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April 2021
UCD sponsors mathematician-run journal on combinatorics
UC Davis Libraries is a sponsor of the newly founded mathematician-run journal Combinatorial Theory. Combinatorial Theory is an open-access publication with no fees for authors or readers. It publishes high quality articles in combinatorics, an active research area with applications throughout the mathematical, computational and natural sciences. Combinatorial Theory uses the University of California's eScholarship publishing platform with an innovative open access funding model. The editors range across many colleges, including our own!
April 2021
Give Day 2021: Math Department Gift Challenge - April 16-17

This Give Day 2021, generous donors have the opportunity to transform our students' lives. Please consider supporting one of the Department of Mathematics gift challenges.

Math Department Challenge

Thanks to a generous gift from Val Chan '92 to establish this challenge, any gift received will support outstanding academic programs, the pursuit of new knowledge, as well as our talented students and faculty. Your contribution will also allow flexibility to address the greatest needs within the department, including graduate student recruitment and community building.

Eric C. Ruliffson Scholarship in Mathematics

Help support math students and honor the memory of Eric Ruliffson (B.S., mathematics, ’68). Eric excelled at problem-solving at UC Davis, which helped him to achieve life-long personal and professional success. This scholarship was established to support mathematics students, like Eric, to help them succeed. Once 15 gifts to this fund are received, $25,000 from Erica Ruliffson Schultz and Bryan Schultz will activate on Give Day.

February 2021
Chaudhuri and Starkston awarded 2021 Sloan Fellowship
Department of Mathematics faculty members Rishidev Chaudhuri and Laura Starkston have both been awarded Sloan Research Fellowships for 2021. These prestigious fellowships are awarded annually by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. According to the Foundation, the Fellowships "seek to stimulate fundamental research by early-career scientists and scholars of outstanding promise." Chaudhuri and Starkston are among 128 recipients of the Fellowship for 2021.

Rishidev Chaudhuri is an applied mathematician. He joined UC Davis in 2019 with a joint appointment between the Department of Mathematics and the Department of Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior. His research deals with themes such as noise and variability in the brain, computation via dynamics in recurrent networks, and more. He plans to use the Sloan Fellowship funding to study how noise and randomness might play a role in neural computation, and to develop techniques to extract structure from experimental recordings of the activity of populations of neurons, and attempt to apply the resulting data to test and refine theories of decision-making.

Laura Starkston joined UC Davis in 2018. She is a pure mathematician specializing in low-dimensional topology. Her Sloan Fellowship work will focus on several research questions relating to symplectic 4-manifolds and singular submanifolds. In addition to the Sloan Fellowship, she is the recipient of a 2020 Hellman Fellowship and a 2021 Faculty Early Career Award from the National Science Foundation.

Congratulations Rishidev and Laura!

February 2021
Laura Starkston awarded CAREER grant
Laura Starkston has been awarded a Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) grant by the National Science Foundation. The CAREER award, a five year grant, is one of the most prestigious awards given by the Foundation, which describes it as being given "in support of early-career faculty who have the potential to serve as academic role models in research and education and to lead advances in the mission of their department or organization."
December 2020
Department 2019-2020 newsletter now available
The Department's Newsletter featuring the 2019-2020 academic year is now available to download as a PDF. Click the link below to view the newsletter.
November 2020
Laura Starkston awarded 2020 Hellman Fellowship
Laura Starkston has been awarded a Hellman Fellowship for 2020. The purpose of the Hellman Fellows Program is "to support the research of promising assistant professors who show capacity for great distinction in their chosen fields of endeavor." Fellowships are awarded annually to researchers from across the 10 University of California campuses, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University, Stanford University, and Williams College. Laura, who was selected as a featured awardee in a recent profile honoring all UC Davis Hellman Fellows since 2008, is joined by 9 other UC Davis researchers awarded the fellowship in 2020. Congratulations Laura!
October 2020
De Loera awarded 2020 INFORMS Optimization Society Farkas Prize

Jesús De Loera has been awarded the Farkas Prize for 2020. The prize is awarded annually by the INFORMS Optimization Society, part of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS).

The prize was awarded to Prof. De Loera "in recognition of his pioneering work at the intersection of discrete mathematics, optimization and algebraic geometry."

The Society further explains in its award announcement: "Professor De Loera's research includes fundamental results on topics including the complexity of interior-point methods for linear programming, the Hirsch conjecture for network flow polytopes, use of Gröbner and Graver bases for discrete optimization and the theory and application of triangulations. His research is noted for the successful computational implementation of methods based on complex mathematical theory, including the enumeration of lattice points in polyhedra and the application of Hilbert's Nullstellensatz to combinatorial optimization. Professor De Loera is also well known as an outstanding expositor and mentor whose infectious enthusiasm draws other researchers to work in areas where they might otherwise not dare to venture."

Congratulations Jesús!

July 2020
De Loera awarded 2020 UC Davis ADVANCE Scholar Award
Jesús De Loera has been named as one of the recipients of the UC Davis ADVANCE Scholar Award for 2020. The ADVANCE Scholar Award highlights and celebrates the contributions that STEM faculty at UC Davis have made to their fields through outstanding scholarship and mentorship. The award aims to encourage excellence in research as well as leadership and outreach to underserved communities and/or mentorship of under-represented students.
July 2020
Mathematics Department graduate students earn accolades and support
Every year, a number of the department's graduate students win prestigious awards and fellowships supporting their research and recognizing the high merit of their work. We offer our congratulations to the following recent recipients of extra-departmental awards for the 2020-21 Academic Year:
  • Incoming graduate student Ashleigh Adams was granted the National Science Foundation's prestigious Graduate Research Fellowship. According to the Foundation, the fellowship "recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported STEM disciplines who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees at accredited US institutions. The five-year fellowship includes three years of financial support including an annual stipend of $34,000 and a cost of education allowance of $12,000 to the institution."
  • Fifth-year student Jianping Pan, whose research is on algebraic combinatorics, was awarded the Professors for the Future fellowship for 2020-21. The Professors for the Future program, managed by UC Davis Graduate Studies, "is a year-long competitive fellowship program designed to recognize and develop the leadership skills of outstanding graduate students and postdoctoral scholars who have demonstrated their commitment to professionalism, integrity, and academic service."
  • Katy Jarvis, a student in her final year in the graduate program whose research is on mathematical models for muscle contraction and other biological processes, received the UC Davis Dissertation Year Fellowship for 2020-21, a "12-month fellowship open to continuing doctoral students who are in the final stages of their doctoral work demonstrating strong potential for university teaching and research."
  • Black Jiang and Eli Moore received a Summer GSR award from UC Davis Graduate Studies, offering financial support for their research activities during Summer 2020.
  • Xiaotie Chen, Chengyang Wang and Jack Wesley received the College of Letters and Science Dean's Summer Fellowship for 2020.
We also offer our congratulations to recent awardees of our departmental awards (PDF) for the 2019-2020 academic year.
June 2020
Fall 2020: Math Courses Offered Remotely With Some In-Person Services

From the UC Davis statement: When fall quarter instruction starts Sept. 30, the campus plans to offer most courses remotely, though some courses will also be available in person, depending on health guidelines and instructor preference. As well, in-person instruction will occur for the small number of courses that cannot be delivered remotely, such as those requiring live performance and hands-on experiences.

At this time, we anticipate that math classes will be held remotely.

May 2020
Mathematicians Study Evolution of the Coronavirus
Professors Javier Arsuaga and Mariel Vazquez have been awarded a seed grant from CeDAR and a RAPID NSF grant to develop mathematical/data science methods to study the evolution of the novel coronavirus.
May 2020
Anne Schilling to become next chair of the Mathematics Department
Anne Schilling will become chair of the Mathematics Department on July 1, 2020, when current chair Abigail Thompson completes her three year term. Asked for a comment, Prof. Schilling writes: “ It is an honor to serve as your next Department Chair. My aim is to make the department an even more vibrant place for mathematical research and teaching. In the face of the current emergency---more so than ever---this will require a community effort. I am sure our excellent faculty, students and staff can make this happen. I am happy to announce that Becca Thomases has agreed to be our new Graduate Program Committee (GPC) Chair, Tim Lewis will be our Undergraduate Program Committee (UPC) Chair, and Bruno Nachtergaele will serve as Vice Chair for Personnel starting July 1. I would like to thank Abby Thompson for her dedicated and tireless service as Department Chair for the last three years. I would also like to thank the outgoing Vice Chairs for their commitment to the department: Thomas Strohmer (GPC), Monica Vazirani (UPC), Misha Kapovich (Personnel).”
February 2020
Thompson awarded ACTA prize for Intellectual Freedom
Abigail Thompson has been recognized by the American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA) as a Hero of Intellectual Freedom. Dr. Thompson will deliver the keynote address at ACTA’s ATHENA Roundtable Conference on November 13, 2020, where she will be introduced by University of Chicago President Robert Zimmer.
February 2020
Casals awarded Sloan Research Fellowship
Roger Casals is one of 20 mathematicians awarded a Sloan Research Fellowship for 2020. Sloan Fellowships were awarded to 126 early-career scholars who "represent the most promising scientific researchers working today. Their achievements and potential place them among the next generation of scientific leaders in the U.S. and Canada. Winners receive $75,000, which may be spent over a two-year term on any expense supportive of their research."
January 2020
Casals awarded CAREER grant
Roger Casals has been awarded a Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) grant by the National Science Foundation. The CAREER Program offers the National Science Foundation's most prestigious awards in support of early-career faculty who have the potential to serve as academic role models in research and education and to lead advances in the mission of their department or organization.
December 2019
Newsletter
The annual Department Newsletter is now available.
November 2019
Mathematicians in Demand
Mathematician is the top tending job title, according to recent data that appears on dice.com. Data Engineer follows in second place. Job postings for mathematicians grew 91.7 percent year-over-year.
November 2019
Shkoller and Vazquez named 2020 AMS Fellows
Professors Steve Shkoller and Mariel Vazquez were named to the 2020 class of Fellows of the American Mathematical Society. The Fellows of the American Mathematical Society program recognizes members who have made outstanding contributions to the creation, exposition, advancement, communication, and utilization of mathematics. Shkoller was cited for "For contributions to nonlinear partial differential equations, fluid dynamics, and free-boundary problems" and Vazquez for "For contributions in research and outreach at the interface of topology and molecular biology, and for service to the mathematical community in particular to underrepresented groups."
October 2019
Revolutionizing Matrix Theory
The 2020 Steele Prize for Seminal Contribution to Research in Analysis/Probability Theory will be awarded to Craig Tracy and Harold Widom. The prize recognizes the impact of the ground breaking paper "Level-spacing distributions and the Airy kernel," published in 1994 in Communications in Mathematical Physics.
October 2019
Breakthrough in Molecular Dynamics
Prof. Niels Jensen, professor of Mathematics and of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, has developed a new algorithm to run simulations of molecular motions. The new approach allows for up to a fourfold increase in computing power. Potential applications include materials science and pharmaceutical research. The paper appeared in the journal Molecular Physics and has been incorporated into the widely used software package LAMMPS.
September 2019
NSF funds Data Science at UC Davis
Naoki Saito and co-PIs: Nina Amenta (CS); Chen-Nee Chuah (ECE); Thomas Lee (Stat), joined by 31 senior personnel coming from four departments (Computer Science; Electrical & Computer Engineering; Mathematics; and Statistics), were awarded an NSF grant titled "UC Davis TETRAPODS Institute of Data Science". The project is part of an NSF program called: "Harnessing the Data Revolution: Transdisciplinary Research in Principles of Data Science", one of ten "Big Ideas" programs . This institute will cross interdepartmental barriers to promote interdisciplinary research collaborations among faculty members, postdocs, and graduate students in the four departments.
September 2019
New Data Science Center
A Data Science Center led by Mathematics Department Professor Thomas Strohmer is one of four new centers to be created at UC Davis through the IMPACT initiative of the UC Davis Office of Research.
August 2019
UC Davis to host Workshop on Discrete Shapes, Sept 20-22
The Department will be hosting the Workshop on Geometric Methods for Analyzing Discrete Shapes starting Friday, September 20 through Sunday September 22, 2019. This workshop will discuss new methods for describing and comparing shapes, a key problem in image processing with many applications in medicine and biology.