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NCGOA Spring School and Shanks Lecture, May 3-9

March 21, 2019 – The Department of Mathematics will host the 17th Annual Spring Institute on Noncommutative Geometry and Operator Algebras (NCGOA) from May 3 to 9, 2019. The event will be held in conjunction with the 34th Annual Shanks Lecture. The subject of this year’s NCGOA Spring Institute is “Algebra and Geometry Quantized and Quantified.” The focus will...

Shanks Workshop on Computations and Linear Programming Bounds for Energy, Packing, and Covering, May 10-12

March 21, 2019 – The Shanks Workshop on Computations and Linear Programming Bounds for Energy, Packing, and Covering will be held May 10-12, 2019 at Vanderbilt University. The program is organized as an intensive seminar focusing on the use of computational tools to provide insight into geometric optimization problems. The intent is to address the background, design, and implementation...

Sixteenth International Conference on Approximation Theory, May 19-22

March 20, 2019 – The 16th International Conference on Approximation Theory will take place at Vanderbilt University from May 19 to 22, 2019. The conference is held every three years at various U.S. locations to provide a forum for researchers in the field to meet and discuss current developments. Topics of interest include abstract approximation, compressed sensing, image and...

Shanks Workshop in Homotopy Theory, April 13-14

March 19, 2019 – The Shanks Workshop in Homotopy Theory 2019 will be held at Vanderbilt University April 13 to 14. The workshop will bring together researchers in algebraic topology from the South and Midwest to discuss the latest developments in the field. The past decade has seen an exciting expansion in the influence of homotopical techniques across a...

Professor Emeritus Horace Williams Dies

January 7, 2019 – Horace Edward Williams, an emeritus professor of mathematics who taught mathematics and statistics at Vanderbilt for 40 years, died Dec. 31, 2018. He was 87. In addition to his teaching, Williams conducted research on improving the quality of math education at all levels from elementary school through college.

Marcelo Disconzi Named Dean’s Faculty Fellow

November 15, 2018 – Assistant Professor Marcelo Disconzi has been awarded a Dean’s Faculty Fellowship for 2019-2021. The new Dean’s Faculty Fellows Program, launched this year, invests in untenured faculty across the College of Arts & Science to support their research, scholarship, and creative expression during their probationary period. Disconzi is one of seven Arts & Science faculty to...

Larry Rolen

New Faculty Members Join the Department

September 19, 2018 – The Department of Mathematics welcomes seven new faculty members this fall. Larry Rolen joins the department as a tenure-track assistant professor. His research interests are number theory and combinatorics. He works in developing theories of new generalizations of modular forms, such as harmonic Maass forms, Jacobi forms, and quantum modular forms. He received his Ph.D....

Denis Osin Gave Invited Talk at ICM 2018

August 28, 2018 – Professor Denis Osin was an invited speaker at the recent International Congress of Mathematicians held August 1-9, 2018, in Rio de Janeiro. Held once every four years, the ICM brings together mathematicians from all over the world to discuss the latest developments in every area of mathematics. An ICM invitation is considered to be one...

Shanks Workshop on Free Probability and Applications

August 21, 2018 – The Department of Mathematics will host the Shanks Workshop on Free Probability and Applications September 15-16, 2018. The aim of the workshop is to bring together experts in free probability theory and adjacent fields – including random matrix theory, probability, and subfactor theory – to discuss possible applications of free probability in these fields. Invited...

Award Winners Honored at Annual Ceremony

June 12, 2018 – Five students and one former postdoctoral fellow were recognized for outstanding achievements at the recent Department of Mathematics annual awards ceremony. The 2018 B.F. Bryant Prize for Excellence in Teaching was shared by graduate students Sahana Balasubramanya and Jordan Nikkel. The award recognizes graduate teaching assistants who have demonstrated concern for and accomplishments in teaching,...