Mark Ellingham Receives Nordhaus Teaching Award

December 12, 2017 – Professor Mark Ellingham is the recipient of the 2017 Jeffrey Nordhaus Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. Ellingham received his Ph.D. from the University of Waterloo in 1986 and joined Vanderbilt’s Department of Mathematics the same year. He has taught a variety of mathematics courses for both math majors and non-majors, ranging from mid-level undergraduate » Read More

Larry Schumaker Selected as Fellow of the AMS

November 8, 2017 – Stevenson Professor Larry Schumaker has been selected as a Fellow of the American Mathematical Society (AMS) for 2018. Schumaker was recognized for his contributions to spline theory, approximation theory, and numerical analysis, and for his service to the profession. The Fellows of the AMS designation recognizes members who have made outstanding contributions to the creation, » Read More

New Issue of Spectrum Newsletter Now Available

October 6, 2017 – The fall 2017 edition of Spectrum, the departmentʼs newsletter, has just been published. Highlights include Assistant Professor Marcelo Disconzi’s research suggesting how the universe might end and profiles of new faculty members Anna Marie Bohmann and Spencer Dowdall. For more news about our faculty and student activities, you can view a PDF of the new » Read More

Shanks Workshop on Subfactors and Applications

August 28, 2017 – The Shanks Workshop on Subfactors and Applications will be held at Vanderbilt September 30 to October 1, 2017. The workshop will bring together researchers working in areas of mathematics related to the theory of subfactors. This includes conformal field theory, statistical mechanical models, algebraic quantum field theory, quantum computing, tensor networks, low-dimensional topology. and fusion » Read More

Denis Osin Invited to Speak at ICM 2018

June 28, 2017 – Professor Denis Osin has been invited to speak at the International Congress of Mathematicians in 2018. Held once every four years, the ICM brings together mathematicians from all over the world to discuss the latest developments in every area of mathematics. An ICM invitation is considered to be one of the most significant recognitions of » Read More

BLAST Conference Honoring Bjarni Jónsson, August 14-18

June 28, 2017 – The Department of Mathematics will host the 2017 BLAST Conference August 14-18, 2017. BLAST is a conference series focusing on Boolean algebras, lattices, algebraic logic, quantum logic, universal algebra, set theory, and set-theoretic and point-free topology. It circulates among different universities, and this is the first time it will be held at Vanderbilt. A list » Read More

Award Winners Honored at Annual Ceremony

June 2, 2017 – Five students were honored for outstanding achievements at the recent Department of Mathematics annual award ceremony. The 2017 B.F. Bryant Prize for Excellence in Teaching was shared by graduate students Chang-Hsin Lee and Timothy Michaels. The award recognizes graduate teaching assistants who have demonstrated concern for and accomplishments in teaching, qualities that characterized the career » Read More

Conferences and Workshops Benefit from Shanks Endowment

May 9, 2017 – In addition to the prestigious annual Shanks Conference and Lecture series, a number of other Department of Mathematics conferences and workshops benefit each year from funding provided by the Shanks Endowment. The Shanks Endowment was established in 1984 by the Shanks family in honor of 1956-1969 Department Chair Baylis Shanks and his wife Olivia Shanks. » Read More

Conference on Low-Dimensional Topology and Geometry,
May 15-19

April 25, 2017 – The Department of Mathematics hosted the Conference on Low-Dimensional Topology and Geometry from May 15 to 19, 2017. Held in conjunction with the 32nd Annual Shanks Lecture, the conference focused on the close interrelationships between geometry and topology in low dimensions, such as in the study of surfaces and three-dimensional manifolds (3-manifolds). Emphasis was on » Read More

Fifteenth Annual NCGOA Spring Institute, May 5-11

April 11, 2017 – The Department of Mathematics hosted the Fifteenth Annual Spring Institute on Noncommutative Geometry and Operator Algebras May 5-11, 2017. The theme of the 2017 event was Operator Algebras and Logic. The Spring Institute is a combination of spring school and international research conference. During the school part of the meeting several mini-courses on a variety » Read More