Rice University Math

2013 Department News Archives

Fall 2013

New Instructors this Fall - Allison Moore and John Calabrese join the department this year as Instructors, partially supported by our NSF-funded Research Training Group in Geometry. Moore finished at UT Austin in 2013 under the direction Cameron Gordon, and specializes in applications of sophisticated algebra to problems in knot theory. Calabrese arrives in January 2014 and worked under the direction of Tom Bridgeland at Oxford; he studies how numerical invariants of projective varieties transform under modifications.

NSF Postdoctoral Research Fellow - William Yessen joins the department as an NSF Mathematical Sciences Postdoctoral Research Fellow with Professor David Damanik. He completed his doctoral work in 2013 at UC Irvine under the direction of Anton Gorodetski. He works in mathematical physics, focusing on quasicrystals, spectral theory, and orthogonal polynomials.

Milton Brockett Porter Chair of Mathematics - Brendan Hassett was appointed Milton Brockett Porter Chair of Mathematics, succeeding John Hempel who retired at the end of the 2012-13 academic year.

Texas Analysis and Mathematical Physics Symposium October 25-27, 2013

Focused Research Group Workshop on arithmetic and geometry of rational curves September 20-22, 2013

Spring 2013

2013 Nettie S. Autrey Fellowship and GSA Robert Lowry Patten Award - In recognition of her accomplishments, Arunima Ray has been awarded the Nettie S. Autrey Fellowship for the 2013-2014 academic year. This award is given annually to one graduate student in the field of science or engineering and provides a stipend of $14,000 for the year. She also received the Graduate Student Association Robert Lowry Patten Award to honor her service to improving graduate student life and education at Rice. Congratulations on both honors!

2013 Undergraduate Awards - The 2013 Hubert E. Bray Prize in Mathematics was shared by Nicholas Ryder and Karl Schaefer. This is given annually to the most outstanding junior mathematics major. We also presented the prizes from the 1st Annual Undergraduate Mathematics Lecture Contest: Karl Schaefer won the Best Lecture prize and Joe Anderson, Arias Hathaway, and Navaneeth Ravindranath shared the Best Presentation honor. Congratulations!

Mike Wolf

2013 George R. Brown Award for Superior Teaching - During the week of Commencement Professor Michael Wolf will receive a coveted George R. Brown Award for Superior Teaching. Over the past decade, Mike has been involved in almost all aspects of student life, serving as Master of Will Rice College and first Master of McMurtry College, guiding students through Honors Calculus, establishing and directing our VIGRE program to integrate research into our undergraduate experience, and originating the Rice Emerging Scholars Program (RESP). As well as being active in undergraduate student life, he also directed the research of 9 Rice PhD's, and is presently the advisor of three graduate students. A well-deserved honor - Congratulations!

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Anticipating her continued excellence, MATH major Chengcheng Yang has received an NSF graduate fellowship to study mathematics at the University of Chicago. This prestigious fellowship comes with an annual stipend which allows the recipient to conduct their own research at the accredited U.S. institution of their choice. Previous MATH major winners include Tal Einav who is currently studying physics at Caltech. Congratulations!

Sophia Meyer Farb Prize for Teaching - To recognize his outstanding commitment to student education, our newest faculty member Anthony Varilly-Alvarado will receive this year's Sophia Meyer Farb Prize for Teaching from the Rice chapter of the Phi Beta Kappa national honor society. He is the first mathematics professor to receive this award since it was established in 1977.

May 11 - One Hundreth Commencement - Congratulations to our 2013 graduates!

3-Manifolds Conference in honor of John Hempel, April 19-21, 2013

Rice Dynamics Meetings: Dynamics of Group Action, May 3 - 5, 2013

CHAOS & Life - How is population growth related to chaos? Is nature fundamentally unstable? To answer these and other questions about dynamical systems, Professor Danijela Damjanovic has developed a semester-long "CHAOS & Life" seminar for female high school students. By working together to solve problems and meeting other women in math and science, she hopes to show that mathematical research can be both exciting and related to problems in the real world. Funding for the seminar and Dynamics Workshop (to be held in May) are part of a prestigious CAREER grant Professor Damjanovic received from the NSF last spring.

2013 Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship - In recognition of his past work and future research, Professor Andrew Putman has received a 2013 Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship. These prestigious fellowships are awarded to early career scientists to acknowledge the quality of their current work as well as their unique potential to make substantial contributions to their field. Congratulations! More from the Rice News ...

1st Annual Undergraduate Mathematical Lecture Contest - April 6, 2013. Offering both a $500 cash prize for best research and a $500 cash prize for best presentation, the Department of Mathematics RTG (Research Training Group) is sponsoring a new annual Math lecture contest on April 6, 2013. Check the webpage for information and registration. More about paid research opportunities available through the RTG are here.

Spring 2013 Research Opportunities in Mathematics for Rice Undergraduates. The RTG (Research Training Groups) program is now accepting applications for the Spring Semester. Limited to US citizens and permanent residents. More information on the research opportunities and how to apply are here.