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Zdenek Vorel, pictured here in 1979, taught mathematics at USC Dornsife for 45 years. Photos courtesy of Zdena Pavlova.

In Memoriam: Zdenek Vorel, 86

March 23, 2016

Zdenek Vorel, professor of mathematics, has died. He was 86. Vorel died on March 3 in Motol University Hospital in Prague, Czech Republic, after a six month battle with cancer. Vorel’s research focus lay in…

Solomon Golomb is being honored for his work in space communications. Photo by Luke Fisher.

Solomon Golomb to Receive Franklin Medal

November 13, 2015

Solomon Golomb, University Professor and Distinguished Professor of Electrical Engineering and Mathematics, has been selected to receive the Franklin Institute’s 2016 Benjamin Franklin Medal in Electrical Engineering.…

Alumnus Albert Lee draws parallels between teaching and consulting. Photo by Matt Meindl.

Modeling the Future

November 5, 2015

As an undergraduate majoring in mathematics and economics at USC Dornsife, Albert Lee tutored some of USC’s best known athletes, including Olympian volleyball players Nick Becker and Brian Ivie, and NFL quarterback Todd…

Professor of Mathematics Aaron Lauda has won a 2016 Simons Fellowship in Mathematics. Photo by Peter Zhaoyu Zhou.

Lauda Receives Simons Fellowship

April 14, 2015

If there’s one thing every researcher could benefit from, it’s time. And as a recipient of the 2015 Simons Foundation fellowship, that’s exactly what Professor of Mathematics Aaron Lauda is getting. The…

Math with a Twist

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…