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Andre Carneiro awarded new department teaching prize

Congratulations to Andre Carneiro, winner of the Departmental Prize for Excellence as a Teaching Fellow.  This is a new prize created by the Department to encourage and reward outstanding work by teaching fellows and graduate student instructors.



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Daniela De Silva recognized for teaching excellence

Congratulations to Daniela De Silva for receiving the Gladys Brooks Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award.

This award, established at Barnard in 1989 by the Gladys Brooks Foundation, is bestowed annually to recognize considerable individual achievements of tenure-track/tenure-eligible assistant professors at Barnard.



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Ovidiu Savin awarded the Stampacchia Gold Medal

Ovidiu Savin has been selected as the 2012 winner of the Stampacchia Gold Medal.

The Stampacchia Gold Medal is an international prize awarded every three years by the Italian Mathematical Union in recognition of outstanding contributions to the field of Variational Analysis and its applications by a mathematician under the age of 35.

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Andrei Okounkov elected to the National Academy of Sciences

Please join us in congratulating Prof. Andrei Okounkov on his recent election to the National Academy of Sciences!

For more information, visit the NAS press release:

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Incoming class of 2012

The incoming graduate class for 2012 has been announced. For a list of the new students, please visit the Incoming class page.


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Connor Mooney Awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

Congratulations to Connor Mooney, winner of a 2012 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship!

About this award (from the NSF website):
“The National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) helps ensure the vitality of the human resource base of science and engineering in the United States and reinforces its diversity.  The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral degrees at accredited US institutions.”

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Joan Birman elected to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences

Congratulations to Barnard College Professor Joan Birman, who is elected to the The American Academy of Arts & Sciences. For a press release and complete list of new members, please visit:

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Ritt Lectures, Spring 2012, by Pierre Colmez

The spring 2012 Ritt Lectures, by Prof. Pierre Colmez, will take place April 19 & 20. Prof. Colmez (Institut de Mathématiques de Jussieu), will deliver a two talk series titled:

p-adic analysis and Galois representations

Abstract: Ever since Wiles’s proof of (sufficiently many cases of) Taniyama-Weil’s conjecture lead-ing to a proof of Fermat’s last theorem, p-adic methods have proven to be very useful for the understanding of representations of the absolute Galois group of Q and the complex L-functions attached to them. I will summarize classical results in p-adic analysis (they are very similar to the theory of Fourier series), explain how they enter in the study of p-adic representations of the absolute Galois group of Qp, and show how this has paved the way to the proof of most cases of Fontaine-Mazur’s conjecture in dimension 2 (a vast generaliza-tion of Taniyama-Weil’s conjecture).

Thursday, April 19

Friday, April 20

Both lectures will be held in room 312 Mathematics Hall. For the lecture poster, visit:

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2012 Kolchin Lecture, with Prof Tom Bridgeland

The spring 2012 iteration of the Ellis R. Kolchin Memorial Lecture will be delivered by Prof. Tom Bridgeland (All Souls College, Oxford) on Monday, April 23rd. Prof. Bridgeland will give the following lecture:

Tilting in Calabi-Yau Categories

Abstract: Tilting is a fundamental operation in homological algebra, with a variety of applications in both algebra and geometry. After explaining the general idea, I will focus on two examples. The first involves birational transformations of threefolds; here the tilting concept has recently led to explicit formulae describing the way Donaldson-Thomas invariants change under flops. The second example involves triangulations of surfaces and quiver mutation.

Monday, April 23rd at 4:30 pm
Julius S. Held Lecture Hall – 304 Barnard Hall
Barnard College, 3009 Broadway at 117th Street

Tea will be served at 4:00 pm in 508 Mathematics Hall
2990 Broadway at 117th Street

For lecture details via our promotional flyer, please visit:


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Simons Fellows in Mathematics awarded to Johan de Jong and Igor Krichever

The Simons Foundation recently announced the recipients of the Simons Fellows in Mathematics awards. Among those chosen are Columbia’s own Igor Krichever and Johan de Jong. The Simons Fellows in Mathematics awards are given based on the applicant’s scientific accomplishment in the five-year period preceding the application and on a judgment of the potential scientific impact of the leave period.

A current list of Fellows can be found here.

For more information about the award, visit the Simons Foundation website.

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