On November 22 the Department of Mathematics hosted its third annual Mid-Atlantic Numerical Analysis Day. These conferences are aimed at graduate and postdoctoral researchers from the region; the conference featured 16 talks and posters by these participants. The keynote talk was Old and New Challenges for Embedded Boundary Grids in Computational Fluid Dynamics, by Professor Marsha Berger, Courant Institute of Mathematical Science, New York University.
Maria Lorenz, Instructional Associate Professor of Mathematics, was awarded the College of Science and Technology Dean's Distinguished Excellence in Mentoring Award.
Temple mathematics graduate students Christian Millichap and Brian Paljug were awarded Temple College of Science and Technology (CST) 2013 Distinguished Graduate Student Research Awards. Temple mathematics graduate student Jessica Hamm was awarded a CST 2013 Distinguished Graduate Student Teaching Award.
Applied mathematics major Louis Graup won First Place at the College of Science and Technology Undergraduate Research Program Symposium for his poster, Optimization of Macroscopic Models for the Approximation of Microscopic Traffic Flow, on his research project supervised by Assistant Professor Benmamin Seibold. Mr. Graup was also featured in a recent Temple Today article.
Professor Daniel Szyld has been elected Vice President at Large of the Society for Applied and Industrial Mathematics (SIAM).
Approximately 40 middle school students participated in the 2013 Temple University Mathematics Circle. Topics for this year included Algorithms in Action, A Primer on Prime Numbers, the Golden Ratio, Logic, Probability, Topology, and Math in Music and Art. The program was organized by Professor Irina Mitrea, Associate Instructional Professor Maria Lorenz, Postdoctoral Assistant Professor Elia Ziade, and Temple mathematics graduate student Jessie Hamm. Sponsors included the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI), the National Association of Mathematics Circles, the National Defense Education Program, and the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division.
Instructors from our own department included graduate student Maggie Avener, undergraduate student Leah Rosenbloom, and Temple mathematics alumni Brian Fillips, Jennifer Hartman and Lara Leggio.
Professor Mitrea (PI) and co-PI's Maria Lorenz and Elia Ziade obtained new external funding for the 2013-2014 Temple Math Circle from MSRI and the US Navy.
Professor John Allen Paulos was featured in a Temple Faculty Focus video.
Temple University hosted the Fall Eastern Sectional Meeting of the American Mathematicals Society, October 12-13, 2013. There were approximately 400 attendees, 21 special sessions, and four plenary addresses. Local organizers were Professors Shiferaw Berhanu and Edward Letzter. Numerous faculty, students, and staff helped to make the meeting a great success.
The third annual North American Gone Fishing workshop on Poisson Geometry was hosted by the Temple mathematics department, September 28-29, 2013. Associate Professor Vasily Dolgushev was the local organizer. The previous Gone Fishing workshops were held at Washington University and UCLA.
Professor Günter M. Ziegler of Freie Universität Berlin delivered the 2013 Grosswald Lectures, September 23, 24, and 25. The series was titled Configuration Spaces. The individual talks were titled Cannons at Sparrows: Cutting Polygons via Topology of Configuration Spaces, Configuration spaces, subspace arrangements, and cell complex models, and Cutting polygons, obstruction theory, and prime powers.
Assistant Professor Matthew Stover is PI on the new three-year NSF grant Geometry and arithmetic of locally symmetric spaces. From the abstract: "Arithmetic lattices in semisimple Lie groups are fundamental mathematical objects that have deep significance in geometry, topology, group theory, and number theory. This project considers the way in which these fields interact, particularly the effect on the geometry of locally symmetric spaces." The total award is $101,619.
Associate Professor David Futer is a Research Fellow at the Institute for Computational and Experimental Research in Mathematics (ICERM), Brown University, for the Fall 2013 semester program, Low-dimensional Topology, Geometry, and Dynamics.
Professors Yury Grabovsky and Isaac Klapper are co-PIs on the new NIH grant Spatiotemporal distribution of oxygen in biofilm infections. The Temple portion of the award is $335,816.
Shimao Fan was awarded his Ph.D. in mathematics from Temple Univeristy on August 30, 2013. His thesis was titled, Data-Fitted Generic Second Order Macroscopic Traffic Flow Models, and his thesis advisor was Assistant Professor Benjamin Seibold. Dr. Fan has accepted a postdoctoral appointment at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana.
Professor Shiferaw Berhanu was on the scientific committe for the 7th Workshop on Geometric Analysis of PDE and Several Complex Variables, August 5-9, Serra Negra, Brazil. Professor Berhanu was also PI on the NSF conference grant supporting this workshop. Professors Shiferaw Berhanu and Gerardo Mendoza presented talks at this conference. Professor Irina Mitrea presented a minicourse. See here for a more complete listing of departmental faculty and student conference presentations.
Assistant Professor Benjamin Seibold is PI, and Postdoctoral Assistant Professor Sunnie Joshi is co-PI, on the newly awarded, three-year NSF grant A computational framework for atherosclerotic plaque growth simulations. From the abstract: "While it is known that the rupturing of an atherosclerotic plaque can cause a heart attack, the actual growth process of plaques in arteries is far from well understood. In this project, a computational framework is developed that bridges the highly separated time scales between the plaque growth and the heart rate, and that allows for the incorporation of accurate models for the elastic arterial walls. This new framework can yield fundamental insights into the long-term causes of atherosclerosis, and the dependence of the disease on behavioral factors such as physical activity, cholesterol intake, and tobacco use." The total award amount is $86,277.
Assistant Professor Benjamin Seibold is PI on a new three-year NSF grant Collaborative Research: Gradient-augmented level set methods and jet schemes. From the abstract: "The accurate detection, tracking, and computation of interfaces (curves and surfaces) is an important problem in many areas of science and technology, such as: gas-liquid interfaces in computational fluid dynamics, phase transitions in materials, weather fronts, the motion of biological membranes, edge detection in medical imaging, flame fronts, and shock fronts in supersonic flows." The total award is $235,310.
Instructors for the program included mathematics graduate students Maggie Avener and Kathryn Lund, recent Temple mathematics Ph.D. Meredith Hegg, and Temple mathematics alumnae Jennifer Hartman and Jennifer Berman.
The program and Professor Mitrea were also featured in a Temple News Video.
The Committee on Traffic Flow Theory, Transportation Research Board, National Academy of Sciences, has announced that Temple mathematics Assistant Professor Benjamin Seibold and his Ph.D. student Shimao Fan are the recipients of the 2013 Greenshields Prize, for their paper, A Comparison of Data-Fitted First Order Traffic Models and Their Second Order Generalizations Via Trajectory and Sensor Data.
Professor Shiferaw Berhanu is PI on the newly awarded, three-year, NSF research grant Semilinear and nonlinear pdes in CR manifolds and complex variables. From the abstract: "The semi-linear equations considered in this project are crucial in solving a geometric problem that involves the existence of certain types of bending of surfaces which in turn has physical applications to the elasticity of thin shells. The non-linear partial differential equations under study are relevant to physical and geometrical applications such as the modeling of atmospheric phenomena and the study of limit shapes of surfaces that minimize surface tension." The total award is for $165,883.
Mathematics graduate students Dianbin Bao and Geoffrey Schneider participated in the Graduate Summer School, New Geometric Techniques in Number Theory, July 1-12, 2013, at the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI), Berkeley, California.
Dr. Matthew Stover joined the Department of Mathematics at the rank of (tenure track) Assistant Professor on July 1, 2013. His Ph.D. is from the University of Texas (Austin), where he studied under Alan Reid. Before coming to Temple, Dr. Stover held a postoctoral position at the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor). Dr. Stover is interested in Geometry and Topology, Algebraic Groups, and Number Theory. In particular, he is interested in the interaction between these areas, e.g., the geometry and topology of locally symmetric spaces associated with discrete subgroups of Lie groups arising from arithmetic groups. For example, one can understand a great deal about the geometry of hyperbolic manifolds, manifolds admitting complete metrics of constant curvature -1, via the arithmetic of quadratic forms, and much of Stover's work seeks to exploit and better understand these deep connections.
On June 20, 2013, The Temple Board of Trustees approved the promotions of Yury Grabovsky and Irina Mitrea to the rank of Full Professor.
On June 20, 2013, The Temple Board of Trustees approved the promotion to Associate Professor for David Futer and awarded him tenure.
Dr. Sunnie Joshi, a Postdoctoral Assistant Professor (non tenure track) in the Department of Mathematics, was awarded an AMS-Simons Travel Grant. These grants, funded by the Simons Foundation and administered by the American Mathematical Society, provide young mathematicians with financial support for research-related travel.
Temple held its second annual Sonia Kovalesky Day on April 27, organized by Associate Instructional Professor Maria Lorenz, with co-organizers Associate Professor Irina Mitrea and mathematics graduate student Jessica Hamm. Thirty-two girls, in grades fiver through 10, participated in a full day of mathematical activities. Topics included: Gaining a New Perspective, Probability and the Lottery, Can Infinity Get Bigger, Graph Coloring, Knot Math. Instructors from our department included graduate students Maggie Avener, Jessie Hamm, and Kathryn Lund, former graduate student Rebeca Lufi, and undergraduate student Sarah Munson.
A team of temple undergraduate students won a Meritorious Winner Award at the 2013 Mathematical Contest in Modeling. The team members were Antonio Adiletta, Giovanni Adiletta, and Kerwing Hy. Their performance placed them in the top 17% of the 5636 international teams participating this year. Faculty advisers were Associate Professor Irina Mitrea, Assistant Professor Benjamin Seibold, and Professor Daniel Szyld.
Associate Professor Irina Mitrea, graduate student Jessica Hamm, and undergraduate students Brian Fillips, Jennifer Hartman, and Lara Leggio represented the Temple mathematics department at the Philadelphia Science and Engineering Festival. Over 200 middle school students attended.
Associate Professor Irina Mitrea, Assistant Instructional Professor Ellen Panofsky, and undergraduate student Lara Leggio led special sessions at Girls Exploring Tomorrow's Technology in Phoenexville, Pennsylvania. More than 500 middle and high school girls attended this annual mathematical outreach event.
Two new research monographs co-authored by Associate Professor Irina Mitrea have been published. The first is Multi-Layer Potentials and Boundary Problems for Higher-Order Elliptic Systems in Lipschitz Domains, Springer Lecture Notes in Mathematics, Vol. 2063, by Irina Mitrea and Marius Mitrea. The second is Groupoid Metrization Theory With Applications to Analysis on Quasi-Metric Spaces and Functional Analysis, by Dorina Mitrea, Irina Mitrea, Marius Mitrea, and Sylvie Monniaux, in the Birkhauser series Applied and Numerical Harmonic Analysis.
A new research monograph co-authored by Assistant Professor David Futer has appeared: Guts of Surfaces and the Colored Jones Polynomial, by David Futer, Efstratia Kalfagianni, and Jessica Purcell, Springer Lecture Notes in Mathematics, Vol. 2069.
Professor John A. Paulos was the recipent of the 2013 AMS-MAA (American Mathematical Society-Mathematics Association of America) Joint Policy Board for Mathematics Communications Award. The award was presented at the 2013 annual national joint meeting of the AMS and MAA.