2018-2019 News

Duane Nykamp, Jonathan Rogness, and Mike Weimerskirch

Duane Nykamp, Jonathan Rogness, and Mike Weimerskirch Awarded $1.5 Million Grant

July 19, 2019 - Duane Nykamp, Jonathan Rogness, and Mike Weimerskirch have been awarded a $1.5 million grant from the NSF Improving Undergraduate STEM Education Program to build an open data-driven educational technology platform and run online learning experiments aimed toward improving open educational content. This four-year grant, part of a nearly two million dollar collaborative award involving the University of Minnesota's MathCEP, the Ohio State University, and Ithaca College, will support the development of the Distributed Open Education Network (Doenet) that is, at its core, a mechanism for measuring and sharing student interactions with web pages and storing anonymized data in an open distributed data warehouse.  The Doenet platform will include tools for authoring interactive educational content, conducting educational research using the content, and discovering the most effective content based on the research results.
Chuan Xue

Chuan Xue Receives the PECASE Award

July 15, 2019 - The Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) is the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on outstanding scientists and engineers who are beginning their independent research careers and show exceptional promise for leadership in science and technology. She was nominated by the National Science Foundation (NSF), and will be honored in an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. on July 25.
Find out more about this award in the White House press release
Carme Calderer

Carme Calderer to the Royal Academy of Sciences and Arts of Barcelona

June 18, 2019 - Professor Carme Calderer was elected a Foreign Correspondent Member of the Royal Academy of Sciences and Arts of Barcelona at their general assembly meeting of May 23, 2019. There are 35 Foreign Correspondent Members in all areas, only 6 of which are from the U.S. The Royal Academy of Sciences and Arts of Barcelona was founded in 1764. Its headquarters, built in 1893, are considered part of the cultural patrimony of the state.
Dmitriy Bilyk, Jasmine Foo, and Pasha Pylyavskyy

Congratulations Newly Promoted Professors

May 29, 2019 - The Board of Regents approved the promotion of Dmitriy Bilyk, Jasmine Foo, and Pasha Pylyavskyy to Full Professor. Prof. Bilyk’s research interests are harmonic analysis, discrepancy theory, approximation, and probability. Prof. Foo’s research interests are mathematical biology, applied mathematics, and probability. Prof. Pylyavskyy’s research interests are algebraic combinatorics.  
Christine Berkesch and Wei-Kuo Chen

Christine Berkesch and Wei-Kuo Chen Promoted to Associate Professor with Tenure

May 29, 2019 - The Board of Regents approved the promotion of Christine Berkesch and Wei-Kuo Chen to Associate Professor with Tenure. Prof. Berkesch’s research interests are algebraic geometry and commutative algebra. Prof. Chen’s research interests are probability theory and mathematical physics.
Dr. Daniel Massatt

SIAM Student Paper Prize Awarded to Dr. Daniel Massatt

May 23, 2019 - The Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) selected former PhD student Daniel Massatt’s paper, “Electronic Density of States for Incommensurate Layers,” for the 2019 SIAM Student Paper Prize. The paper, co-authored with Mitchell Luskin — U of M professor and former advisor of Dr. Massatt — and Christoph Ortner, is one of three papers selected for the prize.
2017 - 2018 Teaching Assistant Awards recipients

2017-18 Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award

May 20, 2019 - Congratulations to Katherine Maxwell, Sarah Milstein, and Jorin Schug -- recipients of the 2017 - 2018 Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award. Students submitted over 700 nominations for the awards! The Instructional Evaluation Committee chose the recipients based on nominations from students and on faculty nominations and evaluations.
laurel ohm

Laurel Ohm Awarded Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship

May 15, 2019 - Laurel Ohm has been awarded a University of Minnesota Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship for 2019-20. Laurel's research interests lie in analysis of PDEs describing fluid-structure interaction and her thesis advisors are Yoichiro Mori and Daniel Spirn. The Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship (DDF) gives the University's most accomplished PhD candidates an opportunity to devote full-time effort to an outstanding research project by providing time to finalize and write a dissertation during the fellowship year. 
Montie Avery  and Sarah Brauner

Montie Avery and Sarah Brauner Awarded NSF Graduate Fellowships

May 15, 2019 - Montie Avery and Sarah Brauner were both awarded prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowships. Montie is a second year Mathematics Ph.D. student studying dynamical systems, pattern formation and partial differential equations with Arnd Scheel. Sarah is a second year graduate student studying algebraic combinatorics with Victor Reiner. The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students who have demonstrated potential for significant achievements in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
Jasper Weinburd

Jasper Weinburd Awarded NSF Postdoctoral Fellowship

April 4, 2019 - Jasper Weinburd has been awarded an NSF Postdoctoral Fellowship. He will be receiving his Ph.D. degree this year under the direction of Prof. Arnd Scheel. His NSF postdoctoral research will study the collective behavior of swarms of foraging locusts. Classifying patterns of collective behavior provides insight into the biological mechanisms driving individual insects. Understanding this link may inspire efficient, low-cost methods for locust control and crop-loss mitigation. He is headed to Harvey Mudd College to work with Prof. Andrew Bernoff.
Alice Nadeau

Alice Nadeau Awarded NSF Postdoctoral Fellowship

April 4, 2019 - Alice Nadeau has been awarded an NSF Postdoctoral Fellowship. She is currently a graduate student working with Prof. Richard McGehee and will defend in May 2019. Her NSF project involves studying asymmetries in smooth and nonsmooth dynamical systems models of climate.  This work will lead to a better understanding of Earth's glacial cycles and other climate phenomena on planets within and outside of our solar system. She will be going to Cornell University this fall to work with Prof. Steve Strogatz.
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The SIAM Student Chapter's Annual Mathematical Contest in Modeling Featured on SIAM Blog

April 1, 2019 - The Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) student chapter's annual Mathematical Contest in Modeling for undergraduates was featured recently on the SIAM blog. Check out the post for details on our local competition and the international modeling competition. This post also contains a sample problem from the local competition called Say It Ain’t Snow, where students model the optimal snow plowing strategy for neighborhoods with streets of varying regularity, as shown.  To find out more go to the Siam blog post.
Baiying Liu

Baiying Liu Receives NSF CAREER Award

April 1, 2019 - Baiying Liu, UMN PhD 2013 under the guidance of Dihua Jiang -- currently a tenure track assistant professor at Purdue University -- has received an NSF CAREER Award. The CAREER grant is for his project on "Automorphic Forms and the Langlands Program", which concerns certain problems within the Langlands Program. The Langlands program is a web of far-reaching and influential conjectures that predicts surprising connections between arithmetic and analysis. In this project he will investigate analytic properties of automorphic forms and their number-theoretic consequences in the Langlands program. The project also integrates educational opportunities, including public outreach lectures, undergraduate and graduate research activities, cross-disciplinary training and research, and graduate curriculum development.  
xingjie (Helen) Li

Xingjie Li Awarded NSF CAREER Grant

March 21, 2019 - Xingjie Li (Minnesota Ph.D. 2012 under the guidance of Prof. Mitchell Luskin) has been awarded an NSF CAREER grant for her project on "CAREER: A Multiscale Framework for Crystalline Defects in 2-Dimensional Materials." The project aims to develop constitutive mathematical models and computational tools to provide a fundamental understanding of defect mechanisms and their influence on two-dimensional materials which have revolutionized many fields in materials science and nanotechnology. This is a cross-discipline project whose purpose is to bridge the computational and theoretical gaps to meet the modeling demands. The educational goal of this project is to motivate the next generation of students to participate in STEM study and to seek a STEM career.  Xingjie Li is now an Assistant Professor of Mathematics at University of North Carolina, Charlotte.  
Woman in AIMS program

New partnership with African Institute for Mathematical Sciences

February 22, 2019 - The U of M and the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) announced a new partnership for exchanging knowledge and accelerating educational opportunities for talented African mathematicians. AIMS recruits Africa’s most talented university graduates and provides them with a series of intensive, cutting-edge courses in mathematics to enter technical professions or to pursue graduate studies. The University of Minnesota is one of only four universities in the United States who are AIMS academic partners. To learn more, visit the AIMS website.
Li Wang of the School of Mathematics University of Minnesota

Li Wang Awarded NSF CAREER Grant

February 11, 2019 - Li Wang has been awarded an NSF CAREER grant for her project on "Computational methods for multiscale kinetic systems: uncertainty, non-locality and variational formulation", which arise in a wide variety of fields, including plasma physics, semiconductors, animal swarms, and nuclear engineering.  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."  
Christine Berkesch

Christine Berkesch Receives Taylor Career Development Award

February 6, 2019 - Christine Berkesch has been chosen by the CSE Promotion and Tenure Advisory Committee to receive the Taylor Career Development Award. The award "recognizes exceptional contributions to teaching by a candidate for tenure during the probationary period. Faculty are considered for the award at the time they are being evaluated for the granting of permanent tenure and promotion to the rank of associate professor."
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Math Graduate Team Wins Analytical Acumen Award at State-Wide Data Science Challenge

November 28, 2018 - For its third annual data science challenge, MinneAnalytics posed the problem of analyzing voter data ahead of the midterm elections. The project consisted of graduate students, undergraduates, and professionals in the field collecting and wrangling real-world data, conducting exploratory data analysis, and building an informed model to predict voter turnout across all federal elections in Minnesota, across district and across political party. Math graduate team Somyi Baek, Cora Brown, Sarah Milstein, and Michelle Pinharry won 2nd place and the Analytical Acumen Award in the graduate division. The faculty advisor of the team was Professor Gilad Lerman.
Dihua Jiang and Sasha Voronov

Dihua Jiang and Sasha Voronov Named AMS Fellows

November 20, 2018 - Dihua Jiang and Sasha Voronov have been named American Mathematical Society Fellows for 2019. Dihua Jiang is being recognized for contributions to automorphic forms, L-functions, representation theory, and the Langlands Program. Sasha Voronov is being recognized for contributions to mathematical physics, operad theory and homotopical algebra.  The Fellows of the AMS designation recognizes members who have made outstanding contributions to the creation, exposition, advancement, communication, and utilization of mathematics. Among the goals of the program are to create an enlarged class of mathematicians recognized by their peers as distinguished for their contributions to the profession and to honor excellence.
Svitlana Mayboroda writing on a chalkboard

University of Minnesota receives federal grant to study disorder in quantum systems

November 9, 2018 - The University of Minnesota announced that it has received $1 million over the next four years from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for fundamental quantum research that will help develop materials that could someday be used in quantum computing. The team, consisting of mathematician Svitlana Mayboroda at the University of Minnesota and materials scientists Jim Speck and Claude Weisbuch at the University of California – Santa Barbara, is one of only 25 nationwide to receive a grant under NSF’s Research Advanced by Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering-Transformational Advances in Quantum Systems (RAISE-TAQS) effort that will help enable the United States to lead a new quantum technology revolution. The objective of this grant is to test whether the electronic quantum states in gallium nitride (GaN)-based alloys, which are localized due to the natural disorder of the alloy, can be used as a possible solution for being the quantum “bits” of a future quantum computer. “Basically, we are testing the capability of this solid state material to be the ‘hardware’ of a quantum computer.” The RAISE grant program aims to encourage researchers to submit interdisciplinary research projects that pursue exploratory, cutting-edge concepts.