2014-2015 News

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Department Rates High in 2015 Shanghai Rankings

August 20, 2015 - In the latest Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), the University of Minnesota School of Mathematics was ranked #11 in the world overall, #6 among US universities, and #3 among public US universities. Began in 2003, ARWU reviews over 1200 world-class universities using six objective indicators, including the number of Nobel Prizes and Fields Medals, number of highly cited researchers, number of articles published in Nature and Science, number of articles indexed in Science Citation Index, and per capita performance of a university. The Chronicle of Higher Education wrote that ARWU "is considered the most influential international ranking".
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Paul Cazeaux Wins Best Poster at SMAI 2015

July 8, 2015 - Paul Cazeaux, a postdoc working with Prof. Mitchell Luskin, has won a best poster prize at the annual meeting of the French Applied Math Society (SMAI), for their research on two-dimensional heterostructure materials.
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Erin Oakley Awarded KSTF Fellowship

July 2, 2015 - Erin Oakley, a graduate of our Masters in Math Education Program, was chosen by the Knowles Science Teaching Foundation as a member of its 2015 cohort of Teaching Fellows. She is one of 34 promising high school mathematics and science teachers that were awarded KSTF Teaching Fellowships.  Erin is committed to teaching mathematics to high school students in the U.S. She will begin her first year of teaching at Janesville–Waldorf–Pemberston School in Janesville, MN this fall.
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Ryan Goh receives a Red Sock Award at the SIAM Conference

June 9, 2015 - Ryan Goh received a Red Sock Award at the biennial SIAM Conference on of Dynamical Systems for his poster entitled "Front-Dynamics and Pattern Selection in the Wake of Triggered Instabilities" The Red Sock Award is given by the SIAM Activity Group on Dynamical Systems for the best poster presentation in dynamical systems by a student or postdoc. Four winning posters are selected at the conference.
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MCFAM's Master of Financial Mathematics Program Ranked 12th Among Top 25 Masters of Financial Engineering

June 4, 2015 - The Master of Finance Degrees website ranked The University of Minnesota Master of Financial Mathematics (MFM) program 12th out of the top 25 financial engineering programs in the United States.  The rankings are based on program options and innovative offerings. MCFAM's MFM is highlighted for its online and evening courses, accommodation of working professionals, and its many options for students who want a degree with a specific concentration.
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Mitchell Luskin Selected for Radcliffe Institute Fellowship

May 20, 2015 - The Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University has selected Prof. Mitchell Luskin to be a Radcliffe Institute fellow for the 2015–2016 academic year. Prof. Luskin's research project will be in Multiscale Mathematical Modeling of 2D Materials.

Congratulations Newly Promoted Faculty

May 15, 2015 - The Board of Regents approved the promotion of six faculty members in the School of Mathematics. Associate Professors with tenure:
Jasmine Foo, Research areas: Mathematical biology and applied mathematics
Kai-Wen Lan, Research areas: Number theory, automorphic forms, Shimura varieties and related topics in arithmetic geometry
Gregg Musiker, Research areas: Combinatorics, cluster algebras, and tropical geometry 
Full Professors: 
Ben Brubaker, Research areas: Automorphic forms, representation theory, number theory.
Gilad Lerman, Research areas: Computational harmonic analysis, analysis of large data sets and statistical learning, bio-informatics
Svitlana Mayboroda, Research areas: Analysis and partial differential equations
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Willard Miller Receives U of M President's Award

April 27, 2015 - Willard Miller has been named the recipient of the 2015 University of Minnesota President's Award for Outstanding Service, in recognition of his many years of exceptional service to the Department, the IMA, the College of Science and Engineering, and the University.
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Prof. Doug Arnold Selected for J. Tinsley Oden Medal

April 24, 2015 - Prof. Doug Arnold has been selected for the J. Tinsley Oden Medal of the U.S. Association of Computational Mechanics "for seminal contributions as a research mathematician and educator specializing in computational mathematics, interdisciplinary research, numerical analysis, finite element methods, partial differential equations, mechanics, the interplay between these fields, and finite element exterior calculus."
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Three Math Undergraduates Named 2015 Goldwater Scholars

April 9, 2015 - Nathan Klein, Andrew Senger, and Sammy Shaker have been named 2015 Barry M. Goldwater Scholars. The prestigious, competitive scholarship is awarded annually to outstanding sophomores and juniors who intend to pursue research-oriented careers in mathematics, the natural science, and engineering. Nathan is majoring in mathematics and chemistry, and interested in problems related to public health through the interdisciplinary perspectives of mathematics, chemistry, and nanotechnology. Andrew is a mathematics major, and interested in the interaction of homotopy theory, algebraic geometry, and number theory. Sammy is majoring in mathematics and chemistry, and interested in error-correcting codes and combinatorics as well as the chemistry of nanomaterials and bio-composites. Find out more details about these and other U of M 2015 Goldwater Scholars.
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Vincent Quenneville-Bélair Awarded Best Poster Design & Presentation

March 24, 2015 - Vincent Quenneville-Bélair won the award for Best Poster Design and Presentation for his poster, titled Finite Element Methods for the Evolution Problem in General Relativity, at the SIAM Conference on Computer Science and Engineering 2015.
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Prof. Gregg Musiker Awarded the George Taylor Career Development Award

February 9, 2015 - Prof. Gregg Musiker has been awarded the College of Science and Engineering George Taylor Career Development Award. The Award recognizes exceptional contributions to teaching by a candidate for tenure during the probationary period.
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School of Math Receives Three New Scholarship Funds

February 6, 2015 - The School of Mathematics has been the recent recipient of three new scholarship funds. The Hans G. and Sophie L. Othmer Scholarship will fund outstanding undergraduate students from Minnesota.
The Professor Mark E. Gilquist Undergraduate Scholarship for students in math education comes from Prof. Neil Anderson in memory of his spouse, Mark Gilquist.
The Isaac Benjamin Segal Scholarship for undergraduate research projects is donated in memory of undergrad student Ben Segal. The University, Department, and faculty are grateful for and inspired by the generosity of its donors. These scholarships will play a significant role fostering and educating the next generation of mathematicians.
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Michael Chmutov Awarded NSF Postdoctoral Fellowship

February 1, 2015 - Michael Chmutov has been awarded an NSF Postdoctoral Fellowship. Michael joined the department this year after completing his Ph.D. at the University of Michigan. His NSF project, to be conducted with Prof. Pavlo Pylyavskyy, focuses on applications of combinatorial methods in the representation theory of Coxeter groups.
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Max Shinn named Churchill Scholar

January 28, 2015 - Maxwell Shinn has been named a 2015 Churchill Scholar to study at Churchill College, Cambridge University, UK. He plans to work withProfessor Edward Bullmore, who is applying mathematical graph theory to fMRI data to uncover the roots of psychiatric disorders. Shinn hopes that his research will provide a new diagnostic tool that will enable early identification and preventative care for mental illness — something he cares deeply about. He is the sixth U of M student to receive this prestigious honor.
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Gabriela Jaramillo Awarded NSF Postdoctoral Fellowship

January 22, 2015 - Gabriela Jaramillo has been awarded an NSF Postdoctoral Fellowship. She will be receiving her Ph.D. degree this year under the direction of Prof. Arnd Scheel. Her NSF project involves understanding the role of defects in pattern forming systems and how they create or modify a pattern. Applications include convection patterns, patterns in chemical reactions, and moving defects. She will be going to the University of Arizona, to work with Prof. Shankar Venkataramani.

2013-14 Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award

November 18, 2014 - The Instructional Evaluation Committee has chosen five recipients of the 2013-14 Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award: Heidi GoodsonNathan GrayShannon NegaardErin Oakley, and Alexandra Ortan The Instructional Evaluation Committee chose the recipients based on nominations from students in Fall 2013, Spring 2014, and Summer 2014 courses and on faculty nominations and evaluations. Approximately 780 nominations were submitted by students, evidence of outstanding mathematics instruction throughout our TA staff.
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Maury Bramson, Mitchell Luskin, and Willard Miller Among 2015 AMS Fellows

November 5, 2014 - The American Mathematical Society has chosen three University of Minnesota Mathematics professors as 2015 Fellows: 
Maury Bramson, for contributions to stochastic processes and their applications; Mitchell Luskin, for contributions to numerical analysis and applications to materials science; and Willard Miller, Jr., for contributions to applied mathematics, especially special function theory, and for service to the mathematical community. The Fellows of the American Mathematical Society program recognizes members who have made outstanding contributions to the creation, exposition, advancement, communication, and utilization of mathematics.
2014 us news

U of M Mathematics Program Ranks High at the University and Worldwide

October 28, 2014 - University of Minnesota’s Mathematics Program is ranked 12th in the inaugural U.S News Best Global Universitieslisting - making it the highest ranking discipline within the University. The U of M ranked 29th overall among 500 universities spread out across 49 countries. The new rankings offer the most comprehensive assessment of research universities worldwide as well as by region and country.
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Fernando Reitich Moves to CAP S.A.

October 2, 2014 - Fernando Reitich has resigned his position as full professor in the School of Mathematics to continue his new job as President and CEO ofCAP S.A., a Chilean mining and steel production and processing company. Fernando's research area is in partial differential equations and numerical analysis. The Department wishes Fernando the very best in his new vocation.
ARWU

Department Rates High in 2014 Shanghai Rankings

October 2, 2014 - In the latest Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), the University of Minnesota School of Mathematics was ranked #12 in the world overall, #7 among US universities, and #3 among public US universities. Began in 2003, ARWU reviews over 1200 world-class universities using six objective indicators, including the number of Nobel Prizes and Fields Medals, number of highly cited researchers, number of articles published in Nature and Science, number of articles indexed in Science Citation Index, and per capita performance of a university. The Chronicle of Higher Education wrote that ARWU "is considered the most influential international ranking".