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- USF Rocket Club SOARs Under Manougian's Guidance
- The Society of Aeronautics and Rocketry (SOAR), a student organization at USF with Professor Manougian Manougian as faculty advisor, was recently invited to participate in the 2016–2017 Hybrid Motor Rocket competition sponsored by NASA. This is the second statewide competition, and last year they entered a national competition. They have won awards. Funds have been provided by NASA. Membership in the Society has soared (no pun intended) to well over 140 students.
- CCDS Distinguished Scholar Lecture Series IV
- The first speaker in the Complex Data Systems’ Distinguished Lecture Series for this year is professor Cris Moore (Santa Fe Institute). Professor Moore is a Fellow of the American Mathematical Society and of the American Physical Society, and widely recognized for his contributions to computational complexity theory, network science, and dynamical systems. His public lecture, “Sending Secrets: Security and Cryptography in a Quantum World”, will be delivered in the Marshall Center, MSC 2709, on Thursday October 6, from 5 to 7 PM.
- Jean-François Biasse Awarded Simons Grant
- Dr. Jean-François Biasse was awarded a $35,000 collaborative grant over 5 years from the Simons Foundation. The project is titled “Algorithms in Number Theory, Quantum Information, and Cryptography” and its goal is to investigate algorithms for solving computational problems in number theory and to find quantum-resistant cryptographic schemes to replace the existing ones (which do not feature quantum-safety).
- Kaiqi Xiong Awarded a Series of BBN/NSF Grants
- Dr. Kaiqi Xiong has received several NSF and BBN/NSF grants in cybersecurity research and education totalling approximately $750,000. The topics of his funded projects include: computer security and networking with applications to smartphones, cloud computing, power grids, user behavior analytics with social sciences, and emergency response.
- Vilmos Totik Awarded $100,000 Grant
- Professor Vilmos Totik has received a three-year (100k) NSF award for a project titled “Polynomial Inequalities and Applications”. This research project concerns mathematical analysis, in particular in approximation theory, orthogonal polynomials, and potential theory. Vilmos Totik has an amazing success rate with NSF having been supported continuously for the last 25 years.
- 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).
- 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).
- 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.”
- 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.