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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...

Endowment Honors Mathematician Bill Guy

Dr. Bill Guy, perhaps one of the most well known math professors at the university, retired this past spring after 64 years of teaching. Guy is a legendary figure on campus and has received numerous teaching honors, from the Student Association Teaching Award to his inaugural membership in the Academy of Distinguished Teachers. To honor Guy’s le...bill-guy

On the Trail of H1N1 Flu

Within twenty-four hours of learning that a new H1N1 flu was infecting people in Mexico this past April, Lauren Ancel Meyers was creating an informal survey on Facebook to track how people (her friends, it turns out) were reacting to the pending pandemic. Were they changing their travel plans? Had they pulled their kids from school? The Facebook ...H1N1_flu_blue_web
Texas Researchers Tackle Influenza By Studying Human Behavior

Texas Researchers Tackle Influenza By Studying Human Behavior

AUSTIN, Texas — Researchers from The University of Texas at Austin will participate in a $3 million, five-year grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to fight influenza and other diseases by creating models that simulate the complex interplay between human behavior and the spread of disease. The grant is part of the Models of Infectiou...

Q & A with Kathy Davis

Photo: Brett Buchanan Professor Kathy Davis is the undergraduate mathematics advisor and associate chair of the Department of Mathematics. She has been on the faculty for 30 years and is a member of the Academy of Distinguished Teachers. Why math? This is an odd generation that we are living in. We seem to be looking for the roots of everythin...Photo: Brett Buchanan

Math Could Make Security Screening More Fair

AUSTIN, Texas — A researcher at The University of Texas at Austin has found that secondary security screening at airports is mathematically flawed, and has identified a way to select people for screenings more efficiently and fairly. William H. Press, a professor of computer sciences and integrative biology, proposes a method called square root bi...

Mathematician Caffarelli Receives Highest Distinction

Mathematics Professor Luis Caffarelli of The University of Texas at Austin received the 2009 Leroy P. Steele Prize for Lifetime Achievement yesterday from the American Mathematical Society (AMS).

Gerth Gives for Future of Math

For 32 years, Frank Gerth III, gave all that he had to his students and colleagues as a mathematics professor. And though Professor Gerth is no longer of this world, he hasn’t stopped giving. Gerth, who passed away in May 2006, established excellence funds for mathematics graduate students and fellowships for faculty through his estate. Characteri...
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Dr. Rath Goes to Washington

When James Rath leaves for Washington D.C. at the end of August to work as a congressional aide, he’ll take with him an unusual qualification—a Ph.D. in mathematics. Rath, a lecturer and post-doctoral researcher in the math department, is going to D.C. as part of the Congressional Fellowship program sponsored by the American Association for the A...