Congratulations to Piotr Maciak, doctoral student of Prof. Jorge Morales, who has won a postdoctoral research position at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne. This is a 9 month position and it starts in January 2011.
Carolyn Chun, a 2009 LSU Ph.D., received an International
Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation. The NSF
program supports “...highly meritorious research and education
activities that present unique opportunities and offer potentially high
benefits because of the vital and integral nature of the foreign
collaboration.” The award will support Dr. Chun's research in
combinatorics at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.
The National Science Foundation has awarded $5 million to LSU to support and develop the Louisiana Math and Science Teacher Institute (LA-MSTI), a partnership that includes the Louisiana State University & Agricultural and Mechanical College (LSU) as Lead Institution, the East Baton Rouge Parish School System and the Iberville Parish School System as Core Partners, and the Louisiana Department of Education and numerous other school districts in the Baton Rouge area as Supporting Partners.
Delong Meng, a 2009 graduate of Baton Rouge High School who just entered MIT, won a Silver Medal and was a member of the USA Team finishing sixth at the 2009 International Mathematical Olympiad, held this year in Bremen, Germany. In previous years, Delong won multiple awards at the High School Math Contest organized by the LSU Mathematics Department. Over the past year, Delong was coached by one of the department faculty, Professor Hongyu He.
As the LSU Office of Public Affairs tells us, "The metaphorical 'Rainmaker,' a term borrowed from the business parlance, is one whose special skills and efforts bring welcome resources or respect to an organization. In the university context, Rainmakers are those who are nationally and internationally recognized for innovative research and creative scholarship, who compete for external funding at the highest levels and who attract and mentor exceptional graduate students."
Professor Susanne Brenner was appointed as Vice President for Publications of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM). As Vice President for Publications, she will have oversight of the SIAM journals, work with the book publishing program as well as other SIAM programs, and serve as a member of the SIAM Council. SIAM is the third largest mathematical society in the US and has a large domestic and international membership of over 12,000.
Professor Brenner will begin her Vice Presidential duties January 1, 2010.
An X-math session (as in eXtreme) on the twisted Alexander polynomial will be held from June 29 to July 10. In the second week Abhijit Champanerkar will visit us and will give some additional talks on the A-polynomial with possible relations to twisting.
Jintao Cui, a doctoral student of Professor Susanne Brenner, received student paper prizes awarded at the 2009 SIAM SEAS Spring Meeting held in Columbia, SC. The selection committee was very impressed with his presentation of his research, as well as the contributions his research has made to mathematics.