2008 Personal News
G. Donald Allen was nominated to participate in the Texas College Readiness Project in the area of Mathematics, supported by the Educational Policy Improvement Center (EPIC), 2008.
Appointed, Maplesoft Academic Advisory Board (MAAB), February 2008.
Wolfgang Bangerth and Laura Matusevich are among 118 outstanding young scientists, mathematicians and economists selected by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation as Research Fellows. "The Sloan Research Fellowships support the work of exceptional young researchers early in their academic careers, and often at pivotal stages in their work," says Paul L. Joskow, president of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.
Ronald DeVore, elected to the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, 2008.
On Thursday, May 1st a reception was held in honor of of Drs. Jim Bramble, Arthur Hobbs, and Kirby Smith on their retirement from the department.
Yalchin Efendiev with the approval of President Murano has been appointed as Interim Director of the Institute of Scientific Computation (founded by Richard Ewing).
Stephen Fulling has been recognized as Outstanding Referee by journals of the American Physical Society, February 2008.
Rostislav Grigorchuk has been promoted to the rank of Distinguished Professor, effective September 1, 2008. Professor Grigorchuk became internationally famous in the 1980s for answering a key conjecture posed by a Fields Medalist, John Milnor, in the 1960s regarding growth properties of finitely generated groups. Professor Grigorchuk has been an international leader in the area of combinatorial group theory.
Peter Kuchment has been selected to receieve a 2008 Distinguished Achievement CollegeLevel Award in Teaching sponsored by the Association of Former Students.
Institute of Physics Select paper "Tight frames of exponentially decaying Wanier functions," 2008.
Featured article and Editorial Board highlight of the year paper "Uniqueness of reconstruction and an inversion procedure for thermoacoustic and photoacoustic tomography."
Raytcho Lazarov was awarded the medal of the Institute of Mathematics and Informatics, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, June 2008.
Awarded the Erasmus Mundus Visiting Scholar Award, University of Kaiserslautern, July 2008 to June 2011.
Awarded Doctor Honoris Causa of Sofia University "St. Kl. Ohridski", July 2006.
Carl Pearcy, Member of Olympiad Exam Committee, Qatar, Spring 2008.
J. Maurice Rojas has been invited to the editorial board of the Houston Journal of Mathematics (beginning January 2008).
Eric and Sulem Rowell welcomed Elizabeth Itzel Rowell into the world on December 11th. She weighed 4lbs 4oz and the doctors are happy with how she is doing considering that she is 9 weeks early.
Sharon and Jim Suter are the proud parents of adopted baby boy Colton James Suter. Colton was born on Tuesday, March 11, 2008 at 12:11 pm, he weighted 6 lb., 14 oz. and 19 in. long.
Professor Emeritus Leon Bruce Treybig, 76, passed away Monday, June 9, 2008 following a brief illness. His mathematical specialties were "Point Set Topology" and "Knot Theory" and he had a lifelong passion for teaching. Bruce molded the minds of countless young college students during his combined 43 years of Teaching at Tulane University and Texas A&M University. When he retired on August 31, 2002, he was conferred the title of Professor Emeritus for his significant contributions to teaching and research at Texas A&M University.
The Department of Mathematics, in conjunction with Statistics, and Engineering has won a major research and education grant from Saudia Arabia to establish an Institute for Applied Mathematics and Computational Science (IAMCS) here at Texas A&M. This center is among four worldwide centers to be funded by King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST). The other three centers will be at Cornell University, the University of Oxford, and Stanford University. Additional information is given in the announcement on King Abdullah University of Science and Technology home page.
Winning this IMACS center is a major coup for our department, the College and the University. To give you some idea of the scale, the amount of funding is approximately seven times our prior VIGRE grant. The funds will be used to support mathematicians, statisticians, and computer scientists on research problems in applied mathematics and computational sciences as well as their applications to the earth sciences, material sciences, and biosciences. Graduate and postdoctoral education will be a major part of the Center, which will support numerous graduate and postgraduate fellowships in interdisciplinary degree and research programs in the computational mathematical sciences.
The original vision for this Center is due to Richard Ewing, and his legacy will live on through this Center. The lead PI on the Center is now James Calvin, Interim Vice President for Research. Yalchin Efendiev and Jay Walton are among the coPIs and each had a major role in writing the proposal. Many other faculty here in the department will be involved in the Center's research activities. Even though several departments are involved in this Center, a major part of the Center will reside in our department.
Promotions of Marcelo Aguiar, Yalchin Efendiev and Hal Schenck to Professor will become effective September 1, 2008.
Grants/Contracts Awarded:
G. Donald Allen, Texas Education Agency via El Paso Independent School District, Math Coachers Service provider contract, $56,600, November 25, 2008.
G. Donald Allen, THECB/Dana Center, Teacher Quality Grant  Algebra I, TAMU Acct #02421104, $84,990, May 1, 2008 to May 31, 2009.
G. Donald Allen, THECB/Dana Center, Teacher Quality Grant  Algebra II, TAMU Acct #02421104, $84,990, May 1, 2008 to May 31, 2009.
Wolfgang Bangerth (PI), California Institute of Technology (through Computational Infrastructure for Geodynamics, CIG): "A suite of simple geodynamics applications using adaptive finite element methods," $100,458, April 1, 2008 to August 31, 2009.
Wolfgang Bangerth (PI), Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Research Fellowship: "Inverse problems and computational science," $50,000, September 16, 2008 to September 15, 2010.
Al Boggess (PI), NSF: Workshop to Advise NSF on Proposed Program for Undergraduate Recruitment into Mathematics and Science, DMS0832230, $86,695, June 1, 2008 to May 31, 2009.
Ronald DeVore (PI), ONR/DURIP: "Computational foundation for investigations in capturing sparsity in very high dimensions," USC, $111,624, May 4, 2008 to May 30, 2009.
Ronald DeVore (PI), DoDOffice of Naval Research: "Fundamental questions in compressed sensing," TAMU, N000140811113, $453,001, July 7, 2008 to June 30, 2012.
Yalchin Efendiev (Leader), Global Research Partnership, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology Inaugural Global Research Partnership Center Grants: Texas A&M University Institute for Applied Mathematics and Computational Science (IAMCS), $25,000,000, May 1, 2008 to May 1, 2013.
Yalchin Efendiev (PI), NSF: Upscaling of flows in deformable porous media, DMS0811180, (with Dimitris Lagoudas, Peter Popov, and Yuliya Gorb, CoPIs), $154,505, July 1, 2008 to June 30, 2011 (estimated).
Yalchin Efendiev, Qatar National Research Foundation: "Groundwater models for State of Qatar," 20082011.
Yalchin Efendiev, Industry Grant: "Efficient geomechanics simulations," $90,000, 20082009.
Sue Geller (PI), NSF: EMSW21 MCTP: Transition points for high school and undergraduate mathematics students, DMS0739412, (with A. Boggess, D. DeBlassie, P. Kuchment, and D. Lewis, CoPIs), $886,372, April 15, 2008 to March 31, 2011.
JeanLuc Guermond (PI), IMA Workshop Grant, $4,000 (+ $4,000 matching funds from A&M), May 2008.
JeanLuc Guermond (PI) (with Bojan Popov (CoPI)), US DOE (C0900035), Task Order No. 1 to Master Agreement No. C0800353 with Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, $2,936,677, September 9, 2008 to June 30, 2011.
Guido Kanschat (PI), NSF: Collaborative Research: Tuningfree adaptive multilevel discontinuous Galerkin methods for Maxwell's equations, DMS0810387, (with R. Hoppe (U. Houston) and T. Warburton (Rice)), $56,542, July 15, 2008 to June 30, 2009.
Peter Kuchment (Leader), Global Research Partnership, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology Inaugural Global Research Partnership Center Grants: Texas A&M University Institute for Applied Mathematics and Computational Science (IAMCS), $25,000,000, May 1, 2008 to May 1, 2013.
Joseph Landsberg (PI), NSF: Analytic geometry and representation theory, DMS0805782 (with C. Robles, CoPI),$180,000, September 15, 2008 to August 31, 2010.
Laura Matusevich, Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship, $50,000, September 2008 to August 2010.
Volodymyr Nekrashevych (PI), NSF: Groups generated by automata, DMS0757988, $17,500, February 1, 2008 to January 31, 2009.
Dmitry Panchenko (PI), NSF: Extension of "Spin glass models", DMS0832717, $40,638, July 1, 2008 to June 30, 2009.
Matthew Papanikolas (CoPI), NSF: Special Meeting: Southwest Center for Arithmetic Geometry, DMS0852464, (with PI: David Savitt, (Arizona), CoPIs: Dinesh Thakur (Arizona) and Rachel Pries (Colorado State)), $435,000, July 2009 to July 2012.
Joseph E. Pasciak (Investigator), Global Research Partnership, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology Inaugural Global Research Partnership Center Grants: Texas A&M University Institute for Applied Mathematics and Computational Science (IAMCS), $25,000,000, May 1, 2008 to May 1, 2013.
Joseph E. Pasciak (PI), LLNLDOE: "Stability and solution techniques for Brinkman/Stokes equations," Contract with the University of California, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, $14,700, August 1, 2008 to September 30, 2008.
Guergana Petrova (PI), NSF: "Computational challenges in fluid transport and imaging", DMS0810869, $156,500, August 15, 2008 to July 31, 2011.
Michael Pilant (PI), QNRF: "Development of a computational groundwater model for Qatar," NPRP26678, $750,000 USD, January 2008 to December 2010.
Mike Pilant, received partial funding to organize Second Annual Doha Conference on Applied Mathematics and Computational Science, $30,000, 2008.
Alexei Poltoratski (PI), NSF: "Uniqueness and convergence of analytic integrals in harmonic and spectral analysis", DMS0800300, $150,000, July 1, 2008 to June 30, 2011.
Bojan Popov (CoPI), Conference funding for Nonlinear Approximation Techniques using L^{1}, from Texas A&M, IMA and ARO, $22,500, May 1618, 2008.
Bojan Popov (PI), NSF: "L^{1}based approximation techniques for PDEs" (with JeanLuc Guermond, CoPI), DMS0811041, $329,997, July 1, 2008 to June 30, 2011.
Bojan Popov (Investigator), Global Research Partnership, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology Inaugural Global Research Partnership Center Grants: Texas A&M University Institute for Applied Mathematics and Computational Science (IAMCS), $25,000,000, May 1, 2008 to May 1, 2013.
Maurice Rojas, awarded WennerGren Foundation Visiting Researcher Grant, to visit and work with Mikael Passare and Boris Shapiro during MarchJune 2009 at the Stockholm University, Sweden, (75000 Swedish Kroner), December 2008.
Maurice Rojas (Senior Personnel), REU Site Grant: Undergraduate Research in Mathematical Sciences and its Applications (TAMU), $400,000, June 1, 2009 to May 31,2012.
Eric Rowell, NSA Young Investigators grant: "Algebraic aspects of topological quantum computing," $30,000, April 2008 to March 2010.
Thomas Schlumprecht, Grant by the French Government to visit Paris, Universite VII (2008), Euro 4,500.
Frank Sottile (PI), TARP Projects grant: "Algebraic geometry in algebraic statistics and geometric modeling," 01036600542007 (Sam Houston State University), (with Luis GarciaPuente, CoPI), May 15, 2008 to May 14, 2010.
Frank Sottile (PI), NSF: US Participation in Workshop: Enumeration and Bounds in Real Algebraic Geometry, DMS0800253, $12,000, April 1, 2008 to March 31, 2009.
Frank Sottile (PI), IRTAG Grant: "Bounds for real solutions to polynomial equations," $2,000, to support trip to see collaborator Bihan in April 2008.
Frank Sottile (PI), (CoPIs: I. Itenberg, V. Kharlamov, and B. Shapiro), part of the proposal to the Swiss National Fonds de Cherche, for the refunding of the Centre Bernoulli, Lausanne, Switzerland. This concerned a proposal to run a 6month program there on Real Algebriac and Tropical Geometry in January 2008 to June 2008. Our portion was funded at 180,000 CHF (Swiss francs).
Peter Stiller, AFOSR: "Geometric methods for ATR: shape analysis, object/image metrics, shape reconstruction, and shape statistics," TAMRF Project No. 0701771, $225,701, March 1, 2008 to December 31, 2010 (recommended for award, in process).
Emil Straube (PI), NSF: Research and education in several complex variables, DMS0758534, $286,926, June 1, 2008 to May 31, 2011.
Zoran Sunik (PI), NSF: "Finiteness properties of groups acting on rooted trees", DMS0805932, June 1, 2008 to May 31, 2011, $104,250.
Paula Tretkoff (PI), NSF: "Transcendence on varieties in families", DMS0800311, September 2008 to August 2011, $120,943.
Jay Walton and J.C. Slattery (PIs), AFOSR: "Modeling interfaces through an extension of continuum mechanics to the nanoscale with application to fracture and debonding," $496,339, January 1, 2008 to December 31, 2010.
Jay Walton (CoPI), KAUST Global Research Partnership, Institute for Applied Mathematics and Computational Science, (with J. Calvin (PI) and R. Carroll), KAUST Center Grant #KUSC101604, $20,008,312.00, June 1, 2008 to May 31, 2013.
Joseph Ward (PI), NSF: "Analysis and synthesis of scattered data on surfaces via and radial and related basis functions", DMS0807033, (with F. Narcowich, CoPI), $224,900, August 15, 2008 to July 31, 2011.
Sarah Witherspoon (PI), NSF: "Collaborative Research: Cohomology, deformations, and invariants" (with CoPI: Anne Shepler, UNT), DMS0800832, September 2008 to August 2011, Total award: $242,864 (TAMU: $126,456).
Sarah Witherspoon (PI), THECB: Texas Advanced Research Program Grant: "Graded Hecke algebras and deformations" (with CoPI: Anne Shepler, UNT), 01036600462007, May 2008 to May 2010, Total award: $93,546 (TAMU: $50,077).

The following faculty members from the Mathematics Department have been
awarded the
Fall 2008 award recipients for the Department of Mathematics

 Outstanding Staff
 Denise Drosche

 Outstanding Service
 Sue Geller
 Sandra Nite
 Roger Smith

 Outstanding Teaching
 Peter Kuchment
 Heather Ramsey
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