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.

Faculty deliver invited lectures at conferences and summer schools

Summer for Carolina Mathematics includes a variety of courses taught in our summer sessions, many faculty busy working on their sponsored research, and an enhanced opportunity to travel to workshops and conferences to give lectures and meet with fellow mathematicians for collaborative activities.

Ivan Cherednik gave an invited lecture last month in the representation theory seminar at the Institut de Mathématiques de Jussieu-Paris Rive Gauche. He is giving a similar lecture as one of four invited speakers on June 24th at the Institute Henri Poincaré.

Hans Christianson will speak later this month at the conference on “Quantum chaos, resonances and semi-classical measures” in Roscoff, France.

Jingfang Huang was a plenary speaker last week at The 1st Chongqing Workshop on Computational and Applied Mathematics.

Chris Jones gave one of the plenary lectures at the First Central Region Conference on Numerical Analysis and Dynamical Systems, held last month at the University of Kansas. He then gave a public lecture colloquium on ”Climate Change: the Science and the Math” at the University of Missouri and an invited lecture at a conference on “Topological Methods in Differential Equations and Nonautonomous Flows” in Florence, Italy. This week, he is one of the keynote speakers at the “Workshop on slow-fast dynamics: theory, numerics, application to life and earth sciences” in Barcelona.

Robert Lipshitz spoke last month at the “Low Dimensional Topology” workshop at the Simons Center for Geometry and Physics.

Jeremy Marzuola is presently giving a topics course at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology on Nonlinear Waves this summer, with 8 lectures spread over 7 weeks on nonlinear bound states and their stability properties in the context of the Schrodinger equation. He will then speak later this month at the conference on “Quantum chaos, resonances and semi-classical measures” in Roscoff, France.

Laura Miller was an invited session plenary speaker at the symposium on “Microscale Interactions in Aquatic Environments” held at Les Houches Physics School in March. In recognition of her excellent interdisciplinary teaching, Miller has also been tapped to teach the mathematics “bridge” course this summer to the first cohort of incoming Chancellor’s Science Scholars.

Peter Mucha gave five lectures as one of the four keynote speakers at the Summer School on Network Science held last month at the Interdisciplinary Mathematics Institute at the University of South Carolina.

Karl Petersen gave an invited seminar talk last month at Ohio State. This week, he is attending the Automata Theory and Symbolic Dynamics Workshop at the University of British Columbia, where graduate student Kathleen Carroll will be talking about their joint work on symbolic dynamics (as part of her master’s project).

Lev Rozansky was an invited speaker at the conference on “Quantum Topology and Hyperbolic Geometry” held in Nha Trang, Vietnam last month.

Michael Taylor was an invited speaker at the “Analysis, Complex Geometry, and Mathematical Physics” conference at Columbia University last month.

Alexander Varchenko is one of the plenary speakers next week at the 21st International Conference on Integrable Systems and Quantum Symmetries in Prague. Later this month, he is also an invited speaker at the “Experimental and Theoretical Methods in Algebra, Geometry and Topology” conference in Romania.

Jon Wahl gave a mini-course series of 4 invited lectures at the conference “Geometry and Topology of Complex Singularities” in April 15-19, at CIRM, Luminy, near Marseille.

The above only covers the first half of this summer. We will come back to this topic again next month to discuss the faculty presentations scheduled for the second half of the summer. In the meantime, best wishes for pleasant travels to all involved.

Ivan Cherednik named Simons Fellow

Prof. Ivan Cherednik has been honored in the 2013 class of Simons Fellows in Mathematics, the second annual round of this prestigious program. The Simons Fellows program provides “funds to faculty for up to a semester long research leave from classroom teaching and administrative obligations. Such leaves can increase creativity and provide intellectual stimulation.” Cherednik will couple this award with a research and study assignment from UNC in order to work on his research project for the full calendar year 2014.

The Simons Foundation is a private foundation incorporated by Jim and Marilyn Simons with the mission “to advance the frontiers of research in mathematics and the basic sciences,” sponsoring “programs that aim to promote a deeper understanding of our world.”

Ivan is the second Carolina Mathematics faculty member to earn this honor, joining Prof. Jim Damon who was in the inaugural 2012 class of Simons Fellows in Mathematics.

We will of course miss seeing Ivan around the Department in 2014, but we are very excited for him for this special opportunity. Congratulations to Ivan on this wonderful honor.

Cherednik delivers Sophus Lie Days Lectures

Ivan Cherednik, who holds the title of Austin M. Carr Distinguished Professor of Mathematics here at Carolina, delivered a pair of lectures at Cornell last month as part of their annual Sophus Lie Days. The other Sophus Lie Days lecturers in the past two years (two speakers each year) have included Peter Trapa, Utah); Boris Tsygan, Northwestern; and Alex Lubotzky, Hebrew University (Lubotzky also gave our own 2012 Brauer Lectures). Congratulations to Ivan for his receiving the invitation to give these distinguished lectures.

2011-12 Recap: Fulbright Award to Ivan Cherednik

Ivan Cherednik, the Austin M. Carr Distinguished Professor of Mathematics, was awarded a Distinguished Chair from the Fulbright Scholar Program to spend the Spring 2012 semester at Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel.

From the Fulbright Israel newsletter: Professor Ivan Cherednik, Distinguished Professor in the Department of Mathematics of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, spoke on “Introduction to double affine Hecke algebras”, on May 9, 2012, under the auspices of his host institution, the Einstein Institute of Mathematics of The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. In addition to his path-breaking work on Hecke algebras, Professor Cherednik has made important contributions in a number of additional fields, among them number theory, soliton theory, theory of knots and harmonic analysis.

Congratulations to Ivan for this wonderful honor.