2002-2003 Archived News Items

Marshall Cohen Wins Carpenter Award

Marshall Cohen, who retired this June after 35 years of distinguished service to Cornell and the Mathematics Department, is the proud recipient of a 2003 Kendall S. Carpenter Memorial Advising Award. Marshall has been an extraordinarily devoted advisor with a special interest in the advising of minority students. He is known throughout the university for this work and received the Arts & Sciences Dean’s Award for Excellence in Advising (later called the Paul Award) the first year that it was given (in 1992). The Carpenter Award was established in February 2002 by Stephen Ashley, a member of the Board of Trustees, to honor his former advisor. Four individual awards of $5000 each are made annually.
—posted June 23, 2003

Department Mourns Loss of Professor Rothaus

Professor Oscar S. Rothaus passed away Saturday, May 24, 2003 at Cayuga Medical Center at Ithaca. He will be sorely missed. Oscar served the Mathematics Department and Cornell University with distinction for 37 years, including a term as department chair (1973–76). Before coming to Cornell, he was a mathematician for the National Security Agency in Washington, DC (1953–1960) and Deputy Director of the Institute for Defense Analyses in Princeton, NJ (1960–65). Oscar was an outstanding contributor to the areas of several complex variables and Sobolev inequalities.
—posted June 4, 2003

Oscar's family has decided against having a Memorial Service. Instead, since he enjoyed going to the Cornell Plantations, a tree is being planted there which will bear a plaque in his memory. Anyone who would like to make a donation towards this memorial may send a check to Cornell Plantations, ATTN: External Relations, 1 Plantations Road, Ithaca, NY 14853. Please either attach a note or write "Oscar Rothaus Memorial" on your check. If you have questions, please contact Nancy Cusumano at the Cornell Plantations at 254-4727.
posted October 2, 2003

Graduation 2003 Photos

Department Celebrates Retirement of Five Faculty Members

The Mathematics Department will gather on Wednesday, May 14th at 3:00 PM in the mathematics lounge to pay tribute to five retirees: Marshall Cohen, Harry Kesten, Michael Morley, Oscar Rothaus and Beverly West. Collectively they have served the department for 181 years!

Eugene Dynkin to Receive Honorary Degree from Warwick

The Council of the University of Warwick has invited Prof. Eugene Dynkin to receive the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science. The degree will be conferred at a Summer Degree Congregation to be held July 10th, when candidates from their Department of Mathematics will be presented their degrees.
posted February 26, 2003

Cornell Ph.D. Awarded Centennial Fellowship

We are pleased to report that former graduate student John Meier has been awarded a Centennial Fellowship by the American Mathematical Society. Congratulations, John! The AMS Centennial Research Fellowship Program makes awards annually to outstanding mathematicians to help further their careers in research. John Meier earned his Ph.D. here in 1992 under the direction of Ken Brown and is currently an associate professor at Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania. [AMS News Release]
posted February 17, 2003

Michael Morley Wins Steele Prize

At the recent Joint Mathematics Meetings in Baltimore, Maryland, Prof. Michael Morley was presented with the 2003 AMS Steele Prize, one of the highest distinctions in mathematics. [AMS News Release]
posted January 22, 2003

Department Faculty to Retire

Effective December 31, 2002, Michael Morley and Beverly West will retire from the Mathematics Department. We thank them for their years of service — 35 years for Mike and 33 years for Bev — and offer them our best wishes for the future.
posted December 9, 2002

Awards Presented at Department Holiday Party

Department chair Ken Brown presented the department teaching awards for 2002 at the department's annual holiday party on Friday, December 6th. Senior faculty, junior faculty and teaching assistant awards were given to Michael Stillman, Matthew Fickus and Christopher Francisco, respectively. The winners were chosen from among over 50 nominees.

Director of Graduate Studies Michael Stillman then awarded the Battig Prize to Todd Kemp, the York Award to Christopher Hardin, and the Hutchinson Award to Radu Haiduc and Fernando Schwartz.
posted December 9, 2002

Cornell Professor Elected VP of AMS

Professor Karen Vogtmann has been elected Vice President of the American Mathematical Society. Her term will begin on February 1, 2003 and run for three years, ending January 1, 2006. AMS election results are posted at www.ams.org/secretary/ams-election-results.html
posted November 25, 2002

William Thurston Accepts Offer of Professorship

The department is extremely pleased to report that William Thurston has accepted our offer of a professorship and will join the faculty in fall 2003. Winner of the Fields Medal in 1982, Thurston is a fantastic geometer, who completely transformed how a whole generation thinks about the subject. He discovered links between topology, geometry, and complex analysis, which none had suspected, and in the process he invented a world of new techniques that still leave the mathematical community awestruck.
[Background: William Thurston; Fields Medal. See also: Coups for Cornell, Cornell Chronicle, Nov. 21, 2002]
posted October 25, 2002

William Thurston Speaks at Joint Oliver/Olivetti Club

On Tuesday, September 10th, Fields Medalist William Thurston (University of California at Davis) spoke at a special joint Oliver/Olivetti Club — The Genus of Curves in 3-Manifolds is NP Complete.
posted August 30, 2002

Welcome New Faculty and Graduate Students!
—posted August 9, 2002

Cornell Faculty Addressed International Congress of Mathematicians

Cornell Mathematics professors Harry Kesten, Greg Lawler and John Smillie addressed the International Congress of Mathematicians, held August 20–28, 2002, in Beijing, China. The International Congress of Mathematicians (ICM) is a quadrennial congress held under the auspices of the International Mathematical Union (IMU). It is an important event of mathematicians the world over.
posted July 25, 2002

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