Rice University Math

Recent Department News

Fall 2015

Analysis of PDEs of Fluid Mechanics and Related Models Mini-School and Workshop was held at Rice on October 10-13, 2015. For more details, check the workshop website.

Fall 2015 Texas Geometry and Topology Conference on Metric and Conformal Geometry was held at Rice on November 6-8, 2015. For more details, check the conference website.

Summer 2015

Rice Program in Mathematics for students entering the 10th or 11th grade in the Fall of 2015 was held on the Rice campus June 1-12, 2015. More information can be found on the program website.

Patterns, Math & You for students entering the 8th or 9th grade in the Fall of 2015 was held on the Rice campus June 15-26, 2015. More information can be found on the program website.

Spring 2015

102nd Commencement - Congratulations to our 2015 graduates!

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

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 ...

Department Graduate honored by President Obama - Math alumnus, Raymond Johnson (PhD, 1969) has been named by President Obama as one of 14 recipients of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring. The awards recognize the crucial role of mentoring in the academic and personal development of underrepresented students of science and engineering.

After 40 years as a mathematics professor at the University of Maryland, Dr. Johnson returned to the Department as a faculty member in 2009. He retired in 2014 but remains an adjunct professor. 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.

Two department members recommended for NSF Mathematical Sciences Postdoctoral Fellowships - RTG Lovett instructor John Calabrese and May 2015 graduate David Cohen have been recommended for the prestigious NSF postdoc research fellowships. These awards support future leaders in Mathematics by facilitating their participation in postdoctoral research environments that will have maximal impact on their future scientific development. John Calabrese proposed continuing his research in algebraic geometry at Rice with faculty member Brendan Hassett and David Cohen applied to the University of Chicago to work under the guidance of Danny Calegari.

December graduate now at MSRI - December 2014 grad Qiongling Li has kept busy after graduation. She is currently at MSRI as a postdoctoral fellow and has been offered a Caltech-QCM postdoc position to begin this Fall.

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

Graduate student Ernesto Calleros awarded Ford Foundation 2015 Predoctoral Fellowship - In a national competition administered by the National Research Council of the National Academies, first year graduate student Ernesto Calleros was awarded a Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship. The awards are made to individuals who have demonstrated superior academic achievement, are committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level, and show promise as scholars and teachers. Congratulations, Ernesto!.

Rice Grad Jon Chaika (PhD, 2010) has been selected to receive a 2015 Sloan Research Fellowship. These fellowships are awarded yearly to early career scientists in recognition of their distinguished performance and their potential to make substantial contributions to their field. Congratulations, Jon!