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IUPUI mathematicians awarded fellowships

Distinguished mathematicians become inaugural fellows for the American Mathematical Society

Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis School of Science


IMAGE: Alexander Its, Ph.D., has been named to the inaugural class of the American Mathematical Society Fellows. view more

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Two Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) mathematicians have earned selection to the initial class of American Mathematical Society (AMS) Fellows for 2013 in recognition of their international excellence in mathematical science and service.

Distinguished Professor Alexander Its, Ph.D., and Professor Michal Misiurewicz, Ph.D., both in the Department of Mathematical Sciences, are among the 1,119 international mathematicians representing more than 600 global institutions announced Thursday (Nov. 1) by the society as inaugural AMS Fellows.

Dr. Its' major area of research is integrable systems, and his studies have most recently focused on partial differential equations and related aspects of spectral theory and algebraic geometry, soliton theory and exactly solvable quantum field models.

Dr. Misiurewicz' major research activities are in dynamical systems and Ergodic Theory with a focus on one-dimensional systems, entropy, periodic orbits and connections with other parts of mathematics and other sciences, including applications of dynamical systems.

The prestigious fellowship recognizes members who have made outstanding contributions to the creation, exposition, advancement, communication and utilization of mathematics.

The AMS Fellows program seeks to create an enlarged class of mathematicians recognized by their peers as distinguished for their contributions to the profession and to honor excellence.

"We are very pleased at the honor extended to professors Its and Misiurewicz," said interim department chair Jyoti Sarkar. "Their work and this honor are reflective of the increasing strengths and stature of our program."

Founded in 1888 to further mathematical research and scholarship, the 30,000-member AMS fulfills its mission through programs and services that promote mathematical research and its uses, strengthens mathematical education, and fosters awareness and appreciation of mathematics and its connections to other disciplines and everyday life.

"The AMS is the world's largest and most influential society dedicated to mathematical research, scholarship and education," said AMS President Eric M. Friedlander. "Recent advances in mathematics include solutions to age-old problems and key applications useful for society.

The new AMS Fellows Program recognizes some of the most accomplished mathematicians -- AMS members who have contributed to our understanding of deep and important mathematical questions, to applications throughout the scientific world and to educational excellence."


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