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.
Faculty News Briefs
On March 24, 2015 Professor Matthew Dobson gave an invited talk titled “Derivation and Simulation of Nonequilibrium Langevin Dynamics” at Penn State at the SIAM Sponsored Workshop on Dimension Reduction: Mathematical Methods and Applications. On March 15 he presented a poster titled “Cell List Algorithms for Nonequilibrium Molecular Dynamics” at the SIAM Conference on Computational Science and Engineering.
During March 2015 Visiting Assistant Professor Ravi Kalpathy gave two talks. He gave a contributed talk on March 14 at the Probability Theory and Combinatorial Optimization conference at Duke University. On March 18 he gave a talk at the Seminar in Functional Analysis and Related Areas at the Catholic University of America. Both talks were titled “Degree Profile of m-ary Search Rrees: A Vehicle for Data Structure Compression.” Ravi had one refereed publication accepted in March 2015. His data science paper titled “Degree Profile of m-ary Search Trees: A Vehicle for Data Structure Compression” and co-authored with Hosam Mahmoud is scheduled to appear in Probability in the Engineering and Informational Sciences.
Professor Michael Lavine was recently appointed to lead one of three teams drafting the American Statistical Association’s forthcoming position paper on P-values.
On March 10, 2015 Professor Franz Pedit gave a talk at the conference “Geometry of Smooth and Discrete Surfaces” at Technical University Berlin. His talk was titled “Integrable Surface Geometry for non-Abelian Topology.”
Professor Hongkun Zhang has been awarded a 2015 Simons Fellowship for her project titled “Stochastic Perspectives of Billiard Dynamics.” The awardees for 2015 are announced on the Simon’s Foundation web site. The Simons Foundation, established by noted mathematician and investor James H. Simons, awards fellowships annually to leading researchers in mathematics, theoretical physics, neuroscience, and other fields. The foundation awards a maximum of 40 fellowships in mathematics annually to faculty in the U.S., Canada, and the United Kingdom. The Fellows Program under the Simons Foundation Division for Mathematics and the Physical Sciences provides funds to faculty for up to a semester-long research leave from classroom teaching and administrative obligations. Simons Fellows are chosen based on research accomplishment in the five years prior to application and the potential scientific impact of the fellowship.