COVID-19 Outbreak Math Modeling Initiative
news Published Date: 2020-04-27
The Emory University Mathematical Modeling Association (EUMMA), Alessandro Veneziani (Professor), Manuela Manetta (Lecturer), Longmei Shu (Visiting Assistant Professor), and Maja Taskovic (Assistant Professor) pulled together students and other faculty from related disciplines across campus to compete in April's COVID-19 Outbreak Math Modeling Contest. The winning teams presented their research results for the competition on August 25, 2020.

“The main aim of this initiative is educational,” Veneziani says. “I want students to understand that developing a mathematical model is a creative process. You come up with an idea, introduce some assumptions and then check them with reality to see if you’re on the right track. You have to keep refining your model, keeping it as simple as possible but complex enough to learn something useful.”

Veneziani also has a math modeling project for COVID-19 underway with one of his former students, Alexander Viguerie, who is now a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Pavia, near Milan. Viguerie, a native of Atlanta, began his academic career at Oxford College before coming to the Emory campus for his undergraduate degree and his PhD in math, which he received in 2018.

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Emory’s Sustainability Innovator Awards honors Dr. Bree Ettinger
news Published Date: 2020-04-17
Since 2007, the Office of Sustainability Initiatives has recognized sustainability champions of Emory University and Emory Healthcare by celebrating their inspiring and committed work with the Robert S. Hascall Sustainability Innovator Awards and Outstanding Sustainability Representative Award.

These awards are given to students, faculty and staff who employ research, academics, engagement and leadership to foster sustainability in the Emory enterprise and broader community by motivating their colleagues and community partners to do the same.

All honorees exemplify the community-building, kindness and sustainability vision embodied by Robert “Bob” Hascall, who retired from Emory in 2010. As the vice president of Campus Services, Hascall was a dedicated environmental steward and courageous leader in the areas of green buildings and operations.

This year, the OSI has recognized Dr. Bree Ettinger as a Faculty Sustainability Innovator.

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India National STEM Chair created in the name of Dr. Raman Parimala
news Published Date: 2020-03-06
Dr. Raman Parimala, Arts & Sciences Distinguished Professor of Mathematics, is named as one of 11 eminent Indian women scientists in STEM. The Indian government announced on February 28, 2020, that a chair would be created in Dr. Parimala's honor to inspire, encourage, and empower women, and to give due recognition to young women researchers excelling in Mathematics.

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Congratulations, Parimala!
Dr. Gunther Uhlmann to give talk entitled Harry Potter’s Cloak via Transformation Optics
news Published Date: 2020-02-26
The Department of Mathematics is pleased to announce that Dr. Gunther Uhlmann, Professor of Mathematics at the University of Washington, will give a general audience mathematics talk titled Harry Potter’s Cloak via Transformation Optics on March 5, 2020. There is a reception from 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm in the Oxford Road Building Living Room (3rd floor, room 305). The lecture will take place in the ORB Presentation Room (3rd floor, room 311). Visitor parking is available in the Oxford Road Parking Deck.
Hao Huang receives Sloan Foundation Fellowship
news Published Date: 2020-02-12
Hao Huang, Assistant Professor of Mathematics, has been awarded a 2020 Sloan Foundation Fellowship. The Sloan Research Fellowships seek to stimulate fundamental research by early-career scientists and scholars of outstanding promise. These two-year fellowships are awarded yearly to 126 researchers in recognition of distinguished performance and a unique potential to make substantial contributions to their field. More details and a list of this year's fellows may be found at

Hao works in the area of Discrete Math and Theoretical Computer Science. His website is at http://

Congratulations, Hao!
Hao Huang’s work featured as one of Discover Magazines top science stories of 2019
news Published Date: 2020-01-09
The recent proof of the Sensitivity Conjecture by Hao Huang, Assistant Professor in Mathematics, is #28 in Discover Magazine's top science stories of 2019. The article, How A Mathematician Solved a Problem That Puzzled Computer Scientists for 30 Years, was published on December 23, 2019.

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Hao Huang awarded an NSF CAREER Grant
news Published Date: 2020-01-08
Professor Hao Huang has been awarded an NSF CAREER grant for his project to develop new algebraic methods to solve extremal combinatorial problems. The project aims to establish connections across numerous areas, including algebra, combinatorics, probability, and discrete geometry. An integral aspect of the program is its educational component, which includes organizing junior research workshops and summer REU programs.

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Dr. Trachette Jackson to speak about using mathematical modeling to aid cancer treatments - November 13, 2019
news Published Date: 2019-11-05
The Department of Mathematics is pleased to announce that Dr. Trachette Jackson, Professor of Mathematics at the University of Michigan, will give a general STEM audience talk titled Turning Cancer Discoveries into Effective Targeted Treatments with the Aid of Mathematical Modeling.

Date: November 13, 2019
Location: Oxford Road Building
4:15-4:45 pm Reception, Oxford Road Building Living Room (3rd floor, room 305)
4:45-5:45 pm Lecture, Oxford Road Building Presentation Room (3rd floor, room 311)
Visitor parking is available in the Oxford Road Parking Deck.

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Lea Beneish to receive a Women and Mathematics Advanced Graduate Ambassadorship
news Published Date: 2019-08-21
Emory PhD student Lea Beneish has been selected to receive an Advanced Graduate Ambassadorship awards through the Women and Mathematics Program at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey.

The Women and Mathematics Program (WAM) at the Institute for Advanced Study is an annual program with the mission to recruit and retain more women in mathematics. WAM encourages female mathematicians to form collaborative research relationships and to become active in a vertical mentoring network spanning a continuum from undergraduates to emerita professors, which provides support and reduces the sense of isolation experienced by many women in mathematics.

WAM awards up to 3 Advanced Ambassadorships each year, aiming to build support and outreach networks across the country.

Congratulations Lea!
Dr. Hao Huang presents a proof of the Sensitivity Conjecture
news Published Date: 2019-07-10
Assistant Professor Hao Huang will present a proof of the Sensitivity Conjecture during the International Conference on Random Structures and Algorithms, set for Zurich, Switzerland, July 15-19, 2019.

“I’ve been attacking this problem off and on since 2012,” Huang says, “but the key idea emerged for me just about a week ago. I finally identified the right tool to solve it.”

Dr. Huang posted the proof on his home page and it soon generated buzz among mathematicians and computer scientists on social media, who have praised its remarkable conciseness and simplicity.

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