Mathematics

Jesús De Loera Awarded Farkas Prize

November 24, 2020
Professor of Mathematics Jesús De Loera has received the Farkas Prize, awarded annually to a mid-career researcher in the field of optimization by the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) Optimization Society.

Ironing the Wrinkles Out of Spacetime

September 28, 2020

According to Einstein’s theory of General Relativity, gravity is curvature in the fabric of spacetime. Shockwaves can distort spacetime, causing singularities where the laws of physics appear to break down.

Now two mathematicians at UC Davis have come up with equations that remove these singularities. In doing so, they also extend a theorem called Uhlenbeck Compactness to the setting of General Relativity.

De Loera Honored for Mentoring and Research Excellence

July 24, 2020
Jesús De Loera, professor of mathematics, has been recognized with a 2020  ADVANCE Scholar award for “his excellence in research and tireless work to diversify the mathematical profession and increase opportunities for underprivileged populations.” 

UC Davis Researchers to Track Evolution of Novel Coronavirus

May 14, 2020
To stay a step ahead of the virus, an interdisciplinary team of UC Davis researchers will use mathematics, data science and experimental biology to predict potential mutations of the novel coronavirus. The proposed research was recently funded by a $200,000 RAPID grant from the National Science Foundation.

Sloan Fellowship for Mathematician Roger Casals

February 12, 2020
Caustics are patterns that emerge from the reflection of light rays from surfaces — such as the glitter of sunlight on wavelets in the UC Davis Arboretum. The mathematics that explains caustics is called contact geometry. That’s the speciality of Roger Casals Gutierrez, assistant professor in the Department of Mathematics. Casals was recently awarded both a Sloan Research Fellowship and a NSF CAREER award to support his work.

Pursuing Undergraduate Research Outside the Lab

January 13, 2020

Getting research experience as an undergraduate student doesn’t have to mean working in a laboratory. Instead of days spent transferring fluids from one tube to another, math major Tracy Camacho explored matroids, complex mathematical objects with many different uses.