AWM Chapter receives WATCH US Grant

We are excited to announce that our AWM Chapter has received funding to organize the first “Association for Women in Mathematics Triangle Conference.” Francesca Bernardi and Katrina Morgan, with Dr. Katie Newhall as Faculty Advisor, have received funds through the “WATCH US” grant from the NSF INCLUDES program. This undergraduate/graduate conference will take place early in the Spring ’18 semester in the Mathematics Department of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with attendees from several local universities and colleagues.

Congratulations Francesca, Katrina, and Dr. Newhall!

Greg Forest Honored for Mentoring

The Carolina Women’s Leadership Council honored Michele Tracy Berger, Mark Fraser and M. Gregory Forest with 2017 Faculty Mentoring Awards.

The council established the awards in 2006 to recognize faculty who mentor undergraduate students, graduate stu- dents and junior faculty.

Each award recipient receives a $5,000 stipend.

Michele Tracy Berger, associate professor in the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies, won in the faculty to undergraduate category.

Since coming to Carolina in 2004, Berger has taught a variety of courses ranging from large-enrollment undergraduate classes, required courses, upper-level seminar style courses, first-year seminars and graduate courses, as well as supervised interns in the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies.

One nominator praises Berger as “the epitome of professionalism; always prepared for her classes, going the extra mile, performing her role for all her students to see what can be done, so they can follow in her footsteps and at the same time take minority women seriously.”

Mark Fraser, the John A. Tate Distinguished Professor for Children in Need at the School of Social Work, received the faculty to graduate mentoring award.

According to one nominator, Fraser’s student mentoring starts “soon after their enrollment, treating them as colleagues and friends from the first encounter,” adding, “his own enthusiasm and creativity inspire his students to greater efforts.” Another nominator wrote, “Dr. Fraser is a great scholar, a wonderful teacher, and more important, a very kind person…Dr. Fraser is my role model and will continue to be my role model.”

M. Gregory Forest, the Grant Dahlstrom Distinguished Professor in the Department of Mathematics, received the faculty to junior faculty mentoring award. Forest holds joint appointments in the departments of Biomedical Engineering and Applied Physical Science, and is also director of the Carolina Center for Interdisciplinary Applied Mathematics. In his 20 years at Carolina, one nominator wrote, Forest has “worked tirelessly to promote the excellent interdisciplinary research of these faculty, bringing in experts from other departments and schools across campus.” Another nominator described Forest as “a powerful force” in increasing the number of female faculty in the department through both regular hires and the Provost’s diversity faculty hiring program.


Date: April 10, 2017

Dr. Saray Shai Received the Postdoc Award for Research for Excellence

Each year, the Postdoctoral Awards for Research Excellence are given in recognition of the research promise demonstrated by individual postdoctoral scholars. The awards are open to postdoctoral scholars in all disciplines and are designed to assist postdoctoral scholars in their continued professional development by supporting the recipients in conference travel, purchasing books, lab materials, or engaging in other scholarly activities that directly enhance the individual’s professional growth. Each recipient receives a monetary award of a $1,000 along with a plaque.



Professors Camassa & McLaughlin, Postdoc D. Harris, and Grads M. Aminian and F.Bernardi

UNC Mathematicians publish new result at Science showing how boundaries affect chemical deliver in microfluidics

AMS Sectional Meeting

AMS held it’s Fall Southeastern Sectional Meeting on November 12-13, 2016 at North Carolina State University.  Jason Metcalfe was one of the presenters during this latest meeting.  Dr. Metcalfe’s talk was entitled:  Local energy decay for the wave equation; you can click here for his abstract.

World Maths Day

Royal Society has selected 54 mathematicians from all over the world (both past and present); take a look at the photo album on who made the list.

Professor Jane Hawkins delivers public lecture on Mathematical Modeling of Viral Dynamics from AIDS to Zika

Professor Jane Hawkins gave an invited lecture as part of the Jennifer Mills Lecture Series in Dewing Hall at Kalamazoo College in Michigan. Her public talk was on Monday, April 4 at 8:00 pm and was titiled: Mathematical Modeling of Viral Dynamics from AIDS to Zika. During her visit there Dr. Hawkins also gave a talk to undergrad students entitled: Simplifying the Complex through Coding, Symbolic Dynamics, and Automata. Over two days Dr. Hawkins scheduled several meetings with small groups of undergrad women and visited an undergrad analysis class; at each meeting she talked about grad school preparation and various aspects of graduate training in the mathematical sciences.