Giulia Saccà Receives Molteni Award
Assistant Professor Giulia Saccà received the Anna Maria Molteni Award in Mathematics and Physics for her research on hyper-Kähler geometries. She was among five young Italian researchers working in North America who received 2017 ISSNAF Awards on November 8 at the Italian Embassy in Washington, D.C. ISSNAF (Italian Scientists and Scholars of North America Foundation) acknowledges young Italian researchers by presenting the ISSNAF Awards for Young Investigators in five subjects and awarding the winner in each category with a $3,000 prize.
Read more about the award on our Women in Mathematics page.
27 PRIMES Contestants Take Home Siemens Competition Awards
Slava Gerovitch, Pavel Etingof, and Tanya Khovanova
This year’s MIT PRIMES contestants took home more than twice as many awards than last year as they made it past the first round of the 2017 Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology.
With 20 semifinalists and 7 regional finalists, PRIMES student contestants took home 27 Siemens Competition awards this year, compared with 12 in 2016 and in 2015. They were chosen from a pool of more than 1,860 projects submitted this year.
The 101 regional finalists will now advance to the next round of the competition – the Regional Finals, in one of six regional competitions virtually hosted over three consecutive weekends in November at MIT November 3-4, along with five other schools.
PRIMES/RSI/SPUR Director Slava Gerovitch congratulated PRIMES chief research advisor Pavel Etingof, head mentor Tanya Khovanova, and the MIT mentors Jesse Freeman, Chiheon Kim, Younhun Kim, Xiaomeng Xu, and Lusztig PRIMES mentor Guangyi Yue for their dedication and hard work.
For the full list of PRIMES honors and awards, please visit the PRIMES web page.
Math Dept Welcomes Four Professors
The Department of Mathematics welcomes this year two new senior faculty members, Wei Zhang and Zhiwei Yun, and two junior faculty members, Giulia Saccà and Yufei Zhao.
Wei Zhang is a number theorist who works in arithmetic geometry. He received his PhD from Columbia University in 2009 under Shouwu Zhang, took a postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard, and was a professor at Columbia University. He is the recipient of the 2010 SASTRA Ramanujan prize. Together, Zhiwei Yun and Wei Zhang have made some exciting progress toward the Birch and Swinnerton-Dyer conjecture in number theory, by characterizing higher derivatives of L-functions in the number field case.
Zhiwei Yun’s work is in representation theory, number theory, and algebraic geometry, and specifically the Langlands program. He received his PhD from Princeton University under Bob MacPherson in 2009, was a CLE Moore Instructor at MIT, and held faculty positions at Stanford and Yale. He is a Packard Fellow and received the 2012 SASTRA Ramanujan prize. He will start at MIT in the spring.
Yufei Zhao works in extremal, probabilistic, and additive combinatorics. He received his MIT PhD under Jacob Fox in 2015, and was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Oxford. Yufei is currently teaching the Putnam seminar 18.A34 and Graph Theory and Additive Combinatorics, 18.S997.
Chenyang Xu awarded Future Science Prize
Chenyang Xu, an algebraic geometer who will join our Department as Full Professor in Fall 2018, received the 2017 Future Science Prize in Mathematics & Computer Science at a ceremony in Beijing on October 29, 2017. He was recognized for his contributions to birational algebraic geometry.
The purpose of the Future Science Prize is to reward scientists that have made outstanding contributions to science and technology in Greater China. It is referred to as China's new Nobel Prize. This non-governmental prize was established last year in Life Science and in Physical Science, but Chenyang wins the inaugural Future Prize in Mathematics & Computer Science.