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Assoc. Professor Duchin is the subject of an article in The Chronicle of Higher Education, "Meet the Math Professor Who's Fighting Gerrymandering With Geometry"
February 22, 2016
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Prof. Xiaozhe Hu, Mathematics graduate student Junyuan Lin, and Computer Science professors Lenore Cowen, Ben Hescott and Donna Slonim win the Disease Module Identification DREAM Challenge
October 19, 2016
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A conference in honor of Professor Richard Weiss, titled "Group Theory, Geometry, and the Influence of Jacques Tits" was held on May 25-28, 2016 at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany
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University explores interdisciplinary initiatives with proposed data center
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Misha Kilmer named William Walker Professor of Mathematics

Asst. Professor Hu will be a plenary speaker at the International Conference on Domain Decomposition Methods 2017

Assoc. Professor Adler receives NSF Award
Assoc. Professor Adler receives NSF Award to run the "International Workshop on Numerical Analysis of Singularly Perturbed Differential Equations"

Asst. Professor Hu received the Reimann-Louville Award
Asst. Professor Hu received the Reimann-Louville Award for best application paper at the International Conference on Fractal Differentiation and Its Applications 2016, with his paper titled "Fast Solver for Fractional Differential Equations based on Hierarchical Matrices"

Assoc. Professor Adler and Asst. Professor Hu receive NSF DMS Grant Award
Assoc. Professor Adler and Asst. Professor Hu receive NSF DMS Grant Award: "Robust Solvers for Coupled Problems with Applications to Electromagnetism and Poromechanics"

Asst. Professor Lemke Oliver receives NSF DMS Grant Award
Asst. Professor Lemke Oliver receives NSF DMS Grant Award: "Concrete Arithmetic Applications of Analytic Number Theory"

Professor and Chair Misha Kilmer has been invited to give a plenary lecture at the SIAM Conference on Computational Science and Engineering

Professor Kim Ruane wins two graduate mentoring awards
She received the 2016 Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Faculty Mentoring Award, which recognizes faculty members who have demonstrated outstanding support of graduate students. She also received the Outstanding Contribution to Graduate Education Award from the Graduate Student Council

Faculty in the news: Assistant Professor Robert Lemke Oliver is part of team of mathematicians that have discovered a prime conspiracy
The team uncovered a previously unknown property of prime numbers that violates the longstanding assumption that prime numbers behave like random numbers.
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Professor James Adler and Ph.D. candidate Sarah Bray featured for their work in the GIFT (Graduate Institute for Teaching) program
Mathematics Professor James Adler and Ph.D. candidate Sarah Bray collaborate in the classroom as part of the Graduate Institute for Teaching (GIFT) program
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Professor Todd Quinto awarded the Otto Monsteds Visiting Professorship for Fall 2016, FRAC Senior Semester Leave for Spring 2017
In Fall 2016, Professor Todd Quinto will be going to the University of Denmark as a Monsteds Visiting Professor. He was also awarded a Senior Semester Leave from the Tufts Committee on Faculty Research Awards in Spring 2017.

Professor Misha Kilmer was keynote speaker for the Mid Atlantic Numerical Analysis Day, 2015
On Friday, November 13th 2015, Professor Misha Kilmer was the keynote speaker at the annual Mid Atlantic Numerical Analysis Day, a conference on numerical analysis and scientific computing for graduate students and postdocs.
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Associate Professor Moon Duchin receives Bernstein Faculty Fellowship
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New hire in Fall 2015: Dyer
The Department of Mathematics welcomes Jessica Dyer (PhD University of Illinois, Chicago) as a full-time lecturer.

Tufts math majors score in 2015 Diamond Dollars Case Competition held at Society for American Baseball Research Conference
Math majors Caleb Pykkonen, A16, and Morris Greenberg, A16, captained two of the top three teams in the 2015 Diamond Dollars Case Competition, which was held at the national conference of the Society for American Baseball Research in Phoenix, Arizona.
As members of the Baseball Analysis at Tufts (BAT) club, Pykkonen, Greenberg, and their teammates used a complex analysis of baseball statistics to solve this year's problem, which involved figuring out the ideal way for the manager of the Philadelphia Phillies to trade pitcher Cole Hamels.
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New hires in Fall 2014: Hu, Mustopa
The department welcomes Xiaozhe Hu (PhD 2009, Zhejiang University) as an Assistant Professor, and Yusuf Mustopa (PhD 2008, Stony Brook) as a postdoctoral Norbert Wiener Assistant Professor.

Boghosian honored by Republic of Armenia
Professor Bruce Boghosian has returned to Tufts after serving as President of the American University of Armenia for four years. Before he left, the Gold Medal from the Republic of Armenia Ministry of Education and Science was presented to him by the Minister of Education and Science.
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The Prime Minister of the Republic of Armenia also awarded Professor Boghosian with the Order of the Republic of Armenia for his efforts to improve the standard of education in Armenia.
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Recent News and Press

2013-2014 Student Awards: Kernfeld, Devitt-Lee
Eric Kernfeld '14 received the department's 2014 Ralph S. Kaye Memorial Prize for excellence in mathematics and well-roundedness in his activities, and Adrian Devitt-Lee was the 2014 recipient of the Guterman award for highest academic achievement by a first-year student. Numerous other math and applied math majors received University-wide awards, including Alexandra Brumberg, Samantha Gann, Ellen Garven, Mukesh Ghimire, Samuel Hansen, Yangming Kou, Joshua Levy, Amanda Merrill, John Pothier, Qianrong Sun, Zachary Tripp, Khiry Walker, Matthew Wiens, and George Wojcik.
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Math major Samantha Gann '14 selected as NESCAC Senior Sportswoman of the Year
Mathematics major Samantha Gann '14 was chosen as this year's NESCAC Senior Sportswoman of the year, an award given to the senior who "best combined and displayed a high standard of tennis coupled with the highest levels of sportsmanship."
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Tufts undergrads win top prize in Mathematical Contest in Modeling
The Department of Mathematics congratulates Michael Bird '16, Kathleen Cachel '16, and Charlie Colley '16 on being selected as Outstanding Winners of the 2014 Mathematical Contest in Modeling (MCM). Of 6,755 international teams of undergraduate students, there were only 13 Outstanding Winners. The MCM is an annual competition where teams of undergraduate students from around the world have only 96 hours to propose a solution to one of two open-ended problems. This year, Bird, Cachel, and Colley, coached by Professor Scott MacLachlan, built and analyzed a mathematical model to analyze the performance of the “keep-right-except-to-pass” rule in traffic.
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Hasselblatt returns from honorary chair, named Associate Provost
Professor Boris Hasselblatt has returned from a six-month term as the Jean Morlet Chair at the Centre International de Recherche en Mathématiques in Marseille, where he co-organized three large international conferences, advanced many collaborative projects, and lectured widely across Europe.
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In Fall 2014, Hasselblatt began a five-year term as Associate Provost here at Tufts, with a focus on academic leadership development and teaching and learning initiatives.
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New hires in Fall 2013: Garmirian, Liang, McLeod, Taylor
The department welcomes Patricia Garmirian (PhD 2013, Lehigh) and Hao Liang (PhD 2013, UIC) as postdoctoral Norbert Wiener Assistant Professors and Jillian McLeod (PhD 2001, Howard) and Kye Taylor (PhD 2011, Colorado) as full-time Lecturers.

2012-2013 Student Awards: Tripp, Fortunato, De La Torre
Daniel Fortunato '13 received the department's 2013 Ralph S. Kaye Memorial Prize for excellence in mathematics and well-roundedness in his activities, and Zachary Tripp '16 was the recipient of the 2013 Guterman award for highest academic achievement by a first-year student. Jessica de la Torre was honored with the Maxine Newberg Gordon Book Prize, for a mathematics major who has demonstrated a love of reading, literature, and poetry. In addition, numerous math and applied math majors and minors were decorated with university-wide awards, including Gregory Bodwin, Benjamin Glass, Samuel Haney, Samuel (Benji) Hansen, Eric Kernfield, Joshua Levy, Alek Razdan, Eriene-Heidi Sidhom, Anders Simpson-Wolf, Gabriel Siu, Scott Staniewicz, and Min Zhong.

Duchin receives CAREER award
Assistant Professor Moon Duchin was chosen by the National Science Foundation as the recipient of one of its CAREER awards, which will be held from 2013-2018. These are described by NSF as "the National Science Foundation's most prestigious awards in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations." Duchin's research area includes asymptotic geometry of groups and geometric topology of surfaces, and her project is entitled "Finer Coarse Geometry."

Quinto-Frikel article honored
The article "Characterization and reduction of artifacts in limited angle tomography" by Robinson Professor of Mathematics Todd Quinto and visitor Jürgen Frikel was honored as one of the "Highlights of 2013" by the journal Inverse Problems.
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Faculty active in visiting roles
Professor Boris Hasselblatt held the Jean Morlet Chair in Mathematics at Aix-Marseille University in France from November 2013 to April 2014, cosponsored by several French governmental agencies. During his time in France, Hasselblatt collaborated on a variety of projects in geometry and dynamics. Assistant Professor James Adler was a visiting scientist at Lawrence Livermore National Labs for part of the 2013-14 school year, with many additional visits nationally and internationally to work on projects in magnetohydrodynamics and related areas. Associate Professor Genevieve Walsh spent Fall 2013 at the Institute for Computational and Experimental Research in Mathematics (ICERM) in Providence, RI as one of the organizers of the semester program in Low-Dimensional Topology, Geometry, and Dynamics. Assistant Professor Moon Duchin was a research member of the Random Walks and Asymptotic Geometry of Groups program at the Institut Henri Poincaré in Paris in Spring 2014.

Getting to Know Mary Glaser
Our own Senior Lecturer Mary Glaser was named one of the Princeton Review's Best 300 Professors in 2012!
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Tufts Now has two recent articles profiling the versatile Dr. Glaser.
What Makes a Teacher Great?
Office Treasures: A New Riff on Math Rock

Noyce/NSF Scholarship Program
Tufts has received $2.1 million from the Noyce/NSF Scholarship Program to support students to teach middle and high school math and science. We are now recruiting math and science majors to receive a full scholarship to the Tufts Master of Arts in Teaching program and a stipend and special mentoring while they teach in urban schools. Information about the Program can be found here, or by asking Professor Todd Quinto.
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Poincaré Institute for Mathematics Education
Tufts has received a five-year, $9.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation Math and Science Partnership Program to launch an ambitious initiative teaming middle-school teachers currently working in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Maine with Tufts faculty, graduate students, and staff for interactive mathematical coursework. Professor Montserrat Teixidor-i-Bigas is the principal investigator.
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