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Final Exercises Ceremony for the College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Final Exercises ceremony for the College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences will be on Saturday, May 20, 2017. All other schools will participate on Sunday, May 21, 2017. The Lawn ceremony will start promptly at 10 a.m., with school and department ceremonies taking place in the afternoon on both days.

The fair-, inclement-, and severe- weather ceremony sites for Mathematics are listed below.

Fair Weather:             Pavilion I, Lower Garden
Ceremony Start Time: 12:00 p.m.

Reservation Time: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
*Finals on the Lawn, fair-weather sites for department graduation ceremonies.

Inclement Weather:  Gilmer Hall, Room 130
Ceremony Start Time: 12:30 p.m.

Reservation Time: 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
*Finals on the Lawn, all department ceremonies inside.

Severe Weather:       Gilmer Hall, Room 130
Ceremony Start Time: 12:30 p.m.

Reservation Time: 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
*Finals in John Paul Jones Arena, all department ceremonies inside.

Five Math Majors Inducted into Phi Beta Kappa

Monday, May 1, 2017

Congratulations to the following mathematics majors who were elected to the Beta Chapter of Virginia of Phi Beta Kappa:

Olivia  Hughes Bicks
Peter Emil Dillery
Ji Won Kim
Dan Yu
Yutong Zhang

Carrie Douglass, President of the Beta Chapter of Virginia of Phi Beta Kappa, explains the significance of this accomplishment:
"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."

2017 Award Winners

Thursday, April 13, 2017

The Mathematics Department is pleased to announce the following prize winners for the 2016-2017 year:

E.J. McShane:
                             Peter Dillery
                             Bradley Zykoski

Edwin E. Floyd:  
                               Stephen Davis
                               Ian Johnson

Putnam Prize:
                            Collin Berman
                            Alec Zhang

Congratulations!

Benedict H. Gross (Harvard) March 27-29, 2017

Monday, March 27, 2017

 

Lecture 1: The rank of elliptic curves

Abstract:  Cubic equations in two variables, or elliptic curves,

have been in the forefront of number theory since since the time of Fermat.

I will focus on the group of rational points, which Mordell proved was

finitely generated. I will review the conjecture of Birch and Swinnerton-

Dyer, which attempts to predict the rank of this group from the average

number of points (mod p), and will discuss the progress that has been

made on this conjecture to date.

 

 

Lecture 2: The arithmetic of hyperelliptic curves

Abstract: Hyperelliptic curves first appeared in work of Abel, who generalized

Euler's addition laws for elliptic integrals. Abel defined their genus g as the number

of integrals of the first kind. Every hyperelliptic curve of genus g has an affine

equation of the form y^2 = F(x), where F(x) is a separable polynomial of degree

2g+2 or 2g+1. Abel, Legendre, Jacobi, and Riemann studied these curves over

the real and complex numbers. In this talk, I will focus on curves defined over the

rational numbers, and will study the set of their rational solutions. Faltings proved

that when the genus g is at least 2, this set is finite. Using ideas of Bhargava,

one can now show that it is usually empty.

 

 

Lecture 3: Heegner points on modular curves

Abstract: In this talk, we will briefly review the theory of complex multiplication

and define certain special points, called Heegner points, on the modular curves

X_0(N). Following Birch, we will consider the divisor classes supported on these

points in the Jacobian, and will discuss methods that can be used to show that these classes are non-trivial. We will end with applications to the conjecture of Birch and Swinnerton-Dyer for elliptic curves over the rational numbers.

Assistant Professor Thomas Koberda

Monday, February 27, 2017

The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation has named Assistant Professor Thomas Koberda as  a Sloan Research Fellow for 2017, an honor awarded to 126 early-career scientists and scholars in the United States and Canada. Only 20 were given nation-wide to mathematicians. The two-year, $60,000 fellowships are awarded to scientists "in recognition of distinguished performance and a unique potential to make substantial contributions to their field," according to the organization's website. Researchers are considered based on nominations, and then selected by an independent panel of senior scientists.

James Arthur (University of Toronto) November 14-16, 2016

Monday, November 14, 2016

James Arthur (University of Toronto) November 14-16, 2016 

Lecture 1: L-functions and Number Theory

Lecture 2: The Trace Formula and Automorphic Forms

Lecture 3: Beyond Endoscopy and Functoriality

General Abstract

Number theory is founded on the basic properties of integers and prime numbers. But its study these days is increasingly leading us to the far reaches of some of the most diverse and powerful areas of mathematics. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the Langlands program, which represents a profound unifying force for mathematics.

We shall try to introduce the Langlands program through the theory of L-functions. These are infinite series that look like the famous Riemann zeta function, except that they have nontrivial coefficients. The information that goes into the coefficients is in fact very interesting, and gives an elegant way of organizing fundamental data from number theory, representation theory and algebraic geometry. The Langlands program postulates deep relationships among different L-functions, and hence also the data in their coefficients.

We shall discuss these matters, and explain how they are part of the theory of automorphic forms. We shall then describe the trace formula, which has led to important results in the classification of automorphic representations. If time permits, we shall also say something about Beyond Endoscopy, a proposal by Langlands for attacking the central conjecture of the subject known as the Principle of Functoriality.

Job Opportunities

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Postdoctoral Fellow and Lecturer in Mathematics

UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA

Department of Mathematics

 

The Department of Mathematics at the University of Virginia invites applications for several postdoctoral positions, including Whyburn Instructorships, to begin the fall semester of 2017. These positions carry a three-year appointment. Preference will be given to candidates who have received their Ph.D. within the last three years. Applicants must be on track to receive a Ph.D. in the relevant field by May 2017 and must hold a Ph.D. at the time of appointment. Applicants must present evidence of outstanding accomplishments and promise in both research and teaching. All candidates whose research interests complement the strengths of the department's current faculty will be considered. Information about the department may be found at www.math.virginia.edu.

Review of applications will begin on November 15, 2016; however, the positions will remain open until filled.

To apply candidates must submit a Candidate Profile through Jobs@UVa (https://jobs.virginia.edu), search on posting number 0619358 and electronically attach the following: a cover letter of interest describing research agenda and teaching experience, a curriculum vitae, and contact information for four references.

In addition, please submit the following required documents electronically through www.MathJobs.org: A cover letter, an AMS Standard Cover Sheet, a curriculum vitae, a publication list, a description of research, and a statement about teaching interests and experience. The applicant must also have at least four letters of recommendation submitted, of which one must support the applicant's effectiveness as a teacher.

Questions regarding the application process in Jobs@UVa should be directed to: Zvezdana Kish, zk4g@virginia.edu (434)924-9437

For additional information about the position contact: math-employment@virginia.edu

The University will perform background checks on all new faculty hires prior to making a final offer of employment.

The University of Virginia is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

 

Assistant Professor in Mathematics 

UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA

Department of Mathematics

 

The Department of Mathematics at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor full time position. Applicants must present evidence of outstanding accomplishments and promise in both research and teaching. We seek candidates dedicated to our mission and passionate about teaching in a world class institution.

In addition to developing external funding to support research endeavors, candidates will be expected to teach at the graduate and undergraduate levels and provide service to the University, Department and professional organizations. The appointment is anticipated to begin with the fall term of 2017, with an anticipated start date of July 25, 2017. Applicants must be on track to receive a Ph.D. in the relevant field by May 2017 and must hold a PhD at the time of appointment. Preference will be given to applicants whose research program is in Algebraic Geometry or Analysis, but all candidates whose research interests complement the strengths of the department's current faculty will be considered.

To apply candidates must submit a Candidate Profile through Jobs@UVa (https://jobs.virginia.edu), search on posting number 0619419 and electronically attach the following: a cover letter of interest describing research agenda and teaching experience, a curriculum vitae, and contact information for four references.

Review of applications will begin November 1, 2016; however, the positions will remain open until filled.

In addition, please submit the following required documents electronically through www.MathJobs.org: A cover letter, an AMS Standard Cover Sheet, a curriculum vitae, a publication list, a description of research, and a statement about teaching interests and experience. The applicant must also have at least four letters of recommendation submitted, of which one must support the applicant's effectiveness as a teacher.

Questions regarding the application process in JOBS@UVa should be directed to: Zvezdana Kish, zk4g@virginia.edu (434)924-9437.

For additional information about the position contact: Math-employment@Virginia.EDU

The University will perform background checks on all new faculty hires prior to making a final offer of employment.

The University of Virginia is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

 

Lecturer/Instructor

UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA

Department of Mathematics

 

The University of Virginia Department of Mathematics seeks applications to fill non-tenure track Lecturer and Instructor positions for the Fall 2016 and/or Spring 2017 semester. Subject areas of particular need include: Calculus and other undergraduate Mathematics courses. Compensation will take the form of wages. A terminal degree is expected but not required. Candidates must have a strong commitment to teaching. Applications will be considered immediately.

To apply, please complete a Candidate Profile online through Jobs@UVa (https://jobs.virginia.edu), and search Posting #0618834 and electronically attach the following: a current CV, cover letter, and complete contact information for three professional references.

Questions regarding this position should be directed to:
math-employment@Virginia.EDU

Questions regarding the online application process should be directed to:
zk4g@virginia.edu

The University will perform background checks on all new hires prior to making a final offer of employment.

The University of Virginia is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.  

https://jobs.virginia.edu

Eugene C. Paige, Jr. 1929-2016

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Xiang Wan Receives Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Award

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

We are happy to announce that the department of mathematics' Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant award for 2015-16 has been awarded to Xiang Wan. As winner of the departmental award, Xiang was nominated to compete for a University-wide award, and was selected as one of the top 15 of a very accomplished group of teachers. He was presented with a Jefferson Cup in honor of his achievement.

The department also recognizes two graduate teaching assistants with Honorable Mentions for our teaching award: they are Peter Bonventre and Jonathan Simone. All three of these outstanding GTAs will receive recognition and a cash prize at this year’s graduation ceremony.

Congratulations to Xiang, Peter, and Jon!

Final Exercises Ceremony for the College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

Saturday, May 21, 2016

In 2016, the Final Exercises ceremony for the College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences will be on Saturday, May 21 with the department graduation ceremonies following that afternoon.  The fair-, inclement-, and severe-weather ceremony sites for Mathematics will be:

Fair Weather:  Finals on the Lawn, fair-weather sites for department graduation ceremonies
Pavilion I Lower Garden
Ceremony Start Time: 12:15 p.m.

Inclement Weather:  Finals on the Lawn, all department ceremonies inside
Gilmer Hall Room 130
Ceremony Start Time: 12:45 p.m.

Severe Weather:   Finals in John Paul Jones Arena, all department ceremonies inside
Gilmer Hall Room 130
Ceremony Start Time: 12:45 p.m.

*Please note that Gilmer Hall Room 130 is a Remote Viewing Location for Finals on the Lawn.  We anticipate that the remote viewing will conclude prior to 12 p.m.

Under the severe-weather plan, ALL degree candidates (undergraduate and graduate) will participate in the ceremony at John Paul Jones Arena.  Each graduating student will receive six guest seating tickets for the Lawn.  Since we cannot accommodate as many people in the arena compared to the Lawn, graduates will be restricted to three guests if the ceremony is moved inside.  Tickets are required for all guests either on the Lawn or at the arena.  Guests without tickets can watch a live broadcast of the ceremony at one of the remote viewing locations across Grounds. 

Complimentary parking will be available at Scott Stadium and at John Paul Jones Arena with shuttle bus service to Central Grounds.  Buses will load at the entrance of the Student Activities Building (located in the Scott Stadium west parking lot) and near the west entrance of the arena. Return shuttles to these lots will run continuously from Central Grounds throughout Saturday afternoon.  Parking is also available in the Emmet/Ivy parking garage ($5 per vehicle), which is about a 10 minute walk to the Lawn (no shuttle service).

For additional information on Finals Weekend 2016, including the remote viewing locations, please visit our web site at: www.virginia.edu/finals .

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