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Professor Ken Ono developed a formula for mock modular forms that may prove useful to physicists who study black holes.
Published: 12/18/2012

December 22 marks the 125th anniversary of the birth of Srinivasa Ramanujan, an Indian mathematician renowned for somehow intuiting extraordinary numerical patterns and connections without the use of proofs or modern mathematical tools. A devout Hindu, Ramanujan said that his findings were divine, revealed to him in dreams by the goddess Namagiri.

I wanted to do something special, in the spirit of Ramanujan, to mark the anniversary, says Emory mathematician Ken Ono. Its fascinating to me to explore his writings and imagine how his brain may have worked. Its like being a mathematical anthropologist.

Ono, a number theorist whose work has previously uncovered hidden meanings in the notebooks of Ramanujan, set to work on the 125th-anniversary project with two colleagues and former students: Amanda Folsom, from Yale, and Rob Rhoades, from Stanford.

The result is a formula for mock modular forms that may prove useful to physicists who study black holes. The work, which Ono recently presented at the Ramanujan 125 conference at the University of Florida, also solves one of the greatest puzzles left behind by the enigmatic Indian genius.


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Yahoo! FREP awarded to Dr. Eugene Agichtein and three of his graduate students
Published: 11/20/2012
In 2012, 26 recipients from 21 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, Dmitry Lagun, Qiaoling Liu, and Denis Savenkov were 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. Through this program, academics across the globe collaborate with Yahoo! research scientists via visits to Yahoo!, access to our data and funds for their research.
Parimala and Ono named Fellows of the AMS
Published: 11/01/2012
Professors Raman Parimala and Ken Ono were named to the inaugural class of Fellows of the American Mathematical Society. The Fellows of the AMS program recognizes members who have made outstanding contributions to the creation, exposition, advancement, communication, and utilization of mathematics. Congratulations to Parimala and Ken!
Atlanta Lecture Series in Combinatorics and Graph Theory VII
Published: 10/22/2012
Atlanta Lecture Series in Combinatorics and Graph Theory VII

November 3-4, 2012
Emory University, Atlanta, GA, 30322

Emory University, Georgia Tech and Georgia State University, with support from the National Security Agency and the National Science Foundation, will host a series of 9 mini-conferences from 2010-2013. The 7th of these mini-conferences will be held at Emory University on November 3-4, 2012. The conferences will stress a variety of areas and feature one prominent researcher giving 2 fifty minute lectures and 4 outstanding researchers each giving one fifty minute lecture. There will also be several 25 minute lecturers by younger reseachers or graduate students.

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AWM announces Raman Parimala 2013 Noether Lecturer
Published: 10/16/2012
The Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM) is pleased to announce that Raman Parimala will deliver the Noether Lecture at the 2013 Joint Mathematics Meetings. The full press release can be found here