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 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.
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.
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.