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Marcelo Disconzi Receives Sloan Fellowship

February 15, 2018 – Assistant Professor Marcelo Disconzi is one of 126 young scientists, economists, and mathematicians who were named 2018 Sloan Research Fellows. These prestigious two-year fellowships are awarded yearly to early-career researchers in recognition of distinguished performance and a unique potential to make substantial contributions to their field. This year, 20 recipients are from mathematics. The 2018...

Shanks Workshop on Complex Differential Geometry

February 7, 2018 – The Shanks Workshop on Complex Differential Geometry will be held at Vanderbilt University March 2 to March 3, 2018. The workshop will bring together leading researchers to present recent results and future directions of research in complex differential geometry with focus on one main problem: understanding canonical metrics in complex geometry. The topics to be...

Seven Undergraduates Inducted Into Pi Mu Epsilon Society

February 7, 2018 – Seven undergraduate mathematics majors were inducted into the Vanderbilt University Chapter of the Pi Mu Epsilon Society in December 2017. The new members are: Gregory Bixler, Yuhan Guo, Hannah Hagan, Min Soo Kim, Robert Saskowski, Rebecca Wood, and David Zhang. Pi Mu Epsilon (PME) is an honorary national mathematics society dedicated to the promotion of...

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...

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,...

New Issue of Spectrum Newsletter Now Available

October 6, 2017 – The fall 2017 edition of Spectrum, the department’s 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...

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...

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...

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...

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....