# News

### 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...

### Jesse Peterson Named Chancellor Faculty Fellow

February 9, 2017 – Associate Professor of Mathematics Jesse Peterson is one of 12 outstanding Vanderbilt University faculty members who have been named to the 2017 class of Chancellor Faculty Fellows. The class comprises highly accomplished, recently tenured faculty from mathematics, engineering, and law, as well as the social sciences, life and physical sciences, clinical sciences, and humanities. Peterson...

### Mathematics Major Named to Schwarzman Scholars

February 1, 2017 – Marc A. Chen, a Vanderbilt University senior majoring in mathematics and economics, has been named a Schwarzman Scholar for 2017-2018. The program provides full funding for a one-year master's degree program at Tsinghua University in Beijing.

### Remembering Professor Emeritus Bjarni Jónsson

October 12, 2016 – Bjarni Jonsson, Vanderbilt's first Distinguished Professor of Mathematics, died Sept. 30 at the age of 96. He was internationally recognized as a leading authority on universal algebra, lattice theory and algebraic logic. Jonsson came to Vanderbilt in 1966 and taught here until his retirement in 1993.

### 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...

### Conference Will Tackle Open Problems in Universal Algebra

August 21, 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,...

### 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...

### 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...

### 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...

### 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....