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: https://isr.umd.edu/news/news_story.php?id=12422

Jacob Bedrossian and his co-author, Nader Masmoudi (NYU), will be awarded the 2019 SIAG/APDE Prize. The SIAG/APDE Prize is awarded every two years to the author(s) of the most outstanding paper, as determined by the prize committee, on a topic in partial differential equations published in the four calendar years preceding the award year. The qualifying paper contained significant research contributions to the field of partial differential equations, as commonly defined in the mathematical literature, with direct and potential applications.
The prize committee selected their paper, “Inviscid Damping and the Asymptotic Stability of Planar Shear Flows in the 2D Euler Equations,” Publications Mathématiques d l’IHES (2015), Volume 122, Issue 1, pp. 195-300. The selection committee recognizes this work “for opening a broad new avenue of research, pioneering the rigorous approach to inviscid damping as a mechanism for stability in ideal flows.” The prize committee members are: Milton C. Lopes Filho (Chair), Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro; Maria-Carme Calderer, University of Minnesota; Jonathan Mattingly, Duke University; Athanasios Tzavaras, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology; and Michael Weinstein, Columbia University.

Dr. Lucia D. Simonelli has been awarded the 2019-20 AMS Congressional Fellowship. Simonelli received her PhD in mathematics from the University of Maryland-College Park. She has most recently been a postdoctoral fellow in the mathematics section at the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) in Trieste, Italy. As a Congressional Fellow, she will work in the office of a Member of Congress or a Congressional committee beginning in the fall. Article posted here:  https://www.ams.org/news?news_id=5219