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NU FACULTY MEMBER, EMMY MURPHY, WINS 2021 MCA AWARD

July 10, 2021

 

The Mathematical Council of the Americas (MCofA) announced the following prizes: the MCA Prize, the Americas Prize and the Solomon Lefschetz Medal, awarded on the occasion of the 3rd Mathematical Congress of the Americas during a virtual ceremony on July 9th. NU Faculty member, Emmy Murphy, was one of five recipients of the MCA Prize.

The Mathematical Council of the Americas (MCofA) is a network for professional mathematical societies and research institutes based in the Americas, dedicated to promoting the development of mathematics, in all its aspects, throughout the continent. As a continental collaborative effort, special attention is given to cooperating with the Mathematical Union for Latin America and the Caribbean (UMALCA). The goal of the Mathematical Congress of the Americas (MCA) is to internationally highlight the excellence of mathematical achievements in the Americas and foster collaborations among researchers, students, institutions and mathematical societies in the Americas.

2021 MATH UNDERGRADUATE AWARDS ANNOUNCED

May 12, 2021

The 2021 Undergraduate Awards and Lecture were held via zoom on Wednesday, May 12th. Over 50 NU Math faculty, graduate students, award winners, Math office staff, and guests were in attendance.  The featured speaker was Prof. Tara Holm of Cornell University, whose talk was titled, "The Geometry of Origami: How the Ancient Japanese Art Triumphed Over Euclid". 

The abstract of her talk is listed below:

2021 UG AWARD WINNERS

Robert R. Welland Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Mathematics:

Senior Career Award in Mathematics:

 Junior Career Award in Mathematics:

Award for Excellence in Mathematics by a First-Year Student:

Award for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Mathematical Life:

Award for High Achievement on the William Lowell Putnam Examination:

 Award for Excellence as an Undergraduate Teaching Assistant:

Undergraduate Teaching Assistant Service Award:

Award for Excellence as an Undergraduate Teaching Assistant:

Undergraduate Teaching Assistant Service Award:

NU MATH FACULTY AWARDED OER FACULTY GRANT

April 17, 2021
Northwestern Faculty Members, Aaron Greicius and Sean McAfee, have been awarded a $10,000 Open Educational Resources (OER) Faculty Grant for their proposal to develop open-source resources for the Math 220 sequence.   
 
The aim of the project is to develop an extensive open-source learning resource for calculus courses in the Mathematics Department, effectively free of cost to students. This single resource would include a large variety of components-- including a complete textbook with embedded videos from an in-house video library, embedded computational cells,  a large bank of exercises for written homework, and integration of an open-source online homework system.
 
This is an ambitious project that will take several years to complete. By the end of the first year, Greicius and McAfee hope to produce skeletal versions of the text corresponding to topics covered in Math 220-1 and Math 220-2. Additionally they plan on working with other faculty to reach consensus on choices of definitions and statements of theory, as well as to recruit future collaborators.

 

PROFS. BRYNA KRA AND JARED WUNSCH NAMED SIMONS FELLOWS FOR 2021

Feb. 5, 2021

Northwestern University and the Simons Foundation congratulates the outstanding mathematicians and theoretical physicists who have been awarded Simons Fellowships in 2021. Two of Northwestern University Mathematics faculty, Prof. Bryna Kra and Prof. Jared Wunsch, are among the 2021 Simon Fellowship award recipients. Prof. Kra’s project is “Topological and Ergodic Properties of Symbolic Systems.”  Prof. Wunsch’s project is “Propagation of Singularities, Diffraction, and Decay of Waves.”

The Simons Fellows program extends academic leaves from one term to a full year, enabling recipients to focus solely on research for the long periods often necessary for significant advances. The Simons Foundation seeks to create strong collaborations and foster the cross-pollination of ideas between investigators, as these interactions often lead to unexpected breakthroughs. The Simons Foundation Mathematics and Physical Sciences (MPS) division supports research in mathematics, theoretical physics and theoretical computer science by providing funding for individuals, institutions and science infrastructure.

NU MATH PROF. DU AND PROF. KHAYUTIN AWARDED 2021 SLOAN RESEARCH FELLOWSHIPS

Feb. 22, 2021

Northwestern University Mathematics faculty members, Prof. Xiumin Du and Prof. Ilya Khayutin, have been awarded 2021 Sloan Research Fellowships.

Open to scholars in eight scientific and technical fields—chemistry, computational and evolutionary molecular biology, computer science, Earth system science, economics, mathematics, neuroscience, and physics—the Sloan Research Fellowships are awarded in close coordination with the scientific community. Candidates must be nominated by their fellow scientists and winners are selected by independent panels of senior scholars on the basis of a candidate’s research accomplishments, creativity, and potential to become a leader in his or her field. More than 1000 researchers are nominated each year for 128 fellowship slots. Winners receive a two-year, $75,000 fellowship which can be spent to advance the fellow’s research.

 

 

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