**Commencement Weekend**

Friday, May 18, 2018

- 12/7/17
The American Mathematical Society recently published

__Braid Foliations in Low-Dimensional Topology__, co-authored by UB Mathematics Professor William W. Menasco, and Western Illinois University Professor Douglas J. LaFountain. This book is a self-contained introduction to braid foliation techniques, which is a theory developed to study knots, links and surfaces in general 3-manifolds and more specifically in contact 3-manifolds. Professor Menasco is currently serving UB Math as Director of Graduate Studies. Learn more. - 10/31/17
A new paper by Gino Biondini and colleagues at the University of Colorado Boulder brings us closer to finding an answer. The research, published in August in the

*Proceedings of the Royal Society A*, lays out a set of newly formulated equations that are designed to characterize what happens when an undular bore occurs and spreads along two axes. Visually, this phenomenon resembles the concentric ripples that proliferate outward when you toss a stone into a pond. Read more. - 8/24/17
UB Math welcomes Dane Taylor to our faculty in Fall 2017. His work, at the intersection of

*high-dimensional data analysis (HDDA)*,*nonlinear and complex systems,*and*network science,*uses analyses of functional and structural networks, time series, images, videos, etc., to study complex systems arising in biology, physics, and engineering. Aiming to develop new tools for HDDA, Taylor's research incorporates methodologies from nonlinear dynamics, linear algebra, spectral graph theory, computational topology, statistics, statistical physics and machine learning. We expect Taylor will make full use of abundant resources available at UB and within our department. - 8/24/17
UB Math welcomes Alexandru Chirvasitu to our faculty in Fall 2017. His work includes: representation theory with a quantum group flavour; non-commutative geometry and some functional analysis and operator algebras; category theory; and some algebraic geometry, mostly foundational issues, such as scheme/stack reconstruction from category-theoretic data. Chirvasitu is co-author of

*Exotic Elliptic Algebras of dimension 4*(with S. Paul Smith) forthcoming in*Advances in Mathematics.*We look forward to watching his impressive publication repository continue to grow as a member of our faculty.

- 2/26/18Matthew Eichhorn, a junior from Williamsville, NY, who is double majoring in Mathematics and Computer Science, has won our second Math Summer Scholarship. Matt is highly involved in the Math Department, participating in competitions including the Putnam exam and the Rochester Math Olympiad. Additionally, he has served as an undergraduate teaching assistant for both MTH 141 and MTH 241, as well as a tutor in the Thomas J. Edwards Undergraduate Learning Center, which assists students with material ranging from algebra and trigonometry through MTH 142.

The scholarship provides the opportunity for Matt to study theory and applications of machine learning under the guidance of Dr. John Ringland. The primary application will be designing and using deep convolutional neural networks to analyze Google Street View imagery from rural Thailand, with the ultimate goal of determining how farming practices, especially small-scale residential horticulture, are related to the food-security and health of the population. - 2/26/18The University at Buffalo Department of Mathematics is pleased to announce that Michael Montoro is the recipient of the first annual Summer Math Scholarship. The annual undergraduate research award, established in 2017, is a result of a scholarship endowment by The Summer Math Foundation, Inc. of Amherst, New York. The endowment supports a six week, full-time summer program for the selected undergraduate student to work with a UB Math faculty mentor, which includes a $3000 stipend.
- 12/5/17Founded by UB students interested in actuarial careers, "The Society of Future Actuaries" (SOFA) is now a club with roughly half of the membership interested in general data analytics.
- 8/2/17The Department of Mathematics is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2017 Excellence in Graduate Student Teaching. Winning the top awards, including a $750 prize, were Charles Cain and Abdalrazzaq Zalloum.
- 7/15/16Starting in Summer 2017, one UB mathematics major will be the first to receive the “Summer Math Scholarship” to pursue individual research with a faculty mentor. The Summer Math Foundation, Inc. of Amherst, NY has funded the program for 2017 and simultaneously established an endowment to support the program for future summers.
- 9/28/15Thomas Effland wins Grand Finals in the Association for Computing Machinery Student Research Competition for his paper,
*Focused Retrieval of University Course Descriptions from Highly Variable Sources.*