Graduate |

Fifteen PhDs Awarded in 2000

Fifteen graduate students in the Department of Mathematics were
awarded PhDs in the year 2000. With their thesis advisor, thesis
title, and current address, they are:

** BEHN, Antonio F.** (Advisor, D. Passman)

``Group rings whose principal ideals are projective and groups with bounded representation degree'', Visiting Assistant Professor, Texas A&M University, College Station TX 77843-3368.

** BERGER, Kurt M.** (Advisor, P. Milewski)

``Asymptotic and numerical analysis of free surface flows; lump solitons and wave turbulence'', Zassenhaus Assistant Professor, Mathematics Department, Ohio State U., 231 W. 18th Ave, Columbus OH 43210.

** CHOI, Jongho** (Advisor, P. Milewski)

``Long nonlinear water waves over a periodic bottom topography'', Lecturer, UW-Madison.

** EGGE, Eric S.** (Advisor, P. Terwilliger)

``A generalization of the Terwilliger algebra'', Assistant Professor, Gettysburg College, 300 N. Washington St, Gettysburg PA 17325.

** EGHBALNIA, Hamid** (Advisor, A. Assadi)

``A complex valued over complete representation of information for visual search: A learning theoretic approach based on multiscale symmetry'', Department of Biochemistry, NMRFAN, University of Wisconsin, Madison.

** FELCYN, Pawel** (Advisor, J. Robbin)

``Classifying spaces of moduli spaces of Morse shale flows'', Faculty Assistant, UW-Madison.

** FRANKLIN, Bradbury** (Advisor, T. Kurtz)

``The limit of the normalized error in SDEs and SPDEs'', Lecturer, Mathematics Department, U. Nebraska-Lincoln, 933 Oldfather Hall, Lincoln NE 68504.

** HILDEBRAND, Jeffrey D.** (Advisor, G. Benkart)

``Some results on down-up algebras over fields of prime characteristic'', Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Mathematics, Allegheny College, 520 N. Main St, Meadville PA 16335.

** HOLTZ, Olga V.** (Advisor, H. Schneider)

``Theorems and counterexamples on structured matrices'', Associate Researcher, Computer Science Department, UW-Madison, 1210 W. Dayton St, Madison WI 53706-1685.

** JEON, Woo** (Advisor, J. M. Osborn)

``Generalized Cartan type algebras and their deprivations'', Assistant Professor, Department of Mathematics & Statistics, University of Minnesota-Duluth, 10 University Dr, Duluth MN 55812-2496.

** KUNG, David T-S.** (Advisor, A. Seeger)

``Local smoothing phenomena for operators failing the cinematic curvature condition'', Assistant Professor, Mathematics Department, St. Mary's College of Maryland, St. Mary's City, MD 20686.

** MAC NAIR, Simon G.** (Advisor, T. Zariphopoulou)

``Valuation problems in incomplete markets'', Post-Doc Fellow, University of British Columbia, #121-1984 Mathematics Rd, Vancouver BC, Canada V6T 1Z2.

** MC KINZIE, Mark B.** (Advisor, M. Bleicher)

``The Halley-Euler method Instructor'', Department of Mathematics, Monroe Comm. College, 1000 E. Henrietta Rd, Rochester NY 14623.

** WANG, Dejia** (Advisor, S. Lempp)

``Saturation properties in the computably enumerable degrees'', Faculty Assistant, UW-Madison Mathematics Dept.

** ZIEBARTH, Jennifer** (Advisor, A. Adem)

``On the mod p
cohomology
of the symplectic group Sp^{4}(IF^{p}) and the general linear group
GL^{3}(IF^{p})'', Assistant Professor, Mathematics Department, Earlham
College, Richmond IN 47374-4095.

New Graduate Students in Fall 2000

Thirty-two new students began graduate studies in the Mathematics
Department in the fall of 2000. Their names and undergraduate
institution are listed below.

BENESH, Bret J. | University of Minnesota-Twin Cities |

BOYLAN, Matthew G. | UW-Madison/Penn State University |

CHAKRABARTI, Debraj | Indian Institute of Technology/Carnegie Mellon |

CHARALAMBIDES, Marios | University of Cyprus |

CHATTERJEE, Rohit | University of Texas at Austin |

DWYER, Christopher | Notre Dame/University of Chicago |

EL-GUINDY, Ahmad | Cairo University |

ELLINGTON, Duane | Wake Forest University |

ELY, Robert E. | University Northern Colorado |

EVANS, Michael D. | Penn State University at Erie |

GANESAN, Ashwin | Marquette University |

GOOD, Clark E. | University of Texas at Austin |

KIESERMAN, Noah M. | Dartmouth College |

LADLEY, Michael S. | Eastern Michigan University |

LEETE, Jennifer A. | College of Wooster |

LI, Xiantao | Peking University/Georgia Tech |

LU, Tianshi | New York University |

MNEIMNEH, Ola A. | American University Beirut |

MOFFITT, Derek | Washington University |

MORTENSON, Eric T. | UW-Madison/University of Texas |

NEUBAUER, Darren R. | University of Michigan-Dearborn |

NEWTON, Benjamin W. | Carleton College |

NGUYEN, Xuan Hien | University Libre de Bruxelles |

ORES, Kathleen S. | University of Montana |

OWEN, Robert H. | Princeton University |

RAICHEV, Alexander | Cornell University |

REIRIS, Martin | U. de la Republica, Uruguay |

SHALLUE, Andrew R. | Gustavus Adolphus College |

SUTTON, Taliesin | University of Michigan |

SWISHER, Holly M. | University of Oregon |

VASQUEZ, Elisa | University de los Andes |

WIESNER, Emilie B. | Washington & Lee University |

Graduate News

** Derek Moffit** received a two-year *Prize Fellowship* from the
Graduate School. ** Xuan Hien Nguyen** received a one-year *
Belgian American Educational Fellowship*. Named *VIGRE Fellows*
were: ** Matthew Boylan**, ** Rohit Chatterjee**, ** Michael
Evans**, ** Clark Good**, ** Noah Kieserman**, ** Derek
Moffit**,
and ** Emilie Wiesner**. Four continuing graduate students
were given VIGRE fellowships for the calendar year 2001. They are
** Matthew Bloss**, ** Aaron Miller**, ** Andy Raich**, and
** Paul Taylor**. They were selected as second year students
making rapid progress towards the PhD.

Department Awards to Graduate Students

From left: M. Jenkins, J. Cotrina,A. Raich, T. Boester |

Our Annual Student Awards Ceremony was held in May of 2000. At this ceremony the following graduate students were given

From left:
O. Holtz, B. Chen |

The Department has established a new

Olga Holtz wrote a thesis on matrix theory in 2000 under the direction
of Professor Emeritus Hans Schneider. Her paper ``Not all GKK
t-matrices are stable'' (*Linear Algebra and its
Applications*, 1999), based on work from her thesis, was one of two
selected by the SIAM Group on Linear Algebra to receive their award
for an outstanding paper in applicable linear algebra published during
1997-1999. The award, consisting of a calligraphed certificate and a
plaque, was presented to Olga at the Seventh SIAM Conference on
Applied Linear Algebra in Raleigh, North Carolina, October 23-26,
2000. In addition, Olga was invited to present a plenary lecture
giving an overview of the prize paper.

Bohui Chen is working with Professor Yongbin Ruan and is expected to receive the PhD this year. According to Professor Ruan, Bohui has made a major advance to an outstanding conjecture (the Witten conjecture) in gauge theory.

Mark MacLean named L&S Teaching Fellow

Mark MacLean was chosen to be an *L&S Teaching Fellow* for
2000. This award, worth $700, recognizes the high quality of Mark's
performance as a teaching assistant in the Department of Mathematics
and his many other contributions to the Department. Indirectly, this
award to Mark is a compliment on the quality of teaching by our TAs.
During Welcome Week at the beginning of the fall semester, Mark led a
workshop for incoming TAs in all L&S departments. Mark is currently
finishing up a thesis on algebraic combinatorics with Professor Paul
Terwilliger.

Hirschfelder Fund Scholarships to

Inwon Kim, Shantala Mukherjee, and Meta Voelker

From left: M. Voelker, I. Kim,S. Mukherjee |

Graduate Students

Excellence in Teaching Award to Eric Egge

** Eric Egge** was selected this past year for a

French-Felten Award to Scott Trigg

From left: S. Trigg, Dean Certain,
Alejandro Adem |

A second-year math graduate student,