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## 2018 Richard Sady Dissertation Prize

### May 04, 2018 • Categories: Awards and Announcements

**The Richard Sady Dissertation Prize**

The Richard Sady Dissertation Prize is for the best dissertation as judged by the graduate committee. 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.…

## Juan Migliore: 2018 Shilts/Leonard Teaching Award

### April 26, 2018 • Categories: Awards and Announcements

Juan C. Migliore, Professor of Mathematics, is the recipient of the 2018 **Father James L. Shilts, C.S.C./Doris and Gene Leonard Teaching Award.** This award, bestowed annually on a faculty member in the College of Science, is named in honor of Father James Shilts, C.S.C., who taught in the Department of Physics from 1961 until his death in 1982, and was endowed in 1984 by Dr. Eugene T. Leonard III in memory of his parents Dr. Eugene and Doris Leonard. Dr. Leonard III was a member of the Science Advisory Council from 1976 until 1991. The award recognizes a faculty member who has demonstrated sustained excellence in teaching.…

## 2018 Eli J. and Helen Shaheen Graduate School Award

### April 11, 2018 • Categories: Awards and Announcements

Leandro Lichtenfelz is the 2018 Eli J. and Helen Shaheen Graduate School Award recipient in the Sciences at the University of Notre Dame. The Shaheen Award recognizes one outstanding graduate student from each of the four divisions of the Graduate School, acknowledging excellence in one or more of the following areas: grades, research, publications, fellowships or other awards, teaching, and mentoring.…

## NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program Awards

### April 03, 2018 • Categories: Awards and Announcements

Notre Dame seniors Caitlyn Booms (honors math) and Michael Foley (physics and math) have been awarded National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships for next year. Booms intends to pursue graduate study in mathematics and Foley in astrophysics.

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## Goldwater Scholarship 2018

### April 02, 2018 • Categories: Awards and Announcements

## Anand Pillay: Honorary Doctoral Degree

### March 20, 2018 • Categories: Announcements

Anand Pillay, the Hank Family Professor of Mathematics at Notre Dame, has been chosen to receive an honorary doctoral degree from Waterloo University's Division of Mathematics on June 15. Pillay is a mathematician logician specializing in model theory and has written over two hundred articles with dozens of collaborators. The Division of Mathematics at Waterloo, spanning four departments and the school of computer science, represents one of the world's largest and most distinguished concentration of mathematicians.…

## 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…