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  • September 2015: The University of Colorado Denver, in partnership with the National Association of Math Circles, is bringing mathematics to life for over 300 middle school students through a Julia Robinson Math Festival (JRMF) on Friday, September 11, 2015, from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm.  Coming both from the Denver Metro Area as well as mountain communities such as Roaring Fork and Steamboat Springs, students will have the opportunity to engage in a variety of interactive and engaging mathematical activities under the expert guidance of over 80 mathematics faculty, mathematics graduate students, and teachers.  In addition, many students will participate in a “Math Wrangle”, which is a free-flowing competition where students solve math problems and are judged on how well they can explain their solutions to others.
  • May 2015: The department dominated the awards reception! We had two campus level awards, and both in teaching. Alexander Engau won the campus Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award and Gary Olson won the campus non-tenure track Faculty Excellence in Teaching award. Watch out for their plaques with photographs, which will be hung in North Classroom for posterity. Michael Ferrara won the CLAS Faculty Excellence in Service Award.

  • April 2015: Our team from the University of Colorado Denver, led by Mr. Gary Olson, was chosen as the INFORMS Award recipient for the Interdisciplinary Problem 'C' (only one team is awarded this prize for each of the 4 modeling problems).  In addition their solution and resulting paper were chosen as a 'Finalist' Award winner which puts them in the top 2% of the 2137 teams that competed in the Interdisciplinary Competition in Modeling.  This team consisted of Brent Moran, Anna Johnsen and Mike Murphy.  The INFORMS Outstanding team description is provided below and the official press release can be found hereThe second team from UCD which consisted of Bob Lewis, Nhat (Bin) Hoang and Evan Shapiro received an Honorable Mention Award for their work on the MCM Problem A.  This put them in the top 40% of teams submitting solutions.  The full list of results for each of the four contest problems can be found here.

  • April 2015: Dr. Rakissa Cribari wins the Dex Whittinghill Best Paper on Statistics Education Award at the 2015 Joint Mathematics Meetings.

  • March 2015: Invited plenary presentation by Shinobu Yoshimura, Petascale Finite Element Simulation of Real Worlds Complex Structure with Billions DOFs Model at the SIAM Conference on Computational Science and Engineering 2015, Salt Lake City: The Balancing Domain Decomposition method by Dr. Jan Mandel is used for an analysis of the Fukushima nuclear disaster on the K-computer, one the world's fastest supercomputers.​ 
  • December 2014: Dr. Troy Butler is featured by SIAM on uncertainty and prediction of storm surge.​
  • November 2014: Dr. Diana White is the new Director of the National Association of Math Circles (NAMC) (  
  • May 2013: Department members honored at Dean's Awards reception: Outstanding Ph.D., Jeffrey Larson; Faculty Retiree, William Edward Cherowitzo; Teaching Excellence Award, Honorarium and Non-Tenure-Track Faculty, RaKissa Dodgen Cribari;Research/Creative Work Award, Michael Ferrara; Faculty Service Award, Julien Langou;  Faculty Retiree, Stanley E. Payne. Read more
  • April 2013: Dr. Loren Cobb gives a TEDxYouth talk. Read more
  • Deceember 2012: Dr. Jan Mandel and Dr. Loren Cobb are exploring better ways to track wildfires. NSF research project uses real-time data assimilation to predict path of wildfires​.
  • March 2011: Dr. Julien Langou wins NSF CAREER award
  • June 2010: Dr. Loren Cobb: Researchers use math to predict the spread of epidemic diseases.
  • September 2010: UCD Math Club sponsors two visiting scholars for their undergraduate speaker series. Ron Gould, a professor at Emory University, spoke on situations where being a mathematician can give you an advantage, from card tricks to a paint ball shoutout. Earlier in the semester Winthrop Smith of Win Analytics, LLC spoke on how mathematics fueled his career in finance.
  • Critical Points Spring 2011  
  • Fall 2010 Newsletter 
  • Spring 2010 Newsletter
  • Fall 2009 Newsletter
  • April 2009: Drs. Loren Cobb and Jan Mandel: Local Professors Compare Wildfires, Epidemics: Local Mathematicians Have New Model Ready. ABC Channel 7 News​