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Susan Friedlander, the Chair of the MCofA Executive Committee

Susan welcomes the participants and opens the 2017 Mathematical Congress of the Americas in Montreal. 

For more information click here.

Prof. Susan Montgomery appointed to a Gabilan Distinguished Professorship

Professor Susan Montgomery has been appointed to a Gabilan Distinguished Professorship. This professorship is awarded by WiSE to recognize academic excellence as well as contributions to the WiSE community. The WiSE citation says “Susan Montgomery is a distinguished mathematician whose current research interests concern noncommutative algebras: in particular, Hopf algebras, their structure and representations, and their actions on other algebras.

Prof. Neelesh Tiruviluamala named residential faculty for new USC Village

Neelesh Tiruviluamala, Laura Baker and John Pascarella, from left, will be living as faculty-in-residence at USC Village. (USC Photo/Gus Ruelas)

Tiruviluamala, an assistant professor of mathematics at USC Dornsife, is one of the faculty members who will help shape student life as soon as students move in at the eight new residential colleges of the USC Village, which will open in August.

For more infromation click here.

Faculty to Host French/American Colloquium

Professors Jay Bartroff, Larry Goldstein, and Stanislav Minsker will host The French-American Collaborative Colloquium on Concentration Inequalities, High Dimensional Statistics, and Stein's Method in July 2017. The colloquium is funded by the Albert and Elaine Borchard Foundation and takes place in the Château de la Bretesche, a 14th century French castle in the Loire-Atlantique. Félicitations, messieurs!

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USC Teams Take Home Awards from Datafest 2017

Two USC teams took home awards from Datafest 2017 at Chapman University.  The teams, sponsored by the Math Department and Prof. Jay Bartroff, competed against 65 students in 15 teams from 6 universities, including UCLA, UCSF, and UC Irvine.  Of only four awards given, two were to Trojan teams for "best use of statistical models."  The winning teams were made up of Cheng Cheng, Chelsea Lee, Hsuanpei Lee, Omar Lopez, Hossein Shaffi, Yi Yang Tan, Bingquan Wu, Grace Xu, and Xuejia Xu.  Fight on!

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Math students featured in USC Dornsife News

Sabrina EnriquezThe most recent issue of USC Dornsife News has two very nice profiles of USC math students: graduate student Bahar Acu (PhD 2017) and undergraduate Sabrina Enriquez'18.

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2017 Department Prize Winners : Graduate

  • The Dennis Ray Estes Graduate Teaching Prize to Ilknur Egilmez 
  • The Theodore Edward Harris Graduate Teaching Prize to Melike Sirlanci 
  • The Dennis Ray Estes Graduate Research Prize to Ozlem Ejder
  • The Edward and Dolores Blum Graduate Research Prize to Guher Camliyurt 
  • The Theodore Edward Harris Graduate Research Prize to Guiseppe Martone

2017 Department Prize Winners : Undergraduate

  • Al and Teresa Zobrist Excellence in Mathematics Senior Award to Erin Mills
  • Award for Outreach in Mathematics to Emily Mathur
  • Al and Teresa Zobrist Excellence in Mathematics Junior Award to Alec Sahakian

Faculty Win Funding for Workshop on Stein's Method and High-Dimensional Statistics

Professors Jay Bartroff, Larry Goldstein, and Stanislav Minsker, along with Gesine Reinert (Oxford University), have been awarded a grant from the American Institute of Mathematics to fund their workshop, "Stein's method and applications in high-dimensional statistics", August 6 to August 10, 2018 at the AIM in San Jose, California.

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Strong USC representation at AWM workshop

 

On April 8-9, the Association for Women in Mathematics organized at UCLA a workshop with strong participation from USC graduate students and faculty.

 Above, Melike Sirlanci, Fanhui Xu, Zhanerke Temirgaliyeva, Hyun-Jung Kim, alumna Alona Kryshchenko (PhD 2013) and Professor Sami Assaf (left) eagerly discuss Fanhui's poster presentation (which also won the Best Poster Award).

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Math Alumni awarded NSF Research Fellowships

Congratulations to Bradley Rava and George Yuning Wang on receiving National Science Foundation research fellowships.

While at USC, Bradley did undergraduate research with Prof. Crombecque on Topology and presented his work at the Young Mathematicians Conference at Ohio State University. Bradley was a board member of the USC Math Club and the USC Stats Club. After pursuing a post baccalaureate program at Yale University, Bradley is about to start a Ph.D. in Statistics at USC.

While at USC, George worked on enumerative problems in combinatorics with Prof. Assaf, resulting in a paper “Enumerating quasi-Yamanouchi tableaux of durfee size two”. George has another publication from an REU program, and is now a graduate student of mathematics at the University of Pennsylvania where he is working on exciting problems in algebraic combinatorics.

The NSF Graduate fellowship acknowledges Bradley's and George's mathematical growth.

The 2017 USC Math Festival

2017 Math FestivalOn April 12, graduate students and faculty from the Department of Mathematics took over the central part of Trousdale Parkway for the third annual Mathematics Festival. This very successful celebration of mathematics was held in conjunction with Math Awareness Month, and attracted many visitors. Here is the full article from USC Dornsife News, with many pictures.

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USC Summer School on Mathematical Fluids

Date: May 22, 2017 - May 26, 2017

Organizer: Juhi Jang

For more infromation click here.

Prof. Sami Assaf honored for USC Faculty Mentoring Awards

USC Mentoring Awards Sami Assaf

The USC Mentoring Awards honor individual faculty members for helping to build a supportive academic environment through faculty-to-student mentoring and faculty-to-faculty mentoring. Prof. Sami Assaf was one of three faculty honored for “Faculty Mentoring Undergraduates” this year.

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Prof. Cymra Haskell Promoted

Prof. Cymra Haskell has been promoted to Professor (teaching) in recognition of her many contributions to the department’s teaching mission.

Prof. Guillermo Reyes-Souto Promoted

Prof. Guillermo Reyes-Souto has been promoted to Assistant Professor (teaching) in recognition of his many contributions to the department’s teaching mission.

Congratulations, Nicolle Sandoval-Gonzalez

Congratulations to Nicolle Sandoval-Gonzalez on being selected to receive a 2017 WiSE Leadership Award for Students and Postdoctoral Scholars.

Congratulations, Fanhui Xu

Fanhui Xu, a student of Prof. Remigijus Mikulevicius, was awarded the top prize for best poster (out of 32 entrants) at the AWM research Symposium. Her topic was "The rate of convergence of strong Euler approximation for Levy-driven SDE’s"

Robert Guralnick gave Distinguished Lecture Series in Haifa, Israel


Professor gave Distinguished Lecture Series at the Center for Mathematical Sciences at the Technion (in Haifa, Israel). 

For more information see the link http://cms-math.net.technion.ac.il/distinguished-lecture-series-prof-robert-m-guralnick/

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Robert Guralnick is elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science .


On November 23, 2016 Robert Guralnick of mathematics is elected a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

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Eric Friedlander addresses PCAST in Washington, DC


On November 17, 2016 Eric participates in a panel addressing the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology in his role as member of the Board of TPSE discussing what the private sector is doing in STEM Education.

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Congratulations to our PhD students who graduated in the academic year 2015-2016

Eight graduate students from our department received their PhD in 2015-16. Here is the full list, together with their advisor, the current title, and the place of employment.

  • Michael Abram (Lauda), Exec VP, Integral Investment Advisors, Inc., Lecturer, California State University Stanislaus.
  • Yongjian Kang (Lv,Zhang), Quant Analyst, Google.
  • Chandrasekhar Karnam (Ma,Zhang), Quant Associate, Morgan Stanley NYC.
  • Panagiotis Tsilifis (Mikulevicius), Postdoc/Research Associate, USC, Department of Civil Engineering
  • Henry Tucker (Montgomery), Postdoc, UC San Diego.
  • Kerem Ugurlu (Ziane), Postdoc, University of Washington.
  • Andrew Williams (Honda), Teacher, La Canada-Flintridge College Prep.
  • Weisheng Xie (Ma), postdoc, Quant PHD Associate, Wells Fargo Security.

Congratulations to all of them!

Previous year: 2014-2015

Math major featured in USC Dornsife Magazine

Math Major Sabrina Enriquez '19 was recently featured in the Fall 2016 issue of USC Dornsife Magazine. Here is a picture of Sabrina presenting the results of her research at the 2016 SACNAS Conference in Long Beach, CA, with a quote from the article. The whole article can be found on Page 18 of the Fall 2016 issue of USC Dornsife Magazine.

Sabrina Enriquez

SABRINA ENRIQUEZ '19, Mathematics Major

“I just always really, really liked math. When I was in the fourth grade, my teacher told me I was good at it. So, I just stuck with it after that. I thought ‘Wow, this is so much fun.’”

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Susan Friedlander's Work celebrated at ICERM, Jan 24-27, 2017.

 

A Workshop organised by Peter Constantin, Natasa Pavlovic and Vlad Vicol on current developments in fluid dynamics will be held at ICERM at Brown on the occasion of Susan Friedlander's birthday.

Fall 2016

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In Memoriam

Prof. Solomon W. Golomb

With great sadness and regret, we feel the departure of our friend and colleague Sol Golomb. Sol was a kind, gentle person, bursting with enthusiasm for mathematics. He was one of the first brilliant mathematicians who recognized the importance of core mathematics for modern communications. Much of Sol’s work (recognized by a National Medal of Science and many other awards) was directed at applications. That said, he delighted in puzzles and his first love was number theory. We miss you, Sol.

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Jin Ma to give speech

 

On July 19, 2016, Jin Ma is giving a plenary speech at the 9th World Congress of the Bachelier Finance Society, held in New York City.

2016 Department Prize Winner : Graduate

  • Harris teaching prize to Fei Wang
  • Ester teaching prize to Kira Sushkoff-Nguyen
  • Harris research prize to Henry Tucker
  • Estes research prize to Spencer Gerhardt
  • Blum research prize to Bahar Acu

2016 Department Prize Winner : Undergraduate

  • Al and Teresa Zobrist Excellence in Mathematics Senior Award to George Wang
  • Award for Outreach in Mathematics to Bradley Rava
  • Al and Teresa Zobrist Excellence in Mathematics Junior Award to Erin Mills

2016 CAMS Prize Winner

CAMS WINNER

The CAMS Prize for Excellence in Research with a substantial Mathematical Component to Fei Wang and Jie Ren

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ERIC FRIEDLANDER'S "GERMAN" INVITATIONS

On May 24, 2016, Eric Friedlander is giving the opening remarks at the Goethe Institute exhibit of "Math You Can touch".
On July 7, 2016, Eric is giving the 5th annual Emil Artin Vorlesung at the University of Heidelberg.

Spring 2016

 

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Solomon Golomb awarded the 2016 Franklin Medal

CAMS Board Member Solomon  Golomb is awarded the 2016 Franklin Medal for his work in digital communications.

Spring 2016

Juhi Jang awarded 2015-16 Von Neumann Fellowship

CAMS member Juhi Jang is    awarded a prestigous Von Neuman Fellowship at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. She is a visiting member at IAS for the academic year 2015-2016.

Fall 2015

Prof. Neelesh Tiruviluamala promoted

Prof. Neelesh Tiruviluamala has been promoted to Assistant Professor (teaching) in recognition of his many contributions to the department’s teaching mission.

Congratulations, Francis Bonahon

On occasion of his sixtieth birthday, Francis Bonahon was honored by an international conference "Classical and quantum hyperbolic geometry and topology", which took place on July 6-10, 2015 in Orsay, France. The conference was cofunded by the Office for Science and Technology of the Embassy of France in the US.

Congratulations to our PhD students who graduated in the academic year 2014-2015

Nine graduate students from our department received their PhD in 2014-15. Here is the full list, together with the name of their advisor and their current title place of employment.

  • Tim Daley (Waterman/Smith), postdoctoral research associate, Computational Biology, USC.
  • Christian Keller (Zhang), Don Lewis Research Assistant Professor, University of Michigan.
  • Burt Newman (Kamienny), postdoctoral research associate, Department of Computer Science, USC.
  • Haining Ren (Fulman), data scientist at Pixalate, Santa Monica, CA
  • Jian Wang (Kamienny), postdoc, Tsinghua University.
  • Jared Warner (E. Friedlander), tenure-track assistant professor, City University of New York, Guttman College
  • Fan Yang (Haydn), postdoc, Federal University of Rio, Brazil.
  • Tian Zhang (Ma), data scientist, Avant Inc.
  • Zeming Zheng (Goldstein), tenure-track assistant professor, University of Science and Technology of China.

Congratulations to all of them!