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April 2016
UC Berkeley geometry and topology conference to honor Joel Hass
The conference "Geometry, Topology and Complexity of Manifolds, and applications to Biology" will be held at UC Berkeley on May 20-22, 2016. The conference was organized to honor our faculty member Joel Hass on the occasion of his 60th birthday. Speakers will include well-known mathematicians and computer scientists, including Michael Freedman (recipient of the 1986 Fields Medal) and Ian Agol (recipient of the 2016 Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics).
April 2016
Come to Career Night, May 3rd 5:30-8PM in MSB 1147. Pizza provided! RSVP.
The Department of Mathematics and Department of Statistics will be holding a career panel on Tuesday, May 3rd 5:30-8PM in Mathematical Sciences Building 1147. Pizza will be provided. Please RSVP at the link below.
April 2016
Mariel Vazquez to receive 2016 Blackwell-Tapia prize
Mariel Vazquez, who holds a joint appointment in the Department of Mathematics and the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, was announced as the recipient of the Blackwell-Tapia prize for 2016. As the award announcement explains, this prize is awarded every other year in honor of the legacy of David H. Blackwell and Richard A. Tapia, two distinguished mathematical scientists, and recognizes a mathematician who has contributed significantly to research in his or her field of expertise, and who has served as a role model for mathematical scientists and students from under-represented minority groups or has contributed in other significant ways to addressing the problem of the under-representation of minorities in math. The prize will be presented at the Ninth Blackwell-Tapia Conference, which will take place on Oct. 28-29, 2016 at the University of Knoxville, Tennessee. Congratulations, Mariel!
February 2016
Annual Mathematical Association of America Golden Meeting - February 27th
5 excellent lectures, Poster session for students, A math art exhibit. Details and online Registration at:

Register for lunch and refreshments. Questions
January 2016
New Book on Intro Linear Algebra by Schilling, Nachtergaele and Lankham
This is an introductory textbook designed for undergraduate mathematics majors with an emphasis on abstraction and in particular, the concept of proofs in the setting of linear algebra. The purpose of this book is to bridge the gap between the more conceptual and computational oriented undergraduate classes to the more abstract oriented classes. The book begins with systems of linear equations and complex numbers, then relates these to the abstract notion of linear maps on finite-dimensional vector spaces, and covers diagonalization, eigenspaces, determinants, and the Spectral Theorem. Each chapter concludes with both proof-writing and computational exercises.
January 2016
Kevin Luli wins NSF 2016 CAREER Award
Our faculty member Kevin Luli has been awarded the Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for his proposal, titled "Variational Problems on Arbitrary Sets". The CAREER awards are NSF's "most prestigious awards in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research". Dr. Luli's award is for 5 years, and will provide funding to support miscellaneous research- and education-related activities. Congratulations, Kevin!
November 2015
Robert Hildebrand receives IBM Goldstine Fellowship

Robert Hildebrand receives the prestigious Herman Goldstine Memorial Postdoctoral Fellowship at IBM Research for 2015–2016.

Hildebrand received his Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics in 2013. His thesis, Algorithms and Cutting Planes for Mixed Integer Programs, was supervised by Professor Matthias Köppe. After graduation, he spent two years in Switzerland as a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute for Operations Research in the Department for Mathematics at ETH Zürich.

November 2015
Ian Agol, former UC Davis postdoctoral researcher, wins Breakthrough Prize
Ian Agol, a mathematics professor at UC Berkeley, was awarded the 2016 Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics in a ceremony last Sunday. Professor Agol spent the years 1998-2000 at UC Davis as a Visiting Research Assistant Professor, under the mentorship of Joel Hass. The prize was awarded to him "for spectacular contributions to low dimensional topology and geometric group theory, including work on the solutions of the tameness, virtual Haken and virtual fibering conjectures."
October 2015
Mariel Vazquez interviewed for Numberphile YouTube video series
Mariel Vazquez, our faculty member who holds a joint appointment between the Mathematics Department and the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Biology, was recently interviewed by Brady Haran for his highly successful educational video series Numberphile. The interview formed the basis for a two-part video titled "The Shape of DNA" and "How DNA unties its own knots". Watch the videos here (Part 1) and here (Part 2).
October 2015
Center for Quantum Math and Physics founded for research into the underpinnings of the universe.
The Center for Quantum Mathematics and Physics (QMAP) is a new initiative at UC Davis, aimed at fostering a vibrant research environment for addressing foundational questions in modern theoretical and mathematical physics. We welcome this joint Math and Physics venture!
September 2015
Congratulations to Axel Saenz for receiving KITP Graduate Fellowship
Our graduate student Axel Saenz has won a fellowship from the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics (KITP) at the University of Califonia, Santa Barbara. The fellowship will enable him to spend 6 months at the Institute in 2016. His stay at KITP will coincide with the research program "New approaches to non-equilibrium and random systems: KPZ integrability, universality, applications and experiments" that will bring to the Institute many leading researchers in the field. Congratulations Axel!
August 2015
Tom Denton's Notices of the AMS Article on Mathematics in Kenya
Our 2011 graduate Tom Denton has published an interesting article in the August 2015 issue of the Notices of the American Mathematical Society describing his experiences working on mathematics education and research in Kenya in 2012-2013.
July 2015
Niels Grønbech-Jensen appointed statewide faculty executive director of COSMOS
Niels Grønbech-Jensen, who holds a joint appointment in the Department of Mathematics and the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, has been appointed the statewide faculty executive director of the California State Summer School for Mathematics and Science (COSMOS) program. For more details see this Dateline article
July 2015
Arthur Krener receives 2016 IEEE Control Systems Award
Professor Emeritus Arthur Krener has been named the recipient of the 2016 IEEE Control Systems Award. This prestigious award is given each year by the Institute for Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), the world's largest association of technical professionals, for outstanding contributions to control systems engineering, science, or technology. Dr. Krener's award citation reads: "For contributions to the analysis, control, and estimation of nonlinear control systems."
June 2015
Rafael Granero awarded Vincent Caselles Prize
Rafael Granero, who received his PhD in Mathematics in 2013 from the Autonomous University of Madrid (UAM), has been awarded the Vincent Caselles Prize for his research on partial differential equations and their applications in fluid dynamics. Dr Granero is currently a Krener Assistant Professor working with Professor Steve Shkoller.

The Vincent Caselles Prize is an early career award created at the end of 2014 by the Banco Bilbao Viscaya Argentaria (BBVA) Foundation and the Royal Spanish Mathematical Society. It aims to recognize the work done by researchers under the age of 30 who have defended their PhD theses in Mathematics in Spain within the last three years. The six winners of the 2015 prize were announced on June 11, 2015.

June 2015
Thomas Strohmer's paper selected as SIAM Review highlighted paper
The paper "Phase Retrieval via Matrix Completion" written jointly by our faculty member Thomas Strohmer and his colleagues Candes, Eldar and Voroninski, already achieved substantial recognition when it was published in 2013 in the SIAM Journal on Imaging Sciences and later awarded a 2014 SIAM Outstanding Paper prize. Professor Strohmer's paper is now making waves again after being selected for republication as a highlighted "SIGEST" paper in the current issue of SIAM Review. In a note accompanying the SIGEST presentation, the SIAM Review editors write "This paper is about a novel algorithm for an important problem. It's remarkable that the entire paper is so accessible. Readers who are interested in linear algebra or optimization, in particular, will enjoy this paper." Professor Strohmer and his coauthors will be recognized at an awards event that will take place as part of the 2016 SIAM annual meeting.
March 2015
Jesus De Loera featured in "The Algorithm of Mentorship"
The mentor profile of mathematics professor Jesús De Loera and computer science major Corina Putinar, “The Algorithm of Mentorship," is now live at the One UC Davis website.
November 2014
Jesus De Loera and Arthur Krener named 2015 AMS Fellows
The American Mathematical Society announced on November 3 the new class of 2015 AMS Fellows. Among the new Fellows are department faculty members Professor Jesus De Loera and Professor Emeritus Arthur Krener. According to the announcement, "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." For more details, see here.
June 2014
Yuji Nakatsukasa awarded 2014 Householder Prize
Yuji Nakatsukasa, who received his Ph.D. in 2011 working with Roland Freund has been awarded the 2014 Householder Prize, for the best Ph.D. thesis in numerical linear algebra.
Dr. Nakatsukasa is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Tokyo.
June 2014
In Memoriam: Allan Edelson
We are sad to report the passing of emeritus Professor Allan Edelson on May 25, 2014. Dr. Edelson joined the UC Davis Mathematics Department in 1970 and played a key role in its growth in subsequent years. In addition to his position at Davis, he held visiting positions at the University of Florence, EPFL Switzerland, University of Louvin-la-Neuve, Belgium and University of Orleans, France.

Allan studied at UC Berkeley as an undergraduate and completed a Ph.D at SUNY Stony Brook in 1969. His research centered on partial differential equations. and is described at his Department web page:

He also served as Assistant Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs from 1988-91, and as Acting Vice Provost for Faculty Relations from 1991-92. Professor Edelson leaves behind three adult children, Daniel, Naomi, and Reuben, as well as four grandchildren, his mother Ione and his sister Donna.
June 2014
Strohmer has been awarded a 2014 SIAM Outstanding Paper Prize
The article "Phase Retrieval via Matrix Completion," which appeared in SIAM Journal on Imaging Sciences has been has been awarded a 2014 SIAM Outstanding Paper Prize. The paper was written by Mathematics Professor Thomas Strohmer with colleagues Candes, Eldar, and Voroninski. The prize will be awarded at the 2014 SIAM Annual Meeting to be held July 7-11, 2013, in Chicago.