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Megumi Harada

Megumi Harada wins Ruth I. Michler Memorial Prize

The Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM) and Cornell University are pleased to announce that Megumi Harada, McMaster University, Canada, will receive the 2013-2014 Ruth I. Michler Prize. The prize grants a mid-career woman in academia a residential fellowship in the Cornell Mathematics Department without teaching obligations. | AWM press release, March 2013

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Xiaodong Cao and Tara Holm awarded Simons Fellowships

Associate professors Xiaodong Cao and Tara Holm have been awarded Simons Fellowships in Mathematics by the Simons Foundation. The award provides an opportunity for Xiaodong to spend his 2013 sabbatical pursuing several ongoing projects in the field of Ricci flow. Tara will spend her 2014 sabbatical working on a book in equivariant symplectic geometry while visiting the Mathematics Institute in Oxford in the spring and the Institute for Advanced Study in fall 2014 as a von Neumann Fellow. | posted February 2013 | About the Simons Fellowship


John Guckenheimer awarded 2013 Steele Prize

John Guckenheimer and Philip Holmes (Princeton) were awarded the 2013 AMS Leroy P. Steele Prize for Mathematical Exposition at the joint mathematics meeting in San Diego, January 10. | Cornell Chronicle, February 2013

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The mathematics of Powerball (podcast)

Visiting Assistant Professor Nate Eldredge explains why he has not purchased a Powerball ticket. | WHCU News/Talk Radio, November 2012

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Math Explorer’s Club caters to middle and high school students

The revived Math Explorer’s Club held Saturday sessions for local middle and high school students this fall. Planning is currently underway for spring sessions. | Cornell Chronicle, November 2012

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Inaugural class of AMS fellows

The American Mathematical Society announced its inaugural class of Fellows on November 1st, and we are pleased to announce that 20 Cornell faculty are among those recognized as having made “outstanding contributions to the creation, exposition, advancement, communication, and utilization of mathematics.” Special congratulations to associate professors Tara Holm and Justin Moore for this early recognition.

Cornell’s new AMS fellows are: Louis Billera, Professor • Kenneth Brown, Professor • Robert Connelly, Professor • R. Keith Dennis, Professor • Eugene B. Dynkin, A. R. Bullis Professor Emeritus • Clifford Earle, Professor Emeritus • Leonard Gross, Professor • John Guckenheimer, Abram R. Bullis Professor • Juris Hartmanis, Walter R. Read Professor Emeritus (Computer Science) • Tara Holm, Associate Professor • Harry Kesten, Goldwin Smith Professor Emeritus • Justin Moore, Associate Professor • Anil Nerode, Goldwin Smith Professor • Laurent Saloff-Coste, Professor and Chair • Richard Shore, Professor • John Smillie, Professor • Birgit Speh, Professor • Eva Tardos, Jacob Gould Schurman Professor (Computer Science) • Karen Vogtmann, Goldwin Smith Professor • James West, Professor.

For a complete list of inaugural fellows or to learn more about the program and/or the selection process, please visit | posted November 2012

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The Joy of x

Professor Steven Strogatz collected his well-received New York Times columns about mathematics and added new material to create a book titled “The Joy of X: A Guided Tour of Math, From One to Infinity.” Senior Editor Beth Saulnier got the story behind the book, and Cornell Alumni Magazine offers an excerpt that begins with Strogatz pausing at the statue of Ezra Cornell on the Arts Quad and considering its curious inscription of the Founder’s lifespan in Roman numerals. | Cornell Alumni Magazine, September 2012

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Bill Thurston

Department mourns loss of friend and colleague, Bill Thurston

Bill Thurston died peacefully, surrounded by family on Tuesday, August 21, 2012 in Rochester, of a melanoma that was diagnosed a year ago. All those who knew Bill, especially his many students and collaborators, know that nothing can replace his insight and personality. We are all terribly saddened by this loss. We extend our deepest condolences to his family and friends. | posted August 2012

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Ensuring arXiv’s future

arXiv, the free respository that has revolutionized the way scientists share information, is adopting a new governance and business model that will allow it to grow and succeed in the future. Thanks to an operating grant from the Simons Foundation, Cornell University Library has helped arXiv take a major step toward sustainability. | Cornell Chronicle, August 2012

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Ramanujan Prize awarded to Fernando Marques

Fernando Coda Marques (Ph.D. 2003 under José Escobar) has won the 2012 Ramanujan Prize for Young Mathematicians from Developing Countries in recognition of his several outstanding contributions to differential geometry. Prof. Marques is a member of the faculty at Instituto Nacional de Matematica Pura e Aplicada in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. | posted July 2012 | About the award

2012 Graduates

Congratulations Class of 2012!

Bachelors’ degrees in mathematics were awarded to 79 students this year, including 8 in January and 3 to come in August. Our commencement reception on May 27th was well attended. We hope you enjoy our commencement photo album and video of the diploma ceremony. | posted June 2012


Steven Strogatz elected AAAS Fellow

Steven Strogatz was among three Cornell faculty members elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2012, joining colleagues Eugene Dynkin (1978), Leonard Gross (2004), John Guckenheimer (2008), Harry Kesten (1999), and Laurent Saloff-Coste (2011). | Cornell Chronicle, April 2012


Irena Peeva awarded Simons Fellowship

Professor Irena Peeva has been awarded a Simons Fellowship in Mathematics, providing the opportunity for a year-long sabbatical to pursue research in the area of free resolutions. The main scientific goal of the project is to study the
structure of free resolutions over complete intersections. Alan Demlow (Ph.D. 2002 under Lars Wahlbin, now at University of Kentucky) is another of this year's award recipients. | posted April 2012 | About the Simons Fellowship

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Sacks Prize awarded to Mingzhong Cai

Mingzhong Cai (Ph.D. 2011 under Richard Shore) has won the prestigious Sacks Prize for the best thesis in logic this past year (jointly with Adam Day, currently at UC-Berkeley). Mingzhong is the fourth Cornell Ph.D. to receive the award. Previous winners have included Denis Hirschfeldt and Antonio Montalban. | posted March 2012 | About the Sacks Prize


Mathematicians celebrate Pi Day with pie

The Cornell student chapter of the Association for Women in Mathematics sponsored its first celebration of Pi Day on March 14. Math faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates competed, each attempting to devour a whole pie in under 13 minutes. | CornellCast, Cornell Chronicle, March 2012


Math Club connects with high school students

Math Club opened Puzzle Night to area high school students on February 2, giving them an opportunity to engage with math in a warm and welcoming atmosphere rather than the competition-based math activities usually available in high schools. | Cornell Chronicle, February 2012


Math major wins Churchill Scholarship

Ben Nachman ’12 is one of 14 winners nationwide of a Churchill Scholarship. Ben plans to use the scholarship to participate in Part III of the Mathematical Tripos at Cambridge for a Master of Advanced Study. | Cornell Chronicle, February 2012


Ravi Ramakrishna named Stephen H. Weiss Fellow

Ravi Ramakrishna was among three professors selected to receive this year's Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellowship for “sustained records of effective, inspiring, and distinguished teaching of undergraduate students.” | Cornell Chronicle, January 2012


Mathematical model shows how often to review material for flashcards

Applied math graduate student Tim Novikoff developed a mathematical model for education software while creating Flash of Genius, a smartphone app for SAT preparation. The results are described in a paper co-authored with Jon Kleinberg and Steven Strogatz. | Cornell Chronicle, January 2012


Bill Thurston receives 2012 Steele Prize

William Thurston was awarded the 2012 Leroy P. Steele Prize for a Seminal Contribution to Research at the joint mathematics meeting in Boston, January 5. | Cornell Chronicle, January 2012


2012 Euler Book Prize awarded to Daina Taimina

The Mathematical Association of America has selected Daina Taimina’s Crocheting Adventures with Hyperbolic Planes (AK Peters; 2009) as the winner of the 2012 Euler Book Prize. | MAA News page, December 2011


Dynkin's interviews with mathematicians go online

Eugene Dynkin recorded his talks with mathematicians around the world for more than 50 years. The library has digitized, organized, and curated the information on a new website. | Cornell Chronicle, November 2011


John Hubbard demonstrates the Price of Anarchy

John Hubbard discussed how closing roads and bridges helps speed up traffic in his April 30 talk, The Price of Anarchy, as part of Math Awareness Month. | Cornell Chronicle, May 2011


Saloff-Coste elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Laurent Saloff-Coste was among 212 newly elected members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences announced April 19. | Cornell Chronicle, April 2011


Notice the beauty in math

Steven Strogatz presented the talk, Doing Math in Public: From the Columns of The New York Times to ‘The Calculus of Friendship,’ as part of the Conversations at Keeton discussion series. | Cornell Chronicle, February 2011

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Project Euclid's MathJax displays ‘beautiful math’ online

Thanks to Project Euclid, it's now possible to display math problems on web sites as if they were on a chalkboard. | Cornell Chronicle, January 2011


Anil Nerode awarded honorary degree

The University of Chicago awarded Anil Nerode an honorary Doctor of Science degree. The degree was presented in June by Nerode’s former student Robert I. Soare. | posted November 2010

Ken Brown

Ken Brown mirrors the changing face of mathematics

Nearly 100 colleagues and current and former students of Ken Brown attended the October “Approaches to Group Theory” Conference in his honor. | Cornell Chronicle, October 2010


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