2010-2011 News


Department rates high in 2011 ARWU university rankings

August 31, 2011 - 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.
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U of M Math Ranked Fourth by Citation Impact

June 2, 2011 - 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.

Congratulations to New Associate Professors

June 2, 2011 - The Board of Regents approved the promotions of both Adrian Diaconu and Gilad Lerman to associate professor of mathematics with tenure.

IMA Industrial Postdoc Program Featured

May 11, 2011 - Fadil SantosaBernardo 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 Programinclude diffractive optics, heart-lung machine monitoring,and ablation probe cooling.

Stanton Honored with Journal Issue

May 4, 2011 - 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.

CSE Undergrads Award Outstanding Instruction

May 4, 2011 - 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.

COGS Selects Garrett as Oustanding Faculty

March 31, 2011 - 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.

Dept. Ranks High in Annual US News College Ranking

March 21, 2011 - 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).

Neal Amundson - 1916-2011

February 21, 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.

Arnold Elected Fellow of AAAS

January 12, 2011 - 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 ofSIAM." 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

Calderer to Chair Material Science Activity Group

December 13, 2010 - Professor Carme Calderer has been appointed as the new chair of the SIAM Activity Group on Mathematical Aspects of Materials Science. The Activity Group fosters activity at the interface between mathematics, computing, and materials science through the organization of conferences and minisymposia, as well as a wiki-style website. Her three year term as chair begins January 1, 2011.

M.S./MathEd Student Nadathur Awarded 2011 Rhodes Scholarship

December 6, 2010 - Prerna Nadathur has been named a 2011 Rhodes Scholar, to attend the University of Oxford in England. While attending Roseville High School, Nadathur participated in MathCEP's UMTYMP program, and was so successful in her courses that she was later hired as a teaching assistant in the program before leaving to attend the University of Chicago. This year, she returned to the University of Minnesota as a first-year graduate student pursuing a masters degree in mathematics with an emphasis in mathematics education. At Oxford, Nadathur plans to pursue an M.Phil. degree in general linguistics and comparative philology. The Rhodes Scholarship is the oldest international scholarship program in the world. Thirty-two Rhodes Scholars are selected each year to represent the United States.

8 U of M Teams at MAA-NCS Competition

December 6, 2010 - Eight teams of undergraduates from the Twin Cities campus of the University of Minnesota competed in the North Central Team Mathematics Competition on Saturday, November 13. There were a total of 85 teams from universities and colleges in the North Central Section of the Math Association of America. All eight University of Minnesota teams placed in the top 50 per cent. The winning team was the Loons, and was the only team to score a perfect 100. Its members are: Peter Lofgren, Xin Jin, and Matt Coudron.

Mori Receives McKnight Professorship

November 8, 2010 - Assistant Professor Yoichiro Mori was the recent recipient of a McKnight Land-Grant Professorship, and is the subject of a University of Minnesotaprofile. Yoichiro is both an M.D. and a Mathematics Ph.D., and the article outlines his career and groundbreaking research program in mathematical biology and medicine.

Couldron Awarded Astronaut Scholarship

November 8, 2010 - Matthew Coudron, an undergraduate mathematics and physics major, was one of two University of Minnesota students awarded anAstronaut Scholarship Foundation graduate fellowship. The award was presented on October 28 by space shuttle astronaut Capt. Daniel Brandenstein following a public talk in Coffman Memorial Union. The Astronaut Scholarship is the largest monetary award given in the United States to science and engineering undergraduate students based solely on merit.

MCFAM Website Goes Live

October 25, 2010 - The official web page for MCFAM – the Minnesota Center for Financial and Actuarial Mathematics – is now live. The Center, started in July 2010, houses a range of programs, including undergraduate actuarial studiesMaster of Financial Mathematics (MFM) and a post baccalaureate certificate – Fundamentals of Quantitative Finance certificate (FQF). MCFAM is administered by Rina Ashkenazi, Academic Director, Laurie Derechin, Executive Director, and Scot Adams, Associate Director.

International Collaboration for Grad Students and Postdocs Funded

October 25, 2010 - The NSF has funded an international collaboration Science at the Triple Point between Mathematics, Mechanics, and Materials Science, with Professor Mitchell Luskin as the principal investigator within the School of Mathematics. Graduate students and postdocs will spend time abroad at Oxford University, the University of Bonn, the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in the Sciences in Leipzig, the University of Antwerp, and the International School for Advanced Studies in Trieste, Italy. Courses, summer schools, and conferences will be organized with US partners CMU, Caltech, and NYU.

Ezra Miller Moves to Duke

October 25, 2010 - Associate Professor Ezra Miller has resigned his position at the University of Minnesota to accept a professorship at Duke University. Ezra's research area is combinatorial aspects of geometry and algebra. The Department wishes Ezra the best of luck in this new stage of his career.