October 12, 2016 – 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.
August 22, 2016 – 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
August 21, 2016 – 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
May 23, 2016 – Four students and one postdoc were honored for outstanding achievements at the Department of Mathematics recent annual award ceremony. 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 » Read More
May 10, 2016 – The Department of Mathematics hosted the 31st Annual Shanks Lecture and International Conference on Evolution Equations from May 16 to 20, 2016. The conference focused on recent developments in partial differential equations connected to evolution problems. Topics included fluid dynamics, free boundary problems, dispersive equations, parabolic equations, Einstein’s equations, and non-linear wave equations. Part of » Read More
December 29, 2015 – Professor Bruce Hughes is the recipient of the 2015 Jeffrey Nordhaus Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. Hughes received his Ph.D. from the University of Kentucky in 1981 and joined the Vanderbilt Department of Mathematics in 1985. He has taught courses in a wide variety of subjects, ranging from elementary calculus to advanced upper-level undergraduate » Read More
September 7, 2015 – Distinguished Professor Ralph McKenzie has been named as a Fellow of the American Mathematical Society (AMS) for 2016. The society recognized McKenzie for his contributions to universal algebra and for mathematical exposition. The Fellows of the AMS designation recognizes members who have made outstanding contributions to the creation, exposition, advancement, communication, and utilization of mathematics. » Read More
July 3, 2015 – A new mathematical model of cosmic stickiness developed by Assistant Professor of Mathematics Marcelo Disconzi in collaboration with two Vanderbilt physics professors is receiving widespread media coverage after being featured in the University's "Research News @ Vanderrbilt."
June 15, 2015 – A paper co-authored by Prof. Phil Crooke has won a prestigious award given annually by Innovations, the official journal of the International Society for Minimally Invasive Cardiothoracic Surgery (ISMICS). The award, which includes a $2,000 prize, is given for the best manuscript from those that were submitted to the journal after being presented to the » Read More
May 26, 2015 – Professor Glenn Webb has been honored with the dedication of a special issue of Mathematical Sciences and Bioengineering (MBE). Volume 12, Number 4 (2015) of the journal is dedicated to Webb in honor of his 70th birthday.