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- STEM For Scholars/Global Aerospace Summit
Professor Manoug Manougian directed the 38th “STEM for Scholars” summer program for gifted high school students. Forty-four students participated. The program offered courses in Microbiology by Dr. L. Shaw, Intelligent Robots by Dr. Yu Sun, Advanced Mathematics by Dr. R. Teodorescu, and 3-D Visualization by H. Kaplan and S. Fernandez. Scholarship grants totaling $19,400 were received from the AMS, Jacarlene Foundation, Academy of Applied Science, and Citi Women in Technology Group.
Manougian was an invited delegate to the “Global Aerospace Summit” March 6–9, 2016, held in Abu Dhabi (UAE). Over 130 invited delegates from the US, Europe and beyond were in attendance. The theme of the summit was “Building the Future of Aerospace Through Innovation.” STEM education and a “Mission to Mars” were highlighted by astronaut Dr. Buzz Aldrin (Apollo 11) and Saudi astronaut, Prince Salman (NASA shuttle, 1985).
- CCDS Distinguished Scholar Lecture Series III
- The final speaker this semester is Dr. Edriss Titi, the Owen Distinguished Professor of Mathematics at Texas A&M University, Professor at the Weizmann Institute of Science (Israel), Fellow of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, and a recipient of the Humboldt Research Award for Senior US Mathematicians. He has made important contributions to the analysis of PDE, especially working on problems such as the Navier-Stokes equations. (For example, one of the postdocs we are hiring this year comes from his group at Texas A&M, and her talk was based on a model introduced by Dr. Titi and his collaborators — the Navier-Stokes-alpha model.)
Dr. Titi will visit USF on April 14th and 15th, and will give two talks:
- a public lecture “Mathematics of Turbulent Flows: a Million Dollar Problem!” aimed at a wider university audience, including mathematics, physics, engineering, and computational scientists is scheduled from 12:30pm-1:30pm in the Marshall Center (MSC 3707)
- a departmental colloquium from 4:00pm-5:00pm in CMC 130.
- CCDS Distinguished Scholar Lecture Series II
- The second speaker this semester is Dr. Mac Hyman, the Philips Distinguished Professor of Mathematical Sciences at Tulane University. He is the past president of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) and National Advisory co-Chair for the Statistical and Applied Mathematical Sciences Institute (SAMSI) consortium (Duke, North Carolina Chapel Hill, North Carolina State Univ., and the National Institute of Statistical Sciences). His research interests include mathematical biology, nonlinear dynamical systems, and the numerical solution of differential equations.
Dr. Hyman will visit USF on March 22, and will give two talks:
- a round-table type of discussion, aimed at advanced undergraduate students and graduate students is scheduled from 12:30pm-1:30pm (pizza and soft drinks will be provided), in the Mathematics building (CMC 130)
- a public lecture “How Computer Models Can Provide New Insights into Stopping Epidemics” aimed at a wider university audience, including mathematics, physics, integrative biology, and computer science is scheduled from 2:30pm-3:30pm in the Marshall Center (MSC 3705).
- Ken Ono Presents the 2016 Nagle Lecture on Thursday, March 10
- Professor Ken Ono of Emory University will deliver the 2016 Nagle Lecture on Thursday, March 10, from 8:00pm-9:00pm, in the C. W. Young building, Room 109 (CWY 109) (see campus map) on the USF Tampa campus. The title of the talk is “Ramanujan: The Inspirational Story and a Glimpse of his Mathematics.” He will discuss the mathematical legacy of Srinivasa Ramanujan, one of the most enigmatic figures in the history of mathematics. Ramanujan was a self-trained amateur mathematician whose ideas befuddled the accumulated wisdom of western European mathematicians in the early 20th century. The lecture is free and open to the public and free parking is available in Lot 6 (just north of the Recreation Center).
- CCDS Distinguished Scholar Lecture Series Begins
- The Department's Center for Complex Data Systems has established a new Distinguished Scholar Lecture Series, with support from the College of Arts and Sciences. The invited speakers will deliver public lectures targeted at a wide audience, hold round-table discussions, and will be available to meet and explore individual research and institutional-level collaborations.
The first speaker of the series is Dr. Marius Stan, Senior Computational Scientist at Argonne National Laboratory, Senior Fellow at the Computation Institute, University of Chicago, and Senior Fellow, Institute for Science and Engineering at Northwestern University. His talk, “Computational Science for Energy Applications”, is scheduled for Tuesday, March 1st, in the Marshall Student Center (MSC 2708), from 11:30am-12:30pm. He will be available the rest of the day to meet with interested faculty and students.
- Manoug Manougian Receives Kosove Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching and Service Award
- Professor Manoug Manougian received the Kosove Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching and Service Award at the Faculty Honors and Awards Reception on November 9, 2015. The award is bestowed by the USF Faculty Senate and recognizes exemplary teaching and service that supports the Kosove Society goals. The Kosove Society aims “to promote individual and collective social responsibility, societal change for the betterment of humanity, participation in academic disclosure; the principles of diversity and cohesiveness in the community; and the development of leadership skills.”
- Dima Khavinson and Catherine Bénéteau Awarded NSF Summer School Grant
- Dima Khavinson (PI) and Catherine Bénéteau (Co-PI) were awarded a $25,000 NSF grant to organize an international summer school on Spectral Theory and its Applications. The School will be held at Université Laval, in Québec City, Canada, from July 4-14, 2016. The goal is to prepare advanced undergraduate students for research involving spectral theory.
- Arthur Danielyan, et al., Awarded NSF Conference Grant
- Arthur Danielyan (PI) and Seung Yeop Lee, Razvan Teodorescu, Sherwin Kouchekian (Co-PIs) have received an NSF grant ($25k) to host a conference SEAM 2016: The 32nd Southeastern Analysis Meeting at USF (March 13-15, 2016). The Southeastern Analysis Meeting (SEAM) is one of the leading annual conferences on analysis, has a rich history and has had a sustained run of 30 meetings held every year since 1985 at various universities in the Southeast. SEAM is intended to disseminate and exchange the latest ideas and developments in classical analysis, complex analysis, and operator theory among junior and senior researchers. Participation of junior faculty and graduate students is strongly encouraged. More information about the conference, including a registration form, can be found at the website http://math.usf.edu/seam-conference/.
- Vilmos Totik Named AMS Fellow
- Professor Vilmos Totik was named a Fellow of the American Mathematical Society. He was recognized “For contributions to classical analysis and approximation theory and for exposition”. 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. Professor Totik is the first faculty member in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics to achieve this distinction.
- Wen-Xiu Ma is a Highly-Cited Researcher
- Professor Wen-Xiu Ma was selected for the Thomson Reuters 2015 list of Highly Cited Researchers. (The period of analysis used for the list pertain to publications from the period 2003-2013). He is among only four researchers from USF (as primary affiliation) that have been selected for this list. Highly Cited Researchers 2015 identifies the world’s most influential contemporary researchers across 21 scientific fields. Over three thousand researchers earned the distinction by writing the greatest numbers of reports officially designated by Essential Science Indicators (ESI) as Highly Cited Papers—ranking among the top 1% most cited for their subject field and year of publication, earning them the mark of exceptional impact.
- Nataa Jonoska is one of USF's Outstanding Researchers
- Professor Nataa Jonoska has received a 2015 Outstanding Research Achievement Award (ORAA). The annual awards are part of an open competition, judged by the USF System Research Council, to highlight professional acclaim received by the recipients from their national and international peers for their research. The 2015 award further recognizes faculty who have received truly exceptional recognition with preeminent awards, grants, or publications in top journals during the 2014 calendar year.
- Nataa Jonoska Awarded $200,000 Grant
- Nataa Jonoska was awarded a $200,000 collaborative grant from the National Science Foundation in the area of molecular programming. The goal of the project is to develop a methodology for environmental control within the DNA self-assembly process to direct molecular interactions in a preprogrammed manner. This will enable self-assembly of a variety of preprogrammed molecular shapes from the same set of building blocks, which can then serve as scaffolds for nanoelectronic components. The title of the project is “AF: Small:Collaborative Research: Programmed Cyclic Molecular Dancing on 2D Origami Lattices” and is in collaboration with chemist Dr. Nadrian Seeman from New York University.
- Gangaram S. Ladde Awarded $424,000 Grant
- Gangaram S. Ladde was awarded a $424,000 three-year grant from the U.S. Army Research Office in Stochastic Modeling. The title of the project is “Network-Centric Stochastic Hybrid Dynamic Time-Event Process Modeling, Methods And Analysis”. The grant includes a Post-Doc position and Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) components.
- Math Major wins $10,000 in Student Healthcare Competition
- Brian Hunter Jackson, an undergraduate mathematics major at USF, won $10,000 for proposing an innovative healthcare idea: managing disease pathology using cloud-based computer analysis. Hunter was the first-place winner in the third annual State of Florida Healthcare Innovation Competition. The goal of the competition is to encourage early-stage healthcare innovation and entrepreneurship in the state of Florida. The judging panel included experts from the fields of education, venture capital, medicine, and patent law and the program partners included Florida Blue, The National Academy of Inventors, and the USF Center for Entrepreneurship.
- Nataa Jonoska Named AAAS Fellow
- Nataa Jonoska is one of five USF faculty members to be named as a 2014 Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Election as an AAAS Fellow is an honor bestowed upon AAAS members by their peers as recognition of their efforts to advance science or its applications. Dr. Jonoska is being honored as part of the Mathematics section for her distinguished contributions to theoretical analysis and experimental verifications in nanoscience, particularly for advancements in understanding information processing in molecular self-assembly.
- Nataa Jonoska Awarded $2 million Grant from the NIH
- Nataa Jonoska was awarded a $2 million five-year grant by the National Institutes of Health for her proposal RNA-guided Rearrangements: Experiments Coupled with Discrete Models. Her Co-Principle Investigators are Masahico Saito of our department and L. F. Landweber of Princeton University's Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology.
- Seung-Yeop Lee and Dmytro Savchuk Awarded Simons Grants
- Seung-Yeop Lee and Dmytro Savchuk each were awarded Collaboration Grants for Mathematicians. Each will receive a five-year $35,000 grant from the Simons Foundation.