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## Remembering Professor Emeritus Bjarni Jónsson

Bjarni Jónsson, Vanderbilt’s first Distinguished Professor of Mathematics, died Sept. 30 at the age of 96. He was internationally recognized as a leading authority on universal algebra, lattice theory and algebraic logic. Jónsson came to Vanderbilt in 1966 and taught here until his retirement in 1993.

## Mike Neamtu Named New Chair of the Department

Professor Mike Neamtu has been named the new chair of the Department of Mathematics at Vanderbilt University. Neamtu received his Ph.D. in mathematics in 1991 from the University of Twente in the Netherlands. He joined the Vanderbilt Department of Mathematics in 1992. His research interests are in approximation theory, spline theory, computer-aided geometric design, and » Read More

## Conference Will Tackle Open Problems in Universal Algebra

What are the most interesting and promising open problems in the field of universal algebra? Answering that question and beginning work on them is the goal of a two-week conference entitled “Structure and Complexity in Universal Algebra,” which will take place at Vanderbilt University September 19-30, 2016. Universal algebra is the study of algebraic structures, » Read More

###### Upcoming Events

## Sharp Energy Minimization for the Triangular Bi-Pyramid

Richard Schwartz, Brown University

Location: Stevenson 5211

## Translation Surfaces

Grace Work, Vanderbilt University

Location: Stevenson 1310

## Talk Title TBA

Craig Kleski, Miami University in Ohio

Location: Stevenson 1432

## Special Colloquium: Stochastic Homogenization for Reaction-Diffusion Equations

Jessica Lin, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Location: Stevenson 5211

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