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Dor Minzer and Lisa Piccirillo Receive Sloan Fellowship

Dor Minzer Lisa Piccirillo

Dor Minzer and Lisa Piccirillo have been awarded 2021 Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowships. Dor and Lisa, who recently joined our department as assistant professors, are among eight MIT researchers awarded.

The Sloan Foundation awarded these fellowships to 128 U.S. and Canadian researchers, who will each receive $75,000 to be spent over a two-year term on any expense supportive of their research.

Congratulations Dor and Lisa!

George Lusztig Receives Simons Fellowship

George Lusztig

Professor George Lusztig was awarded a 2021 Simons Fellowship in Mathematics. Outstanding mathematicians recognized by the Simons Fellows program are able to extend sabbatical leaves from one term to a full year, enabling recipients to focus solely on research for the long periods often necessary for significant advances.

Congratulations George!

PRIMES and Marisa Gaetz Receive MLK Jr. Leadership Award

Marisa Gaetz Pavel Etingof Slava Gerovitch Tanya Khovanova

From Left: Marisa Gaetz, Pavel Etingof, Slava Gerovitch, and Tanya Khovanova

The 2021 MIT Martin Luther King Jr. Leadership Award recognizes the PRIMES program and Marisa Gaetz '20, now a doctoral candidate, at the 47th Annual MLK Jr. Celebration on February 10, 2021.

PRIMES is recognized "for deep and coordinated commitment to improving diversity in mathematics."

Marisa is recognized for her efforts to improve diversity and inclusivity within the math community, including as a PRIMES Circle mentor, and for her work with The Educational Justice Institute (TEJI) at MIT.

Congratulations to Marisa and to PRIMES leaders Pavel Etingof, Slava Gerovitch, and Tanya Khovanova!

Lisa Piccirillo and Postdocs Maggie Miller and Alex Smith Named 2021 Clay Research Fellows

Lisa Piccirillo Maggie Miller Alex Smith

From Left: Lisa Piccirillo, Maggie Miller, and Alex Smith

Lisa Piccirillo and postdocs Maggie Miller and Alex Smith have been awarded 2021 Clay Research Fellowships.

Lisa, who recently joined our department as assistant professor, was recognized for her work in low-dimensional topology, and in particular her surprising resolution of the 50-year-old Conway Knot problem.

Maggie, an NSF postdoctoral fellow at MIT, has also made important contributions to long standing problems in low-dimensional topology. Smith, also an NSF postdoc, has made deep contributions to the theory of elliptic curves and class groups. Both will be moving on to Stanford this summer.

These fellowships, which begin on July 1, 2021, go to recent PhDs who are potential leaders in research mathematics.

Congratulations Lisa, Maggie and Alex!

Isadore M. Singer

May 3, 1924 - Feb 11, 2021

Isadore Singer

We regret to announce that Is Singer, Institute Professor Emeritus, passed away at his home on the morning of February 11, 2021. Widely regarded as one the central figures of 20th century mathematics, he has been on the MIT faculty for over 50 years.

Obituary in the MIT News

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