# News

### Conference Will Tackle Open Problems in Universal Algebra

August 26, 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

### Mike Neamtu Named New Chair of the Department

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

### Award Winners Honored at Annual Ceremony

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

### International Conference on Evolution Equations, May 16-20

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

### Bruce Hughes Receives Nordhaus Teaching Award

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

### Ralph McKenzie Selected as Fellow of the AMS

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

### Disconzi’s Model of Cosmic Stickiness Favors “Big Rip” Demise of Universe

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."

### Paper Co-authored by Phil Crooke Wins Best Manuscript Award

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

### Glenn Webb Honored with Special Issue

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.

### Recent Advances in Kähler Geometry Conference, May 18-22

May 6, 2015 – The Department of Mathematics will host an international conference on Recent Advances in Kähler Geometry, May 18-22, 2015. The conference is held in conjunction with the 30th Annual Shanks Lecture. This year’s featured Shanks Lecturer is Fields Medalist Professor Shing-Tung Yau of Harvard University. Kähler geometry is an area of mathematics that has seen a » Read More

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