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Department Welcomes 11 New Faculty Members

October 10, 2019 – The Department of Mathematics welcomes 11 new faculty members this fall. The new group includes three senior lecturers and eight postdoctoral fellows. The three senior lecturers are Henry Chan, José Gil-Férez, and Alice Mark. Henry Chan received his Ph.D. in 2017 from the University of Chicago. His research interests are in algebraic K-theory, topological Hochschild...

Marcelo Disconzi is Co-PI on a $1.2 Million NSF Grant

September 12, 2019 – Assistant Professor Marcello Disconzi is a co-principal investigator on a $1.2 million National Science Foundation grant to prepare STEM teachers for high-need school districts. The project, entitled “Recruitment and Preparation of Next Generation STEM Teachers,” will be led by Vanderbilt’s Peabody College in partnership with Fisk University.

Larry Rolen Publishes a Paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

June 27, 2019 – Assistant Professor Larry Rolen is co-author of a new paper considered to be a major contribution in the field of number theory and in the study of the famous Riemann Hypothesis. The paper was recently published in the prestigious Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences along with a commentary by Fields Medalist Enrico Bombieri. For more details and links to the paper itself and Bombieri’s commentary, see the following recent article that appeared on the Emory University website.

Vaughan Jones Wins International Cooperation Award

June 27, 2019 – Stevenson Distinguished Professor Vaughan Jones has received the International Cooperation Award of the International Congress of Chinese Mathematicians (ICCM). The award was given to Jones for his work mentoring a number of outstanding Chinese mathematicians and for his support of the Chinese mathematical community.

Award Winners Honored at Annual Ceremony

May 16, 2019 – Five students were recognized for outstanding achievements at the recent Department of Mathematics annual awards ceremony. The 2019 B.F. Bryant Prize for Excellence in Teaching was shared by graduate students Blake Dunshee and Ryan Solava. The award recognizes graduate teaching assistants who have demonstrated concern for and accomplishments in teaching, qualities that characterized the career...

Sixteenth International Conference on Approximation Theory, May 19-22

May 16, 2019 – The 16th International Conference on Approximation Theory will take place at Vanderbilt University from May 19 to 22, 2019. The conference is held every three years at various U.S. locations to provide a forum for researchers in the field to meet and discuss current developments. Topics of interest include abstract approximation, compressed sensing, image and...

Shanks Workshop on Computations and Linear Programming Bounds for Energy, Packing, and Covering, May 10-12

March 21, 2019 – The Shanks Workshop on Computations and Linear Programming Bounds for Energy, Packing, and Covering will be held May 10-12, 2019 at Vanderbilt University. The program is organized as an intensive seminar focusing on the use of computational tools to provide insight into geometric optimization problems. The intent is to address the background, design, and implementation...

NCGOA Spring School and Shanks Lecture, May 3-9

March 20, 2019 – The Department of Mathematics will host the 17th Annual Spring Institute on Noncommutative Geometry and Operator Algebras (NCGOA) from May 3 to 9, 2019. The event will be held in conjunction with the 34th Annual Shanks Lecture. The subject of this year’s NCGOA Spring Institute is “Algebra and Geometry Quantized and Quantified.” The focus will...

Shanks Workshop in Homotopy Theory, April 13-14

March 19, 2019 – The Shanks Workshop in Homotopy Theory 2019 will be held at Vanderbilt University April 13 to 14. The workshop will bring together researchers in algebraic topology from the South and Midwest to discuss the latest developments in the field. The past decade has seen an exciting expansion in the influence of homotopical techniques across a...

Professor Emeritus Horace Williams Dies

January 7, 2019 – Horace Edward Williams, an emeritus professor of mathematics who taught mathematics and statistics at Vanderbilt for 40 years, died Dec. 31, 2018. He was 87. In addition to his teaching, Williams conducted research on improving the quality of math education at all levels from elementary school through college.