*05/15/2019
-* Vanessa Rivera-Quiñones, a doctoral student in mathematics, and Tara Stewart Merrill, a doctoral student in the Program in Ecology, Evolution & Conservation Biology come from very different backgrounds, but they are working together at the University of Illinois to better understand disease in wildlife.

# News

*05/01/2019 -*A Chicago design firm will prepare architectural plans for the renovation of Altgeld Hall and the construction of a new building on the site of Illini Hall. The University of Illinois has hired a CannonDesign to begin planning the $100 million Altgeld Hall and Illini Hall project to modernize learning spaces and increase capacity in data science and other mathematical sciences.*04/17/2019 -*Mathematics faculty member Philipp Hieronymi received the Campus Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. Philipp places emphasis on active learning and creates a welcoming environment for all students. Students note that his lectures make challenging topics seem easy, with lessons making a lasting impact on their college career. He has also been instrumental in curriculum development, including designing lectures, assignments, exams, and instructional aids. He has been included in the Incomplete List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent each semester he has taught in the past five years.*04/17/2019 -*As part of establishing its academic and research activities, DPI announced nine recipients of its first round of seed funding awards, including three headed by professors in the College of LAS. These projects represent the types of work that DPI will undertake, seeking solutions to grand challenges that produce real-world impact. The project “Air quality in the home: from smart sensing to action” will be led Richard B. Sowers, professor of mathematics; Paul Francisco, senior coordinator at the Applied Research Institute; and Charles Catlett, the University of Chicago.*03/28/2019 -*When will workplaces across the United States have an equal split between men and women in their ranks? Twenty years? Maybe 40? According to a mathematical model created by a research assistant professor in the Department of Mathematics, the answer to that question in some professions could be never—unless interventions occur.*01/18/2019 -*The University of Illinois is moving forward with plans to expand its leadership in the mathematical sciences by constructing a new building west of the Main Quad by 2022 and renovating Altgeld Hall by 2024.*01/08/2019 -*Jean Bourgain, IBM von Neumann Professor in the School of Mathematics at the Institute for Advanced Study, passed away in Bonheiden, Belgium, on December 22 at the age of 64.*11/20/2018 -*Everyone is familiar with knots. There are simple knots, such as those we master when we’re five-year-olds learning to tie our shoelaces.*11/12/2018 -*What if robots weren’t so, well, robotic? What if they could jimmy and jive just like humans? That is the fundamental idea behind a project involving Yuliy Baryshnikov, a professor in Mathematics and Electrical and Computing Engineering, who seeks to help create a robot whose movements more closely mimic that of living creatures.*08/31/2018 -*Plans for a new statewide innovation network to accelerate job creation and economic growth include building a world-class center devoted to the fast-growing field of data science, U of I System officials announced on August 29, 2018. The data science center will be created by replacing the university’s Illini Hall with a state-of-the-art classroom and research facility focused on creating knowledge through statistics, data analysis, and machine learning.*07/17/2018 -*The Department of Mathematics is pleased to announce that Ken Fine and Rebecca Canary have established an endowment to support semester-long visits of distinguished mathematicians to our department. These mathematicians will be known as the Waldemar J. Trjitzinsky Visiting Professor in Mathematics in honor of Professor Trjitzinsky, who was Ken's Ph.D. thesis advisor.*06/22/2018 -*The University of Illinois Student Chapter of the Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM) has received the 2018 AWM Student Chapter Award for Community Outreach, awarded by the Association for Women in Mathematics in recognition of their outstanding engagement with the local community.*04/23/2018 -*The Department of Mathematics Alumni Awards recognize exceptional alumni and we are pleased to announce the 2018 recipients.*03/22/2018 -*Richard Sowers, professor of mathematics and industrial and enterprise systems engineering, along with a team of students have developed an algorithm which will help streamline the workforce of hig*03/22/2018 -*IGL students Cora McVey, Anna Chlopecki, Tejo Nutalapati, Alan Zhou give a great talk about "The Four Color Theorem - Solving a 124 Year Old Problem" in the Champaign County History Museum Monthly Speaker Series.