- Professor
**Sam Nelson**is co-organizing an AMS Special Session on Combinatorial and Algebraic Structures in Knot Theory at the AMS Spring Western Sectional Meeting at Washington State University (April 2017)

- Professor
**Sam Nelson**gave invited seminar and colloquium talks at the University of South Florida (January 2017) and the Louisiana State University (January 2017)

**Professor****Sam Nelson**gave an invited talk at the KNOTS IN WASHINGTON XLIII conference (December 2016)

- Professors Blake
Hunter and Deanna
Needell, co-PIs with MSRI, have been awarded a Sloan
Foundation grant in "Representations of High Dimensional
Data".

- Professor Deanna
Needell has been awarded an MSRI Research
Fellowship.

- Professors Deanna
Needell and
**Sam Nelson**attended and gave talks at the Fall Southeastern Sectional Meeting of the AMS.

- Professor Lenny
Fukshansky gave an invited talk at the UC Irvine Number
Theory Seminar (October 2016)

- Professor Deanna
Needell has been co-awarded the IMA
Prize in Mathematics and Applications. Congratulations
Deanna!

- Professor Asuman
Aksoy published three papers and served as an editor
for the Topics
in Functional Analysis and Algebra volume in the AMS Contemproary
Mathematics series (volume 672, August 2016)

- Professor Sam Nelson gave
invited talks at Knots
in Hellas at the International Olympic Academy in Ancient
Olympia (Athens, Greece - July 2016), 8th
KOOK-TAPU workshop on Knots and Related Topics (Pusan,
South Korea - July 2016), and International
Workshop on Spatial Graphs (Tokyo, Japan - August
2016)

- Professor Lenny
Fukshansky gave invited talks at Aalto
University (Helsinki, Finland - June 2016), Sabanci
University (Istanbul, Turkey - June 2016), International
meeting on numerical semigroups with applications
(Levico Terme, Italy - July 2016), and Cardiff
University (Cardiff, Wales - July 2016)

- Professor Asuman
Aksoy gave invited talks at a meeting of the Turkish Mathematical
Society (Ankara, Turkey - May 2016) and at the
Memorial Conference for Tosun
Terzioğlu (Istanbul, Turkey - June 2016)

- Professor Deanna Needell
attended the 15th Annual
International Conference on Approximation Theory in
San Antonio, TX and gave a talk on Constrained Adaptive
Sensing.

- Professor Lenny
Fukshansky gave invited talks at the Southern
California Discrete Math Symposium 2016 (April 16,
2016) and at the Southern
Illinois University Conference on Pure Mathematics
(May 15 -17, 2016)

- Professor Sam Nelson gave a
talk at Knots
in the Triangle at NCSU conference, April 2016.

- Professor Sam Nelson
organized an AMS
Special Session on Algebraic Structures in Knot Theory
at the AMS
Southeastern Sectional Meeting, Athens, GA, March 5 -
6, 2016.

- Professor Deanna Needell
attended the Optimization
and Parsimonious Modeling workshop at the Institute for Mathematics
and Applications, University of Minnesota, January
2016. She will also give a talk at Information
Theory and Applications in La Jolla, CA, February
2016.

- Professors Asuman
Aksoy, Lenny
Fukshansky, Mark
Huber, Chiu-Yen Kao, Deanna Needell and
Sam Nelson gave presentations at
the Claremont
Mathematics Weekend, January 30 - 31, 2016.

- Professor Lenny
Fukshansky gave an invited talk at the workshop on Lattices and Applications in
Number Theory at the Oberwolfach Mathematics
Institute in Germany, January 17 - 23, 2016.

- Professor Sam Nelson
organized an AMS
Special Session on Knots in Washington (State) at the
2016 Joint
Mathematics Meetings, January 6 - 9, 2016.

- Professor Chiu-Yen Kao gave
invited talks in the math departments of National Chung
Hsing University, Taichung, Taiwan (December 31,
2015), National
Cheng Kung University, Tainan, Taiwan (December 30,
2015), and NCTS/NTU/NCU/NTUST
Joint Seminar on Applied Mathematics, Taipei, Taiwan
(December 25, 2015).

- Professor Chiu-Yen Kao gave
an invited talk in IEEE NANOMED,
Waikiki, Hawaii, November 17, 2015.

- Atul
Vyas Memorial Lecture in Mathematics this year was
delivered by the well-known mathematician Satyan Devadoss
(Williams College),
who talked about the power of the fourth dimension,
November 5, 2015.

- Professors Deanna Needell
(lead), Lenny
Fukshansky, Blake
Hunter, and Chiu-Yen Kao ran a
one-day education program at CMC for 7-10 grade children and
their parents in the Johns
Hopkins Center for Talented Youth Science
and Technology Series, October 24, 2015 -- here is a picture of the group.

- Professor Asuman
Aksoy organized a Special
Session on Recent Results in Operator Theory and Operator
Algebras and gave two talks at the Fall
Western Sectional Meeting at California State
University, Fullerton, Fullerton, CA October 24-25, 2015.

- Professor Mark
Huber organized a Special
Session on Humanistic Mathematics and gave a talk at
the Fall
Western Sectional Meeting at California State
University, Fullerton, Fullerton, CA October 24-25, 2015.

- Professor Sam Nelson
organized a Special
Session on Algebraic and Combinatorial Structures in Knot
Theory at the Fall
Western Sectional Meeting at California State
University, Fullerton, Fullerton, CA October 24-25, 2015.

- Professors Asuman
Aksoy, Lenny
Fukshansky, Blake
Hunter, and Chiu-Yen Kao gave
a presentation at the CMC Marian Miner Cook
Athenaeum on Math
for the New Millennium: Ideas that Change the World,
October 7, 2015.

- Professor Sam Nelson gave an
invited talk
*Biquandle Brackets*(AMS Fall Central Sectional Meeting, Loyola University, Chicago), October 2-4, 2015.

## News update - AY 2014-2015 and Summer 2015

- Professor Chiu-Yen Kao
organized three minisymposium sessions on "Eigenvalues of
partial differential operators and their applications" in 8th International Congress
on Industrial and Applied Mathematics, Beijing, China
and delivered two talks (August 2015).

- Professor Sam Nelson gave
invited talks
*Pure Mathematics for the Impatient*(Gunma National College of Technology, Japan),*Quantum Enhancements of Biquandle Invariants*, (Instituto Superior Tecnico, University of Lisbon, Portugal),*Enhancements of Counting Invariants*(MAA Centennial MathFest, Washington DC) in the Summer 2015

- Professor Lenny
Fukshansky gave invited talks at the AMS
Special Session on "Quadratic Forms in Arithmetic and
Geometry", Huntsville, Alabama (March 2015), Cal State
Northridge (April 2015), and Conference
on "Diophantine Approximation and Related Topics",
Aahrus, Denmark (July 2015)

- Professor Chiu-Yen Kao gave
invited talks at GEMS
2014-2015, Claremont, Laplacians
and Heat Kernels: Theory and Applications, BIRS, Canada,
and W.M. Keck
Science Department.

- Professor Chiu-Yen Kao gave
invited talks at the University
of Arizona (September 2014), University of
Alabama at Birmingham (October 2014), National Tsing
Hua University, Taiwan (December 2014), National
Central University, Taiwan (December 2014), and 2014
NCTS Christmas Workshop on Fast Solvers on Scientific
Computing, Taiwan (December 2014)

- Professor Lenny
Fukshansky presented a plenary lecture at the Workshop
on "Sphere Packings, Lattices, and Designs"
held at the Erwin Schrödinger
International Institute for Mathematical Physics
in Vienna (October 2014) and invited seminar talks at TU Berlin, ETH Zürich, and University
of Göttingen (November 2014)

- Professor Deanna Needell
gave invited talks at the GAMM 86th Annual Scientific
Conference in Lecce Italy, the University of Heidelberg, the
February Fourier Talks at the University of Maryland,
Information Theory and Applications in La Jolla CA, the
applied math seminar at UC San Diego, two seminar talks at
UC Davis, the Project Next Panel on how to obtain grant
funding and the short course on frame theory at the AMS
Joint Math Meetings in San Antonio TX, the keynote speaker
at the CGU Big Data Conference, the Mathematics of
Information Seminar, Univ. of British Columbia, invited
speaker at San Jose State University, the Electrical and
Computer Engineering Seminar and Applied Math Seminars at
Georgia Tech, the Allerton Conference on Communication,
Control, and Computing, the colloquium at the Univ. of
Nevada Reno, the SIAM Annual meeting in Chicago IL, the
applied math seminar at UC Irvine, Imaging and Modeling in
Electron Microscopy at Banff Canada, and the SEAS Electrical
Engineering seminar at Harvard University.

- Professor Chiu-Yen Kao
co-organizied an IMA Special Workshop: WhAM!
A Research Collaboration Workshop for Women in Applied
Mathematics: Numerical Partial Differential Equations and
Scientific Computing in IMA, UMN in August 2014

- Professor Deanna
Needell was named one of five Young Alumni of the Year
for 2014 by the University
of Nevada, Reno College of Science. Congratulations
Deanna!

- Professor Lenny
Fukshansky presented invited talks at ICERM Brown
University (July 2014) and at the ICM
2014 Satellite Conference on Integral Quadratic Forms and
Related Topics (Gyeongju, South Korea - August 2014)

- Professor Lenny
Fukshansky received an NSA
Grant -- here is a feature on this in the CMC
Newsletter.

- Professor Chiu-Yen Kao gave
talks in the ICOSAHOM
2014 (Salt Lake City, UT, June 23 - 27, 2014) and at
the SIAM
Annual Meeting (Chicago, IL, July 7 - 11, 2014)

- Professor Chiu-Yen Kao gave
a talk in the USA-Uzbekistan
Conference on Analysis and Mathematical Physics (Cal
State Fullerton, May 2014)

- Professor Deanna
Needell was awarded a prestigious NSF
Career Grant -- here is a feature on this in the CMC
Newsletter. Congratulations Deanna!

- Professor Sam Nelson
received Simons
Foundation Collaboration Grants in Mathematics.
Congratulations Sam!

- Professor Chiu-Yen Kao
received a Best
Paper Award from IEEE Signal
Processing Society for her paper on Minimization of
Region-Scalable Fitting Energy for Image Segmentation
in May 2014 (joint with Chunming Li, John C. Gore, and
Zhaohua Ding). Congratulations Chiu-Yen!

- Professor Asuman
Aksoy is
co-organizing the First
International USA-Uzbekistan Conference on Analysis and
Mathematical Physics (May 20-23, 2014)

- Professor Chiu-Yen Kao was
awarded an NSF
infrastructure grant (co-PI, jointly with Professors
Ruth Charney (PI) and Ching-Shan Chou (co-PI)) in April
2014. Congratulations Chiu-Yen!

- Professor Lenny
Fukshansky presented an invited talk in the Number Theory
seminar at the University of
Colorado at Boulder in April 2014

- Professor Deanna
Needell was awarded a prestigious Sloan
Research Fellowship -- the announcement of the award
can found here
and here.
Congratulations Deanna!

- Professor Mark
Huber is presenting an invited talk at the
IMS-ISBA Joint Meeting, MCMSki
IV, in Chamonix, France, January 2014

- Professor Lenny
Fukshansky is presenting an invited talk at the International
Conference on The Algebraic and Arithmetic Theory of
Quadratic Forms 2013 in Puerto Natales, Patagonia,
Chile (December 16-21, 2013)

- Professor Lenny Fukshansky was appointed an Editor-in-Chief for the Online Journal of Analytic Combinatorics

- Professor Chiu-Yen Kao gave
an invited talk in Department
of Mathematics, Loyola Marymount University in
November 2013

- Professor Asuman
Aksoy is
co-organizing (with Z. Ibragimov) a Special
Session on Analysis and Geometry of Metric Spaces at
the Western
Fall Sectional Meeting in Riverside, CA in November
2013

- Professor Asuman
Aksoy is
participating in the First
Conference in Classical and Functional Analysis in
Romania (virtual participation-virtual presentation) at the
end of September 2013

- Professors Lenny
Fukshansky and David
Krumm are co-organizing a Special
Session on Heights, Diophantine Problems, and Lattices
at the Western
Fall Sectional Meeting in Riverside, CA in November
2013

- Professor Mark
Huber is co-organizing (with J. Flegal) a Special
Session on Developments in Markov Chain Theory and
Methodology at the Western
Fall Sectional Meeting in Riverside, CA in November
2013

- Professor Sam Nelson is
co-organizing (with A. Henrich) a Special
Session on Algebraic Structures in Knot Theory at the
Western
Fall Sectional Meeting in Riverside, CA in November
2013

- Professor Lenny
Fukshansky is giving an invited colloquium talk at Cal State Dominguez
Hills in October 2013

- Professor Asuman Aksoy
participated with invited talks in Positivity
VII - Zaanen Centennial Conference in University of Leiden
and in the Analysis
Workshop in Fullerton (organized jointly by Cal State Fullerton
and Urgench
State University in Uzbekistan)

- Professor Lenny
Fukshansky made a two-week invited research visit to Institut Mittag-Leffler,
Djursholm, Sweden

- Professor Mark Huber
gave an invited talk,
Controlled error for combinatorial structures at the 2013 Joint
Statistical Meetings in Montreal, August 2013

- Professor Chiu-Yen Kao
organized four minisymposium sections and delivered a talk at
SIAM Annual
Meeting, Town and Country Resort & Convention
Center, San Diego

- Professor David Krumm
received an AMS-Simons
Travel Grant for the period of 2013 - 2015

- Professor Deanna
Needell delivered invited talks at the 10th
International Conference on Sampling Theory and Applications
(SAMPTA) in Bremen, Germany and the Duke Workshop on Sensing
and Analysis of High-Dimensional Data (SAHD)

- Professor Deanna
Needell was presented a Best Young Author Award at
the 38th
International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal
Processing (ICASSP)

- Professor Deanna
Needell participated as a panelist at the Systems, Information,
Learning, and Optimization (SILO) workshop at the University of Wisconsin at
Madison

- Professor Deanna
Needell visited collaborators at Rice University and University of Texas at
Austin

- Professor Sam Nelson gave two talks at the TAPU (Taegu And Pusan Universities) workshop on Knots and Related Topics in Daejeon, Korea; the website contains downloadble video files of all the talks. Professor Nelson was also invited to speak at the MAA MathFest in Hartford, CT.

- Professor Sam Nelson gave invited colloquium
talks at the University
of Louisiana at Lafayette and Louisiana State University,
as well an invited Topology Virtual Seminar talk at Louisiana State University
(with several participants via 2-way video from Universoty of
Iowa, University of Arkansas, and other universities)

- Professor Asuman Aksoy
participated in the workshop on Analysis on
Metric Spaces at IPAM UCLA
in March 2013

- Professor Asuman Aksoy
received an MAA
Tensor SUMMA grant to support the CCMS GEMS Program
for middle school students -- here is a feature on this in the
CMC
Newsletter

- Professor Deanna
Needell's contributions to image processing were
featured in the CMC
Newsletter

- Professors Lenny
Fukshansky and Deanna
Needell received Simons
Foundation Collaboration Grants in Mathematics -- here
is a feature on this in the CMC
Newsletter

- Professor Chiu-Yen Kao
delivered invited talks at AWM
Research Symposium 2013, University of Houston,
AMS
Sectional Meeting in Ames, Iowa

- Professors Lenny
Fukshansky, Mark Huber,
Deanna
Needell, and Sam Nelson gave a
panel presentation at the CMC
Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum -- here is the flyer

- Professor Deanna
Needell delivered invited talks at UCLA and Princeton

- Professor Sam Nelson gave an
invited talk in the University
of South Florida

- Professor Chiu-Yen Kao
delivered invited talks at UCLA and at the Workshop
on Mathematical Challenges in Biomolecular/Biomedical
Imaging and Visualization at Mathematical Biosciences
Institutes, The Ohio State University

- Professor Lenny
Fukshansky gave invited talks in Cal State Channel Islands,
UC Davis, and UCLA

- Professor Deanna
Needell received a Young
Author Best Paper Award from IEEE
Signal Processing Society for her paper on Signal
Recovery from Incomplete and Inaccurate Measurements Via
Regularized Orthogonal Matching Pursuit (joint with R.
Vershynin)

- Professor Chiu-Yen Kao
received an NSF grant

- Professor Deanna
Needell received an AIM
SQuaRE research group grant

- Professor Chiu-Yen Kao
delivered talks at the International
Conference on Imaging Science 2012 in Hong Kong, Imaging
Science Workshop in Beijing, China, Workshop on Partial
Differential Equations, Analysis, Numerics and Applications in
Taiwan, and at the National
Center for Theoretical Sciences of National Tsing Hua
University, Taiwan in December 2012

- Careers in Mathematics Panel Discussion,
a joint event by the Math Department and Career Services
took place on December 3, 2012, at the CMC Athenaeum --
see a flyer here

- Atul
Vyas Memorial Lecture in Mathematics this year was
delivered by the legendary mathematician Fan Chung Graham
(UC San Diego),
November 19, 2012

- Professor Chiu-Yen Kao
delivered invited talks at UC Davis and at the
AMS
Sectional Meeting in Tucson, Arizona in Oct 2012

- Professor Deanna
Needell delivered invited talks at the Colorado
School of Mines, 5th
Annual Women in Mathematics Symposium (USC), and UC Riverside Statistics
Colloquium

- Professor Chiu-Yen Kao
organized a minisymposium section and delivered a talk in SIAM Annual
Conference, Minneapolis, July, 2012

- Professor Deanna
Needell delivered invited talks at Yale,
UCLA, IPAM UCLA, and at the
International
Symposium on Mathematical Programming in Berlin,
Germany

- Professor Sam Nelson gave an
invited talk at The
Undergraduate Knot Theory conference at Dennison
University in Ohio, July 15-18

- Professor Lenny
Fukshansky made a month-long research visit to Max-Planck Institute
for Mathematics in Bonn and gave invited talks in Saarbruecken and Karlsruhe, Germany

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