Math shines with the stars in 'The Man Who Knew Infinity'
Call it a math bromance. Cambridge mathematician G. H. Hardy’s collaboration with the obscure, self-taught Indian Srinivasa Ramanujan – during the height of British colonialism – changed math and science forever. The story is finally going mainstream through a major motion picture, “The Man Who Knew Infinity," starring Dev Patel and Jeremy Irons. Read more about it here.
Yahoo! FREP awarded to Dr. Eugene Agichtein
In 2015, 24 recipients from 22 universities were selected based on their areas of science and interest to Yahoo! The Department of Mathematics is proud to announce that Dr. Eugene Agichtein was awarded a research gift and the opportunity to collaborate directly with distinguished Yahoo! scientists and visit Yahoo! Labs.
Yahoo!’s Faculty Research and Engagement Program is designed to produce the highest quality scientific collaborations and outcomes by engaging with faculty members working in areas of mutual interest. Over the course of the next year and beyond, FREP award recipients and Yahoo Labs scientists will work closely to further research in their mutual areas of interest.
For a closer look at this years recipients, please visit the Yahoolabs research page.
Umbral Moonshine appears on “The Big Bang Theory”
The Umbral Moonshine Conjecture, proved by Emory mathematician Ken Ono together with his student Michael Griffin and John Duncan, made a cameo appearance on the wildly popular TV show “The Big Bang Theory”. Read about it here.
Emory Number Theorists Prove Umbral Moonshine Conjecture
Emory number theorists Ken Ono and his PhD student Michael Griffin have proved the Umbral Moonshine Conjecture with John Duncan, a mathematical physicist at Case Western Reserve University. The conjecture has emerged as a central problem at the interface of mathematics and string theory. Here is an excellent exposition of their work and the origin of the conjecture in Scientific American.
Noam Kantor has been awarded a Goldwater scholarship
Noam Kantor, a Robert W. Woodruff Scholar at Emory University, has been named one of 260 nationwide recipients of the 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 sophomore, Noam is taking graduate mathematics courses and independent studies, and in addition to ongoing research at Emory, Noam will attend the WADE number theory REU in Wake Forest this summer and plans to participate in the Budapest Semesters in Mathematics program before pursuing a Ph.D. in mathematics.
Press release: http://https://goldwater.scholarsapply.org/yyschrel.php.
List of recipients: https://goldwater.scholarsapply.org/sch-2015.php.