2009-2010 News

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NIH Grant to Improve Research Computing

July 27, 2010 - A group of NIH grantees, led by Darrin York in Chemistry and including Hans Othmer in Math, was recently awarded a $3.7M NIH grant for high-performance computing equipment. The grant will be used to purchase an SGI Ultraviolet system and thereby significantly enhance the computing facilities at the University of Minnesota.
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Spirn Awarded Career Grant

July 7, 2010 - Associate Professor Daniel Spirn has been awarded a five year Career grant award from NSF. The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER)Program represents "...the National Science Foundation's most prestigious awards in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations." Dan's research is in partial differential equations and applied mathematics.
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Bringmann Moves to University of Cologne

July 6, 2010 - Assistant Professor Kathrin Bringmann has resigned her position at the University of Minnesota to accept a professorship at the University of Cologne in Germany. Kathrin's research area is in number theory and combinatorics. The Department wishes Kathrin the best of luck in this new stage of her career.
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Lerman Awarded NSF Career Grant

May 28, 2010 - Assistant Professor Gilad Lerman has been awarded a five year Career grant award from NSF. The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER)Program represents "...the National Science Foundation's most prestigious awards in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations." Gilad's research is in computational harmonic analysis, analysis of large data sets and statistical learning, and bio-informatics.
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Amy DeCelles and Lu Li Awarded Fellowships

May 12, 2010 - Congratulations to School of Mathematics graduate assistants receiving a 2010-2011 Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship: Amy DeCelles (Paul Garrett, Adviser) "Automorphic Partial Differential Equations and Spectral Theory with Applications to Number Theory" Lu Li (Vladimir Sverak, Adviser) "Backward Uniqueness of the Heat Equation"
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Lewicka, Spirn and Ciocan-Fontanine Promoted

May 11, 2010 - Assistant Professors Marta Lewicka and Daniel Spirn have been promoted to Associate Professor with tenure, while Associate Professor Ionut Ciocan-Fontanine has been promoted to Professor.
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Ericksen Awarded ISIMM Prize

May 3, 2010 - Emeritus Professor Jerald L. Ericksen has been awarded the first ISIMM prize by the International Society for the Interaction of Mechanics and Mathematics. The prize is given every two years for exceptional contributions towards building new bridges between Mathematics and Mechanics, and will be awarded during the XVII STAMM Meeting in Berlin, August 30 - September 2, 2010.
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Othmer's Math-Biology Research Highlighted

April 14, 2010 - Professor Hans Othmer's research on embryonic development and cell differentiation, done in collaboration with ProfessorMichael O'Connor, of the Department of Genetics, Cell Biology, is the subject of a featured article on the College of Biological Sciences' news page.
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Santosa Named SIAM Fellow

April 2, 2010 - Professor Fadil Santosa has been named a SIAM Fellow "for contributions to the mathematics of inverse problems and for advancing the application of mathematics in industry". The Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) is the premier international organization devoted to applied mathematics and computational science. Professor Yousef Saad from Computer Science & Engineering was also named a SIAM Fellow this year.

New Certificate for Financial Mathematics Program

February 25, 2010 - A new 12-credit post-baccalaureate Certificate in Fundamentals of Quantitative Finance (FQF) was approved by the Board of Regents at their February 11 meeting. The certificate can be taken either on campus or through distance education. The certificate courses coincide with the Masters in Financial Mathematics (MFM) distance courses FM 5001, 5002, 5091 and 5092.
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Lawson Awarded Sloan Research Fellowship

February 17, 2010 - Assistant Professor Tyler Lawson, has been awarded a prestigious Sloan Research Fellowship for 2010-2012. The Sloan award is "... to stimulate fundamental research by early-career scientists and scholars of outstanding promise." Tyler's research specialty is algebraic topology and K-theory.
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Top Honors in Actuarial Case Competition

February 5, 2010 - On October 16, 2009, a team of students from the University of Minnesota took top honors in Second Annual Travelers Actuarial Case Competition. The members of the team were Matthew Jahnke, Madison Vermette, Helen Muller, William Dickson, David Socha, Danielle Hilson. The team was sponsored by Larry O'Brien, and competed against teams from top universities across the country. The University of Minnesota team was awarded a $1000 prize and a commemorative plaque.
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Mori Receives McKnight Award

January 5, 2010 - Assistant Professor Yoichiro Mori has been awarded a McKnight Land-Grant Professorship during 2010-12. This University of Minnesota award is in recognition of a junior faculty member's outstanding contributions to research and potential for future achievements. The award provides a research grant over two years, summer support, and a research leave during the second year. Yoichiro's research project is in mathematical biology, and titled "A Three-Dimensional Model of Cellular Electrical Activity with Applications to Heart and Brain Physiology".
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14 UMN-TC Teams in MAA Competition

December 3, 2009 - On November 14, the University of Minnesota (Twin Cities) entered 41 students in an undergraduate math competition sponsored by the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) to compete among 91 teams from colleges and universities in the North Central section. Of the 14 Minnesota teams, Loons and Burgundy tied with one other for first place, and the Gold team tied for fourth place. Professors Bert Fristedt and Tyler Lawson served as team coaches. The top 3 UMN-TC teams are: Loons: Peter Lofgren, Matthew Coudron, Xin Jin Burgundy: Minna Chen, Nathan Fox, Guangcong Luo Gold: Elwood McCreary, Martin Camacho
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MN History Exhibit on Women in Science, Engineering and Math

November 30, 2009 - Professors Carme Calderer and Marta Lewicka are among the women science, engineering and mathematics faculty from the Institute of Technology who are featured in a photography exhibit at the Minnesota History Center, showing from Nov. 27, 2009 until July 4, 2010.
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Math Program Ranks #12 in ARWU

November 23, 2009 - The U of M Twin Cities mathematics program was ranked #12 in the world in the latest Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU). The University of Minnesota as a whole ranked #28.
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Pay per Byte, Internet Traffic Growth and Net Neutrality

November 11, 2009 - The UMNews article and video 'Pay per byte' in Internet's future? featured Professor Andrew Odlyzko. More details are inOdlyzko's network research papers and at the Minnesota Internet Traffic Studies website. This video was featured on Forbes' Thought Leaders.
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Kathrin Bringmann Awarded Ramanujan Prize

October 1, 2009 - Assistant Professor Kathrin Bringmann has been awarded the 2009 SASTRA Ramanujan Prize, which will be awarded in December at SASTRA University in Kumbakonam, India, Ramanujan's hometown.
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Bernardo Cockburn and Claudia Neuhauser are ICM Invited Speakers

October 1, 2009 - Professors Bernardo Cockburn and Claudia Neuhauser are invited sectional speakers at the International Congress of Mathematicians (ICM) in Hyderabad, India this summer.
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Marta Lewicka Gets NSF CAREER Grant

September 2, 2009 - Assistant Professor Marta Lewicka has been awarded a five year Career grant award from NSF. The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program represents "...the National Science Foundation's most prestigious awards in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations." Marta's research area is analysis and applications of partial differential equations.