Math students help with BugFest
"Math Doesn't Bug Me" was a big success at BugFest at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh on Sept. 19. Undergrad and grad students from the Math Department and the Center for Research in Scientific Computation led interactive math activities and presented posters on their research. The organizers were Lorena Bociu, Steven Derochers, and Shira Polster. Kudos to everyone involved!
Helminck steps down as Department Head, Chertock named Interim Head
Professor Loek Helminck stepped down as Head of the Mathematics Departments on August 16. Professor Alina Chertock replaced him as Interim Head. Professor Hien Tran will continue as Associate Head.
Helminck served as Interim Head in 20052006 and as Head since 2006. Highlights of his tenure include:
* The construction of SAS Hall, which became the Department's home in 2009.
* The 2010 American Mathematical Society Award for an Exemplary Program or Achievement in a Mathematics Department, which recognized the Department's blend of fundamental and interdisciplinary research, integration of undergraduate and graduate students into research, and professional development opportunities for graduate students. The Department's Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program, which was started by Professor Helminck and was one of the largest in the country, was especially praised.
* The 2011 American Mathematical Society Award for Mathematics Programs that Make a Difference, which recognized the Department's success with students from underrepresented groups. Since 1999 the Department had produced almost 13% of all AfricanAmerican mathematics Ph.D.'s in the nation.
* Hiring of numerous young faculty, who enjoyed unprecedented success, including a Packard Fellowship for Science and Engineering (only the third in any field in the history of NC State) and a Sloan Foundation Research Fellowship (the second in the history of NC State).
Helminck will remain a member of the Department, continuing research and teaching.
Professor Chertock joined the Department in 2002 after completing her Ph.D. at Tel Aviv University and a postdoc at the University of California, Berkeley. She is an expert on numerical methods for partial differential equations.
NC State grad John Storey wins prestigious statistics award
John Storey, a 1998 honors graduate in mathematics and valedictorian,
has won the 2015 COPSS Presidents' Award, given annually by the
Committee of Presidents of Statistical Societies to a member of the
statistics community under age 40. This award is often considered to
be the most prestigious in the field of statistics. Storey won the
award "for transformative and groundbreaking research on the theory,
methods, and applications of inference methods, particularly
significance testing, applied to highdimensional data analysis
problems; for impactful development and application of statistics to
modern biological and medical research; and for service to the field
of statistics through interdisciplinary activities." Storey is the
Harman Professor in Genomics at Princeton University, where he is
Director of the Center for Statistics and Machine Learning.
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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.
Special Events
8th Southeastern Lie Theory Workshop on Algebraic and Combinatorial Representation Theory Friday October 9, 2015 8:15 AM to Sunday, October 11, 2015 at 12:30 PM SAS 1102
Faculty in Action Seminar Series Wednesday October 14, 2015 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM Riddick 450 Marie Davidian from Statistics Statistics and Dave Eggleston from Marine, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences, NC State Triangle Area Graduate Mathematics Conference Saturday October 24, 2015 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM SAS Hall
Faculty in Action Seminar Series Wednesday November 18, 2015 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM Riddick 301 Walter Weare, Chemistry and Cathrine Hoyo, Biological Sciences Toxicology
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