The conference will focus on the interactions between homotopy theory and group cohomology, with special forcus on the contribution of Nicholas Kuhn.

http://pi.math.virginia.edu/topology/Conference2015/index.htmlApril 6-8 Fields Medalist Vaughan Jones of Vanderbilt University will give a three-lecture series, sponsored by the UVa Department of Mathematics and the Institute for Mathematical Sciences. Times, locations, and abstracts can be found at the Virginia Mathematics Lectures web page.

http://math.virginia.edu/lectureIn his entertaining and fast-paced performance, Dr. Benjamin shows how to mentally add and multiply faster than a calculator, improve your memory for numbers and figure that days of the week for any day in history... and more!

Alex Lubotzky (Hebrew University of Jerusalem) will give three lectures in November on "Expanders: From One-Dimensional to Multi-Dimensional." These lectures open a new distinguished lecture series, *Virginia Mathematics Lectures*, sponsored by the UVa Department of Mathematics and the Institute for Mathematical Sciences. See details: https://math.virginia.edu/lectures

Professor Andrei Rapinchuk has been appointed the new McConnell-Bernard Professor of Mathematics. This is a chaired professorship previously held by Leonard Scott.

Professor Slava Krushkal received a Simons Fellowship in Mathematics for 2014. To honor the 2014 recipients, the Simons Foundation has placed an ad in the "Science Times" section of the *New York Times (*July 1 edition).

The Simons Foundation: *Advancing Research in Basic Science and Mathematics *

2014 William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition Award was given to undergraduate Haiguang Du for his outstanding score on the exam.

2014 E. J. McShane Prize in Mathematics was given to Ahsan Zulfeqar Khan for his achievements in mathematics.

2014 Edwin E. Floyd Prize in Mathematics was given to Colin McKinon Parker. The prize is awarded to second- or third-year students who show exceptional promise in mathematics.

Mathematics majors Dylan Ellis Weber and Matthew Hamilton Peck have been elected into Phi Beta Kappa.

As the oldest and most distinguished honor society in the country, Phi Beta Kappa offers membership to less than one percent of all undergraduates. Many of the leading figures in American history and culture have begun their careers with election to the society, including seventeen presidents of the United States. As a result, membership is a remarkable accomplishment, both for the student who achieves it and the faculty and staff whose support and guidance has led to this milestone.