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 (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.

Erdos Colloquium

The 2014 Erdos Colloquium entitled “New Directions in Graph Theory” will be delivered by Fan Chung Graham, Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science Engineering at the University of California — San Diego on Monday, April 21 at 4:05 pm in Little Hall, room101. Refreshments will proceed the talk in Little Hall Atrium, room 339

Ramanujan Colloquium

The 2014 Ramanujan Colloquium entitled “Andrews, Ramanujan, and Computer Algebra” will be delivered by Professor Peter Paule, Director of the Research Institute on Symbolic Computation, Johannes Kepler University, Linz, Austria on Monday, March 17 at 4:05 pm in the Little Hall Atrium.

Ulam Colloquium

The 16th annual Ulam Colloquium entitled “The Shape of Data” will be given on Monday, February 24 at 4:05 PM by Gunnar Carlsson of Stanford University in Little 101. See the poster for more information.


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).

EPI Positions

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.

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.


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


Spring Awards Tea

The Spring Awards Tea was held on Thursday, May 24 in the Atrium. At the tea the department honors the distinguished performance of faculty, students and staff during the past year. A few of the awards are summarized below: see the progam for full details.

  • UF Graduate Student Teaching Awards:

    Hallie Dilley and Mathew Gluck

  • UF Mathematics Graduate Student Teaching Awards:

    Hallie Dilley, Frank Patane, Mathew Gluck, and  William Severa.

  • UF Mathematics Graduate Student Teaching Certificates of Excellence:

    Victoria Crawford, Yena Kim,  Elizabeth Wiggins, and Duc Huynh

  • Robert Long Award:

    Chase Saucier and Adam Taylor

  • Chat Yin Ho Scholarship:

    Christopher Jennings-Shaffer

  • Kermit Sigmon Scholarship:

    Hanisha Patel

  • Eleanor Ewing Ehrlich Award:

    Tulsi Srinivasan

  • Pi Mu Epsilon

    • Alexander Anderson              Alexander King
    • Corry Bedwell                        Kurtis Lee
    • Glen Frost                             Frank Luciano
    • James Gibson                        Hanisha Patel
    • Trevor Harris                         Cayley Robinson


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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