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2000 Personal News

  • G.D. Allen of the Mathematics Department at Texas A&M University, is the Editor of the Math/Science-Online Newsletter. He is joined on the Editorial Board by Gary Helmer of Mohawk College of Applied Arts & Technology, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, Robert J. Lopez of Rose Hulman Institute of Technology, Terra Haute, IN. Also Jonathan Lewin, Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, GA, and Mirek Majewski, Director of the M.Sc. in Information Technology Program, Inter-University of Macau. The online newsletter is devoted to the issues surrounding online science and mathematics for high school students, undergraduates, and graduate students. The editors are interested in articles on vision, case studies, commentary, faculty development, book and software reviews, and letters to the editor, a section which allows feedback for the editors or readers.

  • Laura Anderson and Jon McCammond were the organizers of the Conference "CombinaTexas: Combinatorics in the South-Central US" March 31-April 2, 2000 at Texas A&M University. The conference was supported by the National Science Foundation and Texas A&M University.

  • Huai-Dong Cao is on leave at Harvard University during the Spring 2000 semester

  • David Dobson, Associate Professor of Mathematics, Texas A&M University, is the recipient of the Felix Klein Prize, given by the European Mathematics Society. Established in 1999, this prize is awarded every four years to a young scientist who makes an outstanding contribution to applied mathematics. It is endowed by the Institute for Industrial Mathematics in Kaiserslautern, Germany, and carries a prize of 5000 Euro (4,650 US dollars). It is particularly prestigious that the first award should go to a non-European. Dr. Dobson will receive the prize at this year's Congress of the European Mathematical Society in Barcelona, Spain.

  • Richard E. Ewing
    Received a grant from the U.S. Army Medical Research and Material Command, DREAMS: Disaster Relief and Emergency Medical Services, 2000-2001, $5,000,000.

    Awarded a grant from the Telecommunications Infrastructure Board, Community Networking Grant, 2000, $20,000.

  • Ciprian Foias was the recipient of the Béla Szökefalvi-Nagy Medal 2000, awarded by the Bolyai Institute of the Univ. of Szeged. A long-time contributor to the Journal Acta Scientiarum Mathematicarum, Dr. Foias' work (much of it jointly with B. Sz.-Nagy) laid the foundation of a new branch of Operator Theory, and provided deep insight into the nature of Hilbert space contractions.
    The Bela Szökefalvi-Nagy Medal was founded in his memory. B. Sz.-Nagy served as Editor-in-Chief of the Acta Scientiarum Mathematicarum from 1946 to 1981. The medal is awarded annually by the Bolyai Institute to honor a distinguished mathematician who has published significant, deep results in these Acta.

  • Sue Geller
    I am the Clerk (i.e., Secretary) of the Association for Women in Mathematics.

    I was the featured (and only) guest on a one hour radio call-in show called "Math Medley" on 29 July, 2000. My show was titled "A Mathematical Smorgesbord." (KNFX in Arizona and WALE in Providence, RI.)

    AMS panel on Post-tenure review, (panelist), 19 Jan, 2000 at the Joint Mathematics meetings.

Grants awarded by the National Science Foundation:

  • Thomas Schlumprecht, PI, "Banach spaces: Theory and application," DMS-0070456, $78,000, July 15, 2000 to June 30, 2004.

  • Tamás Erdélyi, PI, "Polynomial and exponential sums: Extremal problems, density, inequalities, and zeros," DMS-0070826, $74,529, July 15, 2000 to June 30, 2003.

  • D.R. Larson, PI, "Operator algebras and wavelet theory," DMS-0070796, $141,096, July 1, 2000 to June 30, 2005.

  • Paulo Lima-Filho, PI, "Biocomplexity, incubation activity: Application of mathematical methods and scientifgic computation to complex ecological problems," DMS-0083894, $96,918, September 15, 2000 to August 31, 2003.

  • Catherine Yan, PI, "Enumerative combinatorics and probabilistic method," DMS-0070574, $77,682, July 15, 2000 to June 30, 2003.

  • Crystal Hoyt
    Our undergraduate mathematics major has received an honorable mention in the competition for the Alice T. Schafer Prize for Undergraduate Women in Mathematics. This is a national competition in which the Association for Women in Mathematics awards only three prizes. The winner, runner-up, and honorable-mention recipients will be recognized at the joint AMS, MAA, and AWM mathematics meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana, January 10, 2001. The Department of Mathematics will provide Crystal's travel expenses.

  • Andreas Klappenecker has been named Fellow-at-Large of the Santa Fe Institute.

  • Ed Letzter has been awarded an REU (Research Experiences for Undergraduates Program) grant by the National Science Foundation for three years beginning Summer 2000. His co-Principal Investigator is Dr. Al Boggess, their Faculty Associates in this program are F. Narcowich, J. McCammond and D. Sanchez. The REU site in mathematics will be Texas A&M University and involve Prairie View A&M University, Texas A&M International University, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, Texas A&M University-Commerce, and Tarleton State University. Funding was for 40 students, ten students in the first year, and 15 in each of the following years. Recruitment efforts will be directed toward reaching a broad spectrum of students in a cooperative effort within the Texas A&M University System. The core of the REU will be simultaneous programs in Signal Analysis and Computational Algebra and Representation Theory. Coordination with the Department's NSF VIGRE grant will allow VIGRE-sponsored research seminars during the year to form a laboratory for development for additional summer REU programs. In the second and third year, successful VIGRE undergraduate research seminars will be run as summer programs open to both VIGRE and REU supported students.

  • Jeff Morgan will conduct three summer workshops for high school students June 5-16, July 10-21, and July 24-August 4. These are on-campus 10 day workshops for high school students who enjoy mathematics and are interested in learning how mathematics can be used to create computer graphics and animation. Topics include vectors, parametric equations, matrices, and local coordinates. The workshop consists of daily two-hour meetings with an instructor, followed by individual and group work in a computer lab.

  • Gilles Pisier was the organizer of the Conference in Operator Spaces held January 5-7, 2000 at the Centre Emile Borel, Institut Henri Poincaré, in Paris, France.

  • William Rundell, David Sanchez, William Johnson, Harold Boas, and Al Boggess, have received a VIGRE (Grants for Vertical Integration of Research and Education in the Mathematical Sciences) from the National Science Foundation. This prestigious award, which is funded at an estimated amount of $2,252,082 for the period June 1, 2000 through May 31, 2005, will enable the Department to make a considerable upgrade in quality to all our research programs. As a result of this award we are seeking very strong postdoctoral fellows, graduate students as well as advanced undergraduates to work in a team-oriented vertically structured research environment. Through the VIGRE initiative, the Department of Mathematics at Texas A&M University will address a national need by increasing the quality and quantity of students who choose to pursue a career in mathematical research.

  • Thomas Schlumprecht was the recipient of the Distinguished Achievement Award in Research sponsored by the Association of Former Students. He received the award at the Spring faculty meeting and awards ceremony on May 3, 2000.

  • Michael Stecher will conduct three workshops during Summer 2000. The AP Calculus and Pre-AP Calculus Workshops June 19-23, and the Maple Workshop June 5-7, 2000. The workshops are sponsored by the Department of Mathematics and are offered to high school teachers. A primary goal of these workshops is to encourage and facilitate communication between teachers whose job it is to prepare students for calculus and those who teach calculus.

  • Philip Yasskin has received the award from Waterloo Maple Inc for the best Maple website for the fall quarter of 2000. The announcement is at The winning website is at

  • Joel Zinn recently became associate editor of the Annals of Probability

Fall 2000 award recipients for the Department of Mathematics

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