# News

## Flipping the Classroom

### February 07, 2018 • Categories: Announcements

An experiment with flipped classrooms – video lecture viewing for homework and group problem-solving in class-in lower-level mathematics classes has heightened student engagement and learning. Enabled by new technologies, including a Lightboard that facilitates recording lecture, the strategy makes teachers’ expertise available to students when they need it most. Group work ensures positive peer pressure to complete before-class assignments, builds knowledge as they teach each other, and develops leadership.…

## Bruce Williams

### February 05, 2018 • Categories: Announcements

On January 11, 2018 the Department lost a vibrant friend and colleague when Bruce Williams passed away. He came to the Department in the fall of 1975 and remained a valued member until his promotion to Emeritus in the spring of 2015 due to declining health. Even then he came to talks whenever possible and was eager to talk about the Department with anyone who visited. Throughout his time here he worked tirelessly to advance the Department's standing in the College, the University and the world. He was first and foremost a topologist but he had a broad range of mathematical interests which only seemed to increase as his health failed. He will be missed by all who knew him.…

## Glynn Family Honors Collegiate Professor of Mathematics

### February 02, 2018 • Categories: Announcements

Claudia Polini has been appointed the Glynn Family Honors Collegiate Professor of Mathematics for a three-year term. In this capacity, she will oversee and help teach the freshman Glynn Math Sequence offered every year by the department. Dr. Polini is highly accomplished as both a researcher in commutative algebra and a teacher at all levels. She currently serves also as the director for the Center of Mathematics at Notre Dame…

## CMND Hosts 1000th Conference Participant

### December 04, 2017 • Categories: Announcements

The Center for Math at ND sponsored its seventh annual thematic program this summer. Collectively, these conferences have welcomed to campus over 1000 participants whose home institutions are spread across 34 countries, 43 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia. Congratulations and thank you to center director Claudia Polini, center administrator Lisa Driver and to all the organizers of the thematic programs.…

## Brian Hall: Science Exploration Series

### November 09, 2017 • Categories: Announcements

**Title**: Forbidden Symmetries, Penrose Tiles, and the Nobel Prize

Professor Brian Hall gave a lecture for the Science Exploration Series before the Wake Forest vs. Notre Dame game on Saturday, November 4, 2017. The talk was held in the Jordan Hall of Science with 75 students, faculty, as well as game day visitors.…

## Andrew Putman: 2018 Fellow of the AMS

### October 31, 2017 • Categories: Announcements

## 2017/2018 Balles Award

### October 18, 2017 • Categories: Announcements

**Honors Program:** Christian Hokaj

**Distinguished Scholar:** Colleen Halpin

ROBERT P. BALLES

ANNUAL PRIZE IN MATHEMATICS

Robert P. Balles is a retired California Community College mathematics professor, retired businessman, and private investor. His mission is to recognize and reward the most outstanding mathematics majors entering their senior year at the University of Notre Dame.…

## 2017 Richard Sady Prize: Timothy Warner

### October 18, 2017 • Categories: Announcements

### 2017 Richard Sady Prize: Timothy Warner

Each year the department presents the Richard Sady Prize to our best second year graduate student based on his/her performance in the basic courses he/she took in their first year. Richard Sady was a graduate student in our department and received his Ph.D. in Mathematics in 1977. He then was an assistant professor at Pembroke State University in North Carolina where he died in 1982. He was beloved by many here. This fund was established in his name.…

## Topology and Quantum Field Theory

### October 06, 2017 • Categories: Announcements

### Advancing Our Vision: Topology and Quantum Field Theory

**“Topology and Quantum Field Theory”**

This is a new research group to explore the intersection of mathematics and physics, with a focus on faculty hires to help generate discoveries in quantum field theory that fuel progress in computer science, theoretical physics and topology. This group is led by Stephan Stolz…

## Director of Graduate Studies Award: Peter Cholak

### July 27, 2017 • Categories: Announcements and Awards

Peter Cholak is this year’s Director of Graduate Studies Award winner. A professor of mathematics, Dr. Cholak will be honored for his thoughtful and dedicated focus on student recruitment, the development of numerous initiatives to foster community among graduate students, and his success in encouraging students to apply for and win competitive fellowships.…