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Melanie Matchett Wood Named Minerva Distinguished Visitor at Princeton

Melanie Matchett Wood has been named the Minerva Distinguished Visitor at Princeton University.  She will be in residence at Princeton during the Fall semester of 2018.  It is a great honor to be chosen for this residency.   Congratulations, Melanie!

Roch and former student win Best Paper Award at top computational biology conference

Math faculty Sebastien Roch and former Ph.D. student Kun-Chieh (Jason) Wang won Best Paper Award at the prestigious 22nd Annual International Conference on Research in Computational Molecular Biology (RECOMB) 2018. Their submission "Circular Networks from Distorted Metrics’’ combines ideas from mathematical biology, combinatorial algorithms and theoretical statistics to make progress on the notoriously challenging problem of inferring phylogenetic networks from genetic data. 

 Trees have long been used as a representation of species relationships. However complex evolutionary events, such as genetic reassortments or hybrid speciations which occur commonly in viruses, bacteria and plants, do not fit into this elementary framework. Circular networks are one of the many possible generalizations of trees studied in evolutionary biology. Although such networks can be hard to interpret, their neat visualization and fast reconstruction have made them an exploratory tool of choice to detect network-like evolution in genomic datasets. Roch and Wang devised a new estimation method that is both fast and, in a mathematically rigorous sense, more robust to the noise intrinsic to this type of evolutionary data.

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Gabi Meyer wins L&S Mid-Career Award

Gabi Meyer has been awarded a College of Letters and Science Academic Staff Mid-Career Award.  This award, given to members of the L&S academic staff with 8 or more years of service are eligible for this award, carries a $3,000 cash award. These awards are granted to individuals who demonstrate outstanding performance in their positions, leadership and service beyond their positions, and substantial professional competency and promise of continuing contributions.

Lu Wang earns Vilas Faculty Early Investigator Award

Congratulations to Lu Wang on her award of the Vilas Faculty Early Investigator Award.  The award is meant to recognize research and teaching excellence in faculty who are relatively early in their careers. 

Arinkin, Ellenberg and Roch Named as Simon Fellows

Congratulations to Sebastien Roch, Dima Arinkin and Jordan Ellenberg in being named Simon Fellows.  The Simons Fellows programs in both Mathematics and Theoretical Physics provide funds to faculty for up to a semester-long research leave from classroom teaching and administrative obligations.


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