Professor Hill received the 2008 Mathematics Classic Award from Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching for his contributions to online learning and instruction through a web site. More Information
Mathematics Associate Professor Yury Grabovsky, with graduate student Tadele Mengesha, recently solved an important open problem in the calculus of variations, the one-dimensional version of which was stated by Karl Weierstrass in the 1800s and subsequently established by David Hilbert. The proof of quasiconvexity based sufficient conditions for strong local minima in vectorial variational problems consists of three major parts: the Decomposition Theorem, the Orthogonality principle and the Localization principle. Sir John Ball, Sedleian Professor of Natural Philosophy at the University of Oxford, called this an "absolutely fundamental result and a really fantastic paper, one of the best of recent years in the calculus of variations." This problem is relevant to a wide variety of phenomena ranging from fluid flow to magnetostatics. Grabovsky delivered a lecture series at Oxford on his results in early October.
Kirk Soodhalter was one of five U.S. graduate students, and about 50 worldwide, to attend the first Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics Activity Group (SIAG)/Linear Algebra - Group of Investigation in Mathematical Modeling and Numerical Simulation in Science and Technology (LA-SIMUMAT) International Summer School on Numerical Linear Algebra (ISSNLA). Lectures at the summer school, held at the International Center for Mathematical meetings in Castro Urdiales, Spain from July 21-25, 2008, focused on maturing current research and applications in numerical linear algebra.
Mathematics professor John Allen Paulos talks about probability, sports and Tiger Woods in an article in the Toronto Globe and Mail.
In November 2007, Temple University was one of twelve institutions to receive a National Math and Science Initiative grant to replicate the existing UTeach program at The University of Texas at Austin. On May 13, 2008, the six majors in which TUteach students will earn degrees were approved by the Temple University Board of Trustees.
Students will begin earning Bachelor of Science degrees in Biology with Teaching, Mathematics with Teaching, Chemistry with Teaching, Earth and Space Science with Teaching, Physics with Teaching and General Science with Teaching in Fall 2008. All six majors will require 50-65 science credits and 20-27 credits in UTeach pedagogy, liberal arts or research. Based on UTeach degree models, the new majors are designed to provide graduates with two separate knowledge sets; scientific content knowledge and pedagogical understanding of how to convey that information.
CST is working closely with the College of Education, the UTeach program and the National Math and Science Initiative to help Temple students planning to become middle and high school teachers to most effectively educate young people in science and technology.
The ninth IMACS International Symposium on Iterative Methods in Scientific Computing was held in Lille, France, March 17 – 20th, 2008. Mathematics professor Daniel Szyld addressed the Symposium as a plenary speaker with his lecture "Inexact Krylov Subspace Methods for PDEs.
Dr. Szyld also gave a lecture earlier in March at the Mathematics Colloquium at the Université du Littoral Côte d'Opale, in Calais, France, titled "Optimal Left and Right Additive Schwarz Preconditioning for Minimal Residual Methods with Euclidean and Energy Norms."