The Instructional Evaluation Committee chose the recipients based on nominations from students and faculty and evaluations. Approximately 600 nominations were submitted by students - a confirmation of the outstanding mathematics instruction provided by our TA staff. Each will receive a $500 award and a certificate in a recognition ceremony on November 18, 2013.
Robert Hank, Daniel Hess, and James Melbourne
Assistant Professor Craig Westerland is the winner of this year's Australian Mathematical Society Medal. The medal is awarded to a member of the Society under the age of 40 years for distinguished research in the mathematical sciences. Prof. Westerland's research in algebraic topology was carried out when he was at the University of Melbourne.Oct. 1, 2013
The Master of Financial Mathematics (MFM) Program was recently ranked 20th in QuantNet's 3rd bi-annual rankings of the Best 25 Master Programs in Financial Engineering, Mathematical Finance, and Quantitative Finance in North America.Oct. 1, 2013
Assistant Professor Christine Berkesch Zamaere received her Ph.D. from Purdue University, and then had postdoctoral appointments at Stockholm University, Institut Mittag-Leffler, the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute, and Duke University. Her research area is combinatorial aspects of algebra and geometry, and includes representation theory, commutative algebra, and linear partial differential equations, a.k.a. D-modules.
Assistant Professor Yu-jong Tzeng received her Ph.D. from Stanford University, and then was a Simons Postdoctoral Fellow in Mathematics at Harvard University. Her research is in algebraic geometry, cobordism theory, and enumerative geometry.
Assistant Professor Craig Westerland received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. Following postdocs at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, Mathematical Sciences Research Institute, he was on the faculty at the University of Melbourne, Australia. His research is in algebraic topology, particularly concentrating on moduli spaces of curves and connections with algebraic geometry, number theory, and mathematical physics/string theory.Aug. 23, 2013
The journal "Foundations of Computational Mathematics" honored Peter Olver by dedicating its August 2013 volume to him.
The foreword noted "his work has reached all corners of the mathematical world", "[his] preference for the wide application of simple ideas", and "the inclusive nature of his research group".
Read the foreword (Published 9 July 2013)
Foundations of Computational Mathematics
August 2013, Volume 13, Issue 4, pp 455-456 (7 papers and a foreword)
Dr. Alexander Shapeev, a postdoc working with Prof. Mitch Luskin, has been awarded one of the 2013 SIAM Outstanding Paper Prizes for his paper "Consistent Energy-Based Atomistic/Continuum Coupling for Two-Body Potentials in One and Two Dimensions". The award is being presented at the 2013 SIAM Annual Meeting in San Diego.July 11, 2013
Rebecca Patrias has been asked to serve on the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) Council on Meetings and Professional Development. The MAA is the largest professional society that focuses on mathematics accessible at the undergraduate level, and Rebecca is apparently the first grad student to ever serve on an MAA council.July 11, 2013
Professor Ofer Zeitouni has resigned his position at the University of Minnesota to be full time at the Weizman Institute while taking a position of Distinguished Global Professor at the Courant Institute.
Please join us in wishing Ofer the best in this new stage of his very successful career. He will continue to visit from time to time, including this summer, but we will certainly miss his presence here as a colleague.May 29, 2013
The Board of Regents approved the promotion of Anar Akhmedov and Yoichiro Mori to Associate Professor of Mathematics with tenure. Anar's research is in low-dimensional topology, smooth 4-manifolds, and symplectic topology, while Yoichiro's is in mathematical biology, and numerical and applied analysis.
Akhmedov and Mori
Andrew Binder was awarded a 2013 National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship (NDSEG). This three-year fellowship is given to individuals who have demonstrated the ability and special aptitude for advanced training in science and engineering.
Ryan Goh and Gang Liu received the Charles and Dorothy Andrew Bird Award from the University of Minnesota's Sigma Xi Chapter. The award is given to an undergraduate or graduate student for outstanding research in the form of: 1) a thesis; 2) a paper or papers accepted for presentation at a national meeting; or 3) a paper or papers accepted for peer-reviewed journal publication.
Andrew Binder, Ryan Goh and Gang Liu
Professor Anar Akhmedov has received the Guillermo E. Borja Award. The award is given by the College of Science and Engineering, and recognizes exceptional research and scholarly accomplishments by a candidate for tenure during the probationary period.April 18, 2013
Professor Svitlana Mayboroda has been named as the first recipient of the AWM-Sadosky Research Prize in Analysis. The prize is awarded by the Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM) to highlight to the community outstanding contributions by women in the field and to advance the careers of the prize recipients. The award is named for Cora Sadosky, a former president of AWM, and will be presented at the Joint Mathematics Meetings in Baltimore, MD, in January 2014.April 18, 2013
Maxwell Shinn has been named a 2013 Barry M. Goldwater Scholar. Max is a sophomore majoring in neuroscience and mathematics. He has been involved in research under Professors Duane Nykamp of the School of Mathematics, Philip Zelazo of the Institute for Child Development and Professor Clarence Lehman of the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior. He also holds an AXA Achievement Scholarship and a University of Minnesota Presidential Scholarship.
Three UMN students received Goldwater scholarships this year and another received an honorable mention.April 11, 2013
Hans Othmer has been named a Fellow of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM). His citation reads "For contributions to mathematical biology, in particular the theory of pattern formation in biological systems."
Please join us in congratulating Hans on this well-deserved honor.April 1, 2013
We are very happy to announce that our colleagues Hoai-Minh Nguyen and Pavlo Pylyavskyy are recipients of Sloan Research Fellowships.
More information about this year's winners can be found on the Sloan website.
Using probability theory, she is working to develop comprehensive quantitative theories of the evolutionary processes driving cancer initiation, progression and treatment response, and applying these theories to design optimal treatment strategies that maximize the survival benefit of cancer therapeutics.Jan. 17, 2013