Montie Avery and Sarah Brauner Awarded NSF Graduate Fellowships

Posted 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.


Laurel Ohm Awarded Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship

Posted 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.


Jasper Weinburd Awarded NSF Postdoctoral Fellowship

Posted 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.


Alice Nadeau Awarded NSF Postdoctoral Fellowship

Posted 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.


Baiying Liu Receives NSF CAREER Award

Posted 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.


The SIAM Student Chapter's Annual Mathematical Contest in Modeling Featured on SIAM Blog

Posted 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.


Xingjie Li Awarded NSF CAREER Grant

Posted 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.


New partnership with African Institute for Mathematical Sciences

Posted 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 Awarded NSF CAREER Grant

Posted 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 Receives Taylor Career Development Award

Posted 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."