With great sadness we report that Professor Marvin Knopp passed away December 24 while visiting family in Florida. He joined the Department of Mathematics at Temple in 1976. Prior to coming to Temple he held appointments at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and the University of Illinois, Chicago. He obtained his Ph.D. in 1958 from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, under the direction of Paul Bateman. Professor Knopp was born in 1933 in Chicago, Illinois.
Professor Knopp was a leading expert in the theory of Modular Forms, and he twice gave invited addresses to meetings of the American Mathematical Society. He had over 70 publications. In 2007 the International Journal of Number Theory dedicated a volume in his honor.
Over the course of his career Professor Knopp supervised 20 Ph.D. students. He was active mathematically up to the time of his death, and he was supervising the Ph.D. thesis of Austin Daughton, who is currently writing a dissertation based on the research he completed under Professor Knopp's direction.
A brief appreciation, by Professor J. A. Paulos, can be found here.
Memorial activities are being planned.
Professor John Paulos has been writing regular short columns for Scientific American. His most recent column can be found here.
On November 4 the Department of Mathematics hosted a one-day conference on numerical analysis. The keynote speaker was Lisa Fauci, Pendergraft Nola Lee Haynes Professor of Mathematics, Tulane University. She lectured on "Waving rings and swimming in circles: some lessons learned in biofluiddynamics." The remainder of the talks were given by young researchers: Eighteen graduate students and postdoctoral fellows from Maryland to New York, and from Pittsburgh to Delaware, gave presentations. More details can be found here.
Professor Daniel Szyld won the 2011 CST Dean's Distinguished Award for Excellence in Research. Associate Professor John Schiller and mathematics instructor Marilena Downing each received the Dean's Distinguished Teaching Award. The awards were presented at the annual CST awards banquet, October 30, 2011.
Assistant Professor Benjamin Seibold is PI, and Postdoctoral Research Assistant Professor Prince Chidyagwai is co-PI, on the new NSF Grant Numerical approaches for incompressible viscous flows with high order accuracy up to the boundary. The award is for $299,922. From the abstract: "In many applications in science and engineering, the accurate and efficient computation of forces and stresses at boundaries between fluids and solids is of crucial importance. Examples in which boundary forces (in the form of lift and drag) are key quantities of interest are the design of airplane wings, motor vehicles, and wind turbines, as well as the simulation of sedimentation in stratified fluids and bio-locomotion. The investigators are researching new methodologies and implementations of approaches that allow for a highly accurate computation of these boundary forces."
Professor Daniel Szyld is PI, and Postdoctoral Research Assistant Professor Fei Xue is co-PI, on the new NSF grant, Eigenvalues problems, Krylov subspace methods, and subspace recycling. The award is for $280,000. From the abstract: "The problems to be studied in this project include the efficient computation of a group of eigenvalues and the solution of sequences of linear systems. Eigenvalue calculations include analysis of vibration frequencies in structures including buildings, to make sure, for example, that they are far from the earthquake band. Fast algorithms for generalized eigenvalue problems also contribute to the design and analysis of electronic integrated circuit and micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS), and the detection of potential presence of turbulent fluid flows. Efficient solution of a sequence of linear systems facilitates modeling of fatigue and fracture via finite element analysis, and the stability analysis of linear systems through the solution of Riccati equations."
Professor Igor Rivin has been appointed a Berlin Mathematical Society Distinguished Professor, for Fall 2011, at Technische U. Berlin.
Dr. Irina Mitrea joined our department July 1 as Associate Professor. Dr. Mitrea pursued her graduate studies in the School of Mathematics at the University of Minnesota, where she earned a Ph.D. degree under the direction of Carlos Kenig and Mikhail Safonov. Her area of expertise is at the interface between Real and Harmonic Analysis, Partial Differential Equations, and Geometric Measure Theory. Dr. Mitrea's research is currently supported by an NSF CAREER Grant. Other research awards include the 2008 Ruth Michler Memorial Prize from the Association of Women in Mathematics; a Fund for Excellence in Science and Technology Award from the University of Virginia, 2005-2006; a Sloan Dissertation Fellowship, 1999-2000; and a Liftoff Fellowship from the Clay Mathematics Institute, 2000. She currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Association for Women in Mathematics and is an editor for the American Mathematical Monthly.
Volume 34 (2011) of Annales Universitatis Scientiarum Budapestinensis de Rolando Eotvos Nominatae. Sectio Computatorica was dedicated to Professor Janos Galambos on the occasion of his 70th birthday.
Professor Shiferaw Berhanu is PI on a new $40,000 grant from the NSF to help support the upcoming "Workshop on Partial Differential Equations and Several Complex Variables" that will be held from August 1-5, 2011, in Serra Negra, Brazil. This will be the sixth of a highly successful series of biennial international workshops by the same title bringing together researchers from Brazil, Europe, and the US. Professor Berhanu is on the scientific committee of this conference.
Professor Cristian Gutierrez was a co-organizer of Fabes Lectures 2011 Conference on Real Analysis and PDEs, May 30 and 31, at the Instituto Argentino de Matemática "Alberto Calderón", Buenos Aires, Argentina. The members of the conference advisory committee were Luis Caffarelli (University of Texas, Austin), Cristian Gutierrez, Carlos Kenig (University of Chicago), and Sandro Salsa (Politecnico di Milano). This conference series is dedicated to the memory of Eugene Fabes, a leading mathematical analyst.
Temple mathematics graduate students Michael Dobbins, Zachary Hanson-Hart, and Sheng Xiong were all awarded Ph.D. degrees in mathematics this past May. Dobbins' thesis, Representations of Polytopes, was completed under the direction of Professor Igor Rivin. Hanson-Hart's thesis, A Cauchy Problem with Singularity Along the Initial Hypersurface, was completed under the direction of Professor Gerardo Mendoza. Sheng Xiong's thesis, Stochastic differential equations: some risk and insurance applications, was completed under the direction of Professor Wei-Shih Yang.
Martin Lorenz was co-organizer of the CIMPA-UNESCO-VIETNAM School and Workshop on Braids in Algebra, Geometry, and Topology, Hanoi, January 17-28, 2011. Courses were given by Corrado De Concini (Univ. Rome I, Italy), Christian Kassel (Univ. de Starsbourg et CNRS, France), Toshitake Kohno (Tokyo Univ., Japan), Luis Paris (Univ. de Bourgogne, France), Claudio Procesi (Univ. Rome I, Italy), and Le Tu Quoc Thang (Georgia Inst. of Technology, USA). The conference was sponsered by the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology, the Centre International de Mathematiques Pures et Appliquees, the NSF, and the Institute of Mathematics, Hanoi. Marting Lorenz and Nei Nakamura (Temple) were among those who presented talks.