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- The Namboodiri Lectures in Geometry and Topology, originally scheduled for the end of May and the beginning of June, have been postponed to the Fall.
- We are happy to announce that this year, the department is recognizing the graduate students Andrew Lawrie (finishing) and Alex Wright as Wirszup fellows. The Wirszup fellowship was established last year in memory of Izaak Wirszup, a beloved member of our department and of the university community for many years, who had worked tirelessly towards improving the quality of Mathematics education over the decades. More information on graduate student research awards is available here.— June 2, 2013
- We are also happy to announce that the winner of this year's Kowalsky Fellowship is Katie Mann. The Kowalsky Fellowship provides support for a graduate student, preferably a woman, who is doing excellent research towards her dissertation. The award is established through a bequest from Walter and Yvonne Kowalsky in memory of their daughter Nadine Kowalsky, who died of leukemia in 1996. Nadine graduated from the University of Chicago in 1994 with a dissertation directed by Robert Zimmer. More information on graduate student research awards is available here.— June 2, 2013
- The winners of the 2013 Lawrence and Josephine Graves Prize in Teaching, awarded to the Lecturers in Mathematics who by the Spring Quarter of the second year of their lectureship have accumulated the best record in effective and responsible teaching are: Benjamin Fehrman, Laurence Field, Mona Merling, and Jennifer Wilson. More information about the prize and recipients in past years is available here.— May 23, 2013
- The winners of the 2013 Paul R. Cohen Memorial Prize, awarded to the graduating seniors in the field of Mathematics who have achieved the highest record in mathematics are Madeline Barnicle, Joshua Bosshardt, Watson Ladd, Yan Shuo Tan, and Alec Zimmer. More information about the prize and recipients in past years is available here.— May 23, 2013
- A total of 30 students graduating in mathematics in the 2012-13 academic year are receiving honors degrees. A full list is available here. Lists from past years can be accessed here.— May 23, 2013
- We are very happy to announce that Luis Caffarelli will be awarded and honorary degree at the upcoming university convocation. Luis is an old friend of our department, a splendid mathematician, and is currently visiting us. More details here.— May 16, 2013
- We are very happy to congratulate Bao Châu Ngô on his receiving a Simons Investigator award. It will soon be announced on their web page.— May 7, 2013
- We are happy to congratulate our frequent long term visiting professor, Henri Berestycki, on being elected as a foreign honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. More details here.— May 7, 2013
- We are very happy to announce that Greg Lawler has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences. More details here.— April 30, 2013
- Congratulations to our students, Grigori Avramidi, Matthew Strom Borman, Andrew Lawrie, and Brent Werness on receiving NSF Postdoctoral Fellowships.— January 30, 2013
- The mathematics department mourns the loss of Walter Baily, who was a
member of our department since 1958.
Baily was an excellent mathematician, with impeccable taste and the highest standards. He was a cornerstone for many years of our algebraic geometry program. Besides his own research, he very successfully advised students, bringing out out their best and personally welcoming them into his home and into the community of mathematicians.
Most of Baily's work is concerned, in one way or another, with Hermitian symmetric domains, their quotients X by arithmetic groups, and the associated spaces of automorphic forms. Baily made fundamental contributions to this subject, and many of his papers are classics. Surely notable among them is the one written jointly with Borel, in which an algebraic compactification of X, now often referred to as the Baily-Borel compactification, was constructed in complete generality. This paper has inspired an immense body of work, and, in many cases, the compactification can now be constructed over the integers and then applied to topics central to contemporary number theory. Interesting questions remain, however, and Baily's work will surely continue to inspire many new generations of mathematicians.
Please see here for an obituary of Walter Baily by his son and here for an obituary of Walter Baily by the University of Chicago.— January 15, 2013 (updated January 25, 2013).
- Our friend and colleague, Norman Lebovitz, professor emeritus in mathematics, is among 250 newly elected 2012 fellows of the American Physical Society. Each year, no more than one half of 1 percent of the society's members is recognized by their peers as APS fellows. More here.— January 17, 2013
- We are very happy to announce that Alexander Razborov of our Computer Science department received 2013 AMS David P. Robbins Prize for the introduction of Flag Algebras as a tool for the study of problems in extremal combinatorics. More details here.— January 13, 2013
- The department of mathematics is pleased to announce that Danny Calegari will be joining our department as a professor of mathematics starting January 1. Danny's research spans several areas of geometrical mathematics.— December 13, 2012
- We are happy to announce that Blair Davey is the recipient of this year's Nadine Kowalsky memorial prize for excellence in research.— November 9, 2012
- We are happy to congratulate our faculty that has been honored as members of the inaugural class of AMS Fellows. This includes Jon Alperin, Danny Calegari, Alex Eskin, Benson Farb, George Glauberman, Carlos Kenig, Robert Kottwitz, Steve Lalley, Greg Lawler, Howard Masur, Peter May, Bao Chau Ngo, Paul Sally, Ridgeway Scott, Robert Soare, Panagiotis Souganidis, Sidney Webster, Shmuel Weinberger, and Robert Zimmer.— November 5, 2012
- Alex Eskin has been appointed the Arthur Holly Compton Distinguished Service Professor in Mathematics and the College. More here.— August 23, 2012