New grants to department faculty

The past year has been another successful year for Carolina Mathematics faculty obtaining grants to support the activities of the department. In addition to the many awards that continue from previous periods, new grants over the past 12 months include the following awards:

Congratulations to everyone 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.

Graduation 2013

Carolina Mathematics students from the Class of 2013

May 12th, 2013 was the perfect Chapel Hill day for a Carolina graduation and for our annual Department ceremony and reception in honor of our Carolina Mathematics graduates. At the event, held on the lawn in front of Phillips Hall, we recognized the accomplishments of 14 Ph.D. recipients, 4 Master of Science students, and 103 Bachelor’s degrees, along with additional department prizes and honors. As per our tradition, the ceremony included remarks from a member of the graduating class of undergraduates, delivered this year by Leah Rose Downey.


Undergraduate student services manager Susan Stedman and Director of Undergraduate Studies Professor Karl Petersen


Nathan Michael Vos and Shreyas Samir Tikare were each honored with the Archibald Henderson Mathematics Medal, given to the undergraduates judged by the Department to have demonstrated both a high degree of mathematical ability and the greatest promise of originality in the field.


Students receive their degrees and shake hands with assembled faculty


Marshall Ward Lochbaum was named as the recipient of the Alfred T. Brauer Prize, given to the undergraduate who is judged by the Department to have demonstrated the greatest ability and shown the greatest promise for achievement in the fields of algebra or number theory.


Graduate student degree recipients


Harold Reed Ogrosky and Andrea Nicholle Overbay were each awarded the J. Burton Linker Teaching Assistant Award, given by the Department to the graduate students who have shown the greatest effectiveness as a teacher of undergraduate mathematics courses.


Ned Linker (left), son of J. Burton Linker and co-benefactor of the Department’s J. Burton Linker Fund, with the J. Burton Linker Fellow and Professor Justin Sawon (right)



Ph.D. recipients at Saturday’s Hooding Ceremony at the Smith Center, with Professors Prakash Belkale, Jim Damon, Jane Hawkins, Justin Sawon and Shrawan Kumar


Proctor gives invited talks at workshop in Japan

Bob Proctor was one of two invited speakers at the workshop on Algebraic Combinatorics related to Young diagrams and Statistical Physics at the International Institute for Advanced Studies in Kizugawa, Japan, August 6-10, 2012, where he gave a series of three lectures.

Bob’s presentations not only highlighted his own work, but also that of recent Ph.D. recipient Matt Willis, as well as building on work by fellow Carolina math faculty Shrawan Kumar: “In my talks, I indicated how to prove the combinatorial theorem that states that ‘d-complete posets have the hook length property’ using an algebraic geometric theorem of Shrawan Kumar. In the second half of my second talk, I presented the main result from Matt Willis’s thesis.”

Congratulations to Bob on the honor of this invitation to speak at this workshop.

Bob Proctor with Prof. Itaru Terada of the University of Tokyo

Carolina represented at the Joint Mathematics Meetings

The 2013 Joint Mathematics Meetings of the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) and the American Mathematical Society (AMS) are currently underway in San Diego, representing the 96th annual winter meeting of the MAA and the 119th annual meeting of the AMS.

Carolina Mathematics is well represented at the meetings through a number of presentations and posters. Presentations given by Carolina faculty include

Presentations by Carolina graduate students and recent alumni (with apologies that I likely missed some of our alumni) include

Congratulations to all involved. Importantly, many of the graduate students presenting talks and giving posters would not be able to attend the Joint Mathematics Meetings without the generous support of our Department’s donors, including funds specific to student travel and also the general Department gift fund. Thank you.

Thank you also to Professors Chris Jones and Jane Hawkins and their students for representing Carolina Mathematics at the Grad School Fair event this morning.

New grants awarded to the Department

A collection of new grant awards were made to faculty in the Department of Mathematics in the second half of 2012, further supporting our efforts in both research and training.

New Research Grants:

New Training Grant:

  • Shrawan Kumar led the effort to obtain a new Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need grant from the U.S. Department of Education, “Increasing the Participation of U.S. Citizens, Women and Minorities in Mathematics Doctoral Programs,” which provides for fellowships to graduate students in the Department of Mathematics.

The above only represents newly-awarded grants. Previous stories about grants describe some other recently-obtained awards, most of which support activities across multiple years, while a number of even older grants continue to support research and training activities in the Department.

Congratulations to all involved in these new grant awards.

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.