# News

Mathematics Ph.D. candidates James Barnes and Cristina Benea were among the 21 faculty members and teaching assistants who were recognized by Class Councils for outstanding teaching.

Congratulations to John Guckenheimer, who has been selected to give the 2015 Jürgen Moser Lecture at the SIAM Conference on Applications of Dynamical Systems in May.

Former math and physics major, Karel Svoboda ’88, is one of four scientists awarded the Brain Prize for the invention and development of two-photon microscopy.

In a Washington Post opinion piece Tara Holm discusses the history of pi and ponders the human nature that drives mathematicians to calculate it to more than 12 trillion digits.

Steve Strogatz addresses the importance of pi in The New Yorker, including its connection to infinity, cycles and waves.

Lionel Levine and Charles Smart’s work on abelian sandpile models has been profiled in a Cornell Chronicle article.

Congratulations to Steven Strogatz who has been awarded the 2015 Lewis Thomas Prize for Writing About Science which recognizes "scientists as poets".

Tara Holm has an opinion piece in The Boston Globe titled “The real reason why the US is falling behind in math”.

Prof. Charles Smart and his work with partial differential equations has been profiled in The Cornell Daily Sun.