February 12, 2018 | Atlanta, GA

Larry Rolen and several collegues have won the PROSE Award in Mathematics, for their work in Harmonic Maas Forms and Mock Modular Forms.

The PROSE Award by Category:

American Mathematical Society

Harmonic Maass Forms and Mock Modular Forms: Theory and Applications

By Kathrin Bringmann, Amanda Folsom, Ken Ono, and Larry Rolen

The PROSE Awards annually recognize the very best in professional and scholarly publishing by bringing attention to distinguished books, journals, and electronic content in 58 categories including Mathematics, Biomedicine & Neuroscience, Chemistry & Physics, as well as Computing & Information Sciences, Psychology and many others.

Larry Rolen is a current Ussher Assistant Professor in
Number Theory & Cryptography at Georgia Tech SoM.

February 12, 2018 | Atlanta, GA

It's a good month for SoM in the Notices.

Dana Randall is on the cover for her JMM lecture and Mohammad Ghomi has an article there about his work on unfolding polyhedra (See the full story). 



Also Christine Heitsch was featured in a recent issue:



Additionally, Matt Baker also has an article in the current Bulletin:


February 12, 2018 | Atlanta, GA

An expanded version of Mohammad Ghomi’s article on Durer’s unfolding problem for convex polyhedra, which had originally appeared in the 2014 issue of ProofReader, has been published in the January 2018 issue of notices of AMS:
The Notices article includes recent progress achieved in a joint paper of Mohammad Ghomi with Nicholas Barvinok who was an REU student in the School of Math during the Summer of 2017.

February 12, 2018 | Atlanta, GA

A prominent article highlighting the research of our own Sung Ha Kang, Seong Jun Kim (postdoc), and Haomin Zhou was featured in a SIAM News Bulliten: Streamlined Security: Optimizing Sensor Placement with Mathematics.



February 16, 2018 | Atlanta, GA

Professor of Mathematics Galyna Livshyts has been awarded an NSF CAREER grant.
The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program is a Foundation-wide activity that offers the National Science Foundation's most prestigious awards in support of early-career faculty who have the potential to serve as academic role models in research and education and to lead advances in the mission of their department or organization. 

February 16, 2018 | Atlanta, GA

Vinayak Agarwal and Lutz Warnke are among 126 outstanding U.S. and Canadian researchers selected to receive the 2018 Sloan Research Fellowships. Awarded yearly by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the fellowships honor early-career faculty whose achievements mark them as among the very best scientific minds working today.

Also named 2018 Research Fellow is Bilal Haider, assistant professor in the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University.

Vinayak Agarwal is an assistant professor in School of Chemistry and Biochemistry. His research seeks to understand how natural products are produced, what biological forces drive their synthesis in nature, and how the knowledge can advance the well-being of humans. In particular, he is interested in the genesis of polybrominated compounds in ocean systems.

Agarwal seeks to understand how biosynthetic pathways manipulate halogens, especially bromine, to create polyhalogenated compounds, some of which are of great interest as anticancer agents. He has been at the forefront of efforts to decipher the routes for the natural production of polyhalogenated aromatic compounds by marine bacteria.  

Just like synthetic chlorofluorocarbons, which are now banned because they destroy Earth’s protective ozone layer in the stratosphere, polybrominated compounds can generate halogen species that can deplete stratospheric ozone. Agarwal aims to establish the biogenic basis for oceanic bromine radical production from polybrominated compounds.

To gain a deep understanding of biosynthetic pathways, he combines chemical and biochemical approaches, including molecular biology, phylogenetic and bioinformatics analysis, microbial genetics and metagenomics, structural and biochemical enzymology, protein biochemistry, synthetic chemistry, and analytical chemistry.

“The brightest minds tackling the hardest problems, and succeeding brilliantly – Fellows are quite literally the future of 21st-century science.”

Lutz Warnke is an assistant professor in the School of Mathematics. His research area lies at the interface of discrete mathematics and probability theory. In particular, he has extensively studied various random graphs (or networks), focusing on phase transition phenomena and other fascinating properties. 

In 2016, Warnke received the biennial Dénes König Prize from the Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics for his contribution to the study of random graph processes. Because of Warnke’s work, theorems are now available to help mathematicians understand the behavior of a large class of discrete random graph processes close to phase transition.  

Earlier, Warnke received the biennial 2014 Richard-Rado-Prize, for his outstanding dissertation in discrete mathematics, titled “Random Graph Processes with Dependencies.”

In announcing the prize, Jiri Matousek of Charles University Prague, said: “[Warnke’s] work has all the attributes one may expect from excellent mathematics: very interesting topics appealing to [a] broad audience, in this case to a community including many theoretical physicists; improved methods and new ideas that both solve old problems and new horizons; considerable depth, breadth, and technical difficulty; and last but not least, careful and accessible presentation.   

“The Sloan Research Fellows represent the very best science has to offer,” said Sloan Foundation President Adam Falk. “The brightest minds tackling the hardest problems, and succeeding brilliantly – Fellows are quite literally the future of 21st-century science.”

This story was originally posted on Feb 15th, 2018 by the College of Science.

February 22, 2018 | Atlanta, GA

Algebraic geometers in Georgia and neighboring southern states gather at the Georgia Tech School of Mathematics on Feb. 23-25, 2018, to strengthen their growing community. The goal is to support early-career mathematicians, especially those from groups that are underrepresented in mathematics. The gathering – the 2018 Georgia Algebraic Geometry Symposium (GAGS) – will provide attendees opportunities to network and be exposed to cutting-edge developments in the field.

Classical algebraic geometry studies questions about solutions sets of polynomial equations, according to Josephine Yu, an associate professor in the School of  Mathematics. Among the questions practitioners in the field ask are: What is the dimension of the solution space? What is its shape? Can we break up the solution space into simpler components? Modern algebraic geometry includes much more abstract objects, Yu says.. 

Algebraic geometry has connections to complex analysis, string theory, topology, number theory, and game theory. It has applications in statistics, robotics, phylogenetics, and geometric modeling.

The School of Mathematics is home to several experts in algebraic geometry: faculty members Matt Baker, Greg Blekherman, Anton Leykin, Joseph Rabinoff, Kirsten Wickelgren, and Yu; postdoctoral fellows Padmavathi Srinivasan and Philipp Jell; and senior academic professional Salvador Barone.

Baker is organizing 2018 GAGS, with assistance from Rabinoff and Yu. 

The 2018 symposium in Georgia Tech is the culmination of a three-year National Science Foundation (NSF) grant (DMS-1529573) to Georgia Tech, University of Georgia (UGA), and Emory University to organize and host GAGS in rotation over three years. The symposium was held at Emory University in 2016 and at UGA in 2017.

The 2018 GAGS features the following invited speakers, including one from Germany:

  • Linda Chen (Swarthmore College)
  • June Huh (Institute for Advanced Study)
  • David Jensen (University of Kentucky)
  • Jesse Kass (University of South Carolina)
  • Lek-Heng Lim (University of Chicago)
  • Kristin Shaw (Technischen Universität Berlin)
  • Andrew Snowden (University of Michigan)
  • Padmavathi Srinivasan (Georgia Institute of Technology)

March 2, 2018 | Atlanta, GA

Professor Wilfrid Gangbo has been awarded the 2018-19 Chancellor’s Professorship in Mathematics at UC Berkeley.

This prestigious appointment, awarded by the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI), is based on excellence in mathematical research as well as expository talents. The award includes a visiting professorship in UC Berkeley’s Mathematics department, during which Professor Gangbo will give an advanced graduate course.  The School of Mathematics at GT is pleased to have spearheaded the nomination.

Click here for more information about the Chancellor’s Professorship.

March 7, 2018 | Atlanta, GA

Balazs Strenner, who is currently a Hale Visiting Assistant Professor at Georgia Tech, has won the Mary Ellen Rudin Award.
The Mary Ellen Rudin Award is an annual award recognizing talented young researchers in topology.  This award is sponsored by Elsevier and the annual Spring Topology and Dynamics Conference, and it is linked to the journal Topology and its Applications.  As an emeritus member of the organizing committee of the annual Spring Topology Meeting and an editorial board member of the Topology and its Applications, Rudin agreed to lend her name in support of this award.  The recipient is chosen by a selection committee and must be at most one year before completing their Ph.D. or three years after.  Previous recipients are Kathryn Mann, Yinhe Peng, Yash Lodha, and Logan Hoehn.

Strenner will receive his award during a ceremony at the 52nd Spring Topology and Dynamical Systems Conference at Auburn University on March 15.


March 7, 2018 | Atlanta, GA

Joe Rabinoff, an Assistant Professor in SoM who has interests in arithmetic and algebraic geometry, has won a CTL/BP Jr. Faculty Teaching Excellence Award.
This award, offered through the joint support of the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) and BP America, provides Georgia Tech with the opportunity to highlight the excellent teaching and educational innovation that junior faculty bring to campus. The selection committees have typically considered a range of activities for these awards, including: Educational innovations; Impact on students' lives, both in and beyond the classroom; Passion for teaching and learning; Connections between research and teaching; Educational outreach beyond the classroom and laboratory; Teaching excellence in core classes, required classes, and large classes; Accessibility to all students, even those who were not performing well in the class; Good Georgia Tech citizenship.
See also the CoS story here:


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