## News 2015

- Ph.D. students
**Alzaki Fadlallah**and**Caleb Moxley**won first and second place, respectively, at the 2015 Graduate Student Research Days. Congratulations. **Terrence Muthoka**,**Jessica Barnett**, and**Rachel Ejem**were chosen as the department's Outstanding PhD Student, Outstanding Master's Student, and Outstanding Undergraduate Student, respectively. Congratulations to all.- Math and neuroscience major
**Hriday Bhambhvani**won first place for his poster at the Undergraduate Research Competition in Biological Sciences at the 91st Annual Meeting of the Alabama Academy of Sciences hosted recently by the University of West Alabama.

## Apr 3, Michele Benzi, Emory University

Math Colloquium: Fri at 2:30pm-3:30pm, CH 458Title. Some Mathematical and Computational Challenges in Network Science

Abstract. Network Science is a rapidly growing interdisciplinary area

at the intersection of mathematics, computer science, and a

multitude of disciplines ranging from the physical and life sciences

to the social sciences and even the humanities. Network

analysis methods are now widely used in proteomics, the

study of social networks (both human and animal), finance,

ecology, bibliometric studies, archeology, the evolution

of cities, and a host of other fields.

In this talk I will introduce the audience to some of the

mathematical and computational problems and methods of complex

networks, with an emphasis on the basic notions of centrality

and communicability. More specifically, I will describe some of

the problems in large-scale sparse numerical linear algebra arising

in this area, and how they differ from the corresponding problems

encountered in more traditional applications of numerical analysis.

The talk will be accessible to students, requiring only a modest

background in linear algebra and graph theory.

## News 2014

- UAB has now a student chapter in the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM). See here for benefits to students. Thanks to Ph.D. student
**Alzaki Fadlallah**and**Dr. Carmeliza Navasca**for their efforts in this respect. - Prof. A. Blokh won an NSF grant supporting the Dynamical Systems and Ergodic Theory Conference Dedicated to the Memory of Nikolai Chernov, to be held at the University of Alabama at Birmingham on May 18 - May 20, 2015.
- Logan Hoehn (Nipissing University) and
**Lex Oversteegen**(UAB) have announced a solution to a classic problem dating back to 1920: What are all homogeneous plane continua? Here is their paper. **Dr. Nikolai Chernov**was named (posthumously) a Fellow of the AMS for the 2015 class.- Graduate student
**Rachel Ejem**won the 2014-2015 Kauffman award for excellence in first year graduate studies. received the 2014-2015 O'Neil Scholarship**Jordan Walton****.****Garrett Higginbotham**is the recipient of the 2014-2015 Warner Scholarship.**Lara Putnam**and**Elizabeth Liddle**were awarded 2014-2015 Travis Wood Memorial Scholarships.**Alexandra Fry**,**Tori Gandy**,**Jarrod Hicks**, and**Calla McCulley**received College of Arts and Sciences Scholarships.**Andrew Arnold**,**Fatoumata Sanogo**,**William Tidwell**, and**Samuel Wunderly**received Department of Mathematics Scholarships.- Our Colleague
**Dr. Nikolai (Kolya) Chernov**passed away on Thursday, August 7, 2014. Dr. Hongkum Zhang, a former student of Kolya, has set up a memorial page. Kolya's mathematical contributions are reviewed in this encomium. - The Greater Birmingham Mathematics Partnership, under the direction of
**Dr. John Mayer,**was awarded funding for a third year by the Alabama Department of Education. **Dr. Roman Shterenberg**won support for his project*Spectral Properties of Almost Periodic Operators*from the Simons Foundation.**Dr. Paul Jung**won an NSA grant for his project*Fractional Stable Fields*.- On July 11 Terrence Muthoka successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis
*American Options and Semilinear Parabolic Partial Differential Equations in Weighted Sobolev Spaces.*His studies were directed by Dr. M. Nkashama. - The article
*Singularities and non-hyperbolic manifolds do not coincide*by**Dr. Nandor Simanyi**was selected for inclusion in the 2013 Highlights Collection by the journal Nonlinearity. - The article
*Solving Multilinear Systems via Tensor Inversion*by**Dr. Carmeliza Navasca**et al. is among the 20 most read articles for the SIAM Journal on Matrix Analysis and Applications. - The Southeastern Section of the Mathematical Association of America awarded their Distinguished Service Award for 2014 to
**Dr. John Mayer**for his many contributions to the MAA, to mathematics, and to mathematics education at all levels. The honor is well deserved. - Fast-track student
**Jarrod Hicks**scored among the top 15% of participants on the 2013 William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition, considered to be one of the most prestigious mathematics examination in the world. Congratulations! UAB's Putnam team is coached by Profs. Jung and Simanyi. The competition is held once a year in December. **Mitch Wyatt, John Samples, and Gaurav Verma**were chosen as the department's Outstanding PhD Student, Outstanding Master's Student, and Outstanding Undergraduate Student, respectively. Congratulations to all.- On April 8 an Interdisciplinary Innovation Forum on Mathematical Biology will take place in the UAB National Alumni Society House from 1pm to 3pm.
- Fast-track student
**Alexandra Fry**has been selected to participate at the highly competitive 2014 Program for Women and Mathematics on Random Matrix Theory held at the Institute of Advanced Study in Princeton, NJ. - Graduate student
**Nichole Pompey**won first place at the Emerging Researchers National Conference in Washington, DC, for her presentation on "A Randomized Algorithm for Tensor Decomposition". - Ph.D. student
**Kyle Besing**won a first place at the 2014 Graduate Student Research Days. - On February 27
**Ajay Mahato**successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis*The Inverse Volatility Problem for American Options.*His studies were directed by Dr. I. Knowles. - Dr.
**John Mayer**was appointed co-director of the UABTeach initiative which was recently awarded a $1.45 million dollar grant from the National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI). The UABTeach initiative will revolutionize the preparation of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) teachers at UAB and will dramatically impact the science education of Alabama's future K-12 students. For further information see the announcements here and here and, of course, the UABTeach site.

- Profs. Starr, Stolz, and Jung won an NSF grant supporting the
**CBMS Conference: Quantum Spin Systems**which will take place in June 2014.