2006–2007 News Archive
Math Awareness Month Public Lecture — April 18
Please join us on April 18th at 4:30 PM in Malott Hall's Bache Auditorium
(228 Malott Hall) for a public lecture in celebration of Math Awareness
Month. In keeping with the national theme Mathematics and the Brain,Psychology's David
Field will give a talk about Unraveling
the Knot of our Sensory Experience: How
new mathematical tools are providing breakthroughs into how our nervous
system senses the world. Refreshments will be served at 3:55
PM in the Mathematics Lounge (532 Malott Hall).
Bailey Plaza Project to Begin March 19
Work is scheduled to begin on Bailey Plaza the week of March 19th and is scheduled to be completed by September. Information on the project including maps of the project and traffic flow patterns are available at the following web sites:
Bailey Plaza Design and Plan (Office of the Provost)
Vehicle and pedestrian traffic is expected to have access from Garden
Avenue to the west side of the construction area (including the Malott
Hall loading dock area) throughout the construction period. Work will
be done primarily Monday–Friday, between 7 AM and 3:30 P.M.
Awards Presented at Department Holiday Party
On Friday, December 1st, at the department's annual holiday party, Department Chair Dan Barbasch presented the department teaching awards for 2006. Patricia Alessi and Irena Peeva received the senior faculty award — Patty for being a champion for new and interesting ways to present mathematics that draw the students into the subject and Irena for distinguished service and her clear and invigorating teaching of mathematics.
Alessandra Pantano and Luke Rogers won the junior faculty award. Alessandro won for her dedication to her craft, her clear and elegant lectures, and generous devotion to her students, and Luke for his dedication in helping students and presenting mathematical ideas in an interesting and creative manner. The teaching assistant award was given to Edoardo Carta. Edoardo's commitment to training and mentoring is an inspiration to all graduate students. This award acknowledges his ability to excite his students about mathematics and inspire them to do their best.
Director of Graduate Studies Michael Stillman presented the Battig Prize jointly to Mia Minnes and Jay Schweig, the York Award to Artem Pulemotov, and the Hutchinson Award to Noam Horwitz and James Worthington.
Ruth I. Michler Memorial Prize Established
Gerhard and Waltraud Michler of Essen, Germany, have established an endowment in the Department of Mathematics at Cornell University in memory of their daughter Ruth I. Michler. This endowment provides funding for the Ruth I. Michler Memorial Prize of the Association for Women in Mathematics for a fellowship. The awardee will spend a semester in the Mathematics Department of Cornell University without teaching obligations. We look forward to hosting the first recipient of the Michler Prize in the 2007–2008 academic year. [ About Ruth Michler ]
Details on how to apply for the award may be found at www.awm-math.org/michlerprize.html.
Welcome New Faculty and Graduate Students
Members of the department, spouses, children, and significant others
are invited to the annual Department of Mathematics Fall Reception on
Wednesday, August 30, 2006 at 4:00 PM in the 5th floor lounge of Malott
Hall. New faculty and graduate students will
be introduced. Light refreshments will be served by Cornell Catering.
Robert Moses Named Rhodes Professor
Pioneering educator Robert Moses has been named the newest Frank H.T.
Rhodes Class of '56 Professor. The Harvard-trained educator, civil rights
leader and founder of the Algebra Project will
reside on West Campus when he visits Cornell. Visit the Cornell
Chronicle for more information.
Gregory Lawler Awarded Pólya Prize
The Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics awarded the George
Pólya Prize to Gregory
Lawler, Oded Schramm of Microsoft Corporation, and Wendelin Werner
of Université Paris-Sud at SIAM's Annual Meeting in Boston, July
10–14, 2006. Lawler, Schramm and Werner received the prize for
their groundbreaking work on the development and application of stochastic
Loewner evolution (SLE). Of particular note is the rigorous establishment
of the existence and conformal invariance of critical scaling limits
of a number of 2D lattice models arising in statistical physics. The
Pólya Prize was awarded once before to a Cornell mathematician: Harry
Kesten in 1994. [About
the Polya Prize]
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