Thank a Teacher Letters Honor Math Instructors
Nine Mathematics Department instructors received Spring 2016 Thank a
Teacher letters from students. The NC State Thank a Teacher program
was launched in Fall 2010 "to allow students the opportunity to thank
NC State professors who have gone above and beyond to make a
difference in their lives." The instructors honored were faculty
members Elizabeth Dempster, Molly Fenn, John Griggs, Min Kang, Sandra
Paur and Ralph Smith; lecturer Timothee Bryan; and graduate students
Emily Meehan and Charles Wilson.
New Approach to Determining Crystallographic Structure
A team of researchers from NC State, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology, including Distinguished Professor of Mathematics Ralph Smith, has published a fundamental advance in materials science that will allow researchers to use advanced statistical techniques to derive more complete information about the crystallographic structure of materials using data from scattering experiments. In a paper published August 23 in the Nature journal Scientific Reports, the team shows how to use Bayesian inference to better describe the variability and uncertainty in a material's structure. For more information, see the NC State press release.
Ralph Smith Wins ASME Award
The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) has named Ralph Smith the 2016 winner of its Adaptive Structures and Materials Systems Award. Professor Smith was selected "for extraordinary contributions in the development of smart materials and adaptive structures through constitutive model development, modeling and nonlinear control, and uncertainty analysis; and for modeling research that has been validated across a broad range of smart materials." The award will be presented at the Conference on Smart Materials, Adaptive Structures and Intelligent Systems in Stowe, Vermont, September 2830.
Conference Celebrates the Research of Professor Kaltofen
The
Milestones in Computer Algebra 2016 Conference, held July 1618
at the University of Waterloo, celebrated the research of
Professor Erich Kaltofen. Among 64 registrants, 35 spoke at
the conference, including five invited speakers who surveyed
Kaltofen's work in symbolic computation.
Kaltofen's lecture "Remembrance of Things Past'' described
scientific correspondence with Robert McNaughton on
theoretical computer science, Hans Zassenhaus on polynomial
factorization, and David G. Cantor on Jacobians of
hyperelliptic curves. The conference was funded by
the Fields Institute in Toronto, the University of Waterloo,
and the Maplesoft corporation, which presented Kaltofen with
a model Gomboc,
whose existence was proved with the help of the Maple
software. The photo shows Kaltofen and his wife with eight of
his graduate students: from left to right: Markus Hitz (Ph.D.
1998, RPI), John May (Ph.D. 2005, NC State), Gregory Imirzian (MS
1986, RPI), George Yuhasz (Ph.D. 2009, NC State), Erich and Hoang
Kaltofen, Cleveland Waddell (Ph.D. in progress, NC State),
WenShin Lee (Ph.D. 2001, NC State), Austin Lobo (Ph.D. 1995, RPI),
Y. N. Lakshman (Ph.D. 1990, RPI).
Waddell Wins Best Algorithm Award Mathematics graduate student Cleveland Waddell won the Angela E. Grant Poster Award for Best Algorithm at the 22nd Conference for AfricanAmerican Researchers in the Mathematical Sciences, held at Princeton University from June 15 to 18. His poster presented a generalization of the WelchBerlekamp algorithm for decoding and errorcorrection. The photo shows Waddell with the sister and mother of the late Dr. Grant, a mathematician at Northwestern University. Waddell's Ph.D. advisor is Erich Kaltofen.
NC State Grad Robert Bryant's Journey from Harnett County to AMS President
Robert Bryant, who grew up on a farm in Harnett County, did his undergraduate work at NC State, and is today president of the American Mathematical Society, discusses his upbringing and his personal and professional journey in an interview in the JuneJuly issue of the Notices of the AMS. The photo shows Robert and his brothers and sisters dressed for church in 1964. Robert is wearing the red bow tie.
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SAS Hall, Home of the Mathematics and Statistics Departments
The Mathematics and Statistics Departments moved into stateoftheart SAS Hall in May 2009. An article in the College of Sciences magazine SCOPE tells how the new building is changing life in the two departments.The story behind SAS hall is here. More SAS Hall photos here. Photos by Ted Branoff of SAS Hall under construction are here.
NC State Mathematics Graduation
The Math Graduation Ceremony for Spring 2016 was held on Friday, May 6th at 3:00 pm in 2203 SAS Hall. Pictures, presentation, program and video are posted here.
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Today's Events (10262016)
Association for Women in Mathematics Wednesday, October 26, 2016 at 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM in SAS 4104 Weekly Brown Bag Lunch
Departmental Event Wednesday, October 26, 2016 at 2:30 PM to 3:00 PM in SAS 4104 Departmental Tea and Cookies
Differential Equations Seminar Wednesday, October 26, 2016 at 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM in SAS 4201 Daniel M. Harris, UNC Mathematics Department Tailoring tails in Taylor dispersion: How boundaries shape chemical delivery in microfluidics
Graduate Training Seminar Wednesday, October 26, 2016 at 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM in SAS 1102 Faculty panel CVs, research and teaching statements
Geometry and Topology Seminar Wednesday, October 26, 2016 at 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM in SAS 4201 Scott Kelly, UNC Charlotte Geometric Mechanics and Nonlinear Dynamics in Robotic Locomotion
SIAM Student Chapter Events Wednesday, October 26, 2016 at 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM in SAS 1216 Ralph Smith, NC State Active Subspace Techniques for Physical, Biological and Financial Models
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