News for the Year

2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009

Contact the newsletter committee chair for ideas or feedback about news items.

Irene Fonseca to be SIAM President

Prof. Irene Fonseca, the Mellon College of Science Professor of Mathematics at Carnegie Mellon University, has been elected president of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM). Prof. Fonseca obtained her Ph.D. degree in Mathematics at the University of Minnesota in 1985 under the direction of Prof. David Kinderlehrer, now also at Carnegie Mellon University. SIAM is the leading professional organization for applied and industrial mathematics, with over 13,000 individual members and almost 500 institutional members worldwide.

  Dec. 20, 2011

Bobkov and Voronov named Simons Fellows

Professors Sergey Bobkov and Alexander Voronov were both named Simons Fellows in Mathematics for 2012-13 by the Simons Foundation.

Prof. Bobkov's project is on "High Dimensional Phenomena and Information Theory", and will be undertaken at Yale University, University Paris 6, University of Bielefeld, and Tel Aviv University.

Prof. Voronov's project is on "Categorical Foundations of Topological Quantum Field Theory", and will be pursued at the Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe at the University of Tokyo, where he has the position of Visiting Senior Scientist, and IHES, France.

  Dec. 15, 2011

Odlyzko Elected Vice-President of AMS

Prof. Andrew Odlyzko was elected to be Vice-President of the American Mathematical Society, beginning in 2012 for a three year term. The American Mathematical Society, founded in 1888 to further the interests of mathematical research and scholarship, has over 30,000 individuals and 570 institutional members in the U.S. and around the world.

  Nov. 22, 2011

David Storvick

Emeritus Professor David Storvick passed away in Minneapolis on November 5. David received his Ph.D. degree in mathematics from the University of Michigan in 1956 and came to the University of Minnesota in 1957. He was promoted to full professor in 1966, and served as Associate Head of the School of Mathematics from 1964-70, Associate Dean of the Institute of Technology from 1979-83 and 1993-94, and as Acting Director of the Gray Fresh Water Biological Institute from 1989-90. He retired in 2004. David will be missed by his colleagues, students, friends, and family.

  Nov. 8, 2011

Garcia Receives Scholarship from AMS

Xavier Eduardo Garcia received the Trjitzinsky Scholarship Award from the American Mathematical Society (AMS). Xavier moved to the U.S. from Colombia when he was twelve years old. He is a mathematics major in the University Honors Program, serves as a tutor in the Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence on campus, and intends to pursue a Ph.D. in mathematics.

  Nov. 8, 2011

Welcome New Faculty

The School of Mathematics welcomes three new faculty members.

Assistant Professor Jasmine Foo received her PhD from Brown University, and was a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University before coming to Minnesota. Her research interests are in mathematical biology and applied mathematics.

Assistant Professor Hoai Minh Nguyen received his PhD from the University of Paris 6, France, and was a Courant Instructor at New York University before coming to Minnesota. His research interests include partial differential equations, the calculus of variations, and applied mathematics.

Associate Professor Svitlana Mayboroda received her PhD from the University of Missouri, and was on the faculty at Purdue University before coming to Minnesota. Her research interests are in analysis and partial differential equations.

  Sept. 15, 2011

Department rates high in 2011 ARWU university rankings

In the latest Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), the University of Minnesota School of Mathematics was ranked #11 in the world overall, and #3 among public US universities. Began in 2003, ARWU reviews over 1000 world-class universities on the following criteria:

  • number of alumni and staff winning Nobel Prizes and Fields Medals,
  • number of highly cited researchers selected by Thomson Scientific,
  • number of articles published in journals of Nature and Science,
  • number of articles indexed in Science Citation Index - Expanded and Social Sciences Citation Index,
  • and per capita performance with respect to the size of an institution.

  Aug. 31, 2011

Congratulations to New Associate Professors

The Board of Regents approved the promotions of both Adrian Diaconu and Gilad Lerman to associate professor of mathematics with tenure.

Adrian Diaconu - Number theory, automorphic forms.

Gilad Lerman - Computational harmonic analysis, analysis of large data sets and statistical learning, bio-informatics.

  June 2, 2011

U of M Math Ranked Fourth by Citation Impact

The Times Higher Education magazine ranked the U of M School of Mathematics fourth in the world by citation impact. The study covered about 10 years ending in February 2011 with institutions in the top 50 representing the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, Israel, Singapore and Switzerland.

  June 2, 2011

IMA Industrial Postdoc Program Featured

Fadil Santosa, Bernardo Cockburn, and graduate student Vincent Quenneville-Belair are featured in a University of Minnesota news article They Do the Math on research advances resulting from partnerships between the Institute for Mathematics and Its Applications (IMA) and hi-tech firms around the state. Topics studied by the IMA Industrial Program include diffractive optics, heart-lung machine monitoring,and ablation probe cooling.

  May 11, 2011

CSE Undergrads Award Outstanding Instruction

Chester Miracle Bryan Mosher Jered Bright Chester Miracle and Bryan Mosher have both been selected to receive the 2010-­11 Outstanding Professor Award in mathematics from the College of Science and Engineering. Jered Bright received an Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award. According to the award letter "The undergraduates in the college have selected you for your exceptional instruction during the academic year."

A full list of 2010-11 awards is on the CSE news blog.

  May 4, 2011

Stanton Honored with Journal Issue

Volume 46 of the journal Advances in Applied Mathematics is a Special Issue in honor of Dennis Stanton, in recognition of his fundamental research in combinatorics, special functions, and orthogonal polynomials. The volume includes a tribute to Dennis, a summary of his career, testimonials, and a list of his publications. The Guest Editors are Mourad Ismail, Eric Koelink, and Victor Reiner.

  May 4, 2011

COGS Selects Garrett as Oustanding Faculty

Paul Garrett has been selected to receive one of the University of Minnesota Council of Graduate Students (COGS) Outstanding Faculty Awards. The award "recognizes faculty members who graduate students feel go above and beyond expectations to ensure the success of graduate students, both as students and as the next generation of scholars and researchers."

Thirteen faculty will be presented their 2011 COGS Awards on April 25, 2011.

  March 31, 2011

Dept. Ranks High in Annual US News College Ranking

In the latest US News & World Report rankings, the School of Mathematics was ranked 18th among US Universities (7th among public institutions). For ranked sub-disciplines, analysis was ranked 14th (7th public), applied math was ranked 6th (3rd public), and discrete math/combinatorics was ranked 9th (7th public).

  March 21, 2011

Neal Amundson - 1916-2011

Neil Amundson passed February 17 at the age of 95. He obtained his PhD in Mathematics from the University of Minnesota under the direction of Hugh Turrittin. During the 1940s and 50s Amundson pioneered the use of mathematical and computer modeling for chemical engineering and was the Chemical Engineering department head from 1949 to 1974. He served as interim Head of the Department of Mathematics in 1964 at the time the two previous and separate departments (CLA and IT) were merged. He joined the University of Houston in 1977 and spent his retirement years there. More details are in the announcement of the Chemical Engineering Department.

  Feb. 21, 2011

Arnold Elected Fellow of AAAS

Professor Douglas Arnold has been elected as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, in recognition of his "outstanding research in the design, analysis, and implementation of algorithms for the numerical solution of partial differential equations, and for the leadership of SIAM."

The 503 members elected also includes Mostafa Kavah and Yousef Saad from the University of Minnesota, and Eric Jolly from the Science Museum of Minnesota

  Jan. 12, 2011

News for the Year

2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009

Contact the newsletter committee chair for ideas or feedback about news items.