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.

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.

https://www.math.ksu.edu/lectures/freshmanseminar/frnews17.html

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:

https://www.k-state.edu/media/newsreleases/2017-11/shi112217.html

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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:
https://www.math.ksu.edu/events/conference/2017_Midwest_Geometry/2017_Midwest_Geometry.html

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 http://www.i70math.com/mmm.htm. 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

May 2017

A new scholarship program is starting in Fall 2017 aimed at increasing K-State’s production of middle and high school math teachers for high need school districts. This is a joint effort between the Department of Curriculum and Instruction and the Department of Mathematics, and funding is provided by a grant from the National Science Foundation’s Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program. For each of the next five years, six undergraduates in their final two years of study will receive a 18,000 USD scholarship, and one graduate student completing a Graduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning will receive a 20,000 USD scholarship. For each year of scholarship money received, a student will be required to teach two years in a high need school. In addition, three freshmen/sophomore math majors that are considering a career in teaching will receive a stipend of up to 3,200 USD to work in a teaching-related internship. Applications and additional information are available at http://coe.k-state.edu/kmtsp/. Students can contact Sherri Martinie (martinie@k-state.edu) or Craig Spencer (cvs@ksu.edu) with any questions.

May 2017

Kansas State University is honoring Yan Soibelman as 2017 university distinguished professor, a lifetime title that is the highest honor the university bestows on its faculty members. Distinguished professors are appointed following a university-wide nomination and evaluation process conducted by the provost. Yan will receive a personalized plaque and medallion at the university's fall 2017 commencement ceremonies. Professor Soibelman is the director of the university's M-Center for Mirror Symmetry and Tropical Geometry. He researches algebra, deformation theory, algebraic geometry, topology, symplectic geometry, representation theory, non-commutative geometry, differential equations, mathematical physics and string theory.

May 2017

On April 29, 2017, the Kansas State team comprised by students Daniel Bramucci, Nicholas Donohoue and Aaron Messerla, and coached by Professor Gabriel Kerr, took first place in the 12th edition of the Kansas Collegiate Mathematics Competition.
Second place went to the KU team and third place to Fort Hays State.
This year's KCMC was held in Lawrence, KS, on the campus of the University of Kansas, in conjunction with the 2017 Kansas MAA Section Meeting. This is a problem-solving contest open to undergraduates from colleges and universities in Kansas. As an example, here is a problem that was given last year: *
Two points are selected randomly in the interval [0,2]. What is the probability that they are within 1/3 of each other?
*

April 2017

On April 26, 2017, Reta McDermott was recognized for her 35 years of service at the fortieth annual recognition ceremony organized by the University Support Staff Senate. Reta has been working in the Department of Mathematics since the summer of 1981. This year's keynote speaker at the ceremony was April Mason, Provost of Kansas State University. Reta was one of a dozen awardees university-wide that were being honored for this achievement. "Reta McDermott always displays the utmost professionalism in her work," Department Head Andrew Bennett notes, "She is a key to the smooth functioning of the office. We have been very fortunate to have her working for us for so long, and we look forward to her contributions for years to come."

April 2017

On April 13, 2017, The Friends of Mathematics Awards Banquet celebrated and recognized the achievements of mathematics students at Kansas State University and beyond. Honor distinguished alumnus Dr. Larry Nelson (1962 MS in Mathematics from KSU) talked about opportunities for mathematics students and remenisced about his involvment with the Apollo project; and Friends of Mathematics lecturer Dr. Eugenia Cheng (Professor of Mathematics at University of Sheffield and School of the Art Institute of Chicago) shared her thoughts on mathematics, food and graphs.

April 2017

Seven Kansas State University students have placed highly in the 77th annual William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition, the most prestigious mathematics contest for undergraduates at colleges and universities in the United States and Canada. According to results released by the Mathematical Association of America, the Kansas State University team finished in the top 18 percent of the 568 colleges and universities and 4,164 students that participated in the competition. The team also had one member who placed in the top 26 percent in the competition: Aaron Messerla, senior in mathematics, Manhattan.

April 2017

The third annual Central States Mathematics Undergraduate Research (CeSMUR) Conference will take place at K-State on April 7-8, 2017. The CeSMUR project now includes the mathematics Department at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, in addition to Kansas State University and Truman State University. CeSMUR will host featured speakers Thomas Kerler from the Ohio State Universisty, and Fabio Milner, from Arizona State University. Professor Milner's participation is sponsored by the Mathematical Biosciences Institute (NSF - OSU). In addition, seven students will present talks on their work in mathematics, biomathematics, and interdisciplinary areas such as statistics and machine learning. The K-State chapter of the Association for Women in Mathematics will host a vita writing workshop, and the mathematics honor society Pi Mu Epsilon and the K-State Math Club, advised by David Auckly, will host mathematical games on Friday evening.

March 2017

Graduate student Nethali Fernando was chosen as the 2017 William L. Richter International Scholarship recipient. This year the International Student and Scholar Office received over 70 applications for its international scholarships. This $500 scholarship was established to honor Dr. Richter, the retired Associate Provost for International Programs. Nethali will be recognized together with other scholarship recipients at the International Talent Show on Sunday, April 9, 2017 at 6:00pm in Forum Hall.

January 2017

Associate Professor Nathan
Albin receives an USDA award to support his research
collaboration with Professors Stephen Welch in Agronomy and David Steward in Civil Engineering
on *Wheat phenome/genome sensing/modeling via microwave scattering inversion.*
The award is a two-years EAGER grant starting on December 1, 2016, in the amount of $300,000.

January 2017

Anna Zemlyanova is the newly appointed vice-president of the SIAM Central States Section, which was formed in 2014 to serve SIAM members in Arkansas, Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, and Oklahoma. The purpose of this section is to enhance the communication among the section members, promote the collaboration for both basic research and applications of mathematics to industry and science, represent applied and computational mathematics in the entire proposed central region, and support the SIAM mission in the central region of the USA.

December 2016

Craig Spencer, associate professor of mathematics, and Joshua Brummer, graduate teaching assistant in the mathematics department, are two of four winners of the 2016 College of Arts and Sciences William L. Stamey Award for undergraduate teaching. They were recognized for outstanding teaching and/or advising practices within the college. William L. Stamey is a mathematician and served as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences for 17 years from 1970-1987. The College of Arts and Sciences established the Stamey Awards in recognition of 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. The awardees were recognized during the Arts and Sciences commencement ceremony Saturday, Dec. 10, at Bramlage Coliseum.

November 2016

Xiannan Li and his co-author Roger Heath-Brown of Oxford University have recently solved a problem about prime numbers that may shed light on other problems that are currently considered intractable. Prime numbers are the building blocks of elementary arithmetics. Every child learns how to factor whole numbers as product of primes such as $2,3,5,7,11,13,...$, see here for a longer list. Primes have the property that they cannot be factored any further and a lot is known about them. For instance it is known that there are infinitely many primes, "they go on forever", even though they become rarer and rarer as they get bigger. Large primes are valuable in the field of cryptography and underlie many of our methods for guaranteeing privacy on the internet.

November 2016

The Navajo Math Circle documentary which includes an interview with Dave Auckly, will air on Sunday, November 13, on the local PBS station KTWU at 4:00 p.m. This is the outreach program that Dave Auckly co-founded and co-directs. The documentary reveals the challenges in education on the Navajo Nation and looks at a new approach for improving the mathematical skills of students. The Navajo Math Circles project summons applications of math in Native culture to provide tools for increasing math literacy, and highlights the special connections between Navajo culture, natural beauty and mathematics. The film shows how math circles help raise the hopes of parents, students and teachers for a brighter future.

November 2016

Louis Crane is featured in a one-hour long conversation with Robert Wright of Bloggingheads.tv, author of *The evolution of God* and *Nonzero*. The conversation ranges over a circle of ideas that Crane has been developing since the 1990's, and that go under the name of the meduso-anthropic principle.
Briefly stated the goal is to find an explanation as to why most universes have coupling constants fine tuned to produce intelligent life. As Crane explains, "there may be a process of natural selection on a cosmic scale", the key hypothesis is that civilizations eventually produce black holes which produce new universes.

October 2016

Department Head Andy Bennett, interviewed by the Kansas State Collegian, shares his love for mathematics. Bennett quotes Galileo, "Mathematics is the language with which God has written the universe," and adds "to do pure mathematics is to read God's poetry. Pure mathematics is the greatest intellectual joy that you can have." The Collegian profile of Professor Bennett goes on to quote several faculty and students, both within the Mathematics department and across campus.

October 2016

Marianne Korten was featured on the cover of the October 2016 issue of the Notices of the American Mathematical Society, as part of the celebrations for the National Hispanic Heritage Month. A full profile of Professor Korten can be found on the site Latin@s and Hispanic in the Mathematical Sciences, which featured one mathematician of hispanic heritage per day for a month, starting on September 15. The article on Professor Korten, featured on September 26, recounts the remarkable path that took Marianne from a childhood spent in a remote part of Patagonia, to the capital of Argentina Buenos Aires, to Europe, and eventually to Kansas State.

October 2016

Zongzhu Lin is the winner of the Kansas State University Commerce Bank and W.T. Kemper Foundation Distinguished Graduate Faculty Award. Lin has been a Professor at Kansas State since 1993, and a full professor since 2002. A member of the Algebra group in the Department of Mathematics, the focus of his research is in representation theory of algebraic groups, quantum groups and Lie algebras. Zongzhu Lin has been supported by numerous grants from the National Science Foundation and the National Security Agency. He was a member of the Mathematical Science Research Institute and program director at the National Science Foundation from 2008-2011, and he is a member of the American Mathematical Society.

September 2016

The Department of Mathematics welcomes M-Center PostDoc Rina Anno. More specifically, Rina's research area is at the intersection of algebraic geometry, representation theory, and category theory. "I study the categories that are associated to geometric objects, mostly derived categories of sheaves, and related DG and A-infinity categories," Rina says. "I am especially interested in functors between these objects and some algebraic structures that they generate, such as categorifications of group and algebra representations," she added. Since joining the M-Center, Rina has been learning symplectic geometry and Fukaya categories to extend her work to the broader context of homological mirror symmetry.

September 2016

The Department of Mathematics welcomes assistant professor Rustam Sadykov. More specifically, Rustam's research area is algebraic and geometric topology. "Currently I am working on a version of the h-principle that solves differential relations by means of stable homotopy theory", Rustam says. The h-principle, short for the homotopy-principle, is a method introduced by the famous Russian mathematician Mikhail Gromov to solve partial differential equations, and more generally partial differential relations. "It turns out that often the moduli space of solutions to a given differential relation has a rich structure of an H-space with coherent operation which makes it possible to apply the machinery of stable homotopy theory to perform explicit computations. I am particularly interested in invariants of moduli spaces of solutions to differential relations that come from singularity theory," Rustam adds.

September 2016

The Department of Mathematics welcomes assistant professor Xiannan Li. A Stanford Ph.D., Xiannan became a JL Doob Research Assistant Professor at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and then a postdoctoral fellow at University of Oxford. His research area is analytic number theory. "So far, I have worked on L-functions and the arithmetic objects attached to them, as well as in sieve theory and prime number theory," Xiannan says. This area is famous for having old, simply stated, and extremely difficult problems, but it has seen some exciting new advances in recent decades. "There are deep connections to various areas of analysis, algebra and representation theory," he adds.

July 2016

This year's REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates) directed by Professors Marianne Korten and David Yetter is coming to a close. The 14 students participating in this year's program have organized a conference that will take place on Tuesday July 26, in which they will present the results of their work. The five teams were mentored by Marianne Korten, David Yetter, Nathan Albin, Danny Crytser and Luke Williams. The complete schedule of talks is here.

May 2016

On April 14, 2016, The Friends of Mathematics Awards Banquet celebrated and recognized the achievements of mathematics students at Kansas State University and beyond. In addition, honor alumnus Dr. Gary Bitter (1962 BS in Mathematics from KSU) gave a talk on the last 70 years of mathematics education; and Friends of Mathematics lecturer Dr. Paul Muhly (Professor of Mathematics at University of Iowa) shared his thoughts on training mathematicians.

May 2016

Four Kansas State University students have placed highly in an international mathematics competition. The Mathematical Association of America has released results from the 76th annual Putnam Mathematical Competition, the most prestigious mathematics contest for undergraduates at colleges and universities in the United States and Canada.

The Kansas State University team finished in the top 24 percent of the 554 colleges and universities and 4,275 students that participated in the competition. The university team also had one member who placed in the top 22 percent in the competition: Tristan Wells Filbert, senior in mathematics and physics, Wichita.

April 2016

The University Support Staff Senate extended an invitation to Debra Webb for her to stand and be recognized when announced with other peers for her 30 years of service to Kansas State University, on Wednesday, April 27, 2016, at 2:00 p.m. in the K-State Student Union Main Ballroom. This year's program includes guest speaker Cindy Bontrager, Vice President of Administration & Finance. The recognition program includes years of service with K-State during the year 2015; recognize retirees for the year 2015; Employees of the Year; and K-State University Support Staff Award of Excellence recipients. Door prizes will be awarded and a reception will follow the ceremony.

April 2016

Professor Auckly was the co-founder and is co-director of the Navajo Nation Math Circles Project. He started work on this project with Tatiana Shubin in January 2011. Zala films spent two years following the project and produced a documentary film called Navajo Math Circles. A trailer of the film may be viewed at http://www.zalafilms.com/navajo/about.html. A showing of the film will take place Wednesday, April 20 at 7:00 pm in the Big 12 room of the student union on the K-State campus.

April 2016

On Saturday April 16, 45 school-age students participated in the 20th Manhattan Mathematical Olympiad, hosted by the Department of Mathematics on the campus of Kansas State University, as part of the Open House festivities. The participants came from all over the state of Kansas, including Topeka, Wamego, Lenexa, Overland Park, Ulysses, Manhattan, and Fort Riley. The students had three full hours to wrack their brains on problems ranging from how to cover a chessboard with 3-by-1 triminos to questions about triples of numbers whose sum equals their product.

April 2016

Kansas State University student Aaron Messerla, senior in mathematics, Manhattan, is a Goldwater scholar honorable mention. Messerla is currently pursuing two different projects, one with Professor Gabriel Kerr and one with Professor David Auckly. After completing his undergraduate studies, he plans to attend graduate school and study pure mathematics. Messerla is a member of Pi Mu Epsilon math honor society and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. He also is a mathematics department I-Center Scholar and a member of the university's Concert Band and Cat Band. He has received a College of Arts & Sciences Undergraduate Research Scholarship, Putnam Scholarship, Fort Riley Combined Scholarship, James R. Foster Jr. Memorial Arts and Sciences Scholarship, Thomas L. and Elouise J. Miller Scholarship for Excellence in Mathematics, Riley County 4-H Foundation Scholarship and the Mary Lou Gibbs State 4-H Scholarship. A 2012 graduate of Riley County High School, Riley, he is the son of Dave and Dawn Messerla, Manhattan.

March 2016

On March 17, over 40 school-age students participated in the 2016 USA Math Kangaroo Competition, hosted on the campus of Kansas State University by the Department of Mathematics and the Math Circle Seminar at KSU. In the US, about 24,000 students participated in Math Kangaroo 2016 at 514 Math Kangaroo Centers. However, this is an international event, and over 6,000,000 participants in about 60 countries are expected to participate in Math Kangaroo 2016 worldwide. The wonderful team of organizers that brought this event to Manhattan KS consists of Mathematics Graduate student and PhD candidate Ashok Aryal, Mathematics Post-doctoral Visiting Assistant Professors Emily Norton and Alex Gonzalez de Miguel, Mathematics Professor Natasha Rozhkovskaya and ELP Graduate student Lina Metlevskiene. Special thanks are reserved for staff members Tina Anderson (Graduate Program) and Debra Webb (Undergraduate Program) for their help and heroic efforts to get everything ready for the event on time.

February 2016

Registration for the S. Thomas Parker Math Competition is now open (there is no fee). Anyone who is enrolled full time at K-State and in the first two years of college is eligible and encouraged to register. Participants will be given three hours to solve five problems, ranging from high school level to the first two years of collegiate mathematics. The competition will take place Saturday, March 5 2016 from 9:00 to noon. To register go to https://www.math.ksu.edu/events/parker-mathcomp/register.html.

February 2016

Professor Yan Soibelman, Director of the M-Center in the Department of Mathematics at K-State, announced two high-level international agreements of collaboration: one with SwissMAP in Switzerland, and one with IHES in France.

The M-Center in the Department of Mathematics at Kansas State University supports and promotes research in mathematical questions arising from string theory, in which mirror symmetry and tropical geometry play a central role. International collaboration has been one of its main goals from its inception.

November 2015

The Department of Mathematics welcomes assistant professor Majid Jaberi-Douraki, previously a postdocoral research associate in the Center for Nonlinear Dynamics, at McGill University, in Montreal Canada. This Fall 2015, Majid started a joint appointment in the Department of Mathematics and the Institute of Computational Comparative Medicine on the KState campus. His interests lie in developing biological and epidemiological models. He is an expert in dynamical systems, control theory and numerical analysis. More precisely, Professor Jaberi-Douraki studies autoimmune and infectious diseases, mechanisms of relapse-remission, protein folding in endoplasmic reticulum, pathogen-host dynamics, and age-structured modelling, as well as optimal control strategies, and vaccination/treatment/isolation policies.

September 2015

The Department of Mathematics welcomes assistant professor Misha Mazin. Although his Ph.D. thesis dealt with multidimensional residues theory, he currently works in Algebraic Combinatorics, more specifically rational slope versions of Catalan and parking functions. Mazin adds, "This is a relatively new, fast growing area, with many interesting open problems. It enjoys numerous connections to different fields of mathematics: symmetric functions and Macdonald polynomials, hyperplane arrangements and affine symmetric groups, Hilbert schemes, affine Springer fibers, representation theory of Cherednik algebras, and even knot invariants."

September 2015

MANHATTAN -- Several leading experts on aspects of mathematics in material science will be the featured speakers at the thirteenth annual Prairie Analysis Seminar at Kansas State University. The conference, which is free and open to the public, starts at noon on Friday, Sept. 25, and continues all day Saturday Sept. 26, in Cardwell Hall. It is sponsored by the mathematics departments of K-State and the University of Kansas. The meeting is supported by a grant by the National Science Foundation and by K-State's Isidore and Hilda Dressler Endowment for the Enrichment of Mathematics.

September 2015

The Department of Mathematics welcomes assistant professor Liza Ihnatsyeva, previously a postdocoral researcher at the University of Jyväskylä in Finland. Liza joined our department this Fall 2015. Her interests lie in functional analysis, geometric analysis, and analysis on metric measure spaces. In particular, she studies function spaces such as Sobolev and Besov spaces, and other spaces of "smooth" functions, paying attention to embedding theorems, trace theorems, fine properties, Hardy-type inequalities, and fractional Sobolev-Poincaré inequalities. She is also interested in generalizing results from the Euclidean setting to more general metric measure spaces. In this context, she studied the notion of approximate differentiability on metric spaces, as well as function spaces on Ahlfors regular subsets of Euclidean spaces.

September 2015

Assistant Professor Nathan Albin receives an NSF-DMS award to support his research on *p-Modulus on Networks with Applications to the Study of Epidemics.* This is an interdisciplinary project that includes Pietro Poggi-Corradini (Math) and Caterina Scoglio (ECE) as CoPIs.

The award is a three-year continuing grant starting on September 15, 2015, in the amount of $504,567.

More information on Albin's award can be found here.

September 2015

Associate Professor Natasha Rozhkovskaya is interviewed by Anna Kuchment, a contributing editor at Scientific American and a staff science writer at The Dallas Morning News. The exchange appears online on the Scientific American blog page.

Natasha leads a math circle at Kansas State University consisting of 2 age groups: the first up through 4th grade; and the second for 5th and 6th graders. There are 25 children in the youngest group and 10 in the older group, who attend on a regular basis. Each group meets every two weeks.

July 2015

Assistant Professor Tanya Firsova receives an NSF-DMS award to support her research on *
Holomorphic Dynamics in one and several variables.*

The award is a three-year continuing grant starting on July 1, 2015, in the amount of $119,998.

More information on Firsova's award can be found here.

July 2015

Associate Professor Natasha Rozhkovskaya was invited to give a mini course of six lectures on quantum groups and quantum affine algebras at CIMPA South Africa research school. The International Center for Pure and Applied Mathematics (CIMPA) is an international organization that promotes Mathematics in developing countries. CIMPA is sponsored by UNESCO and supported by the Ministère de l'enseignement supérieur et de la recherche (France), the University of Nice-Sophia Antipolis (France), the Ministerio de Ciencias e Innovación (Spain) and the Centre national de la recherche scientifique (France). The Research School on Algebraic Representation Theory will be hosted by the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences in Muizenberg, South Africa in July of 2015.

June 2015

Associate Professor Virginia Naibo receives an NSF-DMS award to support her research on *Methods and Applications for Bilinear Operators.*

The award is a three-year continuing grant starting on July 1, 2015, in the amount of $174,860 ($115,463 FY15-FY16; $59,397 FY17).

More information on Naibo's award can be found here.

May 2015

Zijian Li was nominated by the mathematics faculty to be this year's Outstanding Senior. The award was presented to Zijian by Department Head Andy Bennett at the annual Friends of Mathematics banquet. Zijian works with Professor Hrant Hakobyan and has been supported by the I-Center, as well as by an Arts & Sciences Undergraduate Research Award. In April 2015, Zijian traveled to Rolla, MO, with a group of faculty and students from KState, and gave a talk in the First Annual Meeting of SIAM Central States Section, titled *"Pointwise quasisymmetric minimality of Gibbs-Like Measures"*. Next Fall Zijian Li will be pursuing graduate studies in mathematics at the University of Washington in Seattle.

April 2015

Kansas State University student Aaron Messerla, junior in mathematics, Manhattan, is a Goldwater scholar honorable mention. Messerla has an active research project and after completing his undergraduate studies, plans to attend graduate school and study pure mathematics. Messerla is a member of Pi Mu Epsilon math honor society and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. He also is a mathematics department I-Center Scholar and a member of the university's Concert Band and Cat Band. He has received a College of Arts & Sciences Undergraduate Research Scholarship, Putnam Scholarship, Fort Riley Combined Scholarship, James R. Foster Jr. Memorial Arts and Sciences Scholarship, Thomas L. and Elouise J. Miller Scholarship for Excellence in Mathematics, Riley County 4-H Foundation Scholarship and the Mary Lou Gibbs State 4-H Scholarship. A 2012 graduate of Riley County High School, Riley, he is the son of Dave and Dawn Messerla, Manhattan.

April 2015

Eight Kansas State University students have placed highly in the Putnam competition. The Mathematical Association of America has released results from the 75th annual Putnam Mathematical Competition, the most prestigious mathematics contest for undergraduates at colleges and universities in Canada and the United States. The Kansas State University team finished in the top 20 percent of the 577 colleges and universities and 4,320 students that participated in the competition. The university team also had one member who placed in the top 22 percent in the competition: Fernando Roman, senior in mathematics, Toa Alta, Puerto Rico.

April 2015

Five Kansas State students placed at the top in the 2015 S. Thomas Parker Mathematics Competition: Aaron Messerla, mathematics major, took first place. Three students tied for second place: Nicholas Donohoue, mathematics and physics major; Jessica McCall, mathematics and biology major; and Natasha Graham, physics major. Finally, Sarah Featherstone, chemical engineering major, took third place. Awards will be presented Tuesday, April 14 at the annual Friends of Mathematics Banquet. Each Parker competition winner will receive a cash award and two certificates: a personal certificate and a framed certificate for the student organization of his or her choice that honors the achievement.

March 2015

A K-State team comprising Max Goering, Joshua Klarmann, and Aaron Messerla placed second in the Kansas Collegiate Mathematics Competition, held at Fort Scott Community College on March 27-28, 2015, in conjunction with the 100th meeting of the Kansas Section of the MAA. Max Goering also presented his paper "Inventory accumulation and quadrangulations of the sphere" at the meeting, for which he received a $50 prize.

March 2015

The first annual Central States Mathematics Undergraduate Research (CeSMUR) Conference took place at K-State on February 27-28, 2015. CeSMUR, a joint project of Kansas State University and Truman State University, will annually provide undergraduates who are engaged in mathematical research projects the opportunity to present their work to peers and faculty from Kansas, Missouri, and neighboring states.

February 2015

Messerla, a sophomore in mathematics and music, is working with David Auckly, professor of mathematics, on a dance program that depicts a specific class of geometric shapes using ropes. He is a member of Pi Mu Epsilon math honor society and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. He also is a mathematics department I-Center Scholar and a member of the university's Concert Band and Cat Band. He has received a College of Arts & Sciences Undergraduate Research Scholarship, Putnam Scholarship, Fort Riley Combined Scholarship, James R. Foster Jr. Memorial Arts and Sciences Scholarship, Thomas L. and Elouise J. Miller Scholarship for Excellence in Mathematics, Riley County 4-H Foundation Scholarship and the Mary Lou Gibbs State 4-H Scholarship. A 2012 graduate of Riley County High School, Riley, he is the son of Dave and Dawn Messerla, Manhattan.

January 2015

Dave Auckly is collaborating with Hee Jung Kim, Paul Melvin, and Danny Ruberman to better understand the structure of surfaces in four-dimensional spaces. In a paper to appear in the next issue of the Journal of the London Math Society they describe pair of embedded spheres that may be continuously deformed into each other, but crinkles must appear at some point in the deformation. When a worm-hole is added to the space, the spheres may be deformed into each other without crinkles at some point in the deformation.
Auckly and his collaborators will make several extended visits to the American Institute of Mathematics over the next few years to extend this research.

November 2014

Professor Auckly has another puzzle in the New York Times NumberPlay this week, see here. The story of the puzzle is about trading sheep in the Navajo Nation. This puzzle is easier than the last one he contributed to NumberPlay, see here . Dr Auckly used a version of the sheep puzzle at the summer math camp that he helped run on the Navajo Nation this past summer. This particular puzzle is suitable for use with elementary school students. Indeed groups of fourth graders have had fun playing with it.

October 2014

Paul Laugesen, who was commissioned by the K-State Air Force ROTC program and graduated with a bachelor's degree in mathematics in 1983, received the Alumni Merit Award during the fifth annual Eisenhower Circle Celebration on Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014.

Established in 2010, the Eisenhower Circle Celebration is a special event recognizing the college's alumni award recipients, student scholarship winners and loyal alumni and friends who give $250 or more to the college annually.

"Paul has excelled in his service to our nation as a defense intelligence senior executive, making him one of the university's highest-ranking government alumni," Andy Bennett said. "He is a model for our students who aspire to both academic excellence and public service."

October 2014

Assistant Professor Roman Fedorov receives an NSF-DMS award to support his research on *
Principal bundles on local schemes and a duality for Hitchin systems.*

The award, in the amount of $157,000, is a three-year standard grant starting on July 1, 2014. Prof. Fedorov is a member of the Mirror Symmetry & Tropical Geometry Research Center, also known as the M-Center.

More information on his award can be found here.

October 2014

Fernando Roman, I-Center scholar supported by an Arts & Sciences Undergraduate Research Scholarship, has been nominated by K-State for the Rhodes and Marshall national scholarship competitions. Rhodes scholarships are awarded to 32 students each year and provide full funding for one or two years of study at Oxford University in England. Marshall scholarships are awarded to as many as 40 students each year and provide full funding for one or two years of study at most universities in the U.K. Nominees selected as competition finalists for either scholarship will interview in November.

September 2014

The paper *Is The List of Incomplete Open Cubes Complete?*, co-authored by
former K-State mathematics graduate student Michael Reb and his advisor
Dr. Natasha Rozhkovskaya, will appear in the special issue "Rule-Based
Design" (vol. 17, no. 3) of the Nexus Network Journal. The Nexus Network
Journal is a peer-reviewed interdisciplinary journal dedicated to
relationships between architecture and mathematics. Michael Reb graduated
with a Master Degree in Mathematics in 2013. His research project was dedicated to the
properties of embeddings of cubical graphs. Rozhkovskaya and Reb were able to apply
this area of combinatorics to give a mathematical description of the famous
artwork *Incomplete Open Cubes* by prominent American conceptual
artist Solomon LeWitt (1928 -2007). The paper summarizes the graph
theory approach to the artist's project and answers
several important questions posed by art scholars several decades ago.

August 2014

Goldwater recipient Max Goering traveled to the MathFest conference in Portland, Oregon, to give
a presentation on his paper *Modulus of Families of Walks on Graphs* that he co-authored with Professors Nathan Albin and Pietro Poggi-Corradini, as well as ECE Ph.D. Faryad Darabi Sahneh. During the award banquet Goering was one of a dozen speakers, out of approximately 240 speakers, to be recognized
with the 'Pi Mu Epsilon student speaker award'.

August 2014

Fernando Roman, I-Center scholar supported by an Arts & Sciences Undergraduate Research Scholarship, has been invited to give a talk in the prestigious Young Mathematicians Conference at Ohio State University. He will present his work on backward-shift realizations of rational discrete analytic functions, performed under the supervision of Professor Dan Volok, associate director of the I-Center. Fernando will also speak at Mathfest, the national conference of the honorary mathematical society Pi Mu Epsilon. In addition, this summer, Fernando participated in the mathematics REU (Research Experiences for Undergraduates) at MSRI, the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute in Berkeley. Together with Hadrian Quan and Michole Washington, under the direction of Victor Moll (Tulane), they have generalized a recent result of Jean Paul Allouche on infinite products in automatic sequences. Roman will present this work at the upcoming National Conference of the Society for Advancement of Hispanics/Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) in October (with funding from MSRI), as well as at the annual Joint AMS/MAA Meeting in San Antonio, in January 2015.

August 2014

Professor Auckly had a puzzle in the New York Times NumberPlay this past Spring.
NumberPlay puzzles are inspired by many sources and are reported by Gary Antonick. They are generally mathematical or logical problems, with occasional forays into physics and other branches of science.
The May 26, 2014 NumberPlay is titled Dave Auckly's Crunched Charms.
Check it out
here
and see if you can help Dave fix his broken charm(s). Dave was inspired to create this
puzzle while writing a recent research paper on 3-manifolds. The paper has appeared
in the Journal of Knot Theory and its Ramifications.

August 2014

I-Center scholar Zijian Li, whose work is supported by an Arts & Sciences Undergraduate Research Award, was invited to give a talk about his work at the upcoming Young Mathematicians Conference (YMC) at Ohio State University, August 22-24 2014. The YMC is the most competitive venue in the country for research carried out by undergraduate mathematics students. Only about 65 students are invited each year. His faculty mentor is Professor Hrant Hakobyan. Zijian Li is a senior, and plans to pursue doctoral studies in Mathematics. A transfer student from South China Normal University, he is originally from Guangzhou, China.

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.

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.

July 2014

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

http://www.math.ksu.edu/reu/sumar/SUMaR_2014Conference_Schedule.pdf

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.

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.

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!

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

April 2014

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

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.

April 2014

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

February 2014

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

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.

May 2013

Nine math undergraduate students and four math graduate students were awarded I-Center research scholarships during the 2012-2013 academic year. They are finishing up their research projects.

May 2013

Math Graduate Teaching Assistant Vincent Pigno receives the Presidential Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. 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.

March 2013

Lectures by nine mathematics *alumni*, one of our faculty, one of our staff, a visiting mathematician, and a business representative were the highlights of the 2012 Undergraduate Lecture Series in Mathematics at Kansas State University.

March 2013

Alexander Rosenberg Memorial Conference will take place March 5 - 6, 2013, Manhattan, Kansas.

February 2013

The 3rd Graduate Research Conference in Algebra and Representation Theory will take place on April 12 -14, 2013.The conference will feature talks by graduate students working in algebra and representation theory and invited lectures given by Professor V. Futorny (Universidade de Sao Paulo) and Professor E. Poletaeva (University of Texas-Pan American). The event is hosted by K-State math graduate students. The support is provided by NSF grant DMS-1315268 and by the Department of Mathematics at Kansas State University. For more information visit webpage of the conference

January 2013

During June 17-21, 2013, the Department of Mathematics will host an NSF-CBMS Regional Research Conference in Mathematical Sciences on The Global Behavior of Solutions to Critical Nonlinear Wave Equations with Professor Carlos Kenig (University of Chicago) as main speaker. In addition to Professor Kenig's ten lectures, invited talks will be delivered by other experts in these fields. Registration is now open.

May 2012

Starting in Fall 2012, the Department of Mathematics will offer a Graduate Certificate in Applied Mathematics program. This 12-credit interdisciplinary Certificate program integrates the Departments of Mathematics, Statistics, Civil Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering.

May 2012

Math Graduate Teaching Assistant Santosh Ghimire receives the spring 2012 KSU Graduate Student Council Award for Graduate Student Teaching Excellence in the doctoral category.

April 2012

Assistant Professor Sarah Reznikoff receives an NSF-DMS award to support her research on Graph C*-algebras, special subalgebras, and applications.

April 2012

Professor Pietro Poggi-Corradini receives an NSF-DMS award to support his research on Problems in Function Theory with Applications.

April 2012

The 2012 Kansas Section Meeting of the Mathematical Association of America will be held on Friday and Saturday, April 13th and 14th, at Kansas State University.

March 2012

Lectures by ten mathematics alumni and three of our faculty and staff were the highlights of the 2011 Undergraduate Lecture Series in Mathematics at Kansas State University.

February 2012

Mathematics faculty will organize five special sessions at the regional American Mathematical Society meeting in Lawrence this Spring.

January 2012

Professor Andy Bennett receives the 2012 MAA Kansas Section Award for Distinguished College or University Teaching of Mathematics.

January 2012

Assistant Professor Nathan Albin receives a KSU Faculty Development Award; an award from the KSU Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activities Faculty Enhancement Program; and an Air Force STTR subaward.

December 2011

Associate Professor and I-Center Director Virginia Naibo has been featured in the sesquicentennial educational project **Science in Kansasâ150 years and counting** sponsored by the Ad Astra Kansas Initiative.

October 2011

The program "The Geometry of Topological D-Branes, Categories and Applications" will take place in Vienna.

October 2011

The first one to support his research; the second one to organize a conference in campus this Fall.

September 2011

Dakota Bixler, Joshua Ericson, Na Long, Brian Moore, Vincent Pigno, Shane Scott, Stephanie Stoway, and Hainan Zhang are I-Center Scholars for Fall 2011.

September 2011

Derrick Hart and Zheng Hua join the Department as I-Center and M-Center Postdocs.

September 2011

Nathan Albin and Roman Fedorov join the Department as tenure-track faculty

September 2011

A conference devoted to geometric and algebraic aspects of mirror symmetry will be held at Kansas State University, November 3-6, 2011.

June 2011

Professor and M-Center Director Yan Soibelman receives an NSF-DMS award to support his research program on Cohomological Hall algebra and motivic Donaldson-Thomas invariants.

June 2011

Associate Professor and I-Center Director Virginia Naibo receives an NSF-DMS award to support her research program on Bilinear techniques in time-frequency and real analysis.

June 2011

Assistant Professor Hrant Hakobyan receives an NSF Epscor First Award to support his research program on Quasiconformal Geometry of Fractal Spaces.

June 2011

Lectures by nine mathematics *alumni*, three visiting professors, and two of our faculty and staff were the highlights of the 2010 Undergraduate Lecture Series in Mathematics at Kansas State University.

May 2011

The first conference to be held in Italy, July 2-8; the second one in Croatia, July 11-15.

April 2011

Kansas State University mathematics graduate Jeffrey Hicks is among 2,000 students nationally to receive a 2011 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.

April 2011

I-Center scholars Joshua Ericson and Hainan Zhang and Professor Pietro Poggi-Corradini examine how epidemics are spread in rural communities and how they can be effectively controlled.

April 2011

Two teams of Kansas State University students successfully participated in the 2011 Mathematical Contest in Modeling, among 2,775 teams representing institutions from sixteen countries.

April 2011

Pietro Poggi-Corradini will give three lectures on Random Walks and Electrical Networks hosted by the Center for Complex Network Approach to Epidemic Modeling and Simulation (EpiCenter).

April 2011

Garrett Alston is invited speaker at two prestigious international research conferences this Summer

March 2011

James Bailey, Brian Bishof, Eric Bunch, Joshua Ericson, Ya Gao, and Yuan Yan are I-Center Scholars for Spring 2011.

March 2011

Professors Ricardo Castano-Bernard, Gerald Hoehn and Virginia Naibo have been promoted to Associate Professor with tenure. Congratulations!

March 2011

Kansas State University mathematics students came up with multiple victories at the recent 2011 Kansas Collegiate Mathematics Competition.

February 2011

Four Kansas State University students will compete for 2011 Barry M. Goldwater Scholarships. The students include: Sterling Braun, Fort Scott; Joshua Ericson, Junction City; Gage Brummer, Prairie Village; and Angela Grommet, Wichita.

January 2011

The Center for Mirror Symmetry & Tropical Geometry (M-Center) opens

January 2011

The Department of Mathematics congratulates Professor Andrew Chermak on his recent article "A group-theoretic approach to a family of 2-local finite groups constructed by Levi and Oliver", Ann. of Math. (2) 171 (2010), no. 2, 881â978, in collaboration with Michael Aschbacher. Prof. Chermak adds to the list of current members of our Department to have authored or coauthored Annals papers, including Prof. Louis Pigno (Harmonic Analysis) and Prof. Alex Rosenberg (Noncommutative Algebraic Geometry & Representation Theory).

December 2010

Assistant Professor Hrant Hakobyan has been awarded the 2010 Emil Artin Junior Prize in Mathematics. Hakobyan was chosen for his joint paper with David A. Herron, âEuclidean quasiconvexityâ, published in the Annales AcademiÃ¦ Scientiarum FennicÃ¦ Mathematica 33 (2008), 205â230.

October 2010

Joshua Ericson, Perla Salazar, and Hainan Zhang are I-Center Scholars for Fall 2010.

July 2010

Our department will host the REU: Summer Undergraduate Mathematics Research at K-State (SUMaR) during the upcoming three summers.

July 2010

Lectures by ten mathematics alumni, a visiting professor, and two of our faculty and staff were the highlights of the 2009 Undergraduate Lecture Series in Mathematics at Kansas State University.

April 2010

Perla Salazar is the recipient of a Waldemar J. Trjitzinsky Scholarship awarded under the auspices of the American Mathematical Society.

April 2010

Joshua Ericson, Jonathan Stacks, and Brian Tierney are I-Center Scholars for Spring 2010.

April 2010

Two teams of Kansas State University students successfully participated in the 2010 Mathematical Contest in Modeling, among 2,254 teams representing institutions from thirteen countries.

April 2010

Kansas State University student Shane Scott is among 278 students nationally to win a 2010 Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship.

July 2009

Lectures by ten mathematics alumni, a visiting professor, and three of our faculty and staff were the highlights of the 2008 Undergraduate Lecture Series in Mathematics at Kansas State University.

July 2009

K-State student Mike Reppert is among 1,500 students to win a 2009 Fulbright Scholarship.

May 2009

A K-State student finished first and a K-State team tied for first in the 2009 Kansas Collegiate Mathematics Competition.

April 2009

Mike Reppert received a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship.

April 2009

This award has been established to recognize outstanding individual contributions in research for the purpose of the discovery and creation of new knowledge at KSU.

April 2009

The scholarship recruits civilian scientists and engineers to work for the department and is for students that demonstrate potential for a successful career in research and development.

March 2009

The KSU department of mathematics will host the The Second Graduate Research Conference in Algebra and Representation theory (May 24-May 25,2009). Invited speakers: Prof. A.Kirillov, University of Pennsylvania Prof. Y.Sommerhauser, University of South Alabama For more information visit the website This conference is supported by the National Science Foundation, grant DMS 0914836

March 2009

In the end of March,2009 Pierre Schapira (Paris VI) will give a mini course on Index Theorems for DQ modules. He will also deliver the TWENTIETH HARRY E. VALENTINE LECTURE on Algebraic Analysis and Microlocal Analysis. Please visit the Events web-page for more information.

March 2009

A team of Kansas State University students successfully participated in the 2009 Mathematical Contest in Modeling.

January 2009

These awards recognize individuals across campus who have had an impact on women pursuing science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields.

January 2009

Nicole Wayant, senior in mathematics and geography, has won the Abraham Anson Memorial Scholarship which is awarded by the American Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS).

January 2009

Michael Reppert and Nicole Wayant are designated I-Center Scholars for Spring 2009.

December 2008

Prof. Mark Gross, Principal Lecturer

Professor Mark Gross will deliver a series of lectures on Mirror Symmetry. In addition, there will be introductory mini-courses and contributed talks by regional and international experts in the field.

This conference is supported by the National Science Foundation, grant DMS 0735319

October 2008

Nicole Wayant, senior in mathematics and geography, was awarded a second prize in an original research contest.

September 2008

These awards are given for expository papers published in the American
Mathematical Monthly. Auckly won his award for the article
Solving the quartic with a pencil, * American Mathematics Monthly* ** 114** (2007),
29-39.

August 2008

Lectures by nine mathematics alumni, a visiting professor, and three of our faculty and staff were the highlights of the 2007 Undergraduate Lecture Series in Mathematics at Kansas State University.

April 2008

This award was established to recognize outstanding individual contributions to the discovery and creation of new knowledge at K-State.

April 2008

John McCuan is a recognized leader in the mathematics of CMC surfaces. These surfaces are usually found as the border between two different fluid media and in soap films. He is visiting the department for two weeks in April 2008.

April 2008

Two teams of Kansas State University students received Honorable Mention in the 2008 Mathematical Contest in Modeling.

March 2008

Kansas State University student William Carlson is among 321 students nationally to win a 2008 Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship.

March 2008

The I-Center Undergraduate Scholars for 2007-2008 are William Carlson, Michael Reppert, and Nicole Wayant.

March 2008

A team from Kansas State University took the top place in the recent 2008 Kansas Collegiate Mathematics Competition.

February 2008

Virginia Naibo and Diego Maldonado are preparing a three credit course on Digital Image Processing to be offered during Spring semesters.

February 2008

John McCuan from the Georgia Institute of Technology will give a short one credit hour course on the Mathematics of Soap in the spring of 2008.

February 2008

Mark Lesperance will give a three credit Time Series Analysis course in the Fall of 2008.

February 2008

Professor Mark Gross will deliver a series of lectures on Mirror Symmetry at K-State.

June 2007

The I-Center Undergraduate Scholars for 2007 are Alyson Deines, Joelyn Foy, and Ashley Wheeler.

April 2007

This award was established to recognize outstanding individual contributions to the discovery and creation of new knowledge at K-State.

April 2007

The Kansas State University team finished first in the Big 12 Conference and twenty-ninth overall amongst the 508 participating colleges and universities. This was the fourth time in the last six years that K-State finished first in the Big 12 in the Putnam.

March 2007

K-State students take top two spots in the 2007 Kansas Collegiate Mathematics Competition.

March 2007

Marianne Korten is invited to speak at the Spring 2007 Midwest PDE Seminar in Lexington, KY.

March 2007

Kansas State University student Mike Reppert is among 317 students nationally to win a 2007 Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship.

March 2007

A team of Kansas State University students was designated Meritorious in the world in the 2007 Mathematical Contest in Modeling.

February 2007

Many videos of math lectures are now available online.

January 2007

Alyson Deines was the only honorable mention in the A. T. Schafer award for excellence in mathematics by an undergraduate woman at the AMS/MAA/SIAM 2007 Joint mathematics meetings in New Orleans.

January 2007

David Yetter will offer a course on cryptology in the May 2007 Intersession.

January 2007

Lectures by eleven math alumni and three of our faculty and staff were the highlights of the 2006 Undergraduate Lecture Series in Mathematics at Kansas State University.

January 2007

Jeffrey Amos was among the winners (roughly the top 25%) in the undergraduate poster competition at the AMS/MAA Joint Mathematics Meeting in New Orleans.

December 2006

Professor David Auckly has been appointed as the Director of the newly inaugurated Center for the Integration of Undergraduate and Graduate Research (I-Center). A major part of the I-Center's mission is to provide directed research experience for our undergraduate majors as soon as possible and in an area of their choice.

October 2006

Ashley Wheeler, junior in mathematics and physics, was named a McNair Scholar.

October 2006

Mark Lesperance will offer a course in the spring of 2007 to prepare students for the fourth actuarial exam.

August 2006

Igor Rodnianski (Ph.D. K-State, 1999) is now a full professor at Princeton University. This August he was given the honor of being one of the few invited speakers at the International Congress of Mathematics.

August 2006

Brent Smith, Professor of Mathematics, died near the village of Iliamna, Alaska, securing his fishing boat in a storm; his body was discovered August 22, 2006.

August 2006

This fall Ricardo Castano-Bernard, Diego Maldonado and Virginia Naibo joined our department as new faculty and Ryan Berndt, Ivan Blank, Sean Lawton and Silvia Onofrei joined our department as postdocs.

August 2006

This year the department granted five Ph.D's, 15 masters degrees and 21 undergraduate degrees.

August 2006

The math department completed its second summer of a very unique Research Experiences for Undergraduates program in August. This program combines lectures on the mathemathematical theory of flight with flight lessons and research projects in mathematics.

July 2006

Louis Crane in the Mathematics Department at Kansas State University has received a grant to study foundational questions in physics and cosmology from The Foundational Questions Institute

May 2006

Amir Bhadori and Aaron Holloway were awarded National Academy for Nuclear Training Scholarships.

April 2006

Jeffrey Amos and Matthew Burkemper, senior math majors at K-State, ranked high in the Putnam Math Competition.

April 2006

A team of Kansas State University students successfully competed in the Mathematical Contest in Modeling.

March 2006

Alyson Deines, a senior math major, was awarded a Goldwater Scholarship.

March 2006

K-State teams took the top two places in the Kansas Collegiate Mathematics Competition.

January 2006

Jeffrey Amos was among the winners in the undergraduate poster competition at the AMS/MAA Joint Mathematics Meeting in San Antonio.

October 2005

Alyson Deines, senior in mathematics at K-State, was awarded an $18,000 Clare Boothe Luce scholarship.

May 2005

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April 2005

A team of Kansas State University students placed 8th in the world in the Mathematical Contest in Modeling.

April 2005

K-State undergraduates in the Department of Mathematics finished first and second in the Big 12 in the prestigious William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition that pits mind versus mind in a battle of numbers.

March 2005

A team of K-State students finished first in the Kansas Collegiate Mathematics Competition which was held during the Kansas Section meeting of the MAA at the University of Kansas.

March 2005

Michael Higgins, a senior math and statistics major, was awarded a Goldwater Scholarship.

April 2004

Kansas State University students placed 8th in the world in the Mathematical Contest in Modeling.

April 2003

K-State Students place 17th in the World in the Mathematical Contest in Modeling.