Professor Shiferaw Berhanu was awarded a three-year NSF grant in the amount of $199,687 for a project entitled "Regularity of CR Mappings on Embeddable and Abstract CR Manifolds".
From the abstract: The aim of the project is to study the solutions of systems of partial differential equations which arise in several complex variables. Results from such work have applications to many important problems in complex variables and partial differential equations. These applications include the regularity of the solutions of equations, and convergence of solutions for which only their Taylor series coefficients are known. Some of the partial differential equations in this project are relevant to physical applications.
The main part of the project involves the problem of understanding geometric conditions that imply that a sufficiently smooth CR mapping between two CR manifolds is smooth when the manifolds are smooth, and real analytic when the manifolds are real analytic. Closely related problems that will be investigated include the local and microlocal regularity of CR functions on abstract CR manifolds. The tools that may be used include a new family of FBI transforms, analytic discs, and the methods developed in the theory of holomorphic extendability of CR functions on hypersurfaces.
Temple University hosted its fifth annual Sonia Kovalevsky Day, on Saturday, April 16, 2016. 50 middle-school girls from the Philadelphia area and beyond learned about code breaking, deceptive data, the mathematics of sudoku, the golden ratio, and the mathematics of pizza. The girls also participated in a challenging individual competition.
The instructors were Sogol Baharlou (Engineering), Brian Filips (Mathematics), Fiona Galzarano (Mathematics), Beca Lufi (Mathematics), Kathryn-Lund Nguyen (Mathematics), and Sarah Roden (Mathematics). The teaching assistants were Ramya Ailavajhala (Engineering), Mei Rose Conor (High School student), Joshua Finkelstein (Mathematics), Sowmya Srinivasan (Mathematics), William Worden (Mathematics), and Yilin Wu (Mathematics). Dr. Meredith Hegg (Mathematics) gave the opening remarks. The event was organized by Professors Maria Lorenz and Irina Mitrea.
This conference aims to expose graduate students in algebra, geometry and topology to current research, and provide them with an opportunity to present and discuss their own research. The student organizers for the conference are Tim Morris, Thomas Ng, and Will Worden. The faculty organizers are David Futer and Chelsea Walton. May 14-15, 2016.
A two-day meeting on the occasion of Professor Cristian Gutierrez's 65th birthday was hosted by the Accademia delle Scienze dell'Istituto di Bologna, June 9-10, 2016. The meeting was in honor of Professor Gutierrez' contributions to the study of linear and nonlinear partial differential equations. The conference also celebrated Professor Gutierrez's election as an Accademico Corrispondente Straniero of the Accademia delle Scienze.
Current departmental administration include: Irina Mitrea (Chair), Brian Rider (Associate Chair), Shiferaw Berhanu (Director of Graduate Studies), Maria Lorenz (Director of Undergraduate Studies), and Boris Datskovsky (Director of Advising and Coordinated Courses).
Professor Cristian Gutierrez was awarded a new three-year NSF grant, OP: Monge-Ampere type equations and geometric optics.
From the abstract: "The design of lenses and mirrors is currently made computationally with ray tracing (i.e., by software calculating the trajectory of the light rays), in which choices are based upon educated guesses. This project is concerned with the development of mathematical methods for the design of lenses, mirrors, and antennas. It provides a better understanding than past approaches of the design problems and enables one to adapt the solutions to the needs required for any specific application. It develops models that are physically more accurate than earlier ones and takes into account, for example, internal reflection. The project addresses theoretical aspects of nonlinear partial differential equations with concrete problems in optics and photonics. In addition, the principal investigator is concerned with the mathematical descriptions of the loss of energy due to bending in waveguides, chromatic aberration for lenses, and variations of refractive indices in materials, in particular, negative refraction. A part of the research concerns the development of an algorithm for the numerical calculation of lenses." The award amount to date is $160,000.
Daniel Szyld delivers plenary lecture at the XXV Capricorn Mathematics Conference, Antofagasta, Chile, 2-5 Aug 2016. For more details click here.
Have you wondered why the U.S. does not use the metric system? Find the answer in Paulos' recent interview in the Philly Voice.
Associate Professor Benjamin Seibold discusses unsteady flow patterns of traffic in this recent interview in the Philly Voice.
Professor Daniel Szyld has been awarded a three-year Department of Energy Office of Science grant titled "Asynchronous Iterative Solvers for Extreme-Scale Computing". The grant is a collaboration between Temple University, Georgia Tech, the University of Tennessee, and Sandia National Laboratories, for a total of 2,4 million dollars. Temple's share of this is \$450,000.
Assistant Professor Chelsea Walton has been selected to deliver one of the three invited addresses at the Fall Western Sectional Meeting of the American Mathematical Society at the University of Denver, Colorado, October 8-9th, 2016.
The following students and faculty have been recognized at the departmental level for their teaching and service during the academic year 2015-2016:
Service Award for Undergraduate Students: Leah Rosenbloom
Excellence in Teaching by a Graduate Student: Hussein Awala
Excellence in Service by a Graduate Student: Thomas Ng and William Worden
Excellence in Teaching by a Postdoctoral Fellow: Xingting Wang
Excellence in Teaching by an Adjunct Faculty: Ray Favocci and Ben Spiro
Excellence in Teaching by an NTT Faculty: Doreen Wald
Acting President Richard M. Englert publicly praised Associate Professor Benjamin Seibold's research on traffic jams in the State of the University address. For more details see: http://news.temple.edu/announcements/2016-09-26/state-university-2016
Assistant Professor Chelsea Walton will deliver the Marjorie Lee Browne Colloquium on Martin Luther King Day 2017. For more information on this distinguished colloquium series please see http://www.math.lsa.umich.edu/mlk
Professor Daniel Szyld has been elected in the 2017 Class of the Fellows of the American Mathematical Society for contributions to numerical and applied linear algebra. The Fellows of the American Mathematical Society program recognizes members who have made outstanding contributions to the creation, exposition, advancement, communication, and utilization of mathematics. For more information see: http://www.ams.org/profession/ams-fellows/ams-fellows
Congratulations to Professor John Allen Paulos for his new book "A Numerate Life - A Mathematician Explores the Vagaries of Life, His Own and Probably Yours" See http://johnallenpaulos.com/a_numerate_life for more information.
Congratulations to the mathematics graduate students receiving University Doctoral Dissertation Completion Grants this year: Hussein Awala, Dianbin Bao, Adam Jacoby, Michael Ratner, and Geoffrey Schneider. For more information see: http://www.temple.edu/grad/finances/
Associate Professor Gillian Queisser will deliver a plenary talk at the International Multigrid Conference, Bruchsal, Germany, 5-9 Dec 2016.