# Departmental News

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November 2012

Five Department faculty selected to the inaugural class of Fellows of the American Mathematical Society

The inaugural class of Fellows of the American Mathematical Society
was announced on November 1, 2012.
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.
Five UC Davis Mathematics Department faculty are among the initial
class of Fellows:
Joel Hass, Greg Kuperberg, Bruno Nachtergaele, Abigail Thompson and
Craig Tracy.

August 2012

Amitabh Basu chosen as Tucker Prize finalist

The A. W. Tucker Prize was established by the Mathematical Optimization Society in 1985. It is awarded at each International Symposium on Mathematical Programming for an outstanding doctoral thesis.
Amitabh Basu is one of three Tucker Prize finalists for 2012.

August 2012

UC Davis Mathematics ranked 33rd in 2012 world rankings

Using criteria such as number of publications, awards, and citations, the Academic Ranking of World Universities from the Center for World-Class Universities at Shanghai Jiao Tong University produces an annual list of the world's leading universities. The results for 2012 the UC Davis Mathematics Department was ranked 33rd worldwide, and 24th among US universities. A complete list can be found at the official Academic Ranking web site:

August 2012

Bill Thurston, 1946-2012

The Department of Mathematics mourns the loss of our former colleague William P. Thurston, who was at Davis from 1996 to 2003. Bill was in the process of returning to Davis in Fall 2012.

August 2012

New book by emeritus Professor Washek Pfeffer published

A new book by UC Davis emeritus professor Washek Pfeffer has been published by CRC press.
Titled "The Divergence Theorem and Sets of Finite Perimeter", the book
investigates new material in analysis, geometric measure theory, sets of bounded variation, and geometric topology.
Prof. Pfeffer received a Ph.D. from the Department of Mathematics, University of Maryland, in 1966 and taught at UC Davis
until his retirement in 1994. He now lives in Tucson, Arizona.

August 2012

Matt Stamps awarded an NSF postdoc

Recent Mathematics Ph.D. student Matthew Stamps was recently awarded an NSF postdoc to join the combinatorics group at KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm for two years.

July 2012

Singularities in space-time

Professor Blake Temple with graduate students Moritz Reintjes and Zeke Vogler,
have discovered new types of singularities in space-time caused by colliding
shock waves. The results were recently published in the journal
Proceedings of the Royal Society A.

June 2012

David Renfrew selected as the 2012 recipient of the MPS Deanï¿½s Graduate Student Prize in the College of Letters and Science

David Renfrew, who is completing his Ph.D. this Spring with thesis advisor Alexander Soshnikov, has been awarded the
2012 MPS Deanï¿½s Graduate Student Prize in the College of Letters and Science. David's research is on probability, random matrix theory and mathematical physics,
and can be sampled at http://www.math.ucdavis.edu/~drenfrew He will begin a postdoc at UCLA this Fall.

May 2012

Alex Mogilner's recent work on clot formation is featured in Dateline

April 2012

GGAM student Ben Fogelson awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

GGAM graduate student Ben Fogelson has been awarded an NSF Graduate Research
Fellowship. GGAM students Eric Brattain-Morrin and David Stein receive honorable
mentions. The fellowships are described at http://www.nsfgrfp.org/

April 2012

Mathematics graduate student Chelsea Weaver awarded 2012 NDSEG Fellowship

Mathematics graduate student Chelsea Weaver has been awarded a 2012 National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship.
This is a highly competitive fellowship awarded to U.S. citizens and nationals who intend to pursue a doctoral degree in one of fifteen supported disciplines.
NDSEG Fellowships last for three years and pay for full tuition and all mandatory fees.

April 2012

Art Krener awarded the 2012 Richard E. Bellman Control Heritage Award

The American Automatic Control Council has selected UC Davis Emeritus
Professor Arthur J. Krener as the recipient for the 2012 Richard E.
Bellman Control Heritage Award.

April 2012

UC Davis Mathematics ranks highly in study of Influential Mathematicians

A study of highly cited researchers places UC Davis among the world's leading
mathematical centers

February 2012

Former UC Davis mathematics major Christine A. Shoemaker elected to National Academy of Engineering

Christine A. Shoemaker , who graduated from UC Davis in 1966 with a B.S. in mathematics and is currently the
Joseph P. Ripley Professor in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Cornell, has been elected to the
National Academy of Engineering.

February 2012

James Bremer awarded 2012 Sloan Research Fellowship

On February 15 the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation announced the selection of 126 outstanding U.S. and Canadian researchers as recipients of Sloan Research Fellowships for 2012.
Among this year's fellows is Assistant Professor James Bremer of the UC Davis Mathematics Department. A complete list of the 2012 Sloan Fellowships Awards can be found at