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We are delighted to announce Dan Freed, a Professor at University of Texas at Austin, as the Henri Poincaré Distinguished Visiting Professor in the Mathematics Department this fall. The Henri Poincaré Distinguished Visiting Professorship generously funded by an endowment to the Mathematics Department to bring worldly renowned distinguished lecturers to Stanford University. Professor Freed has worked on a variety of problems in geometry, topology, and global analysis.


Professors Emmanuel Candès and Kannan Soundararajan as well as Consulting Professor David Hoffman have been named 2018 Fellows of the American Mathematical Society (AMS). Candès was named for his contributions to the field of compressed sensing, and to multiscale analysis, statistics, and matrix completion; Soundararajan for contributions to analytic number theory and Hoffman for contributions to differential geometry, particularly minimal surface theory, and for pioneering the use of computer graphics as an aid to research.

Photo of Cédric De Groote who has been named a Ric Weiland Graduate Fellow in the Humanities & Sciences.
Congratulations to Cédric De Groote who has been selected as a Ric Weiland Graduate Fellow in the Humanities & Sciences. These awards are made to outstanding doctoral candidates in the humanities, social sciences, mathematics, and statistics. Weiland Fellows receive grants for field work, conference travel, books, and other research needs. In addition, semi-annual gatherings bring together Weiland-supported faculty and students across campus. These fellowships are made possible by the generosity of one of Stanford’s very distinguished alums: the late Ric Weiland.


We are delighted to announce an $800,000 gift pledge from distinguished engineers and entrepreneurs Dr. Rouzbeh Yassini-Fard and Anousheh Ansari to establish an endowed graduate fellowship in honor of our late colleague, Professor of Mathematics Maryam Mirzakhani (1977-2017). The Maryam Mirzakhani Graduate Fellowship will support graduate students in the Department of Mathematics at Stanford, helping us attract and foster the next generation of leaders in mathematics.

Photo of Emmanuel Candès with Stanford arcade in background
Professor Emmanuel Candès has been named one of the 2017 fellows of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. The fellowships, often referred to as “genius grants,” recognize individuals who show “exceptional originality in and dedication to their creative pursuits”. The MacArthur Fellows Program is intended to encourage people of “outstanding talent to pursue their own creative, intellectual, and professional inclinations”, with “no strings attached”.  

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