## Faculty News

April 22, 2024

Professor Carolyn Abbott has received the 2024 Michael L. Walzer '56 Award for Teaching, given annually to `a tenure-track faculty member who combines superlative scholarship with inspired teaching.' Professor Abbott was cited for her passion for mathematics and ability to make abstract topics feel intuitive and clear.A workshop organized by Professor Daniel Ruberman along with his colleagues Inanc Baykur and Robion Kirby, was the subject of an article in Quanta Magazine. The article, *A New Agenda for Low-Dimensional Topology*, describes a collaborative effort among many mathematicians to write a new version of the influential problem lists compiled by Kirby in 1978 and 1995.

February 2, 2024

Thomas Fai has been promoted to Associate Professor by the Board of Trustees. Professor Fai joined the Department of Mathematics in 2018 as part of the new Applied Mathematics initiative. Professor Fai's research interests include mathematical biology, data-driven modeling, multiscale numerical methods, and applied probability.January 24, 2024

Professor Carolyn Abbott has received a CAREER award from the National Science Foundation. This prestigious award "supports early-career faculty who have the potential to serve as academic role models in research and education and to lead advances in the mission of their department or organization". Professor Abbott has been an assistant professor at Brandeis since 2021, with research specializing in geometric group theory and hyperbolic geometrySpring 2023

An Huang has been promoted to Associate Professor by the Board of Trustees. Professor Huang joined the Department of Mathematics in 2016. Professor Huang's research interests lie in the areas of Algebraic Geometry, Number theory and physics, and Graph Theory:

Spring 2023

Jonathan Touboul has been promoted to Full Professor by the Board of Trustees. Professor Touboul joined the Department of Mathematics in 2018. Professor Touboul's research lies at the boundary between mathematics and biology. He uses tools from dynamical systems and stochastic theory to model neuronal activity, competition between ecological species and embryonic development.

March 31, 2022

Professor Thomas Fai has won the 2022 Mentoring Award of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. The award recognizes the "outstanding ability as a mentor" of the faculty involved in the supervision of graduate students enrolled in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Read more about it in BrandeisNow.

February 24, 2022

Professor Dmitry Kleinbock has been named a Simons Fellow for 2022-23. Prof. Kleinbock's plan is to go to the IAS (Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton) at least for a part of the fall semester 2022: they have a special year on dynamics in 2022-23. In spring 2022, Prof. Kleinbock is on a regular sabbatical at ETH, giving the Nachdiplom lectures.

Omer Offen has been promoted to full professor by the Board of Trustees. Professor Offen joined the Department of Mathematics in 2018.

Ruth Charney, Theodore and Evelyn Berenson Professor of Mathematics, was elected President of the American Mathematical Society, which has approximately 30,000 members, a staff of around 200 and offices in Providence, Ann Arbor and Washington, D.C. Her appointment is for four years, beginning Feb. 1, 2020, which includes a year as president-elect, two years as president and a year as past-president.

Professor Mark Adler has been named a member of the 2020 class of the fellows of the American Mathematical Society for contributions to integrable systems and random matrix theory.

The work of Professor Olivier Bernardi, along with his colleagues Nicolas Curien and Grégory Miermont, was featured in an article in Quanta. The article describes their striking results on percolation on random surfaces and is accompanied by beautiful graphics.

Professor Dmitry Kleinbock was selected for the Dean of Arts and Sciences Mentoring Award this year. The award provides graduate students a chance to celebrate the support and guidance they receive from faculty members. It is given for "outstanding ability as a mento" by a member of the faculty involved in the supervision of graduate students enrolled in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

Professor Omer Offen has been granted tenure. Offen joined the faculty of the Department of Mathematics as an associate professor in July 2018.

Professor Jonathan Touboul gave a light-hearted description of some of his recent work in dynamics: the "hipster effect." His work was featured in the MIT Technology Review, with a subsequent article in the technology section of the Boston Globe.

John Wilmes, an applied mathematician, joins the Brandeis faculty as an Assistant Professor of Mathematics. Wilmes completed his PhD as an NSF Graduate Research Fellow at the University of Chicago, and he then spent two years as a postdoctoral fellow and research scientist at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Read more about John Wilmes on the Science at Brandeis blog.

The Math Department welcomes Thomas Fai, an applied mathematician, as an Assistant Professor in Mathematics. Fai was an NSF Postdoctoral Fellow at the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard and received his PhD in mathematics from the Courant Institute (NYU).

Read more about Thomas Fai in the Science at Brandeis blog.

Rebecca Torrey has been promoted to associate professor of mathematics.

The Department of Mathematics welcomes Omer Offen, a specialist in number theory, as an associate professor of mathematics. Previously, Offen had a position in the Math Department as a visiting associate professor.

Professor Rebecca Torrey received a Teaching Innovation Grant for her project,"Outcomes-Based Assessment in Precalculus." Teaching innovation grants focus on innovations in teaching and student assessment, with special preference given to proposals that look at ways of addressing issues of diversity and inclusion, and to team teaching/interdisciplinary course design.

Professor An Huang (along with Bogdan Stoica in Physics) and Professor Jonathan Touboul (along with Prof. Steve Van Hooser in Biology) were awarded Research Innovation Awards, awards aimed at early stage research to initiate innovative scholarly inquiry that have the potential for significant, sustained impact.

Jonathan Touboul joins the Brandeis Faculty as an Associate Professor of Mathematics. He is also associated to the Neuroscience program, and member of the Volen National Center for Complex Systems. Touboul received his PhD in Mathematics from École Polytechnique (Paris) and worked as a postdoc at Pittsburgh University with Bard Ermentrout and at the Rockefeller University with Marcelo Magnasco.

Corey Bregman has joined the Brandeis Math Department as a full-time instructor of mathematics. Corey received his PhD from Rice University in 2017 and specializes in geometric group theory.

Olivier Bernardi has been promoted to associate professor of mathematics. Olivier joined the Brandeis Mathematics Department in 2012 and works in combinatorics and probability.

Daniel Ruberman has been named a Simons Fellow in Mathematics in support of his sabbatical for academic year 2017-18.

Read more on BrandeisNOW.

Daniel Ruberman and Dmitry Kleinbock have been named members of the 2017 class of the fellows of the American Mathematical Society.

Read more at BrandeisNOW.

Brandeis University has named Ruth Charney the Berenson Chair in Mathematics. The nomination recognizes Ruth's mathematical research as well as her service to the department and to the broader mathematical community. Ruth joins a distinguished list of previous honorees: Ira Gessel, David Buchsbaum, Jerry Levine, and Teruhisa Matsusaka.

An Huang joins the Brandeis Faculty as an assistant professor. An received his PhD in 2011 from the University of California, Berkeley, and was previously a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University. He works on algebraic geometry with relations to mirror symmetry.

The Mathematics department welcomes Konstantin Matveev as an instructor in mathematics. Konstantin received his PhD in 2016 from Harvard University. He works on integrable probability and statistical physics.

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.

Read more on the Science at Brandeis Blog.

Professor Dmitry Kleinbock stars in a YouTube video (over 265,000 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 the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute in Berkeley. Beyond the clip shown, there is some extra footage which contains additional explanations of the interesting mathematics behind the patterns exhibited onscreen.