**Welcome to the Mathematics Department!**

Our research specialties are in algebra, analysis, geometry, probability and topology.

There are about thirty-five research faculty members and almost seventy graduate students in the department.

The American Mathematical Society has ranked us in the top group of U.S. research departments in Mathematics.

Six members of the department were named Fellows of the American Mathematical Society in 2013. Three members of the department spoke in the Lie Theory Section of the 2014 International Congress of Mathematics.

We also take great pride in the quality of our outstanding undergraduate teaching as well as our thriving graduate program.

The EUGENE MATH CIRCLE is continuing in the department. It is aimed at elementary, middle and high school students who enjoy math and want to be stretched by challenging problems.

## News and Events

## Department of Mathematics Commencement Ceremony

The Department of Mathematics will hold its 2017 Commencement Ceremony on Monday, June 19th at 4:00pm in Straub Hall, room 156.

## PhD Candidate Cathy Hsu Wins Two Fellowships

The Department congratulates PhD candidate Cathy Hsu on winning both the UO Doctoral Research Fellowship Award and the American Association of University Women’s American Dissertation Fellowship this year.

## AWM Student Chapter Distinguished Lecture Series

Sara Billey, Professor of Mathematics at University of Washington, Seattle, will visit campus on Tuesday, May 30, 2017 to deliver the spring 2017 AWM Student Chapter Distinguished Speaker Lectures.

Professor Billey will give a broadly accessible talk on Tuesday, May 30th, at 4:00 p.m. in Fenton 117. The title of this talk, which is suitable for undergraduates is, How math is being used to reconstruct DNA sequences from fragments.

Professor Billey will give a colloquium talk on Tuesday, May 30th. at 2:00 p.m. in Condon 360. The title of this research-level talk is Reduced words and a formula of MacDonald.

## Hayden Harker – UO Outstanding Faculty Advisor

The Department congratulates Hayden Harker for winning the 2017 University of Oregon Excellence in Undergraduate Advising Award.

There is a brunch reception Thursday, June 1 to celebrate the recipients. RSVP is required. See the post at AroundtheO

## Moursund Lectures – May 16-18

Mikhail Khovanov of Columbia University will visit the UO Department of Mathematics to give the Moursund Lectures, May 16-18.

**Tuesday, May 16, 4:00pm, 123 Pacific Hall***The Jones polynomial of links and tangles and its categorification.***Wednesday, May 17, 4:00pm, NEW LOCATION: 100 Willamette Hall***Categorification of the Kuperberg bracket***Thursday, May 18, 4:00pm, NEW LOCATION: 125 McKenzie Hall***How to categorify the ring of integers localized at two*

## Ben Elias Receives UO Outstanding Early Career Award

The Department congratulates Professor Ben Elias for receiving the University of Oregon’s Outstanding Early Career Award.

## Robert Lipshitz to speak at ICM 2018

Congratulations to Professor Robert Lipshitz who has been invited to speak at 2018 International Congress of Mathematicians, to be held in Rio de Janeiro in August 2018.

## Distinguished Lecture Series for Students – April 4

John Dabiri (Professor at Stanford University, expert on fluid mechanics, MacArthur “Genius Grant” Fellowship winner, PECASE winner, one of Popular Science’s “Brilliant 10”) will give a broadly accessible talk, “Jellyfish, Wind Turbines, and Turbulence: Dealing with Data Extremes in Complex Flows,” at 5:15 pm on Tuesday, April 4, in Willamette 100. This is part of the Mathematics Department’s Distinguished Lectures for Students series. All are welcome, and undergraduates are especially encouraged to attend.

A poster with an abstract and more details is available here: Poster

## Distinguished Lecture Series for Students – February 22

Elisabeta Marai, from the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Electronic Visualization Lab, will visit and give a broadly accessible talk, “Computer Graphics for Science,” at 5:15 pm on Wednesday, February 22, in Willamette 100. This is part of the Mathematics Department’s Distinguished Lectures for Students series. All are welcome, and undergraduates are especially encouraged to attend.

A poster with more details is available here: Poster

## 2017 Pacific Northwest Geometry Seminar Dedication

The 2017 Pacific Northwest Geometry Seminar, March 4-5, Portland, will be dedicated to the memory of John Leahy, our colleague who passed away in January, 2015.

https://www.math.washington.edu/~lee/PNGS/2017-spring/

## Eugene Youth Math Festival

We invite all young students, who like math and share a passion for games, problem solving, and hands-on math activities, to come to our first math festival. This year we are able to offer free admission without prior registration. Please feel free to come and explore!

10:00 am – 1:00 pm, Saturday, February 18, 2017. Please see our poster for more details.

## Graduate Student Cathy Hsu Wins Poster Award at JMM

At the Joint Math Meetings in Atlanta this month, doctoral candidate Cathy Hsu won the Most Outstanding Graduate Student Research Poster award from the Association for Women in Mathematics. The Department congratulates her on her success!

## Ben Elias wins New Horizon Prize

Congratulations to Assistant Professor Benjamin Elias. He and his collaborator, Geordie Williamson of Kyoto University and University of Sydney, were awarded a $100,000 New Horizon Prize in Mathematics on Sunday, December 4th. There are three of these awards given each year in recognition of the achievements of early-career mathematicians.

For more details, visit https://breakthroughprize.org/News/34

This story was also featured in AroundtheO. See the spotlight article at http://around.uoregon.edu/content/math-professor-ben-elias-brings-new-horizons-prize-uo?atm_source=ato12-14-16

## AWM Student Chapter Distinguished Speaker

Monica Vazirani, Professor of Mathematics at University of California, Davis will visit campus on November 10th and 11th to deliver the fall 2016 AWM Student Chapter Distinguished Speaker Lectures.

Professor Vazirani will give a broadly accessible talk on Thursday, November 10th in Deady 106.

The title of this talk, which is suitable for undergraduates, is *Applications of symmetry via the lemma that is not Burnside’s*.

Professor Vazirani will give a colloquium talk on Friday, November 11th, at 4:00 pm in Deady 208. The title of this research-level talk, is *Representations of the affine BMW algebra*.

## Distinguished Lecture Series for Students – November 14th

Jayadev Athreya – Director the Washington Experimental Mathematics Lab, Associate Professor of Mathematics at the University of Washington, and co-creator of the project Axiomatic that blends math and art – will visit and give a broadly accessible talk (as part of the Mathematics Department’s Distinguished Lectures for Students series) at 5:15 pm on Monday, November 14 in Straub 245. All are welcome, and undergraduates are especially encouraged to attend.

A poster with more details is available here:

Poster