Congratulations to Distinguished University Professor Eitan Tadmor, who has been awarded the 2015 Peter Henrici Prize.  This is a joint award of SIAM, the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, and ETH Zurich.   It is given every 4 years "for original contributions to applied analysis and numerical analysis and/or for exposition appropriate for applied mathematics and scientific computing."  The award comes with a certificate and a cash prize of $5,000. More details may be found here. Assistant Professor Jacob Bedrossian has been awarded a prestigious 2015 Sloan Research Fellowship. The size of the award is$50,000 over a two-year period, in support of the Fellow's research.  Congratulations, Jacob! Another winner this year in mathematics is alumnus Andrew Snowden, who was an undergraduate honors math major at Maryland, graduating in 2004. And still another winner (in Computational & Evolutionary Molecular Biology) is alumnus Cole Trapnell from the University of Washington,  who got joint BS degrees in CS and mathematics from Maryland in 2005 before going on to a PhD at Maryland in computer science.

William "Brit" Kirwan joined the Mathematics Department at the University of Maryland just over 50 years ago. On March 10th there will be a one day golden anniversary conference.