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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."
students and professor at MinneAnalytics

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.
Professor Svitlana Mayboroda and Professor Doug Arnold

Simons Foundation Announces Collaboration on Localization of Waves Directed by Svitlana Mayboroda

August 31, 2018 - The Simons Foundation has announced the funding of an $8M Collaboration on Localization of Waves directed by Math faculty Svitlana Mayboroda, with Doug Arnold and 8 other physicists and mathematicians in Europe and the US. as participants.  Building on recent theoretical breakthroughs, this interdisciplinary collaboration will bring together mathematical tools from harmonic analysis, partial differential equations and probability, with high performance computational simulations and state-of-the-art experimental investigations of ultra-cold atoms and semiconductors in order to better understand this astonishing and mysterious behavior of waves in complex, irregular or random media.    
Wei-kuo Chen, assistant professor in the School of Mathematics at the University of Minnesota

Wei-Kuo Chen Receives C18 Young Scientist Award

July 30, 2018 - C18 awarded Wei-Kuo Chen a Young Scientist Award in mathematical physics. The IUPAP Young Scientist Prizes in Mathematical Physics are awarded triennially and recognizes up to three  young scientists for their outstanding contributions to the field.
Assistant Professor Wei-Kuo Chen

Assistant Professor Wei-Kuo Chen Awarded NSF Career Grant

May 22, 2018 - Assistant Professor Wei-Kuo Chen has been awarded a five year Career grant award from the 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."  Wei-Kuo's research interest generally lies in probability theory and mathematical physics with an emphasis on the field of spin glasses and its related applications in data science.
Anar Akhmedov and Yoichiro Mori

Congratulations Newly Promoted Faculty

May 22, 2018 - The Board of Regents approved the promotion of Anar Akhmedov and Yoichiro Mori to full professor. Prof. Akhmedov’s research interests are in low dimensional topology, symplectic topology, and Prof. Mori's research interests are in mathematical physiology and biophysics, applied and numerical analysis.
John Rogness and Harvey Keynes from UMN MathCEP

University of Minnesota's MathCEP Wins 2018 Award for an Exemplary Program

May 8, 2018 - The Math Center for Educational Programs (MathCEP) at the University of Minnesota is the recipient of the 2018 AMS Award for an Exemplary Program in a Mathematics Department for its outreach programs aimed at K-12 children, teachers, graduate students, and postdocs.  The flagship program of MathCEP is the University of Minnesota Talented Youth Mathematics Program (UMTYMP), an accelerated five-year program of courses and mentoring for middle school and high school students. The goal of the program is not only to create future mathematicians; rather it is to give participants a deep understanding and appreciation of mathematics which they will carry with them into whatever fields of study they choose. The AMS award recognizes a department that has distinguished itself by undertaking an unusual or particularly effective program of value to the mathematics community. To find out more, read the article online The MathCEP Programs at the University of Minnesota: A Story of Longevity, Success, and Exemplary Outreach in the May issue of the Notices of the AMS.
Bryan Felix and Lucy Yang 2018 NSF graduate research fellowship recipients

Bryan Félix and Lucy Yang awarded NSF Graduate Fellowships

April 26, 2018 - Bryan Félix and Lucy Yang were both awarded prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowships. Bryan is a second year mathematics Ph.D. student studying mathematical biology under Hans Othmer. Lucy is a graduating math major, who wrote her honors thesis under Alexander Voronov, and will start the Harvard University mathematics graduate program next fall. 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.
2016-17 Outstanding TA Awards image with photos of Harini Chandramouli, Shelley Kandola, and Tara Palnitkar

2016-17 Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award

March 28, 2018 - Congratulations to Harini Chandramouli, Shelley Kandola, and Tara Palnitkar, recipients of the 2016 - 2017 Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award. The Instructional Evaluation Committee chose the recipients based on nominations from students and faculty, and on faculty evaluations.    
Professor Dennis Stanton

JMM Special Session in Honor of Prof. Dennis Stanton

January 24, 2018 - A Special Session on Special Functions and Combinatorics in honor of Prof. Dennis Stanton's 65th birthday was held on January 10-11 at the Joint Mathematics Meeting in San Diego. The session highlighted Dennis' many contributions to the field, and was organized by Susanna Fishel, Mourad Ismail, and Vic Reiner. It included 20 high profile speakers and over 60 in attendance, many with Minnesota connections.
Yunpeng Shi

Yunpeng Shi Awarded MnDRIVE Graduate Assistantship

December 19, 2017 - Yunpeng Shi has been awarded a MnDRIVE Graduate Assistantship by the University of Minnesota Informatics Institute.  The program funds PhD graduate students pursuing research at the intersection of informatics and any of the four MnDRIVE initiatives, in this case robotics, sensors, and advanced manufacturing.  Yunpeng is a student of Prof. Gilad Lerman and works in computer vision, machine learning, and data analysis.
Kimberly Logan, Graduate Student at the University of Minnesota School of Mathematics

Kimberly Logan Awarded Louise T. Dosdall Fellowship for 2018-19

December 14, 2017 - Kimberly Logan has been awarded a Louise T. Dosdall Fellowship for the 2018-19 academic year.  The award is open to women graduate students who show exceptional promise for a successful career in research in the natural or physical sciences and engineering, and being selected is a tribute to her excellent academic record.
peter polacik, AMS Fello 2018

Prof. Peter Polacik named Fellow of the American Mathematical Society

November 10, 2017 - Prof. Peter Polacik was named Fellow of the American Mathematical Society for 2018 for contributions to partial differential equations and infinite-dimensional dynamical systems. 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.
Griffin Macris sits on the stairs of the math building.

Griffin Macris receives Karl Menger Prize

October 26, 2017 - Griffin Macris, a freshman in the College of Science and Engineering, received the First Place Award for this year's American Mathematical Society Karl Menger Memorial Prize for his poster on number theory, “Polynomials in Z [x] and irrationality measure”.  The award was presented at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, the world’s largest international precollege science competition, that brings together more than 1,800 high school students to present posters with results of their independent research, who are from more than seventy-five countries, regions, and territories, and selected from millions of students worldwide through local science fairs, followed by Intel ISEF-affiliated regional, state, and national fairs.  Griffin grew up in New Prague, MN, and intends to major in Mathematics here at the University of Minnesota.
Photo of Professor Mitchell Luskin, IPAM Simons Participant

Prof. Mitchell Luskin Named IPAM Simons Participant

September 15, 2017 - Professor Mitchell Luskin was named the first IPAM Simons Participant at the Institute for Pure & Applied Mathematics in the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) during their program “Complex High-dimensional Energy Landscapes” which began on September 11, 2017.  A conference on Multiscale Theory and Computation in honor of Prof. Luskin's 65th birthday is being held here at the University of Minnesota on September 23-25, 2017.