Mathematics Department Highlights

On November 16, 2011 by Grad Forum

The Graduate Forum will be publishing department highlights from 2011 on an ongoing basis. Check back regularly to find out what graduate students, alumni, and faculty are doing in the graduate community and beyond!

math_highlights_feature_editedThe Mathematics Department has had a fabulous year! We congratulate six of our students who have graduated from PhD programs: Enrique Trevino (now a Visiting Assistant Professor at Swarthmore College), Amir Barghi (Visiting Lecturer at SUNY New Paltz), Ralf Rueckriemen (postdoc, Cardiff, UK), Greg Petrics (tenure-track Assistant Professor at Johnson State College, Vermont), Paige Rinker (tenure-track Assistant Professor at John Carroll University, Ohio), and Jared Corduan (private industry). Paige was also one of the three Filene Graduate Teaching Award winners this year!

We have welcomed six new PhD candidates into our community: Emma Chiappetta (from Bowdoin College), Donato (“Dan”) Cianci (from the University of Arizona), Jonathan Epstein (from New York University), Jeffery Hein (from Purdue University), Ewa Infeld (from the London School of Economics), and Nicolas Petit (from Turin, Italy).

In other graduate news, Sarah Wolff was awarded an NSF Graduate Fellowship–nice work, Sarah! Ben Linowitz has been teaching us how to use SAGE (open source mathematics software) in the new Computing in Mathematics Seminar. Patricia Cahn was the recipient of our Kenneth Bogart Teaching Award. Jonathan Bloom was recognized by the Dartmouth Center for Advancement of Learning as an “Outstanding Graduate Student Teacher.” Katie Kinnaird received a Community Service Award, and several students from the department—Jonathan Bloom, Amir Barghi, Patricia Cahn, Elizabeth Gillaspy, Ben Linowitz, Ralf Rueckriemen, Lola Thompson, and Enrique Trevino—gave research talks this year at seminars and conferences in both Quebec to Chile!

The department would also like to welcome our new John Wesley Young (JWY) postdocs Adrianna Gillman (numerical PDE) and Zajj Daugherty (combinatorics). We are sad to say goodbye to JWY postdoc Meera Mainkar (tenure-track, Central Michigan U.), visitor Johanna Franklin (postdoc, U. Conn), and retiring staff member Kim Rheinlander, but we of course wish them the best of luck as they move forward. We are delighted that all three of our faculty up for tenure last year were successful!

Our recent outreach includes hosting a high-school Math Odyssey day for the Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth: Professors Pete Winkler and Alex Barnett gave plenary talks and graduate students ran breakout sessions. We also hosted two annual public mathematics lectures. Professor Carolyn Gordon will give an inspiring talk for female high school students at the upcoming Sonia Kovalevsky Math Day.

Our department is also getting into tango: graduate student Elizabeth Gillaspy, and Prof. Craig Sutton, are both helping run or teach classes for the Dartmouth Argentine Tango Society. The Mathematics Department has had an outstanding year, and we look forward to the terms ahead!

by Alex Barnett
photo by Lola Thompson

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