# News

As the summer unfolds, we are delighted to share with you the exciting developments and remarkable achievements that have taken place in the Math Department since the last edition of this newsletter.

Meet Chloe Povey-Rowe and Victoria Agbeibor, two Baylor mathematics seniors. As their undergraduate academic journey comes to a close, they reflect on their time here at Baylor.

Congratulations to Adam Kraus and Marcus Laurel on the completion of their PhDs from Baylor University in 2024!

On May 3, 2024, faculty, and staff along with guests, students, and retirees enjoyed the annual spring end-of-semester luncheon.

Recently we had a chance to recognize our mathematics graduate students during Graduate Student Appreciation Week.

On Sunday, March 24th the Baylor Math Department hosted our 1st Annual Mathematics Family Picnic out at Cameron Park.

This year, Baylor’s Mathematics Department celebrated Pi Day (3-14) with Math Education faculty in the School of Education.

Dorina Mitrea, Ph.D., department chair and professor of mathematics at Baylor University, was named a 2024 Fellow of the American Mathematical Society, one of only four mathematicians from Baylor to be honored with the prestigious designation.

On November 3, 2023, friends and faculty of the Baylor Mathematics Department gathered to celebrate the 70th birthday of Dr. Fritz Gesztesy's achievements.

Once again, the Möbius Mathematics Society participated in Baylor’s Homecoming Parade. All had a great time taking part in this fun Baylor tradition!

Baylor Mathematics had the pleasure of welcoming back one of its esteemed alumni, Brian Streit, for a captivating lecture on the vast career opportunities available for mathematicians.

The math department welcomes new faculty this fall. Joining us are Postdoctoral Research Associate Dr. Antonio Ismael Cano Marmol, Lecturer of Mathematics Dr. Josiah Ireland, Assistant Professor of Mathematics Marcos Mazari-Armida, and Lecturer of Mathematics Dr. Kyunglim Nam.

Read more about some of our scholarship recipients

Will Erickson, Ph.D. Baylor Mathematics Postdoctoral Associate won the 2023 George Pólya Award, awarded by the Mathematical Association of America (MAA).

This Fall we are happy to welcome back Dr. Tracy Weyand to the department on sabbatical from the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.

Catch up on news from the Mathematics Department as Dr. Dorina Mitrea reflects on the 2022-2023 academic year.

At the conclusion of this academic year, Distinguished Professor of Mathematics Johnny Henderson has retired after 21 years at Baylor. We are honored by his service to our department. His many contributions throughout the years have been a significant positive impact for our department and will be deeply missed.

Baylor’s Math Department made me fall in love with the subject— so much so that I switched my major and hope to work on it for the rest of my career!

On May 5, 2023, the math department held its end-of-semester luncheon. The luncheon was attended by members of the department and guests, including faculty, students, staff, and retirees.

Congratulations to our 2023 PhD graduates, Cordell Hammon, Joel Henningsen, Jorge Marchena-Menendez, Jasmin Mohn and our MS graduate Alan Lang. Several of this year's graduates share about their time at Baylor and their plans for the future.

The weekend of April 21st-22nd, Baylor hosted the University Interscholastic League’s (U.I.L.’s) Regional competitions, and the Math Dept’s own Dr. Amy Goodman is the Academic Director for this event.

Mathematics kicked off Graduate Student Appreciation Week with a fun activity.

Mobius Mathematics Society had a great time attending the annual Mathematical Association of America conference this year at Tarleton State University.

This past Tuesday, Baylor’s Mobius Mathematics Society hosted an exciting Pi Day event, celebrating the mathematical constant π and its importance in our lives.

Dr. Jennifer Loe, presents a talk entitled "A Mathematician’s Work at Sandia National Laboratories."

Members of the Mobius Math Society got up early to take part in Baylor's historic Homecoming parade. Society members hope to make participation in the parade an ongoing tradition. Continue reading to hear about the experience from a few of the participants.

Joining the math faculty are Postdoctoral Associate Dr. Will Erickson, Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow Dr. Mads Reynolds, Assistant Professor Dr. Christoph Fischbacher, Lecturer Dr. Ian Grigsby, Lecturer Dr. Mariah Barnes-Gonzalez and Undergraduate and Graduate Program Coordinator Ms. Julie Posey.

In March of this year, Cordell was nominated for the Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award by the graduate school. This nomination was due to the strong student evaluations he received from his Fall 2021 Business Calculus class.

Dr. Annalisa Crannell, Carmie L. and Beatrice J. Creitz Professor of Mathematics, of Franklin and Marshall College presented a talk entitled "Drawing conclusions from drawing a square"

Catch up on news from the Mathematics Department as Dr. Dorina Mitrea reflects on the 2021-2022 academic year.

The Mathematics Department's Tommy Brian was among 11 other faculty from all around campus to receive an award for outstanding faculty in either teaching, scholarship, or contributions to the academic community for the 2021-2022 academic year. Tommy was honored for his excellent teaching.

The Mathematics Department hosted this event on the Baylor University campus and virtually during May 23-May 27, 2022.

Congratulations to our 2022 PhD graduates, Larry Allen, Chian Chua, Henry Ickes, Alan Mullenix, Mads Reynolds, and Jonathan Stanfill. Several of this years graduates share about their time at Baylor and their plans for the future.

At the end of the Spring 2022 semester, the math department came together to share a meal and honor our excellent undergraduates, graduate students, and graduating PhDs.

The Mathematics Department hosted the 85th Midwest Partial Differential Equations Seminar during April 29-April 30, 2022, on the Baylor University campus. This is a long-running series, going back to 1977, aimed primarily at showcasing the latest developments in the field of partial differential equations and related areas.

Baylor University will soon be saying farewell to a cornerstone member of its math department. Kathy Hutchison, a Senior Lecturer, will be retiring this May.

Dr. Jameson Graber, a Baylor math faculty member, shares his mathematical journey and his path to earning an NSF CAREER award.

After receiving her PhD in Mathematics from Baylor University, Dr. Lexi Pasi co-founded Lucidity Sciences, a scientific and technical consulting firm that designs, builds, and implements custom analytics solutions for organizations across a variety of industries. Dr. Pasi returned to Baylor to give a talk with the message that "Mathematicians in corporate and industry positions must learn to embrace their role as mathematical story-tellers".

On Friday, April 22, 2022, friends and faculty of the Baylor Mathematics Department gathered to celebrate the 70th birthday of Dr. Manfred Dugas, his scientific achievements, and his 35 years of service to our Baylor Department of Mathematics. On this festive occasion, Dr. Kulumani Rangaswamy (University of Colorado, UCCS) shared about Manfred's life, his widespread career in algebra, and his prolific research contributions to realization theorems.

The NSF-supported 55th Spring Topology and Dynamics Conference was held on Baylor Campus March 9th through March 12th. This conference series brings together a broad cross-section of topology researchers, featuring sessions on continuum theory, dynamical systems, geometric group theory, geometric topology, and set-theoretic topology. Almost 200 attendees and invited speakers from more than 20 different countries participated in the conference. More information, including abstracts of talks, can be found at the conference webpage.

Our Baylor Department of Mathematics hosted the 2022 Southwest Local Algebra Meeting on February 26 and February 27. About 60 participants traveled to Waco to hear leaders in the field of Algebra on their recent research. The speakers were Mirela Çiperiani (UT Austin), Charles Conley (UNT), Ken Goodearl (UC Santa Barbara), Amy Huang (Texas A&M), Jonathan Montaño (NMSU), and our own Manfred Dugas (Baylor). In addition, graduate students from the Southwest region presented their work during poster sessions of the conference.

On Saturday, December 4, 2021 seven Baylor students participated in the William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition. On a typical year, over 4000 students representing over 500 colleges and universities in the United States and Canada take the Putnam Exam. Known as one of the most difficult mathematical exams worldwide, on many years the median score is 0!

On Saturday December 4 there was the chance to meet a mathematician at the Mayborn Museum. Dr Jon Harrison from the department was talking to visitors about quantum chaos and its connections to slinkies, Facebook, billiards and internet security.

A brief portrait of the man and the mathematician. On Friday, November 12, 2021, friends and faculty of the Baylor Mathematics Department gathered to celebrate the career of Dr. Lance Littlejohn. Dr. Fritz Gesztesy shared about Lance's life and mathematical journey from childhood to college years and beyond.

The following is a brief history of the Ralph and Jean Storm Endowed Chair in the Department of Mathematics, how it came about, a short tribute to Jean and Ralph Storm, and a concise description of the principal work of the first two Storm Chair holders, Paul Hill and David Arnold.

Members of the Mobius Math Society got up early to take part in Baylor's historic Homecoming parade. Society members hope to make participation in the parade an ongoing tradition.

Catch up on news from the Mathematics Department as Dr. Dorina Mitrea reflects on the 2020-2021 academic year.

Congratulations to our 2021 PhD graduates, Tavish Dunn, Ian Grigsby, Alexandra Pasi, Taylor Poe, and Jack Rebrovich. Read more to hear about their time at Baylor and their plans for the future.

Congratulations to Alexandra Pasi and Blake Allan for being recipients of Outstanding Thesis awards.

Dr. David M. Arnold, former Ralph and Jean Storm Chair of Mathematics and a distinguished emeritus professor at Baylor, passed away peacefully at his home on January 3. He was 81 years old.

Thomas Gibson is a 2015 Baylor Mathematics alumnus. Read about his journey from a pre-medicine focus to modeling climate changes.

This year, we are delighted to celebrate the 70th birthday of Professor Johnny Henderson and all that he has meant to our department.

Brooke Bonadies, a 2021 Baylor Mathematics senior, shares a heart-felt "thank you" to the donors that have helped her along her Baylor journey.