Robert Ramsay 1940-2016
Robert Ramsay, who taught mathematics at NC State from 1967 until his
retirement in 2004, died in Raleigh on March 29. He was 75. Ramsay,
a topologist, received his Ph.D. from the University of Miami in 1967.
He served as Director of Undergraduate Programs from 1989 until 1999.
Bob achieved brief fame in 1975 after an encounter with NC State
football coach Lou Holtz. He was jogging around the track at a
football practice, and Holtz, thinking he might be a spy, asked him to
leave. Bob was arrested and made news nationwide. Some years later,
when Bob was about to take a sabbatical at Stanford, Holtz, then
coaching at Arkansas, sent him a photo captioned, "If I knew you were
leaving, I'd have stayed." An obituary is here,
and a story about Ramsay is here.
College of Sciences Honors Alan Porch
Mathematics Department Business Officer Alan Porch has been named winner of the 2016 College of Sciences Award for Excellence, the College's highest honor for non-faculty employees. This is the second straight year a Mathematics Department staff member has won this award. Alan was praised for "the perfect balance of professional behavior, job expertise, and fun," and for "the respect he shows to everyone with whom he interacts." He is "exceptionally competent and knowledgeable about administrative structures and procedures throughout the University," and helps faculty negotiate "even the most arcane matters of HR, grant management, financial management and budgeting."
NC State students Place in Modeling Contests
A team of three NC State math majors was named a Meritorious Winner in the 18th annual Interdisciplinary Contest in Modeling held early this year, which attracted 5025 competing teams, 98% of them from other countries. "Meritorious Winner" designates teams in the top 20%. The NC State team of senior Kenneth Jutz and freshmen Graham Pash and Jaye Sudweeks tackled the problem of modeling the movement of refugees from the Middle East and Africa to Europe and recommending management strategies. The team was coached by Professor Ralph Smith.
Four Graduate Students Win 2016 Math Department Awards
Four graduate students have won 2016 Mathematics Department awards. Carl Giuffre and Shira Polster won Maltbie Awards, which recognize outstanding teaching by a graduate student. Ismail Demir and Colby Long won Winton-Rose Scholarships, which recognize academic achievement and research success by students who are completing their Ph.D. thesis. Giuffre, a Biomathematics student, is advised by David Tarpy (Entomology) and Sharon Lubkin. Polster's thesis advisor is Nathan Reading; Demi's advisors are Kailash Misra and Ernie Stitzinger; and Long's advisor is Seth Sullivant.
Students Win NSF Fellowships
Three NC State mathematics students have won National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships this year: Mia de los Reyes (undergrad, math and physics double major), Sara Troutman (graduated 2015, math and environmental engineering double major), and Christine Mennicke (math grad student). Robert Baraldi (undergrad) and Samantha Faber (graduated 2015) earned honorable mention. Gautam Nagaraj (undergrad, math and physics double major) earned honorable mention in the Goldwater Scholarship competition.
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SAS Hall, Home of the Mathematics and Statistics Departments
The Mathematics and Statistics Departments moved into state-of-the-art 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.
Graduate Student Modeling Workshop (IMSM 2016)
Sunday July 17, 2016 8:00 AM to Wednesday, July 27, 2016 at 5:00 PM
SAS Hall, NC State
Kwangil Koh Lecture on Mathematics in Our Time
Tuesday September 27, 2016 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM
Ingrid Daubechies, Duke University
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