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Faculty News Briefs
On 21 February, Visiting Assistant Professor Jeremiah Birrell spoke in the Mathematical Physics and Probability Seminar at the University of Arizona; his talk was titled "Small Mass Limit of Noisy Inertial Particle Dynamics: Homogenization, Instantaneous Equilibration, and Entropy Production."
The 2017 William Lowell Putnam exam results are in: out of 575 participating institutions in the US and Canada, UMass Amherst ranked 46th, an excellent result! (Last year we ranked 55th out of 568.) Our three team members were Alexander Fischer, James Hagborg and Artem Vysogorets. James did particularly well, placing in the top 7% of the 4638 students taking the Putnam last December; Patrick Lei also had a noteworthy individual performance. Many thanks to VAP Liubomir Chiriac for his fine job running the Putnam seminar last fall.
Assistant Professor Nestor Guillen is applying his professional expertise to the topic of Gerrymandering. On 4 February he spoke at the Austin Gerrymandering Workshop, with a presentation about optimal transport and calculus of variations perspectives on redistricting. Nestor was also a part of the “Gerrymandering Steals Elections: Learn How It’s Done and How to Stop It" panel in Northampton on 12 February; moderated by former mayor Clare Higgins, other panelists were U. S. Representative Jim McGovern, State Representative Paul Mark, and Adam Hilton of Mount Holyoke College.
Assistant Professor Alejandro Morales gave the colloquium at the Tulane University math department on 29 February (OK, 1 March). His topic was "Volume and lattice point formulas for flow polytopes."