2012-2013 News


2013 New Math Faculty

August 23, 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.

Volume in Honor of Peter Olver of "Foundations of Computational Mathematics"

August 12, 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)

Graduate Student Asked to Serve on MAA Council

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.
siam award

2013 SIAM Outstanding Paper Prizes

July 11, 2013 - Dr. Alexander Shapeev, a postdoc working with Prof. Mitch Luskin, has been awarded one of the 2013 SIAM Outstanding Paper Prizesfor 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.

Zeitouni Moves to Weizmann Institute of Science

May 29, 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.

Congratulations to New Associate Professors

May 20, 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.

Binder, Goh and Liu Receive Awards

May 7, 2013 - 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.

Mayboroda Receives AWM-Sadosky Research Prize in Analysis

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.

Akhmedov Receives Guillermo E. Borja Award

April 18, 2013 - 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.

Shinn Awarded Goldwater Scholarship

April 11, 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.

Othmer 2013 SIAM Fellow

April 1, 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."

2013 Sloan Research Fellows

February 18, 2013 - We are very happy to announce that our colleagues Hoai-Minh Nguyen and Pavlo Pylyavskyy are recipients of Sloan Research Fellowships.

Foo Receives McKnight Professorship

January 17, 2013 - Assistant Professor Jasmine Foo is the recipient of a McKnight Land-Grant Professor for 2013-15. Her project is entitled Discovering the Mathematics of Cancer Evolution. 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.

American Mathematical Society Inaugural Fellows

November 9, 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 ArnoldMaria-Carme CaldererDennis HejhalAlbert MardenAndrew OdlyzkoPeter OlverVictor ReinerMikhail SafonovFadil SantosaGeorge Sell, and Dennis Stanton, and Emeritus Professors Don Aronson, Robert Ellis, andHans Weinberger.

2011-12 Outstanding Teaching Assistants

November 9, 2012 - Graduate students Alanna Hoyer-LeitzelErin Manlove, and Nicholas Switala are the recipients of the 2011-12 Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award. 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.

Welcome New Faculty

September 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.

James Serrin

September 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.

Congratulations to New Associate Professor

September 21, 2012 - 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.