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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.

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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”.  

Maryam Mirzakhani, world-renowned mathematician, dies at 40
UPDATE: On October 21, the Stanford University Mathematics Department and the Mathematics Research Center will host a memorial in Professor Mirzakhani’s honor. Please see the flyer for further information. After a long battle with cancer, Professor Maryam Mirzakhani, the first female winner of the Fields Medal since its inception in 1936, died Friday, July 14. She was 40 years old. Eleny Ionel, Department Chair, said, “It is hard to imagine that someone of her extraordinary energy, determination, and brilliance could be taken away from us at such a young age, in the midst of her outstanding research contributions.

Oct 5 PUBLIC LECTURE by Robbert Dijkgraaf
On October 5th, Professor Robbert Dijkgraaf of the Institute for Advanced Study, will present a public lecture on “Quantum Mathematics and the Fate of Space, Time, and Matter.” The lecture will be in Cubberley Auditorium (in the School of Education) at 7:00pm. All are invited. PARTIAL ABSTRACT: The bizarre quantum world not only represents a more fundamental description of nature, it also inspires a new realm of mathematics that might be called “quantum mathematics” that turns out to be a powerful tool to solve deep outstanding mathematical problems.

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(Photo credit: Rod Searcey)Professor Akshay Venkatesh has been awarded the 2017 Ostrowski Prize. The prize, established in 1989, is awarded every other year to a mathematician or to a group of scientists who have produced the best result in the field of pure mathematics or in the foundations of numerical mathematics. According to the citation, Professor Venkatesh received the award “for his groundbreaking work in number theory, the theory of automorphic forms and representation theory, homogeneous dynamics, and arithmetic geometry.” It goes on to say that “Venkatesh is notable for his originality and his ability to synthesize between different fields, bringing conceptually new tools to bear against long-standing problems with striking consequences.

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