
FOR
ITS MEMBERS, ALUMNI AND FRIENDS 
No.10 
Newsletter
of the School of Mathematics
University of Minnesota 
February 2004 
WELCOME
to INCOMING FACULTY and NEW
POSTDOCTORAL APPOINTEES 
It
is a pleasure to welcome the new
members of the School of MathematicsAssistant
Professors Ezra Miller and Duane
Nykamp. We also welcome the new
Dunham Jackson Assistant Professor
ChianJen Wang. 

Assistant
Professor Ezra Miller earned his
Ph.D. in 2000 from UC Berkeley
where his honors, while a graduate
student, included a Alfred P.
Sloan Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship,
a Julia B. Robinson Fellowship
and the Charles B. Morrey Award.
During the period 2000  2002
he was an NSF Postdoctoral Research
Fellow at MIT. Ezra joined our
department in September 2002,
but took a leave of absence to
spend the 2002  2003 academic
year as a visiting researcher
at MSRI Berkeley. His research
areas are algebraic geometry,
combinatorics, commutative algebra
and mathematical physics. 
Assistant
Professor Duane Nykamp earned
his Ph.D. in 2000 from the Courant
Institute of Mathematical Sciences.
As a graduate student, his honors
included an NSF Graduate Research
Fellowship, Dean's Dissertation
Fellowship, and Henry Mitchell
Mac Cracken Fellowship. During
the period 2000 to 2003 he was
an NSF Postdoctoral Fellow and
Computational Applied Mathematics
Assistant Professor at UCLA. In
addition, he held a Margaret and
Herman Sokol Postdoctoral Research
Fellowship and was a recipient
of an NSF Grant. In his research
Duane studies neural networks,
both through modeling as well
as through analysis of experimental
data. 

Dunham
Jackson Assistant Professor ChianJen
Wang earned her Ph.D. in 2003
from Ohio State University. Her
research areas are automorphic
forms and representation theory. 