The Department of Mathematics and Statistics is a community of scholars committed to excellence in research and instruction. We offer a comprehensive set of curricula in our disciplines, from introductory-level general education courses to doctoral dissertation direction and postdoctoral mentoring. Undergraduate majors enjoy a broad array of options through which they can earn the bachelor's degree, and can also apply to participate in summer research activities. The Department's Ph.D. program appears among the top public graduate programs in the recent National Research Council rankings. The M.S. programs in both Applied Mathematics and Statistics contribute to an important pipeline of professionally trained students who enter the high-technology industrial sector.

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## Faculty News Briefs

### January 2016

During the last week in January 2016 Professor Tom Braden visited Louisiana State University and gave two talks, an undergraduate colloquium titled “Geometry of Machines” and a graduate colloquium titled “Deformations in Topology and Algebra.”

On January 15, 2016 Visiting Assistant Professor Robin Koytcheff gave a talk in the University of Victoria Topology Seminar titled “Homotopy String Links, Configuration Spaces, and the Kappa Invariant.”

On January 21, 2016 Professor Michael Lavine delivered a talk titled “WHIM: Function Approximation WHere It Matters” at Penn State.

During the January break Professor Eric Sommers attended the Taipei Conference in Representation Theory V at the Institute of Mathematics at the Academia Sinica in Taipei, Taiwan, where he gave a one-hour talk on “A Family of Weyl Group Representations.” The conference was held in honor of George Lusztig's upcoming 70th birthday. At the start of the conference, former AMS President David Vogan awarded the inaugural AMS Chevalley Prize in Lie Theory to Geordie Williamson, who then gave the opening lecture of the conference. The Chevalley Prize was established in 2014 by George Lusztig to honor Claude Chevalley (1909-1984).

During January 2016 Professor Jenia Tevelev was a visiting professor at La Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile in Santiago, Chile. While there, he visited Professor Giancarlo Urzua, a former VAP at UMass Amherst. He also delivered a survey talk titled “Derived Category of Moduli of Pointed Rational Curves” at the CIMPA-ICTP Research School on “Toric Methods in Geometry, Arithmetics, and Dynamics.”