Department News (2012)
Congratulations to Northwestern
University's Putnam team, which ranked tenth in the 2012 Putnam Mathematical Competition. Northwestern received a Team Honorable Mention.
Team member Ewain Gwynne received an Individual Honorable Mention.
Undergraduate student Ewain Gwynne has won an NSF Graduate Fellowship. He will be attending MIT in Fall 2013.
A reception honoring the new installation of the George P.A. Healy portrait of Orrington Lunt was held on Friday, March 15, 2013, from 3:30-4:30 in Lunt Hall.
An investiture ceremony honoring Kevin Costello, Wayne & Elizabeth Jones Professor in Mathematics, was held March 1, 2013 at 4pm in the Allen Center Auditorium.
The subject of the department's 2013-14 Emphasis Year will be Representation Theory, Integrable Systems and Quantum Fields. Organizers are Kevin Costello, Eric Zaslow, Xinwen Zhu.
Professor emerita Alexandra Bellow has endowed a new lecture series, to begin in 2012-13. The first Bellow Lectures will be delivered by Alice Guionnet on June 5-7, 2013.
The department welcomes Ben Weinkove to the faculty in 2013.
Congratulations to new Fellows of the AMS, professors John Franks, Ezra Getzler, Bryna Kra, Clark Robinson, Mike Stein, Jared Wunsch, Steve Zelditch and professors emeriti Eric Friedlander, Mark Mahowald, Stewart Priddy, Donald Saari.
Valentino Tosatti was awarded a 2012 Sloan Research Fellowship.
Department Assistant Cheryl Albiniak won a WCAS Meteor Award for Excellence in a New Position. Graduate Program Assistant Melanie Rubin was recognized for 35 years of service in WCAS.
Senior Ewain Gwynne has been awarded the Fletcher URG Prize for summer research conducted with Professor Elton Hsu.
This 2012-13 Mark and Joanna Pinsky Lectures will be delivered by Andrei Okounkov on May 1-3, 2013.
The department welcomes new Associate Professor Valentino Tosatti and Assistant Professors Nir Avni, John Francis, and Xinwen Zhu for 2012-13.
John Alongi, Eugene Kushnirsky, Tim Ridenour, and Jamison Wolf were all named to the 2011-12 ASG Faculty Honor Roll for their excellence in teaching.
Ellen Goldstein has been selected as a 2012-13 Project NExT Fellow.
Eric Zaslow has been awarded a Charles Deering McCormick Professorship of Teaching Excellence for 3 years starting in Fall 2012.
The math department set a new record for majors and minors in 2012 --265. We graduated 77 majors and minors at 2012 commencement.
Graduate student Boris Hanin was honored with Mathematics Department Graduate Teaching Assistant Award for 2011-12.
Owen Gwilliam received the Best Thesis Award of 2011-12 for his thesis titled "Factorization algebras and free field theories."
Boris Hanin received the Gelfand Award of 2011-12 for impressive progress in his research and his contributions to department life.
Boas Assistant Professor Van Cyr and Visiting Lecturer Tim Ridenour were honored for Excellence in Teaching in 2011-12
Frank Calegari has been promoted to Full Professor.
John Alongi has been promoted to Distinguished Senior Lecturer.
Maria Stadnik is the recepient of an Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences for the academic year 2011-2012.
The math department has awarded its 2011-2012 Undergraduate Prizes.
Undergraduate Ziyang Xu was awarded a Freshman Seminar Writing Award for his paper, "Applications of Mathematics to Image Processing for Liver Surgery Planning."
Ingrid Daubechies was awarded the 2012 Frederic Esser Nemmers Prize in Mathematics for her numerous and lasting contributions to applied and computational analysis and for the remarkable impact her work has had across engineering and the sciences.
Congratulations to undergraduates Zeyu Wang, Xuchen Han and Yuxuan Chen for receiving Honorable Mention in the 2012 Mathematical Contest in Modeling.
Kevin Costello has been named the Wayne and Elizabeth Jones Professor in Mathematics.
Congratulations to Northwestern's Putnam team, which ranked 32nd out of 572 participating institutions. Special applause to Benjamin Segal, Zeyu Wang and Ewain Gwynn who finished in the top 10% of the 4440 participants, and to Siyuan Cai, ranked 75.5, earning an honorable mention.
Staff member Nancy Hickey was awarded a Service Excellence Commendation by Northwestern University.
Austin Ford and Owen Gwilliam have been awarded NSF Postdoctoral Fellowships, starting in 2012-13.
Kevin Costello and Eric Zaslow have been named Simons Fellows in Mathematics for 2012-13.
The department congratulates former graduate student Young-Heon Kim, currently an Assistant Professor at the University of British Columbia, on his receipt of the Andre-Aisenstadt Prize for 2012.
Frank Calegari will give an invited address at the 2012 Spring Central Section Meeting at the University of Kansas, Lawrence.