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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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....

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.

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...

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