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Married Mathematicians Win Prestigious CAREER Awards

Married Mathematicians Win Prestigious CAREER Awards

An assistant professor in the Department of Mathematics has received a prestigious Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award from the National Science Foundation, making him the second member of his department — and his household to win the award in the last year.

Hooray for Pi Day

Hooray for Pi Day

Pi Day, celebrated every year on March 14, corresponds with the first three digits of pi (3.14 also happens to be Albert Einstein’s birthday). Pi pops up anytime you want to mathematically describe a circle, curve or sphere. Here at The University of Texas at Austin, our scientists and mathematicians have reasons to celebrate pi year-round. 

Undergraduate Takes Mathematical Approach in 3D Filmmaking

Undergraduate Takes Mathematical Approach in 3D Filmmaking

In 2015, the Freshman Research Initiative (FRI) celebrates its 10th anniversary. In honor of that milestone, we are checking in with some of the alumni of the FRI program who use what they learn in interesting ways. Olivia Biehle, an undergraduate double-majoring in Mathematics and Radio-TV-Film, combines her two very different passions through 3D filmmaking. She also used movie-making skills in her involvement with the Cosmic Dawn FRI research stream, as she explains in an interview.

Graduate Student Sisters Among Growing Trend Toward More Women in Math

Graduate Student Sisters Among Growing Trend Toward More Women in Math

With the most recent Fields Medal, the major award for math, going to a woman for the first time, more attention than usual has been on the under-representation of women in math graduate programs. The American Mathematical Society found that on average 22.5 percent of Ph.D. math students in Group I (top-tier) math departments are women. However, at UT Austin, which has a Group I department, an increasing share of the math graduate students are women. They include Maja Taskovic, a fifth-year graduate student, and her sister Milica Taskovic, a first-year graduate student. Today, 32 percent of all UT Austin math graduate students are women, and in the new 2014 cohort that Milica belongs to, women make up 43 percent of Ph.D. candidates.

Video: The Five Elements of Effective Thinking

Video: The Five Elements of Effective Thinking

In this video, mathematics professor Michael Starbird talks about the first element in his new book, The 5 Elements of Effective Thinking.

21 Mathematicians Named 2013 Fellows of the American Mathematical Society

Twenty-one professors in The University of Texas at Austin’s Department of Mathematics were named 2013 Fellows of the American Mathematical Society (AMS).

Mathematics Faculty Receive $2.5 Million Grant to Advance Education in Geometry and Topology

The award will enhance the training of undergraduates, graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers.

Young Mathematician Alessio Figalli Received One of Europe's Highest Honors

Young Mathematician Alessio Figalli Received One of Europe's Highest Honors

Mathematician Alessio Figalli, who recently received one of Europe's highest honors, has been solving difficult mathematical problems at a prodigious clip.

2012 Graduate Wins $175,000 Teaching Fellowship

2012 Graduate Wins $175,000 Teaching Fellowship

The fellowship is designed to meet the needs of beginning teachers from the onset of the credentialing process through the critical early years of their careers.

Mathematician Luis Caffarelli Wins Wolf Prize

Mathematician Luis Caffarelli Wins Wolf Prize

Each year the Wolf Foundation awards $100,000 in up to six fields. 

Two Young Math Faculty Win International Prizes

Lexing Ying awarded the Feng Kang Prize from the Chinese Academy of Science and Alessio Figalli awarded the Peccot-Vimont Prize 2011 of the College de France.
Data of Our Lives

Data of Our Lives

In an era of cell phones and OnStar, math Professor Andrew Blumberg is working to protect our "locational privacy" from the prying eyes of the world.

James Vick Selected for Piper Award

AUSTIN, Texas — The Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation has honored Dr. James W. Vick of The University of Texas at Austin for teaching excellence. Vick, the Ashbel Smith Professor and Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Department of Mathematics, is one of 15 recipients of the 2010 Piper Professor Award given by the San Antonio-based foundation....Dr. James Vick

Texas Mathematician John Tate Wins Abel Prize, Highest Distinction in Mathematics Internationally

The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters has awarded the Abel Prize for 2010 to John Tate, professor emeritus of mathematics, for his vast and lasting impact on the theory of numbers.

Math Prof Honored with Teaching Award

Kathy Davis has been honored as the recipient of the 2010 Division of Instructional Innovation and Assessment Award for Excellence in Teaching. Established in 2006, the award recognizes faculty who are engaged, dynamic instructors who inspire others, embrace innovation, collaborate with colleagues, assess teaching and learning, and use technology t...