2010

Associate Professor Danny Forger was recently interviewed for a television piece by the American Institute of Physics. The piece highlights Forger’s research on circadian rhythms, and was aired around the country. See it here.

Professor of Mathematics, Curtis E. Huntington, is the 2010 recipient of the Harry T. Eidson Founders Award from the American Society of Pension Professionals & Actuaries (ASPPA). The award was established in 1995 to honor ASPPA's founder, Harry T. Eidson. The award acknowledges individuals who have made significant contributions of ASPPA and/or to the private pension system.

Irina Arakelian, Lecturer IV and Director of the Michigan Mathematics Laboratory, has received an Excellence in Education Award from the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts.

Associate Professor Erhan Bayraktar has been selected to receive the first award of the SIAG/FME (SIAM Activity Group on Financial Mathematics and Engineering) Junior Scientist Prize. The Junior Scientist Prize is awarded to an outstanding junior researcher in the field of financial mathematics for distinguished contributions to the field in the three calendar years prior to the year of the award. The selection committee recognized Bayraktar's varied, deep and original contributions to financial mathematics, covering important problems in derivative pricing, credit risk, portfolio choice and insurance. More about the prize is available at http://www.siam.org/prizes/sponsored/siagfmejr.php

Karen Rhea, Lecturer IV and Director of the Introductory Calculus program, has received the Matthews Underclass Teaching Award from the College of Literature, Science and the Arts. The award recognizes a faculty member who has made a distinctive contribution to teaching in courses at the first- or second-year level in the fields of Mathematics, History, and Modern Languages, and who demonstrates enthusiasm and dedication to undergraduate education.

Assistant Professor Erhan Bayraktar received a 2010 NSF CAREER award for his project "Topics in Optimal Stopping and Control."

Assistant Professor Juan Souto also received a 2010 NSF CAREER award for his project "Kleinian, Arithmetic and Mapping Class Groups." The CAREER awards provide early career development for faculty with outstanding potential.
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Graduate Student, Daniel Hernandez won a 2010 Outstanding GSI Award
which recognizes outstanding teaching achievements and is given out by the Rackham Graduate School.

The Michigan Actuarial Program in the Department of Mathematics has been designated a Center of Actuarial Excellence by the Society of Actuaries (SOA). Michigan is now one of 17 such designated programs in the U.S. and Canada. The 5-year designation allows the program to be eligible for grants from the SOA for education or research. The program was developed to strengthen the position of the academic branch of the profession by supporting research that expands the boundaries of actuarial science, while promoting the development of intellectual capital and identifying opportunities for its application. MORE

Trachette Jackson was the recipient of the 2010 Blackwell-Tapia prize in Mathematics for her mathematical contributions and her efforts to address the problem of the under-representation of minorities in mathematics. More

William Fulton, the Oscar Zariski Distinguished University Professor of Mathematics, received the 2010 AMS Leroy P. Steele Prize for Lifetime Achievement. Presented annually by the American Mathematical Society, the Steele Prize is one of the highest distinctions in mathematics. More

Robert L. Griess Jr. received the 2010 AMS Leroy P. Steele Prize for a Seminal Contribution to Research. Presented annually by the American Mathematical Society, the Steele Prize is one of the highest distinctions in mathematics. More