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Congratulations to Ilana Bellowe, Kate Booth, and Lauren Russell, recipients of the 2012-2013 Adele V. Leonhardy Memorial Scholarships! These scholarships are awarded annually to outstanding students who plan careers in teaching mathematics.
Congratulations to math major Molly May! She has been awarded the 2011-2012 McCray Scholarship.This award was established to honor Dr. Richard A. McCray. Professor McCray joined the faculty of CU in 1971. He is presently the George Gamow Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Astrophysics. The McCray Scholarship fund was established by his family to celebrate his 65th birthday.
Congratulations to Katherine Stange. She will receive the Mathematical Association's Paul R. Halmos-Lester R. Ford Award at the Mathfest 2013 Prize Session on August 2 in Hartford CT. Dr. Stange is being recognized for her paper "How to make the most of a shared meal: Plan the last bite first" published in August-September 2012 in The American Mathmatical Monthly.
- Graduate students Amy Feaver, William Stanton and Nathan Wakefield are the 2013 recipients of the Burton W. Jones Teaching Excellence Award. Great job!
- Congratulations to Emeritus Professors Jan Mycielski and Wolfgang Schmidt on being elected to the inaugural class of Fellows of the American Mathematical Society. Adjunct Professors Daniel Stroock and Raymond O. Wells, Jr. were also elected as inaugural Fellows, and congratulations to them as well.The announcement of Fellows was made on November 1, 2012, and the complete list of Fellows can be found at http://www.ams.org/profession/fellows-list.
- Dr. Brian Rider has been given a College Scholar Award by the College of Arts and Sciences. A panel of the college's professors of distinction bestow these awards in recognition of scholarly accomplishments, and the awards allow faculty to pursue full time research for one semester.
- Dr. Brian Rider has been named a Simons Fellow by the Simons Foundation for the 2012-2013 academic year. The Simons Fellows Program provides funds to faculty for up to a semester long research leave from classroom teaching and administrative obligations. Awards are based on the applicant's scientific accomplishment in the five-year period preceding the application and on a judgment of the potential scientific impact of the leave period.
- Graduate students Tyson Gern, Justin Keller and Benjamin Purkis are the 2012 recipients of the Burton W. Jones Teaching Excellence Award. Great job!
- To recognize our excellent diversity plan, the Department of Mathematics was awarded $1500 by the Committee on Academic Community and Diversity of the Arts and Sciences Council, in the form of extra fellowship money for incoming graduate student Keli Parker.
- Graduate student Matthew Hartman won the 2011 William Briggs Teaching Award and graduate student Matthew Stackpole won the 2011 Burton W. Jones teaching award. Congratulations!
- Dr. Eric Stade has been selected to be a President’s Teaching Scholar. This appointment will continue throughout his career at CU. You can read more about the President’s Teaching Scholar program at its website: http://www.colorado.edu/ptsp/index.html
- Professor Keith Kearnes has been awarded a Fulbright Fellowship for fall semester 2010 to collaborate with a group of researchers in Hungary on applications of relational clones to algebra and theoretical computer science.
Office Manager Donna Maes received the 2010 Service Excellence Award. The award is given by the University of Colorado Staff Council to one qualified individual per campus and one from University System Administration and includes a cash award. The purpose of the award is to recognize and reward individuals who have provided outstanding volunteer service to their campus, community/civic/professional activities, and the University as a whole through involvement in staff issues, committee work, teamwork, professional development of peers, and community relations.
- The 2010 Burton Jones was shared by graduate students Patrick Newberry and Michael Noyes.
- Graduate student Daniel Proulx won the 2010 William Briggs.
- Senior Instructor Delphy Shaulis was selected to receive a 2010 "Marinus Smith Award" from the CU Parents Association. The award is named after Marinus Smith, who made a significant financial contribution and donation of land to the university so that it could be located in Boulder. The purpose of the award is to identify and recognize CU-Boulder faculty, staff, coaches, and administrators who have made a significant impact on the lives of CU undergraduate students. The award is presented at a luncheon ceremony by Chancellor Phil DiStefano.
- Department Chair Eric Stade has received the 2010 Burton W. Jones Distinguished Teaching Award from the Mathematical Association of America’s Rocky Mountain Section. The MAA board of governors established Section Awards for Distinguished College or University Teaching of Mathematics to recognize outstanding teachers who foster student excitement about mathematics. The honor includes a certificate and honorarium, and automatic nomination for the Deborah and Franklin Haimo National Awards for Distinguished College or University Teaching of Mathematics.
- The National Science Foundation has awarded the Department of Mathematics of the University of Colorado a $64,533 grant entitled "GPOTS Special Meetings 2009/2010 - High-Altitude Training for the Next Generation of Operator Theorists and Operator Algebraists". For more information see here.
- Congratulations to graduate students Erika Wittenborn and Benjamin Katz-Moses, winners of the 2009 Burton W. Jones teaching award. Congratulations as well to Matthew Jones, winner of William Briggs teaching award for 2009.
- Assistant Professor Brian Rider is a recipient of the 2008 Rollo Davidson Prize, see www.statslab.cam.ac.uk/Rollo.
- Professor Judith Packer has been recognized with the "Outstanding Graduate Advising Faculty Award 2007-2008."
- To support his continuing efforts to enhance mathematics education both at CU and in the Boulder Valley public schools, by bringing undergraduates and graduate students from the University into the classroom at Pioneer Bilingual Elementary in Lafayette, Whittier Elementary in Boulder, and elsewhere, Professor Stade has been awarded a 2008-2009 grant from the CU Outreach Committee. (http://conted.colorado.edu/programs/outreach/outreach-awards).
- Assistant Professor Brian Rider received a 2007 NSF CAREER award for his project "Random Matrix Theory, Random Schroedinger and Wireless Communication." The CAREER awards provide early career development for faculty with outstanding potential.
In 2007, Professor Keith Kearnes delivered the 22nd Annual Shanks Lectures, Vanderbilt University's Distinguished Lecture Series in Mathematics.
Emeritus Professor Richard Laver passed away on September 19, 2012 at the age of 71, from complications of Parkinson’s disease. He joined the Department of Mathematics at CU Boulder in 1974. You can read more about Rich’s life and work in the current edition of Prime Bits or at http://artsandsciences.colorado.edu/magazine/2012/12/by-several-calculations-a-life-well-lived/
Emeritus Professor Robert Ellingwood passed away on May 23, 2012 at the age of 94. He joined the Department of Mathematics at CU Boulder in 1952. You can read more about Bob’s life and work in the 2012 edition of Prime Bits or at