Mathematics and Statistics News


Clontz ran the first annual Lamar (University) Mathematical Puzzle (LaMP) Challenge


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David Zalik, math alumnus, by the AU Harbert College of Business


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Oakberg (BS in Math, '69) to receive an honorary PhD


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Buluswar named Chief Science Officer at AIG


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Rodger delivers invited talk at Troy University Mathfest


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Yu accepts Senior Risk Modeling Analyst position


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Jasdeep Pannu, of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, has accepted a tenure-track assistant professor position in the Department of Mathematics at Lamar University.


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Andras Bezdek and Gina Jackson, of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, have been selected to participate in the 10-day Summer Course (Re)Design Seminar.


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Pannu accepts a tenure-track Assistant Professor position with Lamar University


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Drs. Bezdek and Jackson chosen to participate in Summer Course (Re)design Seminar


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Lin receives 2015-2016 Robert K. Butz Award for the Excellence in (undergraduate) Teaching


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Clontz accepts Visiting Assistant Professor position at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte


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Randall Gay, graduate student in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, accepted a position as nuclear power instructor with the United States Navy in Charleston, S.C.


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Gay accepts the Nuclear Power Instructor (Navy) position in Charleston, South Carolina.


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Han selected as the recipient of the 2015-2017 Jack B. Brown Endowed Faculty Award


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Yuxiang Zheng selected one of AU Outstanding Master's Students for 2014-2015

Yuxiang Zheng has been selected as one of AU Outstanding master¹s students for 2014-2015. He received his MS degree in 2014 and Dr. Dmitry Glotov was his major professor. He is now a PhD student, again with Dr. Glotov as major professor.


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Students create app, win prize for “Is Toomer’s Corner Being Rolled Right Now” app

Alex Byaly, Steven Clontz, Zachary Sarver and Ph.D. graduate, Daniel Brice, all from the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, won first prize at the Smart City Hackathon, a competition hosted in Auburn where teams build smart tools for the benefit of the city.


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Cao delivers keynote talk 9th International Conference on Computational Physics

Cao delivers keynote talk 9th International Conference on Computational Physics


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Bezdek to Deliver a Plenary Talk at the Alfréd Rényi Institute of Mathematics, Budapest

Bezdek to Deliver a Plenary Talk at the Alfréd Rényi Institute of Mathematics, Budapest


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Hammer accepts Assistant Professor position with Cedar Crest College (Allentown, PA)

James Hammer has accepted an Assistant Professor position with Cedar Crest College in Allentown Pennsylvania http://www.cedarcrest.edu/ca/index.shtm He will be starting his job there in Fall 2015.


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Peng Zeng Receives 2015 Dr. Marie Kraska Award

Dr. Peng Zeng is the recipient of the 2015 Dr. Marie Kraska Award for Excellence in Teaching (Statistics). The Kraska Award Committee unanimously recommended Dr. Zeng for the award.


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Brice, Byaly, Clontz, and Sarver competed in the Smart City Hackathon

Brice, Byaly, Clontz, and Sarver competed in the Smart City Hackathon


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Perry and Holmes win teaching awards

(1) Ms. Kat Perry has won the 2015 COSAM Outstanding GTA Award. (2) Dr. Randall Holmes has won the 2015 COSAM Outstanding Teacher Award.


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Nguelifack accepts assistant professor position

Brice Nguelifack, Ph.D. student in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, accepted a tenure-track assistant professor position offer in the Department of Mathematics at the United States Naval Academy.


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Abebe promoted to full professorship

Abebe promoted to full professorship


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Kuperberg and Zeng granted Professional Improvement Leave

Krystyna Kuperberg and Peng Zeng have been granted Professional Improvement Leave (PIL) by the Provost Office in Fall 2015 and Spring 2016, respectively.


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Nguelifack accepts a tenure-track assistant professor position in the Department of Mathematics at the US Naval Academy

PhD student Mr. Brice Nguelifack received and accepted a tenure-track assistant professor position offer in the Department of Mathematics at the US Naval Academy (USNA), which is a highly selective four-year federal service academy located in Annapolis, Maryland.


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Auburn University program promotes worldwide mathematical research in southern Africa

In 2009, Overtoun Jenda, associate provost for Diversity and Multicultural Affairs and professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, attended a conference in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, held by the Southern Africa Mathematical Sciences Association (SAMSA). As the only representative from the United States, Jenda made a promise that he would increase the presence of American mathematical research in Africa, and capitalize on an opportunity to create U.S.-Africa collaboration through Auburn University and SAMSA. When he returned to Auburn, Jenda, along with Ash Abebe, A.J. Meir and Peter Johnson of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, together with southern Africa mathematicians, began to brainstorm and developed what would become the Masamu Program, meaning mathematics in the southern African region.


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Former COSAM student meets with top scientists to discuss future of veteran rehabilitation

Joshua Jarrell, a 2005 graduate in applied mathematics and a sergeant first class in the U.S. Army, was selected to meet with top scientists from the Georgia Institute of Technology at the Center for the Intrepid in San Antonio to discuss the future of prosthetic technology, amputee care and soldier rehabilitation. The Center for the Intrepid is a facility designed to aid wounded service members with severe extremity injuries, burns and amputations.


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Whitley receives 2014 Andrew C. Connor Memorial Award

Mary Elizabeth Whitley, a senior in applied mathematics, is the recipient of the 2014 Andrew C. Connor Memorial Award.


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Billor selected Outstanding Teacher of Graduate Students

Professor Nedret Billor is the recipient of the 2014 Outstanding Teacher of Graduate Students Award given by the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. The award recognizes a faculty member who provides outstanding graduate level instruction in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics


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Rodger gives Christie Lecture

Chris Rodger, the Don Logan Endowed Chair of Mathematics, recently gave the Christie Lecture at the Northeastern Section of the Mathematics Association of America. The Christie Lecture was introduced by the Northeastern Section in 1979 to honor Dan Christie of Bowdoin College. He was one of the founding fathers of the section, serving two terms as chair and one as governor.


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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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Dr. Xiaoying (Maggie) Han to give a plenary talk at the International Workshop on Infinite Dimensional Stochastic Systems

Dr. Xiaoying (Maggie) Han gave plenary talk at the International Workshop on Infinite Dimensional Stochastic Systems


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Yongsheng Han invited to give talk at Harmonic Analysis and Applications international conference

Dr. Yongsheng Han, professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, has been invited to give a talk at the international conference "Harmonic Analysis and Applications" which will be held at Chern Institute of Mathematics, Nankai University, China during June 11-14, 2014.


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Tam invited to deliver plenary lecture at SICMAA 2013

Dr. Tin-Yau Tam has been invited to deliver a plenary lecture at the 2013 Shanghai International Conference on Matrix Analysis and Applications (SICMAA2013).


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Govil invited to speak at 10th International Symposium of Geometric Function Theory and Applications

Dr. Narendra Govil, a faculty member in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, has been invited to be a plenary speaker at the 10th International Symposium of Geometric Function Theory and Applications, August 25-28, 2014.


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Scott Varagona, a 2012 Ph.D. graduate in Mathematics, wins his fifth Alabama Chess Championship.

Scott Varagona, a 2012 Ph.D. graduate in Mathematics, has won his fifth Alabama Chess Championship. He is currently an assistant professor of Mathematics at the University of Montevallo.


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Abebe and Jenda Invited Keynote Speakers, SAMSA 2013 Conference

Abebe and Jenda Invited Keynote Speakers, SAMSA 2013 Conference


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Dr. Wlodek Kuperberg part of the "Research in Pairs" (RiP) program

Dr. Wlodek Kuperberg collaborated with Professor Gábor Fejes Tóth at Oberwolfach Mathematical Research Institute from April 7 - May 5, 2013, as part of the "Research in Pairs" (RiP) program.


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Gwen Kirk selected to receive 2013 Lilly-Lovelace Distinguished Service Award

Gwen Kirk, Office Administrator/Supervisor in the department of Mathematics and Statistics, has been selected to receive the inaugural 2013 Lilly-Lovelace Distinguished Service Award in the Staff-Departmental category.


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Bennett family establishes Ralph B. Bennett Memorial Endowed Fund for Excellence

The Dr. Ralph B. Bennett Memorial Endowed Fund for Excellence was established for the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. The endowment was established in memory of Ralph Blount Bennett by his wife, Donna V. Bennett, and daughters, Rebecca Ruth Bennett and Leah Elizabeth Bennett Edwards, for the purpose of providing funds for excellence in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics.


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Dr. Ralph B. Bennett Memorial Endowed Fund for Excellence

The Department of Mathematics and Statistics (DMS) received the Dr. Ralph B. Bennett Memorial Endowed Fund for Excellence. The Fund will be used to recognize outstanding DMS graduate students in the form of Dr. Ralph B. Bennett Memorial Graduate Fellowship. The Fund may also be used as an undergraduate scholarship for students majoring in mathematics or statistics according to the Agreement.


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Dr. Marie Kraska Award for Excellence in Teaching

Kraska Award


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Logan Chair celebrated with recognition dinner

On Jan. 15, a dinner was held in recognition of Chris Rodger, the inaugural recipient of the Logan Chair, established by Don and Sandy Logan. Rodger is the associate dean for research and graduate studies for COSAM. The Logan Chair is designed to support superior faculty of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics who possess academic leadership in the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research and university and professional service, including outreach activities, within the department, with each category weighted equally. Additionally, the recipient of the Logan Chair is expected to work to strengthen and enhance mathematics, and serve as a positive role model for students and colleagues.


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Tam invited as plenary speaker

Tin-Yau Tam has been invited as a plenary speaker of the 19th ILAS conference at Sung Kyun Kwan University, Suwon, KOREA, August 6 - 9, 2014. ILAS 2014 is one of the main satellite conferences of ICM (International Congress of Mathematicians). The conference organizers will provide him partial travel support.


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2012 - 2013 Mathematics & Statistics Administrative Team

The 2012 - 2013 Mathematics and Statistics Administrative Team has been announced.


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COSAM awards the 2012 Dean’s Outstanding Outreach Award

COSAM named two recipients of the 2012 Dean’s Outstanding Outreach Award, David King, professor of geology, and Ash Abebe, associate professor of mathematics and statistics. The annual Outstanding Outreach Award is given to COSAM faculty members with recent records of service and outreach performance that extend beyond normal expectations.


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Dr. Jane Upshaw named 2008 Distinguished Alumna

The College of Sciences and Mathematics recently named Dr. Jane Upshaw (Mathematics '69) its 2008 Distinguished Alumna. Upshaw was honored at a dinner Friday, November 7 at The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center.


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