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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.
May 2014
Congrats to GGAM grad Tom Chartrand on NDSEG Fellowship
Our second year GGAM student, Tom Chartrand, won the prestigious National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship. The Department of Defense (DoD) awards these fellowships in their efforts on increasing the number and quality of our nation's scientists and engineers.
February 2014
Math and Statistics Career Night - March 5th, 2014
Please join the Math and Statistics departments for Career Night on Wednesday, March 5 at in MSB 1147 at 6 p.m.
Featured speakers and more information can be found in this flier (PDF)
Please RSVP to attend here:
February 2014
Deanna Needell wins 2014 Sloan Fellowship
Deanna Needell is one of the 2014 Sloan Research Fellows.
Deanna received her Ph.D. in Mathematics at Davis in 2009, working with Prof. Roman Vershynin. She is now an Assistant Professor at Claremont McKenna College.
February 2014
Duane Kouba wins 2014 MAA Golden Section Distinguished Teaching Award
The award will be presented at the MAA Section meeting on Saturday, February 22, at Sonoma State University
January 2014
Naoki Saito new chair of the SIAM Group on Imaging Science
Naoki Saito has been elected as the new chair of the SIAM Activity Group on Imaging Science This Group brings together SIAM members and other scientists and engineers with an interest in the mathematical and computational aspects of imaging.
December 2013
Matthew Herman and Thomas Strohmer awarded best paper award by IEEE Signal Processing Society
The IEEE Signal Processing Society has selected a paper by Matthew Herman and Thomas Strohmer for the 2013 SPS Best Paper Award. The paper is "High-Resolution Radar via Compressed Sensing" IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing, Volume: 57, No. 6, June 2009 and the award will be given in Florence Italy in 2014.
Matthew Herman received his Ph.D. at UC Davis in 2010, working with Prof. Strohmer.
December 2013
Conference on "Mathematics of Quantum Theory" to honor Prof. Albert Schwarz, May 23-May 26, 2014
UC Davis will be hosting a conference focusing on recent developments in topological quantum field theory and topological strings and celebrating sixty years of spectacular contributions to mathematics and physics by Professor Albert Schwarz.