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Mark Steinberger (19502018)
We are saddened to report that Mark Steinberger passed away on Saturday, September 15, ten days after his 68th birthday. After earning his Ph.D. under Peter May in Chicago in 1977, Mark worked at MIT, Cornell, Northern Illinois, and RutgersNewark. In 1987 he came to UAlbany, where he taught until he was diagnosed with brain cancer in March. Mark made lasting contributions to homotopy theory, in collaboration with Bruner, Lewis, May, and McClure, and to geometric topology, in collaboration with Cappell, Shaneson, Weinberger, and West. In 1994 he founded the New York Journal of Mathematics, the first free electronic journal covering all areas of mathematics, of which he was editor in chief until a few months ago. Obituary, AMS announcement.
UNYTS 2018
The Upstate New York Topology Seminar (UNYTS) took place on Saturday & Sunday, November 10 & 11, 2018, at the University at Albany. This weekend conference featured plenary lectures on a broad range of topics in algebraic, geometric, and applied topology, as well as geometric group theory. The conference website is here.
HyunKyoung Kwon and Michael Lesnick have joined the Department in Fall 2018
Two new tenuretrack faculty have joined the department. Professor Kwon's area of research is Operator Theory. She joins us from Brown University, where she did her PhD, by way of the University of Alabama. Professor Lesnick's area of research is Topological Data Analysis. He joins us from Stanford University, where he did his PhD, by way of Princeton University.
NAN 2018
The Third Northeast Analysis Network Conference will be held at Albany on September 14th and 15th, 2018 (FridaySaturday). Registration is now open here. This event is coorganized by several Albany faculty members and sponsored by the NSF and by some administrative divisions of the University at Albany SUNY, including the Mathematics and Statistics Department. Please visit the official NAN 2018 page for more information.
Seventh Maheshwari Colloquium
On Friday, May 4, 2018, the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at the University at Albany will host its seventh Maheshwari Colloquium, endowed in honor of Man Mohan and Asha Devi Maheshwari by Raj Maheshwari, '83. The speaker will be Vic Reiner from the University of Minnesota, and the title of his lecture is "Sandpiles and Representation Theory". The colloquium will begin at 3:00 p.m. in Lecture Center 23. Refreshments will be served from 2:15 p.m. just outside the auditorium. For more information, please visit the Maheshwari Colloquium web page.
Second Annual Distinguished Lecture in the Mathematical Sciences on March 9, 2018
On Friday, March 9, 2018, the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at the University at Albany will host the Second Annual Distinguished Lecture in the Mathematical Sciences. The speaker will be Professor YumTong Siu from Harvard, who will speak about “Analytic methods of constructing bundle sections and their geometric applications.” The abstract and more details are here. The colloquium will begin at 4:00pm in Lecture Center 19. Refreshments will be served from 3:15pm in front of the auditorium.
The new Master of Science in Data Science (MSDS) program has been established starting in Fall 2018
We educate students in the theory and practice of machine learning, statistical methods, and other advances at the frontier of data science such as topological data analysis. This pioneering program combines expertise in traditional and bleedingedge skills, building on a thorough mathematical foundation. Still the only program of this kind in the US, it produces highimpact highlydemanded MS graduates in 1–2 years. For more information, see the program page in the Graduate Bulletin, or contact the Graduate Director, Boris Goldfarb, at bgoldfarb@albany.edu.
NEAM 2017: Second Northeastern Analysis Meeting
The meeting is organized by UAlbany faculty members, Rongwei Yang, Joshua Isralowitz, and Marius Beceanu. It will be hosted by the Department of Mathematics and Statistics on October 13–15, 2017 (Friday–Sunday). For more information, please visit the official NEAM 2017 page.
Sixth Maheshwari Colloquium
On Friday, April 21, 2017, the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at the University at Albany will host its fifth Maheshwari Colloquium.
The speaker will be Robert Ghrist of the University of Pennsylvania. The colloquium will begin at 4:00 p.m. in Lecture Center 4.
Refreshments will be served from 3:15 p.m. just outside the auditorium.
For more information, please visit the Maheshwari Colloquium web page.
Professors Munch, Beceanu, Isralowitz, Varisco, Ying awarded research grants
Professor Elizabeth Munch has been awarded a National Science Foundation Grant for her project "Collaborative Research: A Unified Framework for Investigation of Time Series Using Topological Data Analysis" Professors Beceanu, Isralowitz, Varisco, and Ying have been awarded Simons Foundation Grants. Congratulations, well done!
Fifth Maheshwari Colloquium
On Friday, April 15, 2016, the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at the University at Albany will host its fifth Maheshwari Colloquium.
The speaker will be Michael Christ of the University of California, Berkeley. The colloquium will begin at 4:00 p.m. in Lecture Center 19 (directions).
Refreshments will be served from 3:15 p.m. just outside the auditorium.
For more information, please visit the Maheshwari Colloquium web page.
Marco Varisco has received the Dean's Teaching Award
Marco has received the prestigious Dean's Award for Outstanding Achievement in Teaching for sustained excellence in the supervision of students. For more information, follow this link to UAlbany news announcement.
Marius Beceanu has joined the Department in Fall 2015
has received the Dean's Award for Outstanding Achievement in Teaching for sustained excellence in the supervision of students.personal web page.
Changlong Zhong has joined the Department in Fall 2015
Professor Zhong came from University of Alberta, Canada. His research interests are in Algebraic Ktheory and motivic cohomology, cohomology of flag varieties and Schubert calculus. More information is available from his personal web page.
Fourth Maheshwari Colloquium
On Friday, April 23, 2015, the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at the University at Albany hosted its fourth Maheshwari Colloquium, endowed in honor of Man Mohan and Asha Devi Maheshwari by Raj Maheshwari, ’83.
The speaker was Jill Pipher from Brown University.
Yiming Ying has joined the Department in Spring 2015
Yiming has arrived from University of Exeter, UK. Professor Ying is a new member of the applied mathematics group. He is an expert and a leading researcher in machine learning. More information is available from his personal web page.
Elizabeth Munch has joined the Department in Fall 2014
The department has made two new tenuretrack appointments in Data Analytics starting in the Fall of 2014. Liz Munch is teaching a section of AMAT 363 this semester. Liz came from Duke University via the special one year program in topological data analysis at University of Minnesota. We are expecting the arrival of Yiming Ying in January 2015.
2013 Steen Gravitt scholarships
Alexa Kaplan and Jessica Zaret are the recipients of the 2013 Steen Gravitt scholarship. They are graduating form the Department in 2014. See the pictures from the presentation by Professors Zhu and Plotnick in Spring 2013!
Third Maheshwari Colloquium
On Friday, April 11, 2013, the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at the University at Albany will host its third Maheshwari Colloquium, endowed in honor of Man Mohan and Asha Devi Maheshwari by Raj Maheshwari, ’83. The speaker will be Ronald G. Douglas from Texas A&M University.
20132014 hiring plans: two new positions in Data Analytics
The department is happy to announce approval and the beginning of the hiring process for two new tenuretrack positions in Data Analytics starting in the Fall of 2014. For details please refer to the full announcement. The deadline for applications is January 15, 2014.
Second Maheshwari Colloquium
On Friday, April 12, 2013, the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at the University at Albany will host its second Maheshwari Colloquium, endowed in honor of Man Mohan and Asha Devi Maheshwari by Raj Maheshwari, ’83.
The speaker will be Richard P. Stanleyfrom Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the title of his lecture will be "Alternating Permutations." The colloquium will begin at 3:30 p.m. in the D’Ambra Auditorium of the Life Sciences Research Building (directions).
Refreshments will be served from 2:45 p.m. For more information, please visit the Maheshwari Colloquium web page.
The Performing Arts Center and Department of Mathematics
have teamed up to bring writer, performer and “recovering mathematician” Gioia De Cari to campus for a performance of “Truth Values: One Woman’s Romp Through M.I.T.’s Male Math Maze” on Wednesday, February 8 at 7:30pm. A former Ph.D. student in Math at M.I.T., De Cari’s 75minute solo show is a humorous, scathing, insightful and ultimately uplifting truelife tale of the challenges of being a professional woman in a maledominated field. Read more here.
Inaugural Maheshwari Colloquium
On Friday, April 20, 2012, the Department of Mathematics and Statistics will inaugurate the Maheshwari Colloquium, endowed in honor of Man Mohan and Asha Devi Maheshwari by Raj Maheshwari, ’83.
The speaker will be Michael J. Hopkins from Harvard University. The title of his lecture is "Symmetry, Homotopy, and Smooth Manifolds".
The colloquium will begin at 3:30 p.m. in Lecture Center 4.
Refreshments will be served from 2:45 p.m. For more information, please visit the Maheshwari Colloquium web page.
The Performing Arts Center and Department of Mathematics
have teamed up to bring writer, performer and “recovering mathematician” Gioia De Cari to campus for a performance of “Truth Values: One Woman’s Romp Through M.I.T.’s Male Math Maze” on Wednesday, February 8 at 7:30pm. A former Ph.D. student in Math at M.I.T., De Cari’s 75minute solo show is a humorous, scathing, insightful and ultimately uplifting truelife tale of the challenges of being a professional woman in a maledominated field. Read more here.
Pi Day 2011
is commemorated on March 14, or 3.14, Pi's approximate value. Common celebrations involve discussions of mathematics over a slice of pie. In this Q&A article UAlbany Professor of Mathematics Cristian Lenart discusses the history of Pi, why Pi is important in mathematics, and how the number is relevant to society. Pie and Coffee in the Faculty Lounge at 2:15pm.
Mathematics and Statistics Departmental Colloquium Series endowed
On Friday, October 10, 2010, the College of Arts and Sciences welcomed back Raj Maheshwari, a 1983 graduate of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. Mr. Maheshwari recently endowed a colloquium series in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics in honor of his parents, Man Mohan and Asha Devi Maheshwari. Mr. Maheshwari visited the campus along with family and friends to take part in a ceremony recognizing his generosity. His parents traveled from India for the event while others came from Spain and England to share in the celebration.
Ivana Alexandrova began her appointment as Assistant Professor in the
Department of Mathematics and Statistics in January 2011.
Ivana Alexandrova began her appointment as Assistant Professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics in January 2011. Born and raised in Bulgaria, she earned a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. After receiving her doctorate, she was a posdoctoral fellow at the University of Toronto for two years before accepting a tenure track position at East Carolina University prior to joining our faculty. While at East Carolina University she has also held invited and visiting positions at Universite de Paris  Sud and Institut des Hautes Etudes Scientifiques in France and the University of Tokyo, Japan. Dr. Alexandrova's research interests lie at the interesection of mathematical physics and partial differential equations, more specifically, in the areas of scattering theory, semiclassical analysis, and the AharonovBohm effect.
Marco Varisco began his appointment as Assistant Professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics in September 2010 .
Born and raised in Milan, Italy, he earned a Master's degree from the Università degli Studi di Milano and a Ph.D. from the Westfälische WilhelmsUniversität in Münster, Germany. After receiving his doctorate and before joining our faculty he was a Visiting Assistant Professor at Binghamton University, SUNY. Dr. Varisco's research interests are in topology, and more specifically in algebraic and geometric topology and algebraic Ktheory, branches of modern theoretical mathematics at the intersection of geometry and algebra.

Professor Lindsay N. Childs is featured as one of three distinguished researchers on our campus.
Lindsay N. Childs was recently named a Collins Fellow, see the news item below. In 2002 Childs won the University's President's Award for Excellence in Research.

Hudson River Undergraduate Mathematics Conference, Keene State College
April 17, 2010
Scott Sidoli, a graduating senior from our department, gave a talk at this conference for undergaduate students which is a regional annual event. Here is the description of his experience in his own words:
"At first I felt nervous about presenting my senior thesis to strangers, most of whom would be math majors. But upon registration at Keene State College, the hosting institution, I could immediately feel that I was in a relaxing and confortable environment. I met so many math majors from so many other schools and was able to truly get a sense for the sort of research that was being done at the undergraduate level. I was able to find people my age who were actually doing research in areas similar to mine, which allowed for us to discuss our research with each other. This might not seem like such a big deal, but other than the professor you are working with and other math majors with the same concentration as you, it is very difficult to find people to bounce ideas off of and have them actually understand what you are talking about. Finding that I had entered into a mathematical arena where there were so many intriguing and original ideas getting exchanged, I really got the feeling that this was what it was like for professors when they attend conferences. I attended talks on applied mathematics (specifically mathematical modelling), and talks on areas of abstract algebra, the latter being the panel that I was presenting for. I cannot tell you how rewarding it feels to have my research looked at by colleagues my own age and to then have to field
questions. It allowed me to actually feel like a professor, which is something that I aspire to become. It was one of the most fulfilling experiences that I have had as an undergraduate math major here at SUNY, and would certainly recommend future students to attend, even if they aren't presenting."
Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN) Fellowships in Mathematics
The SUNY Albany Graduate Program in Mathematics has been awarded a GAANN grant from the U.S. Department of Education that will provide generous three year graduate fellowships for Ph.D. students in Mathematics from 2010 to 2012. All qualified applicants will be considered for GAANN Fellowships.
Recent Advances in Function Related Operator Theory
Rincon, Puerto Rico, March 22  26, 2010
Lindsay N. Childs named a Collins Fellow
Lindsay N. Childs, a muchloved mentor of students and an internationally recognized expert in algebraic field theory, has been named a Collins Fellow.
The award, named for former UAlbany President Evan Revere Collins, recognizes senior teaching faculty who have shown "extraordinary devotion to the University and the people in it over a sustained period of time." Collins was president from 1949 to 1969.
ISAMA 2009
Eighth Interdisciplinary Conference of the
International Society of the Arts, Mathematics, and Architecture
University at Albany
Albany, NY, USA
22–25 June 2009