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LSU Graduate receives NSF International Postdoc

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.

Postdocs at MSRI, CALTECH, IMA, and Texas A&M

Congratulations are in order to three pending PhD graduates for this year.

Ms. Anna Zemlyanova, who is a student of Prof. Yuri Antipov, has been awarded a postdoctoral fellowship at the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute at Berkeley for the fall of 2010.

Mr. Santiago Fortes, who is a student of Profs. Robert Lipton and Stephen Shipman, has been awarded a postdoctoral research position at the California Institute of Technology

Yakimov receives McGehee Award

Yakimov receives McGehee Award

Professor Milen Yakimov is the first recipient of the newly established Carruth McGehee Award for Excellent Research in Mathematics by a Junior Faculty Member.

LSU Math Department to lead $5 million NSF Math-Science Partnership

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.

Baton Rouge student wins Silver at International Math Olympiad

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.

Six math professors recognized as LSU "Rainmakers"

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."

Susanne Brenner appointed Vice President of SIAM

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.

X-math session on twisted Alexander polynomial

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 Receives a 2009 SIAM Student Paper Prize

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.

Jasson Vindas Wins National Award

Congratulations to Jasson Vindas, doctoral student of Ricardo Estrada, who has been awarded the Costa Rica Young Scientist Award. The prize is rotated among the different scientific areas, and is given to a young mathematician every 4 years. The first math winner, in 1992, also has an LSU connection.