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UNIVERSITY OF UTAH AFTERMATH MATHEMATICS DEPARTMENT NEWSLETTER (1999-2000) A WORD FROM THE CHAIRMAN What I would most like to say in this year’s newsletter is: thanks. Thanks to all the faculty, the grad students, and the staff for the tremendous amount of thought and energy that all of you have invested here. This is what continues to make the department run well and be a good place in which to work, study mathematics, and do research. Some particularly noteworthy items: Hugo Rossi and Peter Trombi ran an unusually effective graduate recruitment effort, the result of which was sixteen acceptances, as opposed to eight last year. I was hoping for a 50% improvement, and instead we got 100%. The current graduate students played a key role in recruiting, and they all deserve our thanks, especially the GSAC cochairs, Eric Cytrynbaum and Sean SatherWagstaff. This was the first full year for the Graduate and Undergraduate Colloquia. I attended many of these and learned a lot from them. I urge you to attend a few yourself, and to ask your classes to do likewise. Angie Gardiner organized the first “Mathionaire Contest,” hosted by the inimitable Brad Peercy, and attended by many of our undergraduates. It was fun, funny and a great way to publicize mathematics to undergraduates. Sample question: which of the following politician figures published a theorem: Alexander the Great, Napoleon, Bill Clinton, or Alan Greenspan? George Williams, Professor of Physics, donated the prize money for the “Calculus Challenge,” held Saturday, April 22. Sixteen students participated, and four winners were selected. We plan to make this an annual event to publicize mathematics and to reward our most accomplished students. A committee consisting of Bob Brooks (chair), Fletcher Gross, and Hugo Rossi prepared and graded the questions for the challenge. I’d like to end with a report on the remodeling and building projects. We now have a new, much expended library, partly funded by a generous grant from the R. Harold Burton Foundation. In the next few weeks the bid should be let to remodel the Cowles Building. Cowles will be connected to our building, Widtsoe, by a new Undergraduate Math Center to be built with funds generously provided by the George S. and Dolores Dore Eccles Foundation. The Math Center will provide space for study and tutoring and for an undergraduate common room and a drop-in computer lab. It will re- 1 1 1 + +…+ 3 2 3 n 5. Find lim n →∞ lnn 6. Find the smallest value of the constant 1 m such that mx −1 + ≥ 0 for every x > 0. x place the wood-frame buildings 122 and 129 which were built for temporary use after World War II and which we very much feared would be permanent. 1+ I wish you all a pleasant summer: muchneeded time to think about mathematics. DEGREES AWARDED IN Jim Carlson There are 150 undergraduates majoring in Mathematics. In May, 46 students will receive a baccalaureate degree in Mathematics. A total of 18 M.S. degrees will be awarded. Students receiving the Ph.D. in Mathematics in 1999-2000 are Peter Brinkman, Chin-Yi Chan, Irina Grabovsky, Sean SatherWagstaff, and Haoyu Yu. CALCULUS CHALLENGE At the instigation of and with the generous financial support of Professor George Williams of the Department of Physics, there was a Calculus Challenge Test for undergraduates. Sixteen students took part in this 3 hour test which consisted of 6 calculus problems (see below). Eric Johnson and Darrell Poore shared first and second prizes and each will receive $300. Karim Khader and Hung Nhat Nguyen tied for third and earned $100 each. CHANGES TO THE FACULTY New Instructors for 2000 (and the year, University and specialty of their Ph.D.’s) are Benjamin McKay (1999, Duke, Partial Differential Equations) and (Liya Zhornitskaya (1999, Duke, Numerical Analysis). The problems on this year’s Calculus Challenge (it is hoped to make this an annual event) were: 1. Evaluate ∫ Professor Janos Kollar has resigned to accept a position at the Princeton University. Professor Hans Othmer has resigned to accept a position at the University of Minnesota. x2 + x − 5 x e dx (x − 1)2 ∞ n n n= 1 2 2. Evaluate ∑ 1 3. Evaluate ∫ 0 Xia Chen, Goran Muic, Joseph Raquepas, Knut Solna, and Kevin Whyte have finished their terms as Instructor and will be leaving. We wish them well. x (1 − x) dx 1 + x2 4 1999 4 1 1 1 + p + p +… p 2 3 4 4. Evaluate 1 1 1 1 − p + p − p +… 2 3 4 assuming p > 1. 1+ –2– PROMOTIONS GRADUATE STUDENT AWARDS Assistant Professor Wieslawa Niziol was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure. Eric Cytrynbaum and Martin Deraux have been awarded Graduate Research Fellowships. Assistant Professor Alexander Balk was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure. The recipient of the award for outstanding teaching by a graduate student is Robert Guy. Associate Professor Aaron Bertram was promoted to Professor. UNDERGRADUATE AWARDS Associate Professor Mark Lewis was promoted to Professor. Presidential Scholarship Mark L. Robinson Associate Professor (Lecturer) Anne Roberts was promoted to Professor (Lecturer). Honors at Entrance Scholarship Sally Gurr Claurissa Tuttle Alissa Whitehead FACULTY AWARDS AND ACTIVITIES Leadership Scholarship Patrick Rasch Professor Herb Clemens was awarded the Silver Medal of the Italian Mathematics Union. This award, Italy’s highest honor for a foreign mathematician, was bestowed for outstanding contributions to Italian mathematics. Entering Departmental Scholarship Ryan P. Rettberg Professor Anne Roberts received the Faculty Undergraduate Teaching Award. Continuing Departmental Scholarships Monica J. Hills Sunhee Laws Paul T. Watkins The Outstanding Instructor Award, given for distinction in both teaching and research, goes to Christopher Hacon. Susan Catherine Christiansen Memorial Award Angela M. Chan Professors Andrej Cherkaev, Davar Khoshnevisan, Paul Roberts, Gordan Savin, and Jingyi Zhu will be on leave for portions of the academic year 2000-2001. Hurd Award Michael J. Nicholas Biesele Award Neil D. Christensen –3– Gibson Award Parrish C. Brady Phi Mu Epsilon Membership Michelle Adams Maria Bell Colleeen R. Huber JoAnna Kelsey Brittany Ann Mabey Michael J. Nicholas Haley Q. Petersen Mindy Scott Spencer D. Stirling Dianne Wilson D. Keith Reed Memorial Award Larsen E. Louder George C. Barton Award Jocelyn Gukeisen Copley Scholarship Jeanette Thacker Mathematics Faculty Scholarship Spencer D. Stirling Graduation Magna Cum Laude Parrish C. Brady Stephen E. Newman, Jr., Mathematics Alumni Scholarship Larsen E. Louder COMAP Modeling Contest, Honorable Mention Parrish C. Brady Mike R. Petersen J. Reid Mumford College of Science Dean’s Scholarship Maria Bell Jocelyn Gukeisen Benjamin F. Jones Calculus Challenge 1-2: Eric Johnson and Darrell Poore 3: Karim Khader and Hung Nhat Nguyen Kennecott Scholarship Spencer D. Stirling T. H. Bell Teaching Incentive Loan Program Sharon K. Gourley WEB SITE Mathematics/Science/Foreign Language Scholarship Sharon K. Gourley Information concerning the department and its activities can be found at the web site www.math.utah.edu Phi Beta Kappa Membership Brian K. Briscoe Neil D. Christensen Brent M. Sallay INFORMATION FROM ALUMNI The Department welcomes news and information from alumni. If you have any special news, please send it to us at Newsletter, Department of Mathematics, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT 84112. Phi Kappa Phi Heidi Rust Fargo Monica J. Hills –4–