# News

## department of mathematics

### 4 Math Faculty Promoted

Congratulations to Profs.** John Baldwin**, **Dawei Chen**, **Maksym Fedorchuk**, and **David Treumann**, who have been promoted to tenured Associate Professor effective this summer.

### Welcome, Students

The Math Department welcomes all new and returning students, including our 5 new doctoral students: **Wyatt Boyer, Stella Gastineau, Iulia Gheorghita, Ian Hoover, **and** Yusheng Lei.**

__Prof. Tao Li Elected Fellow of the AMS__

Prof. Tao Li is one of 50 distinguished mathematicians from around the world elected Fellows of the American Mathematical Society.

### 4 New Ph.D.s

Congratulations to graduate students **Diana Hubbard**, **Beth Romano**, **Adam Saltz**, and **Andrew Yarmola**, who have successfully defended their Ph.D. dissertations.

### AWM Ice Cream Social

All are welcome to an ice cream social sponsored by our student chapter of the Association for Women in Mathematics on Friday, April 29, 4:30–6:00 p.m. at White Mountain Creamery. Please RSVP.

### BC-NeU Algebraic Geometry Conference

The third biannual BC-Northeastern Algebraic Geometry Conference will take place at Boston College on Saturday April 30 in Higgins Hall 310.

### Distinguished Lecturer Series

Prof. Amie Wilkinson of the University of Chicago presented this year's BC Distinguished Lecturer in Mathematics series, April 13-15.

### Faculty Book: Second Edition

The second edition of part-time faculty member Dr. Paul R. Garvey's book “Probability Methods for Cost Uncertainty Analysis: A Systems Engineering Perspective” was published by Chapman & Hall/CRC-Press.

### New Patent

Part-Time Faculty Member Dr. Paul Garvey and two colleagues have received a new patent entitled "Computerized Methods for Analyzing Competing and Non-Competing Hypotheses."

** **Preparation for Putnam Exam

Wednesday, 9/30, 5:00 p.m., Maloney 560

The BC Problem Group will hold its first meeting this Wednesday, September 30, at 5:00 in Maloney 560, to prepare for the William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition in December. Everyone is welcome! For more information, contact Prof. Keane.

** **Careers in Mathematics: A Panel Discussion

Tuesday, 9/29, 5:30 p.m., Gasson 306

Interested in a math-related career? Curious to learn about your options? The BC Math Society and the BC Career Center are co-sponsoring this event. Panelists will discuss how they use their math degrees in their careers, why they chose the paths they chose, and more. Pizza will be served. Sign up on Eagle Link.

### BCMS Kick-off Party

Come on out to the BC Math Society Kick-Off Party and enjoy free pizza, math riddles, a quick talk by Professor Greene, and a chance to get to know some of the teachers and other BCMS members! **Friday, Sept. 11th from 3:30 - 5:00 PM** in Maloney 560.

### Welcome Students

The Math Department welcomes all new and returning math students, including our 6 new doctoral students **Ryan Contreras**, **Ross Goluboff**, **Hao Li,** **Clayton McDonald**, **Matthew Sarmiento**, and **Sangsan Warakkagun**.

### New NSF Grants

Congratulations to Profs.**John Baldwin, Martin Bridgeman, Sol Friedberg, Joshua Greene, Ben Howard, **and **David Treumann**, who have recently been awarded new NSF grants in support of their research. The math department now has 17 faculty members with active NSF grants.

### Fellowship Winner

Congratulations to graduate student **Diana Hubbard**, who has been awarded an America Dissertation Fellowship by the American Association of University Women, as she completes her Ph.D. under the supervision of **Prof**. **Eli Grigsby**. She has also been appointed a BC **Dean's Teaching Fellow**.

### Math Department Moves to Maloney Hall

Effective June 10, 2015 the Math Department has moved to the 5th floor of Maloney Hall.

### Two Career Awards to BC Faculty

Profs. **John Baldwin** and **Joshua Greene** have been awarded 5-year NSF CAREER awards, which the NSF describes as "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 within the context of the mission of their organizations."

### Friedberg appointed to NAS Committee

**Solomon Friedberg**, McIntyre Professor and Chair of Mathematics, has been appointed to the National Academy of Science's U.S. National Commission on Mathematics Instruction.

### Undergraduate Awards

Congratulations to graduating seniors **Robert P. Laudone Jr.**,** **winner of the 2015 Paul Sally Jr. Award, **Kristen DiTroia**, winner of the 2015 Albert A. Bennett Award, and to the 19 students inducted into the BC chapter of Pi Mu Epsilon, the mathematics honor society.

### Congratulations to our Graduates

Congratulations to all graduating undergraduate Math majors, Master's recipients **Garen Chiloyan** and **Steve Thakur **and Ph.D. recipients **Robert Haraway**, **Andrew Phillips**, and **Nick Vlamis. **It has been a pleasure teaching you.

### Professor David Geraghty Named a Sloan Fellow

Assistant Professor **David Geraghty** is one of 20 mathematicians from across North America selected as a 2015 Sloan Fellow. BC Press Release

### BC Math Society on Facebook and Twitter

All students interested in math can find out about BCMS events at: www.facebook.com/bcmathsociety and twitter.com/BCMathSociety.

### Record Number of Math Majors

For the first time in BC history, there are over 300 math majors at Boston College. As of November 5, there were 304 students studying to receive a B.A. or B.S. in Mathematics. In Fall 2000 there were 135.

### Budapest Programs Approved For Math Majors

The Budapest Semesters in Math and Budapest Semesters in Math Education have received approved status from the Office of International Programs. Interested math majors should discuss them with their math advisor and with Esther Messing in OIP.

### AGNES in March

The Spring 2015 AGNES (Algebraic Geometry Northeastern Series) conference took place at Boston College from Friday, March 20 to Sunday, March 22.

### Professor Tao Li Lectures at the ICM

Congratulations to **Tao Li**, who gave an invited address on Heegaard splittings of 3-manifolds at the 2014 International Congress of Mathematicians in Seoul, South Korea.

### AWM Birman Research Prize

Professor **Eli Grigsby** has been selected as the winner of the first AWM Birman Research Prize in Topology and Geometry!

### Boston College Distinguished Lecturer in Mathematics Series

Prof. **Jordan Ellenberg**,** **Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor of Mathematics, University of Wisconsin will be giving three lectures in our annual series. Kicking off the lectures will be a talk on Monday, February 16th, intended for a general audience, entitled *"How To Get Rich Playing The Massachusetts Lottery."* Additional information on all three lectures here.

Stephanie Ger Receives McCarthy Prize, Scholar Of The College Thesis

**Stephanie Ger** '14 was awarded the McCarthy Prize for her Scholar Of The College senior thesis. Scholar of the College is an honor given at Commencement to exceptional students who have excelled academically in their undergraduate studies and who have done substantial independent work of the highest quality for a significant part of their senior year. The McCarthy Prize recipients are chosen by a panel of reviewers from all completed SOC projects; this year Stephanie was one of two awardees in the natural sciences. Her thesis, "Existence, Uniqueness and Stability of Splay States in Networks of Coupled Oscillators," supervised by Rennie Mirollo, analyzes the existence and uniqueness of certain highly symmetric periodic states in systems of coupled oscillators motivated by superconducting circuit arrays. Congratulations Stephanie!

In Memorium: Paul Sally Jr.; 1933-2013

Dr. **Paul Sally Jr. **'54, MA '56, renowned mathematician and educator, died Dec. 30, 2013. Paul was a great friend and supporter of the Boston College Math Department. Among many initiatives, he endowed the Sally Award, which is given to a graduating senior who has shown true academic distinction in a demanding program in Mathematics at Boston College. An article on Dr. Sally appeared in the Spring 2010 issue of *Boston College Magazine, *and an obituary appeared in the *UChicagoNews.*

Prof. Sol Friedberg Named AMS Fellow

Congratulations to **Sol Friedberg** for being named a Fellow of the AMS! Prof. Friedberg was specifically honored *"For contributions to number theory, representation theory, and automorphic forms, and for the establishment of a new Ph.D. program in mathematics."*

New External Grants

Math Professors **CK Cheung** and **Solomon Friedberg**, together with the LSOE's Prof. **Lillie Albert**, have been awarded a 6-year, $1.6 million, NSF grant entitled "Exemplary Mathematics Educators for High-need Schools." In addition, Profs. **Friedberg**, **Avner Ash**, **Tao Li**, **Mark Reeder** and **Rob Meyerhoff** have received new federal grants for their mathematics research. Congratulations Avner, CK, Sol, Tao and Rob.

International Cooperation

BC's Math Department has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Mathematical Sciences Center and Department of Mathematical Sciences at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China, to encourage cooperation and the exchange of scholars.

Careers in Mathematics: A Panel Discussion; Oct. 30, 6 PM, Lyons 202

Interested in a math-related career? Curious to learn about your options? Panelists will discuss how they use their math degrees in their careers, why they chose the paths they chose, and more.

Panelists this year include our own Jenny Baglivo, along with

- a visiting professor at SIAM who has written several books on using math modeling to address various environmental and social problems
- a researcher from MIT Lincoln Lab who does weather forecasting for the FAA
- a wealth management advisor and VP at Merrill Lynch

*Come in costume!* (*The best mathematical costume wins a prize...*)

BC Math Society Undergrad Lecture Series

Professor Greene kicked off our BCMS Undergraduate Lecture Series on Wednesday, October 9th in Carney 309 at 3pm. He spoke about: **The Dowry Problem** How long should you spend driving your car in search of gasoline off of a highway exit? Whom should you marry? The constant e will play a miraculous role in the solution to these questions and more.

### Putnam Prep Sessions

The BC Problem Group will began preparation sessions for the William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition on Wednesday, September 25, at 4:00 in Carney 309. For information about the Putnam, see http://math.scu.edu/putnam/. All undergraduates are invited, and interested students should contact Prof. Keane, Fedorchuk, or Cebanu.

ICM Invitation

**Prof. Tao Li** has been invited to speak at the 2014 International Congress of Mathematicians, one of mathematics’ highest honors.

McIntyre Chair

Professor of Mathematics **Solomon Friedberg** – who during his tenure as chair of the department has overseen a period of unprecedented growth and achievement — recently was appointed the James P. McIntyre Professor of Mathematics.

NSF Graduate Fellowship Award

Congratulations to Lisa Piccirillo '13, who has been awarded an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship to pursue a Ph.D. in mathematics.

First Math Ph.D.

Congratulations to **David Hansen**, who recently received

Boston College's first Ph.D. in math ever.

Sloan Fellows

Congratulations to Assistant Profs. **Joshua Greene** and **David Treumann** who have been selected as 2013 Sloan Fellows in recognition of their outstanding scholarship.

Distinguished Ordway Lecturer

**Solomon Friedberg**, Professor and Chair, has been selected as Distinguished Ordway Lecturer at the University of Minnesota. Prof. Friedberg will give a series of lectures there during the 2013-2014 academic year.

Tao Li promoted to Full Professor

Congratulations to **Tao Li**, who has been promoted to Full Professor in recognition of his professional accomplishments in scholarship, teaching and service.

BC to host American Mathematical Society meeting

BC to host American Mathematical Society meeting

Boston College will be the site of the Eastern Sectional Meeting of the American Mathematical Society on April 6-7, 2013, featuring lectures on everything from low dimensional topology to financial mathematics. Registration fee for students $5.

Don Wiener

We announce with sadness the passing of **Don Wiener**, who served as an adjunct faculty member for many years. Donations in his memory may be made to the American Cancer Society.

### Undergraduate Summer Opportunities: Apply Now

Now is the time to apply for summer programs in math. Most pay all expenses and award a stipend. There are REUs (Research Experiences for Undergraduates), SIBS (summer institutes in biostatistics), and also two special programs for women, including one open to rising sophomores and juniors.

REUs:

www.ams.org/programs/students/undergrad/emp-reu

www.nsf.gov/crssprgm/reu/list_result.cfm?unitid=5044

SIBS:

www.nhlbi.nih.gov/funding/training/redbook/sibsweb.htm

Special programs for Women

www.math.carleton.edu/smp/

### Prof. Bridgeman receives Simons Fellowship

Congratulations to Professor **Martin Bridgeman** who has been awarded a prestigious Simons Fellowship. The fellowship will provide funding for a semester research leave allowing Prof. Bridgeman to take a full year sabbatical in academic year 2013-2014.

### De Rham Speaker

Congratulations to Prof. **Robert Meyerhoff** who will give one of the two invited addresses at the Journée Georges de Rham 2013 in EPF Lausanne. The organizers invite two speakers of international reputation who present their vision of contemporary mathematics and of future developments.

### Opportunities for Graduate Students

BC is a node of the NSF-funded grant on Geometric Structures and Representation Varieties, providing funds for graduate students to visit BC to work with Prof. **Martin Bridgeman**, as well as BC graduate students to visit other nodes as part of the project's Research Experiences for Graduate Students program.

**Jia-Wei Guo** has received a fellowship from Taiwan's National Science Council to visit BC for 8 months while he pursues his Ph.D. in Taiwan. He will study under the superivision of Prof. **Solomon Friedberg**.

### New Record for Majors

Math now has over 250 majors counting only sophomores, juniors and seniors, a new record, and an increase of over 40% from five years ago.

### AMS Fellow

Prof. **Avner Ash** is one of the American Mathematical Society's inaugural class of Fellows. Congratulations, Avner!

### Elite Journal Publications

Congratulations to Profs. **Maksym Fedorchuk **(Inventiones), **Josh Greene** (Inventiones, Annals), **Ben Howard** (Annals), **Tao Li** (JAMS) and **David Treumann** (Inventiones) who have had papers accepted or recently appear in one of the top 3 math journals.

### New Grants

Congratulations to math faculty members **John Baldwin**, **Ian Biringer**, **Maksym Fedorchuk**, **Joshua Greene**,** Eli Grigsby**, **Ben Howard**, and **David Treumann** who all received new NSF grants in support of their research this spring or summer. And congratulations to faculty members **Avner Ash** and **Sol Friedberg** who have been informed that they will soon receive new NSA grants in support of their research. With on-going NSF grants held by **Dawei Chen**, **C-K Cheung**, **Sol Friedberg**, **Eli Grigsby**, **Ben Howard**, **Dubi Kelmer**, **Tao Li** and **Mark Reeder**, a Simons Fellowship held by **Rob Meyerhoff**, and an NSF conference grant held by **Martin Bridgeman**, **Rob Meyerhoff** and **Tao Li**, this represents the highest number of math faculty holding external grants in the history of the department.

### New Book

Congratulations to part-time faculty member Dr. **Paul Garvey** whose new book on Risk Analysis was just published.

### Special Events for Majors

The **Block Party for Majors**, including advice about courses for next semester, takes place on April 5, 2013 in Carney 309, 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Co-sponsored by the BCMS.

And "Careers in Mathematics: a Panel Discussion," co-organized by the BCMS and the BC Career Center, takes place November 13, 5:30 p.m. at 9 Lake Street, Room 100.

### New Books by Math Faculty

**Avner Ash** and **Rob Gross**: "Elliptic Tales: Curves, Counting, and Number Theory" (Princeton University Press).

**Solomon Friedberg**: "Multiple Dirichlet Series, L-Functions and Automorphic Forms" (Progress in Mathematics, Birkhauser), co-editor with D. Bump and D. Goldfeld and co-author.

**Ben Howard**: "Intersections of Hirzebruch-Zagier divisors and CM cycles (Lecture Notes in Mathematics, Springer-Verlag), joint with T. Yang.

### Welcome BC Students

Welcome to all new and returning BC students. Considering a math major? It's a broad and critical discipline and the path to a wide range of exciting careers. Wondering what mathematicians do. Look www.ams.org and mathalumninetwork.

### New Faculty Join Math Department

We welcome new Assistant Professors **Ian Biringer**, **Maksym Fedorchuk** and **David Treumann**, new Visiting Assistant Professors **Radu Cebanu**, **Aaron Fraenkel (McMillan)**, **Matthew Graham**, **Yusuf Mustopa**, and **Emily Norton**, and new part-time faculty member **Paul Garvey**.

__Prof. Eli Grigsby awarded NSF CAREER grant__

Prof. Eli Grigsby has received a five-year NSF CAREER award for her project entitled *Connections between algebraic and geometric invariants in low-dimensional topology*.

### Honorary Degree

Prof. Margaret J. Kenney has received an honorary Doctor of Pedagogy degree from Rhode Island College.

### Graduate School Bound

Congratulations to class of 2012 math majors ** Tair Akhmejanov**,

**Jacobson Blomquist**,

**Anna Broido**,

**Thomas Holek**,

**Julie Kauffman**,

**Michelina Pallone**,

**Sean Talia**,

**Jonathan Ubnoske**, and

**Alexander Walker**who will be going on to graduate school in the mathematical sciences. These students will pursue advanced degrees at Brown, Columbia, Colorado [2], Cornell, Florida State, NYU, Ohio State, and University College London. We salute their accomplishments and wish them much success.

__Summer Research in Mathematics__

Four BC undergraduate math majors will be carrying out research in mathematics this summer.

### BC Alumnus Paul Sally Jr.

BC Alumnus Paul Sally Jr. ('54; MS '56) appears on the Science Lives Project, which features in-depth interviews with "some giants of twentieth century mathematics and science."

__Math Department Launches Alumni Network__

The Mathematics Department has launched the Boston College Math Alumni Network, a database of BC math alumni who are willing to serve as Alumni Mentors for BC mathematics students. The Math Department will maintain the database of mentors, which will be available to BC math students and math alumni.

### Summer Research in Mathematics

Four BC undergraduate math majors will be carrying out research in mathematics this summer.

** Karolina Cybert** A&S '14 has been awarded a 2012 Advanced Study Grant for her project "Coronal Mass Ejections—Their Causes, Frequency, Probability Distributions and Impact on the U.S. Airline Industry". Prof. Jenny Baglivo and Dr. Charles Carrano, Senior Scientist at BC's Institute for Scientific Research, will serve as co-mentors on her project.

** Stephanie Ger** A&S '14 has been awarded an Undergraduate Research Fellowships to work on aspects of dynamical systems. Prof. Rennie Mirollo and Prof. Jan Engelbrecht (Physics) will serve as co-mentors on her project.

** Amy Nesky** A&S '13 will be one of the inaugural class at Brown University/ICERM's Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program, working on open questions in geometry and in dynamical systems of geometric origin. She will also attend summer mathematics workshops at Berkeley and at Notre Dame.

** Lisa Piccirillo** A&S '13 will attend Cornell University's REU. She will also attend the Women and Mathematics workshop at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton.

### Professor Meyerhoff awarded Simons Fellowship

Congratulations to Professor Meyerhoff who has been awarded a prestigious Simons Fellowship. The fellowship will provide funding for a semester research leave allowing Meyerhoff to take a full year sabbatical in academic year 2012-2013.

### Conference on recent work of Professor Tao Li

The Redbud Topology Conference is focussed around Professor Tao Li's recent examples of hyperbolic 3-manifolds whose Heegaard genera are strictly greater than the rank of their fundamental groups.

### Promotion to Full Professor

The Mathematics Department is pleased to announce that in recognition of his accomplishments in teaching, scholarship, and service Associate Professor Benjamin Howard has been promoted to Full Professor. Congratulations, Ben!

### Women and Mathematics

Lisa Piccirillo '13 has been accepted as an undergraduate participant in the 2012 Women and Mathematics program taking place this May at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton. WAM is a two week mentoring program for undergraduate and graduate women in mathematics. Lisa will be taking courses entitled "Tangent Vectors and Twisting Planes: An Introduction to Legendrian Knot Theory" and "From Linear Algebra to the Non-Squeezing Theorem of Symplectic Geometry."

### 2012 BC Distinguished Lecturer in Mathematics

Robert Ghrist, Andrea Mitchell University Professor at the University of Pennsylvania, will be the 2012 BC Distinguished Lecturer in Mathematics. Prof. Ghrist will give 3 lectures April 18, 19, and 20, the first intended for a general university audience. Prof. Ghrist works in Applied Topology, and holds appointments at Penn in both the Department of Mathematics and the Department of Electrical/Systems Engineering.

### Undergraduate Summer Research Opportunities

The NSF has announced summer sites for their Research Experience for Undergraduates program. Opportunities are also available on campus.

### Undergraduate Research Symposium

Three undergraduates who have carried out research in mathematics, Anna Broido, Michelina Pallone and Lisa Piccirillo spoke about their work in the BC Undergraduate Research Symposium on Friday, February 3 at 2 p.m. in Fulton 235. The talks are intended for a general audience, and are a great way for math students interested in research to see what other students have done and get ideas for themselves.

### Math Department Fall Advising Party

Math professors and students gathered over pizza at the pre-registration block party to discuss the course offerings for next spring.

### Info Session for Undergrads Interested in Summer Research

Are you interested in doing research in the mathematical sciences this summer? If so, please come to an information session Thursday, December 1, from 12 to 1 in Carney 309. Pizza will be served. For more details, please contact Prof. Eli Grigsby.

### Actuarial Review Sessions

Profs. Chambers and Rallis are running weekly review sessions Wednesdays 3:00-4:00 p.m. in Carney 251 to help BC students prepare for the actuarial examination Exam P- Probability.

### BC Problem Solving Group Weekly meetings begin: Wed., Sept. 21, 4:30 p.m., Carney 309

This is an opportunity for math lovers to learn more and interact with other math students. Many group members compete in the Mathematical Association of America’s prestigious William Lowell Putnam Competition. The competition’s problems are drawn from the usual mathematics major curriculum. For additional information, come to the first meeting or email Prof. Keane.

### BC Math Society Math Study Sunday Evening Sessions

The Boston College Math Society will be hosting math study sessions on Sunday nights from 7:00–8:45 p.m. in Carney 309. The study sessions are intended for MT216 and higher courses. These drop in, informal sessions, are an opportunity for students in these classes to discuss some homework problems together.

### Undergraduate Lecture, Co-Sponsored with the BC Math Society

Dr. Paul Garvey, Chief Scientist at the MITRE Corporation, will speak Monday, September 26, from 4:00-5:00 p.m. in Carney 102. His lecture, “Evaluating Risky Prospects, with a little Calculus,” involves the mathematics of risk. He will also be talking about his personal experience, which may be informative for those of you who are curious in learning about careers in math-related fields.

Dr. Garvey is internationally recognized and widely published in cost analysis, cost uncertainty analysis, and in the application of advanced decision analytic methods to problems in engineering systems risk analysis and management.

You don’t need to be in the BC Math Society or a math major to come, so bring your friends—refreshments will be served.

### Info Session for Undergrads Interested in Summer Research

Are you interested in doing research in the mathematical sciences this summer?

If so, please come to an information session Thursday, December 1, from 12 to 1 in Carney 309. For more details, please contact Prof. Eli Grigsby.

### Announcing New Faculty

We are pleased to announce four tenure-track Assistant Professor appointments: Professors **John Baldwin** (topology/Princeton),** Dawei Chen** (algebraic geometry/University of Illinois, Chicago), **Joshua Greene** (topology/Columbia), and **Dubi Kelmer** (number theory/University of Chicago). Profs. Chen, Greene and Kelmer will begin their appointments next fall, while Prof. Baldwin will begin his appointment in January 2012.

### Professor Rick Faber

Retired Professor Rick Faber, a long time member of the math department, passed away on August 22, 2011. Rick was a special teacher, and a remarkable guy: he lived for 43 years undergoing dialysis.

### Eight mathematics majors will be involved in research and training programs this summer.

**Tair Akhmejanov ’12** will participate in the research experiences for undergraduates program in mathematics at Cornell University, sponsored by the National Science Foundation. Students in this program will explore the properties of functions defined on fractals, the linear algebra of finite groups, and the combinatorial aspects of triangulations of manifolds and pseudomanifolds.

**Jacobson Blomquist ’12** will participate in the research experiences for undergraduates program in mathematics at the University of Texas in Tyler, sponsored by the National Science Foundation. Students in this program will explore problems in knot theory, tiling theory, and graph theory.

**Anna Broido '12** will participate in the research experiences for undergraduates program in modeling and applied mathematics at North Carolina State University, co-sponsored by the National Science Foundation and the National Security Agency. Students in this program will explore topics as diverse as ozone inhalation models, cluster analytics and visualization, cell rearrangements in tissues, models for financial risk, and models for the spread of HIV/AIDS.

**Stephanie Ger ’14** will participate in the undergraduate research institute in experimental mathematics at Michigan State University, sponsored by the National Security Agency. Students in this program will study topics in the areas of generalized Fibonacci polynomials, inverse modeling dynamical systems, and patterns in permutations.

**Troy Heffernan ’12** will be working under the joint supervision of Professors Rennie Mirollo (Math Dept.) and Jan Engelbrecht (Physics Dept.). His project will investigate connections among three research areas in applied dynamical systems and mathematical neuroscience: the study of synchrony in networks of simple coupled oscillators, like the classic Kuramoto model, the study of synchrony in the firing events of neural networks and its biological relevance to pattern recognition, and the question of decoding input signals from the firing patterns of single-compartment as well as networked neural models. He will be supported by a Boston College Undergraduate Research Fellowship.

**Alexander Meyers '12** will participate in the summer institute in biostatistics program at Boston University, cosponsored by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute and the National Center for Research Resources. Students in this program will explore how quantitative methods can be used to investigate important health issues, learn from recognized practicing biostatisticians, epidemiologists and statistical geneticists, and train with leading researchers using data from the renowned Framingham Heart Study.

**Michelina Pallone ’12** will participate in the research experiences for undergraduates program in mathematics at Louisiana State University, cosponsored by the National Science Foundation and the Louisiana Education Quality Support Fund. Students in this program will explore the interaction of several areas of mathematics centering around group actions, graphs and polyhedra, braids and knots as well as modular forms.

**Lisa Piccirillo '13** is working with Professor Elisenda Grigsby, exploring the relationship between categorified quantum and gauge-theoretic invariants of knots and links. She will be supported by a Boston College Undergraduate Research Fellowship.

### Clavius Group

The Clavius Group will be in residence at Boston College from June 27 to July 23. This group of Catholic mathematicians will organize research lectures as well as a full day Symposium on Mathematics and Religious Discourse.

### Block Party

Math professors and students gathered over pizza at the pre-registration block party to discuss the course offerings for next fall.

### Mathematics Distinguished Lecturer Series

The distinguished number theorist **Peter Sarnak**, Eugene Higgins Professor of Mathematics at Princeton and permanent member of the Institute for Advanced Study's School of Mathematics, was the fourth annual BC Distinguished Lecturer in Mathematics. Prof. Sarnak gave three lectures and met with BC students and faculty during his visit.

### Publications

Two math faculty members have published papers in elite math journals. Prof. **Ben Howard**'s article "Intersection theory on Shimura surfaces II" has appeared in Inventiones Mathematicae (Volume 183, Number 1). Prof.** Solomon Friedberg**'s article "Weyl group multiple Dirichlet series, Eisenstein series and crystal bases" has appeared in Annals of Mathematics (Volume 173, Number 2).

### Welcome

The Math Department is pleased to welcome our first class of Ph.D. students.

Prof. Maksym Fedorchuk named 2014 Sloan Fellow

Assistant Prof. of Mathematics **Maksym Fedorchuk** has been awarded a prestigious Sloan Research Fellowship from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

Prof. Dawei Chen awarded NSF Career Award

Assistant Prof. of Math **Dawei Chen** has been awarded a 5-year, $429,359, NSF Career Award, the NSF's most prestigious award in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars.

### BC Math Society Undergraduate Lecture Series

**Prof. Bill Keane** will be speaking in the BCMS undergraduate lecture series on Wednesday, September 24th at 3:00 PM in Carney 309. The title of the talk is *Eureka! The Life and (Some of the) Work of Archimedes. *Refreshments will be served!

### Welcome to Boston College

We welcome all new students and faculty to Boston College, including new faculty members **Brian Lehmann**, **Jamison Wolf**, **Luke Cherveny**,** Jonah Gaster**, **Matt Lamoureux** and **Igor Minevich** and new doctoral students** Mustafa Cengiz**, **Tommaso Cremaschi**, **Maria Fox**, **Siddhi Krishna**,** Christina Mullican** and **Melissa Zhang**.

**Looking for a Math Elective?**

The Math Department is introducing two new electives: MT450 Advanced Linear Algebra, and MT455 Mathematical Problem Solving.

**Looking for a Math Elective?**

The Math Department is introducing two new electives: MT450 Advanced Linear Algebra, and MT455 Mathematical Problem Solving.

**Looking for a Math Elective?**

The Math Department is introducing two new electives: MT450 Advanced Linear Algebra, and MT455 Mathematical Problem Solving.

**Fellowship Recipient**

Mathematics major** **Nathan Kono is one of 25 Fellows selected to receive a Woodrow Wilson-Rockefeller Brothers Fund Fellowship for Aspiring Teachers of Color (WW-RBF). This fellowship seeks to recruit, prepare and retain effective teachers and administrators for the students and schools who need them most. Congratulations Nathan!

**Math Competition**

Fifteen math undergraduate students met each week to prepare for the William Lowell Putnam Competition, a prestigious mathematics contest administered by the Mathematical Association of America. This year’s competition took place on Saturday, December 4.

**Appointments**

Prof. and Chair Solomon Friedberg has been appointed to a second three-year term on the Mathematics and Science Advisory Council of the Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education. The council advises the Commissioner of Education and the Board on matters pertinent to mathematics and science education.

**Panelist**

Dr. Don Telage, who is teaching MT004 this semester, will be a panelist at a conference marking the 10th anniversary of the COPA Commission Report, a landmark study that identified ways to help reduce access by minors to harmful material on the Internet and led to the Child Online Protection Act, enacted by Congress in 1998. Dr. Telage was Chair of the Child Online Protection Act Commission.

**Enrollment Increase**

Enrollment in fall math courses increased almost 5% over last fall. Math courses are becoming a more important part of a student's course of study as employers in today's economy place more value on quantitative training.

**Dress-up**

Math class celebrates Halloween 2010 Professor Bridgeman and his students showed off their creative sides in class this Halloween.

**William Lowell Putnam Competition**

Each year, BC undergraduates participate in the William Lowell Putnam Competition, a prestigious mathematics contest administered by the Mathematical Association of America. Entrants in the competition are asked to solve twelve problems drawn from the usual mathematics major curriculum. The problems are anything but routine, though, and usually require insight, ingenuity, and sometimes perseverance. In short, they’re fun.

**Math Society**

The Boston College Mathematics Society** **announces their fall activities. Upcoming events include lunches with Mathematics Department Faculty members and a talk by an alumnus who works at Liberty Mutual. For more information, please visit their website.

**BCMS Elections**

Congratulations to the newly elected board of the BC Math Society. Pictured are Matthew MacDonald, Vice President and Ashley Zhang, President. Other officers are Lesley Huang, Treasurer; Constance Crummey, Secretary; and Rachael Matvichuk, Publicity Chair. Elections for class representatives will be held in September.

**Mathematics Department Awards Ceremony**

Conor Schlick and Vittoria Macadino were awarded the Paul J. Sally, Jr. Award and Albert A. Bennett Award, respectively. They are shown above with Prof. Solomon Friedberg, Chair of the Mathematics Department, and Prof. Margaret Kenney, Assistant Director of the Math Institute and Professor of Mathematics. More info on Awards

**2010 Alumnus of the Year**

Dr. Paul Kyo Jhin has been named Lipscomb University's 2010 Alumnus of the Year. Dr. Jhin earned a M.A. in Mathematics from Boston College in 1967. He is currently leader of the Information and Technology Corps (a UN Partner Organization), and Chairman of the World Mine Resources in Los Angeles.

Professor Benson Farb** **of the University of Chicago gave three talks as the 2009-2010 Boston College Distinguished Lecturer in Mathematics. Prof. Farb is an internationally renowned mathematician who specializes in the interaction between geometry, topology and group theory. The first lecture, "Geometry and the Imagination (with applications)", was videotaped for Front Row.

**Mathematics Education seminar series**

The final two talks in the 2009-2010 series was sponsored by the Departments of Mathematics and Teacher Education. Schedule of speakers. View the February speaker, Dr. Alan Schoenfeld, on BC's Front Row.

**Math for America Info Session**

The Math Department and the BC Math Society are pleased to jointly sponsor an info session by Math for America, to take place in Carney 309 on October 12 at noon. MFA fellows can receive up to $100,000 in stipends in addition to a full-time teacher's salary, and they can make a difference.

**The BC Math Society's spring lecture**

Cosponsored by the Mathematics Department, will be presented by Prof. Amir Aczel on Wednesday, April 7 in Carney 302 at 5:00 p.m. His talk is titled "Mathematics, Physics, and the LHC: the Largest Machine Ever Built." Pizza to follow.

**The Math Department and the BC Math Society **

Will once again co-sponsor a Block Party before registration. Meet the professors and grab some pizza on Thursday, April 8 in Carney 309, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

**Congratulations**

To Martin Bridgeman, who has been promoted to Full Professor!

**Book Acceptance**

Professor and Chair Solomon Friedberg has had his book *Weyl Group Multiple Dirichlet Series: Type A Combinatorial Theory *(authored jointly with Profs. Daniel Bump of Stanford and Benjamin Brubaker of MIT) accepted by the prestigious book series *Annals of Mathematics Studies*, published by Princeton University Press.

**Jay Pottharst awarded NSF Mathematical Sciences Postdoctoral Research Fellowship. **

Visiting Assistant professor Jonathan (Jay) Pottharst, a number theorist who has been a faculty member here at BC since he received his Ph.D. in 2008, has been awarded a prestigious NSF Mathematical Sciences Postdoctoral Research Fellowship. This award provides funding to carry out research full-time for two years over a three-year period.

**New articles by BC faculty in elite math journals
**Prof. Sol Friedberg' s paper "Weyl group multiple Dirichlet series, Eisenstein series and crystal bases" (joint with Benjamin Brubaker and Daniel Bump) has been accepted by the

*Annals of Mathematics*

*,*one of the three elite mathematics journals. In this paper Prof. Friedberg describes a class of Fourier coefficients using structures arising in the theory of quantum groups, which are not otherwise related. In addition, Prof. Rob Meyerhoff's paper "Minimum volume cusped hyperbolic three-manifolds" (joint with David Gabai and Peter Milley) has appeared in Vol. 22, No. 4 of the Journal of the American Mathematical Society, another of the three elite math journals. In this paper, Prof. Meyerhoff proves that the "Weeks manifold" is the smallest possible hyperbolic 3-manifold.

**The 2010 Calendar '12 Theorems by Women Mathematicians" **

Features Prof. Jenny Baglivo.

**Boston College's new Ph.D. program in math**

Was represented at the Graduate School Fair being held at the 2010 Joint Math Meetings. The fair took place on Friday January 15, 8:30 - 10:30 a.m., Room 3001, on the third floor of the Moscone Center in San Francisco. To accommodate applicants who learn about our program at the fair, the department accepted applications for admission beyond the official due date of January 2, 2010.

**The BC Problem Group**

Participated in the William Lowell Putnam competition in December.

**Math Department faculty and students enjoyed pizza and conversation at the annual Fall Block Party**

Cosponsored by the Math Department and the BC Math Society.

**Mark Reeder**

With Stephen DeBacker of the University of Michigan, has published "Depth-zero Supercuspidal L-packets and Their Stability" in the Annals of Mathematics.

**The best job in the U.S...Mathematician!**

According to a recent study reported in the *Wall Street Journal*, the three best occupations in the U.S. are (1) Mathematician; (2) Actuary; and (3) Statistician.

**New faculty**

Have joined the Mathematics Department this year, increasing our presence in the area of Geometry and Topology. Eli Grigsby, who received her Ph.D. from Berkeley and did post-doctoral work at Columbia University, will join as a tenure-track Assistant Professor. We are also hosting three visitors: Professors Hua Bai (Southern California), Sungmo Kang (U. of Texas at Austin) and Ilker Yuce (U. of Illinois at Chicago). All four specialize in the field of Topology.

**The second edition **

Of *An Introduction to Analysis*, by retired faculty members Gerald Bilodeau, Paul Thie, and G.E. Keough has just been published by Jones and Bartlett.

**The Department of Mathematics is pleased to announce that our Ph.D. program in mathematics has been approved**

We will admit our first class of doctoral students in the Fall of 2010. We look forward to implementing a program that allows our students to reach a high level of scholarship as they experience the excitement of carrying out mathematics research, and also to develop excellence in teaching. Details of the program will be announced this fall.

**Ebony Harvey **

A second-year graduate student, will be presenting a poster on Knot Theory at the Conference for African American Researchers in Mathematical Sciences (CAARMS) this summer. She has received full funding from the conference.

**Solomon Friedberg**

Has written an Op-Ed piece for the Boston Globe about the current state of mathematics and science education.

**Math Department faculty**

Will be traveling the globe this summer. Seven of our faculty will be presenting research at mathematics conferences, from Ireland to Germany to Japan to the US, while Professors Martin Bridgeman and Tao Li will be serving as co-organizers for the 5th William Rowan Hamilton Geometry and Topology Workshop, held in conjunction with the Hamilton Mathematics Institute, Trinity College, Dublin.

**Thomas R. Runyon **and **Rebecca F. Wentzel**

Have been selected as the 2009 recipients of the Paul J. Sally, Jr. Award and the Albert A. Bennett Award, respectively. In addition, 22 students were inducted into Pi Mu Epsilon, the mathematics honor society.

**Teaching Award Received Solomon Friedberg**

Professor of mathematics and department chair, has received the Mathematical Association of America's 2009 Northeastern Section Award for Distinguished College or University Teaching.

**Master Educator Recognized**

The Association of Teachers of Mathematics in Massachusetts presented the inaugural Rev. Stanley J. Bezuszka, S.J. Achievement Award for Excellence in the Teaching and Learning of Mathematics to Professor Margaret J. Kenney at their Spring Conference in Marlborough, Massachusetts.

**Graduate Student Recognized Ebony Harvey **

Has been accepted with full funding to attend the Arizona Winter School 2009 at the Southwest Center for Arithmetic Geometry.

**Papers in Top Journals**

Congratulations are in order to two BC math faculty who have had articles accepted or appear recently in top math journals. Prof. Mark Reeder (with S. DeBacker) has published "Depth-zero supercuspidal L-packets and their stability," a 107 page parer, in the May 2009 issue of Annals of Mathematics. Prof. Rob Meyerhoff (with D. Gabai and P. Milley) has had his paper "Minimum volume cusped hyperbolic 3-manifolds" accepted by the Journal of the American Mathematical Society.

**Second Annual Boston College Distinguished Lecturer in Mathematics Announced**

Professor Ravi Vakil of Stanford will be speaking this spring as the department's second annual Boston College Distinguished Lecturer in Mathematics. Prof. Vakil is a renowned algebraic geometer who has received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, the Andre-Aisenstadt Prize from the CRM in Montreal, an American Mathematical Society Centennial Fellowship, a Frederick E. Terman fellowship, and an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship. He will be the Mathematical Association of America's 2009 Hedrick Lecturer. He also received Stanford's 2004-05 Dean's Award for Distinguished Teaching and the Brown Faculty Fellowship. Prof. Vakil will be visiting the department March 31 and April 1, 2009.

**Pizza and Profs Event**

Math majors, minors, and other students interested in advanced mathematics courses met with department faculty over pizza on March 26th.

**New One-Credit Courses**

In the fall of 2009, the Math Department will offer 3 one-credit courses. The courses will each meet once per week and, as noted, carry one credit. These courses will not count as electives for the purpose of the mathematics electives for a mathematics major or minor. Neither will they count as courses for the 38-course requirement for graduation from Boston College. Rather, these should be seen as enrichment courses for mathematics majors or interested students in other departments.

**New Elective Opportunity**

The Mathematics Department will occasionally allow courses taken from other BC departments to count as electives for the mathematics major.

**Teaching Award**

Professor and Chair Solomon Friedberg has been selected as the winner of the Mathematical Association of America's 2009 Northeastern Section Award for Distinguished College or University Teaching. The Northeastern Section of the MAA includes the six New England states of Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont, and the four Canadian provinces of New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island. Prof. Friedberg was cited for his enthusiasm and skill in the classroom, his commitment to his students and accessibility outside the classroom, and his efforts to improve the teaching of the next generation of college and university faculty.

**New Hire Announced**

Dr. Julia Elisenda (Eli) Grigsby will be joining the Mathematics Department next fall as an Assistant Professor. Dr. Grigsby is currently a third-year NSF postdoctoral fellow in the Columbia University Mathematics Department. She studies low-dimensional topology, especially applications of Heegaard Floer homology to knot concordance questions and interactions between Heegaard Floer homology and Khovanov homology.

**Graduate Award**

First-year graduate student Ebony Harvey (pictured above) has been accepted with full funding to attend the Arizona Winter School 2009 at the Southwest Center for Arithmetic Geometry.

**The best job in the U.S...Mathematician!**

According to a recent study reported in the *Wall Street Journal*, the three best occupations in the U.S. are (1) Mathematician; (2) Actuary; and (3) Statistician.

**Upcoming Talks**

Prof. Ben Howard has been invited to speak at the Southern California Number Theory Day held at Caltech on Saturday, February 28.

**Special General-Audience Lecture**

Professor Tom Banchoff of Brown University spoke on "The Four-Dimensional Geometry and Theology of Salvador Dali."

**Most Downloaded Paper from Crelle's Journal...**is "On the

*p*-parts of quadratic Weyl group multiple Dirichlet series" by Gautam Chinta, Solomon Friedberg, and Paul E. Gunnells.

**Math Major? Career Options are Limitless!**

"Your career as a teacher, corporate researcher, business executive, venture capitalist or investor - as a math major, you don't have to pick just one!" Dr. Don Telage, a new part-time faculty member in Mathematics, shared his varied experiences in all these careers and more over pizza in a short, informal talk, followed by discussion and Q&A on Thursday, Nov. 20.

**Looking for a Math Elective?**

The Math Department is introducing two new electives: MT450 Advanced Linear Algebra, and MT455 Mathematical Problem Solving.

**BC Math Society/Math Department Block Party**

Students enjoyed pizza and took advantage of the chance to ask Math professors about the Math major, classes being offered next year, and opportunities for mathematicians. If you missed it, feel free to stop by the department with any questions.

**Jenson to Speak on Technology-Enhanced Feedback**

Prof. Richard Jenson** **has been selected to present a 45-minute address in the Session on Pedagogy and Research Assessment at the International Conference in Collegiate Mathematics to take place March 12-15, 2009 in New Orleans. His presentation is titled "Technology Enhanced Feedback and Engagement in Teaching Calculus."

**BC Math Society Elects Officers
**The BC Math Society held its first meeting of the year on Wednesday, October 8. This year's officers are Albert Meng (President), Grant Salzano (Vice President), Ben Kocarnik (Secretary), Stephanie Chmura (Treasurer), and Jessica Ulcickas (Publicity Chair).

**New NSA Grant Awarded
**Prof. Avner Ash has been awarded a two-year grant by the National Security Agency for his research in Number Theory. The project is entitled "Mathematical Sciences: Cohomology of Arithmetic Groups and Galois Representations."

**Upcoming BBC Program - "The Story of Maths"**

The British Broadcasting Company will be airing a program on the history of mathematics, presented by Prof. Marcus du Sautoy of the University of Oxford.

**Workshop Organizers**

Profs. Martin Bridgeman and Tao Li** **served on the organizing committee for the 4th William Rowan Hamilton Geometry and Topology Workshop held August 28-30, 2009 at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. The workshop was co-sponsored by Boston College, and included a wine reception at Boston College Centre for Irish Programmes in Dublin. The theme of this year's workshop was Heegard splittings, mapping class groups, curve complexes and related topics.

**Friedberg Reappointed as Editor**

Chair and Professor Sol Friedberg has been appointed to a second two-year term as editor of the book series *Issues in Mathematical Education*; he will now serve as editor through 2010. This series, published by the American Mathematical society and the Conference Board of the Mathematical Sciences, is devoted to upgrading the base of scholarly knowledge concerning learning, teaching, and curriculum at the undergraduate and graduate levels in the mathematical sciences, the education of pre-service teachers for the mathematical sciences, and graduate programs in education in the mathematical sciences.

**New Joint BC-MIT Seminar Series**

Boston College and MIT will join forces this coming year to create a Number Theory Seminar series, with the goal of attracting number theorists from the greater Boston area and featuring important advances in modern number theory.

**The Mathematics of Middle School**

Prof. Solomon Friedberg was one of a group of 12 mathematicians who met twice this year in Berkeley, California to clarify the mathematical underpinnings of secondary school mathematics in the United States. This project, funded by the Noyce Foundation, is the initial step in a larger effort to provide a comprehensive treatment of mathematical topics that generate confusion in school mathematics.

**BC Math Professor Contributes to Revising the AP Calculus Curriculum**

Prof. C-K Cheung was one of about 50 university faculty members from around the country to participate in the AP Calculus Faculty Conference, which took place in Chicago October 4-5, 2008. Participants reviewed a draft of the new AP Calculus curriculum, and worked on changes to it.

**Putnam Competition**The William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition will take place this year, here at BC and across the US and Canada, on Saturday, Dec. 6. Professors Keane and King will be holding problem sessions for any undergraduates interested in participating. The competition is based on the usual mathematics curriculum (calculus and linear algebra, for example), and rewards not just knowledge but ingenuity and insight. If you would like more information but missed the first organizational meeting, contact Professor Keane.

**The Ideal Mathematics Teacher**

Chair and Professor Sol Friedberg was recently featured in the online publication of the Centro de Modelamiento Matemático at the University of Chile, when he was invited to visit that nation to advise them on several projects related to the mathematical preparation of future teachers.

**A Passion for Mathematics**

BC Math Department alumnus Dr. Paul J. Sally, Jr. (BA '54, MA '56), a mathematician who is world-renowned for both his research and his contributions to mathematics education, was recently profiled in the *University of Chicago Magazine*.

**Friedberg Featured Speaker in Edinburgh**

Professor Sol Friedberg presented a talk this summer at the *Conference on Multiple Dirichlet Series and Applications to Automorphic Forms*, sponsored by the International Centre for Mathematical Sciences.

**Mirollo attends IMA course in Mathematical Neuroscience
**Professor Rennie Mirollo participated in this intensive course at the Institute for Mathematics and its Applications. This exciting field of research involves mathematical theory as relevant to studies of the brain and neural networks.

**Congratulations to Our Undergraduate Award Winners!**

The* Albert A. Bennett Award *was given to Colleen A. Sampson, and the *Paul J. Sally Jr. Award* was presented to Brendan Keenan.

**Congratulations on Book Publication**

Congratulations are due to Paul R. Thie and Jerry Keough on the publication of the third edition of *Introduction to Linear Programming and Game Theory*.

**NSF Grant Awarded**

Professor Mark Reeder has been awarded a new 3-year, $135,326, National Science Foundation grant for his research on explicit Langlands correspondences. This belongs to the interface between the fields of Representation Theory (the study of the manifestation of symmetry) and Number Theory. The Langlands correspondence is a series of conjectures which predict strong interactions between three very different kinds of symmetries: i) symmetries of the roots of polynomials; ii) symmetries in finite dimensional spaces, such as one sees in the Platonic solids; and iii) symmetries in infinite dimensional spaces. It is expected that verification of the Langlands correspondence will lead to deep new results in Number Theory.

**Awarded Tenure**

Assistant Professors Benjamin Howard and Tao Li** **have been promoted to Associate Professor with tenure. Their promotions are effective for the coming academic year. We congratulate these two outstanding scholars and teachers on their accomplishments.

**Donald J. White Teaching Award winners**

The Math Department was fortunate to have an outstanding group of teaching fellows for the 2007-2008 academic year. We are pleased to announce that each of them has received the Donald J. White Teaching Award, which recognizes teaching excellence by graduate students. Congratulations to Tara Barnum, Michelle Clement, Elizabeth Dobrowolski, Rose Morgan, George Potter, and Bronwen Price.

**Earthquakes and Mathematics**

Professor Dan Chambers** **will be presenting a lecture entitled "Forecasting Earthquakes: A Statistical Approach" at the Weston Observatory (381 Concord Road, Weston, MA) from 7-9 p.m. on Wednesday, May 14th, and again on May 21st. Reservations are required, due to limited seating. For more information, call 617-552-8300.

**Recent and Upcoming Invited Talks**

Professor Avner Ash has spoken on "Stable Group Homology and Hecke Operators" at Brandeis University's Everytopic Seminar and at Boston University's Algebra Seminar, and will give a talk at New College, Florida later this month. He will also speak in May at the Wesleyan University Algebra Seminar. Professor Solomon Friedberg presented a talk entitled "Twisted Euler Products and Gelfand-Tsetlin Patterns" at the American Mathematical Society meetings in New York City this past March, and at the Stanford/AIM Number Theory Seminar. Professor Benjamin Howard has made presentations at the University of Toronto Number Theory Seminar, and at the Workshop on Automorphic Forms, Geometry, and Arithmetic at Oberwolfach, Germany in February. He also gave a talk entitled "Recent Developments in Number Theory: Selmer Groups, L-functions, and Galois Deformations" at UCLA in March.

**Dr. John Horton Conway lectures**

Our new Boston College Distinguished Lecturer in Mathematics series was successfully launched with lectures by Professor John Horton Conway, holder of the John von Neumann Chair of Mathematics at Princeton University. Dr. Conway has made significant contributions in a number of mathematical fields: the theory of finite groups, knot theory, number theory, game theory, coding theory, tiling, and the creation of new number systems. He also is noted for his interest in mathematical games, and is the inventor of the "Game of Life", a computer simulation of simple cellular "life" in which simple rules give rise to amazingly complex behavior. His first lecture, "The Surreal Numbers," drew a standing-room only crowd, and will soon be available on Front Row.

**Actuarial Exam Review Classes**

Review classes for the first actuarial exam are being held each Wednesday from 3-4 p.m. in Carney 003. The subject matter is probability and statistics. All interested students are welcome.

**Appointment**

Professor Solomon Friedberg has been appointed to a three-year term on the Massachusetts Department of Education's Mathematics and Science Advisory Council. This council advises the Commissioner of Education and the Board of Education on matters pertinent to mathematics and science education in the Commonwealth.

**Appointment**

Professor Avner Ash** **has recently been appointed as an editor of the *Journal of Number Theory*, an eminent journal in the field of number theory dedicated to providing an international forum for the publication of original research in this field. It has an editorial board of number theorists based all over the United States and Europe.

**Geometry and the Imagination**

Professor Rob Meyerhoff** **is among a trio of US and Australian academics who have proven that the "Weeks manifold" is indeed the smallest possible hyperbolic 3-manifold.

**Appointment**

Professor Solomon Friedberg has been appointed to the Advisory Board for the American Mathematical Society's Working Group on Preparation for Technical Careers.

**BC Math Society and Math Department co-sponsor Ice Cream Social
**Join us on April 8th in Carney 309, from noon until 2 p.m., for ice cream sundaes and a chance to meet with the professors who will be teaching upper-level mathematics courses in the coming Fall semester. Bring your questions and your sweet tooth!

**Dr. Barry Cipra to speak at BC**

The Math Department and the BC Math Society have invited Barry Cipra to give a talk at BC on Tuesday, February 19th at 5 p.m. in Carney 103. Dr. Cipra is a prolific mathematics writer. He is a Contributing Correspondent for *Science* magazine, and the author of a number of popular math books including the series "What's happening in the mathematical sciences?", for which he won the Joint Policy Board in Mathematical Sciences Communication Award in 2005. The title of Dr. Cipra's talk is "SeVenn, EleVenn, and Beyond".

**Our Harvard Connection**

Caroline Jeffery (Mathematics, Boston College, B.A. 2000, M.A. 2002) has recently completed all coursework and qualifying exams on the way to earning a Ph.D. in Biostatistics from Harvard University. She will be working on statistical issues in biosurveillance under the supervision of Professor Marcello Pagano. Caroline will be our third graduate to earn a doctoral degree from the Biostatistics Department at Harvard. Prior graduates worked on statistical issues in pharmacogenetics and in neurotoxicity.

**New Department Administration in Place for 2007-2008**

Professor Solomon Friedberg has accepted the position of Department Chair, beginning June 1. He assumes the Office now being vacated by Professor Jerry Keough, who returns to the faculty after serving six years as Chair. Professor Dan Chambers will serve as Undergraduate Vice Chair, while Professor Rob Meyerhoff will become Graduate Vice Chair. Professor Richard Jenson will serve as the department's Computer/Technology Liaison.

**Welcome Visitors**

The mathematics department is hosting the Clavius Group, an international society of Catholic mathematicians, during July 2007. We extend them a warm welcome and wish them a productive visit to BC.

**Workshop Organizer**

Professor Martin Bridgeman is one of the organizers of the third William Rowan Hamilton Geometry and Topology Workshop at the Hamilton Math Institute in Dublin, Ireland, this fall. Boston College Ireland will host a wine reception for the workshop participants.

**Senior Publishes in Mathematics Journal**

Clare Duan '07, has distinguished herself by becoming the first undergraduate who has published in a mathematics journal. Her senior research thesis, *A Multi-Objective Approach to Portfolio Optimization,* has been published in the 2007 spring issue of the Rose-Hulman Undergraduate Math Journal. She was also invited to present her paper at the 2007 Hudson River Mathematics Conference and at the Pacific Coast Mathematics Conference in Malibu, California, sponsored by the Mathematics Association of America. There she was the recipient of a Student Speaker Award. Her research was conducted under Professor Nancy Rallis.

Clare, from Guangzhou, China, is a double major in finance and mathematics. She has played a leadership role instrumental in the revival of the Boston College Mathematics Society. In June, she will take a position as an investment banking analyst at a major financial institution on Wall Street.

**2007 Award Winners Announced**

Senior Alex C. Landraitis of West Roxbury, MA, was selected as recipient of the 2007 Paul J. Sally, Jr. award. This award, endowed by Professor Sally himself, is presented annually to a graduating senior (or seniors) who has shown true, academic distinction in a demanding program in Mathematics. Alex has gone on to attend Cornell on a graduate fellowship, working towards a Ph.D. in mathematical logic.

Senior Elizabeth Rini** **of Malverne, NY, was selected as the recipient of the 2007 Albert A. Bennett award. This award, endowed by friends of Professor Bennett after his death in 1971 and instituted in 1980, is presented annually to a graduating mathematics major who has shown a high level of achievement and a desire to teach mathematics. Elizabeth did her prepracticum work at Needham High School, and her full practicum (student teaching) at Newton North High School this past spring. She hopes to find a high school teaching position near her home in NY this Fall.

Three graduating seniors have been designated as graduates with Departmental Honors in 2007. They are Laura K. Henry, Alex C. Landraitis, and Janine D. Molino. Departmental Honors recipients must complete the mathematics major with a high level of accomplishment, and additionally complete two graduate courses (800-level) and participate in either a directed readings program or the undergraduate honors seminar.

**New NSF Grant**

Professor Martin Bridgema**n** has received a new 3-year NSF Grant for his work on Geodesic Currents, Hyperbolic Geometry, and Dynamical Systems.

**Friedberg and Team Awarded Multi-million Dollar Grant**

Mathematics Professor Solomon Friedberg is one of a team of investigators that have been awarded a 1.5 million dollar, three-year, NSF grant.

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