Golden State and the Mathematical Magic of Seventy-Three
What started out as an innocent conversation about basketball and math, Dr. Ken Ono is featured in a New Yorker article discussing the Golden State Warriors and their push for 73 wins. Read more about it here.
Zureick-Brown receives NSF CAREER award
David Zurieck-Brown, Assistant Professor of Mathematics, has received the department's second ever NSF CAREER grant for his project "Arithmetic, Algebraic, and Non-Archimedean Geometry". The CAREER program offers the National Science Foundation's most prestigious awards in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research. Zureick-Brown's work focuses on developing new tools (especially p-adic/geometric/cohomological) to study the structure of solutions of equations; a description is at https://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=1555048.
Ethan Alwaise has been awarded a Goldwater scholarship
Ethan Alwaise, an outstanding Emory mathematics undergraduate, has been named one of 252 nationwide recipients of the prestigious Barry Goldwater Scholarship. The scholarship was initiated in 1986 to honor U.S. Senator Barry M. Goldwater, with purpose to "alleviate a critical current and future shortage of highly qualified scientists, mathematicians and engineers." As a Junior, Ethan is taking multiple graduate mathematics courses and independent studies and, in addition to two research articles (one published in Annals of Combinatorics, and one submitted for publication), Ethan will attend University of Minnesota's REU this summer. Ethan plans to pursue a Ph.D. in mathematics with a focus on Number Theory. Press release: https://goldwater.scholarsapply.org/yyschrel.php. List of recipients: https://goldwater.scholarsapply.org/sch-2016.php.
Lea Beneish and Blair Rossetti win NSF Graduate Fellowship Awards
PhD students Lea Beneish and Blair Rossetti each won a prestigious 2016 NSF Graduate Fellowship Award. The NSF Fellowship recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in STEM disciplines who are pursuing research-based doctoral degrees. This fellowship has a long history of selecting recipients who achieve high levels of success in their professional careers, and who also contribute significantly to scientific innovation. Lea Beneish is a Number Theory PhD student working with Dr. Ken Ono and has already published two research papers on harmonic Maass forms and p-adic modular forms. She was also an active researcher as an undergraduate, participating in several research experiences for undergraduates (REUs). Lea is the 7th Emory Number Theory PhD student to receive an NSF Graduate Fellowship in the last 6 years. Blair Rossetti is a Computer Science PhD student working with Dr. Jun Kong. He has a background in biochemistry and worked as a research assistant for many years developing microscopy techniques for studying microbial communities. Now he is combining his previous work in microscopy with the field of biomedical image informatics in order to build analytical tools for three dimensional microscopy images. Congratulations to Lea and Blair!
Recent Emory Number Theory PhD Makes World News With Recent Discovery About Prime Numbers
Robert Lemke Oliver of Stanford University, who earned his PhD at Emory working under Ken Ono in 2013, has made made world news in joint work with Kannan Soundararajan also from Stanford. Lemke Oliver and Soundararajan have discovered that prime numbers are not as randomly behaved as had been commonly accepted. Read about their work here.