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.

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 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.

We welcome our newest Carolina Mathematics faculty colleague, Jiuzu Hong, who joined the department starting January 1. Hong joins us from Yale University, where he was a Gibbs assistant professor during 2012-2015, and Tsinghua University, where he was a visitor for Fall 2015.

Hong grew up in China and received a B.S. and a M.S. in mathematics from there. He received his Ph.D in Mathematics from Tel Aviv University under the supervision of Professor Joseph Bernstein. Hong works on representation theory and its interaction with algebraic geometry. He is interested in looking into mathematics from the perspective of the underlying symmetries, and he is open to learning new areas of mathematics.

Outside of mathematics, Hong enjoys playing ping pong, swimming and hiking. He is enthusiastic about establishing a new life in Chapel Hill.

For many of our faculty, summer is a time of international travel to attend workshops and conduct research in other locations. As just a couple examples., we check in on the travels of our department chair, Rich McLaughlin.

In June, Rich traveled to Shanghai Jiao-Tong University as an organizer and invited lecturer at NYU Shanghai’s International Conference on Mathematics of Nonlinearity in Neural and Physical Science. Other invited speakers from Carolina included Roberto Camassa and co-organizer Greg Forest. Also attending the conference from Carolina, Katie Newhall is pictured here with our former Carolina colleague David Cai.

Later, Roberto and Rich traveled together to Tibet, where they met with four math professors from Tibet University, including one who works on understanding the geophysical processes associated with Nantso Lake, situated at over 15,000 feet above sea level. As a large, stratified, salt water lake, this site is of particular interest to Rich and Roberto’s research.

These two trips of course represent only a sample of the many far-ranging research travels of our faculty this summer.

Carolina Mathematics faculty Roberto Camassa and Rich McLaughlin at 17,600 feet above sea level in Tibet

Katie Newhall joined the faculty of the department starting July 1, after spending the past three years as a Courant Instructor at NYU. Prior to that, she earned a B.S. in Physics, an M.S. in Engineering and a Ph.D. in Mathematics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Her research interests lie in stochastic processes, with particular attention to understanding large-scale and long-time dynamics of physical and biological systems through analysis and simulations of simple yet physically relevant models.

This semester, Newhall is teaching Math 528 and hopes to encourage interest in applied mathematics by recruiting more students to participate in the undergraduate Mathematical Competition in Modeling taking place at the beginning of the spring semester.

In her free time, Newhall plays cello and would rather take a dance class or a hike than go to the gym. While a graduate student, she danced professionally with Maude Baum and Company in Albany, NY.

Nancy Rodriguez joined the Mathematics faculty on July 1, arriving from Stanford University where she was an NSF Postdoctoral Fellow for the past three years. Previously, she received her Ph.D. from UCLA under the guidance of Prof. Andrea Bertozzi.

Rodriguez works on partial differential equations with applications in social, ecological, and biological systems. She is also very interested in increasing the diversity of mathematics and is currently helping organize a conference to promote Latinos in mathematics, Lat@Math.

Outside of mathematics she enjoys biking, mountaineering, skiing, and and pretty much anything that allows her to be outdoors.

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