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Simon Brendle selected as a 2017 Simons Investigator

Congratulations to Prof. Simon Brendle, who was recently selected as a 2017 Simons Investigator!

Simon Investigators are outstanding scientists who receive long-term research support from the Simons Foundation. This is intended to support the scientist during their most productive years, when they are establishing creative new research directions, providing leadership to the field, and effectively mentoring junior scientists. For more information about the Simons Foundation and this award, visit their webpage:


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Stacks Project Workshop

A week long workshop in Algebraic Geometry will be held at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, from July 31 to August 4, 2017. The workshop is intended to support the ongoing Stacks Project, lead by Prof. Johan de Jong.

For more information, please visit the workshop website:


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Thera Stochastics: A Mathematics Conference in Honor of Ioannis Karatzas

A probability conference in honor of Prof. Ioannis Karatzas will be held May 31 – June 2, 2017 in Santorini, Greece.

The conference will include the following speakers:

  • Beatrice Acciaio
  • Ivan Corwin
  • Christa Cuchiero
  • Jaksa Cvitanic
  • Robert Fernholz
  • Michael Harrison
  • Tomoyuki Ichiba
  • Johannes Muhle-Karbe
  • Marcel Nutz
  • Andrei Okounkov
  • Nicolas Perkowski
  • Kavita Ramanan
  • Julien Reygner
  • Steven Shreve
  • Mete Soner
  • Josef Teichmann
  • Gordan Zitkovic

For more details, please visit the conference website:

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Columbia University Symposium on Probability & Society

On February 17 there will be a half-day symposium featuring a series of short talks by Columbia faculty working on probability and its interactions with society.

Date: Friday, February 17th
Time: 9am-1pm
Location: 413 Kent


9:00am  : Introduction — Ivan Corwin (Mathematics)
9:20am  : Yash Kanoria (Business School)
9:40am  : Sharon Di (Civil Engineering)
10:00am: Joel Cohen (School of International & Public Affairs; Earth & Environmental Sciences)
10:20am: Robert Erikson (Political Science)
10:40am: Break
11:00am: Philip Protter (Statistics)
11:20am: Bruce Levin (Biostatistics; School of Public Health)
11:40am: Tim Halpin-Healy (Barnard Physics)
12:00pm: Ioannis Karatzas (Mathematics; Statistics)
12:20pm: Mihalis Yannakakis (Computer Science)
12:40pm: David Yao (Industrial Engineering & Operations Research)

A light pizza lunch will be provided afterwards in the Cantor Lounge, room 508 Mathematics.

(This event is cohosted by members of the departments of Applied Physics & Applied Mathematics, Industrial Engineering & Operations Research, Mathematics, Statistics, Data Science Institute)

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“The Discrete Charm of Geometry” Film Screening

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Prof. Mohammed Abouzaid awarded 2017 New Horizons Prize

Congratulations to Prof. Mohammed Abouzaid, who was recently announced as a recipient of the 2017 New Horizons in Mathematics Prize.

The 5th annual New Horizons prize recognizes “promising early-career researchers who have already produced important work in mathematics”. More information on the Prize and an official press release can be found here:

A recorded broadcast of the prize ceremony will air Sunday, December 18 at 7pm EST/PST on FOX.

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Welcome Incoming Class of 2016

Welcome to the 2016 cohort of graduate students! A list of our new phd students can be found at:

As a reminder, fall classes begin Tuesday, September 6.

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Prof. Emerita Joan Birman elected as Honorary Member of the London Mathematical Society

Please congratulate Prof. Joan Birman, who was recently elected as an Honorary Member of the London Mathematical Society!

According to the London Mathematical Society website:

“Each year, the Council of the Society considers the election of Honorary Members of the Society from amongst distinguished mathematicians who are not normally resident within the United Kingdom.  The election of Honorary Members is made by Council, subject to confirmation by the Society at an Ordinary Meeting.”

As one of the members of the 2015 Honorary Membership recipients, Prof. Birman’s selection was announced in a recent publication of the Bulletin of the London Mathematical Society. The full announcement is available here:


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Wei Zhang awarded the 2016 ICCM Morningside Gold Medal

Congratulations to Professor Wei Zhang, who won the Morningside Gold Medal of Mathematics at the 7th International Congress of Chinese Mathematicians (ICCM) in Beijing on August 6, 2016 for his original contributions to number theory and automorphic forms. At most two Morningside Gold Medals are awarded to outstanding mathematicians of Chinese descent at the ICCM every three years.

For more information, please visit:

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Andrei Okounkov elected to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences

Please congratulate Prof. Andrei Okounkov, who was recently elected as a member of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences!

Prof. Okounkov joins a distinguished list of scholars and thinkers from a variety of fields and disciplines. As posted on the Academy’s website:

“The Academy membership encompasses over 4,600 Fellows and 600 Foreign Honorary Members and reflects the full range of disciplines and professions: mathematics, the physical and biological sciences, medicine, the social sciences and humanities, business, government, public affairs, and the arts. Among the Academy’s Fellows are more than 250 Nobel laureates and 60 Pulitzer Prize winners.”

For a complete list of the 2016 members, including Prof. Okounkov, please visit:

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