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Chenyang Xu Is Named 2020 AMS Fellow

Chenyang Xu

Chenyang Xu was among 52 mathematical scientists selected for the 2020 Class of American Mathematical Society Fellows.

He was recognized for “contributions to algebraic geometry, in particular the minimal model program and the K-stability of Fano varieties.”

Congratulations Chenyang!

MIT Hosts the 2019 Math Prize for Girls

Math Prize for Girls winners with keynote speaker Gigliola Staffilani

Congratulations to the winners of the 11th annual Math Prize for Girls created and organized by the Advantage Testing Foundation, which was hosted by the MIT Math Department during the weekend of October 12-13, 2019. The competition drew 276 girls from across the US and Canada to compete for cash prizes. Gigliola Staffilani gave the Maryam Mirzakhani keynote lecture, named in honor of Mirzakhani, who was the first woman mathematician to receive the Fields Medal.

Read more at the MIT News.

Alan Edelman to Receive the Sidney Fernbach Award

Alan Edelman

For his work on the Julia programming language, Alan Edelman has been selected to receive the 2019 IEEE Computer Society Sidney Fernbach Award.

Edelman was cited “for outstanding breakthroughs in high performance computing, linear algebra, and computational science and for contributions to the Julia programming language.”

One of the IEEE Computer Society's highest honors, the Sidney Fernbach Award recognizes outstanding contributions in the application of high-performance computers (HPC) using innovative approaches.

Congratulations Alan!

Read more about his award at the MIT News

Wei Zhang Receives Clay Research Award

Wei Zhang

Wei Zhang received the 2019 Clay Research Award, in recognition of his work in arithmetic geometry and arithmetic aspects of automorphic forms. Presented by the Clay Mathematics Institute, the award notes his “landmark contributions” that include a proof of the global Gan-Gross-Prasad conjecture for a wide class of automorphic representations of unitary groups, a proof he did with Zhiwei Yun of a higher-order generalization of the Gross-Zagier formula over function fields, and a proof of Kolyvagin’s conjecture on the structure of Selmer groups for a large class of elliptic curves over Q.

He formulated an arithmetic version of the Gan-Gross-Prasad Conjecture – a vision for a far-reaching generalization of the Gross-Zagier formula over number fields – and pioneered a relative trace formula approach to its proof. He recently achieved a major step in this program by proving the Arithmetic Fundamental Lemma.

The award was presented to Wei Zhang at the Clay Research Conference in Oxford in October 2019. In 2017, Wei was awarded the 2018 New Horizons in Mathematics Breakthrough Prize with Zhiwei Yun.

Congratulations Wei!

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