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NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY HOSTS 24TH ANNUAL CHICAGO SYMPOSIUM

April 22, 2022

On Thursday, May 5, Northwestern University will host the 24th annual Chicago Symposium Series on Excellence in Teaching Mathematics and Science: Research and Practice. The Chicago Symposium is a forum for faculty and graduate students in education, mathematics, and science devoted to improving teaching and learning of mathematics and science. Our inter-disciplinary forums bring together people from universities, 4-year colleges and 2-year colleges. During the past 23 years, more than 1000 faculty and graduate students representing over 150 institutions have participated in the symposia.

NU MATH UNDERGRADUATE COLLOQUIUM ON APRIL 21

April 8, 2022

Robin Neumayer, Gregg Zeitlin Early Career Professor for the Department of Mathematical Sciences at Carnegie Mellon University, will be the featured speaker at the NU Mathematics Undergraduate Colloquium on Thursday, April 21 from 6-7pm in Lunt Hall Rm 105. Abstract details of Prof. Neumayer's Talk are listed below.

Shape Optimization: From Soap Films to Acoustics                                                                                                                                        The task of optimizing an object's shape to make it the most efficient, least costly, or most streamlined arises in nature as well as across engineering and design fields. For instance, due to surface tension, soap bubbles take the shape with the least surface area among all possible shapes enclosing a fixed amount of air — a sphere! We will introduce the mathematical study of so-called “shape optimization problems” and survey some classical and contemporary results in the field.

 

AARON GREICIUS AND RUOYU WANG AWARDED 2022 WEINBERG TEACHING AWARDS

April 8, 2022

NU Mathematics faculty member and Director of Calculus, Aaron Greicius, has been awarded the 2022 Arts and Sciences Alumni Teaching Award. Ruoyu Wang has been awarded the 2022 Outstanding Graduate Student Teacher Award. 

 

Weinberg College, recognizing the accomplishments of its faculty and graduate student teachers, provides a variety of awards for excellence in teaching and encourages faculty members to share their honors, fellowships, and accomplishments. Each year the College selects three members of the tenure-line faculty to receive Weinberg College Distinguished Teaching Awards and three teaching assistants to receive Weinberg College Outstanding Graduate Student Teacher Awards, one per Division. 

 

2022 PINSKY DISTINGUISHED LECTURE SERIES

March 4, 2022

In 2008,  Professor Emeritus Mark Pinsky and Joanna Pinsky decided to endow The Pinsky Distinguished Lecture Series to enhance the department’s research program tradition.  The 2022 Pinsky Lectures will be hosted by Northwestern University April 6-8.  

This year's featured speaker will be Burt Totaro of UCLA.

Lecture 1: Varieties of General Type with Small Volume
Wed April 6, 4pm in Lunt Hall Rm 105
Lecture 2: The Hilbert Scheme of Points on Affine Space
Thurs April 7th, 4pm in Lunt Hall Rm 105
Lecture 3: The Failure of Vanishing TheoremsFri April 8th, 4pm in Lunt Hall Rm 105

 

YUCHEN LIU WINS 2022 SLOAN FELLOWSHIP

Feb 16, 2022

NU Mathematics member, Yuchen Liu, has won a 2022 Sloan Fellowship. The Sloan Research Fellowship Program recognizes and rewards outstanding early-career faculty who have the potential to revolutionize their fields of study. These Fellowships are awarded yearly to early career researchers in recognition of distinguished performance.

Professor Liu’s research primarily focuses on algebraic geometry and its interactions with differential geometry and commutative algebra. His goal is to investigate canonical metrics and moduli spaces of higher dimensional varieties from the viewpoint of algebraic stability.

 

MARCH 2022: HOMOTOPICAL METHODS IN GEOMETRY AND PHYSICS CONFERENCE

Feb 11, 2022

In honor of NU Mathematics faculty member Ezra Getzler’s sixtieth birthday, the conference Homotopical Methods in Geometry and Physics will take place March 21–25 at Northwestern University. It will be preceded by a mini-school on Open-Closed Field Theories that will take place March 19–20. 

Click here for registration information, speaker list and additional conference details.

 

2022 ALEXANDRA BELLOW LECTURE SERIES ANNOUNCED

Feb 4, 2022

Northwestern University's Mathematics Department will host the 2022 Bellow Lecture Series March 2-4, 2022, with featured speaker, Prof. Ian Agol of UC Berkeley.

In 2012, Alexandra Bellow decided to make a gift to Northwestern University, specifically to the Math Department. This gift was used to endow the annual lecture series which became known as the Alexandra Bellow Distinguished Lecture Series in Mathematics, or simply the Bellow Lecture Series.  Each year a world-class mathematician is invited to come to Northwestern and lecture. 

BRYNA KRA WINS PROVOST'S AWARD FOR EXEMPLARY FACULTY SERVICE

Feb 2, 2022

Bryna Kra, Sarah Rebecca Roland Professor of Mathematics at Northwestern University, has been awarded the Provost's Award for Exemplary Faculty Service.  She is being recognized for her outstanding support and mentorship of young mathematicians as well as her service to both her department and the University. Contributions include expanding the department’s postdoctoral programs, establishing mentoring groups within the department and across the University, and serving on a diverse list of University committees.

NU MATH GRADUATE STUDENT AWARDED NSF POSTDOC FELLOWSHIP

January 27, 2022

Pax Kivimae, graduate student at Northwestern University's Mathematics Department, has been awarded a highly competitive NSF postdoctoral fellowship to work at New York University.  Prof. Antonio Auffinger is Pax Kivimae's advisor. The purpose of the Mathematical Sciences Postdoctoral Research Fellowships is to support future leaders in mathematics and statistics by facilitating their participation in postdoctoral research environments that will have maximal impact on their future scientific development.

BRYNA KRA ELECTED PRESIDENT OF THE AMS

Nov 19, 2021

Bryna Kra, Sarah Rebecca Roland Professor of Mathematics at Northwestern University, has been elected President of the American Mathematical Society.  After a year of being President Elect, her two-year term will start on 1 February 2023. Prof. Kra has been a Fellow of the American Mathematical Society since 2012.

A professional society since 1888, AMS supports 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.

2021 MIDWEST DYNAMICAL SYSTEMS CONFERENCE

Nov 12, 2021

Northwestern University's Mathematics Department hosted the 2021 Midwest Dynamical Systems Conference Nov. 12-14. The Midwest Dynamical Systems Conference is one of the most influential, diverse, and longest running conference series in dynamical systems.  This conference series has met uninterruptedly since the early 1970s, and it has received continuous support from the National Science Foundation since 1988. The organizing committee for the 2021 Midwest Dynamical Systems Conference was Aaron Brown  (Northwestern), Laura DeMarco (Harvard), Ilya Khayutin (Northwestern), Roland Roeder (IUPUI), and Daniel Thompson (Ohio State).

NU Mathematics Faculty Member, Ben Antieau, Named a 2022 Fellow of the American Mathematical Society

Nov 1, 2021

NU Mathematics faculty member, Ben Antieau, has been named a 2022 Fellow of the American Mathematical Society. The Fellows of the American Mathematical Society program recognizes members who have made outstanding contributions to the creation, exposition, advancement, communication, and utilization of mathematics. Professor Antieau was named a 2022 AMS Fellow for his contributions to K-theory, algebraic geometry, and homotopy theory.

Xiumin Du and Aaron Brown Invited to Speak at the 2022 International Congress of Mathematicians

Sept 13, 2021

NU Math faculty members, Xiumin Du and Aaron Brown, received prestigious invitations to speak at the 2022 International Congress of Mathematicians.  Xiumin will speak in the Analysis Section and Aaron Brown will speak in the Dynamics Section. 

The International Congress of Mathematicians (ICM) is the largest and most significant conference on pure and applied mathematics as well as one of the world’s oldest scientific congresses. The first ICM took place in Zurich, Switzerland, in 1897. ICMs are run every four years by the International Mathematical Union, in partnership with host country organizers. ICM 2022 will meet July 6-14 in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Aaron Brown Wins 2022 New Horizons Mathematics Prize

Sept 9, 2021

NU Mathematics faculty member, Aaron Brown, has won the 2022 New Horizons in Mathematics Prize for contributions to the proof of Zimmer’s conjecture. 

The Breakthrough Prize Foundation announced the winners of the 10th annual Breakthrough Prizes, awarding a total of $15.75 million to an esteemed group of laureates and early-career scientists, recognizing their groundbreaking discoveries in Fundamental Physics, Life Sciences, and Mathematics. Six New Horizons Prizes, each of $100,000, were distributed between 13 early-career scientists and mathematicians who have already made a substantial impact on their fields. 

 

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