A video entitled has been created to showcase the UA Department of Mathematics.

## Congratulations to Keisha Cook and Brandon Reid

Congratulations to Keisha Cook and Brandon Reid for successfully defending their PhD’s! Keisha has already accepted a postdoc position at Tulane University and Brandon will be an Assistant Professor at Milwaukee School of Engineering this fall.

## Ken Ono’s Public Talk Available Online

Ken Ono’s public talk was live-streamed and the presentation is available for viewing at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ynhiZJUMzA&feature=youtu.be

## Results of the 2018 Putnam Exam

The Putnam Exam is a national mathematics exam, taken by college and university students in the United States and Canada each December. Only the very best students from each school participate, and it is an honor to be chosen to compete in the Putnam. Six problems are presented in the morning three-hour session and six

## Jim Gleason and Martha Makowski Awarded NSF Grant: A-PLUS in Math: Alabama’s Practitioner Leaders in Underserved Schools in Mathematics.

Congratulations to Jim Gleason and Martha Makowski for being awarded an NSF grant for a project entitled A-PLUS in Math: Alabama’s Practitioner Leaders in Underserved Schools in Mathematics. This Researcher-Practitioner Partnership modeled project is being established to work with and develop Mathematics Teacher Leaders who will impact students, teachers, teacher candidates, and schools across the

## Fulbright Scholar Alexey Karapetyants Visits Tuscaloosa

On Friday, November 30, 2018, Alexey Karapetyants gave a talk entitled “On some Bergman type spaces of functions of nonstandard growth and related questions” to the UA Department of Mathematics faculty and graduate students. This talk was funded by the Fulbright Foundation through their Outreach Lecturing Fund.

## Applied Mathematicians Win NSF Grants and Host International Conference

From the October 2018 Desktop News | Drs. Shibin Dai and Shan Zhao recently received two grants, worth more than $300,000, from the National Science Foundation to fund their research in applied mathematics. To top it off, the two are serving on the organizing committee for the 2019 international National Science Foundation conference on mathematical molecular bioscience

## Shibin Dai Awarded NSF Grants

Congratulations to Dr. Shibin Dai, who has been awarded two grants from the National Science Foundation. NSF DMS-1815746: Complex amphiphilic structures and the functionality of biomaterials, 2018-2021, total amount: $217,087 (PI). NSF DMS-1802863: Degenerate diffusion in complex amphiphilic network structures, 2017-2019, total amount $86,170 (PI). This is a transfer of DMS-1411438.

## Shan Zhao Awarded NSF Grants

Congratulations to Professor Shan Zhao who has been awarded NSF funding for two research projects. NSF DMS Mathematical Biology program: DMS-1812930, “Collaborative Research: A regularized Poisson Boltzmann model for fast computation of the ensemble average polar solvation energy”, PI: Shan Zhao, $230,000, 08/15/2018 – 7/31/2021. See the link: https://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=1812930&HistoricalAwards=false NSF DMS CBMS Conference program: DMS-1836318,

## Alumnus William T. Trotter Gives Colloquium Talk

Dr. William T. Trotter visited Tuscaloosa on Tuesday, September 11, 2018 to present a colloquium talk entiled “Dimension Theory for Posets – Graph Theory for Grown Ups”. Dr. Trotter is a well-known mathematician, and is an emeritus professor of mathematics at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Dr. Trotter obtained his PhD from the University of