Phelps recognized as one of the Top 25 Women Professors in Michigan
April 25, 2013 - Assistant professor of mathematics Christine Phelps was recently recognized as one of the Top 25 Women Professors in Michigan by Online Schools of Michigan. The goal of the top professors list is to highlight post-secondary educators who have been awarded recently for excellence in the classroom, on campus, and/or in the community.
The recipient of the 2012 CST Outstanding Teaching Award, Phelps has been a remarkable teacher since coming to CMU in 2009. She mostly teaches elementary-education mathematics courses and continually strives to improve learning, which is appreciated by her students. Phelps is also active in curriculum revision and mentoring doctoral students conducting projects in mathematics education research.
"I am honored to be recognized," Phelps said. "It is always my goal to be the best instructor I can be for my students."
Online Schools of Michigan exists to challenge the idea of a one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to education and promotes the quest for learning styles that work best for unique individuals.
Mathematics major Karleigh Cameron receives Goldwater Honorable Mention
April 18, 2013 - Karleigh Cameron has received a
Goldwater Honorable Mention. Cameron is a junior Honors student and Centralis Scholar from South Boardman majoring in applied mathematics and minoring in
About 150 Honorable Mentions are given to exceptional students each
year who are not selected as Goldwater Scholars. According to the Barry
Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program's website, 271
scholarships were awarded to sophomores and juniors from institutions
across the United States. Scholars and Honorable Mentions were chosen
from a field of 1,107 applicants.
participated in CMU's Long-term Undergraduate Research Experience
(LURE) program in the summer of 2011, and conducted research on second
generation wavelets with three other students and a faculty advisor.
presented her work with LURE at a national and an international
conference - MathFest in Lexington, Ky. and Joint Mathematics Meetings
in Boston, Mass. The research was later published in the International
Journal of Applied Mathematics.
entered the Summer Undergraduate Research in Experimental Mathematics
(SURIEM) program at Michigan State University in May 2012. She worked
with one other student and used bifurcation analyses to develop a more
effective estimation technique for dynamical systems. She presented her
work with SURIEM at MathFest 2012 in Madison, Wisc.
Cameron has also served as a mentor for HON 100:
Introduction to Honors and as treasurer of Larzelere Hall, has been a
member of the Science and Technology Advisory Committee, and plays on
several intramural sports teams. She has worked as a tutor at the
Mathematics Assistance Center, as a grader for the CMU Department of
Mathematics, and as a desk receptionist in Larzelere Hall.
"I feel lucky to have gotten it," Cameron said. "It's really nice to
know all my hard work has paid off, and it's nice to be recognized
outside of my university."
Cameron said she hopes that being awarded an Honorable Mention will
help her in the future when she applies to graduate schools and to jobs.
"Karleigh is very deserving of this recognition of an Honorable Mention from the Goldwater program," Dr. Lisa DeMeyer,
one of Cameron's former professors, wrote in an email. "Karleigh enjoys
a challenge and is doing everything she can to make the most of the
opportunities she has at CMU. I have known Karleigh since her first
semester at CMU and I am so happy that she is receiving this recognition
for her outstanding academic work in mathematics."
After returning from Singapore, where she is spending the semester
studying at Nanyang Technological University, Cameron will do research
for her senior Honors research project, modeling growth using dynamical
models. She will be working with Dr. Leela Rakesh in the Department of Mathematics.
"I'm so grateful for the opportunity to have been nominated in the
first place, and to actually have gotten an Honorable Mention is great,"
Cameron said, "and I'm thankful for everyone who has helped me along
Cameron plans to go to graduate school for engineering or applied mathematics and work for government or industry.
The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in
Education Program was established by Congress in 1986, and is the
namesake of Barry M. Goldwater, who served in the U.S. Senate for 30
years. The award is given annually to approximately 300 college
sophomores and juniors who demonstrate excellence in their fields and
are committed to pursuing a career in mathematics, engineering or
natural sciences. Each institution is permitted to nominate up to four
candidates each year.
Cameron's Goldwater Honorable Mention is CMU's first in five years.
Sir Timothy Gowers delivered Fleming Lecture series
Sir Timothy Gowers delivered two lectures as part of the second Fleming Lecture series that was held from April 2-3.
His lectures focused on the topics of "Will computers ever be able to
have interesting mathematical ideas?" and "Combinatorial theorems in
sparse random sets."
Gowers is a Royal Society Research
Professor at the Department of Pure Mathematics and Mathematical
Statistics at Cambridge University, where he also holds the Rouse Ball
chair, and is a Fellow of Trinity College. He works in combinatorics, combinatorial number theory
and in the theory of Banach spaces, and has made fundamental
contributions to these fields.
In 1996 he received the Prize of the European
Mathematical Society and in 1998 the Fields Medal for his research
connecting the fields of functional analysis and combinatorics.
CMU Professor Emeritus Richard Fleming founded The
Fleming Lecture Series upon his retirement in 2007. The object of the
series is to bring speakers to CMU to present lectures on topics of
general interest in mathematics or lectures of special interest to
mathematics students and faculty.
Terence Tao gave inaugural Fleming Lecture
Terence Tao, professor of mathematics at UCLA and winner of the Crafoord Prize in 2012 and Fields Medal in 2006, gave the inaugural Fleming Lecture at CMU on April 18 and 19, 2012.
The Fields Medal is one of the most prestigious awards in Mathematics; it is often called the “Nobel Prize in Mathematics.” The International Mathematical Union awards two to four Fields Medals during their quadrennial meetings. Tao is one of only 48 mathematicians to win the award since 1950.
His colleague John Garnett has said Tao “is a Mozart of Mathematics—mathematics just flows out of him, except without Mozart’s personality problems; everyone likes him.”
Tao has made fundamental contributions in partial differential equations, operator theory, harmonic analysis, arithmetic combinatorics and number theory. Working with Ben Green, he proved that the sequence of primes contains arbitrarily long arithmetic progressions. He is also well known for his work on the “Kayeka conjecture,” a set of five perplexing problems in harmonic analysis.
Missed Tao's visit? Watch a recap of it below!