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At the end of the day on June 30, 2021, Professor Ahmed Zayed concluded an incredible 20-year stint as the Chair of the Department of Mathematical Sciences.

Dr. Zayed joined the DePaul faculty in 2001 as the result of a targeted search to hire a new Chair for the Department of Mathematical Sciences. In his term as Chair, Dr. Zayed oversaw many transformations within the department, including the hiring of almost all of the department's current full-time faculty. The Department owes much of its success over the past two decades to Dr. Zayed's steady leadership and administration.

Dr. Zayed will be succeeded as Department Chair by Professor Kyle Petersen.

Effective July 1, 2021, Dr. Yevgenia Kashina has been promoted to the rank of Professor. Congratulations Dr. Kashina!

Dr. Kashina earned her PhD in Mathematics from the University of Southern California in 1999. She then spent one year as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI) in Berkeley, CA, and two years as a Postdoctoral Research and Teaching Associate at Syracuse University, before joining the faculty at DePaul University in 2002. Dr. Kashina's research is in Hopf algebras.

Effective July 2021, Professor Bridget Tenner has been awarded a 3-year $175,000 research grant from the National Science Foundation's Division of Mathematical Sciences to investigate the subject of Higher-Order Pattern Containment. Congratulations Professor Tenner!

From the abstract of Professor Tenner's award:

Permutations are orderings of a set of objects, typically positive integers. They can model aspects of many different problems and scenarios, and they are used throughout mathematics. A permutation pattern is a subset of a permutation that appears in a particular order. For example, it might have an increasing subsequence of some length, or it might avoid having a large number followed by two smaller numbers. The presence or absence of particular patterns can be critical to features of the data that the permutation is modeling, which has led to great interest in the analysis of permutation patterns for the past several decades. The goal of this project is to establish a broader context to the traditional study of permutation patterns. Historically, research in this area has been almost entirely in terms of a binary question: does a permutation contain a given pattern or does the permutation avoid it? Recent evidence has shown that the specific number of times that a pattern appears is of great importance, and consequently a more granular notion of pattern containment should be studied. Specifically, the question should instead be: how many times does the permutation contain the pattern? This project will address that higher-order question in several ways, with implications for combinatorics and its connections to algebra, topology, and computer science.

In August 2021, the Department of Mathematical Sciences will be proud to co-host ARC 2021, the 56th Actuarial Research Conference. This year's meeting will be held virtually online. For more information, visit the conference website go.depaul.edu/arc2021

Each year the Department of Mathematical Sciences awards the Walter A. Pranger Award to an outstanding full-time undergraduate student who has achieved a superior academic record in upper level math courses and who has shown an interest in advancing the study of the mathematical sciences. The 2021 recipient of the Walter A. Pranger Award is Matthew Mikota. Congratulations Matthew!

Each year, the Department of Mathematical Sciences awards the Outstanding Student Award to a graduating senior who has demonstrated excellence (broadly defined) in their mathematics career at DePaul University. The 2021 recipient of the Oustanding Student Award is Devin Becker. Congratulations Devin!

Effective July 1, 2020, the Department of Mathematical Sciences welcomes its newest Assistant Professor, Dr. Wei Li.

Dr. Li earned her PhD in Applied and Interdisciplinary Mathematics in 2016 from the University of Michigan. Prior to joining the faculty at DePaul in 2020, Dr. Li held postdoctoral appointments at Louisiana State University from 2018-2020, at the Institute for Computational and Experimental Research in Mathematics (ICERM) at Brown University in 2017, and at the Institute for Mathematics and its Applications (IMA) at the University of Minnesota from 2016-2017. Dr. Li earned her BS in Pure and Applied Mathematics from Tsinghua University in 2011.

Dr. Li's research interests are in applied analysis, focusing on scattering resonances and inverse problems.

Welcome, Dr. Li!

Effective July 1, 2020, the Department of Mathematical Sciences welcomes new faculty member Michelle Yuanying Guan as an Associate Professor and as the new director of the Actuarial Science program. Dr. Guan holds a joint appointment with the Department of Mathematical Sciences in the College of Science and Health and the Department of Finance in the Driehaus College of Business. As a member of those two departments, she serves as the Director of the Actuarial Science programs in each college.

Dr. Guan is an Associate of the Society of Actuaries (ASA). She earned her PhD in Financial Mathematics from Florida State University in 2011. Prior to joining the faculty at DePaul University in 2020, Dr. Guan served as an Associate Professor and the Actuarial Science Advisor in the Department of Mathematics and Actuarial Science at Indiana University Northwest. Her research interests are in financial mathematics and actuarial science, focusing on heterogeneous agent models in asset pricing and systemic risk in financial systems.

Welcome, Dr. Guan!

Effective July 1, 2020, Department of Mathematical Sciences faculty member Dr. David Sher has been promoted to the rank of Associate Professor with Tenure. Congratulations Dr. Sher!

Dr. Sher's research interests are in spectral geometry, at the intersection of partial differential equations and geometric analysis. Before joining the faculty at DePaul University in 2016, Dr. Sher held positions at the University of Michigan from 2013-2016 and at McGill University and the Centre de Recherches Mathematiques in Montreal from 2012-2013. Dr. Sher earned his PhD in Mathematics from Stanford University in 2012.

Effective July 1, 2020, Department of Mathematical Sciences faculty member Dr. Philip Yates has been promoted to the rank of Associate Professor with Tenure. Congratulations Dr. Yates!

Dr. Yates's research interests mostly involve statistical applications, specifically applications in environmental sciences, hydrology, sports, and statistics education. Dr. Yates joined the faculty at DePaul University in 2017. He previously held positions at Saint Michael’s College from 2010 to 2017, and California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (Cal Poly Pomona) from 2007 to 2010. Dr. Yates earned his PhD in Statistics from the University of South Carolina in 2006. He earned his MS in Biostatistics from the University of Vermont in 1999 and his BS in Mathematical Sciences from DePaul University in 1997.

Each year the Department of Mathematical Sciences awards the Walter A. Pranger Award to an outstanding full-time undergraduate student who has achieved a superior academic record in upper level math courses and who has shown an interest in advancing the study of the mathematical sciences. The 2020 recipient of the Walter A. Pranger Award was Devin Becker. Congratulations Devin!

Each year, the Department of Mathematical Sciences awards the Outstanding Student Award to a graduating senior who has demonstrated excellence (broadly defined) in their mathematics career at DePaul University. The 2020 recipient of the Oustanding Student Award is Sofia Lasky-Headrick. Congratulations Sofia!

Dr. Bridget Tenner, Professor of Mathematical Sciences, is the 2020 recipient of the College of Science and Health's Excellence in Research Award. Congratulations Dr. Tenner!

Dr. Tenner joined DePaul in 2007 and was promoted to Professor in 2017. Her research as a combinatorialist focuses on the mathematics of discrete structures and specifically highlights her interests in algebraic, enumerative, and topological questions. Early in her career she developed an electronic database for pattern avoiding permutations, which was among the first such resources in the field. She has authored over 40 publications covering topics on the combinatorics of partially ordered sets, permutations, boolean complexes, sorting algorithms, and Coxeter groups, illustrating the depth and breadth of her research record. The recognition of the excellence in her quality of work has provided funding from various internal grants and most notably, an external Collaboration Grant for Mathematicians from the Simons Foundation. Dr. Tenner’s research has been published in premier journals and has been cited 436 times according to Google Scholar. As an internationally recognized expert in combinatorics, her innovative work will have an enduring impact on her colleagues, students and the field of mathematical sciences.