Carolina Mathematics involved in first round of NIH BD2K awards

Congratulations to Prof. Greg Forest for his successful proposal to co-direct (with Michael Kosorok, Biostatistics) a new, multidisciplinary training Big Data to Knowledge training program funded by the National Institutes of Health. This award is one of only three awards in the inaugural set of BD2K institutional training grant awards, supporting “the overarching BD2K goal of training the biomedical workforce to fully utilize biomedical Big Data.” Kosorok and Forest have organized a program uniting 48 faculty members across 11 departments on campus, including multiple faculty involved from Mathematics, in order to provide trainees with six-week training modules that integrate informatics, statistics, and biomedical sciences, with a focus on big data.

Carolina Mathematics sophomore receives Goldwater Scholarship

Congratulations to sophomore mathematics major Anya Katsevich on her selection as a Goldwater Scholar!

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Results from the 2014 Putnam competition

It was another strong year for Carolina Mathematics at the Putnam competition. Fifteen students from Carolina entered the competition, with scores led by sophomore David Spencer, who scored 47 (out of a maximum of 120 points), ranking him 99th out of 4,320 contestants. Other top scores from Carolina students include Michael Greenberg (41, ranked 130th), Marshall Lochbaum (28, ranked 466.5th), Annie Katsevich (22, ranked 623.5th) and Dayton Ellwanger (21, ranked 716th). Six other students from Carolina scored points (which in itself is always an accomplishment in this difficult competition, with more than a third of all entrants scoring 0).

The official campus team of Michael, Marshall and Annie—selected based on performances at the earlier Virginia Tech Regional Mathematics Contest—placed 17th out of 431 teams.

A special thank you to Prof. Justin Sawon for mentoring the team, and congratulations to all involved!

PDE/Analysis Mini-Schools Continue for 2015

minischools2015Congratulations to Professors Hans Christianson and Jason Metcalfe for their new grant from the National Science Foundation to support the continuation of the UNC PDE mini-schools into 2017. Continuing from the success of their previous mini-schools, each 2-3 day school will feature a series of 3-5 lectures by a principal speaker. The talks are tailored to an audience of graduate students and are intended to introduce the audience to a modern and important class of research problems. Three to five complementary talks will be given by additional invited participants, often the principal speaker’s graduate students, postdocs, or young collaborators.

The first UNC PDE/Analysis mini-school of 2015 starts this week with 5 lectures by Gunther Uhlmann (University of Washington), beginning at a graduate student level and introducing a current research topic. The title of this week’s lectures is “Inverse Problems: Seeing the Unseen.” There will be several satellite talks by Uhlmann’s students and postdocs. The full schedule is available online.

The second mini-school of 2015 will be held April 8-10, with Alex Ionescu (Princeton) on “Water Wave Models in 2D and 3D: Regularity and Formation of Singularities.” The third mini-school will be this summer, with Steve Zelditch (Northwestern) on “Planck’s Constant, Time, and Stationary States in Quantum Mechanics.”

Congratulations again to Hans and Jason for continuing to bring these great events to Chapel Hill.

Mathematics First-Year Seminar appears in campus video

Congratulations to Senior Lecturer Mark McCombs for appearing with some of his students in a new campus video highlighting the First-Year Seminar program. McCombs’ First-Year Seminar, MATH 58 “Mathematics, Art and the Human Experience” explores the relevance of mathematical ideas to art, music, film and literature, while also exploring how these fields in turn influence mathematical thought. More information about this course and other courses that McCombs teaches is available from his department web site.

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A brief story about the First-Year Seminar Program appears along with the embedded video on the website of the College of Arts & Sciences: http://college.unc.edu/2015/02/02/first-year-seminars/ .

Kenan-Biddle Partnership award funds joint Student Math Colloquium

Congratulations to Carolina Math graduate students Catherine Hsu and Dylan Muckerman, along with their peer at Duke, Humberto Diaz, for submitting a winning project proposal to the Kenan-Biddle Partnership to fund a joint Student Math Colloquium between the two campuses.

This program will bring speakers in for talks aimed specifically at students, increasing the interaction and collaboration between the students from UNC and Duke. The award letter notifying them of this award emphasizes that the “project demonstrates the cooperative effort and academic value the Kenan-Biddle Partnership was created to foster.”

Talks are scheduled to start this Spring, with information available on their webpage, where one can also subscribe to their listserv.

Additional congratulations and thank yous to Prof. Ellen Eischen for serving as the faculty adviser for the Student Math Colloquium.

2014 Virginia Tech Regional Mathematics Contest

The results from this year’s Virginia Tech Regional Mathematics Contest are now in, with a strong showing from UNC.

Overall, 111 colleges and universities from 28 states participated, with a total of 786 participants. Leading the UNC contingent in scoring, Michael Greenberg scored 43 points out of a maximum possible score of 70, tying him for 11th place in the competition. Other top scorers include Annie Katsevich (58th), Marshall Lochbaum (63rd), and Joshua Gray (108th). Congratulations also to Moshe Feldman, Tyler Blanton, David Clancy, David Spencer, Dayton Ellwanger, and Xiaoyin Liu for scoring above 0, putting them in the top 40% of contestants.

Special thanks to the math club faculty mentor, Justin Sawon, for organizing our students’ participation in this contest.