Recent Grants to the Department

Carolina Mathematics faculty continue to bring in a wide variety of sponsored research grants to support the work of the Department. In addition to the many continuing active awards from previous periods, newly awarded grants over the past 9 months include the following:

Congratulations to all involved.

Summer 2014 faculty presentations

While the Department remains very busy with summer classes, summer is also a time for many faculty and students to focus on research and to travel to collaborate and present their work in nationally and internationally recognized venues.

Idris Assani co-directed a summer school on Ergodic Theory and Dynamical Systems in M’bour, Senegal, June 4-14.

Joe Cima gave an invited talk at the Seventh Conference on Function Spaces at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, May 20-24.

Ellen Eischen gave invited talks in the conference p-adic Variation in Number Theory at Boston University, June 2-6, and in the Caltech Number Theory Seminar. She has also been invited to participate in the Algebraische Zahlentheorie workshop at the Mathematisches Forschungsinstitut Oberwolfach, Germany, and the Connections for Women: New Geometric Methods in Number Theory and Automorphic Forms workshop at MSRI.

Jingfang Huang co-organized the workshop Mathematics in Action: Modeling and analysis in molecular biology and electrophysiology in Suzhou, China, June 2-5. Huang will also give an invited talk at the Beijing Computational Science Research Center (CSRC).

Shrawan Kumar is giving a invited series of four lectures at the University of Pisa, Italy on “The saturated tensor product problem,” June 24-27.

Jeremy Marzuola co-organized a week-long workshop in May on Dynamics in Geometric Dispersive Equations and the Effects of Trapping, Scattering and Weak Turbulence at the Banff International Research Station for Mathematical Innovation and Discovery. Marzuola was also an invited speaker at the Stability of Solitary Waves Workshop at the Centro di Ricerca Matematica Ennio De Giorgi in Pisa, Italy. He then visited the Hausdorff Research Institute for Mathematics in Bonn, Germany to speak in a workshop and participate in their trimester on harmonic analysis and PDEs.

Jason Metcalfe spoke at the same Banff workshop in May on Dynamics in Geometric Dispersive Equations and the Effects of Trapping, Scattering and Weak Turbulence and gave a pair of invited seminar talks at Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, China.

Laura Miller and a number of her group members are off to Osaka, Japan for the Joint Annual Meeting of the Japanese Society for Mathematical Biology and the Society for Mathematical Biology, July 28 to August 1, where Miller will give one of the invited plenary talks.

Karl Petersen’s passport has been busy, between a conference on Ergodic Theory and Dynamical Systems in Torun, Poland, and talks that he gave in Tartu, Estonia and Rouen, France. Petersen will also give a mini-courses lecture series at the 4th Pingree Park Dynamics Workshop: Foundations and Frontiers in Symbolic Dynamics, July 14-17 in Colorado.

In similarly country-hopping travel style, Justin Sawon has given talks at the Lorentz Center in Leiden, Netherlands, and at the University of Utrecht, Netherlands, and has others scheduled at the University of Waterloo, Canada, and as an invited speaker at the 9th Pacific Rim Conference on Complex Geometry, July 27 to August 1, in Gunsan, South Korea.

Sasha Varchenko will be one of the invited speakers at New Trends in Quantum Integrability, an International Conference on New Trends in Quantum Groups and Integrable Systems, August 18-22, at University of Surrey, UK.

Carolina Mathematics will also be well represented at the the 2014 SIAM Annual Meeting, held this year in Chicago. Greg Forest will speak in a session on Nonlinear Fluids. Jeremy Marzuola and Laura Miller are both speaking in a session organized by Miller on Plant and Protist Biomechanics. Sorin Mitran is presenting in a session on Mesoscale and Nonlocal Models of Materials with Microstructure. And new faculty arrival Katie Newhall is speaking on “Dynamics of Ferromagnets” in a session on Applications in Nonlinear Dynamics with Chaos, Stochasticity, and Multiple Scales.

New grants in the Department

Before too much of the Fall semester gets behind us, it is past time for an update on new grants awarded to faculty in the Department of Mathematics. Faculty continued to do well with new awards in the first half of 2013, with budget uncertainties at the federal level pushing the start dates of some awards into the second half of the calendar year. The good news in newly-started grants over the past nine months includes the following awards:

The above represents only the newly awarded grants that started in this period, adding to the many previously-awarded grants that continue. Congratulations to all involved for the excellent work and important recognition.

Ergodic Theory Workshop

Prof. Idris Assani organized and hosted the 12th Ergodic Theory Workshop, March 21-23, 2013. Amidst an excellent three days of mathematical presentations, the workshop also well met explicit goals including the fostering of collaborations within and outside UNC Chapel Hill and increasing the participation of women and young researchers. In particular, this workshop brought in participants from across the USA, and from Austria, England, France, Italy, Poland, Senegal, Ukraine, and Uruguay. The keynote address to open the workshop was given in the department’s colloquium by Prof. Amie Wilkinson from the University of Chicago.

Prof. Assani with the Ergodic Theory Workshop participants in front of Phillips Hall

Preliminary feedback from the workshop shows that, once again, it has been a great success. Comments so far include

  • “I am filled with admiration for you and what you’ve done. That after all of these years the workshop remains fresh, informal and so inclusive is incredible.”
  • “I enjoyed meeting and talking with old friends, and making some new friends. I thought the meeting was well run and the broad mix of junior and senior speakers, of both genders, was excellent.”

Congratulations to Idris for another successful workshop.

American Mathematical Society Fellows

The inaugural class of Fellows of the American Mathematical Society (AMS) were announced yesterday, November 1, 2012. The inaugural class of 1119 Fellows represents over 600 institutions, with excellent representation from Carolina Mathematics. Current faculty members named to this honor include

Additionally, two emeritus professors were named to this inaugural class of fellows:

The AMS press release describes the Fellows program:

The Fellows of the AMS designation recognizes members who have made outstanding contributions to the creation, exposition, advancement, communication, and utilization of mathematics. Among the goals of the program are to create an enlarged class of mathematicians recognized by their peers as distinguished for their contributions to the profession and to honor excellence. Regarding the new Fellows of the AMS program and the Society, AMS President Eric M. Friedlander says, “The AMS is the world’s largest and most influential society dedicated to mathematical research, scholarship, and education. Recent advances in mathematics include solutions to age-old problems and key applications useful for society. The new AMS Fellows Program recognizes some of the most accomplished mathematicians — AMS members who have contributed to our understanding of deep and important mathematical questions, to applications throughout the scientific world, and to educational excellence.”

Being named as an AMS Fellow is a phenomenal recognition and career achievement for each of these faculty. Congratulations to each and every one of them.

2011-12 Recap: New research grants awarded to Mathematics faculty

Following up on the good news in last week’s post about the NSF MRI award to the Fluids Lab, we are overdue to celebrate the variety of new federal research grants awarded to faculty in the Department of Mathematics over the past year.

This list represents only new awards led out of the Department in the one-year period ending June 30, 2012. Importantly, as many such awards are for multiple years, it does not include the many continuing research grants in the Department that were initially awarded in previous years. The list also likely misses some interdisciplinary activities in the Department that are in collaboration with faculty in other departments where the proposal was sent through the other department. Even without these caveats, it is an impressive list for the year.

Where available, hyperlinks to more information about the specific award are provided.

National Science Foundation:

Air Force Office of Scientific Research:

  • Greg Forest & Peter Mucha, Multiscale Mathematics of Nano-Particle-Endowed Active Membranes and Films

Army Research Office:

  • Jim Damon, Comparing Mathematical Models and Experimental Data for Intake Capacity Distributions for Plant Root Structures

National Institute of General Medical Sciences:

Office of Naval Research:

  • Roberto Camassa & Rich McLaughlin, A Desalinization Facility for Stratified Fluid Dynamics Research at the UNC Joint Fluids Laboratory
  • Chris Jones, Data Assimilation and Control in Oceanography

Congratulations to all involved!

2011-12 Recap: Ergodic Theory Workshop

Prof. Idris Assani hosted the Ergodic Theory and Dynamical Systems workshop, March 22-25, 2012. This annually-held workshop in Chapel Hill was supported by the National Science Foundation. Additional funding was provided by the Department of Mathematics.

The keynote speaker, kicking off the workshop, was Prof. Jean-Christophe Yoccoz from Le College de France. As has been our recent tradition, this kickoff keynote presentation was scheduled as part of our Department Colloquium series.

Thank you to Idris for repeatedly bringing such an interesting workshop to campus and for providing the above photograph of workshop participants on the steps of Phillips Hall (Assani and Yoccoz stand together in the front row).