# News

## Math Graduate Team Wins Analytical Acumen Award at State-Wide Data Science Challenge

Posted November 28, 2018

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For its third annual data science challenge, MinneAnalytics posed the problem of analyzing voter data ahead of the midterm elections. The project consisted of graduate students, undergraduates, and professionals in the field collecting and wrangling real-world data, conducting exploratory data analysis, and building an informed model to predict voter turnout across all federal elections in Minnesota, across district and across political party. Math graduate team Somyi Baek, Cora Brown, Sarah Milstein, and Michelle Pinharry won 2nd place and the Analytical Acumen Award in the graduate division. The faculty advisor of the team was Professor Gilad Lerman.

## Dihua Jiang and Sasha Voronov Named AMS Fellows

Posted November 20, 2018

Dihua Jiang and Sasha Voronov have been named American Mathematical Society Fellows for 2019. Dihua Jiang is being recognized for contributions to automorphic forms, L-functions, representation theory, and the Langlands Program. Sasha Voronov is being recognized for contributions to mathematical physics, operad theory and homotopical algebra.

## University of Minnesota receives federal grant to study disorder in quantum systems

Posted November 9, 2018

The University of Minnesota announced that it has received $1 million over the next four years from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for fundamental quantum research that will help develop materials that could someday be used in quantum computing.

## Simons Foundation Announces Collaboration on Localization of Waves Directed by Svitlana Mayboroda

Posted August 31, 2018

The Simons Foundation has announced the funding of an $8M Collaboration on Localization of Waves directed by Math faculty Svitlana Mayboroda, with Doug Arnold and 8 other physicists and mathematicians in Europe and the US. as participants. Building on recent theoretical breakthroughs, this interdisciplinary collaboration will bring together mathematical tools from harmonic analysis, partial differential equations and probability, with high performance computational simulations and state-of-the-art experimental investigations of ultra-cold atoms and semiconductors in order to better understand this astonishing and mysterious behavior of waves in complex, irregular or random media.

## Wei-Kuo Chen Receives C18 Young Scientist Award

Posted July 30, 2018

C18 awarded Wei-Kuo Chen a Young Scientist Award in mathematical physics. The IUPAP Young Scientist Prizes in Mathematical Physics are awarded triennially and recognizes up to three young scientists for their outstanding contributions to the field.

## Congratulations Newly Promoted Faculty

Posted May 22, 2018

The Board of Regents approved the promotion of Anar Akhmedov and Yoichiro Mori to full professor. Prof. Akhmedov’s research interests are in low dimensional topology, symplectic topology, and Prof. Mori's research interests are in mathematical physiology and biophysics, applied and numerical analysis.

## Assistant Professor Wei-Kuo Chen Awarded NSF Career Grant

Posted May 22, 2018

Assistant Professor Wei-Kuo Chen has been awarded a five year Career grant award from the NSF. 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." Wei-Kuo's research interest generally lies in probability theory and mathematical physics with an emphasis on the field of spin glasses and its related applications in data science.

## University of Minnesota's MathCEP Wins 2018 Award for an Exemplary Program

Posted May 8, 2018

The Math Center for Educational Programs (MathCEP) at the University of Minnesota is the recipient of the 2018 AMS Award for an Exemplary Program in a Mathematics Department for its outreach programs aimed at K-12 children, teachers, graduate students, and postdocs.

## Bryan Félix and Lucy Yang awarded NSF Graduate Fellowships

Posted April 26, 2018

Bryan Félix and Lucy Yang were both awarded prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowships. Bryan is a second year mathematics Ph.D. student studying mathematical biology under Hans Othmer. Lucy is a graduating math major, who wrote her honors thesis under Alexander Voronov, and will start the Harvard University mathematics graduate program next fall. 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.

## Svitlana Mayboroda Awarded First Northrop Professorship at U of M

Posted April 6, 2018

Svitlana Mayboroda has been awarded the first Northrop Professorship at the University of Minnesota. The Provost's letter of appointment says, “This newly established professorship was created to recognize field-shaping faculty who have made significant advances in their careers and whose national and international work has been identified as having helped define the trajectory of one or more academic fields, and whose accomplishment have brought great renown and prestige to Minnesota."