BALL STATE UNIVERSITY
We welcome Munni Begum as tenure-track assistant professor in our department. Munni,
who received a masters degree from BSU, returns to us after completing a Ph.D. in
statistics at the University of North Carolina.
Congratulations to Irene Livshits for obtaining a three-year NSF-DMS grant to fund
her research in multigrid methods, a branch of numerical analysis.
Dale Umbach has stepped down as chair of the department after eight years of faithful
service. He is succeeded by John Emert, who has spent the last three years as assistant chair.
Several faculty members will be enjoying a sabbatical this year, including Charles Jones,
Kerry Jones, Sheryl Stump, and Dale Umbach.
(excerpt from an announcement at http://www.ams.org)
Ellen Maycock, Johnson Family University Professor and professor of mathematics at DePauw University,
has been appointed associate executive director of the AMS, starting in September 2005. She succeeds
James W. Maxwell, who has entered partial retirement and continues to work on selected projects part-time
for the Society. In her new position, Maycock oversees the meetings, public awareness, and membership and
programs departments of the AMS. Among other activities, these departments conduct surveys, manage career
and employment services,
run research conferences, publish Math in the Media and the Feature Column on the web, provide information
for department leaders and students, and administer grants and fellowships.
Ron Milne is spending his one-year sabbatical in Papua, Indonesia, serving as a curriculum
consultant at Cenderawasih University in Abepura, near Jayapura. This service assignment
was made through Mennonite Central Committee.
In Ron's absence, David Housman will be serving as department chair and Brian Crane has
been hired. Brian earned a B.S. in Mathematics in 2000 from Furman University and a Ph.D.
in Mathematics from Emory University this past summer. His research involved characterizing
certain types of mathematical graphs. He has taught of number of courses for undergraduate
students, and he helped develop and teach a course in calculus and combinatorics to prepare
high school students for college studies in mathematics.
INDIANA UNIVERSITY PURDUE UNIVERSITY INDIANAPOLIS (IUPUI)
Pavel Bleher was awarded a Chancellor's Professorship. Since his appointment in 1994,
Pavel Bleher has played a leadership role in building up and advancing the mathematical
physics research program in the Department of Mathematical Sciences. He has also made
outstanding contributions to the Department's undergraduate and graduate teaching programs,
and has greatly enhanced IUPUI's reputation in science and mathematics education in central
Indiana through his tireless outreach efforts to talented local middle and high school students.
Bart Ng was selected as the first holder of the Marvin L. Bittinger Chair in Mathematics Education.
A reception was held to honor Marvin L. Bittinger and celebrate the appointment of Bart S. Ng to
this Chair Professorship.
The IUPUI 2005 Undergraduate Research Program in the Mathematical Sciences drew students from
IUPUI, St. Mary's College of Maryland, and the University of Rochester. A daily seminar
equipped the students with a basic foundation for research on a selection of projects,
such as base representation of Gaussian integers, random walks on a circular lattice,
isogonal and isotomic maps for triangles, and minimization of flight time in wind. At the end
of the program, each student presented results in both campus-wide and departmental symposiums.
Student Researchers were Kelly Anderson, Michael Anderson, Brittany Edison, Heather Langdon,
Kehinde Salau, Taiwo Salau, and Michael Wijay.
Krzysztof Podgorski (Department of Mathematical Sciences) and Susanne Ragg (IU School of Medicine)
were awarded an NIH Roadmap Initiative Grant to develop innovative and highly sensitive mathematical
and statistical methods of detecting cancer using data obtained by the recent technologies of proteome analysis.
On May 13, the ceremony for the 8th annual IUPUI high school math contest was held for area high school students
from Central Indiana. Record participation this year included 392 participants from 13 area high schools. The
theme of the 2005 contest was Mathematics and Cryptography, and the featured ceremony speaker was Dr. Patrick
Morton, who spoke on Fermat Primes.
New faculty members are assistant professors Olguta Buse, Alexey Kuznetsov and Rodrigo Perez, and
lecturers Nancy Kitt, John L. Miller and Joan Rainey.
The annual Wabash Mini Conference will be held at IUPUI on Saturday, September 17 and Sunday, September 18, 2005.
Evgeny Mukhin and Michael Ernst were promoted to Associate Professor with Tenure.
INDIANA PURDUE UNIVERSITY - FORT WAYNE
Raymond Pippert retired after forty years of teaching.
The department welcomes the following faculty
|Sandra (Betsy) Berry, Visiting Instructor in mathematics education.|
|David Redett, Assistant Professor; David's research is in analysis.|
Adam Coffman is on sabbatical leave for the fall semester.
INDIANA UNIVERSITY SOUTH BEN
The department welcomes, their new colleague
|Dr. Marcio Sousa Carvalho|
|Assistant Professor of Mathematical Sciences|
|Ph. D., University of Colorado at Bolder, May 2005|
|Research Areas: Applied Probability, Stochastic Processors and Stochastic Simulation|
Matt DeLong was awarded the Henry L. Alder Award for
Distinguished Teaching by a Beginning College or University Mathematics
Faculty Member. See: http://www.maa.org/news/080105mfwa.html#alder
He is on sabbatical at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor for the
2005-06 year. David Aukerman, a graduate of Taylor University and Miami
University, is filling in as his sabbatical replacement.
Dr. Ron Benbow is now the chair of the department replacing Mark Colgan.
After a one year hiatus, Bill Klinger reclaimed the position of the Associate
Dean of the Division of Natural Sciences. Jeremy Case was named the Associate
Dean of General Education at Taylor University.
Dr. David Neuhouser continues to spend much of his time with activities related
to The Center for the Study of C. S. Lewis and Friends. The next biannual Lewis &
Friends colloquium will be June 1- 4, 2006 at Taylor University.
In May 2005, Matt DeLong and TU physics professors Ken Kiers and Hank Voss led a
team of Taylor students to Colombo, Sri Lanka to aid in reconstruction efforts
following the devastating tsunami of December 26, 2004. Several of the participating
students were majors in mathematics or physics.
Ron Benbow, Jeremy Case, Ken Constantine, Matt DeLong and David Neuhouser attended the
Association of Christians in the Mathematical Sciences (ACMS) at Huntington College June1-4,
2005. Jeremy Case and David Neuhouser gave presentations.
The Taylor Mathematics Department and the East Allen County School's Gifted and Talented
Program continued their partnership in 2005 for the second straight spring. This year
almost 30 Taylor mathematics majors were each partnered with a gifted and talented fifth-grader
from the district in a unique blend of friendship, mentoring, and mathematics.
The program was developed in order to make an impact on the long-term educational trajectory of a
cohort of gifted and talented students from the EACS district. Several of the students would be
first-generation college students or classified as "at risk" in addition to "gifted and talented."
East Allen School Corporation is located east of Ft. Wayne. The fifth graders would attend such high
schools as New Haven, Ft. Wayne Harding, Woodlan, Leo, and Heritage.
UNIVERSITY OF EVANSVILLE
Dr. Joanne Redden taught mathematics this summer at Harlaxton College, the British campus of the
University of Evansville. A high point was the visitation of her class to the British Museum, by
special arrangement, to view the Rhind Papyrus.
Dr. Talitha Washington has joined the University of Evansville faculty as Assistant Professor of
Mathematics. She received her Ph.D. in 2001 from the University of Connecticut and then held a
post-doc in mathematical biology at Duke University . From 2003 to 2005 she was an Assistant
Professor of Mathematics at New Rochelle College in New Rochelle, New York.
Mary Treanor retired this past spring after 25 years with the department and university.
Her valuable contributions to our understanding of teaching and student learning will be
missed. Kim Pearson is on leave to study statistics at Harvard University's School of
Public Health. Ken Luther has earned tenure and promotion to associate professor.
Greg Hume has returned to the department after a two year assignment at the university's
study center in Cambridge, England. Ashraf El-Houbi, an applied statistician, and Alberto
Marrero, an functional analyst, join our department this fall.