2006-7

Mathematics Department Undergraduate Student Services Team has been selected a finalist for the 2007 Workplace Exemplary Team Award.

Bob Griess has been elected a member of the prestigious American Academy of Arts and Sciences. The Academy honors distinguished scientists, scholars, and leaders in public affairs, business and the arts. Fellows are selected through a highly competitive process that recognizes individuals who have made preeminent contributions to their disciplines and to society at large. The AAAS citation notes that Griess is best-known for the construction of the Monster sporadic finite simple group. Construction was accomplished by Griess, not only for the first time, but also entirely by hand without the aid of a computer. Discovery of this group has touched science and mathematics very deeply. Connections have emerged with areas as diverse as string theory in physics and, within mathematics itself, in very sophisticated number theory.

The University of Michigan Program in Applied Mathematics has been ranked Number 1 in the country on the Faculty Scholarly Productivity Index (pdf), produced by Academic Analytics. The rankings, published in a recent issue (pdf) of the Chronicle of Higher Education, are a new and somewhat controversial measurement of a program's success.

The University of Michigan is now a branch member of ICAM (The Institute for Complex Adaptive Matter) .  This is a joint membership between the Departments of Physics and Mathematics, the Biophysics Research Division, the Center for the Study of Complex Systems, the College of Literature, Science and the Arts, the College of Engineering, the Medical School, and the Office of the Vice President for Research.

Professor John Stembridge has been recognized for his joint work on mapping the Lie group E8, one of the largest and most complicated structures in mathematics. Additional information is available in this article: http://www.umich.edu/~urecord/0607/Mar19_07/04.shtml
Selim Esedoglu has been awarded an 2006 Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship, an extraordinarily competitive award involving nominations of the very best young scientists from around the country.

Associate Professor Mircea Mustata received a Packard Fellowship for Science and Engineering. These extremely competitive Fellowships, awarded annually by the David and Lucille Packard Foundation, recognize and support outstanding young scientists early in their careers. Mustata, who is one of 20 recipients for 2006, will be working on a project using techniques such as spaces of arcs, D-modules or positive characteristic techniques to understand questions on invariants of singularities coming from the classification theory of higher dimensional varieties

Newly appointed Assistant Professor Erhan Bayraktar received his PhD from Princeton University in 2004. He came to Michigan after graduation as a Hildebrandt Assistant Professor, and was hired as a tenure-track Assistant Professor in September 2006. Bayraktar is part of the Applied and Interdisciplinary Mathematics program, and his research is in the areas of mathematical finance, applied probability, and stochastic processes.

Professor Jerrold Marsden from Caltech presented the 2006 Ziwet Lectures in September, 2006.  The Ziwet Lectures are one of the Department’s oldest and most distinguished lecture series. See list of past speakers (pdf).

Professor Philip Holmes from Princeton University presented the 2006 Rainich Lectures in November, 2006.  The Rainich Lectures (pdf) are one of the Department’s most distinguished lecture series.

Assistant Professor Daniel Forger’s joint research on the sleep gene has recently received national recognition. Information on his research can be found here . The story has been publicized by Fox News, MSNBC/Newsweek, the L.A. Times, and other national and international print and broadcast media.

Anna Gilbert and Divakar Viswanath were invited speakers at the 2006 Abel Symposium in May.

Gopal Prasad has been awarded Humboldt Research Award for Senior U.S. Scientists. This award is given to researchers with internationally recognized academic qualifications and honors the academic achievements of the award winner's lifetime. Award winners are invited to carry out research projects of their own choice in Germany in cooperation with colleagues.

A conference honoring Jeffrey Rauch was held at the University of Bordeaux, May 18-20, 2006. http://www.math.u-bordeaux.fr/collrauch/

Patrick Nelson has been elected to the board of directors of the Society for Mathematical Biology (SMB), effective July/August 2007.

Carl P. Simon, Professor of Mathematics, Economics, and Public Policy, has been named the 2007 Distinguished Senior Lecturer for the College of Literature, Science and the Arts.

Rob Lazarsfeld has been elected a member of the prestigious American Academy of Arts and Sciences. The Academy honors distinguished scientists, scholars, and leaders in public affairs, business and the arts. Fellows are selected through a highly competitive process that recognizes individuals who have made preeminent contributions to their disciplines and to society at large.

A conference honoring the 70th birthday of Joel Smoller was held at Stanford University, April 29-May 6, 2006.

Assistant Professor Anna Gilbert received a 2006 NSF CAREER award for her project “Modeling and Analysis of Data from Massive Graphs.” The CAREER awards provide early career development for faculty with outstanding potential. Anna previously received an Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship, an extraordinarily competitive award involving nominations of the very best young scientists from around the country.