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New Department Leadership

August 23, 2023 – Dan Margalit has joined the Vanderbilt faculty as Stevenson Professor and Chair of the Department of Mathematics. Margalit is a leading expert on low-dimensional topology and geometric group theory. A brief video introducing Professor Margalit and some other new A&S faculty is available here. The Vanderbilt article announcing Margalit’s arrival is available here.  

Stevenson Chair Promotions

August 11, 2023 – Professors Akram Aldroubi and Jared Speck were appointed as Stevenson Chairs. Aldroubi is a leading expert in sampling theory, harmonic analysis, and their applications to signal and image processing. Speck is a leading expert on the mathematics of general relativity and shock waves.

Distinguished Professor Promotion

August 11, 2023 – Ed Saff was appointed as a Distinguished Professor of Mathematics. Professor Saff is Director of the Center for Constructive Approximation which publishes the journal Constructive Approximation (Springer Nature).  He has authored 25 books and almost 300 papers in approximation theory, potential theory, complex analysis, and numerical analysis.  

University Award

June 7, 2023 – Marcelo Disconzi, Associate Professor of Mathematics, was awarded a Chancellor Faculty Fellowship. In his recent work, he has developed a new mathematical formalism that bridges the long-standing divide between the laws of thermodynamics and Einstein’s general theory of relativity. Here is a link to the story:

Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Award

May 30, 2023 – Colin Bloomfield, a PhD student in Mathematics, won the Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Award. Further details are available here:

Dean’s Distinguished Teaching Fellow

May 2, 2023 – John Rafter, a Principal Senior Lecturer in the Vanderbilt Math Department, has been chosen as a Dean’s Distinguished Teaching Fellow. The award is given annually to faculty who exhibit excellence in teaching effectiveness, imaginative and innovative teaching practices inside and outside the classroom, and for extraordinary contributions in designing and advising undergraduate Immersion experiences. Further...

SIAM Fellow

April 3, 2023 – Professor Ed Saff has been chosen as a member of the 2023 class of SIAM Fellows. A complete list of the 2023 SIAM Fellows is available here:

Alumni Reunion

October 11, 2022 – The Department was pleased to welcome alumni back to Vanderbilt during Reunion Weekend, October 6th to 9th, 2022. Some alumni preferred to just wander around the math building, but the department also held a reception on Friday afternoon and several faculty members had a lively discussion with some alumni about their careers after Vanderbilt and...

2022 Award Winners Honored at Annual Ceremony

May 17, 2022 – Six students and one postdoc were recognized for outstanding achievements at the recent Department of Mathematics annual awards ceremony. The 2022 B.F. Bryant Prize for Excellence in Teaching was shared by graduate students Colin Bloomfield, Ishan, and Samuel Rizzo. The award recognizes graduate teaching assistants who have demonstrated concern for and accomplishments in teaching, qualities...

Sifan Yu receives Summer Research Award

May 16, 2022 – Sifan Yu was the recipient of a Summer Research Award (SRA). The College of Arts and Science Summer Research Award program is designed to help graduate students with outstanding potential to accelerate progress on their research. SRAs provide funds for research expenses related to the doctoral thesis, other advanced research projects, or scholarly activities that...