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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...

Mathematics Professor Receives National Prize for Research

AUSTIN, Texas—Mathematics Professor Karen Uhlenbeck of The University of Texas at Austin received the 2007 Leroy P. Steele Prize for her seminal contribution to mathematics research from the American Mathematical Society. The Steele Prize is one of the highest distinctions in mathematics and was awarded to Uhlenbeck on Jan. 6, at the Joint Mathemat...

Mathematician Receives National Teaching Prize

AUSTIN, Texas—Mathematics Professor Michael Starbird of The University of Texas at Austin received a 2007 Deborah and Franklin Tepper Haimo Award for Distinguished College or University Teaching of Mathematics from the Mathematical Association of America (MAA). The award is given to three college or university teachers from the MAA’s membership of ...

Math faculty receive Sloan Research Fellowships

AUSTIN, Texas--Martin Olsson and Yen-Hsi Richard Tsai, assistant professors in the Department of Mathematics, have been named recipients of Sloan Research Fellowships for 2006. The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation makes the awards for early career scientists who "show the most outstanding promise of making fundamental contributions to new knowledge." E...

Actuarial studies position in mathematics funded by Buck Consultants

AUSTIN, Texas—Buck Consultants, one of the world’s leading human resource and benefits consulting firms, announced today that it has funded the position of Buck Consultants Assistant Director of Actuarial Studies at The University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Leslie Vaaler will be the initial Buck Consultants Assistant Director of Actuarial Studies. Sh...
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UT Department of Mathematics honored for graduating most Latinos in math in the nation

AUSTIN, Texas—The University of Texas at Austin Department of Mathematics has been named the 2005 Example of Excelencia for its efforts to boost Latino participation, graduation and pursuit of teaching in mathematics. The announcement was made in Washington, D.C. at the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials Educational Fund...