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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.
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.
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.  
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.
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.
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.
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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.  
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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."
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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.
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.
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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.
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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.