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Effland wins Grand Finals of ACM Student Research Competition

Tom Effland, a graduating mathematics major has won first place in the Association for Computing Machinery Student Research Competition Grand Finals for his paper "Focused Retrieval of University Course Descriptions from Highly Variable Sources".

The ACM Student Research Competition (SRC), sponsored by Microsoft Research, offers a unique forum for undergraduate and graduate students to present their original research at well-known ACM sponsored and co-sponsored conferences before a panel of judges and attendees.

Effland advanced to the grand finals after taking first place this March for his presentation at the 2015 SIGCSE (Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education ) Student Research Conference. Winners from each student conference submit a paper on their work to be judged in the grand finals.

Grand Finalist and their advisors are invited to the ACM Awards Banquet in San Francisco next month, where they are recognized for their accomplishments, along with other prestigious ACM award winners. This includes the winner of the Turing Award (also known as the "Nobel Prize of Computing").

Effland is also this year's recipient of the Dean's Outstanding Senior Award in mathematics. After graduating he will pursue a PhD degree in computer science at Columbia University. [posted May 20, 2015] Thomas Effland wins ACM Student Research Competition

Three students win worldwide contest in mathematical modeling

A team of three UB undergraduate students are winners of the 2015 Mathematical Contest in Modeling, an annual worldwide competition run by the nonprofit Consortium for Mathematics and Its Applications. They were one of 10 teams designated as Outstanding Winners from over 7000 teams that competed this year. The students are Andrew Harris, an Aerospace Engineering major with a minor in English, from Washingtonville, NY, Dante Iozzo, a Mathematics and Physics major from Lewiston, and Nigel Michki, a Computational Physics major from Grand Island. Their faculty advisor for the contest was John Ringland.

The grueling contest spans 96 hours from announcement of the problems on a Thursday evening through the submission deadline on the following Monday evening. Teams choose one problem from two that are posted. They research it, devise a model, create and run computer simulations, and write up their results. The problem that Harris, Iozzo and Michki chose to answer was on eradicating Ebola virus disease. The students' paper also garnered an award from the Mathematical Association of America, and they will travel in July to the association's national meeting in Washington DC to present the paper. [April 20, 2015] MCM 2015 Outstanding Winners (L to R) Iozzo, Michichki, Harris

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Hanfeng Li wins UB Exceptional Scholar Award

Hanfeng Li has been awarded the UB Exceptional Scholar Sustained Achievement Award for his outstanding research over the past several years. Congratulations to Hanfeng on this outstanding accomplishment! The award will be presented at the Celebration of Academic Excellence at 3:30 on Wednesday October 8 at the Center for the Arts.

The criteria for the Sustained Achievement Award (for senior scholars) are: (1) The work individually and collectively, must have garnered public and /or professional accolades beyond the norm for other bodies of work in the identified genre (e.g. citation analysis, critical reviews signifying the work is of enduring importance, completion of the work under the auspices of a highly prestigious fellowship or grant); (2) This award is for a body of work completed over a number of years. The award is not intended as a lifetime achievement award, but rather as recognition for outstanding performance in a recent segment of a scholar’s career. [September 2014]

Hanfeng Li