The fourth annual Tech Topology Conference will be held December 5-7, 2014. It will bring together established and young researchers from around the country for a weekend of mathematics in beautiful Atlanta. We are pleased to announce this year's speakers will be:
- Danny Calegari (University of Chicago)
- James Conway (Georgia Institute of Technology)
- Laura DeMarco (Northwestern University)
- Nathan Dunfield (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
- Chris Leininger (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
- Kathryn Mann (University of California, Berkeley)
- Laura Starkston (University of Texas at Austin)
Talks are scheduled to be given in the School of Mathematics, Skiles Building Room 006.
For registration information, please visit the conference website.
Professor Howie Weiss has been elected to the 2014 class of the Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). This group consists of members of the AAAS whose "efforts on behalf of the advancement of science or its applications are scientifically or socially distinguished."
Professor Michael Loss has received the Humboldt Research Award. The award is granted in recognition of a researcher's entire achievements to date for academics whose fundamental discoveries, new theories or insights have had a significant impact on their own discipline and who are expected to continue producing cutting-edge achievements in the future.
Award winners are invited to spend a period of up to one year cooperating on a long-term research project with specialist colleagues at a research institution in Germany. The award is valued at 60,000 EUR.
Professor Rafael de la Llave is an organizer and an invited speaker in the Dynamical Systems Focus Session at the X Americas Conference on Differential Equations and Nonlinear Analysis to be held in Buenos Aires, Argentina February 9-20, 2015. Rafael also serves on the conference scientific committee.
This conference is a sequel to the Americas Conference on Differential Equations and Nonlinear Analysis series that started in 1994 with a meeting in Taxco, Mexico and has held meetings on a regular basis ever since: Sao Paulo, Brazil 1996; Atlanta, USA 1998; Merida, Venezuela 2000; Edmonton, Canada 2002; Santiago, Chile 2005; Cartagena, Colombia 2007; Veracruz, Mexico 2009; and Trujillo, Peru 2012. This is the first time this meeting will take place in Argentina.
Our colleague and friend Richard Duke passed away early in the morning of February 19th after an 18-month battle with lung cancer.
Richard Alter Duke was born in Geneva, Ohio in 1937, earned a bachelor's degree at Kenyon College, a master's degree at Dartmouth, and a doctorate at the University of Virginia in 1965.
After seven years at the University of Washington, Richard joined the faculty of Georgia Tech in 1972 as assistant director of the School of Mathematics. He served as interim director of the school from 1998 to 2002.
Richard published 28 mathematical papers in graph theory and combinatorics, many of them joint with Vojtech Rodl and Paul Erdos. He lectured widely in the US and Europe and held a visiting position in Bielefeld, Germany in 1991.
Richard supervised two Ph.D. dissertations, one each at Washington and Georgia Tech. He was active in national and state organizations supporting the teaching of mathematics, and he consulted for the College Board and academic publishers.
One of Richard's most important and lasting contributions to research and education in mathematics was his founding of the Institute's interdisciplinary doctoral program in Algorithms, Combinatorics, and Optimization (ACO) in 1992. He served as the chair of its coordinating committee until 2006.
This list of Richard's mathematical and academic achievements only begins to convey his contribution to the Georgia Tech community. Richard was warm, generous and inspiring.
Richard compiled a history of the first 100 years of Mathematics at Georgia Tech, 1888-1987, which is available on the school web site.
The Richard A. Duke Faculty Endowment was established In November, 2014, by a generous donation from Richard with the purpose of supporting faculty chairs in Mathematics, especially for mid-career faculty members. Those wishing to make a gift in Richard's honor are invited to add to this endowment. Please contact the School of Mathematics or the College of Sciences development office for details.
Enid Steinbart, director of advising and assessment for the School of Mathematics, has received the Outstanding Undergraduate Academic Advisor Award from the Center for Academic Success. In his letter of nomination, Doron Lubinsky described Enid as as the "devoted, innovative, and expert adviser" that we all know her to be. Enid will receive $2,000 and will be honored at the Faculty and Staff Awards Luncheon Friday, April 17, 2015.
In the words of a Sloan Foundation press release, "the fellowships are given to early-career scientists and scholars whose achievements and potential identify them as rising stars, the next generation of scientific leaders," and "these outstanding men and women are responsible for some of the most exciting science being done today."
From the awards page "The CETL/BP Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award is the only institute-wide award for Teaching Assistants and symbolizes Georgia Tech's commitment to promoting exemplary teaching."
Professor Shui-Nee Chow will be recognized with a College of Sciences Faculty Mentor Award. He was nominated by junior faculty members who wrote a letter describing "his attention to their career path, the advice he offered based on his own experience, and the benefits that this mentoring has brought to their academic life so far." He will be honored at an upcoming CoS Advisory Board meeting and will receive an award of $500.
The following graduate student awards for this academic year are:
- Festa Fellowship: JD Walsh
- Best PhD Thesis: Chun-Hung Liu
- Top Graduate Students: Fabio DiFonzo and Robert Krone
- Outstanding TA: Liz Bolduc
- Best S-STEM Fellow: Scott Spencer
These students will be further recognized during the TA/Grad Student appreciation day on April 21 at 11:00.