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Vojtech Rödl and Mathias Schacht to be awarded the SIAM 2012 George Pólya Prize.
Published Date: 2012-04-30
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:

http://www.siam.org/prizes/sponsored/polya.php
The announcement of the 2012 winners can be found at the SIAM Annual Meeting site:

http://www.siam.org/meetings/an12/prizes.php
Congratulations, Vojtech and Mathias!
Michele Benzi elected SIAM Fellow
news Published Date: 2012-04-03
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

Congratulations, Michele!
Department faculty caught in media frenzy
news Published Date: 2012-03-31
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
Published Date: 2012-03-30
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
news Published Date: 2012-02-21
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/

Congratulations, Eugene!
CS Visiting Professor Search
news Published Date: 2012-02-20
The Department of Mathematics and Computer Science invites applications, subject to final funding approval, for a one-year full-time visiting position in Computer Science beginning mid-August 2012. Outstanding candidates in all areas will be considered. We are particularly interested in candidates who can teach courses in database systems, artificial intelligence, or software engineering.

A strong commitment to teaching excellence is required. The position may be of interest to sabbatical visitors or recent Ph.D. recipients seeking teaching experience. The teaching load is 3-4 courses for the academic year. Candidates should have completed their Ph.D. requirements in computer science or a closely related field by August 15th, 2012.

Applicants should send a cover letter, CV, teaching and research statements. Concurrently, please arrange for three references (at least one evaluating teaching) to be sent directly to the committee.

Materials should be sent by email to cssearch@mathcs.emory.edu. Informal inquiries are also welcome. Screening starts March 20, 2012 and will continue until the position is filled.

Emory University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and welcomes applications from women and members of minority groups.
Number theory paper honored as an Archiv der Mathematik Distinguished Article
Published Date: 2012-01-16
Birkhauser-Verlag, the publisher of Archiv der Mathematik recognizes unusually distinguished articles according to their scientific value and their interest to a general mathematical readership. The recent paper by Ken Ono, Asa Griggs Candler Professor, and his colleague Nick Ramsey (DePaul University) entitled "A mod L Atkin-Lehner theorem and applications" has been awarded this distinction. The paper is expected to have wide ranging consequences in the theory of modular forms and number theory.
Lecture Series in Combinatorics & Graph Theory
Published Date: 2012-01-03
The Atlanta Lecture Series in Combinatorics and Graph Theory will be held at Emory University on February 25-26, 2012. The Featured Speaker is Jacob Fox from MIT.

More information can be found here.
Emory Student awarded an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship
news Published Date: 2011-11-28
Michael Griffin, a first year Emory PhD student, has been awarded a prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. Michael will use his fellowship to support his research in Number Theory. Michael, who recently graduated from Brigham Young University, also is a recipient of the National Physical Sciences Consortium Fellowship.
Emory REU student named a 2012 Marshall Scholar
news Published Date: 2011-11-22
Alex Carney, a participant in Professor Ono's 2011 Emory NSF Research Experience in Number Theory, has been named a George C. Marshall Scholar. Alex, a senior at the University of Michigan will use the scholarship for his graduate studies at Cambridge University. Alex, together with Emory students Anastassia Etropolski and Sarah Pitman, wrote a paper in number theory which has been accepted for publication in the International Journal of Number Theory. Professor Ono will be running an REU in 2012. For more information, see http://www.mathcs.emory.edu/~ono/REUs/