Department of Mathematics and Statistics
- December 11, 2018:
Office of Research & Engagement has awarded Jianping Sun a New Faculty Grant (\$5000), and Xiaoli Gao (jointly with Jing Deng in
Computer Science) a Regular Faculty Grant ($10,000). Congratulations to both Jianping and Xiaoli.
- November 29, 2018:
Austin Lawson successfully defended his Ph.D. dissertation titled, "On the preservation of coarse properties over products and on persistence
curves". Austin was advised by Greg Bell. Congratulations to both Austin and Greg.
- November 3, 2018:
The Department of Mathematics and Statistics hosted the 14th Annual UNCG Regional Mathematics and Statistics Conference (RMSC) on
November 3, 2018. The conference was attended 175 participants including: 134 students: 4 middle and high school students, 99 undergraduate students, and 31
graduate students; and 40 faculty and industry representatives. Congratulations to Jan Rychtář and members of the organizing committee for organizing a successful conference.
- November 1, 2018:
Ratnasingham Shivaji has been invited to join the 2019 class of the Fellows of the American Mathematical Society (AMS). Please see the link: https://www.ams.org/profession/ams-fellows/new-fellows for more information. He will be honored at the Fellows reception at the 2019 Joint Mathematics Meeting in January.
See also the Campus Weekly article link, https://uc.uncg.edu/prod/cweekly/2018/11/12/dr-ratnasingam-shivaji-honored-as-fellow-of-the-american-mathematical-society/.
- October 7, 2018:
The Department successfully hosted the International Conference on Advances in Interdisciplinary Statistics and Combinatorics (AISC)
October 5-7, 2018. There were 8 plenary talks, 122 other talks (25 of which were given by students) and 174 delegates. Congratulations to Sat Gupta and the
members of the organizing committee for organizing a successful conference.
- August 1, 2018:
NSF awarded a grant for $9,000 to support the 2019 UNCG Summer School in Computational Number Theory workshop. Congratulations to Brett Tangedal, Talia Fernós, Sebastian Pauli, Dan Yasaki, and Filip Saidak.
- July 27, 2018:
The Department was involved in hosting four excellent REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates) programs, namely, Math-Bio REU,
Statistics REU, NREUP (National Research Experience for Undergraduates Program), and Number Theory REU at Elon University. The first three programs'
final research presentations were held at UNCG on Friday, July 20, where a total of 8 presentations were made. Associate Dean Stan Faeth was present to hand
over certificates to each participant. The Number Theory REU program's final research presentations were held at Elon University on Wednesday, July 25, 2018,
where a total of 4 presentations were made. The participants of these REUs came from 23 universities. Congratulations to Jan Rychtář (Math-Bio REU), Sat Gupta (Statistics REU), Igor Erovenko (NREUP) and Sebastian Pauli (Number Theory REU) for organizing these successful programs.
- June 1, 2018
The UNCG Summer School in Computational Number Theory was held May 28-June 1, 2018. There were 26 participants who attended the
workshop from various universities. Thanks go to Dan Yasaki, Sebastian Pauli, Filip Saidak, and Brett Tangedal for organizing a successful workshop.
- May 9, 2018
The Department successfully hosted its Fourth Quantitative Methodology Series on May 7 & 9, 2018. There were 69 participants over 2 days
of 4 workshops. Thanks go to Scott Richter, Sat Gupta, and Matt Jester for organizing a successful workshop.
- April 23, 2018:
Professor Sat Gupta was featured in UNCG's research magazine in an article entitled, "Much More Than Numbers".
- April, 9, 2018
Wei Chen (Vivian) successfully defended her Ph.D. dissertation titled "Spectral Estimation for Random Processes with Stationary Increments" on Monday, March 12, 2018. Vivian was advised by Haimeng Zhang.
- March 22, 2018:
Sat Gupta and Tom Lewis have been chosen by the College of Arts and Sciences to receive 2018 Teaching Excellence Awards.
Sat will receive the Senior Teaching Excellence Award and Tom will receive the Junior (Tenure-Track) Teaching Excellence Award.
These awards will be presented to them at the Dean's End of Year Celebration event on April 30th at 2 p.m.
- March 22, 2018:
Carri Richter has been selected as one of the recipients of a 2018 College of Arts and Sciences Staff Excellence Award. This award will be presented to her at the Dean's End of Year Celebration event on April 30th at 2 p.m.
- February 10, 2018:
Igor Erovenko has been awarded a CURM (Center for Undergraduate Research in Mathematics) mini-grant for the 2018-2019 academic year. CURM is funded by the National Science Foundation.
- January 10, 2018:
Gideon Wasserberg, Malcolm Schug and Matina Kalcounis-Ruppell from Biology, and Cliff Smyth from Mathematics & Statistics have received a Giant Steps Research Development Grant of $25,000 for their proposal titled:
"Characterization of Lyme disease spread from Virginia into North Carolina: the role of topographic corridors and anthropogenic disturbance"
- December 11, 2017:
Congratulations to Tom Lewis and Yi Zhang for being awarded a Regular/New Faculty Grant of $10,000 from the Office of Research and Engagement through June 30, 2019.
- December 11, 2017:
Congratulations to Talia Fernós on her four-year appointment to the Executive Committee of the Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM).
- November 28, 2017:
Greg Bell was selected this year to receive the Department of Mathematics and Statistics Award For Distinguished Service.
On November 27, 2017, Greg Bell was presented with this award at our monthly Graduate Tea. Greg was chosen for The Award for Distinguished Service to the Department because of his outstanding service as Director of Graduate Studies and leading efforts beyond normal expectations towards achieving excellent growth to the Ph.D. Program in Computational Mathematics.
Dean Emeritus Tim Johnston who was our special guest at this Graduate Tea formally made this presentation to Greg.
- November 6, 2017:
The Department of Mathematics and Statistics hosted the 13th Annual UNCG Regional Mathematics and Statistics Conference (RMSC) on November 3-4, 2017.
The conference was attended by a record number of 255 participants including: 209 students: 46 middle and high school students, 132 undergraduate students, and 31 graduate students; and 46 faculty and industry representatives.
- August 23, 2017:
Congratulations to Sat Gupta, Xiaoli Gao, and Somya Mohanty (Computer Science)!
The American Statistical Association (ASA) will support a Summer 2018 REU at UNCG (via funds provided to the ASA by NSF).
Sat serves as the PI for this grant.
The Co-PIs are Xiaoli and Somya.
The grant will fund 4 students recruited nationally.
Two local students will be added to the program via help from the Dept of Math. & Stat. and the Dept. of Computer Science. The main purpose of the grant is to compare quality of predictive modeling through statistical and machine learning methods both for real data and noise-added data. Total direct funding size is app $38600.
- July 24, 2017:
The Department successfully completed a fourth summer of an NSF-funded REU Site in Mathematical Biology.
This was the first summer of the second NSF grant for the REU Site (Lead Principal Investigator, Jan Rychtář; Principal Investigator, Olav Rueppell; and Senior Personnel, Igor Erovenko, Xiaoli Gao, David Remington, Jonathan Rowell, and Filip Saidak). For nine weeks in 2017 (mid-May till the end of July), Igor, Filip, Olav (from Biology), and Hyunju Oh (Bennett College) worked with ten undergraduate students who came from Bennett College, Bowdoin College, Northern Michigan University, Regis University, University of Minnesota, UNCG, and Whitworth University.
The students were split into four groups to work on research projects in mathematical biology.
The 2017 projects focused on voluntary vaccination policies to eradicate Ebola, optimal vaccination strategies to reduce endemic levels of meningitis in Africa, optimal vaccination strategies to combat S. Typhi transmission in South Asia, and social interaction of bees and IAPV transmission.
Congratulations to all the research mentors! See also: http://research.uncg.edu/spotlight/students-explore-diseases-in-humans-and-honeybees-in-summer-research-program/
- Summer 2017:
This summer we had 5 new Ph.D. graduates. Quinn Morris successfully defended his Ph.D. dissertation titled: "Analysis of Classes of Superlinear Semipositone Problems with Nonlinear Boundary Conditions".
Byungjae Son successfully defended his Ph.D. dissertation titled: "Analysis of Classes of Singular Steady State Reaction Diffusion Equations".
Catherine Payne successfully defended her Ph.D. dissertation titled: "Approximation of Neutral Delay-Differential Equations".
Jonathan Milstead successfully defended his Ph.D. dissertation titled: "Computing Galois Groups of Eisenstein Polynomials over p-acidic Fields".
Ricky Farr successfully defended his Ph.D. dissertation titled: "Results about Fractional Derivatives of Zeta Functions".
Quinn and Byungjae were advised by Ratnasingham Shivaji.
Catherine was advised by Rich Fabiano.
Jonathan and Ricky were advised by Sebastian Pauli.
Our department has now had a total of 11 Ph. D. graduates, including the following 6 previous Ph. D. graduates: Abraham Abebe ("Positive Solutions of Nonlinear Elliptic Boundary Value Problems", advisor: Maya Chhetri),
Danielle Moran ("Permanence Results for Dimension-Theoretic Course Notions", advisor: Greg Bell), Brian Sinclair ( "Algorithms for Enumerating Invariants and Extensions of Local Fields", advisor: Sebastian Pauli),
Christopher Vanlangenberg ("Data Generation and Estimation for Axially Symmetric Processes on the Sphere", advisor: Haimeng Zhang),
Tanja Zatezalo ("Generalized Mixture Estimators for the Finite Population Mean", advisor: Sat Gupta),
and Jeong Sep Sihm ("Modified Binary Randomized Response Technique Models", advisor: Sat Gupta).
- May 26, 2017:
The UNCG Summer School in Computational Number Theory was held May 22-May 26, 2017. There were 31 participants who attended the workshop from various universities. Thanks go to Dan Yasaki, Sebastian Pauli, Filip Saidak, and Brett Tangedal for organizing a successful workshop.
- April 26, 2017:
Jonathan Rowell has been selected for a Candace Bernard and Robert Glickman Dean's Professorship in the College of Arts & Sciences for 2017-18.
- April 18, 2017:
Dr. Holt Wilson and Dr. Tracey Howell, have received an award from the General Administration for the NC Quest Cycle XV project.
The project period is from 2/23/2017 through 6/30/2018. The award amount is for $153,377.
- April 13, 2017:
Professor Sat Gupta has been elected a Fellow of the American Statistical Association.
- March 28, 2017:
On March 22, Jeong Sihm successfully defended his PhD dissertation titled, "Modified Binary Randomized Response Technique Models". He had been working under the guidance of Sat Gupta, and he is currently on a Visiting Assistant Professor position at Guilford College.
- March 13, 2017:
The department congratulates our undergraduate majors, Ms. Ashley Jones and Mr. Christopher (Neil) Pritchard, who have each been selected to receive a Student Excellence Award, UNCG's highest academic honor for undergraduates.
- March 10, 2017:
The NSF officially announced the project entitled "REU Site: Mathematical Biology at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro" is funded for $304,959 from May 1, 2017 through April 30, 2020.
The department congratulates Jan Rychtar (PI), Olav Rueppell (Co-PI) and senior personnel David Remington, Jonathan Rowell, Xiaoli Gao, Igor Erovenko and Filip Saidak on this excellent achievement.
- March 8, 2017:
Sat Gupta has been selected to receive the 2016/17 University Senior Research Excellence Award.
- February 21, 2017:
Xiaoli Gao is one of the PIs on the following two UNCG Strategic Seed Grants:  Robust integrative data analysis for ontology-powered big biological data and  Identifying High-Risk and Underserved Neighborhoods for Interpersonal Violence and Abuse in Greensboro Using GIS and Big Data Analysis. Also, she was recently appointed as UNCG's liaison to NCDS (The National Consortium for Data Science).
- February 14, 2017:
As an example of the Department's expanding community engagement effort, Sat Gupta was a co-author and lead statistician on a paper with nurse researchers from Cone Health that won the 2016 AORN Journal Writers Contest for the article "Pressure Ulcers: Factors Contributing to Their Development in the OR." The award will be presented to the authors at the AORN Surgical Conference and Expo in Boston, MA, April 3, 2017.
- January 10, 2017:
UNCG math alumna Virginia Tucker featured in film, "Hidden Figures"
- January 8, 2017:
Monika Goel received the best presentation award for her talk titled:
"Skin to Skin-A Therapeutic Model in the Operating Room for Cesarean Cases - A Public/Private Partnership Project"
at the International Conference on "REENVISIONING ECONOMIES: INCLUSIVE GROWTH AND SUSTAINABILITY" held on December 20-21, 2016 at St Xavier's College, Jaipur, India.
Monika is currently pursuing an MA degree and Sat (Gupta) is her advisor.
- November 19, 2016:
The Indian Society of Agricultural Statistics has awarded Professor Sat Gupta the Sankhyiki Bhushan Award (literal meaning: person of eminence in statistics). This award is given annually and is one of the most prestigious statistics award in India. The award is will be presented to Sat, in absentia, on the morning of November 21 in Hyderabad, India.
- November 19, 2016:
Professor Sat Gupta was featured in UNCG's research magazine in an article entitled, "Survey Says...".
- November 19, 2016:
The Department hosted the 12th annual UNCG Regional Mathematics and Statistics Conference (RMSC) on November 11 and 12, 2016.
The conference was attended by a record number of 222 participants (159 students: 1 middle school, 1 high-school, 124 undergraduate, 33 graduate students, and 63 faculty).
The conference was very diverse as UNCG helps lead national efforts to increase opportunities for female and minority students in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. Almost 60% (93 out of 159) of the student participants were females.
- October 24, 2016:
Chris (Vanlangenberg) successfully defended his Ph.D. dissertation titled: "Data Generation and Estimation for Axially Symmetric Processes on the Sphere". Chris was advised by Haimeng Zhang.
- October 3rd, 2016:
Tanja (Zatezalo) successfully defended her Ph.D. dissertation titled: "Generalized Mixture Estimators for the Finite Population Mean". Tanja was advised by Sat Gupta
- October 10, 2016:
Congratulations to Maya Chhetri for being chosen for The Award for Distinguished Service to the Department. She was recognized for her dedication to student success in mathematics and statistics,
leading efforts to build a very successful Math Help Center,
as well as promoting innovative pedagogy in the development of the Math Emporium.
Both of these endeavors have garnered campus-wide recognition for the Department.
- October 2, 2016:
The Department successfully hosted the International Conference on Advances in Interdisciplinary Statistics and Combinatorics (AISC) September 30-October 2, 2016. There were 12 plenary talks, 144 other talks (23 of which were given by students) and 160 delegates. Congratulations to Dr. Sat Gupta for organizing a successful conference.
- September 26, 2016:
Congratulations to Quinn Morris and Byungjae Son for being the chosen recipients of our inaugural Department of Mathematics and Statistics Graduate Student Excellence Awards in Teaching and Research.
For more details, please see https://grs.uncg.edu/graduateawards/
- September 18, 2016:
The Department successfully hosted the 26th Palmetto Number Theory Series (PANTS XXVI) September 17-18, 2016. There were 4 plenary talks and 44 delegates attended. Congratulations to Brett Tangedal, Dan Yasaki and Sebastian Pauli for hosting and organizing a successful conference.
- August 1, 2016:
Jan Rychtar, Hyunju Oh, Chad Awtrey, and Dewey Taylor received an NSF grant for the amount of $31,730 for a three year period for the The Annual University of North Carolina Greensboro Regional Mathematics & Statistics Conference.
- July 29, 2016:
Professors Jan (Rychtar) and Jonathan (Rowell) successfully completed the third summer of the NSF funded REU project in mathematical biology. This summer, Xiaoli (Gao) and Igor (Erovenko) also joined the faculty mentoring team and directed research projects. For ten weeks in 2016 (mid-May to the end of July), Jan, Jonathan, Xiaoli, Igor and Olav Rueppell (from Biology) worked with nine undergraduate students that came from UNC, UNCG, University of Portland, Wake Forest University, Wentworth Institute of Technology, Western Carolina University, Western State Colorado University, and Winston Salem State University.The students were split into 4 groups and each group worked a math biology research project lead by two mentors. The projects focused on cholera prevention, modelling cancer, understanding genome of honey bees, and detection of genes anomalies.
- July 15, 2016:
Sat Gupta, Jan Rychtar and Ratnasingham Shivaji received a $5000 grant from IMA (Institute of Mathematics and its Applications) to support the International Conference on Advances in Interdisciplinary Statistics and Combinatorics to be held at UNCG during September 30 - October 2, 2016.
- June 3, 2016:
The UNCG Summer School in Computational Number Theory was held May 30-June 3, 2016. There were 22 participants who attended the workshop. Thanks go to Sebastian Pauli, Filip Saidak, Brett Tangedal and Dan Yasaki for organizing a successful workshop.
- May 2, 2016:
Undergraduate Math major (Statistics concentration) Emily Nance has won the 2015-16 Student Excellence Award!
This Award is decided by the Honors Council of Lloyd International Honors College.
She was honored at the 54th Student Honors Convocation on Wednesday April 27th in the EUC Auditorium.
- April 15, 2016:
The second annual Quantitative Methodology Series will be taking place May 16-18, 2016.
There will be four half-day workshops on topics in statistical methodology and software. For more information and to register: http://www.uncg.edu/mat/qms/
- April 7, 2016:
Thomas Lewis has been selected to receive a Candace Bernard and Robert Glickman Dean's Professorship in the College of Arts & Sciences for the academic year 2016-17.
This award will be announced at the College's End-of Year Celebration on Thursday, April 28, at 2 p.m. in Cone Ballroom.
- April 1, 2016:
Sebastian Pauli, Dan Yasaki and Brett Tangedal have been awarded an NSF grant in the amount of $53,973 for a three year period for the UNCG Summer School in Computational Number Theory.
- March 31, 2016:
Departmental Systems Administrator Richard Cheek has been selected as one of the recipients to receive the 2016 College of Arts and Sciences Staff Excellence Award.
- March 1, 2016
Sebastian Pauli, Dan Yasaki and Brett Tangedal have been awarded an NSA grant in the amount of $22,274 for a one year period for the UNCG Summer School in Computational Number Theory.
- February 2, 2016:
Carol Seaman and P. Holt Wilson (TEHE - SOE) have been awarded a fourth NC-Quest grant in the amount of $281,247 for 2016-17.
- December 9, 2015:
Dr.s Rychtář, Shivaji, Pauli, and Rowell were featured in UNCG's research magazine in an article entitled, "Mathematicians walk on the wild side in growing UNCG focus".
- November 11, 2015:
The Department hosted the 11th annual UNCG RMSC Conference on Nov 7, 2015.
The conference was attended by a record number of 169 participants (128 students: 2 high-school, 88 undergraduate, 38 graduate students, and 41 faculty).
The conference was very diverse as UNCG helps lead national efforts to increase opportunities for female and minority students in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. Over 50% (68 out of 128 students and 85 out of 169 total) participants were female and nearly 20% (25 out of 128 students) were racial minorities.
See full RMSC article here.
- October 19, 2015:
The 35th annual Southeastern Atlantic Regional Conference on Differential Equations (SEARCDE) was held October 10-11, 2015, in the Sullivan Science Building at UNCG.
Provost Dana Dunn opened the conference with welcoming remarks.
The conference featured plenary lectures from 4 international leaders in differential equations, and over 90 contributed lectures in parallel sessions.
One-hundred and twenty five researchers attended this conference.
- August 13, 2015:
Ratnasingham Shivaji, Dr. Jerome Goddard (Auburn University - Montgomery), and Dr. James Cronin (Louisiana State University) have received an NSF award for three years for a total amount of \$594,840.
UNCG's share will be \$203.834. The project is entitled, "Collaborative Research: Mathematical and Experimental Analysis of Ecological Models: Patches, Landscapes and Conditional Dispersal on the Boundary."
- August 1, 2015:
Richard Fabiano, Maya Chhetri and Tom Lewis have received an NSF award of $24,000 to support The 35th Southeastern Atlantic Regional Conference in Differential Equations (SEARCDE).
We will be hosting this conference at UNCG in October 10-11, 2015.
- July 25, 2015:
Professors Jan Rychtar and Jonathan Rowell successfully completed the second summer of the NSF funded REU project in mathematical biology.
They worked with 10 undergraduate students coming to UNCG for 10 weeks (mid May- end of July).
The students came from Grinnell College, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Gonzaga University, Northern Kentucky University, Mercer University, UNCG (two students), Winthrop University, Florida Southern College, and Texas Christian University.
- June 4, 2015:
There has been much publicity regarding the discontinuation of the BS-HS and BA-HS degrees. Please be assured that that we are continuing to prepare students for secondary licensure in mathematics through the High School Teaching Licensure concentration within the BA in mathematics major. Updates to our webpages will be completed soon.
- May, 2015:
Brian Sinclair was awarded a Ph.D. with his dissertation titled: "Algorithms for Enumerating Invariants and Extensions of Local Fields". Brian was advised by Sebastian Pauli.
- May 29, 2015:
From May 18-22, 2015 the department hosted a Summer School entitled: Zeta Functions - New Theory and Computations.
This workshop was supported by the NSF and attracted 29 participants, including 19 graduate students (6 UNCG and 13 external).
- May 13, 2015:
The Department hosted the Central Region State Mathematics Contest Finals on April 30, 2015. Sixty-one students from middle schools and high schools in the central region of North Carolina came to UNCG to compete in three divisions.
- May 8, 2015:
Dr. Clifford Smyth received a Simons Foundation Grant (Program: Collaboration Grants for Mathematicians) for his Project titled, "Collaboration in Combinatorics." This award will last from 2015 to 2020.
- May 8, 2015:
Dr. Xiaoli Gao received a Simons Foundation Grant (Program: Collaboration Grants for Mathematicians) for her Project titled, "Robust Estimation and Signal Approximation for High-dimensional Data." This award will last from 2015 to 2020.
- May 8, 2015:
Jan Rychtar, Ratnasingham Shivaji, Greg Bell, Dan Yasaki and Sebastian Pauli received a grant (approximate total value of $6500) from Mathematical Association of America to support the Preparation for Industrial Careers in Mathematical Sciences (PIC Math) project for the undergraduate students at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. This project will be coordinated with Dr. Hyunju Oh from Bennett College who received a similar grant and it is a part of ongoing and growing collaboration between UNCG and Bennett College math departments.
- May 7, 2015:
Ms. Stephanie Webster has been accepted to the Post-Baccalaureate Program in mathematics at the Center for Women in Mathematics at Smith College for the 2015-16 academic year.
- April 14, 2015:
Dr. Jan Rychtar, Dr. Hyunju Oh (Bennett College) and Dr. Joon-Yeoul Oh (Texas A&M University-Kingsville) have received funding of $25,716 from the Mathematical Association of America's National Research Experience for Undergraduates Program (NREUP), funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and National Security Administration (NSA) for their project Game Theory and Applications.
- April 13, 2015:
Departmental Faculty members Dr. Greg Bell and Dr. Tom Lewis have been selected for Faculty First Summer Scholarship Support Awards.
- April 8, 2015:
Talia Fernos has been selected to receive a Candace Bernard and Robert Glickman Dean's Professorship in the College of Arts & Sciences for the academic year 2015-16. This award will be announced at the College's End-of Year Celebration on Tuesday, April 28, at 2 p.m. in Cone Ballroom.
- March 31, 2015:
Dr. Jan Rychtar has been selected as this year's Thomas Undergraduate Research Mentor Award recipient. Dr. Rychtar will be honored on April 7th by the Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and Creativity Office.
- March 24, 2015:
The campus community is invited to stop by the Virginia Dare Room of the Alumni House on Monday, April 6th from 1:30-3:30 PM to wish Dr. Paul Duvall farewell and best wishes in retirement after 28 years of service.
- March 5, 2015:
Xiaoli Gao has been selected for a New Faculty Grant ($4,000).
- March 5, 2015:
Carol Seaman has received an award of $2,500 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH) for her project "UNCG's NC Science Festival 'Science, Science Everywhere'".
- February 5, 2015:
Haley Childers has been selected for one of the two 2015 UNCG Staff Excellence Awards. She will be recognized at a ceremony scheduled to be held on March 27, 9-11 a.m. at the EUC Auditorium. Her interview for the award can be viewed here.
- January 31, 2015:
Dan Yasaki has been awarded an NSA Young Investigators Grant. His research Proposal, "Voronoi eduction Theory and Applications to Arithmetic Groups", has been selected for funding for years 2015 and 2016 for $40,000.
- January 30, 2015:
Jan Rychtar and Dr. Hyunju Oh (Bennett College) have received a 2015-2016 CURM Faculty mini grant (total value of $21500) to work on research projects in game theory and mathematical biology with four undergraduate students from Bennett College during the 2015-2016 academic year.
CURM is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and by Brigham Young University.
- January 12, 2015: The Department of Mathematics and Statistics (through the collaboration with UNCG library) is starting The North Carolina Journal of Mathematics and Statistics.
The journal will publish high quality, refereed, open access articles from all areas of Mathematics and Statistics at no charge to the authors.
Greg Bell, Maya Chhetri, Sat Gupta, Sebastian Pauli, Jan Rychtar, Filip Saidak, and Jerry Vaughan are the founding editors of the journal and the editorial board is slowly expanding to eventually include faculty from all NC universities.
Jan (Rychtar) will serve as the Editor-in-Chief.
- December, 2014:
Danielle Moran was awarded a Ph.D. with her dissertation titled: "Permanence Results for Dimension-Theoretic Course Notions". Danielle was advised by Greg Bell.
- November 17, 2014: The first two Awards for Distinguished Service in the Department were presented to Haley Childers and Jan Rychtar.
Haley was honored for sustained excellence as Business Services Coordinator, her willingness to assist beyond normal expectations, consistent cooperation and helpfulness, and initiative in performing tasks.
Jan was honored for his dedication to undergraduate research, spearheading efforts to obtain external funding to support undergraduate research, and building a student research conference that has gained a national reputation for the Department and the University.
- November 11, 2014: On November 8-9, 2014 the Department hosted the Fall Southeastern Sectional Meeting of the American Mathematical Society (AMS).
Over 420 mathematics researchers attended this conference, which featured 344 session talks, three invited addresses and a special Maclaurin lecture given by James Sneyd of the University of Auckland. The participants came to UNCG from 38 states and 15 different countries (representing all inhabited continents). Nine UNCG faculty organized special sessions, four faculty members delivered invited talks, five UNCG graduate students gave invited talks, and one UNCG Computational Mathematics PhD alumnus gave an invited talk.
- November 5, 2014: The Department hosted the 10th UNCG RMCS Conference on Nov 1, 2014. It was attended by a record number of 169 participants (127 students: 1 high-school, 85 undergraduate, 41 graduate students, and 42 faculty) from a total of 31 schools attended conference. The participants came from groups underrepresented in STEM disciplines (47 female students, 16 female faculty; and also 19 African American, and 9 Hispanic)
The plenary lecture was delivered by Dr. Jerome Goddard II, Auburn University Montgomery. The students delivered a total of 65 presentations. 41 presentations were delivered by undergraduate students, 24 by graduate students.
- October 27, 2014: Mathematics major David Sykes applies game theory towards a Toxoplasmosis vaccine.
Someone you know probably has Toxoplasmosis. The Taxoplasmosa gondii protozoan, which reproduces in cats but infects many other animals, resides in nearly 1 out of 4 people over the age of twelve. The good news: UNCG senior David Sykes is working on the logistics for a vaccine to eliminate the infection in cats.
- October 24, 2014: Professor Sat Gupta is one of the four recipients this year for the awards for
"Outstanding service for the cause of Statistics in North Carolina" presented by the North Carolina Chapter of the American Statistical Association (NC-ASA).
It is an award given every two years by the NC-ASA.
The award was presented on October 11, 2014 at the banquet for the AISC 2014 International Conference held at UNCG.
- October 12, 2014: The Department hosted another successful International Conference on Advances in Interdisciplinary Statistics and Combinatorics on Oct 10-12, 2014.
The conference this year had a total of 184 delegates. There were 162 presentations including 33 by students. There were six undergraduates among student presenters.
There were 23 plenary talks by distinguished senior researchers. Four UNCG students also made presentations including two undergrads and two grads.
Twenty eight young researchers were supported from a grant by NSF.
- August, 2014:
Abraham Abebe was awarded the first Ph.D. with his dissertation titled: "Positive Solutions of Nonlinear Elliptic Boundary Value Problems". Abraham was advised by Maya Chhetri.
- August 4, 2014: Professors Jan Rychtar and Jonathan Rowell successfully completed the first summer of the NSF funded REU project in mathematical biology.
They worked with 8 undergraduate students coming to UNCG for 10 weeks (mid May - end of July).
The students came from Appalachian State University, Bennett College, Miami University, Michigan State University, NC State University, UNCG and UNC Wilmington.
- June 25, 2014: The Department of Math & Statistics hosted another successful UNCG Summer School in Computational Number Theory
from May 19-May 23rd, 2014. This year there were 28 participants, including 17 graduate students (5 UNCG and 12 external) and one undergraduate student from UNCG.
This project was supported by UNCG, the NSA , and the NSF.
- June 11, 2014: Dr. Haimeng Zhang received a two year (2013-2015) NSF research grant . The work on this grant will focus on the statistical analysis of
global-scale processes and phenomena.
- June 10, 2014: The Tenth Mississippi State Conference on Differential Equations and
Computational Simulations dedicated to Dr. Ratnasingham Shivaji in celebration of his 60th
birthday, his outstanding contributions to Differential Equations, and his service to MSU.
- June 10, 2014: Dr. Ratnasingham Shivaji received a Simons Foundation Grant
(Program: Collaboration Grants for Mathematicians) for his Project titled, "Analysis of nonlinear eigenvalue problems and applications." This award will last
from 2014 to 2019.
- June 2, 2014: UNCG Math & Statistics Department faculty member, Dr. Thomas Lewis has
been selected as a 2014-15 Project NExT Fellow.
- May 9, 2014: The Department of Mathematics and Statistics celebrated our 2013-2014 Graduates in our departmental graduation ceremony. Congratulations, Graduates!
- May 1, 2014: The Department of Mathematics and Statistics hosted the Central Region State
Mathematics Contest Finals. Fifty-one students from 19 middle schools and high schools came to UNCG to compete in two divisions.
- April 9, 2014: The Department of Mathematics and Statistics will host the UNCG Summer School in Computational Number Theory from May 19-May 23, 2014. Participants include eleven
students from all over the U.S., including two from the United Kingdom.
- March 20, 2014: UNCG Mathematics students Hollan Foltz and Austin Lawson have been awarded a Lloyd International Honors College Student Excellence Award,
UNCG's highest academic honor for undergraduates.
- March 12, 2014: The Department of Mathematics and Statistics will host a Mathematical Biology
REU (May 19-July 25, 2014) funded by NSF. Participants include eight students from all over the U.S., including one from UNCG.
- February 24, 2014: Dr. Philip K. Maini (Centre for Mathematical Biology, University of
Oxford) to visit UNCG March 24-26, 2014 for the Helen Barton Lecture Series in Mathematical Sciences.
- February 20, 2014: Math & Stat faculty Talia Fernos and Jan Rychtar were recognized for their accomplishments at the
"Celebration of Scholarship" event hosted at Scuppernong Books in downtown Greensboro.
- November 25, 2013: The department hosted a Graduate Tea, attended by
faculty and graduate students. Research and advising topics were discussed throughout the event.
- November 8, 2013: The department hosted a Statistics Luncheon, attended by 15 faculty
and staff. Ideas for
increased collaboration among units for advancing statistics awareness and practice on campus were discussed.
- November 2, 2013: The department hosted the 9th Annual UNCG Regional Mathematics and
Statistics Conference, featuring 157 participants from 35 schools.
- October 9, 2013: A dedication ceremony was held for the Jerry and Theresa Vaughan Conference
Room in honor of the outstanding contributions of current professor Jerry Vaughan, and his late wife,
Professor Theresa Vaughan.
- September 20, 2013: The student chapter of the Association for Women in Mathematics met for the first time. Led by Professor Talia Fernos, the group spent time getting to know one another and sharing stories about how they arrived at various points in their mathematical careers.
- August 28, 2013: The Department will host the 9th Annual UNCG Regional Mathematics and Statistics Conference on Saturday, November 2, 2013. The deadline for registration and abstract submission is October 11, 2013.
- August 21, 2013: The Department welcomed high school mathematics teachers in Guilford County "back to school" with a breakfast buffet at their annual district professional development day, held this year at Southwest Guilford High School. Dr. Tracey Howell and Dr. Carol Seaman, who represented the department at the event, will work with Martha Ray, Secondary Mathematics Curriculum Specialist for Guilford County Schools, during the upcoming school year to provide professional development for the county's high school math teachers.
- August 6, 2013: Professor Talia Fernos has been awarded a three year National Science Foundation research grant by the Division of Mathematical Sciences (Topology and Geometric Analysis Program). The work on this grant will focus on rigidity of isometric Hilbert space actions using the tool of low dimensional cohomology.
- June 10, 2013: The department hosted an end-of-the-year "Thank-You" luncheon for the mathematics department heads of all Guilford County High Schools at Mimi's Restaurant in Greensboro. Invited guests included Martha Ray and Ellen Lowe, Secondary Mathematics Curriculum Specialists of GCS, and Dr. Holt Wilson of the School of Education at UNCG.
- April 29, 2013: Dr. Greg Bell has been awarded funds to allow him to participate in IMA's program, "Scientific and Engineering Applications of Algebraic Topology". Dr. Bell will be at IMA for the Fall 2013 semester participating in this program.
- April 29, 2013: Dr. Jan Rychtar has received an award from the Mathematical Association of America (under the program National Research Experience for Undergraduates, funded by NSA and NSF). The grant title is "Game Theory and Applications".
- April 29, 2013: Dr. Clifford Smyth has been
awarded a Bernard-Glickman Dean's Professorship for 2013-14. This professorship recognizes the accomplishments and potential of outstanding junior faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Smyth will receive a one-time salary stipend and research fund.
- April 15, 2013: Dr. Talia Fernos received a grant award from Simons Foundation for Project, "Low Dimensional Cohomology and the Geometry of Hilbert Space" in Program "Collaboration Grants for Mathematicians" that will last from 2013 to 2018 as well as a New Faculty Grant and Summer Excellence Research Award from the University.
- February 26, 2013: Dr. Carol Seaman will serve as a Co-PI on an NC Quest grant recently awarded to UNCG. The project, "Core Math II: Assisting Teachers' Implementation of the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics with Learning Trajectories, Reform-Oriented Pedagogy, and Instructional Support," will empower public school teachers to better implement the state's new math standards in their classrooms.
- February 1, 2013: The UNCG Summer School in Computational Number Theory on Computational Algebraic Number Theory (May 20-24, 2013) is accepting applications until March 15, 2013.
- February 1, 2013: The department is now accepting applications (deadline April 1, 2013) for Departmental Scholarships for math majors and graduate students.
- November 15, 2012: UNCG Research congratulates Dr. Carol Seaman on receiving an award for her recent conference paper, "Sociomathematical norms and mathematical sophistication: a qualitative case study of an inquiry-based mathematics course for preservice elementary teachers."
- September 17, 2012: The department opens search for new Statistics faculty member. See the departmental Employment Opportunities.
- September 12, 2012: Two new faculty searches in Computational Mathematics are underway in the department. See the departmental Employment Opportunities.
- July 17, 2012: On October 5-7, 2012, UNCG will host a major international conference on Advances in Interdisciplinary Statistics and Combinatorics (AISC). The current North Carolina Chapter President for the American Statistical Association, Sat N. Gupta, will serve as conference chair.
- July 17, 2012: Dr. Jan Rychtar received a grant award from Simons Foundation for Project, "Game-theoretical models in biology" in Program "Collaboration Grants for Mathematicians" that will last from 2012 to 2017.
- July 17, 2012: Dr. Clifford Smyth received a grant award from Simons Foundation for Project, "Collaboration in Combinatorics" in Program "Collaboration Grants for Mathematicians" that will last from 2012 to 2017.
- July 17, 2012: On June 18-27, 2012, Ph.D. Student Abraham Abebe and Lecturer Dagny Butler attended the IMA workshop, "Mathematical Modeling in Industry XVI: A Workshop for Graduate Students" at the University of Calgary.
- July 12, 2012: Dr. Jan Rychtar has been appointed to Interim Director of the
Office of Undergraduate Research for 2012-13.
- June 25, 2012: Dr. Jan Rychtar receives grant award from the National Science Foundation for The 8th Annual UNCG Regional Mathematics and Statistics Conference.
- June 19, 2012 Departmental student, Anna Tuck, recently completed the Undergraduate Workshop at the Statistical and Applied Mathematical Sciences Institute (SAMSI).
- May 29, 2012: Mathematics and Statistics Department Head, Dr. Ratnasingham Shivaji, has been appointed the Helen Barton Excellence Professor in Mathematics.
- April 24, 2012: Departmental Professor Paul Duvall wins the Senior Faculty Teaching Excellence Award from the College of Arts and Sciences
- April 24, 2012: One of our undergraduate majors, Ms. Anna Tuck, a Phi Beta Kappa and a Pi Mu Epsilon member, has been awarded the Student Excellence Award, UNCG's highest academic honor for undergraduates. She also received acceptance to a UC Berkeley workshop "Explorations in Statistics Research".
- April 24, 2012: Carol Seaman was chosen to be one of 30 participants in UNCG's inaugural 2012 Leadership Institute. Participation includes attending monthly workshops from February through December 2012, participating in a team project to solve an institutional issue or problem, and meeting with a coaching mentor (Provost David Perrin) several times during the year. The mission of the Leadership Institute is to develop and promote a culture of innovation and leadership consistent with the goals of UNCG's Strategic Plan 2009-2014, UNCG Tomorrow.
- April 24, 2012: Sat Gupta is the new president of the North Carolina Chapter of the American Statistical Association.
- April 24, 2012: The Math Help Center will move to Curry 210 in the summer to start in Fall 2012.
- April 24, 2012: Vicky and Gene Langley are forming the Vicky Langley Math Scholarship, which will be available starting September 2012. Preference for these awards will be given to students whose intention is to teach at the secondary level.
- February 9, 2012: UNCG joins the Institute for Mathematics and its Applications as a participating institution.
- January 9, 2012: Math tutors available at the Math Help Center starting January 17
- January 1, 2012: Sat Gupta elected President of the North Carolina Chapter of the American Statistical Association.
January 1, 2012: Accepting applications for Undergraduate Research Awards in Mathematics and Statistics
January 1, 2012: Accepting applications for Departmental Scholarships
November 5, 2011: More than 160 participants attended the The 7th Annual Regional Undergraduate Mathematics Conference
August 1, 2011: Ratnasingham Shivaji as new Department Head