New Faculty

It is a pleasure for the Mathematics Department at the University of Florida to welcome 13 new members of our department this Fall hired as part of the University of Florida’s Faculty 500 initiative. Our new Assistant Professors are Dana Bartosova (Logic), Luca Fabrizio Di Cerbo (Geometry), Arnaud Marsiglietti (Probability), James Pascoe (Analysis), Sara Pollock (Numerical Analysis), and  Cheng Yu (Partial Differential Equations). Our new Lecturers are Amy Grady, Ian Manly, Melissa Shabazz, Corey Stone and Alex York. The new Visiting Assistant Professors are Ethan McCarthy (Logic) and Ryan Nikin-Beers (Biomathematics).

PhD alumni receives the Marie Curie Individual Fellowship

Our graduate alumni, Dr. Jia-Jie Zhu, has recently been awarded the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship, one of Europe’s most prestigious grant awards for junior scientists. Jia-Jie received doctoral training with Prof. William Hager and is currently a postdoc at the Max Planck Institute in Tuebingen where he working on a project in  reinforcement learning (RL) and optimal control, focusing on the scalability and data efficiency in robotic control applications.  A profile with more details appears on the Max Planck news pages.

Math professors in the news

A profile of Prof. Maia Martcheva has appeared in the CLAS Newsletter. Prof Martcheva  is a mathematical biologist and holds a primary position in the Department of Mathematics and is affiliated with the Department of Biology. Her primary interest is in mathematical epidemiology and has NSF supported projects studying Rift Valley fever, Zika, Avian flu and other communicable diseases.

A recent article by Assistant Professor Ngonghala on the ecology of rural poverty has been featured in several major science news outlets. His paper, entitled  “General ecological models for human subsistence, health and poverty”, is discussed in detail in the on-line versions of both Science and Nature, two of the most prominent scientific journals. For the non-experts there is also an excellent profile in the UF News.




Southeast Center for Mathematics and Biology

The National Science Foundation, in partnership with the Simons Foundation, has launched four new centers to bring mathematical perspectives to the biological search for the ‘Rules of Life’ — the underlying principles that govern how life functions. UF Mathematics Professor Peter Bubenik is one of 14 researchers in the $10M NSF-Simons Southeast Center for Mathematics and Biology. Together with Hang Lu, a biological engineer at Georgia Tech, he will use topological data analysis to summarize morphological changes in order to understand the genetic basis of phenotype. Announcements appear on the news pages of Georgia Tech, the Simons Foundation, the National Science Foundation, and the University of Florida.

Prof. Hager to give a NSF-CBMS Lecture Series

We are pleased to announce that Prof. William Hager has been selected as one of the seven distinguished lecturers for the 2018 NSF-CBMS Conference Series. He will deliver a series of 10 lectures on “Computational Methods in Optimal Control”  July 23–27 at Jackson State University and prepare an expository monograph based on the lectures. Travel support to the conference is available.

PhD alumni at the NSA

Dr. Aziza Jefferson, who received her PhD under Prof. Vatter in 2015, has been featured in an article in the National Security Agencies news. While a UF grad student she was an intern in the NSA’s Summer Program for Operations Research Technology (SPORT). “Once in the internship I decided to return full time because I found that I could truly help other people by solving interesting problems. I am not only able to use my mathematical skills, but engage my interests in other fields as well.”






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