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LSU Team 56th at Putnam Competition

Congratulations to our Putnam team (Nickolas VanMeter, Tyler Barker, Rodrigo Farnham), and thanks to Jacek Cygan, the Putnam coach, and to Suat Namli, who assisted Professor Cygan and has left LSU after completing his Ph.D.

This year the LSU team finished 56th. There were 413 colleges and universities from the USA and Canada that entered teams. A total of 3753 students from 516 colleges and universities participated in the competition. LSU student Nick VanMeter scored 30 points and ranked 221. The median score was 0 out of a possible 120. Yes, that is correct, 0/120 was the median.

George Cochran receives MAA Sectional Distinguished Teaching Award

Professor George Cochran received the Mathematical Association of America's (MAA) Award for Distinguished College or University Teaching of Mathematics from the Louisiana/Mississippi sections of the MAA. Nationwide, twenty-four mathematicians receive Sectional Distinguished Teaching Awards. Dr. Cochran will be the nominee from the Louisiana/Mississippi section for the national MAA Distinguished Teaching Award and will give an hour address at the 2009 meeting MAA meeting of the Louisiana/Mississippi section.

Richard V. Kadison's reflections on Irving Kaplansky

Visiting Professor Richard V. Kadison's reflections on Irving Kaplansky (0.6MB PDF) appeared in the February 2008 issue of the Notices of the American Mathematical Society.

Scott Baldridge receives NSF CAREER grant

Assistant Professor Scott Baldridge, who has dual interests in Geometry/Topology and Mathematics Education was awarded a NSF CAREER grant for his proposal “The topology of smooth and symplectic 4-manifolds”. NSF describes the “The Faculty Early Career Development” (CAREER) Program as “...a Foundation-wide activity that offers the National Science Foundation's most prestigious awards in support of the early career-development activities of those teacher-scholars who most effectively integrate research and education within the context of the mission of their organization.”

Brenner and Scott publish The Mathematical Theory of Finite Element Methods

Professors Susanne Brenner and Ridgway Scott have published a book The Mathematical Theory of Finite Element Methods, third edition, in Springer's series Texts in Applied Mathematics.

Fall 2007 Awards

Pasquale Porcelli Award for Graduate Research Excellence
Jasson Vindas
David Oxley Memorial Graduate Student Teaching Award
Leah Childers
Certificate of Teaching Excellence
Jeremy Aikin
Julius Esunge
Silvia Jimenez
Brad Adams

Susanne Brenner Receives Humboldt Research Award

Susanne Brenner received a prestigious Humboldt Research Award in recognition of lifetime achievement. The story (732KB PDF) appears on page 1007 of the September issue of the Notices of the American Mathematical Society.

Department Launches GEAUX Program

The current graduate students are launching a new program for incoming grads: GEAUXstands for Graduate Education & Acclimation the University eXperience! All are invited to attend. Program highlights include:

Delong Meng among winners of USA Math Olympiad

Delong Meng, a 10th-grader at Baton Rouge Magnet High School, the winner of the Open Session in High School Math Contest organized by the department this year, was one of the 12 highest scorers in the Thirty-Sixth Annual USA Mathematical Olympiad. The gala award ceremony took place at the U.S. State Department, and his achievement was also noted (PDF) in the August 2007 Notices of the AMS.

LSU Math Student Received Goldwater Scholarship

Senior mathematics major Nickolas VanMeter received Goldwater Scholarship.