In this issue of By the Numb3rs you can read about recent developments in the Department of Mathematics as well as some accomplishments by our students and faculty. It is bittersweet news that we are announcing the retirement of Dr. Frank Beatrous, Professor and Undergraduate Director. He has put a tremendous amount of effort to ensure that we provide high quality educational experience to our undergraduates. Dr. Jon Rubin and Dr. Paul Gartside are stepping in as Undergraduate Directors in the fall semester.
We are delighted to announce that Dr. Bard Ermentrout has received the Mathematical Neuroscience Prize. The prize is awarded by Israel Brain Technologies and honors researchers worldwide who have significantly advanced our understanding of the neural mechanisms of perception, behavior and thought through the application of mathematical analysis and theoretical modeling.
In March we hosted our first prospective graduate open house. We had students meet our faculty, tour the campus and join in academic activities to show them first hand what we have to offer. Our efforts were successful and several of the visiting students are already enrolled for the fall term.
We are pleased to feature Dr. Piotr Hajlasz’s research, which has connections to a broad range of areas in mathematics, including several complex variables, harmonic analysis, partial differential equations, topology, and differential geometry.
This term we have organized many interesting events funded by the Mathematics Research Center at the University of Pittsburgh, including theme semesters in “Categories in Algebra, Representation Theory, Geometry, and Topology”, as well as”PDEs and Free Boundary Problems”. We are pleased to acknowledge the partial support of the National Science Foundation and the Institute for Mathematics and its Applications.
An important addition to our web site is a new alumni page. Please fill in any exciting news you would like to share with us. As always, please keep in touch. We would love to hear from you. Visit our web page www.mathematics.pitt.edu for information on how to contact us and for the latest news about the Department.
Ermentrout Receives Math Neuroscience Prize
G. Bard Ermentrout was at a conference in South Africa in February when he got the news: He had won Israel Brain Technologies’ $100,000 Mathematical Neuroscience Prize.
“I knew I had been nominated, and they said they’d announce the winners in December,” he says. “That time passed. I was in South Africa thinking, ‘I wonder who got it.’”
Then he checked his email: “Holy cow, I got it! I walked out into the hall and said that about six times!’”