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Andy Chermak solves a fundamental open problem in Algebra

July 2014

Professor Andrew Chermak has solved an important open problem at the interface between Algebra and Topology. His breakthrough has given rise to new tools and techniques that go under the name of 'partial groups'. Chermak's article Fusion systems and localities has appeared in ACTA MATHEMATICA, a prestigious and highly selective journal founded in 1882 by the Swedish mathematician Mittag-Leffler. Professor Chermak, with help from K-State postdoctoral fellow Alex Gonzalez, plans to apply his new techniques to the classification theory of finite simple groups and many other open problems in algebra.

Gabriel Kerr receives a Simons Foundation Grant

July 2014

Assistant Professor Gabriel Kerr received a Collaboration Grant for Mathematicians from the Simons Foundation Division for Mathematics and the Physical Sciences. The grant provides 35,000 USD total for 5 years in travel and other research expenses. Kerr's work is in Homological Algebra, Algebraic Geometry, and Symplectic Geometry. He plans to use this grant to strengthen the relationship between the K-state algebra and mirror symmetry research groups with collaborators in Austria, France and South Korea.

SUMaR Closing Conference

July 2014

SUMaR 2014 Math REU will conclude on July 22 with an entirely student-organized conference. The program can be found at

Alexander Rosenberg posthumous papers on Noncommutative Geometry

June 2014

More than 20 scholarly papers by a pioneering Kansas State University mathematics professor have been collected online in a single work by New Prairie Press, the publishing arm of Kansas State University Libraries.

Diego Maldonado receives NSF-DMS award

May 2014

Associate Professor Diego Maldonado receives an NSF-DMS award to support his research on A first-order calculus for the Monge-Ampère quasi-metric structure and its applications to Analysis and PDEs.

The award, in the amount of $166,000, is a three-year standard grant starting on June 1, 2014. Prof. Maldonado is a member of the Analysis research group.

More information on his award can be found here.

Kansas State University chapter of Pi Mu Epsilon inducts new members

May 2014

Pi Mu Epsilon is a national honorary society for mathematics students. It is dedicated to the promotion of mathematics and recognition of students who successfully pursue mathematical understanding.

The advisors of the Kansas State University Chapter are Dave Auckly and Marianne Korten. The new student members inducted this spring are:

Max Goering, Melissa Coats, Ryan Sutton, Anna Armstrong, Fernando Roman, Aaron Messerla, Joseph Sheppard, and Joshua Klarmann.

Congratulations to these students for this honor!

David Auckly receives a grant from the National Security Agency to support the Navajo Nations

May 2014

David Auckly received a Mathematics Education Partnership Program grant from the National Security Agency to support the Navajo Nations Math Circles Project. This grant should provide $50,000 per year for the next five years, to support this outreach program.

Bob Burckel retires after 43 years in the Mathematics Department.

May 2014

Professor Robert B. Burckel is set to retire from the Kansas State University Department of Mathematics after 43 years of service. In his retirement Professor Burckel will remain active in the department. He plans to continue his work as assistant editor of the Mathematical Intelligencer and he intends to finish the revisions to the Second Edition of his masterful book An introduction to classical complex analysis. Vol. 1. We wish Bob many more productive years ahead and thank him for all he has done. Happy retirement Bob!

Anna Zemlyanova receives a Simons Foundation Grant

May 2014

Assistant Professor Anna Zemlyanova received a Collaboration Grant for Mathematicians from the Simons Foundation Division for Mathematics and the Physical Sciences. The grant provides 35,000 USD total for 5 years in travel and other research expenses. Zemlyanova's work is in the theory of elasticity, fluid mechanics, and applied complex analysis. She plans to use the grant to strengthen her current research collaborations with universities across the US and Canada.

Sarah Reznikoff receives NSF support to host the 34th annual Great Plains Operator Theory Symposium (GPOTS 2014)

May 2014

The Department of Mathematics will host the 34th annual Great Plains Operator Theory Symposium (GPOTS 2014). The local organizing committee, comprised of Assistant Professor Sarah Reznikoff, Professor Gabriel Nagy, and Postdoctoral Faculty Jonathan Brown has obtained funding from the National Science Foundation (DMS-1402509) and the William J. Spencer Endowment for Mathematics. The symposium, which has over 125 registered participants from more than one dozen countries, will take place from May 27-31.

Louis Crane to speak about his idea of a black hole propelled starship.

April 2014

The National Space Society has extended an invitation to Professor Louis Crane to give a talk at the Living in Space Track of the upcoming International Space Development Conference (ISDC). Professor Crane in collaboration with KState graduate student Shawn Westmoreland initiated and developed a theoretical idea for a black hole starship that could enable interstellar travel. The talk will take place in Los Angeles on May 16, 2014 and Crane was also asked to participate on a panel discussing possible propulsion systems.

Todd Cochrane receives the College of Arts and Sciences Stamey Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching

April 2014

William L. Stamey is a mathematician who served as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences for seventeen years from 1970-1987. The William L. Stamey Award was established in recognition of Dean Stamey's outstanding record in recruiting excellent faculty to Kansas State University and in recognition of the continuing need to foster excellence in teaching and advising.

Professor Cochrane was recognized for his extraordinary ability to make difficult mathematics clear and for inspiring students to achieve. Cochrane is equally adept at teaching upper-division courses for math majors and introductory service courses. He is committed to his students and always goes the extra mile to be sure students have all the support they need.

Zheng Hao receives Presidential Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching

April 2014

For the second year in a row the Presidential Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching goes to a graduate student in mathematics. This year Zheng Hao has won this University-wide competition. The purpose of this award is to recognize excellence in teaching performance in the undergraduate program, and to provide an incentive to achieve that goal. There are four $2500 awards made each year for excellence in undergraduate teaching. One of these awards goes to a graduate teaching assistant.

New Mathematics Undergraduate Student Research Seminar

April 2014

A group of undergraduate students, veterans in undergraduate research with the I-Center, and active Math Club members, have created the undergraduate student research seminar.

16th annual S. Thomas Parker Mathematics Competition

April 2014

The winners of the 2014 S. Thomas Parker Mathematics Competition are: Jessica McCall, mathematics and biology major, Topeka, first place; Natalie Davis, chemical engineering major, Hutchinson, second-place tie; and Yichao Zhang, chemical engineering major, China, second-place tie.

Joint Math Open House activities 2014

April 2014

This year the I-Center, the Math Club and the Graduate Program inaugurated joint Open House activities in Cardwell Hall.

2013 Putnam Competition results

April 2014

The Kansas State University team finished in the top 25 percent among the 537 colleges and universities and 4,113 students participating in the 2013 Putnam Competition.

OPEN HOUSE DAY - Department of Mathematics

April 2014

On Saturday, April 5, join the activities hosted by the Department of Mathematics in Cardwell Hall.

Professor Auckly is working with colleagues to develop a mathematics outreach program in the Navajo Nation.

April 2014

Capture the flag, the game of set, tesseracts, solar ovens, the braid group, water balloon fight!!! It is the Navajo Nation Math Circle (NNMC). Middle school and high school students from all over the Navajo Nation are encountering math from a new angle these days. The program, which has been very successful in other areas across the country, is finding success on the Navajo Nation as well.

Kansas State University students receive Goldwater Scholarships

April 2014

Kansas State University students Max Goering, senior in mathematics, McPherson, and Christine Spartz, junior in chemistry, Ellington, Conn., are the university's newest Barry M. Goldwater scholars.


April 2014

The Mathematics department has hired two new tenure-track faculty members, Tanya Firsova and Bacim Alali. Both Professor Firsova and Professor Alali will join us in the Fall of 2014. The department received 390 applications for the two positions and is very pleased with the new mathematicians who will be joining us.

Mathematics Students Travel to the Kansas Collegiate Mathematics Competition

March 2014

Melissa Coats , Vance Gaffar, Max Goering, Joshua Klarmann and Fernando Roman will travel to Emporia State University to compete in the Kansas Collegiate Mathematics Competition.

New Faculty Hire in Analysis:

March 2014

The Department of Mathematics is pleased to announce that Tanya Firsova of Stony Brook University will join us in the Fall of 2014 as an Assistant Professor. Firsova works on holomorphic dynamics, Teichmuller theory, multidimensional complex analysis, and dynamical systems.

New Faculty Hire in Applied Mathematics:

March 2014

The Department of Mathematics is pleased to announce that Bacim Alali of Florida State University will join us in the Fall of 2014 as an Assistant professor. Alali models and analyses complex phenomena using multiscale methods for PDEs and integral equations, homogenization methods and optimal design of composite materials, computational mechanics of heterogeneous media, non-local theories, and fracture and fragmentation in composite materials. Alali also works on the mathematics of climate, fracture and melting processes of sea-ice, computer vision, and image processing.

Six math alumni give lectures at K-State

March 2014

Lectures by six mathematics alumni, a visiting biostatistician, a business representative, two of our faculty, and one of our staff were the highlights of the 2013 Undergraduate Lecture Series in Mathematics at Kansas State University.

Is Math Real?

February 2014

Editorial published in The Ohm Newspaper, by Kayla Davis, a student member of the Mathematics Department staff.

Andrew Bennett receives Haimo Award from MAA

January 2014

Professor Andrew Bennett will receive the MAA's Haimo Award for Distinguished College or University Teaching at the Joint Math Meetings in Baltimore in January.

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