The 2016 B.F. Bryant Prize for Excellence in Teaching was shared by graduate students Corey Jones and Colin Klaus. In announcing the award, Associate Director of Graduate Studies Doug Hardin cited the outstanding ratings both of them had received on student evaluations.

Jones received his Ph.D. in May 2016. He has accepted a postdoctoral position at the Australian National University in Canberra, Australia.

Klaus is expected to receive his Ph.D. in May 2017. He will spend next year finalizing two research projects with his advisor Emmanuele DiBenedetto.

Corey Jones was also the recipient of the Bjarni Jónsson Prize for Research. Jones’ research interests are in quantum symmetries, including tensor categories, subfactors, planar algebras, quantum groups, and operator algebras.

Jones is the sole author of a paper that has been accepted for publication in the *International Journal of Mathematics *and co-author (with S. K. Ghosh of the India Statistical Institute) of a paper that has been accepted by the *Journal of Functional Analysis*. Jones has also given talks at several conferences.

His advisor, Vaughan Jones, describes Jones as a remarkable student who rapidly mastered suggested areas of research. “All I had to do was hint at a topic,” said Jones, “and within a few days, Corey would have read up on the subject, done a multitude of calculations, and have a ton of theories and a definite opinion on where it was all leading.”

The Richard J. Larsen Award for Achievement in Undergraduate Mathematics was awarded jointly to Tennessee (“Tucker”) Joyce and Timothy (“TJ”) Warner.

Director of Undergraduate Studies John Rafter described Tucker as “a developed mathematician when he arrived at Vanderbilt as a freshman. “ He took only graduate math courses at Vanderbilt and excelled in all of them. He is the first freshman to take the department’s graduate topology class.

Tucker graduated with honors and will pursue a Ph.D. in physics at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

According to Rafter, the other winner of the Larsen Award, TJ Warner, participated in the department’s activities “as a student, researcher, grader, and president of the Math Club.” He took a wide variety of courses, including the full-year graduate topology and algebra courses, and he did research with Professor Mike Mihalik on asymptotic group theory. TJ plans to pursue a Ph.D. in mathematics.

The winner of the 2016 Samir Aldroubi and Amira Azhari Prize for Excellence in Postdoctoral Research is Arnaud Brothier, who completed a three-year postdoctoral appointment this year.

While at Vanderbilt, Brothier published five papers and produced two preprints. His work appeared in prestigious journals, including the *Journal of Functional Analysis* and the *Journal of Noncommutative Geometry*. He also gave more than 15 talks at conferences and seminars all over the world.

Arnaud’s research interests encompass subfactors, planar algebras, tensor categories, deformation/rigidity theory, free probability, ergodic theory, and geometric group theory. His latest work is focused around approximation properties of infinite depth planar algebras and realizing these as planar algebras arising from hyperfinite subfactors.

Professor and Department Chair Dietmar Bisch, Brothier’s postdoctoral mentor, said, “Arnaud’s work as a postdoc at Vanderbilt has been very impressive. His results are an important contribution to the study of subfactors, an exciting area of operator algebras with many open questions and unexpected connections to mathematical physics.”

The Department of Mathematics is proud to honor these accomplished award winners.

]]>Part of the conference was a special tribute to the mathematical work of Professor Jan Prüss of Martin-Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, Germany, on the occasion of his 65th birthday.

This year’s featured Shanks Lecturer was Professor Lawrence C. Evans of the University of California, Berkeley. Evans is a graduate of Vanderbilt University’s class of 1971. The title of his Shanks Lecture was “Hidden Convexity for Nonlinear PDE.” The Shanks Lecture was given on May 17 from 4 to 5 p.m.

The prestigious Shanks Lecture Series is organized annually by the Department of Mathematics of Vanderbilt University, honoring Baylis and Olivia Shanks. The late Professor Baylis Shanks was chairman of the Department from 1955 through 1969. A list of previous Shanks Conferences and Lecturers can be found here.

More information on International Conference on Evolution Equations is available on the conference web site.

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The B. F. Bryant Prize for Excellence in Teaching is awarded annually to a graduate teaching assistant in the Department of Mathematics. The B.F. Bryant award was established in 1987 in honor of Billy F. Bryant, Professor of Mathematics, Emeritus, who taught at Vanderbilt from 1948 to 1986. The award is given each spring to a graduate teaching assistant who has demonstrated concern for and accomplishments in teaching, qualities that characterized the career of Professor Bryant.

Bjarni Jónsson Prize for Research

The Bjarni Jónsson Prize for Research is awarded each year to a graduate teaching assistant in the Department of Mathematics for exceptional research in mathematics, as well as for outstanding research potential. The Bjarni Jónsson Prize was established in honor of Bjarni Jónsson, Distinguished Professor of Mathematics, Emeritus, who taught at Vanderbilt from 1966 to 1992.

Richard J. Larsen Award for Achievement in Undergraduate Mathematics

Richard Larsen was a member of the faculty of the Department of Mathematics from 1970 to 2005. Richard’s primary focus in the Department of Mathematics was undergraduate education and administration. He served as the Director of Undergraduate Studies for seventeen years, from 1985 to 2002. When Professor Larsen retired in the spring of 2005, the Department established the Richard J. Larsen Award for Achievement in Undergraduate Mathematics in his honor. The award, along with a check for $500, is presented each spring to the senior math major judged by the faculty to have excelled in all aspects of undergraduate mathematics.

The Samir Aldroubi and Amira Azhari Prize for Excellence in Postdoctoral Research is awarded every two years to recognize the research achievements of current and recent postdoctoral fellows in the department. It was established by Mathematics Professor Akram Aldroubi in honor of his parents, Samir Aldroubi and Amira Azhari.

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