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Patterns in Integers May 21-26, 2023

For more information, go to www.ias.edu/math/wam/events/2023-program-women-and-mathematics

Wiggling toward bio-inspired machine intelligence

Juncal Arbelaiz Mugica is a native of Spain, where octopus is a common menu item. However, Arbelaiz appreciates octopus and similar creatures in a different way, with her research into soft-robotics theory.  More than half of an octopus’ nerves are distributed through its eight arms, each of which has some degree of autonomy. This distributed sensing […]

Juncal Arbelaiz earns Schmidt Science Fellowship

International award supports early-career scientists and engineers as they pursue interdisciplinary works. Juncal Arbelaiz is a PhD candidate in applied mathematics at MIT, who is completing her doctorate this summer. Her doctoral research at MIT is advised by Ali Jadbabaie, the JR East Professor of Engineering and head of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering; […]

Maryna Viazovska earns the Fields Medal

MIT Math’s Henry Cohn gave the Laudatio for Ukrainian mathematician Maryna Viazovska, a Swiss Federal Institute of Technology professor who earned the Fields Medal for her theorems on sphere packing. She is also only the second woman ever to win the Fields Medal, after Stanford mathematician Maryam Mirzakhani in 2014. “I feel sad that I’m only […]

Ananya Gurumurthy and Omomayowa A. Songonuga Recognized by 2022 MIT Awards Convocation

Ananya Gurumurthy ’23, at left, received MIT’s William L. Stewart Jr. Award for outstanding contributions to extracurricular activities and events. Omomayowa A. Songonuga ’22 received the Ronald E. McNair Scholarship Award established in Dr. McNair’s honor by the Black Alumni/ae of MIT, to recognize a Black undergraduate who has demonstrated strong academic performance and who has made a considerable […]

Ariana Park Receives Community Building Award

Junior Ariana Park received the Community Building Award for her work in developing the peer mentoring program. Congratulations!

Adela Zhang Receives Grad Appreciation Fellowship

MIT Mathematics Awards for Service to the Math Community

Awards were presented recently to several MIT Mathematics members for their outstanding contributions to building and strengthening our mathematics community: Graduate students Marisa Gaetz and Mary Stelow were recognized by the Department of Mathematics for their work as co-directors of PRIMES Circle and for many additional mentoring and managing roles. Postdocs Peter Baddoo and Charlotte Kirchhoff-Lukat were recognized for their work in bringing […]

New model helps identify mutations that drive cancer

The system rapidly scans the genome of cancer cells, could help researchers find targets for new drugs. Bonnie Berger, the Simons Professor of Mathematics at MIT and head of the Computation and Biology group at the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL), is a senior author of the study. Read more here

Barbara Peskin Receives Institute Excellence Award

Academic Administrator Barbara Peskin has been recognized by an Excellence Award in the Outstanding Contributor category at the 2022 Excellence Awards + Collier Medal celebration. She was recognized for her dedication to this department in general, and specifically to its educational mission. Barbara, who holds a 1980 PhD from the Department of Mathematics working with Professor Mike Artin, is […]