Nelson Markley

We are greatly saddened by the passing of our former department chair Nelson Markley on November 19, 2019, in Bethlehem, PA, at the age of 79.  Nelson was a member of the Mathematics Department from 1966, when he received his PhD at Yale under advisor G. Hedlund, until 1997, when he retired from Maryland.  He did research in dynamical systems, supervised 4 PhD students, and served as department chair from 1985 to 1991 and as acting vice president between 1995 and 1997. After retiring from Maryland, Nelson became Provost of Lehigh University.  After retiring (again!) from that position, Nelson devoted himself to his other passion, wildlife photography, especially of birds.  His website is a wonderful treasure trove of photos.  He will be sorely missed by all who knew him.

The Peter Lax Award was instituted in honor of Lax’s seminal contributions, which laid the foundations of modern theory and computation in the area of hyperbolic conservation laws.
This distinction is awarded to a young researcher (10 years within the PhD) in the international conference on hyperbolic problems. The HYP 2020 conference will be held this June in Spain,, where Jacob Bedrossian will be delivering a distinguished plenary lecture.

The 2020 Chevalley Prize in Lie Theory will be awarded to Huanchen Bao and Weiqiang Wang for their fundamental contributions to the theory of quantum symmetric pairs.

This award is based on two publications: the paper "Canonical bases arising from quantum symmetric pairs," published in Inventiones Mathematicae, and the monograph "A new approach to Kazhdan-Lusztig theory of type B via quantum symmetric pairs," published in Astérisque. In these works, Huanchen Bao and Weiqiang Wang completely extended the known theory of canonical bases from the case of quantized enveloping algebras to the case of quantum symmetric pairs. The entire article can be read here.

University of Maryland doctoral student Steven Reich regularly attends pub quiz nights in the College Park area, but tonight he stands on trivia’s biggest stage by competing on “Jeopardy!”

Reich graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 2013 and is working toward a doctorate in mathematics in College Park by studying algebraic number theory. While confident in his math and science prowess, he did brush up on Shakespeare in case the Bard turned up on the board. The rest of the article can be read here.

The American Geophysical Union awarded Eugenia Kalnay (Atmospheric & Oceanic Science) the 2019 Roger Revelle Medal. These awards serve to highlight outstanding achievements, contributions, and service to the Earth and Space science community. Official announcement here

It is with sadness that we inform you of the passing of Carlos Alberto Berenstein, on August 24, 2019. Carlos was a professor of mathematics and a member of the Institute for Systems Research (ISR). Professor John Baras (ECE/ISR), the first director of ISR, writes, “Carlos was a brilliant mathematician who collaborated with many of us and many other people worldwide. His brilliance, positive attitude and open collaborative spirit will be missed by many.”

Read more about Carlos and his legacy follwing the link to ISR: