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


We are proud to have our 2014 SIAM Journal of Applied Mathematics paper on “Core-Periphery Structure in Networks” appear as the highlighted SIGEST article in this quarter’s issue of SIAM Review.

To see more information, click here.


Date: August 21, 2017

Girls Talk Math in the several news stories

Linnie Supall – Spectrum News
Blake – WCHL Chapelboro
Logan Wagner – The Tab
Kristen Chavez – UNC College of Arts and Sciences
Women in Science Wednesday series from UNC Research’s digital publication Endeavors

Date: July 25, 2017

Bernardi & Kilic Featured in Carolina Chronicle

Francesca Bernardi, from Italy, studies fluid dynamics in the Joint Applied Mathematics and Marine Sciences Fluids Lab. Imagine a tube with some fluid flow in which another fluid is injected. As the fluids combine, researchers try to predict what happens as the fluid mix evolves—that’s one of the things fluid dynamics is focused on understanding.  When Zeliha Kilic was studying in her home country of Turkey, she was focused on algebra. When she came to UNC-Chapel Hill, she discovered the Joint Applied Mathematics and Marine Sciences Fluids Lab and took classes from the principal investigators of the lab. Now, Kilic researches fluid dynamics.

For more on their stories, click here.

Date: May 3, 2017

High-tech fluids lab attracts waves of research partners

Roberto Camassa’s research is very fluid. The Kenan Distinguished Professor of Applied Mathematics actively engages in collaborative projects ranging from oil spills to marine sciences to human disease.

Click here for more on the story.

Date: April 17, 2017

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