Visit by Howard Gobstein
Howard Gobstein, Executive Vice President of the APLU (Association of Public and Land Grant Universities) and co-director of the APLU Science & Mathematics Teacher Imperative, will give two talks on reform of STEM Education. The 2014 Dongxing Wang Math Education Lecture entitled, “Mathematics Education is about to be transformed. Will Math Departments play a role?”, will be on Monday, November 17, at 4:05 in Little Hall, room 109. Refreshments in the Little Hall Atrium, room 339, will precede the talk at 3:30. The second talk, “STEM education reform. A public research university imperative!” , will be in the new Visualization Room MSL 136 of the Marston Science Library at 1:55 on Tuesday, November 18, with refreshments at 1:30 in MSL 136.
Gobstein is former Vice President of the AAU (Association for American Universities). His University positions include: Associate VP for governmental affairs for federal relations, Michigan State University, and Director, Federal Relations/Research, University of Michigan.
Neil White In Memoriam
We are sorry to report that Emeritus Professor Neil White passed away on Monday August 11. Dr. White earned his Ph.D. under the supervision of Gian-Carlo Rota at Harvard University in 1972. He was a prolific and highly respected researcher in the area of combinatorics. Neil will be greatly missed. A celebration of his life will be held at the Florida Museum of Natural History on Sunday, September 7, at 3PM (Story in the Gainedville Sun, Obituary from the Gainesville Sun).
The Mathematics Department is establishing the Neil White Excellence in Teaching Award in honor of Neil’s outstanding record of teaching and mentoring students at the University of Florida. Contributions to help fund this award, payable to “UF Foundation” may be sent to CLAS Development, PO Box 117300, Gainesville, FL 32611. Online gifts can also be made at UF Mathematics Department. Please add “Neil White” to the Memorial/Honorary Information.
Technology Innovator Award
William Hager (Mathematics) and Timothy Davis (Computer Science) have been awarded a Technology Innovator Award by the University of Florida Office of Technology Licensing. In a series of papers they developed optimal algorithms for determining how the sparsity pattern of the Cholesky factorization of a symmetric, positive definite matrix changes after a small rank sparse change in the matrix. These algorithms have a wide range of applications including circuit analysis, fracture mechanics, and the propagation of lightning. The algorithms are implemented in the software package CHOLMOD, which is marketed through the UF Office of Technology Licensing and has already been licensed by two companies.
The University of Florida (UF) is launching a new Biodiversity Initiative, a cross-disciplinary research initiative that will allow scientists, students, resource managers, and policy analysts to integrate data and models to address fundamental issues in biodiversity by developing new analytical approaches and tools, and combining methods and perspectives from multiple disciplines. The goal of the UF Biodiversity Institute is to be the nation’s preeminent authority on issues related to biodiversity and the environment by being the leader in the synthesis of biotic and environmental ‘Big Data’ to answer questions of strategic interest to Florida, the U.S., and the world. See the job description for more details.
The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences (CLAS) and the UF Emerging Pathogens Institute (EPI) invite applications for up to 4 full-time positions in spatial and/or mathematical modeling of infectious disease transmission. See the job description for more details.
Postdoctoral Associate Position
Chris Porter has accepted the position of Postdoctoral Associate beginning in August 2014. Chris earned his Ph.D. in 2012 from Notre Dame and currently holds an NSF International Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Paris Diderot (Paris VII).
Bijective and Algebraic Combinatorics Conference
We will be hosting a conference called “Bijective and Algebraic Combinatorics” in honor of Bruce Sagan’s 60th birthday at the University of Florida on March 24 & 25, 2014. All are welcome. The deadlines for registration, financial support applications, and contributed talks are all February 3. Further details, the list of confirmed speakers, and the registration form can be found on the conference website.
The Third SIAM Gators Student Conference
The student chapter of SIAM (Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics) at the University of Florida will host the third SIAM Gators student conference on March 27–29, 2014. The conference will focus on the following three areas:
- Numerical Optimization and Applications
- Mathematical Algorithms in Imaging
- Mathematical Biology and Modelling
SIAM Best Student Paper Presentation
Tulsi Srinivasan won an award for the best student paper presentation at 38th Annual SIAM Southeastern Atlantic Section Conference at Florida Institute of Technology March 29-30 2014.
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