Dana May Latch, 1943-2015
Dana May Latch, who taught mathematics at NC State from 1976 until
2000, passed away on May 31 following a period of failing health. She
was 71. Dr. Latch earned her Ph.D. at CUNY Graduate School in 1971.
Her interests were in algebraic topology and theoretical computer
science. She published 15 mathematics research papers and had one
Ph.D. student. During the 1990's she served as a program director in
the National Science Foundation's Directorate for Computer and
Information Science and Engineering. A News and Observer obituary is here.
Spring Math Honors Program Graduates
Congratulations to Mathematics Honors Program graduates Nick Dunn, Thomas Gray, Darren Lipman, Matthew Loeffler, Sam Magura, Nick Quayle, Sara Troutman, and Alexandria Vail. More information is available here.
Wallace wins COS Award for Excellence
Charlene Wallace, executive assistant to Mathematics Department Head Loek Helminck, has been named winner of the 2015 College of Sciences Award for Excellence. This is only the second time a Mathematics Department staff member has won this award. Professor Helminck notes that when anyone in the math department has an issue they don't know how to handle, the mantra is, "I'll ask Charlene!" He adds, "Whatever the crisis of the day might be, Charlene's good nature, sense of humor, and effectiveness get us through."
4th Annual Sonia Kovalevsky Day held at NC State
The Association for Women in Mathematics Student Chapter held its 4th annual Sonia Kovalevsky Day on April 18. Almost 50 middle-schoolers came to SAS Hall for a morning of math workshops and talks. SK Day honors Sonia Kovalevsky, the first woman in Europe to receive a Ph.D. in mathematics, and aims to encourage young women to continue to pursue their interest in studying math.
Banks named first Leroy Martin Distinguished Professor
Professor H. T. Banks has been named the first Leroy B. Martin Jr. Distinguished Professor of Mathematics. The professorship was created by alumnus Dr. James Goodnight, CEO and co-founder of SAS, to honor Martin, a longtime NC State mathematics professor. Banks's work integrates innovative ideas from mathematics and statistics into powerful predictive models that have profound effects on patient diagnosis and therapy, as well as the design of clinical trials for HIV and other areas of medicine.
Abernathy wins teaching award
2011 Math Ph.D. Kristen Abernathy, an assistant professor at Winthrop University in South Carolina, has been chosen to receive the 2015 Mathematical Association of America Southeastern Section Award for Distinguished Teaching by a Beginning College or University Faculty Member. The citation notes that Abernethy "has played a vital role in the culture shift happening in the math department, resulting in students who feel like the department is their academic home and have become more engaged in their coursework."
Smith wins Outstanding Research Award
Distinguished Professor of Mathematics Ralph Smith is one of four NC State faculty named winners of 2015 Alumni Association Outstanding Research Awards. Professor Smith was recognized for seminal contributions to the modeling and control of smart material systems and to uncertainty quantification. He is co-author of the book "Smart Material Structures: Modeling, Estimation and Control" (1996), and author of the books "Smart Material Systems: Model Development" (2005) and "Uncertainty Quantification: Theory, Implementation, and Applications" (2014). Professor Smith is the second Mathematics Department faculty member to win an Alumni Association Outstanding Research Award since the award's inception in 1982. The first was Professor H. T. Banks in 1996 and 2008.
Tran named Alumni Association Distinguished Graduate Professor
Mathematics Professor Hien Tran is one of four NC State faculty named 2015 Alumni Association Distinguished Graduate Professors. The award recognizes outstanding graduate-level teaching. The selection committee noted that letters from students "attested to the extraordinary quality of the mentoring" that Professor Tran "provided both during and after their graduate programs at NC State." Professor Tran is the second Mathematics Department faculty member to be named an Alumni Association Distinguished Graduate Professor since the award's inception in 1983. The first was Professor H. T. Banks in 2000.
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The NC State Mathematics Department Spring 2015 Graduation
The NC State Mathematics Department Graduation was held on Friday, May 8th. Pictures and video are available online.
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 PAMS 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.
2015 Kwangil Koh Lecture on Mathematics in Our Time
Frank Morgan was the guest speaker for the 2015 Kwangil Koh Lecture on Mathematics in Our Time giving a talk on "Soap Bubbles and Mathematics". Photos are available online.
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