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 eigenfunctions.” 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.
Institute for Mathematical and Statistical Innovation Announced
NU Mathematics Department has joined with other departments at Northwestern, University of Chicago, University of Illinois Chicago and University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign to propose the Institute for Mathematical and Statistical Innovation (IMSI). A $15.5M grant from the NSF will support its
The institute will connect theoreticians and applied practitioners working in mathematics and statistics in order to help address grand societal challenges: global health, climate models, economic theory, to name a few. IMSI will be housed at University of Chicago. At Northwestern, Math and Statistics were involved in the planning, and we hope that many other units within the university will be involved: economics, applied math, Q-Bio, NICO, etc.
More specifically Prof. Bryna Kra serves as co- PI on the grant, Prof. Jared Wunsch will serve as a future Associate Director, and Eric Zaslow senior personnel on the grant and will serve on the Board of Directors. We hope this proves to be a lasting resource not just for department members, but for researchers nationwide.