The Simons Foundation recently announced its first PIVOT Fellows. Among them is Amit Acharya, of Carnegie Mellon University, who will be a visitor in the UConn Mathematics Department during 2023.
Dr. Acharya will work on a joint project with Professor Ambar Sengupta, with the goal of developing new ideas at the interface of geometry, gauge theory, and materials science.
Professor Andreas Malmendier has received an OVPR Scholarship Facilitation Fund for his project “Developing Best Practices for Inclusive Graduate Mentoring in Mathematics”.
Developing best practices for inclusive mentoring in Mathematics is key for enhancing the diversity in UConn’s mathematical sciences graduate program. The goal of this Scholarship Facilitation Fund is to cultivate knowledge about how to promote a positive and inclusive educational climate in mathematics. Specifically, this project will focus on understanding the learning environment for graduate students in mathematics. The project team consists of Drs. Andreas Malmendier (Mathematics) and Jacqueline Chen (Psychological Sciences).
As part of the SFF, the team will conduct confidential, one-on-one interviews with mathematics faculty members and doctoral students. The team will analyze the interview content to identify common sources of misunderstanding, conflict, or tension between faculty mentors and graduate students when they give and receive feedback, respectively. From the results, Drs. Malmendier and Chen will generate a summary of conclusions about the best practices for graduate mentoring and present them in the Mathematics Department teaching semina
Three department members are participating in the 2022 Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI) program Analysis and Geometry of the Random Spaces.
Professor Masha Gordina is a Research Professor in the program. These positions are reserved for distinguished researchers who can make key contributions to their programs including the mentoring of postdoctoral fellows.
Marco Carfagnini is the Salgo Noren Program Associate in the program. His research is in stochastic analysis and its interplay with differential geometry and functional analysis. In particular, he studies limit laws for degenerate stochastic processes, especially processes on Lie groups, and analysis and geometry of path spaces. In Fall of 2022 Marco will join the University of California at San Diego as a Stefan E. Warschawski Visiting Assistant Professor.
Liangbing Luo is the Lauter Program Associate in the program. Liangbing’s research interests lies primarily in analysis, probability and geometry. She is particularly interested in functional inequalities, such as logarithmic Sobolev inequalities and Poincaré inequalities. More precisely, Liangbing’s research include logarithmic Sobolev inequalities with respect to a hypoelliptic heat kernel measure on finite-dimensional and infinite-dimensional Heisenberg groups and how the constants depend on the geometry of their underlying spaces. In Fall of 2022 Liangbing will join Lehigh University as a C.C. Hsiung visiting assistant professor.
This program is devoted to the investigation of universal analytic and geometric objects that arise from natural probabilistic constructions, often motivated by models in mathematical physics. Prominent examples for recent developments are the Schramm-Loewner evolution, the continuum random tree, Bernoulli percolation on the integers, random surfaces produced by Liouville Quantum Gravity, and Jordan curves and dendrites obtained from random conformal weldings and laminations. The lack of regularity of these random structures often results in a failure of classical methods of analysis.
UConn’s ranking climbed in U.S. News & World Report’s list of the country’s best mathematics graduate programs, a sign of the University’s growing reputation as a center of excellence in mathematics education and research.
In the 2022 list, UConn’s Mathematics Graduate Program is ranked #40 among public universities and #66 overall. The rankings are based on surveys sent to mathematicians around the country, and as such are a reflection of national reputation.
Department head, Professor Ambar Sengupta, attributes the improvement to hard work over the past several years. “Our faculty have been conducting really stellar research, publishing in top international journals, getting appointed to world renown editorial boards, and securing competitive grants. We have also worked diligently to improve our standing and visibility. We have become an institutional supporter of the MSRI. And the number of meetings and summer schools organized by our faculty and postdocs has never been greater. This excellence reflects on the quality of our graduate program and other educational offerings.”
In other good news, the department’s Actuarial Science program was ranked #1 in the country in the most recent UNL Global Research Rankings of Actuarial Science and Risk Management & Insurance.
“I want to thank every member of the department – professional staff, the entire faculty, and our graduate students – for these achievements,” added Professor Sengupta. “It really is a team effort. And it makes UConn Math an exciting place to work at.”