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Knot a problem - by Susan Bell
A day of math-based games at USC prepares prep students to explore mathematical concepts in an engaging way.
USC Undergraduates Bring Home Datafest 2014 Prize
Twenty one talented USC undergraduates competed in Datafest 2014 -- a 48-hour statistics hackathon held annually at UCLA's IPAM -- led by Mathematics faculty Prof. Jay Bartroff and sponsored by the Mathematics Department and the USC Applied Statistics Club. The USC team (from left to right) of Bradley Rava, Tsz Chan, Chris Funaki, Sri Ramesh, and Matthew Norris brought home one of only 3 prizes, for "Best Insight” into the massive data set on energy grid usage. The field included 140 undergraduates from Cal Poly SLO, Pomona College, UCLA, UC Riverside, and USC. Congratulations!
Susan Montgomery elected Vice President of the American Mathematical Society.
Congratulations to Professor Susan Montgomery, who has been elected as the Vice President of the American Mathematical Society.
The vice president and the members at large of the AMS Council serve for three years on the Council. That body determines all scientific policy of the Society, creates and oversees numerous committees, appoints the treasurers and members of the Secretariat, makes nominations of candidates for future elections, and determines the chief editors of several key editorial boards.
Michael Waterman elected to Chinese Academy of Sciences
After winning the 2013 People's Republic of China Friendship Award last Fall, University Professor Michael Waterman has been elected a member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.
The USC Dornsife professor of biological sciences, computer science and mathematics is among nine foreign members from seven countries to be elected to the Academy in 2013, and one of two Americans not of Chinese origin. Waterman has a joint appointment with the USC Viterbi School of Engineering.
Professors Bartroff and Goldstein win grant for international colloquium
The Albert and Elaine Borchard Foundation's Center on International Education has awarded Professors Jay Bartroff and Larry Goldstein a grant funding an international colloquium in France in June and July 2014 on Stein's method, concentration inequalities, and Malliavin calculus. The conference, which Bartroff and Goldstein will co-direct, will take place in the Château de la Bretesche in Missillac, France, a medieval castle dating to the 14th century and a historical monument. Félicitations!
Congratulations to Professor Robert Guralnick
Professor Robert Guralnick has been invited to give a sectional lecture at the International Congress of Mathematics.
This prestigious lecture will be held in Algebra section at the ICM meeting being held in Seoul Korea August 13th - 21st, 2014
Congratulations to USC Mathematics Department alumna Christine Shoemaker
Christine Shoemaker has won the National Engineering Award for 2014 from the American Association of Engineering Societies (AAES)
The citation for her award is “For contributions to engineering education, research, and inspirational leadership including becoming in 1985 one of the very first women engineering Department Chairs in a U.S. university and founding and leading a 10-year international UNEP/SCOPE project on groundwater contamination in developing countries."
The National Engineering Award recognizes “inspirational leadership and tireless devotion to the improvement of engineering education and to the advancement of the engineering profession, as well as to the development of sound public policies as an engineer-statesman”. Previous winners of this award include University Presidents (e.g. Charles Vest, Wayne Clough and Jared Cohon) and engineering industry leaders (e.g. Roy Weston, Stephen Bechtel, and Robert Noyce).
Congratulations to Professors Aravind Asok and Aaron Lauda who both won NSF CAREER Awards
Professor Aravind Asok has been selected to receive a National Science Foundation CAREER award based upon his proposal, entitled "Vector bundles, rational points and homotopy theory". Professor Aaron Lauda's award is based upon his proposal, entitled "Interactions between knot homology and representation theory". The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program is a Foundation-wide activity that offers 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. See here for more details on Professors Asok and Lauda's achievements.
USC Undergraduates Bring Home Datafest 2013 Prize
Nine talented USC undergraduates competed in Datafest 2013 -- a 48 hour around the clock statistics competition held annually at UCLA's IPAM -- led by Mathematics faculty Prof. Jay Bartroff and sponsored by the Mathematics Department, and brought home one of only 3 prizes, for "Best Data Visualization." The field included 110 undergraduates from Cal State Long Beach, Pomona College, UCLA, and UC Riverside in addition to the USC team, composed of Anthony Colombo, Bo Wen Lin, Ashley Luo, Reagan Rose, Yawei Suo, Daniel Wang, Zhixia Zhang, and Biexi Zhong. Congratulations!
Congratulations to the graduate students recognized by the 2013 Graduate Student Prizes!
This year's recipients are
- Edward and Dolores Blum Graduate Research Prize: Triet Pham
- Dennis R. Estes Graduate Research Prize: Yin Tian
- Theodore E. Harris Graduate Research Prize: Umit Islak
- Dennis R. Estes Graduate Teaching Prize: Selenne García-Torres
- Theodore Edward Harris Graduate Teaching Prize: Kasia Williams
- CAMS Prize for Excellence in Research: Sushmita Allam
Congratulations to all of them!
Picture (left to right): F. Bonahon, T. Pham, K. Williams, S. García-Torres, Umit Islak, K. Alexander.
Mohammed Ziane receives 2012 Algerian Scholar award.
This award is given to an Algerian scientist who produced scientific, educational, or intellectual work in any field of natural sciences and humanities, and who honored the country of Algeria in international events.
Solomon Golomb, Member of the CAMS Board, receives the US National Medal of Sciences.
Solomon Golomb, USC University Professor, Andrew and Erna Viterbi Professor of Communications and Professor of Mathematics was awarded the National Medal of Science in 2013. This is the highest honor bestowed by the US government on scientists, engineers and inventors. See the forthcoming article in the Notices of the American Mathematical Society for a short description of the Professor Golomb's most outstanding achievements.
New AAAS Fellows include two mathematicians from USC
The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) announced the list of the new AAAS Fellows that will be inducted at the annual meeting of the association on February 6, 2013. The individuals so recognized include Professors Susan Friedlander and Susan Montgomery. Great fellowship year for the two Susans of the department! (See below).
Bob Guralnick to give plenary address at the JMM
Professor Robert Guralnick will give a plenary address at the Joint Mathematical Meetings, to be held in San Diego on January 9-12, 2013. This is the annual convening of the american and international mathematical community, organized by the main US mathematical associations. Guralnick will give one of only 16 plenary addresses, and his selection is a great recognition of the quality of his work. To give some perspective, the 2012 edition of the JMM attracted over 7000 participants from the US and abroad.
Since honors never come alone, Bob Guralnick is also beginning a term on the Editorial Board of the very prestigious journal Annals of Mathematics.
Seven USC mathematicians honored as AMS Fellows (and more!)
The inaugural list of Fellows of the American Mathematical Society includes 7 mathematicians from USC. These are: Francis Bonahon, Eric Friedlander, Susan Friedlander, Solomon Golomb, Robert Guralnick, Ko Honda, Susan Montgomery (pictured above, except Guralnick and Honda who are on sabbatical leave). The American Mathematical Society recently instituted the AMS Fellows program to "create an enlarged class of mathematicians recognized by their peers as distinguished for their contributions to the profession." For the first year of the program, the initial list of Fellows consists of 1139 members worldwide who have already been recognized by prestigious awards of the american or international mathematical community. In subsequent years, the total number of Fellows is expected to grow to about 1500, corresponding to 5% of the membership of the AMS. More information about the AMS Fellows program can be found at:
The Department is also proud to report that, in addition, Susan Friedlander elected as Fellow of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM), and Alexander Tartakovski as Fellow of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics. SIAM membership approved the SIAM Fellows Program in 2008 to designate as Fellows of the Society certain members who have made outstanding contributions to fields served by SIAM. This year Susan Friedlander joined Michael Waterman as a SIAM Fellow.