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Knot a Problem

October 14, 2014

For their aesthetics and spiritual symbolism, knots have fascinated humans since prehistory. Mathematicians have been drawn to the study of knots since the 18th century. First developed in 1771, becoming a discipline in the…

Simons Foundation grant recipient Shang-Hua Teng, Seeley G. Mudd Professor of Computer Science at USC Viterbi School of Engineering, holds a joint appointment at the Department of Mathematics at USC Dornsife. Photo courtesy of USC Viterbi School of Engineering.

Teng Named Simons Investigator

July 25, 2014

Shang-Hua Teng will be a member of this year’s class of Simons Investigators, according to the Simons Foundation. He is one of the two outstanding computer scientists chosen nationwide. The five-year, $500,000 grants…

With his Simons Fellowship, Bonahon will study new connections between two fields of mathematics: quantum topology and hyperbolic geometry.

Bonahon Named Simons Fellow

July 8, 2014

A mathematician’s foundation will give a USC Dornsife math professor and 39 others the creative foundation they need: a year to think. The Simons Foundation, established by noted mathematician, investor and 2014 USC…

Deborah Kolodji finds inspiration for writing haiku during a visit to the Japanese garden at The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Garden in San Marino, California. Photo courtesy of Deborah Kolodji.

The Art of Haiku

June 26, 2014

Haiku poet Deborah P. Kolodji was recently caught in dense traffic on the 10 Freeway. Looking up, a V-formation of birds flew overhead. Nearby, an airplane cut across the sky. Things were in motion. She saw poetry: migrating…

David Albertson, assistant professor of religion at USC Dornsife, was honored with the Manfred Lautenschlaeger Award for his upcoming book on theologians Nicholas of Cusa and Thierry of Chartres. Photo courtesy of David Albertson.

Religion and Modern Science

June 10, 2014

David Albertson, assistant professor of religion at USC Dornsife, has been awarded a 2014 Manfred Lautenschlaeger Award for Theological Promise for his forthcoming monograph, Mathematical Theologies: Nicholas of Cusa and…

USC Dornsife's Aaron Lauda of mathematics teaches high school senior Jailyne Olvera and another student how to solve the knot theory game he developed to show students how mathematical knowledge is developed and processed. Photo by Susan Bell.

Knot a Problem

May 27, 2014

In a USC classroom, Jailyne Olvera, a junior at Augustus Hawkins High School in South Los Angeles studied a knotted rope lying on the table, then stared at a chart of knots. “Wow, this is hard,” she sighed, her…

Physics and mathematics junior Luke Bouma earns the nation's highest undergraduate science award — the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship. Photo by Susan Bell.

Golden Opportunity

April 23, 2014

Budding physicist Luke Bouma, whose research interests include sustainable energy and quantum optics, hardly dared believe his good fortune when he recently learned he won the prestigious Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship. Bouma…

USC Dornsife Professor Emeritus of Mathematics Edward K. Blum, who taught at USC Dornsife for more than 40 years, was an important force in interdisciplinary research at USC. Photo courtesy of Amy Blum-Herkenhoff.

In Memoriam: Edward Blum, 90

February 25, 2014

USC Dornsife Professor Emeritus of Mathematics Edward Blum, a specialist in scientific computation, parallel computing and numerical analysis who taught at USC Dornsife for more than 40 years, has died. He was 90. Blum died…

University Professor Michael Waterman, recipient of the 2013 People’s Republic of China Friendship Award, has been elected to the Chinese Academy of Sciences in recognition of his scientific and educational contributions in China.

Pacific Rim Professor

January 22, 2014

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…

Aaron Lauda and Aravind Asok have won National Science Foundation CAREER awards for outstanding research and teaching. Asok will use part of his award to fund projects with artist and mathematician Lun-Yi Tsai. Shown is Tsai's artwork depicting a "winding number" which counts the number of times a line — think of rope — wraps around a hole (circle in the center). © Lun-Yi Tsai.

Adding Up to a Robust CAREER

August 7, 2013

Aravind Asok and Aaron Lauda, both assistant professors of mathematics at USC Dornsife, have been selected to receive National Science Foundation CAREER awards. The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program is a…