## Upcoming Conferences and Events

- PhD Reunion, September 15-16, 2017
- Mathematics Homecoming Party, October 28, 2017
- Four Color Fest, November 2-4, 2017
- Illinois Math Reception at Joint Math Meetings, January 12, 2018

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## In the News

#### Department of Mathematics awarded for excellence

The department has received the American Mathematical Society 2017 AMS Award for an Exemplary Program or Achievement in a Mathematics Department. This nationwide honor recognizes the department for its effective innovations helping students succeed at all levels, from introductory courses to mathematics majors to Masters and PhD students. Read more in LAS News.

#### Breakthrough in large gaps between primes problem

Check out the "Numberphile" video about the large gaps between primes problem, including the recent breakthrough by Illinois Professor Kevin Ford et al.

#### Mathematicians Create Warped Worlds in Virtual Reality

Learn about PhD student Daan Michiels' development of a virtual hyperbolic universe in Scientific American.

#### Traffic visualization research to help cities make data-driven decisions

A research project co-led by Professor Richard Sowers from ISE and Mathematics and Professor Dan Work from Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Coordinated Science Laboratory has been awarded a seed grant from the Siebel Energy Institute. The grant could help cities better analyze traffic data and solve traffic-related problems. Read more.

#### New opportunities in PhD Careers

In light of the shortage of regular academic positions for recent PhDs and the underrepresented opportunities for mathematicians in industry, the department's model program called Program for Interdisciplinary

and Industrial Internships at Illinois (PI4), prepares young mathematicians for a broader range of careers. Learn more about our PI4 program in this AMS Notices article.

#### LAS Gallery of Excellence

Five math department achievements were recognized on the U of I LAS "Gallery of Excellence" in celebration of the College's 100th' anniversary. The math department honorees include the Four Color Theorem and four outstanding scholars, David Blackwell, Joseph Doob, Freeman Hrabowski, and Michio Suzuki. See LAS Gallery of Excellence.

#### Math Times

Read more news about the Department of Mathematics in the Math Times.

### Math Placement at Illinois

All new freshmen coming to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are required to take the ALEKS PPL Mathematics Placement Exam. All new transfer students who do not already have credit for Calculus I (or a higher level math course) are required to take the ALEKS PPL Mathematics Placement Exam. Learn more about the ALEKS PPL Mathematics Placement Exam.