Mathematics and Statistics News


In memoriam: Frank Sturm '14

The Department of Mathematics and Statistics of Auburn University is greatly saddened to learn of the death of Dr. Frank Sturm on October 14, 2014. Frank received his PhD in Spring 2014 under the joint advice of Professors Piotr Minc and Michel Smith, in the area of Topology. Frank was a great guy and made a lot of contributions to the department and Auburn University. He was an outstanding graduate student leader. He was liked by faculty, fellow graduate students, and his students. We will miss him greatly.


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Former professor Bob Grone donates math books

Bob Grone, former professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, has donated math books to the department including upper division and graduate texts. After leaving Auburn in 1987, Grone joined the Department of Mathematical and Computer Sciences at San Diego State University. He recently retired and received Professor Emeritus status.


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Abebe Co-PI and Pettis PI for NSF Grant

Abebe Co-PI and Pettis PI for NSF Grant


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Gordon named Goldwater Scholar

Graham Gordon, a COSAM Honors College student double-majoring in mathematics and physics, has been chosen as a 2014 Barry M. Goldwater Scholar, an honor that is only bestowed to a approximately 300 students nationwide each year. The scholarship is widely considered the most prestigious award in the United States for undergraduates in STEM disciplines. Gordon, of Aiken, S.C., conducts research under the guidance of Professor Peter Nylen in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. He is also an undergraduate teaching assistant with Professor Joe Perez in the Department of Physics, and he previously participated in a research group studying computational Rydberg atomic physics. “I would like to thank Dr. Nylen for being an ideal research adviser and Dr. Paul Harris (associate director for national prestigious scholarships) for guiding me during the application process,” Gordon said. “Anyone pursuing research in a STEM field should consider this scholarship. Applying is an enlightening experience itself.” Gordon’s primary research involves partial distance matrix completion with multilateration applications to wireless sensor network localization, and his publications include an article in the Journal of Physics B: Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics.


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