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Brazos Analysis Seminar September 29-30 at Texas A&M

The fourth meeting of the NSF-funded Brazos Analysis Seminar will be held on the campus of Texas A&M on September 29-30. The meeting will start at 9am on Saturday morning and end at 1pm on Sunday.

Graduate students and post docs are especially encouraged to attend.

Further information about this conference and the invited speakers can be found at Brazos Analysis Seminar.

Baylor Mathematics to Host TexAMP 2018 October 26-28

Baylor's Department of Mathematics will host the annual Texas Analysis and Mathematical Physics (TexAMP) symposium on campus on October 26-28. TexAMP is a regional weekend meeting held annually. The meeting includes main presentations by leading researchers in their fields, and provides conference participants an opportunity to present contributed talks. This is the sixth annual TexAMP conference and the first to be held at Baylor University.

The main speakers for this meeting are Yaiza Canzani (University of North Carolina), Nets Katz (Cal Tech), Peter Miller (University of Michigan), Marius Mitrea (University of Missouri), Serge Treil (Brown University), Dan-Virgil Voiculescu (University of California Berkeley), Steve Zelditch (Northwestern University) and Maciej Zworski (University of California Berkeley).

Contributed talks will be held on Saturday afternoon, October 27, 2018. The duration of a contributed talk is 20 minutes. Participation by early career researchers and traditionally underrepresented groups is especially encouraged.

The organizers for this year's meeting are Jon Harrison (Baylor), Brian Simanek (Baylor), Thomas Chen (University of Texas at Austin), David Damanik (Rice University), and Constanze Liaw (University of Delaware).

For further information and schedule updates, please visit TexAMP -Baylor.


Department Welcomes New Faculty Members

The Department of Mathematics will welcome two new faculty members in the fall of 2018.

Joining the math faculty are Dr. John Lee, a new Assistant Professor, and Dr. Julienne Kabre, a new post-doctoral fellow.

Dr. Lee just finished a position as Research Fellow at the Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences (ICES) at the University of Texas in Austin. His work broadly focuses on computational mathematics including numerical analysis, scientific computing, and Bayesian inference with uncertainty quantification.

Dr. Lee received B.S. (1996) and M.S. (2000) degrees at Seoul National University. He earned his Ph.D. degree in mathematics from the University of Minnesota under the supervision of Douglas Arnold. Prior to joining the staff at ICES, Dr. Lee spent time as a postdoctoral researcher at Aalto University in Finland and at the University of Oslo in Norway.

Dr. Julienne Kabre comes to us via the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), where she earned her Ph.D. degree in 2018. Kabre is originally from Burkina Faso in West Africa, where she earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mathematics before coming to the United States in 2000.

For nine years, Julienne owned a small business in Chicago before she decided to return to academia and study for her Ph.D. in mathematics at IIT. She worked under the supervision of Xiaofan Li, a professor of applied mathematics, on Poisson-Nernst-Planck equations, a system of nonlinear partial differential equations that describe the flow of charged particles in solution.

Our department is thrilled to have both Dr. Lee and Dr. Kabre on board. WELCOME!!


William Cook, Traveling Salesman Problem expert, to speak in November in Baylor Undergraduate Lecture Series in Mathematics

Professor William Cook, from the University of Waterloo and Johns Hopkins University, will be the eleventh speaker in the annual Baylor Undergraduate Lecture Series in Mathematics when he visits our campus from November 14-17. Dr. Cook will deliver two lectures, a public lecture and a colloquium talk, both suitable to a wide and varied audience.

William Cook

William Cook

Professor Cook is recognized as the world's leading expert on the Traveling Salesman Problem (TSP). This problem is easy to state: given a list of cities and the distances between each pair of cities, what is the shortest possible route that visits each city and returns to the origin city? It is an example of what is called an NP-hard problem in combinatorial optimization and is important in operations research and theoretical computer science. The TSP is the subject of Dr. Cook's public lecture on November 15 (at 4:00 pm in MMSCI 101).

Professor Cook graduated in 1979 from Rutgers University with his Bachelor's degree in mathematics. After earning his Master's degree from Stanford University in 1980, Bill moved to the University of Waterloo and obtained his Ph.D. in combinatorics and optimization in 1983. He has held academic positions at the University of Bonn (Germany), Cornell University, Columbia University, University of Pittsburgh, the University of Waterloo and Johns Hopkins University. He also spent several years on the research faculty of Bell Communications Research.

Dr. Cook was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2011. He became a fellow of SIAM in 2009 and the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) in 2010. In 2012, he became a fellow of the American Mathematical Society.

Dr. Cook's book The Traveling Salesman Problem: A Computational Study won the Frederick W. Lanchester Prize from INFORMS in 2007.

For further information on Dr. Cook and his lectures, please visit the Baylor Undergraduate Lecture Series in Mathematics web site.


Peter Sarnak, Princeton number theorist, to deliver the 2018-2019 lectures in Baylor Lecture Series in Mathematics

Professor Peter Sarnak, the Eugene Higgins Professor of Mathematics and permanent member of the Institute of Advanced Study at Princeton, will deliver the lectures in the twelfth annual Baylor Lecture Series in Mathematics. Dr. Sarnak will visit Baylor on April 3-6, 2019.

Dr. Sarnak was born in Johannesburg, South Africa. He graduated with his B.Sc. (Honors) in 1976. Subsequently, he earned his Ph.D., under the supervision of Paul Cohen, from Stanford in 1980. He has been a professor of mathematics at Princeton since 1991. His previous academic appointments include professorships at the Courant Institute of New York University and Stanford University.

Peter Sarnak

Peter Sarnak

Professor Sarnak has made major contributions to analysis and number theory. His early work on the existence of cusp forms led to the disproof of a conjecture of Atle Selberg. He has obtained the strongest known bounds towards the Ramanujan-Petersson conjectures for sparse graphs. He was also one of the first to exploit the connections between certain questions of theoretical physics and analytic number theory. His work on subconvexity for Rankin-Selberg L-functions led to the resolution of Hilbert's eleventh problem.

Professor Sarnak was elected to the National Academy of Sciences and Fellow of the Royal Society in 2002. He was awarded an honorary doctorate by the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (2010), the University of Witwatersrand (2014) and the University of Chicago (2015).

In 2014, Dr. Sarnak was the recipient of the Wolf Prize in Mathematics. Additionally, Dr. Sarnak was awarded the Polya Prize from SIAM in 1998, the Ostrowski Prize in 2001, the Levi L. Conant Prize in 2003, the Frank Nelson Cole Prize in Number Theory in 2005, and a Lester R. Ford Award in 2012.

Dr. Sarnak will deliver his public lecture, "Integral Quadratic Forms and Applications" on April 4 at 4:00 pm in MMSci 101. On April 5, he will give a colloquium talk, "Integer points on affine cubic surfaces", in MMSci 301 at 4:00 pm. Both lectures are suitable for a general audience.

For further information on Professor Sarnak and his lectures/abstracts, please visit the Baylor Lecture Series in Mathematics web site.


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