UCLA Applied Mathematics Professor Andrea Bertozzi, a longstanding collaborator and friend of IMS, was awarded an honorary doctorate at the 2014 CGU Commencement. At the Commencement Forum, Professor Bertozzi spoke of mathematics as the mechanism for translating innovation into practice, in the era of big data where previously qualitative disciplines are increasingly confronted with mathematical challenges.

Emeritus Professor Ellis Cumberbatch's 80th birthday was recognized by a symposium on May 10, 2014, attended by over 70 participants, honoring his innumerable contributions: A Journey through Industrial and Applied Mathematics: Celebrating the 80th Birthday of Ellis Cumberbatch.  Happy birthday, Ellis!

Jorge X. Velasco-Hernandez, who received his PhD from CGU in 1991, has been elected Fellow of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM).  This award recognizes his distinguished contributions in mathematical epidemiology of infectious diseases and in mathematics applied to industry problems.  Dr. Velasco-Hernandez is a Professor of Mathematics at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México.

Lu Zhu is CGU’s first student to graduate with a PhD in Financial Engineering.  She starts a tenure-track faculty position at the University of Wisconsin in Fall 2014.

Computational Sciences PhD student Anna Ma won an Outstanding Presentation Award for her poster at the 2014 Joint Mathematics Meetings.
Engineering & Industrial Applied Math PhD student Shahab Taherian won first place in the 2013 CSULB Annual Student Research Competition.
Engineering & Industrial Applied Math PhD student Jody Shu was inducted into the Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society.
Senior Research Fellow Dr. Alpan Raval published the book Introduction to Biological Networks, together with Dr. Animesh Ray at Keck Graduate Institute.
Math PhD student Aisha Najera Chesler was awarded a 2013-14 Dissertation Fellowship from the American Association of University Women.  See related news item in the Orange County Breeze.
Professor Marina Chugunova was awarded a Collaboration Grant for Mathematicians from the Simons Foundation.
Computational Sciences PhD student Cristina Garcia-Cardona won the Best Student Paper Award at the 2nd International Conference on Pattern Recognition Methods and Applications (ICPRAM 2013), for her paper with Visiting Scholar Arjuna Flenner and Professor Allon Percus on "Multiclass diffuse interface models for semi-supervised learning on graphs."


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