and monitoring the environment; health effects of air and water pollution; and climate change.

2. A workshop on Topics in Probability will be held December 18–20 2012, at the Chennai Mathematical Institute (CMI).
This workshop will consist of 12 to 15 one-hour lectures spanning a broad range of topics of current interest in probability. We expect that approximately half of the speakers will be from US universities and the other half from universities in India.

3. In addition to the above, we invite applications from US participants to take part in research visits to India.

Research visits may be up to six months in duration for the purpose of extended research collaboration with a faculty member at one of the participating Indian institutes. To be considered for a research visit during the 2012–2013 academic year, applications should be received at SAMSI no later than March 31, 2012. Applications may be made through the SAMSI website and will be coordinated with ICERM.

Further queries about any of these activities may be sent to Richard Smith, Director of SAMSI at