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!

PDE conference in honor of Michael Taylor

We have had a busy week in the Department with a week-long conference on Partial Differential Equations: Analytic and Geometric Aspects, in honor of Michael Taylor’s 65 Birthday, including a number of distinguished visiting speakers.

Michael Taylor is a William R. Kenan Distinguished Professor in the Department of Mathematics. Among his numerous accolades, he is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. While the breadth and depth of his mathematical research inspired the presented talks and posters, numerous speakers and attendees additionally shared their reminiscences about Michael over the years and the ways that he impacted their lives. With 29 talks and a collection of posters, it was a busy week of celebration. Congratulations to Michael!

A special thank you to Profs. Jeremy Marzuola and Hans Christianson, along with Department alumna Prof. Anna Mazzucato (Ph.D. 2000) of Penn State, for their efforts obtaining National Science Foundation funding for and organizing this conference. Additional support was provided by the Departments of Mathematics at UNC and at Penn State. Thank you to Hans and Prof. Jane Hawkins for photos.