Karen Parshall has been elected to the Nominating Committee of the American Mathematical Society. This is one of the most important committees of the AMS. She will serve from January 1, 2016 to December 31, 2018. She will also become Chair of the History Department beginning in the academic year 2016-17. Congratulations, Karen!

The workshop will take place on October 16-17, 2015, with a focus on interactions between Geometric group theory and 3-manifold topology. This workshop will accompany the Virginia Mathematics Lecture Series by Ian Agol. For more information please visit : http://people.virginia.edu/~vk6e/workshop.html

Assistant Professor Leonid Petrov was awarded the 2015 Moscow Mathematical Society prize for a series of works “Combinatorics of Branching Graphs and Probabilistic Models”. The prize is awarded to young scientists for a mathematical paper or series of papers of significant scientific interest.

On October 14-16 Ian Agol of the University of California, Berkeley will give a three-lecture series, sponsored by the UVa Department of Mathematics and the Institute for Mathematical Sciences. The subject of the lectures is the Virtual Haken Conjecture, a major problem in 3-manifold topology recently resolved by the speaker. Ian Agol is a recipient of the 2013 Veblen Prize in Geometry, awarded by the American Mathematical Society, and he was a plenary speaker at the 2014 International Congress of Mathematicians. Times, locations, and abstracts can be found at the Virginia Mathematics Lectures web page. http://www.math.virginia.edu/lecture

The second issue of the Department's newsletter, "*Virginia Math Bulletin"* is now available.

The Mathematics Department Diploma Ceremony will be held May 18, 2014 (from 12:30-2:30pm) in the Lower Garden of Pavilion I. The inclement weather location is Gilmer Hall, Room 130 at 1:00pm. For information regarding the graduation on the Lawn, see www.virginia.edu/finals

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.htmlThe Gordon E. Keller Mathematics Majors Dinner will be held on Thursday, April 9^{th}, 2015 at the Courtyard- Marriott located on Main Street.

This Dinner was conceived and organized by a former major advisor, Professor Gordon Keller, as a way of expressing the department’s appreciation for you. It is a great opportunity for all of you to connect with the faculty and other math majors in a relaxed and lighthearted environment.

In addition to a delicious dinner, there will be an awards presentation and a talk by Dr. Douglas Costa who was a former UVa Mathematics Professor. He is now the Director of Quantitative Research at Susquehanna Investment Group, LLP. Dr. Costa will present a talk "Mathematicians in Industry: The Unreasonable Effectiveness of a Mathematical Education."

Professor Andrew Obus will receive the University of Virginia All-University Teaching Award for 2014-2015. He was chosen to receive this award along with nine (9) other recipients for their excellence in teaching, research and service accomplishments.

The Frank Finger Graduate Fellowship Award for Teaching was awarded to Katelynn Kochalski. This award honors teaching assistants in the College of Arts & Sciences for their recognition of stimulating and organized classroom teaching