It is with great sadness that we report the passing of our colleague Janos Galambos. Janos earned his Ph.D. in his native Hungary under the direction of Alfred Renyi in 1963, and was on faculty at Temple from 1970 to 2012. An expert in probability and statistics, Janos was a member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, the Spanish Royal Academy of Engineering, and was also a fellow of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics.
Professor Daniel Szyld has been elected President of the International Linear Algebra Society (ILAS) for a three-year period starting March 1st, 2020.
ILAS is a membership organization which supports research and educational activities on all aspects of linear algebra. These include regular meetings and conferences, along with several publications, most notably the Electronic Journal of Linear Algebra. More information surrounding this announcement can be found on the CST web page.
Professor Shiferaw Berhanu has been appointed to the Stefan Bergman Trust Fund Committee for a term of three years. This committee selects the recipient of the prestigious Bergman Prize, recognizing outstanding work in "real or complex analysis or partial differential equations with special interest in the areas of either the theory of the kernel function and its applications... with attention to Bergman’s operator method.”
The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation named Temple University mathematician Samuel Taylor a 2020 Sloan Research Fellow. The highly competitive honor identifies rising scientists who’ve made significant marks on their field and represent the next generation of leaders in the U.S. and Canada. Additional information can be found here.
Professor J. Paulos wrote an op-ed piece that is featured in the NY Times. You can read more here.
Supported by a MAA-SUMMA (Mathematics Association of America Strengthening Underrepresented Minority Mathematics Achievement) grant held by Profs. Irina Mitrea and Maria Lorenz, nineteen students from the Philadelphia High School for Girls along three Temple students explored knot theory, graph theory and more at MoMath this past weekend.
Associate Professor Benjamin Seibold will lead the Temple team as part of the recently funded Department of Energy CIRCLES Project. Along with Temple University, this project brings together researchers from UC Berkeley and the Institute of Transportation Studies Berkeley, Rutgers University-Camden, University of Arizona, Vanderbilt University and the Tennessee Department of Transportation to pursue connected and autonomous vehicle technology to smooth traffic, calm congestion and reduce fuel use.
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Congratulations to all the departmental teaching and service winners for this academic year:
Excellence in Service Award by an Undergraduate Student: Joseph Franks
Excellence in Service Award by a Graduate Student: Brandi Henry
Excellence in Teaching Award by a Graduate Student: Ramy Yammine
Excellence in Teaching Award by a Postdoctoral Fellow: Bach Nguyen
Excellence in Teaching by an Adjunct Faculty: Sanda Shwe
Excellence in Teaching by an NTT Faculty: James Sundstrom
The Excellence in Service Award by an Undergraduate Student has been made possible through a generous donation honoring the memory of former colleague Professor Manoj Raghunandanan.
Thank you for all the work you do on behalf of our students!
Congratulations to all of our mathematics undergraduate majors for receiving the following departmental awards this spring!
F.J. and H.C. Sholomskas Awards for Outstanding Students:
In a joint effort with the Department of Physics and the High Performance Computing Group within the College of Science and Technology, we have launched a new Professional Science Masters Program in High Performance Computing. Further details can be found on the program website.
Associate Professor Benjamin Seibold explains the mathematics of phantom traffic jams in this TED-Ed video.
The Department of Mathematics extends its congratulations to the following faculty members on their recent promotions:
Jessica Babcock, promoted to Assistant Professor of Instruction
Charles Osborne, promoted to Associate Professor of Instruction
Vladimir Visnjic, promoted to Associate Professor of Instruction
David Futer, promoted to Full Professor
Temple University recently honored Irina Mitrea with a Laura H. Carnell professorship.
Established in 1985 by the Temple University Board of Trustees, the Laura H. Carnell Professorship recognizes faculty for outstanding scholarship and contributions to their fields through teaching, creative work and research.
Professor Benjamin Seibold's project "Flexible and Scalable Moment Method Simulations for Radiation Transport and Nuclear Medicine Applications" is supported by NSF CDS&E-MSS for 2020-2023, for $243,199.
In addition, Prof. Seibold's project "Collaborative Research: Euler-Based Time-Stepping with Optimal Stability and Accuracy for Partial Differential Equations" is supported by NSF-DMS for the period 2020-2023, for $99,999.