Duke Putnam Team

For the 22th time since 1990, the Duke Putnam team placed among the top ten on the WL Putnam Mathematical Competition. Duke achieved 3 first place finishes, 2 seconds and 6 thirds. A total of 4275 students from 554 colleges and universities in... read more »

Mike Reed named SIAM Fellow

Mike Reed was named a 2016 SIAM Fellow for his contributions to analysis and mathematical biology. SIAM, the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, only names 30 or so fellows each year. The honor represents sustained significant... read more »

Hollywood, Mathematics, and Digital Communications

"A glamorous Hollywood star, a renegade composer, and the mathematical development of spread spectrum communications". abstract: During World War II, Hedy Lamarr, a striking Hollywood actress; together with George Antheil, a radical composer;... read more »

Graduate Fellowship Winners

Congratulations to Kevin Stubbs, Christy Vaughn, and  Anne Talkington who were all awarded NSF graduate fellowships this year. Kevin is a graduate student in the Duke Math department. Christy Vaughn was a Duke Mathematics Major who graduated in 2015... read more »

Duke Math Hosts SWIM: A Summer program for female rising senior high school students

SWIM (Summer Workshop In Mathematics) is a 9-day workshop for female rising senior high school students interested in mathematics. All students currently in their junior year of high school are eligible to apply. Participants in the workshop will... read more »

Fruit Flies and Moduli: Interactions between Biology and Mathematics

Possibilities for using geometry and topology to analyze statistical problems in biology raise a host of novel questions in geometry, probability, algebra, and combinatorics that demonstrate the power of biology to influence the future of pure... read more »

Mathematical Biology is Good for Mathematics

That statement seems absurd, almost laughable to many mathematicians who are used to thinking that “science” means physics and chemistry, while biology is just classification, necessary perhaps for training doctors, but not really deep, intellectual... read more »

Graduate Student Akihiko Nishimura Wins Laplace Award

The Laplace award is given to the best student paper submitted to the Bayesian Statistical Science section at Joint Statistical Meetings. Ten students are chosen as competition winners and the best of the ten recieve the Laplace Award:... read more »

Team Gerrymandering

Team gerrymandering, led by Professor Jonathan Mattingly, feature their latest works in a new webpage: read more »

Big Data’s Mathematical Mysteries  Machine learning works spectacularly well, but mathematicians aren’t quite sure why.

At a dinner I attended some years ago, the distinguished differential geometer Eugenio Calabi volunteered to me his tongue-in-cheek distinction between pure and applied mathematicians. A pure mathematician, when stuck on the problem under study,... read more »