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Department News

Faculty News

  • Professor Bong Lian is a Principal Investigator on a newly-awarded Simons Collaboration on Homological Mirror Symmetry.  As part of a group of leading mathematicians, Professor Lian will participate in work towards the goal of proving Homological Mirror Symmetry, a central conjecture in mathematical physics.
  • Christopher Scaduto joins the department as a National Science Foundation Mathematical Sciences Research Fellow. He works in gauge theory, and receive his Ph. D. in 2015 from UCLA.    

  • Professor Dmitry Kleinbock stars in a Youtube video (over 186,000 views, so far!) about patterns in the digits of the powers of 2. The video was recorded while Professor Kleinbock was leading a scientific program at MSRI in Berkeley. Beyond the clip shown, there is some extra footage which contains additional explanations of the interesting mathematics behind the patterns exhibited onscreen.

Undergraduate News

  • Huy Mai was awarded the Shapiro Prize in Mathematics. The prize is given annually in memory of Professor Arnold Shapiro.  Huy has gone on to graduate study at the University of Pennsylvania.
  • The Brandeis Putnam team, coached by Professor Kiyoshi Igusa, placed 31st in the prestigious and difficult Putnam competition.  Congratulations to team members P. J. Apruzzese, Wei Zhong Goh, and Yunxiang Wan!  

Graduate News

  • Anna Medvedovsky was awarded the 2015 Jerome Levine Award for her Ph.D. Thesis, "Lower bounds on dimensions of mod-p Hecke algebras: The nilpotence method." The award is given in memory of Professor Jerome Levine.

Leslie Lamport PhD '72 receives Turing Award in Computer Science.

Leslie Lamport, who received his Mathematics PhD at Brandeis in 1972 under the supervision of Richard Palais, is the 2013 recipient of the prestigious Turing Award from the Association for Computing Machinery. The citation for the award reads:

For fundamental contributions to the theory and practice of distributed and concurrent systems, notably the invention of concepts such as causality and logical clocks, safety and liveness, replicated state machines, and sequential consistency.

News from previous years:

Professor Ira Gessel appointed as Berenson Professor.

Professor Ira Gessel has been appointed as the fourth Theodore W. and Evelyn G. Berenson Professor in Mathematics. He is a leader in the field of combinatorics, and has served as department chair on two occasions. Congratulations Ira!

Tynan Kelly and Shaunak Deo share 2012-13 Graduate Student Teaching Award.

This award is given annually (in September) to the graduate student who has gotten the best teaching evaluations in the previous year.

Professor Ruth Charney elected as President of the Association for Women in Mathematics.  

From the Brandeis Now article: [Professor] Charney has long been an advocate for women in math and earlier this year was elected president of the Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM), an organization that empowers, connects and supports women in the field. The AWM runs conferences, workshops and networking events for all levels of mathematics, from K-12 to postdoctoral. 

Faculty News

  • Carl Wang Erickson joins the department as Instructor in Mathematics. Carl works in the field of number theory, and received his PhD from Harvard University in 2013.   

Graduate News

  • Alyson Burchardt was awarded the 2013 Jerome Levine Award for her Ph.D. Thesis, "The Hausmann-Weinberger 4-manifold invariant of right-angled Artin groups". The award is given in memory of Professor Jerome Levine.

Joël Bellaïche promoted to Full Professorship.

Professor Joël Bellaïche was promoted to the position of Full Professor of Mathematics at the Spring meeting of the Board of Trustees. Joël received his Ph.D. from the Université d’Orsay (Paris Sud XI) in 2002 and has been at Brandeis since 2007. His research is in Number Theory, with an emphasis on Galois representations and automorphic forms.  

Professor Ira Gessel awarded Simons Fellowship.

Professor Ira Gessel has been awarded a prestigious Simons Fellowship in Mathematics. He is part of the initial class of awardees for this fellowship, which will support research activities during his sabbatical leave in the spring of 2013.   

Department members and emeritus professors named as AMS fellows.

Professors Ruth CharneyIra Gessel, and Kiyoshi Igusa, along with emeritus professors Edgar BrownDavid BuchsbaumHarold LevineRichard Palais, and Gerald Schwarz have been named to the inaugural group of Fellows of the American Mathematical Society. According to the description on the AMS website, the "Fellows of the American Mathematical Society program recognizes members who have made outstanding contributions to the creation, exposition, advancement, communication, and utilization of mathematics."

Brandeis Mathematics Department awarded GAANN grant.

The Math Department has been awarded a 3-year GAANN grant (Graduate Assistantships in Areas of National Need) from the Department of Education. The grant, totaling $533,000, will fund fellowships for eligible graduate students in our department for the years 2012-2015. For further information, see our GAANN fellowship page.

Faculty News

  • Professor Dmitry Kleinbock awarded Simons Fellowship.

    Professor Dmitry Kleinbock has been awarded a prestigious Simons Fellowship in Mathematics. The award will support research activities during his sabbatical leave in academic year 2014-15.   

  • Arunima Ray joins the department as Instructor in Mathematics. She works in knot theory and low-dimensional topology, and received her PhD from Rice University in 2014.   

  • Professor Bong Lian receives Chern Prize.

    At the 2013 International Congress of Chinese Mathematicians, Professor Bong Lian was awarded the prestigious Chern Prize.  The prize was established in 2001 in honor of Shing-Shen Chern, one of the greatest geometers and Chinese mathematicians of the twentieth century. The Chern Prize is presented every three years at the ICCM to mathematicians of Chinese descent who have made exceptional contributions to mathematical research or to public service activities in support of mathematics.

  • Susan Parker was promoted to Full Professor of Mathematics. Professor Parker has been the Elementary Mathematics Coordinator in the department since 1993. She received her PhD from Brandeis in 1994 in the field of combinatorics.   
  • Olivier Bernardi joins the department as a Assistant Professor of Mathematics in the fall of 2012. He received his PhD from the University of Bordeaux in 2006, and most recently was an instructor in Applied Mathematics at MIT. His interests lie in combinatorics and probability, and he has worked on problems arising from mathematical physics (statistical mechanics and  quantum gravity), computer science (algorithms and graph theory), and algebra (representation theory of the symmetric group).
  • Harold Sultan will be a Lecturer in Mathematics, beginning in academic year 2012-13. Harold received his PhD from Columbia in 2012. His research is in the area of geometric group theory.
  • Rebecca Torrey will be an Assistant Professor of Mathematics, beginning in academic year 2012-13. Rebecca received her PhD from Kings College London in 2009. She works in number theory.

Michael Carr receives 2011-12 Graduate Student Teaching Award.

This award is given annually (in September) to the graduate student who has gotten the best teaching evaluations in the previous year.

Department to participate in NSF IGERT grant.

The National Science Foundation has awarded Brandeis an Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) grant in the mathematical sciences. The grant, titled "Geometry and Dynamics: integrated education in the mathematical sciences," is designed to foster interdisciplinary research and education by and for graduate students across the mathematical and theoretical sciences, including chemistryeconomicsmathematicsneuroscience, and physics.

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