From her green childhood to our sustainable future

SMU News Originally Posted: May 23, 2018 Congratulations to Adrienn Sánta ‘18 who left SMU with two bachelor’s degrees – one in mechanical engineering from the Lyle School of Engineering and another in math from Dedman College of Humanities and Science. Championship swimming skills and a certain fearlessness brought Adrienn Sánta from a small town in Hungary to Dallas and SMU, but it’s a little mobile greenhouse called “Evie” that has helped her find her passion. Adrienn grew up in the 2000-year-old town of Pecs in southwest Hungary, near the border with Croatia.  She started swimming at 4, and was doing so competitively by the time she was 8. And she was good – very good – ultimately winning both Hungarian and Croatian national championships. “Honestly, [...]

By | 2018-05-24T14:40:05+00:00 May 25th, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Mathematics, Undergraduate News|Comments Off on From her green childhood to our sustainable future

SMU Professors Receive Prestigious National Science Foundation Award to Build a Dallas Area Mathematics Teacher Pipeline

Dedman College News Originally Posted: May 22, 2018 Congratulations to SMU Professors Annie Wilhelm and Scott Norris who recently received a Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship capacity-building grant through the National Science Foundation (NSF). Dr. Wilhelm and Dr. Norris's project focuses on recruiting and preparing local Dallas area mathematics teachers for placement in high-need schools within the Dallas Independent School District. "This is an exciting opportunity for SMU to serve and strengthen its connection with the surrounding Dallas community, by helping to fill the need for secondary mathematics teachers in the Dallas area,” says Wilhelm and Norris. Wilhelm is an Assistant Professor in Simmons School of Education and Human Development, Department of Teaching and Learning. Dr. Norris is an Associate Professor in Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, [...]

By | 2018-05-22T06:58:07+00:00 May 22nd, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Mathematics|Comments Off on SMU Professors Receive Prestigious National Science Foundation Award to Build a Dallas Area Mathematics Teacher Pipeline

Animations that are true to life

UC Merced UC Merced News highlighted Department of Mathematics visiting assistant professor, Vu Thai Luan's research collaboration. Professor Luan is developing computational tools that will allow animators to produce the next generation of true-to-life simulations. Imagine going to see the latest Pixar movie. You’re sitting in the theater enjoying the film, when you begin to notice the astounding level of detail in the animation. On screen, water is rippling and leaves are flittering with an almost uncanny realism. It’s art imitating life with incredible verisimilitude, and it makes you wonder how the animators are able to pull off such lifelike effects. The answer, at least in part, lies in mathematics. With support from the National Science Foundation, UC Merced professor Mayya Tokman and her collaborators — professor Dominik Michels of [...]

By | 2018-04-10T08:49:46+00:00 April 10th, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Mathematics|Comments Off on Animations that are true to life

Event: April 5, Mathematics Department Colloqium: Miguel Zapata

Date: April 5, 2018 Time: 3:45-4:45 pm Location: 126 Clements Hall A 3D free-surface model using an unstructured finite-volume technique. Link for more information: http://www.smu.edu/Dedman/Academics/Departments/Math/Seminars    

By | 2018-03-28T18:39:51+00:00 March 28th, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Events, Faculty News, Mathematics|Comments Off on Event: April 5, Mathematics Department Colloqium: Miguel Zapata

Event: March, 22 SIAM SMU/UTD student chapter colloquium

Date: March 22, 2018 Location: 126 Clements Hall Colloquium: 3:45 pm – 4:45 pm Coffee: 3:30 pm – 3:45 pm Below is the information on our upcoming colloquium given by Dr. Jack Xin If you would like to meet with Dr. Jack Xin please sign up using the wiki page:  https://wiki.smu.edu/display/MathSeminarWiki/Jack+Xin%2C+Department+of+Mathematics%2C+UC+Irvine "Non-convex Relaxation Methods in Data Science" Dr. Jack Xin  Department of Mathematics UC Irvine Constraints with discrete characters appear broadly in data science problems, such as sparsity in compressed sensing and low bit precision weights in deep learning.  Even though it is possible to impose hard constraints, their continuous non-convex relaxations can be more effective, and readily integrated with various descent methods in unconstrained settings. We show examples in sparse signal recovery by L1 norm based non-convex penalties, and image classification of quantized [...]

By | 2018-03-20T08:20:12+00:00 March 20th, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Events, Mathematics, Undergraduate News|Comments Off on Event: March, 22 SIAM SMU/UTD student chapter colloquium

Celebrating women in Math; our SMU-Math alumni

Originally Posted: March 6, 2018 In honoring women’s accomplishments in Math and Sciences, several professional organizations are highlighting stories in different venues. The March issue of the Notices of the American Mathematical Society showcases 27 outstanding mathematicians. On behalf of the SMU Department of Mathematics, I would like to recognize some recent alumni who earned a BS or PHD degree in Mathematics and have started a new journey with varied and exciting possibilities. While there is much work to be done on increasing female representation in STEM, we share our pride of these young SMU alumni and wish them continuing success. I also want to take this opportunity to reach all of our alumni and invite them to share their journey and how your Math [...]

By | 2018-03-06T09:58:05+00:00 March 6th, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Graduate News, Mathematics|Comments Off on Celebrating women in Math; our SMU-Math alumni

Watch: Senior Aleena Taufiq found her passion at SMU as a math and mechanical engineering major

SMU YouTube Originally Posted: Watch: Senior Aleena Taufiq is passing on her love for engineering to low-income middle school students through an afterschool program called "Geared Up." https://youtu.be/ON8TsqBUcJw  

By | 2018-02-19T09:52:03+00:00 February 19th, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Mathematics, Undergraduate News|Comments Off on Watch: Senior Aleena Taufiq found her passion at SMU as a math and mechanical engineering major

Former Texas First Lady and Civic Leader Rita Clements has died

SMU News Originally Posted: January 8, 2018 Longtime SMU supporter Rita Clements, former Texas First Lady, civic leader and political activist, has died after a long illness. Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 11, at St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church in Dallas. "Rita Clements’ passion for education was clear to everyone who knew her," said SMU President R. Gerald Turner. "Our University was fortunate to benefit from that passion over the many years that she and Governor Clements, who was an SMU alumnus, generously shared their time and resources with us. It’s only part of her legacy, but the beautiful campus of SMU-in-Taos and the programs it provides for faculty and students will always be a tribute to that generosity. We [...]

By | 2018-01-09T18:34:55+00:00 January 9th, 2018|Anthropology, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, History, Mathematics|Comments Off on Former Texas First Lady and Civic Leader Rita Clements has died

Event: Dec. 4, Introduction to ManeFrame II

Event Date: December 4 Location: Fondren Library E110 Time:12:00 - 2:00 PM The Fall 2017 CSC workshop series provides a hands-on experience that guides researchers from the basics of using SMU’s HPC resources to specific topics in parallelization and debugging. Additionally, the topics will cover information useful for researchers to quickly begin to use the new compute capabilities provided by our new cluster ManeFrame II. New users are encouraged to take advantage of the introductory “Intro. to ManeFrame II” workshop that will be given once monthly during the semester. Link for more information: http://www.smu.edu/Academics/CSC/Education/Workshops  

By | 2017-09-21T16:26:11+00:00 November 1st, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Events, Faculty News, Mathematics|Comments Off on Event: Dec. 4, Introduction to ManeFrame II

Event: Nov. 27, Profiling Parallel Applications with Allinea MAP

Event Date: November 27 Location: Fondren Library E110 Time:12:00 - 2:00 PM   The Fall 2017 CSC workshop series provides a hands-on experience that guides researchers from the basics of using SMU’s HPC resources to specific topics in parallelization and debugging. Additionally, the topics will cover information useful for researchers to quickly begin to use the new compute capabilities provided by our new cluster ManeFrame II. New users are encouraged to take advantage of the introductory “Intro. to ManeFrame II” workshop that will be given once monthly during the semester. Link for more information: http://www.smu.edu/Academics/CSC/Education/Workshops    

By | 2017-09-21T16:26:50+00:00 November 1st, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Events, Faculty News, Mathematics|Comments Off on Event: Nov. 27, Profiling Parallel Applications with Allinea MAP
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