Jekyll2017-12-04T20:40:18+00:00http://math.virginia.edu/Mathematics at the University of VirginiaOfficial website of Department of Mathematics at the University of VirginiaUVA MathAWM Study Hours2017-12-04T03:30:00+00:002017-12-04T03:30:00+00:00http://math.virginia.edu/2017/12/AWM-study-hour<p><a href="http://math.virginia.edu/awm/">AWM Chapter</a> is organizing an end of semester study hour on <strong>Wednesday, December 6, at 1-5PM, in Kerchof Hall common room</strong>. Graduate and Undergraduate students will work together on preparation for the finals. We will provide refreshments and snacks. Looking forward to your participation!</p>
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<li><a href="http://math.virginia.edu/awm/calendar">AWM Chapter calendar</a></li>
</ul>UVA MathAWM 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! AWM Chapter calendarKaren Parshall to Receive 2018 AMS Whiteman Prize2017-12-01T13:30:00+00:002017-12-01T13:30:00+00:00http://math.virginia.edu/2017/12/Karen-Parshall<p>Commonwealth Professor of Mathematics and History <a href="http://math.virginia.edu/people/khp3k/">Karen Hunger Parshall</a>
will receive the <a href="http://www.ams.org/news?news_id=3849">2018 Albert Leon Whiteman Memorial Prize</a> 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.</p>
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<p>Professor Parshall has a long and distinguished publishing record in the history of mathematics: four seminal books, one monograph, four co-edited volumes, more than 50 research papers, and a great number of reviews and papers directed at wider audiences. She has particularly studied two themes: the evolution of mathematics in the USA and the history of algebra. Parshall unites approaches long thought to be contradictory. She masters impressive amounts of archival evidence, applies utmost scrutiny and competence in analyzing both mathematical content and institutional contexts, and establishes links between local mathematical environments and the appreciation of particular mathematical objects within those environments. The depth and variety of her contributions, historical and mathematical, make her a natural and notable recipient of the Whiteman Prize.</p>
<h4 id="biographical-sketch-of-karen-hunger-parshall">Biographical Sketch of Karen Hunger Parshall:</h4>
<p>Since 1988, Parshall has been on the faculty at the University of Virginia, where she has a joint appointment in the Departments of History and Mathematics, teaching the history of science in the History Department and mathematics and the history of mathematics in the Mathematics Department.</p>
<p>She has been an invited hour speaker at the International Congress of Mathematicians in Zürich (1994), a plenary lecturer at three Joint Mathematics Meetings (1995, 2000, and 2008), and one of the MAA’s Centennial Speakers (2013). In 2002, she was elected as a Corresponding Member of the Académie internationale d’histoire des sciences, and became an Inaugural Fellow of the AMS in 2012.</p>
<h4 id="response-from-karen-hunger-parshall">Response from Karen Hunger Parshall:</h4>
<p>I am deeply honored and profoundly humbled to be named the 2018 recipient of the Albert Leon Whiteman Memorial Prize in the history of mathematics.</p>
<p>Since 1988, when its then Dean of the Faculty, the physicist Hugh Kelly, made possible a completely unheard of 50-50 joint appointment for me in History and Mathematics, the University of Virginia has provided a challenging but supportive environment. There, I have pursued my research, trained graduate students in the history of mathematics, and introduced undergraduates to the amazingly rich histories of science and mathematics. I have continually benefitted from my daily bouncing back and forth between conversations with colleagues in both of my departments. Two in particular, my colleague in History, Joe Kett, and my colleague in Mathematics, my husband Brian Parshall, have, through their respective insights, helped me become a better historian of mathematics. And, the same is true of my PhD students–Della Dumbaugh, Patti Hunter, Sloan Despeaux, Deborah Kent, and Laura Martini–while they were working on their dissertations and in the years since.</p>
<p>I also came to realize that, even though it may have seemed like I had to carve, with much help, my own academic niche, I was by no means alone. I came, through the Joint Mathematics Meetings and the efforts initially of Victor Katz and Fred Rickey, to realize that there was a vibrant community of historians of mathematics in the United States as well as internationally. Joe Dauben at the City University of New York, and the fourth Whiteman Memorial Prize winner, has been a constant source of professional inspiration throughout my career, as was the noted English historian of mathematics, Ivor Grattan-Guinness. Another friend and colleague, Albert Lewis, opened for me the treasure trove that is the Archive of American Mathematics. My debts to other colleagues and collaborators in the United States, Great Britain, France, the Netherlands, Germany, Spain, Italy, Mexico, Brazil, Australia, China, and elsewhere are simply too numerous to detail.</p>
<p>I extend my most heartfelt thanks to all of these colleagues as well as to the AMS’s selection committee. My thanks also go to Sally Whiteman. She made the Alfred Leon Whiteman Memorial Prize possible and, in so doing, prominently recognized research in the history of mathematics within the broader mathematical research community.</p>
<h4 id="background-of-the-albert-leon-whiteman-memorial-prize">Background of the Albert Leon Whiteman Memorial Prize:</h4>
<p>The Albert Leon Whiteman Memorial Prize recognizes notable exposition and exceptional scholarship in the history of mathematics. It was established in 1998 using funds donated by Mrs. Sally Whiteman in memory of her husband, Albert Leon Whiteman. The 2018 prize will be awarded Thursday, January 11, 2018, at the Joint Mathematics Meetings in San Diego.</p>UVA MathCommonwealth 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.UVa Math Circle2017-11-29T17:30:00+00:002017-11-29T17:30:00+00:00http://math.virginia.edu/2017/11/math-circle<p>The <strong>UVa Math Circle</strong> is a new outreach program for elementary and middle school students. Organized by <a href="http://math.virginia.edu/people/vk6e/">Slava Krushkal</a>, 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 <a href="http://people.virginia.edu/~vk6e/MathCirclePoster.pdf">here</a>.</p>
<p>The program will continue (possibly covering different age groups) in Fall 2018.</p>UVA MathThe 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.Nicholas Kuhn and Weiqiang Wang named 2018 AMS Fellows2017-11-20T13:30:00+00:002017-11-20T13:30:00+00:00http://math.virginia.edu/2017/11/AMS-Fellows<p>Professors <a href="http://math.virginia.edu/people/njk4x/">Nicholas J. Kuhn</a> and <a href="http://math.virginia.edu/people/ww9c/">Weiqiang Wang</a> have been named <a href="http://www.ams.org/profession/ams-fellows/new-fellows">2018 Fellows of the American Mathematical Society</a>:</p>
<ul>
<li><strong>Nicholas Kuhn</strong> <em>“For contributions to homotopy theory, group cohomology and representation theory”</em></li>
<li><strong>Weiqiang Wang</strong> <em>“For contributions to Lie theory and representation theory and service to the mathematical community”</em></li>
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<p>Sixty-three mathematical scientists have been named 2018 Fellows of the AMS. AMS President Kenneth A. Ribet says, <em>“This year’s class of AMS Fellows has been selected from a large and deep pool of superb candidates. It is my pleasure and honor as AMS President to congratulate the new Fellows for their diverse contributions to the mathematical sciences and to the mathematics profession.”</em></p>
<p>See the full list of the 2018 AMS Fellows class <a href="http://www.ams.org/profession/ams-fellows/new-fellows">here</a></p>UVA MathProfessors 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”Virginia Topology Conference 2017: Hyperbolic 3-manifolds and beyond2017-11-02T08:00:01+00:002017-11-02T08:00:01+00:00http://math.virginia.edu/2017/11/virginia-topology-conference-2017<p>This conference is in conjunction with and immediately followed by the <a href="http://math.virginia.edu/ims/lectures/yair-minsky/">Fall 2017 Virginia Mathematics Lectures</a>, to be given by Yair Minsky.</p>
<p><a href="http://faculty.virginia.edu/Koberda/VTC2017.html"><code class="highlighter-rouge">Conference website</code></a></p>
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<h4 id="confirmed-speakers">Confirmed speakers:</h4>
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<li>Carolyn Abbott (University of California, Berkeley)</li>
<li>Ara Basmajian (Hunter College, CUNY)</li>
<li>Ian Biringer (Boston College)</li>
<li>Matthew Durham (Yale University)</li>
<li>David Futer (Temple University)</li>
<li>Shelly Harvey (Rice University)</li>
<li>Autumn Kent (University of Wisconsin, Madison)</li>
<li>Sean Lawton (George Mason University)</li>
<li>Sarah Mousley (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign)</li>
<li>Samuel Taylor (Temple University)</li>
<li>Wouter van Limbeek (University of Michigan)</li>
</ul>
<p>Organizers: Thomas Koberda, Slava Krushkal, Sara Maloni, Tom Mark, Ramanujan Santharoubane. Please contact Koberda with any questions/comments: thomas “dot” koberda “at” virginia “dot” edu.</p>
<p>Supported by the Department of Mathematics and the Institute for Mathematical Sciences, University of Virginia and Koberda’s Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Research Fellowship.</p>UVA MathThis conference is in conjunction with and immediately followed by the Fall 2017 Virginia Mathematics Lectures, to be given by Yair Minsky. Conference websiteJob Opportunities 20172017-10-18T13:30:00+00:002017-10-18T13:30:00+00:00http://math.virginia.edu/2017/10/jobs-2017<p>The Department of Mathematics at the University of Virginia invites applications for several
positions:</p>
<ul>
<li>Assistant/Associate Professor, General Faculty</li>
<li>Postdoctoral Research Associate and Fellow</li>
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<h2 id="assistantassociate-professor-general-faculty">Assistant/Associate Professor, General Faculty</h2>
<h6 id="this-ad-on-mathjobs"><a href="https://www.mathjobs.org/jobs?joblist-164-11087">This ad on MathJobs</a></h6>
<p>The University of Virginia’s Department of Mathematics invites applications for a general faculty position to be filled by a mathematics educator who is invested in and passionate about incorporating active-learning strategies in calculus instruction. In addition to teaching for the Mathematics Department, the successful applicant will contribute to the transformation of calculus instruction at UVA through work in course design and coordination, as well as through instructor training and mentoring. The position is at the rank of assistant professor, or, possibly, associate professor for an outstanding candidate having at least six years, post PhD, of mathematics-teaching experience. The initial appointment will be for a three-year term, with an anticipated start date of July 25, 2018. The position is not tenure track. Policies governing initial appointments of academic general faculty members as well as renewal appointments are described at <a href="http://as.virginia.edu/procedures-renewal-and-promotion-AGFM#section-2">http://as.virginia.edu/procedures-renewal-and-promotion-AGFM#section-2</a>.
Applicants must hold a PhD in Mathematics or a related field and have a record of successful mathematics teaching, employing active-learning strategies. A minimum of two years teaching experience is required.</p>
<p>To apply, candidates must submit a Candidate Profile through Jobs@UVa (<a href="https://jobs.virginia.edu">https://jobs.virginia.edu</a>); search on posting number 0621886 and electronically attach the following: a cover letter of interest describing teaching experience, a curriculum vitae, and contact information for at least three references.</p>
<p>In addition, candidates must submit the following required documents electronically through www.MathJobs.org: a cover letter, an AMS Standard Cover Sheet, a curriculum vitae, and a statement about teaching interests and experience. The applicant must also have at least three letters of recommendation submitted.</p>
<p>To ensure priority consideration, all application materials including recommendation letters must be received by <strong>November 15, 2017</strong>. However, the positions will remain open until filled.</p>
<p>Questions regarding the application process in Jobs@UVa should be directed to: <span style="white-space:nowrap"><a href="mailto:zk4g@virginia.edu"><span class="fa fa-envelope" aria-hidden="true" style="font-size:0.8em"></span></a> <a href="http://math.virginia.edu/people/zk4g">Zvezdana Kish</a></span>, <span style="white-space:nowrap"><span class="fa fa-phone" aria-hidden="true" style="font-size:0.8em"></span> <a href="tel:434-924-4937">434-924-4937</a></span>, <span style="white-space:nowrap"><span class="fa fa-building" aria-hidden="true" style="font-size:0.8em"></span> 214 Kerchof Hall</span></p>
<p>For additional information about the position contact: math-employment@virginia.edu</p>
<p>The University will perform background checks on all new hires prior to making a final offer of employment.</p>
<p>The University of Virginia is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.</p>
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<h2 id="postdoctoral-research-associate-and-fellow">Postdoctoral Research Associate and Fellow</h2>
<h6 id="this-ad-on-mathjobs-1"><a href="https://www.mathjobs.org/jobs?joblist-164-11090">This ad on MathJobs</a></h6>
<p>The Department of Mathematics at the University of Virginia invites applications for several postdoctoral positions, to begin the fall semester of 2018, including the following:</p>
<ol>
<li>
<p>Whyburn Research Associate. Priority for this position will be given to applicants in Analysis; however, all candidates whose research interests complement the strengths of the department’s current faculty will be considered.</p>
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<li>
<p>Postdoctoral Research Associate and Fellow. High priority for this position will be given to applicants in Algebraic Geometry and Number Theory.</p>
</li>
</ol>
<p>All positions carry an initial appointment of one year, renewable for up to two additional one-year appointments, contingent on performance. Preference for all positions will be given to candidates who have received their Ph.D. within the last three years. Applicants must be on track to receive a Ph.D. in the relevant field by June 2018 and must hold a Ph.D. at the time of appointment. Applicants must present evidence of outstanding accomplishments and promise in both research and teaching. Information about the department may be found at www.math.virginia.edu.</p>
<p>To apply candidates must submit a Candidate Profile through Jobs@UVa (<a href="https://jobs.virginia.edu">https://jobs.virginia.edu</a>), search on posting number 0621784 and electronically attach the following: a cover letter of interest describing research agenda and teaching experience, a curriculum vitae, and contact information for four references.</p>
<p>In addition, candidates must submit the following required documents electronically through www.MathJobs.org: A cover letter, an AMS Standard Cover Sheet, a curriculum vitae, a publication list, a description of research, and a statement about teaching interests and experience. The applicant must also have at least four letters of recommendation submitted, of which one must support the applicant’s effectiveness as a teacher.</p>
<p>To ensure priority consideration, all application materials including recommendation letters must be received by <strong>November 15, 2017</strong>; however, the positions will remain open until filled.</p>
<p>Questions regarding the application process in Jobs@UVa should be directed to: <span style="white-space:nowrap"><a href="mailto:zk4g@virginia.edu"><span class="fa fa-envelope" aria-hidden="true" style="font-size:0.8em"></span></a> <a href="http://math.virginia.edu/people/zk4g">Zvezdana Kish</a></span>, <span style="white-space:nowrap"><span class="fa fa-phone" aria-hidden="true" style="font-size:0.8em"></span> <a href="tel:434-924-4937">434-924-4937</a></span>, <span style="white-space:nowrap"><span class="fa fa-building" aria-hidden="true" style="font-size:0.8em"></span> 214 Kerchof Hall</span></p>
<p>For additional information about the position contact: math-employment@virginia.edu</p>
<p>The University will perform background checks on all new hires prior to making a final offer of employment.</p>
<p>The University of Virginia is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.</p>
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<p><em>A Group 1 research department, the Department of Mathematics at the University of Virginia actively engages in research in a wide range of fields within algebra, analysis, topology, geometry, and the history of mathematics. The Institute of Mathematical Science further enhances the Department’s research agenda through its sponsorship of numerous visiting scholars and speakers. Located on the University’s Central Grounds, the Department and the Institute form part of what Thomas Jefferson called the “academical village,” an interacting group of scholars in the humanities, the social sciences and the sciences.</em></p>UVA MathThe Department of Mathematics at the University of Virginia invites applications for several positions: Assistant/Associate Professor, General Faculty Postdoctoral Research Associate and FellowVOTCAM 20172017-10-17T08:00:01+00:002017-10-17T08:00:01+00:00http://math.virginia.edu/2017/10/VOTCAM<p>The Virginia Operator Theory and Complex Analysis Meeting (VOTCAM) is an annual meeting of analysts that has been held at various Virginia colleges and universities since 1992. This year VOTCAM is at University of Virginia in Charlottesville on October 28th, 2017.</p>
<p>VOTCAM website: <a href="https://votcam.wordpress.com/"><code class="highlighter-rouge">https://votcam.wordpress.com/</code></a></p>
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<p>Lectures in Clark 107</p>
<p>8:15 – 9:00 Coffee and continental breakfast in Clark Hall</p>
<p>9:00 – 9:45 Michael Hartz (Washington University in St. Louis): A multiplier functional calculus</p>
<p>10:00 – 10:45 Florent Baudier (Texas A&M University): Banach spaces and graphs: geometric interactions and applications</p>
<p>11:00 – 11:45 Sarah Reznikoff (Kansas State University): Renault’s groupoid for the abelian core</p>
<p>11:50 – 2:00 Lunch, walking to nearby restaurants</p>
<p>2:00 – 2:45 Christian Rosendal (University of Illinois - Chicago): Affine isometric actions and the geometry of Polish groups</p>
<p>3:00 – 3:45 George Androulakis (University of South Carolina): Several forms of chaos in quantum mechanics</p>
<p>4:00 – 4:45 Nik Weaver (Washington University in St. Louis): A “quantum” Ramsey theorem for operator systems</p>
<p>6:30 loosely organized plan to go to dinner at Himalayan Fusion</p>UVA MathThe Virginia Operator Theory and Complex Analysis Meeting (VOTCAM) is an annual meeting of analysts that has been held at various Virginia colleges and universities since 1992. This year VOTCAM is at University of Virginia in Charlottesville on October 28th, 2017. VOTCAM website: https://votcam.wordpress.com/Yair Minsky - Virginia Mathematics Lectures - November 13-15, 20172017-09-30T00:30:00+00:002017-09-30T00:30:00+00:00http://math.virginia.edu/ims/lectures/yair-minsky<h5 class="mt-3 mb-4"><a href="http://users.math.yale.edu/users/yair/">Yair Minsky (Yale University)</a></h5>
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Lecture 1.
<b>Hyperbolic 3-manifolds, their structure and deformations</b>
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Lecture 2.
<b>Between 2 and 3 dimensions: Teichmuller theory, pleated surfaces, and the complex of curves</b>
</li>
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Lecture 3.
<b>Quantitative models, Thurston's skinning map, and beyond</b>
</li>
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<h3 id="hyperbolic-3-manifolds-their-structure-and-deformations">Hyperbolic 3-manifolds, their structure and deformations</h3>
<p><em>Lecture 1: November 13, 2017. Time and location: 5-6pm, Physics 203</em></p>
<p><strong>Abstract:</strong> Hyperbolic geometry is the richest and most interesting of Thurston’s eight geometries for 3-manifolds. A good understanding of the ways in which hyperbolic geometry interacts with topology in three dimensions also informs our understanding of many related fields, such as geometric group theory and complex dynamics. We will give a brief introduction to this subject, trying to focus on examples, geometric intuition and overall structure.</p>
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<h3 id="between-2-and-3-dimensions-teichmuller-theory-pleated-surfaces-and-the-complex-of-curves">Between 2 and 3 dimensions: Teichmuller theory, pleated surfaces, and the complex of curves</h3>
<p><em>Lecture 2: November 14, 2017. Time and location: 5-6pm, Rouss 410</em></p>
<p><strong>Abstract:</strong> One can probe the geometry of a 3-manifold by mapping in surfaces in different ways: conformal boundaries at infinity give us a parametrization of families of 3-manifolds using classical Teichmuller space, and Thurston’s pleated surfaces relate the varying geometry on the interior to 2-dimensional combinatorial and geometric structures. We will explore these notions and explain a little about how they provide a complete set of invariants for deformation spaces of 3-manifolds.</p>
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<h3 id="quantitative-models-thurstons-skinning-map-and-beyond">Quantitative models, Thurston’s skinning map, and beyond</h3>
<p><em>Lecture 3: November 15, 2017. Time and location: 5-6pm, Rouss 410</em></p>
<p><strong>Abstract:</strong> While the theory has had many successes, we are still far from having a complete “effective” recipe for predicting the geometry of a hyperbolic 3-manifold from its topological description. I will describe some ongoing work in this direction, and some remaining questions.</p>
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<p><a href="http://math.virginia.edu/ims/lectures">Virginia Mathematics Lectures archive</a></p>UVA MathYair Minsky (Yale University) Lecture 1. Hyperbolic 3-manifolds, their structure and deformations Lecture 2. Between 2 and 3 dimensions: Teichmuller theory, pleated surfaces, and the complex of curves Lecture 3. Quantitative models, Thurston's skinning map, and beyondNew Faculty 2017-182017-09-12T00:30:00+00:002017-09-12T00:30:00+00:00http://math.virginia.edu/2017/09/new-faculty<p>We are excited to announce our new faculty: Assistant Professor
<a href="http://math.virginia.edu/people/brh5c/">Benjamin Hayes</a>, Whyburn Instructors <a href="http://math.virginia.edu/people/pb9wh/">Prasit Bhattacharya</a> and <a href="http://math.virginia.edu/people/ls2zz/">Liron
Speyer</a>, and Postdoctoral Fellow <a href="http://math.virginia.edu/people/vm6y/">Vivek Mukundan</a>.</p>
<p><a href="http://as.virginia.edu/sites/as.virginia.edu/files/resources/uva_as_newfacultybooklet_2017-2018.pdf">All Arts and Sciences New Faculty (PDF)</a></p>
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<h2 id="prasit-bhattacharya">Prasit Bhattacharya</h2>
<p><img src="http://math.virginia.edu/img/people/Bhattacharya.jpg" alt="Prasit Bhattacharya" style="max-width:30%" /></p>
<p>Working in the area of algebraic
topology, Prasit Bhattacharya
researches computational aspects of
stable homotopy theory. Specifically,
he explores stable homotopy
groups of spheres, using chromatic
homotopy theory. He studies $v_n$ self-maps
that result in infinite
families of elements in stable
homotopy groups of spheres, and
his current research involves $C_2$-
equivariant computations, with a
focus on the telescope conjecture.</p>
<p>Bhattacharya completed his
bachelor’s degree (2007) and his
master’s degree in mathematics
(2009) at the Indian Statistical
Institute in Bangalore, India. He
completed his Ph.D. at Indiana University (2015).
Bhattacharya comes to the
University of Virginia from the University of Notre Dame, where he served
as a visiting assistant professor (2015-2017).</p>
<p>Bhattacharya has taught mathematics courses at all college levels,
including pre-calculus, calculus (at various levels), linear algebra and finite
mathematics. He enjoys mentoring undergraduate students as well as high-school
students. Bhattacharya hopes to continue mentoring students at
UVA and to teach courses at various levels while organizing graduate-level
seminars, as he has at previous institutions.</p>
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<h2 id="benjamin-hayes">Benjamin Hayes</h2>
<p><img src="http://math.virginia.edu/img/people/Hayes.jpg" alt="Benjamin Hayes" style="max-width:30%" /></p>
<p>Working with colleagues in the
Department of Mathematics’
operator theory group, Benjamin
Hayes researches topics involving the
measurement of how many finitary
approximations there are of a given
infinitary object, including: entropy
for actions of nonamenable groups,
free probability with connections to
von Neumann algebras and random
matrices, and sofic groups.</p>
<p>Hayes arrives at the University
of Virginia with a grant from the
National Science Foundation’s
Division of Mathematical Sciences
for his continuing research. He has
published nine papers, including
articles in Geometric and Functional
Analysis, International Mathematics Research Notices and Journal of
the Institute of Mathematics Jussieu. As a graduate student at UCLA,
Hayes earned a Dissertation Year Fellowship and the Heaviside Wealth
Management Award, which recognizes the graduate student who does the
best job explaining their research to someone outside of their field.</p>
<p>Hayes received his B.S. in mathematics from the University of Washington
(2009) and earned his Ph.D. in mathematics from UCLA (2014).</p>
<p>Hayes will be teaching an Introductory Real Analysis course in the fall and
Calculus on Manifolds in the spring. Excited to work with the department’s
operator theory group, Hayes also plans to explore possible collaborations
and connections with the department’s algebra and probability groups.</p>
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<h2 id="vivek-mukundan">Vivek Mukundan</h2>
<p><img src="http://math.virginia.edu/img/people/Mukundan.jpg" alt="Vivek Mukundan" style="max-width:30%" /></p>
<p>Working in the areas of commutative
algebra and algebraic geometry,
Vivek Mukundan’s research spans
methods for computing the defining
ideal of the Rees algebra, studying the
invariants of powers of edge ideals,
multiplicity theory, koszul algebras
and other topics.</p>
<p>Vivek received his master’s degree
in mathematics from the Indian
Institute of Technology in Madras,
India, and a Ph.D. in mathematics
from Purdue University. Before
coming to the University of Virginia,
he was a visiting fellow at the Tata
Institute of Fundamental Research in
Mumbai, India.</p>
<p>Mukundan’s research grants and fellowships include a National Science
Foundation grant, multiple summer research grants from Purdue University,
a National Board for Higher Mathematics postdoctoral fellowship from
India’s Department of Atomic Energy, an INSPIRE Faculty Award from
India’s Ministry of Science & Technology, a Jawaharlal Nehru Centre
for Advanced Scientific Research Fellowship, and travel grants from
the American Mathematical Society and the Mathematical Research
Communities program.</p>
<p>At UVA, he plans on furthering his research in the fields of commutative
algebra and algebraic geometry while expanding his teaching repertoire.</p>
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<h2 id="liron-speyer">Liron Speyer</h2>
<p><img src="http://math.virginia.edu/img/people/Speyer.jpg" alt="Liron Speyer" style="max-width:30%" /></p>
<p>A postdoctoral researcher specializing
in representation theory, Liron Speyer
focuses his work on the study of a
fundamental object known as the
symmetric group, as well as several
families of related mathematical
objects. These include the quiver
Hecke algebras introduced in the last
decade, which have brought about a
surge of interest in the area.</p>
<p>Liron will be joining the University
of Virginia directly from Osaka
University, Japan, where he held a
postdoctoral fellowship funded by the
Japan Society for the Promotion of
Science. After receiving his Ph.D. in
mathematical sciences from Queen
Mary University of London, and his
master’s degree in mathematics from the University of Warwick, he held a
visiting postdoctoral position at the University of East Anglia, funded by the
London Mathematical Society.</p>
<p>Liron’s work has been published in Transactions of The American
Mathematical Society, Proceedings of The American Mathematical
Society, International Mathematics Research Notices, as well as three top
algebra journals.</p>
<p>This academic year, Liron will teach algebra courses for science majors, while
his research will largely focus on constructing a vast generalization of the
famous Littlewood–Richardson Rule in the context of quiver Hecke algebras.</p>UVA MathWe are excited to announce our new faculty: Assistant Professor Benjamin Hayes, Whyburn Instructors Prasit Bhattacharya and Liron Speyer, and Postdoctoral Fellow Vivek Mukundan. All Arts and Sciences New Faculty (PDF)AWM student chapter at UVa2017-09-01T12:30:00+00:002017-09-01T12:30:00+00:00http://math.virginia.edu/2017/09/AWM<p>You are invited to be a member of the <a href="http://math.virginia.edu/awm/">Association for Women in Mathematics Student Chapter at UVa</a>.</p>
<p>If you’d like to know more, please come to one of our interest meetings, on <strong>September 5th at 6:15 in Kerchof 314 or September 6th at 7 pm in Clark 148</strong>. If you have questions, please contact us at <a href="mailto:math-awm@virginia.edu">math-awm@virginia.edu</a>.</p>
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<p>Our goal is to support and encourage women in Mathematics, building a community of people who like Math, open to everyone, not just women. We have several activities planned for this year, including Math talks, a mentorship program, and panels on topics like research opportunities or grad school.</p>UVA MathYou are invited to be a member of the Association for Women in Mathematics Student Chapter at UVa. If you’d like to know more, please come to one of our interest meetings, on September 5th at 6:15 in Kerchof 314 or September 6th at 7 pm in Clark 148. If you have questions, please contact us at math-awm@virginia.edu.