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Homotopy 2023

The Emphasis Year is designed to investigate particular topics in mathematics over the course of an academic year.   For 2022-2023, our Emphasis Year on Homotopy Theory will feature a variety of events throughout the year, including a Spring 2023 Homotopy conference, in part to honor NU Mathematics faculty member, Prof. Paul Goerss, for his contributions to the field. 
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Mathematics News


Bryna Kra Begins Term as President of the American Mathematical Society

NU Mathematics faculty member, Prof. Bryna Kra, starts her two-year term as president of the American Mathematical Society. "We are not just training people to reproduce academia—we’re training people to go out and interact with the world and work in business and industry. Lots of places are looking for the analytic skills that come with being trained as a mathematician" (Bryna Kra).
Prof. Bryna Kra's work on resolving an old conjecture of Erdős was written up in a December 2022 article in Quanta Magazine
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Prof. Zaslow Appointed as New Noyes Chair

NU Mathematics faculty member, Prof. Eric Zaslow, has been appointed as the new Henry Sanborn Noyes Chair in Mathematics. This endowed chair is one of the oldest in the university.  It was established in honor of  Henry Sanborn Noyes, one of the first two faculty members in the university and acting president from 1854-1856 and 1860-1867. This appointment acknowledges Eric's many accomplishments in research, teaching and service. 
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Prof. Yuri I. Manin, 1937-2023

Professor Emeritus Yuri Manin passed away on January 7, 2023 at the age of 85.  He was Board of Trustees Professor of Mathematics at Northwestern from 2002 until 2011. Yuri Manin was a leading mathematician of his generation.  His wide interests included algebraic geometry, diophantine geometry, logic, mathematical physics and quantum computing.   Among his many accolades, Manin was the first winner of Northwestern's Nemmer Prize in Mathematics, in 1994.  It was an honor for the department that he joined us as a faculty member eight years later.  We mourn the loss of a great mathematician.
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Steve Zelditch 1953-2022



Steve Zelditch, a Founder of the Field of Quantum Chaos, Is Remembered as an Enthusiastic Mathematician, Colleague and Teacher

Professor Steve Zelditch, an esteemed and much-loved member of the NU mathematics department, tragically died of cancer on September 11, 2022. We held a memorial event for Steve Zelditch on Wednesday October 26, which included talks on Zelditch's work followed by a memorial reception.   Please click on the 'Read More' for the article from Northwestern Now.
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