Professor Ron Gould profiled on the eScienceCommons blog
news Published Date: 2009-08-18
Math's in your cards, so deal with it

A 17th-century French gambler helped spark the modern theory of probability, says Ron Gould, author of the newly published "Mathematics in Games, Sports and Gambling: The Games People Play."

The textbook, based on Gould's popular freshmen seminar by the same name, reveals elementary probability theory and discrete mathematics through card tricks, dice rolling, baseball and other sports and games.

The aim is to help students develop a more logical, questioning approach to solving problems. "And, I hope they have a good time," adds Gould, a Goodrich C. White Professor of Mathematics who has taught at Emory for 30 years.

Skip Garibaldi Named Winship Distinguished Professor of Mathematics
news Published Date: 2009-06-25
Professor Skip Garibaldi is the recipient of a Winship Distinguished Research Award. These awards, named for Emory alumnus and former Board of Trustees secretary Charles T. Winship, recognize faculty who “demonstrate singular accomplishments in research.” The awards, given for a three-year term, honor achievement and promise in research and research-based teaching. Only three awards are given each year, and only nine faculty members hold this honor at any given time. The department heartily congratulates Professor Garibaldi on this well-deserved recognition
Evans/Hall Speaker Announced!
news Published Date: 2009-04-28
The Department of Mathematics and Computer Science is pleased to announce the 15th annual Evans/Hall Lecture and Award Ceremony on Tuesday, April 28 from 4-5pm in E208, Mathematics and Science Center, with Reception following. Our speaker this year will be Jeff Brock of Brown University.

The Evans/Hall Lecture honors graduate and undergraduate students in the department and recognizes outstanding student accomplishments via the Trevor Evans Award, Deborah Jackson Award, Marshall Hall Award, and Departmental Awards.
Yandong Liu & Qi Guo recognized in Yahoo!'s Scientific Challenges Program
news Published Date: 2009-04-13
The Department of Mathematics & Computer Science would like to congratulate Yandong Liu and Qi Guo for being chosen as two of twenty PhD students who have been selected to be part of Yahoo!'s Key Scientific Challenges (KSC) program. Supporting the academic community is a top priority at Yahoo!. Yahoo! created the KSC Program to support a limited number of outstanding PhD students who they believe are doing research in very important and challenging areas. The Program provides each student with $5,000 of unrestricted funds for the support of their research activities (e.g., conference fees and travel, lab materials, professional society membership dues, etc.).

As part of this program, students also receives an exclusive invitation to a unique workshop (most likely to be held in August in Sunnyvale, California), where they will focus on novel disciplines and important technical challenges for the Internet research community, slanted specifically for graduate students whose innovative work is just emerging.

Both students began their studies in 2007 and are members of the IR lab and are advised by Professor Eugene Agichtein .
2009 Emerson Center Lectureship Award
Published Date: 2009-03-03
Ying Wai (Daniel) Fan won the 2009 Emerson Center Lectureship Best Poster Awad for his poster entitled, Image Deblurring with Synthetic Boundary Conditions. Information regarding the symposium can be found at,
2009 Georgia Scientific Computing (GSC) Symposium
Published Date: 2009-02-21
2009 Georgia Scientific Computing (GSC) Symposium February 21, 2009 Emory University

James Nagy
Emory University
Haomin Zhou
Georgia Institute of Technology

Format of the Symposium
The symposium will include five invited talks, a poster session, and substantial time for interaction among the participants. The invited speakers include:

George Biros, Georgia Institute of Technology
Luca Dieci, Georgia Institute of Technology
Ming-Jun Lai, University of Georgia
Michael Stewart, Georgia State University
Alessandro Veneziani, Emory University

To register for the 2009 GSC Symposium, send email to Jim Nagy, There is no registration fee.

Further information, including a preliminary program and directions, can be found here.
High school mathematics competition to be held at Emory
Published Date: 2009-01-29
American Mathematics Competitions 10B and 12B for high school students will be held at Emory on Wednesday, February 25, 2009. These are the entry-level competitions that lead to the USA Mathematical Olympiad (USAMO) which in turn leads to the International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) documented in the movie "Hard Problems" by George Csicsery.

Pre-registration and a nominal fee are required. Please e-mail Paul Wrayno ( to register.

This brochure gives more information about the competition, including sample questions. There is also a Wikipedia article about the competitions.
Emory Profile: James Taylor
news Published Date: 2009-01-20
Genome's "dark matter" Computer scientist propels research into new realms

James Taylor's office in the Rollins Research Center is clean and minimalist, with no papers cluttering his desk or shelves. "My work is almost completely computerized, and computers are really a general-purpose instrument," says Taylor an assistant professor whose work spans two departments: biology and math and computer here for the full story
Michele Benzi elected SIAM Council Member-at-Large
Published Date: 2009-01-08
Emory University's Michele Benzi has been elected by the membership of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) as the newest member of the SIAM Council, serving as a Council Member-at-Large through 2011. Benzi's goals as a council member include continuing to strengthen SIAM's publishing and conference programs.

"SIAM journals, books, and conferences are widely regarded as among the most prestigious venues for the dissemination of high-quality research in applied and industrial mathematics," said Benzi. "It is important that SIAM continues to strengthen this leadership position by maintaining the highest standards for its meetings and publications."

Benzi is also interested in cultivating and growing the Society's international reach. "I think SIAM should continue its internationalization by facilitating the creation of additional SIAM chapters around the world, including in developing countries. I believe that such an expansion would be highly beneficial both for SIAM and for the scientific communities of the countries involved."

Benzi is a professor in the department of mathematics and computer science at Emory University, a consultant for Los Alamos National Laboratory, and an adjunct professor in the computer science department at Old Dominion University. In addition to his new position with SIAM, Benzi is a member of the American Mathematical Society (AMS), The International Linear Algebra Society (ILAS), Unione Matematica Italiana (UMI) and is the Vice Chair of the SIAM Activity Group on Linear Algebra. He is also an associate editor of both the SIAM Journal on Matrix Analysis and Applications and the SIAM Journal on Numerical Analysis.

Benzi received his Ph.D. in applied mathematics from North Carolina State University, and his Laurea in mathematics from the University of Bologna, Italy. His research interests include scientific computing, numerical linear algebra, and Markov chains.

Each year SIAM relies on its members to elect its leadership; representatives to the Council and Board of Trustees are elected to three-year terms. Those selected govern SIAM activities and make important decisions on behalf of all members.

Complete election results can be found here.


ABOUT SIAM The Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) is an international community of over 12,000 individual members, including applied and computational mathematicians, computer scientists, and other scientists and engineers. The Society advances the fields of applied mathematics and computational science by publishing a series of premier journals and a variety of books, sponsoring a wide selection of conferences, and through various other programs. More information about SIAM is available at
Dr. Alessandro Veneziani featured in the Italian science newspaper TuttoScienze
Published Date: 2008-10-01
Page one of the article can be found here. Page two of the article can be found here. A translated version of the full article is published on this website.