News 2014

  • 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.
  • Jordan Walton received the 2014-2015 O'Neil Scholarship.
  • 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.
Resonances and Inverse Scattering

News 2013


    • Our former colleague Eugene R. (Gene) Wilson passed away on August 21. Gene was an alumnus of UAB (BS 1977 and MA 1979) and later, from 1983 to his retirement in 2003, the Director of the Mathematics Resource Center (a precursor of today's MLL). Click here for more information.
    • Math major Kiersten Engel  ranked among the top 200 international scorers on the Bloomberg Aptitude Test, click here for more details.
    • Former Fast-track student Ethan Mallick Hossain (MS May 2013) was selected for an internship at the White House, click here for more details.
    • Prof. P. Jung won a Collaboration Grant for Mathematicians from the Simons Foundation.
    • On July 15 Mitch Wyatt successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis Uniqueness of the Potential in Schrodinger's Equation with One Boundary Measurement. His studies were directed by Dr. I. Knowles.
    • On July 12 Ross Ptacek successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis Laminations and the dynamics of iterated cubic polynomials. His studies were directed by Drs. A. Blokh and L. Oversteegen.
    • Alexandra Fry received the CAS God of the Speed of Light Scholarship.
    • Samuel Wunderly is the recipient of the 2013-2014 Warner Scholarship.
    • Lara Putnam was awarded the 2013-2014 Travis Wood Memorial Scholarship.
    • Jordan Walton received the 2013-2014 O'Neil Scholarship.
    • Tori Gandy, Miriam Hood, and Micaela Kuhn each received a Mathematics Department Scholarship for 2013-2014.
    • Prof. Nandor Simanyi proved a fifty-year-old conjecture of Ya. G. Sinai, the "Boltzmann-Sinai Ergodic Hypothesis", which states that any classically interacting hard sphere system in a box with periodic boundary conditions is ergodic (chaotic). This result is an important building block in the theoretical foundations of statistical physics. The paper may be found here.
    • Prof. Nikolai Chernov was invited to give a lecture at the International Congress of Mathematicians (ICM) to be held in August 2014 in Seoul, Korea. An invitation to the ICM is a very significant honor. Congratulations.
    • The following mathematics students will present at this year's Expo on Friday, April 26 at the Campus Recreation Center:
      • Gaurav Verma (oral presentation at 9:30am)
      • Posters by Jennifer Baggett, Rachel Ejem, Alexandra Fry, Mallick Hossain, and Alicia McCormack
    • Prof. Chernov won an individual research grants from NSF. You may click his name for the award abstracts.
    • PhD student Matthew Bledsoe and Fast-track student Ethan Mallick Hossain received a College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Award as Outstanding Graduate Student and Outstanding Undergraduate Student, respectively. They will be recognized at the Honors Convocation on Tuesday, May 7 at 3pm.
    • On May 1 Alexei Korepanov successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis Small Perturbations in Hard Balls Dynamics. His studies were directed by Drs. N. Chernov and N. Simanyi.
    • On April 18 Jacob Chapman successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis Spectral properties of random block operators. His studies were directed by Dr. G. Stolz.
    • Former math student John Knox (BS 1988), now an Associate Professor of Geography at the University of Georgia, won Georgia's Richard B. Russell Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, the university's highest early career teaching honor. Click here for more details.
    • Our colleague Dr. James (Jim) Ward passed away on Monday, March 25, 2013. His wife Ana has created the Dr. James Robert Ward, Jr. Memorial Scholarship Fund in recognition of Jim's passion for mathematics and the education of mathematics students. Click here for more information.
    • On March 7 Matthew Bledsoe successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis Resonances and Inverse Scattering. His studies were directed by Dr. R. Weikard.
    • Matthew Bledsoe, Joseph Olson, and Mallick Hossain were chosen as the department's Outstanding PhD Student, Outstanding Master's Student, and Outstanding Undergraduate Student, respectively. Congratulations to all.
    Resonances and Inverse Scattering

    News 2012

      • Fast-track student Mallick Hossain is a finalist for a Rhodes Scholarship. Let's all wish him the best for the upcoming interviews. Additional details are here.
      • Prof. Rudi Weikard has been named a Fellow of the American Mathematical Society, click here for more details.
      • PhD student Matthew Bledsoe recently published the paper Stability of the inverse resonance problem on the line in the Journal Inverse Problems. Matt is the sole author of the paper and the editor informed him that the paper had been "highly rated by the referees".
      • Under the guidance of Prof. Karpeshina the Department won a grant "Doctoral Fellowships in Applied Mathematics" from the US Department of Education under the GAANN program.
      • Dr. Carmeliza Navasca and Dr. Shannon Starr joined the Faculty as Assistant Professors on August 1.

        Dr. Navasca is an expert in numerical multilinear algebra, computational control, computational PDEs and optimization. She received her degree in 2002 from the University of California, Davis under the direction of Arthur Krener. She held positions at the University of Waterloo; UCLA; the CNRS Cergy-Pontoise, France; the Rochester Institute of Technology; and Clarkson University before coming to UAB.

        Dr. Starr works in probability and mathematical physics. He received his Ph.D. in 2001 from the University of California, Davis under the direction of  Bruno Nachtergaele. Dr. Starr comes to UAB from the University of Rochester after having spent time at Princeton University, McGill University, and UCLA.
      • Prof. Chernov won a supplement to his NSF grant to support Ph.D. student Alexei Korepanov.
      • Prof. Zeng won a Collaboration Grant for Mathematicians from the Simons Foundation.
      • Profs. Blokh and Karpeshina won individual research grants from NSF. You may click their names for award abstracts.
      • Former graduate student Hong-Kun Zhang (Ph.D. 2005), a faculty member at the University of Massachusetts, won an NSF-CAREER award.
      • Graduate student Joseph Olson won the 2012-2013 Kauffman award for excellence in first year graduate studies.
      • Alexandra Fry is the recipient of the 2012-2013 Warner Scholarship.
      • John R. Samples was awarded the 2012-2013 Travis Wood Memorial Scholarship.
      • Gaurav Verma received the 2012-2013 O'Neil Scholarship.
      • Rachel Ejem received a Mathematics Department Scholarship for 2012-2013.
      • Fast-track student Atbin Doroodchi received the College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Award as Outstanding Undergraduate Student for the Sciences.
      • The paper Hypersurfaces of Prescribed Curvature Measure by Pengfei Guan (McGill University), Junfang Li, and Yanyan Li  (Rutgers University) was accepted for publication by the Duke Mathematical Journal, widely considered as one of the top mathematical journals.
      • Alexey Korepanov, Jessica Bass, and Joseph Olson were chosen as the Outstanding PhD Student, the Outstanding Master's Student, and the Outstanding Undergraduate Student, respectively. Congratulations to all.
      • Former Fast-track student Arielle Sullivan will receive her Doctor of Medicine degree this Spring from the University of South Alabama.
      • Fast-track student Atbin Doroodchi won a second place at the 11th Annual University of Alabama System Honors Research Conference.
      • The National Society for Leadership and Success has recognized Prof. Ian Knowles for Excellence in Teaching. You may find the announcement here.
      • Hardy's inequality and curvature by A. Balinsky, W.D. Evans and Roger T. Lewis was the second most downloaded (hottest) article in the Journal of Functional Analysis in 2011 (click here for the full list).
      • Prof. Gunter Stolz won a 2012 Graduate Dean's Excellence in Mentorship Award. 
      • Ph.D. student Matthew Bledsoe won a second place at the 2012 Graduate Student Research Days.

      2011

        • Prof. Yoshimi Saito, who retired September 1, was appointed Professor Emeritus by the Board of Trustees.
        • Fast-track student Ethan Mallick Hossain was named Mr. UAB.
        • The paper Complete asymptotic expansion of the integrated density of states of multidimensional almost-periodic Schrödinger operators by Dr. Roman Shterenberg and Dr. Leonid Parnovski  (University College London) was accepted for publication by the Annals of Mathematics, regarded by many as the most prestigious mathematics journal. Congratulations!
        • On August 16 fast-track student Zachariah Ingram gave a presentation on Isoperimetric inequalities on bounded plane domains at the Alabama School of Math and Science, of which he is an alumnus.
        • Dr. Paul Jung joined the Faculty as an Assistant Professor on August 15. Dr. Jung is an expert in probability theory and statistical mechanics. He received his degree in 2003 from the University of California, Los Angeles under the direction of Thomas Liggett. He then spent four years at Cornell University, two years as a researcher at the investment firm Susquehanna International Group, and two years as Assistant Professor at Sogang University in Seoul, South Korea, before coming to UAB.
        • Ali Al-Sharadqah accepted a Visiting Assistant Professor position at the University of Mississippi.
        • Prof. Gunter Stolz recently won an individual research grant from NSF. You may click his name for the award abstract. 
        • Miriam Hood is the recipient of the 2011-2012 Warner Scholarship.
        • Lindsay Tidmore and Brittney Gilbert each were awarded a 2011-2012 Travis Wood Memorial Scholarship.
        • Rhiannon Johns received the 2011-2012 O'Neil Scholarship.
        • Ph.D. student Kendrick White and Mathematics Major Deonnia Pompey each won a first place for a poster at the LSAMP Research Conference held in Montgomery in April.
        • Fast-track student Ethan Mallick Hossain has won a prestigious Goldwater scholarship. Nationwide 275 scholarships were awarded. Congratulations!!!
        • Ali Al-Sharadqah, Elizabeth Scribner, and Catherine Case were chosen as the Outstanding PhD Student, the Outstanding Master's Student, and the Outstanding Undergraduate Student, respectively. Congratulations to all.
        • Fast-track student Joseph Olson has been awarded the highly prestigious DAAD-RISE scholarship to attend the Max Planck Institute in Jena, Germany, this summer to study hybrid solar cells.
        • Ph.D. student Kendrick White won a third place at the 2011 Graduate Student Research Days.
        • Fast-track student Ethan Mallick Hossain and the UAB Bioethics Bowl team won the 2011 National Undergraduate Bioethics Conference at Duke University on March 20.
        • Prof. Nikolai Chernov won one of the eight 2011 Graduate Dean's Excellence in Mentorship Awards. 
        • In February Ms. Laura Stansell received the Disability Support Services Staff Recognition Award for Fall 2010.

        2010

        • Dr. Lex Oversteegen, jointly with Dr. Ed Tymchatyn from the University of Saskatchewan, published the paper Extending isotopies of planar continua in the Annals  of Mathematics, regarded by many as the most prestigious mathematics journal. Congratulations!
        • Faculty members Scott Dixon and Christian Hainzl have left the department effective August 14, 2010. Scott got married and has moved to Montgomery where he will teach. Christian will be a professor at the University of Tübingen in Germany. We wish both of them as well as their families all the best for the future. 
        • Profs. Chernov, and Li recently won individual research grants from NSF. You may click their names for award abstracts. 
        • On June 18 Jim Ward was named Professor Emeritus. See the university's announcement here.
        • Terri Hipps (BS 2009) was one of two winners of the Shelby County First Year Teacher of the Year award.
        • Graduate student Kyle Besing won the the 2010-2011 Kauffman award for excellence in first year graduate studies.
        • Joseph Lovvorn is the recipient of the 2010-2011 Warner Scholarship.
        • Melody Brinson and Bonnie-Kim Hang each were awarded an 2010-2011 Travis Wood Memorial Scholarship.
        • Catherine Case received the 2010-2011 O'Neil Scholarship.
        • Ph.D. student Kendrick White won 3. place for a poster at the LSAMP Spring Research Conference held in Huntsville. Congratulations.
        • Fast-track student Atbin Doroodchi has won a Goldwater Scholarship. He is one of six winners in Alabama (3 at UAB and one each at Auburn, UA, and USA). Congratulations!!!
        • Fast-track student Ethan Hossain was a member of the UAB team winning first-place at the National Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl, Held March 4 in Cincinnati.
        • Debra Mimbs and Roger Nichols won first prizes at the 2010 Graduate Students Research Days. Click here for more details.
        • Roger Nichols, Jacob Chapman, and Luke Stannard were chosen as the Outstanding PhD Student, the Outstanding Master's Student, and the Outstanding Undergraduate Student, respectively. Congratulations to all.
        • Prospective Ph.D. Roger Nichols accepted a postdoc position at the University of Missouri.
        • The Greater Birmingham Mathematics Partnership (GBMP) has recently received a $2.1 million "Phase II Research" award from NSF. Dr. Mayer discusses the Grant to Boost Math Teacher Readiness.

        2009

        • Profs. Blokh, Oversteegen, Shterenberg, and Zhang recently won individual research grants from NSF. Click their names for award abstracts.
        • The Greater Birmingham Mathematics Partnership (GBMP), a partnership among 9 local area school districts, UAB, and Birmingham-Southern College, has recently received a $2.1 million "Phase II Research" award from the National Science Foundation for providing and studying professional development for middle school mathematics teachers in the partner districts over the next 3 years. In addition, GBMP received a $300,000 supplement to support a selected group of middle school teachers in the Noyce Master Teacher Program.
        • Roger Nichols won the prize for best poster at the 16th International Congress on Mathematical Physics which was held in Prague, Czech Republic, from August 3 to 8, 2009. The prize comes with 300 Euros worth of Springer books. See Roger accepting his prize.
        • Newly minted Ph.D. Clinton Curry began a postdoc position at the prestigious SUNY, Stony Brook.
        • Catherine Case and Wendy Hopper were awarded the 2009-2010 Travis Wood Memorial Scholarship.
        • Travis G. Bryant was awarded the 2009-2010 O'Neil scholarship for a second year. Travis is a double major in mathematics and physics.
        • Graduate student Jacob Chapman won the the 2009-2010 Kauffman award for excellence in first year graduate studies.
        • Prof. Ian Knowles is a recipient of the Graduate School Dean's Award for Excellence in Mentorship.
        • Clinton Curry was chosen as the Outstanding PhD Student in the Mathematics Department and also received the Dean's Award For Outstanding Graduate Student in NS&M. Ross Ptacek and Clayton Kelleher are departmental Outstanding Master's student and Outstanding Undergraduate Student, respectively. Congratulations to all.
        • Prof. Ian Knowles has been selected as the 2009 recipient of the Presidents Award for Excellence in Teaching from the School of Natural Sciences & Mathematics.
        • PhD students Clinton Curry and Ali Al-Sharadqah won first and third prize, respectively, in Session 8 of the 2009 Graduate Student Research days. Session 8 featured twelve participants.
        • Dr. Nandor Simanyi published the paper Conditional proof of the Boltzmann-Sinai ergodic hypothesis in Inventiones Mathematicae, widely considered to rank in the top 5 of all mathematical journals.

        2008

        • Dr. Roman Shterenberg, together with coauthor Dr. Leonid Parnovski, published the paper Asymptotic expansion of the integrated density of states of a two-dimensional periodic Schrödinger operator in Inventiones Mathematicae, widely considered to rank in the top 5 of all mathematical journals.
        • Travis G. Bryant was awarded the O'Neil scholarship. Travis is a double major in mathematics and physics.
        • Graduate student Ross Ptacek won the the Kauffman award for excellence in first year graduate studies.
        • Junfang Li joined the Faculty as an Assistant Professor. Dr. Li is an expert in geometric analysis, differential geometry, and nonlinear partial differential equations. He rceived his degree in 2006 from the University of Oklahoma under the direction of Shihshu Walter Wei. He then spent a year at the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute in Berkeley and another at McGill University and the Centre de Recherches MathÈmatiques in Montreal.
        • Fast-Track student Luke Stannard won the SIGMAA-Environmental Mathematics award at the MAA Summer MathFest for his talk A Three Stage Model of Mosquitofish Population Dynamics. The award carries a stipend of $150. The award is given to one outstanding undergraduate talk on environmental mathematics. Altogether there were 107 talks and about 15 received awards, mostly honorable mentions from the MAA judges. Luke was mentored by Drs. Mayer and Angus (biology) and by PhD student Clinton Curry.
        • The department acknowledges gratefully a $10,000 gift by Dr. and Mrs. O'Neil creating the O'Neil Endowed Scholarship in Mathematics benefiting mathematics students at UAB.
        • Fast-track student Pratik Talati has won a prestigious Goldwater scholarship. Nationwide 321 scholarships were awarded.
        • PhD student Annette LaRussa will spend 8 weeks at the University of Adelaide, Australia, this summer to conduct research on groundwater flow. Her research is sponsored by NSF and the Australian Academy of Sciences.
        • Fast-track student Pratik Talati has been awarded the highly prestigious DAAD-RISE scholarship to attend the Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry in Munich, Germany, this summer.
        • Fast-track students William Bond and Ross Ptacek won $100 for their poster Maximal rotational subsets of the circle under σd at the national meeting of the AMS in San Diego, January 2008

        2007

        • Mr. Scott Dixon joins the department as a full-time instructor after several years serving as a visiting faculty member. His primary responsibilities will be the development and teaching of the restructured pre-calculus course sequence. Before joining UAB, Scott was a mathematics instructor at Sardis High School (Etowah County), Oak Mountain High School (Shelby County), and Vestavia Hills High School. He received his M.S. from the University of Alabama in 1994.
        • Dr. Roman Shterenberg received his Ph.D. from St. Petersburg State University (Russia) in 2003 under direction of the world renowned mathematical physicist Mikhail Birman. Prior to joining UAB, he held a postdoctoral position at St. Petersburg State University and was the Van Vleck Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin for the past two years. He plans to continue his research in the areas of differential operators and partial differential equations as related to fluid mechanics and periodic structures.
        • Ms. Laura Stansell received an M.S. in education from the University of Southern Mississippi in 1996 and another M.S. in mathematics from UAB in 2003. After having taught at various high schools and colleges in Georgia, Mississippi, and Alabama, Laura will be leading the instructional efforts in finite mathematics and at the basic and intermediate algebra levels.
        • Dr. Lei Zhang, an expert in nonlinear partial differential equations and their applications, joined the UAB math faculty after spending the past three years as the John Thompson Assistant Professor at the University of Florida. Lei received his Ph.D. from Rutgers University under the direction of Yanyan Li in 2001 and then joined the math faculty at Texas A&M as Visiting Assistant Professor.
        • Dr. James J. Buckley retired from the Department of Mathematics in August 2007. He had been a member of the faculty since the fall of 1976 and we wish him the best of luck for his future.