Francesca Bernardi and Katrina Morgan recipients of 2018 University Awards for the Advancement of Women

“We all have more power than we think we do,” Morgan said. “No matter who you are, you’re capable of making an impact.”

Congratulations to our very own Katrina Morgan and Francesca Bernardi for being the graduate student recipients of the 2018 University Awards for the Advancement of Women. “The awards, created in 2006, honor individuals who have mentored or supported women on campus, elevated the status of women or improved campus policies for them, promoted women’s recruitment and retention, or promoted professional development for women. Graduate students Morgan and Bernardi were honored as the co-founders of Girls Talk Math, a two-week summer day camp to encourage high school girls to consider careers in mathematics. At the camp, the students explore interesting mathematical concepts, learn about the rich history of women in mathematics and create a blog and podcast series. The camp will meet on campus for the third time this summer.” We are so proud of you and all that you have accomplished!

See the below article featured in the University Gazette to learn more about these amazing women.

Spotlight shines on Advancement of Women Award winners

Katrina Morgan Receives Thomas S. Kenan III Graduate Fellowship

PhD Candidate Katrina Morgan has been selected in the inaugural cohort of Kenan Graduate Fellows in the College of Arts & Sciences. One of only ten graduate students in the college chosen for this fellowship, Katrina has distinguished herself as an outstanding researcher and teacher, and will serve as an ambassador in sharing her story with prospective students the college hopes to recruit. Congratulations, Katri!

Fifty-seven graduate students receive fellowships to advance their scholarship and teaching

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Congratulations Yaiza Canzani: Recipient of the 2018 Sloan Research Fellowship!

We would like to recognize one of our own assistant professors, Yaiza Canzani, for  being named a 2018 Sloan Research Fellow!

There are 126 early-career scholars who represent the most promising scientific researchers working today. Their achievements and potential place them among the next generation of scientific leaders in the U.S. and Canada. Winners receive $65,000, which may be spent over a two-year term on any expense supportive of their research.

Click here to see an article that was written about Yaiza and was featured on the College of Arts and Sciences Website. Congratulations, Yaiza!

List of 2018 Sloan Research Fellows

Jason Metcalfe recipient of UNC Board of Governor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching!

Congratulations to one of our very own professors, Jason Metcalfe, for receiving this year’s prestigious UNC Board of Governor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching! This is a fantastic honor for an outstanding colleague, researcher, and teacher. The Teaching Awards were established in 1994 to underscore the importance of teaching and to encourage, identify, recognize, reward, and support good teaching within the University.  These awards are presented to a member of the faculty of each of the constituent institutions of the University. Jason will be recognized on Saturday, January 20th during a ceremony at half-time at the UNC-Georgia Tech Men’s basketball game.

Please extend congratulations to Jason!

Katrina Morgan Published on Scientific American Observations Blog

Morgan’s article on the math and science behind analog and digital recording was posted on the Scientific American Observations Blog on Wednesday. The piece discusses auditory perception, the history of analogue playback, the Fourier transform, and the Sampling Theorem. Morgan describes to a lay audience how the Fourier transform explains why analogue playback is possible and how the Sampling Theorem makes digital audio file storage feasible.

Congratulations, Katrina!

Congratulations to Professor Jason Metcalfe, recipient of the inaugural Sue E. Goodman Award!

‘Jason Metcalfe graduated from Johns Hopkins University in 2003 writing a thesis under Chris Sogge and spent time at Georgia Tech and Berkeley before coming to UNC in 2007, where is now a full Professor.  He does research in Partial Differential Equations, especially in areas related to nonlinear wave equations and General Relativity.  During his time here, Jason has taught many undergraduate courses, and worked on several successful research projects with undergraduates.  For his teaching, he has received great praise for his ability to take difficult concepts and through a combination of thoughtfulness, care and examples, explain them in ways that seem to connect with a remarkable number of students.  He has received multiple comments such as, “That is by far the most accessible a professor has ever been for me at UNC and this time was incredibly helpful. If I could take every math class at UNC with Jason, I would.” Also, “Professor Metcalfe is amazing. He goes above and beyond for his students. His course is difficult but fair and if you put the work in it definitely shows. He works so hard and it is greatly appreciated. The plethora of material he endows us with really helps too!!” If it were just one student saying such things, it would be an honor to have made such an impact.  However, that sentiments such as this are echoed by numerous students over numerous classes is truly remarkable.  It is an honor to give the inaugural Sue E. Goodman Award to someone who so embodies her devotion and passion for the craft of teaching.’ – Professor Jeremy Marzuola, UNC Chapel Hill Commencement Address, Mathematics Department, May 14, 2017. 

Congratulations Professor Metcalfe on this well deserved honor!

Date: September 26, 2017

Professor Richard Rimanyi named as Bowman & Gordon Gray Distinguished Term Professor

Congratulations Professor Richard Rimanyi for being named as the Bowman & Gordon Gray Distinguished Term Professor!

The Bowman and Gordon Gray Professorship is one of the University’s most esteemed awards for excellence in undergraduate teaching. These professorships help Carolina support its best teachers and scholars, providing a salary supplement, an annual fund for research, and a one-semester research and study assignment during the five-year term of the award. The late Gordon Gray, who graduated from UNC in 1930, and the estate of Bowman Gray Jr., a 1929 graduate, established the professorships in 1980 in the College of Arts and Sciences. Bernard Gray, UNC Class of 1972 and Gordon’s son, significantly enhanced the 5-year professorships with a gift in 1999 to expand the salary and research supplement, include a semester-long sabbatical.

Rimanyi is the third member of the Department to hold this position, joining Peter Mucha, who received the award in 2012, and Professor Sue Goodman, who held the award from 1991 to 1994.

Congratulations to Professor Rimanyi on this well-deserved recognition!

Date: September 6, 2017