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URGE students win best paper award

Congratulations to undergraduate Math majors Sean Kafer, Matthew Szczepankiewicz, and Joshua Terhaar, who received the Best Student Paper Award for their presentation "On Intersection Graphs of Convex Polygons" at the International Workshop on Combinatorial Image Analysis, IWCIA'14, in Brno, Czech Republic, May 28-30, 2014. Matt and Sean are students at UB, and Josh is at Buffalo State. The work was conducted in our undergraduate research apprenticeship program "URGE to Compute" under the mentorship of Prof. Valentin Brimkov of the Mathematics Department at Buffalo State. [June 2014] MCM Teams 2014 L to R: Matthew Szczepankiewicz, Joshua Terhaar, and Sean Kafer in downtown Brno.

Undergraduates compete in Mathematical Contest in Modeling

Congratulations to our two teams of undergraduates participating in the 2014 Mathematical Contest in Modeling. The team of Andrew Harris, Dante Iozzo, and Nigel Michki was designated as "Meritorious Winner" (top 9%) and the team of George Braun, Collin Olander, and Jonathan Tang received honorable mention (top 31%). John Ringland served as the faculty advisor to both teams. The Mathematical Contest in Modeling is a multi-day mathematics competition held this year from Feburary 6-8. It is distinguished from other major mathematical competitions such as Putnam by its strong focus on research, originality, teamwork, communication and justification of results. This year there were 6755 teams participating from around the world. [April 2014] MCM Teams 2014 L to R: Dante Iozzo, Nigel Michki, Andrew Harris, Collin Olander, George Braun, Jonathan Tang.

Kim Javor wins SUNY Chancellor's Award

The Mathematics Department congratulates Kim Javor for winning the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Adjunct Teaching. This is the inaugural year of this SUNY-wide program recognizing the very best adjunct instructors. In initiating the program, Interim SUNY Provost Bringsjord noted "one of SUNY's most important distinctions is the wealth of accomplished educators and consummate professionals among its ranks. The Excellence Awards are a recognition of, and tribute to, the expertise, dedication and commitment of these individuals. Award recipients personify professional excellence and serve as role models for the SUNY community." [February 2014] Kim Javor

Fourth Upstate New York Number Theory Conference at UB

Professor June Zhu is co-organizing the Fourth Annual Upstate New York Number Theory Conference, to be held at UB on April 26-27, 2014. More information about the conference can be found at http://math.buffalo.edu/~hjzhu/conference.html. [February 2014]