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December 2017
Doing Without Dark Energy - Read more from Temple and Vogler
UC Davis News summarizes recent research by faculty Blake Temple and past graduate Dr. Zeke Vogler, as well as a regular visitor, Dr. Smoller. They provide an alternative to cosmic expansion or acceleration to dark matter.
December 2017
Our Department's newsletter is posted. Check out our year in review!
Read about how research on Quantum States has progressed; insight into budding research on Yang-Mills; and exactly what shape that sofa really ought to be!

Also, all the details on the Department in our year-in-review newsletter.
November 2017
SIAM Recent Graduate Student Feature, Shuyang Ling
Our Department's own Korana Burke, editor of SIAM's Dynamical Systems Online Magazine, wrote this graduate student feature on recent UC Davis math graduate Shuyang Ling. After Shuyang was awarded the SIAM Student Paper Prize in 2017, he has joined the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences and the Center for Data Sciences.
November 2017
Prof. Schwarz selected as 2018 Fellow of AMS
Professor Albert Schwarz has been selected as a 2018 Fellow of the American Mathematical Society (AMS), for his contributions to mathematical physics. 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.
August 2017
Dimofte and Jacob awarded Hellman Fellowship to further research
Our Department of Mathematics faculty members Tudor Dimofte and Adam Jacob were selected as part of 14 UC Davis Assistant Professors to receive the 2017 Hellman Fellowship. The goal of the fellowship is "to promote the scholarly growth of faculty members at the Assistant Professor rank who exhibit the potential for great academic distinction, and for whom Hellman funding can significantly stimulate productivity in research and other creative scholarly activities." Professor Dimofte was selected for his research "Vortices and Geometric Representation Theory," and Professor Jacob for his research "The Yang-Mills Equations and Geometry." Congratulations to both! See the link for the announcement of the 2017 Hellman Fellowship recipients.
June 2017
Shuyang Ling wins 2017 SIAM Student Paper Prize
Shuyang Ling, who just completed his PhD under the supervision of Prof. Thomas Strohmer, was announced as one of the recipients of the SIAM Student Paper Prize for 2017, awarded annually by the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM), for his paper "Self-Calibration and Biconvex Compressive Sensing" coauthored with Prof. Strohmer. The prize will be awarded in July during the 2017 SIAM Annual Meeting in Pittsburgh, where Shuyang will also present his prize-winning paper. Congratulations Shuyang!
April 2017
BayOpt2017 at UC Davis, May 12-13. Free, register now.
This 2017 Bay Area Optimization Meeting is dedicated to Professor Roger J-B Wets on the occasion of his 80th birthday, and to honor his fundamental contribution to Mathematics, particularly his work in variational analysis and optimization.

This is the third event in the series of regional meetings, (San Francisco) Bay Area Optimization, held since 2015. Decision makers and policy analysts face increasing uncertainty, but also increasing availability of data and information. This conference brings together researchers from a variety of disciplines who work on mathematical methods that can be used to analyze large amounts of data and be applied to decision problems faced by government and industry. Recorded lectures will be available through the conference website.
April 2017
Thurston Lecture: Rubber Bands & Rational Maps, Wed May 3rd, 4-5 in MSB 1147
This year's 2017 Thurston Lectures will be delivered by Dylan Thurston, a professor of mathematics at Indiana University, Bloomington, and recently named Fellow of the American Mathematical Society. This is the first year of an annual series of lectures, delivered by distinguished mathematicians in honor of William P. Thurston.
April 2017
Wave Analysis at Bodega Marine Lab, Summer School & Workshop, June 5-9th. Applications accepted until May 1.
A summer school and international workshop on water waves and related models. Our objective is the formation of an annual summer school and workshop on waves and fluid dynamics for advanced undergraduate and graduate students, as well as postdoctoral scholars. This event will take place at the Bodega Marine Laboratory (BML) which is part of the University of California at Davis, June 5-9, 2017.
March 2017
Jesús De Loera receives 2017 MAA Golden Section Teaching Award
Our faculty member Jesús De Loera was awarded the MAA Golden Section Award for Distinguished College or University Teaching of Mathematics for 2017. The award, given annually by the Mathematical Association of America's (MAA) "Golden Section" regional section comprising the MAA's member institutions in Northern California, Nevada and Hawaii, was awarded to Prof. De Loera at a ceremony held at the annual MAA Golden Section meeting, held on March 4 at Santa Clara University. Congratulations Jesús!
March 2017
Romik featured in sofa-moving Numberphile YouTube video
Our faculty member Dan Romik was interviewed by video-maker Brady Haran, creator of the popular Numberphile series of online videos, for one of his videos recently uploaded to the Numberphile YouTube channel. The video, titled "The Moving Sofa Problem," concerns Romik's recent work on the intriguing unsolved geometry problem of finding the shape of the "sofa" (two-dimensional shape) with largest area that can be moved around a right-angled turn in a corridor of unit width. Click on the link below to watch the video.
January 2017
Congratulations to James Bremer for being named a 2016-17 UC Davis Chancellor's Fellow
Our faculty member James Bremer was named one of eleven UC Davis Chancellor's Fellows for 2016-17. The goal of the fellowship is to honor the achievements of outstanding faculty members early in their careers. Faculty members who are selected to be Chancellor’s Fellows receive a one-time award of $25,000, and can designate the title "Chancellor’s Fellow" for a period of five years from the date of the award. Congratulations James! See the link below for the announcement of the 2016-17 UC Davis Chancellor's Fellowship recipients.
December 2016
Cutting edge math in the 7th Annual Davis Mathematics Conference, Jan 12 9:30 AM-3:15 PM in MSB 1147
The much awaited 7th Davis Mathematics Conference will held on Thursday January 12th from 9:30 AM-3:15PM in MSB 1147. The conference showcases the range of research in the Davis Mathematics Department, with the aim to strengthen intra- and inter-departmental connections in the dynamic UCD research community. Both professors and graduate students will present their cutting-edge mathematics in a series of 5 sessions organized by topic:
  • Geometry & Topology,
  • Analysis & Mathematical Physics,
  • Statistics & Optimization,
  • Mathematical Biology,
  • Algebra & Discrete Mathematics.
There will be a light breakfast and lunch for all who register.

We encourage every Aggie mathematician and scientist to attend, including graduate students, researchers, and professors. First years and second year grads in particular, we strongly encourage you to attend. This is a good opportunity to scope out future avenues of research.

The DMC 2017 Organizers: Robert Bassett, Kirill Paramonov, Dmitry Shemetov
December 2016
Read the Department's year in review in the latest Newsletter.
Read about new faculty, learn about current research, and keep up with the news of the Department.
September 2016
Naoki Saito receives two awards from the Japan Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics
Our faculty member Naoki Saito this week received two awards from The Japan Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (JSIAM). His paper "Hierarchical graph Laplacian eigen transforms", coauthored with Jeff Irion, published in JSIAM Letters in 2014, received the 2016 JSIAM Letters Best Paper Award; and he received the 2016 Bulletin of JSIAM Best Author Award for his 2015 Bulletin of JSIAM paper "Applied harmonic analysis on graphs and networks".
July 2016
Congratulations to Eugene Gorskiy for being named a 2016 Hellman Fellow
Our Department of Mathematics faculty member Eugene Gorskiy was selected as one of 12 UC Davis Assistant Professors to receive the 2016 Hellman Fellowship. The goal of the fellowship is "to promote the scholarly growth of faculty members at the Assistant Professor rank who exhibit the potential for great academic distinction, and for whom Hellman funding can significantly stimulate productivity in research and other creative scholarly activities." Congratulations Eugene! See the link below for the announcement of the 2016 Hellman Fellowship recipients.
April 2016
UC Berkeley geometry and topology conference to honor Joel Hass
The conference "Geometry, Topology and Complexity of Manifolds, and applications to Biology" will be held at UC Berkeley on May 20-22, 2016. The conference was organized to honor our faculty member Joel Hass on the occasion of his 60th birthday. Speakers will include well-known mathematicians and computer scientists, including Michael Freedman (recipient of the 1986 Fields Medal) and Ian Agol (recipient of the 2016 Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics).
April 2016
Come to Career Night, May 3rd 5:30-8PM in MSB 1147. Pizza provided! RSVP.
The Department of Mathematics and Department of Statistics will be holding a career panel on Tuesday, May 3rd 5:30-8PM in Mathematical Sciences Building 1147. Pizza will be provided. Please RSVP at the link below.
April 2016
Mariel Vazquez to receive 2016 Blackwell-Tapia prize
Mariel Vazquez, who holds a joint appointment in the Department of Mathematics and the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, was announced as the recipient of the Blackwell-Tapia prize for 2016. As the award announcement explains, this prize is awarded every other year in honor of the legacy of David H. Blackwell and Richard A. Tapia, two distinguished mathematical scientists, and recognizes a mathematician who has contributed significantly to research in his or her field of expertise, and who has served as a role model for mathematical scientists and students from under-represented minority groups or has contributed in other significant ways to addressing the problem of the under-representation of minorities in math. The prize will be presented at the Ninth Blackwell-Tapia Conference, which will take place on Oct. 28-29, 2016 at the University of Knoxville, Tennessee. Congratulations, Mariel!