**Veronica Shalotenko** will defend her PhD dissertation on Friday, January 26, 2018, at 11AM, in New Cabell Hall, Room 042

The title the PhD thesis is:

“*In search of bounds on the dimension of Ext between irreducible modules for finite groups of Lie type*”

Everyone is invited.

Congratulations to Associate Professor Julie Bergner on being selected the winner of the 2018-2019 Ruth I. Michler Memorial Prize competition!

**Abstract:** Recently developed methods and a deep articulation of ideas from the Calculus of Variations, Geometric
Measure Theory, and nonlinear Partial Differential Equations (PDEs), have been instrumental
in the mathematical rigorous understanding of nonlinear phenomena in a plethora of physical
and technological applications, ranging from analyzing instabilities in novel advanced materials to the denoising of medical images.
This leads to the two talks of this series: **Variational Problems in Materials Science** and **Variational Problems in Imaging Science**.

AWM Chapter is organizing an end of semester study hour on **Wednesday, December 6, at 1-5PM, in Kerchof Hall common room**. Graduate and Undergraduate students will work together on preparation for the finals. We will provide refreshments and snacks. Looking forward to your participation!

Commonwealth Professor of Mathematics and History Karen Hunger Parshall will receive the 2018 Albert Leon Whiteman Memorial Prize of the AMS for her outstanding work in the history of mathematics, and in particular, for her work on the evolution of mathematics in the USA and on the history of algebra, as well as for her substantial contribution to the international life of her discipline through students, editorial work, and conferences.

The **UVa Math Circle** is a new outreach program for elementary and middle school students. Organized by Slava Krushkal, Professor in the Department of Mathematics, the Fall 2017 program ran weekly from August through December on UVa grounds. There were 15 students nominated by seven Charlottesville area schools, who explored topics in geometry, logic, combinatorics and algebra. See the Fall 2017 poster here.

The program will continue (possibly covering different age groups) in Fall 2018.

Professors Nicholas J. Kuhn and Weiqiang Wang have been named 2018 Fellows of the American Mathematical Society:

**Nicholas Kuhn***“For contributions to homotopy theory, group cohomology and representation theory”***Weiqiang Wang***“For contributions to Lie theory and representation theory and service to the mathematical community”*

This conference is in conjunction with and immediately followed by the Fall 2017 Virginia Mathematics Lectures, to be given by Yair Minsky.