Article: He took the psychedelic pop path to math in eScienceCommons
Published Date: 2013-08-08

By the numbers, Robert Schneider is not your average PhD student of math. He is 42 years old and just finished his first year of graduate school, working under Emory number theorist Ken Ono. Schneider didn’t even enroll in college math classes until 2004, when he was in his mid-30s.

“I’m rough around the edges. I’m an untamed mathematician,” he says, “but I’m working on that.”

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The Math/CS Department is Hiring!
Published Date: 2013-08-06

The Math/CS department at Emory is looking for an Operating Systems Analyst/Administrator. This is a full time position, and an excellent job opportunity. Job description and qualifications are as follows:

Job Description: Installs, maintains, and monitors one or more multi-platform operating systems, utilities, and related software to meet organizational needs. Supports the availability, integrity, and reliability of assigned systems.

Minimum Qualifications: Three years of operating systems analysis/administration experience OR a bachelor's degree and one year of operating systems analysis/administration experience.

Preferred Qualifications: Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline, e.g. Computer Science, Applied Math, Engineering, or similar. Coursework in, or acquired knowledge of (or demonstrated ability to self-learn)one or more of: unix-based systems programming, networking, storage systems, web servers, high-end computing, databases.

Informal inquiries may be sent to For details and to apply, see here.

Ken Ono stars in docudrama on an Indian mathematician
news Published Date: 2013-04-30
Ken Ono, Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Mathematics, stars in the flm "The genius of Srinivasa Ramanujan". (Internet movie database link: The docudrama features well-known number theorists from around the world associated with Ramanujan's oeuvre, most notably A. Raghuram and Ken Ono. Shot at various locations in Chennai, Namakkal, Kumbakonam, Erode, and Cambridge, this documentary highlights the trajectory of Ramanujan's seminal work and its relevance today. His scientific legacy continues to grow well beyond anything that previous generations of mathematicians could have ever imagined. 2012 was declared the the "National Year of Mathematics" in India to commemorate the 125th birth anniversary of the great mathematician Ramanujan. Professor Ono will be making many appearances at screenings in the next year including showings at Harvard, MIT, Cambridge University, Oxford University, and the Joint Meetings of the American Mathematical Societies.
2013 Mathematical Contest in Modeling Winners
Published Date: 2013-04-18

The Department of Mathematics and Computer Science wish to congratulate Tianai Sun, Heshan Liu, Xiaoyue Yuan, and Dr. Alessandro Veneziani for gaining the "Meritorious Winners" prize at the 2013 Mathematical Contest in Modeling.

The contest resulted with 5, 636 teams representing institutions from fourteen countries. The 2013 MCM was primarily and online contest with teams obtaining the contest materials and downloaded the problem and data at the prescribed time through COMAPs MCM website.

Emory REU Students Excel
Published Date: 2013-04-10
The Mathematics and Computer Science Department at Emory has has recently established a "Research Experiences for Undergraduates" (REU) program supported by the National Science Foundation. Led by Emory Professors Ken Ono and David Zureick-Brown, the REU in Number Theory has run the past two summers and produced 12 published papers.

The program will run again in 2013. Several alum of the program have garnered prestigious honors this spring, including a Bill & Melinda Gates fellowship, a William Lowell Putnam Fellowship and four NSF graduate fellowship. One honoree, Sarah Trebat-Leader (Princeton) will matriculate at Emory this Fall as a PhD student in Mathematics.

Congratulations to these outstanding students and to Professors Ono and Zureick-Brown!
Article: "Your Brain On Math" in Quadrangle Magazine
news Published Date: 2013-03-18

If you're like many people, when someone says "math" you think "problem." A head-scratching homework assignment maybe, or an equation on a whiteboard (or blackboard, depending on your age). Possibly a problem with a required course, if mathematics didn't happen to be your forte.

Mathematicians think about such things a little differently. And the problems they think about might surprise you.

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Olgert Denas wins First Place at the first 3MT at Emory
news Published Date: 2013-03-07
The Department of Mathematics and Computer Science wish to congratulate Olgert Denas for his first place finish in the first 3MT (Three Minute Thesis) competition hosted by the Laney Graduate School. More information about 3MT can be found here.
Maymester Course this Summer entitled "Partial Differential Equations in Action: from medical images to numerical simulations"
Published Date: 2013-02-19
Dr. Veneziani will give a Maymester Course this Summer entitled "Partial Differential Equations in Action: from medical images to numerical simulations". The course will be held from May 14 to 31 and will introduce motivated students to Partial Differential Equations from a practical standpoint. The reference application will be given by cardiovascular physiology and pathology quantitatively analyzed by solving partial differential equations for blood flow and electrocardiology. The course includes lectures from Dr. Samady (CathLab - Emory Hospital), Dr. Tong (Neurosurgery) and visits to the Emory SPECT and MRI facilities (Dr. Garcia and Oshinski). More information can be found here or downloaded here. Dr. Veneziani will also give a course for high-school students in August called "Foundation of Mathematical Modeling".

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Tiziano Passerini receives fellowship from the American Heart Association
news Published Date: 2013-02-19
The Department of Mathematics and Computer Science would like to congratulate Dr. Tiziano Passerini who has received a 2-years post-doctoral fellowship from the American Heart Association for a research project on "Blood flow patterns in the infrarenal aorta of subjects with increased peripheral resistances", sponsored by A. Veneziani and Dr. W.R. Taylor (Emory Cardiology). His appointment started January 2013.
Professor Ken Ono developed a formula for mock modular forms that may prove useful to physicists who study black holes.
Published Date: 2012-12-18

December 22 marks the 125th anniversary of the birth of Srinivasa Ramanujan, an Indian mathematician renowned for somehow intuiting extraordinary numerical patterns and connections without the use of proofs or modern mathematical tools. A devout Hindu, Ramanujan said that his findings were divine, revealed to him in dreams by the goddess Namagiri.

“I wanted to do something special, in the spirit of Ramanujan, to mark the anniversary,” says Emory mathematician Ken Ono. “It’s fascinating to me to explore his writings and imagine how his brain may have worked. It’s like being a mathematical anthropologist.”

Ono, a number theorist whose work has previously uncovered hidden meanings in the notebooks of Ramanujan, set to work on the 125th-anniversary project with two colleagues and former students: Amanda Folsom, from Yale, and Rob Rhoades, from Stanford.

The result is a formula for mock modular forms that may prove useful to physicists who study black holes. The work, which Ono recently presented at the Ramanujan 125 conference at the University of Florida, also solves one of the greatest puzzles left behind by the enigmatic Indian genius.

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