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2013-2014

Laure Dumaz wins Chancellerie Prize
Laure Dumaz has been awarded the Prix de la Chancellerie of the universities of Paris. This recognises the best PhD thesis in all fields of mathematics over the greater Paris area. Her thesis work, in probability theory, was on fine properties of self-repelling random motion and random matrices. Currently she is a research associate in Cambridge, working in the programme "New Frontiers in Random Geometry."

Frank Kelly wins INFORMS Expository Writing Award
Frank Kelly, professor of the mathematics of systems, has received the 2013 Saul Glass Expository Writing Award, honouring an operations researcher/management scientist whose publications demonstrate a consistently high standard of expository writing. The citation distinguishes his book Reversibility and Stochastic Networks, and the 1998 paper "Rate Control for Communication Networks: Shadow Prices, Proportional Fairness and Stability" (co-authored with A.K. Maulloo and D.K.H. Tan) — and concludes, "[Professor Kelly's] work exemplifies the art of technical writing, and has been extremely influential in both theory and applications."

Senior academic promotions
Congratulations to Clement Mouhot and Richard Samworth, who have been promoted to the rank of Professor. Professor Mouhot's research interests include partial differential equations and kinetic theory, while Professor Samworth works in the fields of nonparametric and high-dimensional statistics.

Four Faculty Members to Speak at ICM
Congratulations to Professors Mihalis Dafermos, Geoffrey Grimmet, Mark Gross, and Vlad Markovic, who have been invited to speak at the International Congress of Mathematicians. The ICM will be held September 2014 in Seoul, South Korea.

DPMMS Welcomes New Faculty Members
The department is pleased to welcome Professor Mark Gross, Professor Vladimir Markovic, and Dr. Oscar Randal-Williams.
Professor Gross works in the areas of algebraic and symplectic geometry. He is known for his work with Bernd Seibert on mirror symmetry and the SYZ conjecture. Professor Gross will be arriving in Cambridge in January 2014.
Professor Markovic, who will hold the Sadleirian Professorship, works in the fields of hyperbolic geometry and Teichmuller theory. He is known for his work with Jeremy Kahn, in which they resolved both the Ehrenpreis Conjecture and the Surface Subgroup Conjecture.
Dr. Randal-Williams, who was previously a Herchel Smith Fellow, works in the fields of algebraic and geometric topology. He is known for his work with Soren Galatius on the topology of high-dimensional manifolds.

2012-2013

Ivan Smith wins 2013 Adams prize
Ivan Smith, Professor of Geometry, has been awarded the 2013 Adams Prize, for `several beautiful and important results in symplectic topology'. The Adams prize is one of the oldest and most prestigious prizes of the University of Cambridge, awarded jointly each year by the Faculty of Mathematics and St John's College to a young (normally under 40 years of age), UK-based researcher doing first class international research in the Mathematical Sciences. More details here.

Frank Kelly receives New Year's honour
Frank Kelly, professor of the mathematics of systems, has been awarded a CBE in the New Year's honours list for services to mathematical sciences. Frank chairs the Council for the Mathematical Sciences, is the current master of Christ's College, and previously served as chief scientific adviser to the Department of Transport.

2011-2012

Tim Gowers knighted
As part of the Queen's birthday honours list 2012, it was announced that Tim Gowers had been knighted for "services to mathematics". Tim Gowers's research spans several areas of mathematics, including combinatorics and functional analysis, for which he received numerous honours including the Fields medal in 1998. He also maintains a highly popular blog, and has been a forceful advocate for Open Access in scientific publishing.

Senior promotions announced
It was announced that Nathanaël Berestycki and Richard Nickl have been promoted to Reader, and Ivan Smith to Professor. Nathanaël Berestycki's research interests are in probability theory and its connections to analysis and geometry. Richard Nickl works on statistical theory and functional analysis. Ivan Smith works at the interface between symplectic topology and algebraic geometry.

Richard Samworth awarded £1.2M EPSRC fellowship
The grant is to cover research on high-dimensional statistical interference, which has recently emerged as one of the fundamental challenges in modern mathematical statistics and applications. More details here.

Frank Kelly (DPMMS) and John Hinch (DAMTP) elected to the US National Academy of Engineering.
One of the highest distinctions in the field of engineering, this election honours the recipients' "contributions to the theory and optimization of communications networks" in the first case, and the "contributions to the mechanics of fluids, suspensions, and polymeric liquids and to industrial processes" in the second. More details here and here.

Richard Samworth receives the Guy medal in bronze from the Royal Statistical Society
The award is with respect to his work on theoretical, methodological, and computational aspects of non-parametric statistics. The award is one of the society's most prestigious honours and is typically given to individuals under 35. More details here.

Tim Gowers awarded the 2011 Stefan Banach medal
The medal, awarded by the Polish Academy of Sciences for outstanding achievements in mathematical sciences, was set up in 1992 to honour the centenary of the great Polish mathematician. More details here.

DPMMS welcomes new faculty members!
Prof. Danny Calegari's prolific work is at the interface between geometry, dynamics and topology.
Dr. A. Juhász, previously a Herchel Smith Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the department, has been awarded a Royal Society University Research Fellowship. His research focuses on low-dimensional topology.
Dr. V. Kargin is a temporary lecturer in the Statistical Laboratory. His research interests are the field of random matrices, at the intersection between probability theory, analysis and theoretical physics.
Dr. J. Pridham is an EPSRC Career acceleration fellow, and works in algebraic geometry.
Dr. Bodhi Sen is a new lecturer in the Statistical Laboratory, his research is in nonparametric statistics and applications in astronomy and high-energy physics.
Prof. John Toland FRS has been appointed director of the Newton Institute and NM Rothschild and Sons Professor of Mathematical Sciences.

A new year for Part III
In October 2011, 233 students arrived at Cambridge for Part III of the Mathematical Tripos. Part III is the world's most successful one-year master's program in the mathematical sciences. Students can choose from more than 75 advanced lecture courses across the whole range of pure and applied mathematics, statistics, and mathematical physics.
Of this year's Part III students, 88 have been undergraduate students at Cambridge, while 145 have come to Cambridge from all over the world for Part III. Cambridge students are awarded the Master of Mathematics (M Math) degree after their four-year degree, while students from outside Cambridge who do Part III receive the Master of Advanced Study (MASt). Many Part III students go on to the world's leading graduate schools, or directly into industry.

2010-2011

Béla Bollobás and Simon Tavaré elected FRS.
The Royal Society has announced its 2011 list of new fellows. Bollobás is a world leader in combinatorics, graph theory and percolation; Tavaré is a pioneer in the field of stochastic computations for cancer genomics. Other mathematicians named this year include Steffen Lauritzen and Werner Nahm, and Mikhail Gromov in the foreign category. See the list and announcement here.

Richard Samworth awarded Leverhulme Research Fellowship for 2011-2012 .
These prestigious fellowships allow the holder to be relieved from teaching and administrative duties. Dr. Samworth's reasearch focuses on problems in high-dimensional and nonparametric statistics.

Cambridge probability awarded an EPSRC Programme grant.
The grant, of around £1.65M, will fund the programme New Frontiers in Random Geometry (RaG), beginning in 2011. The thrust of RaG is to explore geometrical aspects of random processes, with emphasis on processes of fragmentation, embedding, and aggregation. It will fund an extensive postdoctoral and visitor programme over the next six years. More info here.

Wendelin Werner named Visiting Professor.
Werner, who was a postdoc in DPMMS, earned a Fields medal in 2006 for groundbreaking work on conformal invariance in random planar processes. He will visit the department for periods over the next three years, starting in February 2011.

Tim Gowers wins Euler Book prize
In January 2011, Tim Gowers won the Euler Book Prize for The Princeton Companion to Mathematics (Princeton, 2008). The prize is awarded annually by the Mathematical Association of America to an outstanding book in mathematics that is likely to improve the public view of the field. More info here.

Cambridge Centre for Analysis (CCA), Ph.D. degrees
The pioneering Cambridge Centre for Analysis opened its door in October 2010 to 14 new Ph.D. students, who will be exposed to a wide range of interdisciplinary aspects of modern mathematical analysis. More info.

Caucher Birkar awarded prestigous prizes
Dr. Birkar was awarded the 2010 Prix de la Fondation des Sciences Mathématiques de Paris as well as the 2010 Philip Leverhulme prize. These prizes are intended for "outstanding scholars who have made a substantial and recognised contribution to their particular field of study, recognised at an international level, and where the expectation is that their greatest achievement is yet to come."

Part III now results in a degree
Part III is a one-year Masters level course taken by over 200 students every year from around the world. The course is delivered since at least 1883 in one form or another. The new degree, Master of Advanced Studies, replaces the Certificate of Advanced Studies, delivered since 1980. More info.


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