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Spring 2018 Promotions

May 2018

Five math department faculty members are receiving promotions.

Lydia de Wolf named the 2018 Sullivan Poetry Award Winner

April 2018

Lydia de Wolf, doctoral student in mathematics, has been named the Sullivan Poetry Award Winner, for her poem, "Solzhenitsyn."

The 3rd Great Plains Combinatorics Conference

April 2018

The 3rd Great Plains Combinatorics Conference (GPCC) was hosted by the Mathematics department at Kansas State University on April 28-29, 2018. The conference attracted more than forty participants from eight different states. Graduate students, including five graduate students from K-State, had the opportunity to present their work during the poster session at the conference.

Dinh-Liem Nguyen wins A&S Faculty Enhancement award

March 2018

The College of Arts and Sciences has announced this year's list of awardees for the Faculty Enhancement Program. Dinh Liem Nguyen was one of eight tenure-earning faculty to win the award. His project is titled "Efficient Inversion Algorithms for Nonlinear Inverse Scattering Problems." The program provides up to $10,000 to help develop research that has the potential of garnering extramural funding and recognition.

USA Math Kangaroo Competition hosted by Math department

March 2018

On March 15, the Department of Mathematics and the Math Circle Seminar hosted the USA Math Kangaroo Competition. Over 50 school-age students participated in this year's event hosted on the campus of KState University. In the US, about 30,000 students participated in Math Kangaroo 2018. This is the third time that KState has hosted this competition.

The event was brought to Manhattan Kansas by Mathematics Graduate students and PhD candidates Lydia de Wolf, and Vincent Newberry; by Mathematics Visiting Assistant Professor Vorrapan Chandee; and by Mathematics Professors Rina Anno, Natasha Rozhkovskaya and Liem Dinh Nguyen. Special thanks are reserved for our staff member Tina Anderson (Graduate Program) for her help and heroic efforts to get everything ready for the event on time.

Nethali Fernando finalist in the Three Minute Thesis competition

February 2018

On February 13, the Graduate School held preliminary competitions (heats) for the annual KState Three Minute Thesis competition. Mathematics graduate student Nethali Fernando was one of 8 presenters (out of 36) that were chosen to compete in the final event. The final competition is free and open to the public, and will take place on February 27 at 5:30pm in the Alumni Center Ballroom. Congratulations are in order!

Nethali Fernando, originally from Sri Lanka, is pursuing a Ph.D. in mathematics. She is a member of the NODE interdisciplinary group on campus lead by Professors Albin and Poggi-Corradini in Mathematics and Professor Scoglio in Electrical and Computer Engineering. Nethali is studying novel metrics on networks that arise from the concept of modulus, which is a new way to measure families of objects on graphs, originally invented in the field of Mathematical Analysis, specifically Complex Analysis.

Five math alumni gave lectures at K-State

January 2018

Five mathematics alumni, a business representative, two of our faculty, a professor emeritus in mathematics from KU, and a staff member were the highlights of the 2017 Undergraduate Lecture Series in Mathematics at Kansas State University. The topics discussed illustrate the impact that mathematics has in the real world, from behavioral economics, to big data, cryptography, physics, chemistry, probability and actuarial science. For more information click on the link below, or look under the fold.

Jaberi-Douraki and Shi's research featured in KState Today

November 2017

Majid Jaberi-Douraki, who holds a dual appointment in the Department of Mathematics and the Institute of Computational and Comparative Medicine at Kansas State University, was featured in KState Today on November 22, 2017. The article describes cutting-edge research on bio-fuels that Jaberi-Douraki is conducting with his Post Doctoral assistant Tracy Shi and with an international and multi-disciplinary team in China. For more information, see the link to the media release:

Tracy Shi New ICCM Postdoc

November 2017

The Department of Mathematics welcomes PostDoc, Tracy Shi. Tracy works in the Institute of Computational Comparative Medicine with Professor Majid Jaberi-Douraki. More specifically, Dr. Shi's research interests focus on modeling complex systems using mathematical and/or computational modeling. "My previous research projects include mathematical and agent-based modeling for simulating cellular interactions during sepsis progression," Tracy says. "The modeling approach is a powerful tool for identifying risk factors for complex systems, and eventually help decision-making for these systems," she adds. Dr. Shi's current research projects aim at understanding the complex mechanism of type 1 diabetes using an agent-based modeling approach.

Dave Auckly receives an NSF INCLUDES grant

October 2017

Dave Auckly received a $300,000 grant from the NSF to help him expand the Navajo Nation Math Circles project to mirror sites that will serve larger populations. This expansion will start with the creation of a similar program in Washington State. Elements of the program include facilitation of open-ended group math explorations, incorporating indigenous knowledge systems; a mathematical visitor program sending mathematicians to schools to work with students and their teachers; inclusion of mathematics in public festivals to increase community mathematical awareness; a two-week summer math camp for students; and teacher development opportunities ranging from workshops to immersion experiences to a mentoring program pairing teachers with mathematicians.

Sickweather CEO Graham Dodge to visit KState

October 2017

The NODE group at KState has invited Graham Dodge, Co-Founder and CEO of the popular Sickweather app, to visit Kansas State University on Friday October 13. Akin to a weather app that warns people about impending bad weather, the Sickweather app scans social networks for indicators of illnesses. "Every day millions of people update social media and health apps with reports about their health or the health of their loved ones," Dodge says. "Likewise, purchasing habits of over the counter medications are revealing how people diagnose and treat their own symptoms. As researchers develop new methods to collect and filter these reports, and turn them into real-time insights for disease surveillance, these novel data are increasingly used to forecast epidemics weeks and months into the future", Graham Dodge adds. As part of the day's activities, Dodge will give a talk titled "Predicting Disease Outbreaks with Novel Data" at 3:00 pm - 3:50 pm which will take place in Engineering Hall 1109.

Yijia Liu New M-Center Postdoc

October 2017

The Department of Mathematics welcomes M-Center PostDoc, Yijia Liu. More specifically, Yijia's research area is at the intersection of algebraic geometry and homological algebra. "I study the derived categories and their relation to classical questions in, for example, birational geometry and Hodge theory," Yijia says. "Recently I have been interested in developing the theory of filtrations of categories," he added. By joining the M-Center, Yijia hopes to learn more symplectic geometry and extend his work to the broader context of homological mirror symmetry.

Xiannan Li receives a Simons Foundation Grant

September 2017

Assistant Professor Xiannan Li received a Collaboration Grant for Mathematicians from the Simons Foundation Division for Mathematics and the Physical Sciences. The grant provides a total of 42,000 USD for 5 years in travel and other research expenses. Xiannan Li works in analytic number theory, specializing in Prime Number Theory and L-functions. He plans to use this grant to continue joint research with collaborators in the US, Canada and the UK, and to support Number Theory in general at KSU.

K-State to host 2017 Midwest Geometry Conference

September 2017

The 2017 Midwest Geometry Conference will take place at Kansas State University November 17 - 19, 2017, with a related colloquium on November 16. The Conference will bring together geometers and geometrical analysists from the Midwest and beyond to share ideas and recent results. Topics represented at the conference may include minimal surfaces, curvature flows, isometric group actions, spaces with curvature bounded from below and geometric topology will also be represented. The conference is organized by: Dave Auckly, Ivan Blank, Catherine Searle and Shihshu Walter Wei.

For more information, to register and apply for funding see:

M is for Math, Museum, and Manhattan, Kansas

September 2017

On Sunday September 24, 2017, from 2:30pm to 3:30pm, Associate Professor Natalia Rozhkovskaya, will present her new book "M is for Math, Museum, and Manhattan, Kansas" at the Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art. The book, addressed to a broad spectrum of readers, is the author's personal encounter and exploration of how mathematics can bring a new understanding to the fine arts.

The presentation will feature four speakers giving short public lectures about science, math, art, and history. The event, extending from 2pm to 4pm, will include math activities for the younger visitors, organized by the staff of the Beach Museum. For more information about the book and presentation, see the following link Everyone is welcome to come, bring family and friends, and help support this vital aspect of the department's outreach commitment in the Manhattan community.

Scott Spencer New Mathematics Postdoc

September 2017

The Department of Mathematics welcomes Scott Spencer as a new postdoc. Scott received his PhD from Georgia Tech under the guidance of Professor Michael Lacey. His research is mainly in Harmonic Analysis. "I work in harmonic analysis and signal processing, particularly where these fields have applications to or from machine learning and probability," Spencer says. "It is very interesting when a deterministic problem can be almost solved, i.e. with high probability, by a random construction," Scott adds. More recently, Scott Spencer has been studying Boolean functions with certain sparse characteristics with the hope of applying his work in compressive sensing to learning Boolean functions.

Victor Turchin receives a Simons Foundation Grant

September 2017

Associate Professor Victor Turchin received a Collaboration Grant for Mathematicians from the Simons Foundation Division for Mathematics and the Physical Sciences. The grant provides a total of 42,000 USD for 5 years in travel and other research expenses. Turchin works at the interface of algebraic topology with several other fields including geometric topology, deformation heory, theory of operads, and topology of subspace arrangements. He plans to use this grant to continue joint research with his collaborators in Sweden, France, Switzerland, Canada, and Russia.

Mikhail Mazin receives a Simons Foundation Grant

September 2017

Assistant Professor Mikhail Mazin received a Collaboration Grant for Mathematicians from the Simons Foundation Division for Mathematics and the Physical Sciences. The grant provides a total of 42,000 USD for 5 years in travel and other research expenses. Mazin's work is in Algebraic and Enumerative Combinatorics, Geometric Representation Theory, and Algebraic Geometry. He plans to use this grant to support the Combinatorics Seminar in the mathematics department and to strengthen the relations between K-State and other research groups in combinatorics and representation theory.

Lino Amorim New Faculty Hire in Geometry

August 2017

The Department of Mathematics welcomes assistant professor Lino Amorim. Lino got his Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Wisconsin and then was hired as a postdoc at the University of Oxford and at Boston University. His research area is Symplectic Geometry. "Most of my research revolves around the interactions between the geometric (Kuranishi spaces) and algebraic structures (A-infinity categories) that serve as foundations for the theory of Fukaya categories", Amorim says. "I am also interested in applications of these to other areas such as Mirror Symmetry and Hamiltonian Dynamics." More recently, professor Amorim started working on Derived Algebraic Geometry and its applications to the study of holomorphic symplectic manifolds.

Dinh-Liem Nguyen New Faculty Hire in Applied Mathematics

August 2017

The Department of Mathematics welcomes assistant professor Dinh-Liem Nguyen. After receiving his PhD in Mathematics from École Polytechnique in France, Dinh-Liem did a postdoc at University of Michigan, and more recently, at University of North Carolina Charlotte. His research area lies at the intersection of inverse problems and imaging, scattering theory and scientific computing. "The field of inverse problems has been one of the fastest growing areas in applied mathematics in the past two decades," Nguyen says. "I am currently working on efficient inversion methods for the inverse problems in scattering theory," he adds. "It is well-known that these inverse problems can be highly nonlinear and ill-posed, which poses substantial challenges in studying their inversion methods." Professor Nguyen is also interested in well-posedness questions and the numerical solution of the forward problems in scattering and wave propagation.

Two K-State teams compete in the 2017 Mathematical Contest in Modeling

June 2017

Two K-State teams competed in the 2017 Mathematical Contest in Modeling (MCM). This is an international contest in applied mathematics organized by COMAP, the Consortium for Mathematics and Its Applications, an award-winning non-profit organization whose mission is to improve mathematics education for students of all ages. Teams of up to three students spend a long weekend working on one of several problems in applied mathematics. In 2017 two teams from Kansas State University competed in this contest: a team composed of Danny Bramucci, Chase Cunningham, and Heather Heier which was given honorable mention; and a second team comprised of Nicholas Donohoue, Aaron Messerla, and Vincent Sylvester.

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