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Francis Su: "Mathematics Is for Human Flourishing"

Francis Su: "Mathematics Is for Human Flourishing"

Francis Su, a University of Texas at Austin alumnus and the outgoing President of the Mathematical Association of America (MAA), recently gave his retiring presidential address in which he discussed why and how to bring about a more inclusive mathematical community. He also talked about how math can help us live the good life.

Explaining How Ecosystems Cram in So Many Species

Explaining How Ecosystems Cram in So Many Species

A longstanding puzzle among biologists—how some ecosystems can cram in more species than expected, given the resources available—may be answered by a new model developed by The University of Texas at Austin's Thibaud Taillefumier, an assistant professor in mathematics and neuroscience, and Princeton University colleagues Anna Posfai and Ned Wingreen.

Tetrastrum glabrum, image credited to the Environmental Protection Agency.
Charles Fraser Mends Little Hearts

Charles Fraser Mends Little Hearts

Charles Fraser is the former Surgeon-in-Chief at Texas Children's Hospital in Houston. [Update: He is now at UT Austin's Dell Medical School.] He received a bachelor's degree in mathematics from UT Austin in 1980.

Insights from a Software Architect at Fall Commencement

Insights from a Software Architect at Fall Commencement

Students graduating this December will hear from an accomplished and world-changing software architect who walked across a similar UT stage—twice. 

Fellows Named to the American Association for the Advancement of Science

Fellows Named to the American Association for the Advancement of Science

Five University of Texas at Austin faculty members have been named fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world's largest general scientific society, including four from the College of Natural Sciences.

Mathematicians, Ward, Engquist and Dhillon, Singled Out for Recognition

Mathematicians, Ward, Engquist and Dhillon, Singled Out for Recognition

Three UT Austin mathematicians have recently garnered recognition for their contributions to mathematics and education. The Institute for Mathematics and its Applications at the University of Minnesota has awarded associate professor Rachel Ward the IMA Prize in Mathematics and its Applications. The International Congress of Chinese Mathematicians' (ICCM) has awarded professor Björn Engquist its International Cooperation Award. And professor Inderjit Dhillon has been named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

A Trio of Flu Studies Point the Way to Better Treatment and Prevention

A Trio of Flu Studies Point the Way to Better Treatment and Prevention

As we head into flu season, researchers at The University of Texas at Austin are announcing the results of three flu studies: One suggests a possible new target for drugs to combat the flu; another study forecasts how effective this year's flu vaccine might be; and a third looks at ways to improve the process of identifying flu strains in the wild and thus improve how strains are selected for inclusion in each year's vaccine.

Alum and Former NASA Computer Programmer Wants Others to Have Opportunities She Had

Alum and Former NASA Computer Programmer Wants Others to Have Opportunities She Had

When Betty Wilson Key (Math, '67) graduated from the University of Texas at Austin, NASA, the place she went on to work, wasn't known especially as a place for women.

Mathematics Researcher Earns Prestigious Fellowship

Mathematics Researcher Earns Prestigious Fellowship

Bubacarr Bah, a postdoctoral researcher in mathematics at the University of Texas at Austin, has been awarded the prestigious German Chair in Mathematics, valued at $700,000. The Humboldt Foundation gives the award to researchers wishing to work in the renowned African Institute for Mathematical Science in South Africa (AIMS - South Africa).

World's Largest Computer-Generated Math Proof

World's Largest Computer-Generated Math Proof

Computer scientist Marijn Heule and his colleagues have solved a decades-old math challenge known as the boolean Pythagorean Triples problem (BPTP) and, in the process, created the largest mathematical proof ever, at a whopping 200 terabytes.