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Prof. Nalini Anantharaman Awarded 2020 Nemmers Prize in Mathematics

Prof. Nalini Anantharaman was awarded the 2020 Frederick Esser Nemmers Prize in Mathematics “for her profound contributions to microlocal analysis and mathematical physics, in particular to problems of localization and delocalization of eigen functions.”  A visit to Northwestern University campus and a lecture series will be planned (likely 2021-22).

Anantharaman is a professor at the Institute for Advanced Mathematical Research at the University of Strasbourg.  She studies quantum chaos, dynamical systems, the Schrödinger equation, and harmonic analysis on large graphs.  Analysis and mathematical physics are the main focus of Nalini Anantharaman’s research. 

This Frederick Esser Nemmers Prize is awarded for achievement and work of lasting significance in the field of mathematics. In particular, the prize recognizes major contributions to new knowledge or the development of significant new modes of analysis. Recipients are selected in even-numbered years and, as a condition of the award, spend several weeks in residence at Northwestern University interacting with students and faculty. Seminars and conferences are often held in conjunction with their visits.

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Prof. Eric Zaslow Elected as Fellow of the American Mathematical Society

For contributions to mathematical physics and mirror symmetry, Prof. Eric Zaslow has been elected as a fellow to the American Mathematical Society. Zaslow studies mathematical aspects of string theory, most recently focusing on mirror symmetry of Calabi-Yau threefolds. This involves enumerative invariants, minimal submanifolds, and the equivalence of D-brane categories.

In addition to currently serving as Department Chair for Northwestern University's Mathematics Department, Prof. Zaslow is also senior personnel on the NSF grant supporting the Institute for Mathematical and Statistical Innovation (IMSI) and is on the Institute's Board of Directors. 

A professional society since 1888, the American Mathematical Society advances research and connects the diverse global mathematical community through publications, meetings and conferences, MathSciNet, professional services, advocacy, and awareness programs. Some 30,000 individuals and 570 institutions worldwide make up the AMS-- supporting the mathematical sciences by providing access to research, professional networking, conferences and events, advocacy, and a connection to a community passionate about mathematics and its relationship to other disciplines and everyday life.

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Prof. Len Evens, Member of NU Math Department since 1964, Has Passed Away

Prof. Leonard (Len) Evens passed away on Thursday, November 12, 2020. Len Evens was a member of the Northwestern Mathematics Department since 1964.  He received his BA from Cornell in 1955, his PhD from Harvard in 1960, worked at Chicago and Berkeley before moving to Northwestern, and retired in 1999.  He was renowned world expert in group cohomology and his work and book on the subject are commonly cited.  He was a member of the American Mathematical Society for most of his career and was a skilled and determined photographer. 

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New Endowed Chair Established in Mathematics
Prof. Murphy Receives 2020 New Horizons Prize in Mathematics
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