The awards were based on over 500 student nominations, based on which the Instructional Evaluation Committee selected the three winners. Each received a $500 award and a certificate in a recognition ceremony on October 22, 2012.
In recognition of their "outstanding contributions to the creation, exposition, advancement, communication, and utilization of mathematics", the following School of Mathematics faculty were named members of the Inaugural Class of Fellows of the American Mathematical Society: Professors Douglas Arnold, Maria-Carme Calderer, Dennis Hejhal, Albert Marden, Andrew Odlyzko, Peter Olver, Victor Reiner, Mikhail Safonov, Fadil Santosa, George Sell, and Dennis Stanton, and Emeritus Professors Don Aronson, Robert Ellis, and Hans Weinberger.
The Board of Regents approved the promotion of Tyler Lawson to Associate Professor of Mathematics with tenure. Tyler's research is in the field of algebraic topology.Sept. 21, 2012
Emeritus Regents Professor James Serrin passed away in Minneapolis on August 23. Jim received his Ph.D. degree in mathematics from Indiana University in 1951 and came to the University of Minnesota in 1954. He was promoted to full professor in 1959, and served as Head of the School of Mathematics from 1964-65. He was named Regents Professor of Mathematics in 1969, and retired in 1995. Among his many honors, Jim was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and foreign member of the Finnish Academy of Sciences. He also received honorary doctorates from the Universities of Sussex, Ferrara, and Padova. He is well known for his many fundamental contributions to analysis, partial differential equations, fluid mechanics, continuum mechanics, and thermodynamics. A Memorial in his honor will be held in the Mathematics Library on September 21. He will be sorely missed.Sept. 21, 2012
The School of Mathematics welcomes four new faculty members.
Associate Professor Dmitriy Bilyk received his Ph.D. from the University of Missouri, and was on the faculty at the University of South Carolina before coming to Minnesota. His research interests are in harmonic analysis, discrepancy theory, approximation, and probability.
Associate Professor Benjamin Brubaker received his Ph.D. from Brown University, and was on the faculty at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology before coming to Minnesota. His research interests are in automorphic forms, representation theory, and number theory.
Assistant Professor Kai-Wen Lan received his Ph.D. from Harvard University, and was a Veblen Research Instructor at Princeton University before coming to Minnesota. His research interests include number theory, automorphic forms, Shimura varieties, and related topics in arithmetic geometry.
Assistant Professor Arnab Sen received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, and was a Post Doctoral Researcher at the University of Cambridge, UK, before coming to Minnesota. His research interests include random matrices, coalescing particle systems, discrete Fourier analysis, and influences.
Math is the answer to understanding our world, making new discoveries, and addressing the challenges facing our society, our industries, and our planet. In this Institute for Mathematics and its Applications (IMA) exhibit there will be fun, hands-on activities for you to crack a code, play the infamous Traveling Salesman game, and more. Learn how the IMA is among the world's most influential math institutes and meet a few of the visiting mathematicians.
A variety of College of Science and Engineering exhibits will showcase the relevance of science, engineering, and mathematics to people's everyday lives at this year's Minnesota State Fair.Aug. 20, 2012
Emeritus Professor Willard Miller, Jr., and former Ph.D. student Sarah Post (University of Hawaii) were awarded a 2012 Journal of Physics A Best Paper Prize for their paper "Coupling constant metamorphosis and Nth-order symmetries in classical and quantum mechanics" coauthored with Ernest Kalnins (University of Waikato, New Zealand).
The two other best papers were titled "An exact formula for the statistics of the current in the TASEP with open boundaries" and "Y-system for scattering amplitudes"Aug. 20, 2012
A minisymposium in honor of Emeritus Professor Walter Littman, in the area of control of PDEs, will be held as part of the SIAM annual meeting in Minneapolis, July 9-13, 2012. Speakers include Professors Peter Rejto, George Sell, and Emeritus Professor Hans Weinberger.May 11, 2012
Current graduate students John Goes, Ryan Goh, and Derek Olson have all been awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowships. The Fellowships provide tuition and a generous stipend for three years of support. Another NSF grad fellowship went to Grant Remmen, an undergraduate honors student majoring in astrophysics, physics, and mathematics.
April 4, 2012
Professor Andrew Odlyzko has been elected a Fellow of the IACR, the worldwide society for crypto research, which has fewer than 5% of its membership as fellows. IACR's selection of fellows is based on "technical contributions and distinguished service to the cryptologic community". Prof. Odlyzko's research interests include computational complexity, cryptography, number theory, combinatorics, coding theory, analysis, probability theory, ecommerce, and economics of data networks.March 23, 2012
Grant Remmen, a senior in the University Honors Program, has been awarded a prestigious Hertz Fellowship to support his future graduate studies. Considered to be the nation’s most prestigious and generous support for graduate education in applied sciences and engineering, the Hertz Fellowship is valued at more than $250,000 per student, with support lasting up to five years. Grant will graduate summa cum laude from the College of Science and Engineering this spring with majors in astrophysics, physics, and mathematics. More details about Mr. Remmen's award are on the CSE website.March 23, 2012
Assistant Professor Anar Akhmedov, has been awarded a prestigious Sloan Research Fellowship for 2012-2014. The Sloan award is "... to stimulate fundamental research by early-career scientists and scholars of outstanding promise." Anar's research specialty is low dimensional topology and symplectic topology.Feb. 20, 2012