Vojtech Rödl and Mathias Schacht to be awarded the SIAM 2012 George Pólya Prize.
The Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics [SIAM] established the George Pólya Prize in 1969 and awards it every two years, alternately in two categories: combinatorial theory and in another research area represented in the wide range of interests of Professor Pólya. In a career that included positions at ETH Zürich and Stanford University, Pólya made important contributions in number theory, analysis, geometry, algebra, probability and combinatorics, and to our understanding of how mathematicians solve problems, and how this skill can be taught.
In 2012, the award will go to Vojtech Rödl, Emory University, and Mathias Schacht, University of Hamburg, for their seminal research in combinatorics on the regularity method for hypergraphs. Their work, contained in several articles, is the culmination of a research program initiated by Professor Rödl more than 20 years ago. The award will be given at the SIAM Annual Meeting in Minneapolis this July. In addition to the important recognition afforded by the prize, it includes a $20,000 award, to be split by the winners. A description of the SIAM George Pólya Prize and a list of winners, including many of the leading combinatorialists of the last 4 decades, can be found at:
The announcement of the 2012 winners can be found at the SIAM Annual Meeting site:
Congratulations, Vojtech and Mathias!
Michele Benzi elected SIAM Fellow
Michele Benzi, Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science, has been elected a Fellow (Class of 2012) by the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics "for contributions to numerical linear algebra and its applications, especially sparse linear systems and preconditioning." The SIAM Fellows program was established in 2008 "to designate as Fellows of the Society certain members who have made outstanding contributions to fields served by SIAM." The Class of 2012 consists of 35 individuals. For the full list of 2012 SIAM Fellows, click here: http://fellows.siam.org/index.php?sort=year&value=2012
Department faculty caught in media frenzy
Professors Aaron Abrams and Skip Garibaldi appeared in various news outlets last week, including 20/20 (7 million viewers), CNN Newsroom, and ABC World News on television and NPR's All Things Considered and the BBC Newshour on radio. They were in demand as mathematicians who are experts on the lottery, thanks to their prize-winning paper Finding good bets in the lottery, and why you shouldn't take them, which was recently featured in the book Brain Trust.
Check out Skip Garibaldi on ABC News and Aaron Abrams on CNN.
Emory Math Graduate students win NSF Graduate Fellowships
Larry Rolen, a first year PhD student, and John Lopez, an incoming PhD student, have been awarded prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships. Both will be pursuing PhDs in number theory. Larry was an undergraduate at the University of Wisconsin (Madison), and John is completing his BS this spring at Brigham Young University. Larry and John join Michael Griffin as NSF Graduate Fellows in the department working in number theory.
Eugene Agichtein receives Sloan Foundation Fellowship
Eugene Agichtein, Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science, has been awarded a 2012 Sloan Foundation Fellowship. The Sloan Research Fellowships seek to stimulate fundamental research by early-career scientists and scholars of outstanding promise. These two-year fellowships are awarded yearly to 118 researchers in recognition of distinguished performance and a unique potential to make substantial contributions to their field. More details and a list of this year's fellows may be found at http://www.sloan.org/fellowships/page21
Eugene works in the area of information retrieval and text and data mining, and leads the IR lab at Emory. His website is at http://www.mathcs.emory.edu/~eugene/