12/5/17

Founded 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.

10/31/17

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.

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 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.

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.

8/2/17

The 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.

6/30/17

Powerfully fit and analytically minded, a team of UB math students competes for the $250,000 top prize on NBC’s “Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge.”

4/28/17

On Saturday, April 8, 2017, the KSEA National Mathematics
Competition was held at the University at Buffalo in the UB
Mathematics Building. The local organizers were Jae-Hun Jung (UB),
Byung-Jay Kahng (Canisius) and Jaeho Lee (University of North
Florida).

9/27/16

The UB research marks a step forward in the quest to develop personalized brain stimulation as a treatment for disease.

2/21/17

Hanfeng Li has co-authored a new book with David Kerr,
entitled, Ergodic Theory: Independence and Dichotomies. The
book provides an introduction to the ergodic theory and topological
dynamics of actions of countable groups.

2/8/17

The University at Buffalo Department of Mathematics is pleased
to announce the creation of a fund to support our Association for
Women in Mathematics chapter, and more generally to provide
opportunities for women in our department. A generous donation from
Gerald Sufrin, M.D., and his wife Janice Sufrin, PhD, established
the fund.

12/9/16

Stephen Cavior is the longest serving professor in the history
of our department, giving 50 years to UB Math before his 2013
retirement.

7/15/16

Starting next summer, a 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.

6/4/16

The National Science Foundation Graduate Research
Fellowship Program (GRFP) named a record number of winners from
UB this year, one more than all the awards given to students in the
rest of the SUNY system. For the 2016 competition, NSF received
close to 17,000 applications, and made 2,000 award offers.

10/31/17

Work by UB mathematician Gino
Biondini, builds on centuries of research devoted to using math
to describe the physical world. See
UB REPORTER Research News.

2/10/16

Mathematician Bill Menasco studies knot theory, a field that is esoteric to many but could have applications in surprising areas.

2/23/16

UB grad Geoffrey Fatin has achieved something his UB faculty mentors say is very rare: a perfect score on the physics test of the GRE.

11/16/15

The National Science Foundation has awarded the University at
Buffalo mathematics department a three-year, $600,000 grant to
support the new program “Experiential Diversity in Graduate
Education (EDGE@UB).” Led by mathematics professor and
director of graduate studies William Menasco, the initiative is a
collaboration with industry and academic partners including
IBM’s Buffalo Innovation Center, M&T Bank, Moog Inc.,
Secure RF Corporation and the UB School of Management.

5/14/16

The Department of Mathematics is pleased to announce the
recipients of the 2016 Excellence in Graduate Student Teaching.
Winning the top awards, including a $750 prize, were Megan Johnson
and Tara Hudson.

9/28/15

Thomas 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.*

5/13/16

Competing in a field of 7,600 entries, UB's team became one of
ten Outstanding Winners in the 2015 Mathematical Contest in
Modeling. The worldwide competition is run by the Consortium for
Mathematics and Its Applications.

9/18/15

The University at Buffalo Department of Mathematics is pleased
to announce that Gary Bolduc and Ellyn Sanger are recipients of the
2015 Excellence in Graduate Student Teaching Award.

5/13/16

At the International Workshop on Combinatorial Image Analysis,
held in Brno, Czech Republic, our *URGE To Compute* team
received the Best Student Paper Award for their presentation, "On
Intersection Graphs of Convex Polygons".

9/18/15

The University at Buffalo Department of Mathematics is pleased
to announce that two math majors and three double majors were
selected by the College of Arts and Sciences to be college
ambassadors for 2015-2016. The program fosters student growth and
professional development.

5/19/16

The mathematics department held a commencement ceremony on May
15, 2016, followed by a reception for graduates, their families,
and faculty. At the reception the department’s outstanding
senior, Jessica Eisenhauer, was honored and made some brief
remarks.

2/25/16

Sarah Muldoon joins us in August 2015, coming from the
bioengineering department at the University of Pennsylvania. Her
research involves novel techniques and measures to investigate and
quantify the role of network organization in brain function.

2/25/16

Li Wang joins us in January 2016, coming from the mathematics
department at the University of California Los Angeles. Wang
recently published *An asymptotic-preserving scheme for the
semiconductor Boltzmann equation toward the energy-transport
limit.*

2/25/16

Hanfeng Li has received the UB Exceptional Scholar Sustained
Achievement Award for outstanding research over the past several
years. His publication "Soficity, amenability, and dynamical
entropy" is forthcoming.