How mathematics can limit gender bias in AI & ML

Three major universities have released a new research paper that outlines how machine learning designers can safeguard their creations against the undesirable effects of racial and gender bias. Researchers from Stanford University, the University of Massachusetts Amherst and the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sol published a paper called Preventing undesirable behavior of intelligent […]

Naor receives Ostrowski Prize in Higher Mathematics

Professor of Mathematics Assaf Naor has been awarded the 2019 Ostrowski Prize in Higher Mathematics in recognition of his pioneering achievements at the interface of the geometry of Banach spaces, the structure of metric spaces and algorithms. The Ostrowski Prize was established by Alexander Markovich Ostrowski (1893-1986), a former professor of mathematics at the University […]

Riemann hypothesis likely remains unsolved despite claimed proof

One of the most famous unsolved problems in mathematics likely remains unsolved. At a hotly-anticipated talk at the Heidelberg Laureate Forum today, retired mathematician Michael Atiyah delivered what he claimed was a proof of the Riemann hypothesis, a challenge that has eluded his peers for nearly 160 years. “Solve the Riemann hypothesis and you become […]

Math Prize for Girls competition helps to close the gender gap in mathematics

MIT hosts the 10th annual contest encouraging STEM careers for female middle and high school students. When Glenn Ellison coached his daughters’ all-girl math team all the way to the state finals, he noticed that his team was vastly outnumbered by boys. Ellison, the Gregory K. Palm (1970) Professor of Economics at MIT, turned his […]

Vladimir Voevodsky, Revolutionary Mathematician, Dies at 51

Vladimir Voevodsky, formerly a gifted but restless student who flunked out of college out of boredom before emerging as one of the most brilliant and revolutionary mathematicians of his generation, died on Sept. 30 at his home in Princeton, N.J. He was 51. Nadia Shalaby, his former wife, said he was found dead in his […]

Mathematics predicts a sixth mass extinction

By 2100, oceans may hold enough carbon to launch mass extermination of species in future millennia. In the past 540 million years, the Earth has endured five mass extinction events, each involving processes that upended the normal cycling of carbon through the atmosphere and oceans. These globally fatal perturbations in carbon each unfolded over thousands […]

Mathematics professor emeritus honored in new book

The life and professional accomplishments of a UNM professor emeritus are being recorded in a new book – set to release just in time for his 90th birthday. Reuben Hersh has dedicated the last 53 years of his career to the University of New Mexico as a math professor. In particular, his research and writings […]

Professor expands math circles project to more Native Americans

A two-year, $300,000 grant from the National Science Foundation will help a Kansas State University mathematics professor expand his Navajo Nation Math Circles project to more Navajo Nation communities and serve various tribes in Washington state. The grant to David Auckly is through the NSF INCLUDES project, which is aimed at enhancing U.S. leadership in […]

Mathematics professor wins $88,000 grant from NIST

Mili Shah, Ph.D., associate professor of mathematics, has been awarded a cooperative agreement from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). The $88,508 award will allow Shah to continue research for her ongoing project, “Using Mathematics to Aid in the Evaluation, Calibration, and Analysis of Industrial Mobile Systems.” Shah’s research examines how robots are […]