• Encourage and foster interactions between university-based mathematical scientists and users of mathematics in industry, government, and other disciplines in universities.
• Maintain and enhance the historical strength of the mathematical sciences in its academic setting as an intellectual endeavor and as a foundation for applications, sustaining the United States position of world leadership.6
The release of the Odom report was followed by strong increases in funding for NSF/DMS, with the division’s budget nearly doubling from FY2000 to FY2004, when it reached $200 million per year. The NSF director at that time, Rita Colwell, was very supportive of the mathematical sciences and encouraged a number of new initiatives, including partnerships between DMS and other NSF units. In addition, DMS began programs aimed at improving career preparation for the future mathematical sciences workforce and substantially broadened the portfolio of mathematical sciences research institutes.
6 Op. cit., pp. 1-2.