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.

Faculty deliver invited lectures at conferences and summer schools – Part 2

Continuing our previous discussion about lectures given by Carolina Mathematics faculty at workshops and conferences this summer, today we highlight those activities from the second half of Summer 2013.

Joe Cima will be giving a one hour invited address at the conference “Invariant Subspaces of the Shift Operator” sponsored by the Canadian government at the Centre de Recherches Mathematiques in Montreal. He will also give a shorter talk at the CBMS conference at Clemson University.

Both Hans Christianson and Jeremy Marzuola spoke at the Joint International Meeting of the American Mathematical Society and the Romanian Mathematical Society, held in Alba Iulia, Romania.

Chris Jones has had a particularly eventful past month, first as a co-organizer of the INDAM Workshop on “Mathematical Paradigms of Climate Science” in Rome, Italy, a plenary lecture given at the First Annual CliMathNet Conference, held in Exeter, UK, and finally as an organizer of the Idealab on Tipping Points in the Climate System held at the Institute for Computational and Experimental Research in Mathematics at Brown University.

Peter Mucha gave an invited talk on “Time-dependent generalizations of hub and authority scores” at the Workshop on Time-Dependent and Multiplex Networks at the University of Oxford.

Karl Petersen will speak in the special session on Symbolic Dynamics at the Mathematical Congress of the Americas in Guanajuato, Mexico.

Alexander Varchenko will present a series of three lectures on “Bethe algebras and geometric Langlands correspondence” at the GEOQUANT 2013 ESI School and Conference on Geometry and Quantization in Vienna, Austria.

Jon Wahl was one of the 9 invited speakers at the conference “A Singular Life“, honoring and marking the retirement of Eduard Looijenga with “a celebration of his achievements and influence in Dutch and International mathematics” in Utrecht, The Netherlands.

Congratulations to all.

Cima recognized by College of Arts and Sciences

The career of Prof. Joe Cima was celebrated at the Spring Recognition Reception held by the College of Arts and Sciences last month, in advance of his upcoming retirement, including remarks about Joe from our colleague Prof. Michael Taylor (pictured in the center, with Joe, left and Joe’s wife Evelyn, right).

Joe Cima graduated from Indiana State in 1955 and was inducted into the army before entering graduate school at Penn State, where he earned his Ph.D. in 1963. He spent a year at Stanford as an NSF postdoc before joining Carolina in 1964. During his nearly 50 years of service at Carolina he has also held visiting positions at various institutions and interesting places, including Arizona, Indiana, Michigan, Marseilles, Dublin and Finland. He was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship in 1991 and was the Gaines Chair at University of Richmond in 2004.

Joe has been a very active mathematical analyst, with over 100 publications and two books, both published by the American Mathematical Society (AMS): The Backward Shift on Hardy Spaces and The Cauchy Transform. He has organized five conferences and had two other conferences held in his honor: one in Dublin and one during an annual AMS meeting. He has supervised the Ph.D. dissertations of eight students at Carolina.

As emphasized in the remarks made by Michael Taylor, “Joe arrived at UNC at a time when the Math Department was transitioning to Group One level in research, and he has long been a voice for quality in our department.” Congratulations and thank yous to Joe for an amazing career and for all he has done for Carolina Mathematics.

The same reception also recognized the many Carolina Mathematics faculty who were named inaugural Fellows of the American Mathematical Society in 2012. Continued congratulations to all for these well earned recognitions.

Undergraduate mathematics competitions

A group of Carolina undergraduates participated in the Virginia Tech Regional Mathematics Contest on October 27th. In total, 663 students participated from 112 schools in 27 different states. Ten students from UNC participated. The contest results were very encouraging, with sophomores Marshall Lochbaum and Yash Agrawal leading the UNC participants, each finishing in the top 60 in the contest, and many other promising results from UNC students.

A similar group of students is currently in their last preparations for the annual Putnam Competition, held each year on the first Saturday in December. Last year’s Carolina team finished 14th in the Putnam, with William Schlieper ’12 earning an individual Honorable Mention in the competition. We have high hopes for this year as well, and wish the best of luck to all participating students.

Special recognition goes to Profs. Justin Sawon and Joseph Cima for mentoring this year’s math competition problem solving seminar, and to Prof. Richard Rimanyi for leading these efforts last year. Thank you also to graduate student Rebecca Glover, who proctored the VT contest exam here this year.