Texas Tech Hosts 450 Mathematicians for American Mathematical Society

2014 Spring Central Sectional Meeting will be held April 11-13 at Department of Mathematics and Statistics.


Texas Tech University will serve as host to an estimated 450 research mathematicians for the American Mathematical Society (AMS) 2014 Spring Central Sectional Meeting from April 11-13 at the university’s Department of Mathematics and Statistics.

“The Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Texas Tech is an important member of the national and international mathematics community,” said Mara Neusel, event organizer, professor and director of graduate studies in the university’s math department. “As such, it is only natural to host this important research conference and have researchers from all over the nation and from abroad come together to talk about most recent research findings. In addition, this meeting provides a perfect opportunity to train our graduate students and expose them to a broad range of current research topics.”

The Spring Central Sectional Meeting will include four premier presentations and 27 special sessions. The plenary presentations include:

  • Nir Avni, Northwestern University – Special Values of Representation Zeta Functions
  • Alessio Figalli, University of Texas at Austin – Stability Results for the Semisum of Sets in R$^nS (the Euclidean space of n dimensions)
  • Jean-Luc Thiffeault, University of Wisconsin-Madison – Psuedo-Anosovs with Small or Large Dilatation
  • Rachel Ward, University of Texas at Austin – Sampling Theorems for Efficient Dimensionality Reduction and Sparse Recovery

The sectional meetings also include social events and opportunities to shop at the onsite AMS Bookstore.

AMS, founded in 1888 to further the interests of mathematical research and scholarship, serves the national and international community through its publications, meetings, advocacy and other programs. Headquartered in Providence, R.I., the AMS conducts four regional meetings each semester for research mathematicians from their respective regions and across the nation and world to discuss the newest research discoveries.

The event is open to the public, and co-sponsored by Visit Lubbock. The city’s official convention and visitor’s bureau estimates the economic impact of this event to total about $277,000.

Visit Lubbock is charged with increasing the activity of leisure, sports, meeting and convention travel to Lubbock. Since 2004, Visit Lubbock has booked more than 3,194 events or conventions, resulting in 2.53 million visitors, 802,929 room nights, and $254 million in direct economic impact to the Lubbock area.

Admission to the event is $54 for AMS members and $76 for nonmembers. Tickets may be purchased at the event or online at www.math.ttu.edu/ams. For more information, visit www.math.ttu.edu/ams.

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Comprised of 16 departments and more than 400 tenured faculty members, the College offers a wide variety of courses and programs in the humanities, social and behavioral sciences, mathematics and natural sciences. Students can choose from 41 bachelor’s degree programs, 34 master’s degrees and 14 doctoral programs.

With just under 11,000 students enrolled, the College of Arts & Sciences is the largest college on the Texas Tech University campus.

In fall 2016, the college embarked upon its first capital campaign, Unmasking Innovation: The Campaign for Arts & Sciences. It focuses on five critical areas of need: attracting and retaining top faculty, enhancing infrastructure, recruiting high-potential students, undergraduate research and growing the Dean’s Fund for Excellence.


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