UCLA mathematics profs. Andrea Bertozzi and Mason Porter have just received a $200,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to support their “Analysis of Multiscale Network Models for the Spread of COVID-19” research. This year-long grant will support the use of mathematical models to track patterns among the spread of COVID-19 and provide data for effective leadership. This award is co-funded with the Applied Mathematics program and the Computational Mathematics program (Division of Mathematical Sciences), and the Office of Multidisciplinary Activities (OMA) program.

Below is the award abstract:

“The current pandemic of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has upended the daily lives of more than a billion people worldwide, and governments are struggling with the task of responding to the spread of the disease. Uncertainty in transmission rates and the outcomes of social distancing, “shelter-at-home” executive orders, and other interventions have created unprecedented challenges to the United States health care system. This project will address these issues directly using advanced mathematical modeling from dynamical systems, stochastic processes, and networks. The mathematical models, which are formulated with the specific features of COVID-19 in mind, will provide insights that are critical to people on the front lines who need to make recommendations for intervention strategies and human-behavior patterns to best mitigate the spread of this disease in a timely manner. The project will train a postdoctoral scholar, a PhD student, and two undergraduate students in the research needed to solve these complex problems.”

To read the full abstract on NSF.gov, click here.

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The Curtis Center Director of Professional Development, Helen Chan, has just been awarded with the prestigious Teaching Award from Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth. 

“Helen Hsu Chan, a former teacher at Da Vinci Connect in Hawthorne, California was one of 10 educators from around the country recently honored by the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth (CTY) for excellence in teaching students with advanced academic abilities. Chan currently teaches professional development at the UCLA Curtis Center for Mathematics and Teaching in Los Angeles, California.

Chan was honored during the Sarah D. Barder Fellowship Conference, held Feb. 28-29, 2020 at Vdara Hotel & Spa in Las Vegas, Nev. Now in its 32nd year, the conference brings new and past fellows from around the country together to share ideas and best practices about educating bright students.

The theme of this year’s program was “The Past, Present, and Future of Gifted Education.” Participants celebrated strides made in the field, discussed pain points, and proposed ideas for expanding equality, access, and support for all advanced students.” 

Source: Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth

To read the full press release, click here.  

It is with great regret that we share the recent passing of UCLA mathematics alumnus and distinguished mathematician Dr. Peter Montgomery at age 72.

“Before joining UCLA, Peter worked for the System Development Corporation for many years as a programmer implementing algorithms for the CDC 7600 and PDP series of computers, including the implementation of algorithms for multi-precision arithmetic that led to the invention of what is now known as Montgomery multiplication.

He earned his PhD in mathematics from UCLA in 1992, under the supervision of David Cantor. Peter is particularly known for his contributions to the elliptic curve method of factorization, which include a method for speeding up the second stage of algebraic-group factorization algorithms using FFT techniques for fast polynomial evaluation at equally spaced points.This was also the subject of his dissertation. 

In 1998, Peter went to Microsoft Research to join the cryptography group, where he worked until his retirement in 2014.”

To learn more about his contributions, read here.