News and Announcements

Join the Mathematics and Statistics Department for the 13th Joint Colloquium, Tuesday, April 6th, 2021, 1:10pm featuring Prof. Caroline Uhler from MIT. The talk title is "Causal Inference in the Light of Drug Repurposing for COVID-19."
Please check out the courses being offered in other departments that might be of interest to you and your research.
We have four new videos about mathematics graduate studies at UC Davis.
Prof. Teran recently joined the ranks of the UC Davis Mathematics department from UCLA where he has taught and advised PhD students for 13 years. His research areas involve scientific computing, solid mechanics, fluid mechanics, and computer graphics.
These courses may be of interest to all graduate students but Applied Math students in particular. Please contact the instructor for more information.
The INFORMS Optimization Society 2020 Farkas Prize is awarded to Jesus De Loera in recognition of his pioneering work at the intersection of discrete mathematics, optimization and algebraic geometry.
Mechanical and aerospace engineering and computer science professor Raissa D’Souza will bring her expertise in network science to one of the world’s most prominent peer-reviewed journals as a new member of Science magazine’s Board of Reviewing Editors.
Martin Fraas is a mathematical physicist. He was born in Czechoslovakia and received his M.A. and PhD. degrees from Charles University in Prague. He had postdoctoral positions in the Technion (Israel) and ETH (Switzerland). Martin's first position in the US was in Virginia Tech, where he was an Assistant Professor in the mathematics department up until his move to UC Davis math department. Within mathematical physics, he focuses on studying the mathematical structures of quantum mechanics. He worked on open quantum systems, adiabatic theory, and quantum estimation theory. Most recently, his work focuses on topological phases of matter, a topic originating in condensed matter physics, and quantum trajectories, a topic originating in quantum optics.
Fernanda Valdovinos is a theoretical ecologist and network scientist. She recently joined (July 1st 2020) UC Davis as Assistant Professor in the Department of Environmental Science and Policy, and before then she was Assistant Professor in the University of Michigan’s Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and the Center for the Study of Complex Systems since January 2018. Her group studies the structure and dynamics of ecological networks at ecological and evolutionary scales; including their resilience to biodiversity loss, biological invasions, climate change, and exploitation by humans. Her main research lines include plant-pollinator systems and food-webs, which she studies using a combination of mathematical and computational approaches. Valdovinos got her PhD in 2014 on Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Chile, and then conducted her postdoc studies at the University of Arizona and spent part of her postdoc time at UC Berkeley. For more information visit:
Applied Mathematics at UC Davis welcomes a new faculty member of the graduate group. Professor Harishankar Manikantan. He is an assistant professor of Chemical Engineering and he works on mathematical modeling of continuum mechanics, and is broadly interested in problems involving fluid dynamics, multiphase flows, elasticity, soft matter, numerical methods, rheology, biophysics, hydrodynamic stability, nonlinear dynamics, and pattern formation.
We are happy to report that Prof. Rishidev Chaudhuri, a computational neuroscientist, with a joint appointment between Mathematics and Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior is the latest new member of the graduate group in Applied Mathematics at UC Davis
The problem of comparing the shapes of surface arises in many fields, including facial recognition, image processing, brain cortex analysis, protein structure analysis and computer vision. It is referred to by names such as surface registration, surface warping, best shape analysis and geometric morphometrics. Hass and Koehl recently introduced a new method to compare the shapes of two genus-zero surfaces (surfaces with no holes) and to give an alighment between them.
Dr. Mariel Vazquez, a Professor of Mathematics, and of Microbiology & Molecular Genetics and a CAMPOS Faculty Scholar at the University of California Davis, has joined the GGAM faculty. She is a mathematical biologist whose research focuses on the applications of topological and discrete methods to the study of DNA.
The paper, with co-lead author Damien Woods and other coauthors, has already received press coverage. Dr. Doty is working on theoretical aspects of molecular programming. He recently received an NSF CAREER grant titled Error-Free, Uniform and Composable Chemical Computation.

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  • GGAM Mini-Conference 2017

    GGAM Mini-Conference 2017

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    GGAM member Prof. Rademacher and his collaborators James Voss and Mikhail Belkin apply their new spectral clustering method to image segmentation

  • Swimming in viscoelastic fluids

    Swimming in viscoelastic fluids

    GGAM member Prof. Bob Guy explains about his research with GGAM member Prof. Becca Thomases at the GGAM miniconference 2016

  • Extreme Functions

    Extreme Functions

    GGAM member Prof. Matthias Köppe and Applied Math Ph.D. student Yuan Zhou investigate the infinite-dimensional Gomory–Johnson relaxation of mixed-integer optimization problems

  • GGAM miniconference 2016

    GGAM miniconference 2016

    Members of the Applied Math graduate student community at the GGAM miniconference 2016 reception

  • The Perfect Wave

    The Perfect Wave

    Read more about Professor Steve Shkoller's favorite waves in his research essay "The Perfect Wave"

  • Theoretical Ecology

    Theoretical Ecology

    GGAM member Prof. Alan Hastings in collaboration with Brett Melbourne uses experiments with beetles and stochastic models to study the effect of global change

  • Relativistic Shockwaves

    Relativistic Shockwaves

    Read about work by GGAM member Prof. Blake Temple and 2011 Applied Math Ph.D. graduate Moritz Reintjes on relativistic shockwaves

  • Compressed Sensing

    Compressed Sensing

    GGAM member Prof. Miles Lopes contributes to Compressed Sensing with his work on Sparsity Estimation

Upcoming Seminars

Thu, Apr 22, 10:00AM - Zoom
Disc. Math : Hanson Smith, University of Connecticut
Monogeneity and Torsion

Thu, Apr 22, 11:00AM - MSB (Online)
Student Research : Jack Wesley, UC Davis
Algebraic and Boolean Certificates for Ramsey Numbers

Thu, Apr 22, 12:10PM - Zoom
Student PDE : Richard Zhang, MIT
Analytic Solutions to the Laplace, Poisson, and Biharmonic Equations with Internal Boundaries: Theory and Application to Microfluidic Dynamics

Thu, Apr 22, 1:10PM - Zoom
Applied & PDEs : Anxo Biasi, Institute of Theoretical Physics, Jagiellonian University
Self-Similar Solutions to the Compressible Euler Equation and their Instabilities

Fri, Apr 23, 4:10PM - Zoom-o-verse 918 3509 0938
QMAP : Tatsuki Kuwagaki, Osaka University
Sheaf quantization and exact WKB analysis

Mon, Apr 26, 2:10PM - Zoom
Math Bio. : Tim Lewis, Becca Thomases, Emmet Francis, UC Davis
MathBio Mini-Talks

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