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AY 2012-2013

Fun

 • Many thanks to Martin Buntinas and Tim O'Brien for organizing the graduate student get-together.

2012 Incoming Graduate Student Class

As you can see here, it was loads of fun. 

 

 • Do you know where this is on campus?

CAPE program exercise (summer 2012). 
Find this building, and construct the formula for a function you recognize there. This summer, high school students from Chicago Public Schools in the CAPE program were asked to find this and other buildings on campus, then make a scale drawing and use equations to model the structure. The equations that were produced were later projected on to the figure to see if the equations matched the structure.  The CAPE program was sponsored by the Center for Science and Math Education. The program was in its third year and brought high school seniors together for a pre-advanced placement experience. The program focused on students that would be taking AP Calculus in the fall at their high schools.  Drs. Steven Jordan and Laurie Jordan from the Department of Mathematics & Statistics instructed the students in the two week program.

 

Faculty news and accolades

 • The department wishes to express its gratitude to its Chair for the past five years, Robert Jensen, as well as long-time Undergraduate Program Director Alan Saleski. Both returned to full-time teaching and scholarly activities in July, 2012. Dr. Jensen's tenure as Chair is marked by the successful recruitment of outstanding faculty members whose contributions have already markedly improved the department's teaching and research profiles. Dr Saleski's service contributions to the Department, the University, and our students are too numerous to quantify. The Department was well-served by the commitment to excellence that both Dr. Jensen and Dr. Saleski embodied.

 • The department welcomes the addition of new faculty for Fall 2012: Our new Assistant Professor in Mathematics is Dr. Peter Tingley. Our new Instructor is Dr. Aaron Greicius. Finally, John HoulihanBret Longman, and Drs. Danut Arama and Cristina Popovici join us on one-year appointments.

 • Announcing the continuation of the speaker series, again cosponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences, Undergraduate Colloquium Series in the Mathematical Sciences, wherein speakers will connect mathematics and statistics to a variety of disciplines within the college. For more information, contact the organizers (Rafal GoebelAaron LauveTimothy O'Brien).

 • Dr. Rafal Goebel coauthors graduate text on Hybrid Dynamical Systems.

 • A hearty ‘goodbye’ to beloved part-time instructor Jennifer Keith, who leaves the department for a PhD program in Applied Math (UC -- Davis).

 • Dr. Stephen Doty awarded a Simons Foundation Collaboration Grant (Generalized q-Schur algebras and representation theory), 2012—2017.

 • Dr. Laurie Jordan awarded a grant from the Chicago Archdiocese to run professional development workshops for teachers in the middle grades, 2012—2013.

 • Dr. Peter Tingley awarded an NSF DMS Grant (Affine crystals: algebra, combinatorics and geometry), 
2012—2015.

 • Dr. Stephen Doty awarded research leave of absence for Spring 2013; accepts Ulam Visiting Professorship (U. Colorado – Boulder)

 

Recent accomplishments of our undergraduate and graduate students

 • Two Mathematics Students awarded two of 30 Mulcahy Scholarships for AY 2012-2013: John Versnel (working under Drs. Anthony Giaquinto and Aaron Lauve) and George Seelinger (working under Drs. Stephen Doty and Aaron Lauve) will receive a stipend of $1000 and budget of $2000 to pursue their research projects.

Previous Years' News

AY 2011–2012

Faculty news and accolades

 • Announcing a new undergraduate lecture series cosponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences, Applications of Mathematics Colloquia, wherein speakers will connect mathematics to a variety of disciplines within the college. For more information, contact the organizers (Rafal Goebel and Aaron Lauve).

 • The department welcomes the addition of new faculty for Fall 2011: Our new Assistant Professor in Mathematics is Dr. Marian Bocea. Our new Assistant Professor in Statistics is Dr. Changwon Lim. Our new Instructors are Dr. Loretta Bartolini. Finally, Dr. Aaron Greicius joins us on a one-year appointment.

 • Dr. Tim O'Brien (co-PI) awarded HHS ACF Grant (Evaluation of empowerment pathways to self-sufficiency in health professions opportunity workforce development for low-income individuals), 2011–2015.

 • Dr. Anthony Giaquinto selected to receive $2500 NCTM travel grant to attend the International Conference on Mathematical Education (ICME-12), Seoul, Korea, July 8–15.

 • Dr. Marian Bocea awarded an NSF DMS Grant (Modern methods in calculus of variations with applications to polycrystalline and granular materials), 2011–2014.

 • Adjunct Professor Dr. Vali Siadat elected to Board of Directors for the Illinois Section of the MAA, 
2012–2015.

 • Dr. Stephen Doty invited to speak at Fields Institute Workshop (Algebraic Monoids, Group Embeddings, and Algebraic Combinatorics), July 3–6, 2012.

 • Stephen Doty receives sponsorship grant from Alexander von Humboldt Foundation to visit Stuttarg, Germany for two weeks in May, 2012.

 

Recent accomplishments of our undergraduate and graduate students

University Honors & Awards


 • John Versnel was awarded one of Loyola's Provost Fellowships for Undergraduate Research, Summer 2012, to work under Drs. Anthony Giaquinto and Aaron Lauve. The award carries a $1000 stipend and a $1000 research budget. Look for his presentation at the The Undergraduate Research & Engagement Symposium, April 2013.

Departmental Honors & Awards

 • Honors. Aleksandra Dunaeva, Walter Fritz, Ashton Kemerling, Cassidy Kist, Danielle Mathieu, Timothy Mueller, Amy Newton, Jacquelyn Pavilon, Katherine Poppe, Zachary Schaefer, Brianna Tamm

 • Awards. Zachary Schaefer (Fr. Gerst Award), Brianna Tamm (Fr. Rust Award), Amy Newton (Fr. VandeVelde Award)

External Awards, Accomplishments, & Positions

 • Jacquelyn Pavilon accepts position with American gaming company WMS

 • Zachary Schaefer to join MS program in Computer Science (LUC)

 • Patrick Collins to join PhD program in Math (U. Hawaii)

 • Jingting Xu to join PhD program in Bioinformatics (UIC)

 • Xianwei Bu to join PhD program in Statistics (UIC)

 • Amy Newton to pursue post-graduate studies in air traffic control

Congratulations M.S. Graduates!

 • 
Ana Lucia Arango, Matthew D. Benak, Stephanie Besser, Tan Fong Chan, Catherine DeSesa, Nhat Mihn Do, Amanda Fisher, Walter Fritz, Kimberly Hawkins, Martin Henson, Theresa Kamykowski, Kamal KC, Cassidy Kist, Florida Levidiotis, Sebastian Linde, George Mavrelis, Timothy Mueller, Amy Newton, Cecile Sano, Elizabeth Moser-Seabrook, Brianna Tamm, Sophonie Tchoua, Ashley Walding, Benjamin Wolf.

 

 

AY 2010–2011

Faculty news and accolades

 • Congratulations to Dr. Tim O’Brien, who was awarded a Jefferson Science Fellowship. He will be on leave from Loyola for AY 2011–2012. Professor Buntinas will be Graduate Program Director for Statistics while Tim is away.

 • The department welcomes the addition of a new faculty member for Fall 2010: Dr. Aaron Lauve is our new Assistant Professor in Mathematics.

 • Drs. Nick Barron (co-PI), Rafal Goebel (co-PI) and Bob Jensen (PI) awarded an NSF DMS Grant (Quasiconvex functions and non-linear PDEs), 2010–2013.

 

Recent accomplishments of our undergraduate and graduate students

University Honors & Awards


 • John Versnel was awarded one of Loyola's Provost Fellowships for Undergraduate Research, Summer 2011, to work under Drs. Anthony Giaquinto and Aaron Lauve.

External Awards, Accomplishments, & Positions


 • Zac Schaeffer and Kevin Green score above the 50th percentile on the Putnam Exam.

 • Zac Schaeffer admitted to Carnegie Mellon’s CNA Summer Institute.

 • Kevin Greene admitted to Harvey Mudd’s REU in Computer Science.

 • Stephanie Miller to join PhD program in Physics (U. Michigan).

 • Marty Hensen and Tan Fong Chan to join Swiss Re this summer as statistics interns.

 • Qingyang Zhang to join PhD program in Statistics (Northwestern).

 • Jieun Kim to join PhD program in Applied Mathematics (SUNY – Stony Brook)


 

AY 2009–2010

Faculty news and accolades

 • The Department Administrative Assistant, Tatjana Kazan, is retiring this year after many years of service. We all wish her well and a long and happy retirement.

 • The Department mourns the loss of Fr. Richard J. VandeVelde, S.J. Fr. VandeVelde earned a Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Chicago and taught mathematics and computer science at Loyola from 1969 until his recent retirement. He served as Chair of this department from 1970 to 1977 and as Dean of Mathematical and Natural Sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences from 1982 to 1985. His research interests included algebraic topology, programming languages, and graph theory. Condolences may be sent to the Loyola Jesuit community, Arrupe House, LSC.

 • Dr. Rafal Goebel has been awarded the prestigious 2009 SIAG/Control and Systems Theory Prize from the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics. 

 • Dr. Robert Jensen will be giving an invited talk at PIMS in Vancouver, Canada this summer. After returning, Dr. Jensen will be leaving to give an invited talk at Linkoping University in Sweden.

 • Dr. Stepehen Doty returns after a research leave of absence. Dr. Doty spent his leave under a Mercator Fellowship at several universities in Germany.

 • Dr. Martin Buntinas awarded a research leave of absence for Fall Semester 2009.

 • Drs. Gerald and Anne McDonald will be on leave Fall Semester 2009.

 • Dr. Tim O'Brien is teaching statistics in Thailand for Summer 2009.

 • Dr. Liping Tong is doing statistical medical research at the Loyola University Medical Center.

 • Dr. Anthony Giaquinto traveled to Luxembourg this summer to attend an international conference on Algebra.

 

Recent accomplishments of our undergraduate students

 • Kristen Dickey, an undergraduate Statistics student, was chosen to participate in a one week workshop on statistical modeling and analysis at NC State, all expenses paid. In Kristen's own words:

I was able to go and participate in this workshop! It actually went very well. There was a total of 19 of us from all around the country(Washington, Texas, New Hampshire, California...). I really enjoyed it because we not only spent time listening to various lectures from grads, post docs, and professors, but we were also able to put what they had taught us (and things we already knew) to use when we did more of a hands-on project toward the end of the week. Also, on one of the days they had two panelists planned: one with graduate students talking all about grad school and the process of getting in and the other with people from industry and academia talking about their jobs. Overall I found it to be a great experience!

 • Two undergraduates in mathematics, Theresa Kamykowski and Margaret VanDuyne, were selected to participate in a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) in Secondary Mathematics Education (Combinatorics, Design Theory, and Graph Theory) this summer at Illinois State University.

Previous Years' News

 

Older News

AY 2011–2012

Faculty news and accolades

 • Announcing a new undergraduate lecture series cosponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences, Applications of Mathematics Colloquia, wherein speakers will connect mathematics to a variety of disciplines within the college. For more information, contact the organizers (Rafal Goebel and Aaron Lauve).

 • The department welcomes the addition of new faculty for Fall 2011: Our new Assistant Professor in Mathematics is Dr. Marian Bocea. Our new Assistant Professor in Statistics is Dr. Changwon Lim. Our new instructor is Dr. Loretta Bartolini. Finally, Dr. Aaron Greicius joins us on a one-year appointment.

 • Dr. Tim O'Brien (co-PI) awarded HHS ACF Grant (Evaluation of empowerment pathways to self-sufficiency in health professions opportunity workforce development for low-income individuals), 2011–2015.

 • Dr. Anthony Giaquinto selected to receive $2500 NCTM travel grant to attend the International Conference on Mathematical Education (ICME-12), Seoul, Korea, July 8–15.

 • Dr. Marian Bocea awarded an NSF DMS Grant (Modern methods in calculus of variations with applications to polycrystalline and granular materials), 2011–2014.

 • Adjunct Professor Dr. Vali Siadat elected to Board of Directors for the Illinois Section of the MAA, 
2012–2015.

 • Dr. Stephen Doty invited to speak at Fields Institute Workshop (Algebraic Monoids, Group Embeddings, and Algebraic Combinatorics), July 3–6, 2012.

 • Stephen Doty receives sponsorship grant from Alexander von Humboldt Foundation to visit Stuttarg, Germany for two weeks in May, 2012.

 

Recent accomplishments of our undergraduate and graduate students

University Honors & Awards


 • John Versnel was awarded one of Loyola's Provost Fellowships for Undergraduate Research, Summer 2012, to work under Drs. Anthony Giaquinto and Aaron Lauve. The award carries a $1000 stipend and a $1000 research budget. Look for his presentation at the The Undergraduate Research & Engagement Symposium, April 2013.

Departmental Honors & Awards

 • Honors. Aleksandra Dunaeva, Walter Fritz, Ashton Kemerling, Cassidy Kist, Danielle Mathieu, Timothy Mueller, Amy Newton, Jacquelyn Pavilon, Katherine Poppe, Zachary Schaefer, Brianna Tamm

 • Awards. Zachary Schaefer (Fr. Gerst Award), Brianna Tamm (Fr. Rust Award), Amy Newton (Fr. VandeVelde Award)

External Awards, Accomplishments, & Positions

 • Jacquelyn Pavilon accepts position with American gaming company WMS

 • Zachary Schaefer to join MS program in Computer Science (LUC)

 • Patrick Collins to join PhD program in Math (U. Hawaii)

 • Jingting Xu to join PhD program in Bioinformatics (UIC)

 • Xianwei Bu to join PhD program in Statistics (UIC)

 • Amy Newton to pursue post-graduate studies in air traffic control

Congratulations M.S. Graduates!

 • 
Ana Lucia Arango, Matthew D. Benak, Stephanie Besser, Tan Fong Chan, Catherine DeSesa, Nhat Mihn Do, Amanda Fisher, Walter Fritz, Kimberly Hawkins, Martin Henson, Theresa Kamykowski, Kamal KC, Cassidy Kist, Florida Levidiotis, Sebastian Linde, George Mavrelis, Timothy Mueller, Amy Newton, Cecile Sano, Elizabeth Moser-Seabrook, Brianna Tamm, Sophonie Tchoua, Ashley Walding, Benjamin Wolf.

AY 2010–2011

Faculty news and accolades

 • Congratulations to Dr. Tim O’Brien, who was awarded a Jefferson Science Fellowship. He will be on leave from Loyola for AY 2011–2012. Professor Buntinas will be Graduate Program Director for Statistics while Tim is away.

 • The department welcomes the addition of a new faculty member for Fall 2010: Dr. Aaron Lauve is our new Assistant Professor in Mathematics.

 • Drs. Nick Barron (co-PI), Rafal Goebel (co-PI) and Bob Jensen (PI) awarded an NSF DMS Grant (Quasiconvex functions and non-linear PDEs), 2010–2013.

 

Recent accomplishments of our undergraduate and graduate students

University Honors & Awards


 • John Versnel was awarded one of Loyola's Provost Fellowships for Undergraduate Research, Summer 2011, to work under Drs. Anthony Giaquinto and Aaron Lauve.

External Awards, Accomplishments, & Positions


 • Zac Schaeffer and Kevin Green score above the 50th percentile on the Putnam Exam.

 • Zac Schaeffer admitted to Carnegie Mellon’s CNA Summer Institute.

 • Kevin Greene admitted to Harvey Mudd’s REU in Computer Science.

 • Stephanie Miller to join PhD program in Physics (U. Michigan).

 • Marty Hensen and Tan Fong Chan to join Swiss Re this summer as statistics interns.

 • Qingyang Zhang to join PhD program in Statistics (Northwestern).

 • Jieun Kim to join PhD program in Applied Mathematics (SUNY – Stony Brook)


 

AY 2009–2010

Faculty news and accolades

 • The Department Administrative Assistant, Tatjana Kazan, is retiring this year after many years of service. We all wish her well and a long and happy retirement.

 • The Department mourns the loss of Fr. Richard J. VandeVelde, S.J. Fr. VandeVelde earned a Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Chicago and taught mathematics and computer science at Loyola from 1969 until his recent retirement. He served as Chair of this department from 1970 to 1977 and as Dean of Mathematical and Natural Sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences from 1982 to 1985. His research interests included algebraic topology, programming languages, and graph theory. Condolences may be sent to the Loyola Jesuit community, Arrupe House, LSC.

 • Dr. Rafal Goebel has been awarded the prestigious 2009 SIAG/Control and Systems Theory Prize from the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics. 

 • Dr. Robert Jensen will be giving an invited talk at PIMS in Vancouver, Canada this summer. After returning, Dr. Jensen will be leaving to give an invited talk at Linkoping University in Sweden.

 • Dr. Stepehen Doty returns after a research leave of absence. Dr. Doty spent his leave under a Mercator Fellowship at several universities in Germany.

 • Dr. Martin Buntinas awarded a research leave of absence for Fall Semester 2009.

 • Drs. Gerald and Anne McDonald will be on leave Fall Semester 2009.

 • Dr. Tim O'Brien is teaching statistics in Thailand for Summer 2009.

 • Dr. Liping Tong is doing statistical medical research at the Loyola University Medical Center.

 • Dr. Anthony Giaquinto traveled to Luxembourg this summer to attend an international conference on Algebra.

 

Recent accomplishments of our undergraduate students

 • Kristen Dickey, an undergraduate Statistics student, was chosen to participate in a one week workshop on statistical modeling and analysis at NC State, all expenses paid. In Kristen's own words:

I was able to go and participate in this workshop! It actually went very well. There was a total of 19 of us from all around the country(Washington, Texas, New Hampshire, California...). I really enjoyed it because we not only spent time listening to various lectures from grads, post docs, and professors, but we were also able to put what they had taught us (and things we already knew) to use when we did more of a hands-on project toward the end of the week. Also, on one of the days they had two panelists planned: one with graduate students talking all about grad school and the process of getting in and the other with people from industry and academia talking about their jobs. Overall I found it to be a great experience!

 • Two undergraduates in mathematics, Theresa Kamykowski and Margaret VanDuyne, were selected to participate in a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) in Secondary Mathematics Education (Combinatorics, Design Theory, and Graph Theory) this summer at Illinois State University.