Katie Newhall chosen by APS as an Outstanding Referee

Congratulations to our very own Katie Newhall, Assistant Professor, who has been chosen among the 143 Outstanding Referees of the Physical Review journals!

The American Physical Society (APS) has selected 143 Outstanding Referees for 2019 that have demonstrated exceptional work in the assessment of manuscripts published in the Physical Review journals. A full list of the Outstanding Referees is available online at http://journals.aps.org/OutstandingReferees.

Instituted in 2008, the Outstanding Referee program annually recognizes approximately 150 of the currently active referees for their invaluable work. Comparable to Fellowship in the APS and other organizations, this is a lifetime award. The selection this year was made from 30 years of records on over 71,000 referees who have been called upon to review manuscripts, including more then 40,000 that were submitted in 2018. The basis for the Outstanding Referees selection takes into account the quality, number and timeliness of a referee’s reports, without regard for membership in the APS, country of origin, or field of research. Individuals with current or very recent direct connections to the journals, such as editors and editorial board members, were excluded.

Press Release – Outstanding Referee 2019

Congratulations, Katie!!

UNC-CHAPEL HILL MATHEMATICS STUDENT SCOTT EMMONS NAMED CHURCHILL SCHOLAR

Scott Emmons, a fourth-year student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has been named a recipient of the prestigious Churchill Scholarship, a research-focused award that provides funding to outstanding American students for a year of master’s degree study in science, mathematics and engineering at Churchill College, based at the University of Cambridge in England.

Emmons is one of only 16 students and recent graduates selected for the award this year, which not only requires exemplary academic achievement but also seeks those with proven talent in research, extensive laboratory experience and personal activities outside of academic pursuits, especially in music, athletics and social service. He is Carolina’s 18th Churchill Scholar.

To read more, click here.

Congratulations, Scott!

The Daily Tar Heel: A Thank-You to Professor Mark McCombs!

One of our very own associate professors was featured in The Daily Tar Heel on Monday! Annie Kiyonaga, a student in Professor McCombs’ Math 118 class, says, “Thank you Mark McCombs for reminding me that the content of a class doesn’t necessarily determine its potency or relevance. Thank you for making a huge lecture hall feel intimate. Also, please forgive me if I fail our test on Friday.” To read the full column, click here.

Birthday conference in honor of Richard Rimanyi

A conference titled “Characteristic classes and Singularities”  in honor of Richard Rimanyi on the occasion of  his 50th birthday will be held at the University of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland October 4-7 2018. See the conference webpage for more details.

Professor Richard Rimanyi is the Bowman and Gordon Gray Distinguished Term Professor in the Department of Mathematics, and has been on the math faculty since 2003.

Scientists Create Method to Map Vast Unknown Territory of Long Non-coding RNA

“UNC School of Medicine researchers led by Mauro Calabrese, PhD, have developed a way to categorize mysterious RNA molecules by their likely function, a big first step toward quickening the discovery of their roles in human health and diseases, such as cancers.” One of our very own, Professor Peter Mucha, collaborated with Mauro Calabrese on the paper.

For more information about the paper and their research, please click here (UNC Health Care and UNC School of Medicine Newsroom).

Congratulations, Class of 2018 Graduates!

We are so proud of you, and can’t wait to see all that you accomplish!

UNC Graduate School Recognizes Paul Cornwell

Congratulations to one of our very own, Paul Cornwell, for being a recipient of the 2018 Dean’s Distinguished Dissertation Award in the area of Mathematics, Physical Sciences, and Engineering. His dissertation is titled “A Symplectic View of Stability for Traveling Waves in Skew-Gradient Systems.”

We are proud of you, Paul!

Dissertation Adviser: Christopher K.R.T. Jones