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From our Chair David Damanik:

We want to share the very sad news that Tim Cochran, Professor of Mathematics, passed away on December 16, 2014. He was a beloved and highly successful researcher, teacher, and mentor, and he will be missed dearly.

Tim joined the faculty of Rice University as Associate Professor in 1990 from Northwestern University and was promoted to Professor in 1998. He was a driving force in our graduate program and helped shape it in many ways. Sixteen students have completed their Ph. D. degrees under his supervision and have gone on to have successful careers. In recognition of his demonstrated commitment to graduate education he received the 2014 Rice GSA Faculty Teaching and Mentoring Award. He was also deeply involved in our undergraduate program and in mentoring numerous early career scientists, primarily through our G.C. Evans Instructor program.

Tim was on a year-long sabbatical leave in 2014-15, supported by a Simons Fellowship, and became a Fellow of the American Mathematical Society in 2014.

Our hearts go out at this difficult time to his family, friends, students, and to those he mentored.

Saturday, December 20

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Special Events

2015 Wolfe Lecture in Mathematics - Dr. Richard Kenyon (Brown University) will present this year's Wolfe Lecture on Thursday, March 26 at 4pm. Details can be found on the Lecture homepage.

Rice Program in Mathematics for students entering the 10th or 11th grade in the Fall of 2015 will be held on the Rice campus June 1-12, 2015. For more information check the program website.

Patterns, Math & You for students entering the 8th or 9th grade in the Fall of 2015 will be held on the Rice campus June 15-26, 2015. For more information check the program website.

Rice University Math Circle resumed on September 7. Please check the website for more details.

Department News

Professor Robert M. Hardt has been named a Fellow of the American Mathematical Society

His citation in the 2015 Class of the Fellows of the AMS posted at http://www.ams.org/profession/ams-fellows/new-fellows reads:

For contributions to calculus of variations, partial differential equations, and analytic approaches to geometry and topology, as well as mentoring.

According to the AMS, the Fellows of the AMS designation recognizes members who have made outstanding contributions to the creation, exposition, advancement, communication, and utilization of mathematics. Congratulations! More from the Rice News ...

Professor Damanik's work mentioned in Fields Medal citation

Recent Porter Lecturer Artur Avila received a Fields Medal at the International Congress of Mathematicians at Seoul, based partly on work with Rice professor David Damanik:

"With his collaborators, he has made essential progress in many areas, including real and complex one-dimensional dynamics, spectral theory of the one-frequency Schrödinger operator, flat billiards and partially hyperbolic dynamics."

The International Mathematical Union list of 2014 awardees and brief citations are given here.

Professors Tim Cochran and Shelly Harvey receive 2014 Simons Fellowships

The Simons Foundation has announced that Professors Cochran and Harvey were awarded 2014 Simons Fellowships. This program recognizes outstanding mathematicians and supports research on complex problems requiring extended time and effort and will allow them to spend the 2014-15 year on sabbatical. Congratulations! More from the Rice News...

Professor Anthony Varilly-Alvarado awarded NSF CAREER Grant

Recognizing his accomplishments and future plans both as a researcher and a teacher, Dr. Varilly-Alvarado has been awarded a prestigious NSF CAREER grant. In addition to continuing his research in Arithmetic Geometry, the grant will fund a mathematics summer outreach program for middle school students. This is the third year in a row that one of our faculty has received one of these distinguished grants. More from the Rice News …