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Former PhD student, Yilin Wu, contributes to cover story in The Scientist

October 30, 2013


Former Notre Dame PhD student, Dr. Yilin Wu, recently contributed to the cover story "Crowd Control" in the July 2013 edition of The Scientist

ACMS PhD Program Assists Wu for Summer Internship

October 03, 2013



This past summer, Liang Wu, PhD Graduate Student in the Applied and Computational Mathematics and Statistics (ACMS) Department, worked as a Quantitative Analyst Intern in the Quantitative Investment Department at Guotai Junan Securities Asset Management Ltd., Co. in Shanghai, China. Liang realized a numerical method for mean-variance optimization with range constraints for long-only portfolios. Using that, Liang analyzed optimal weights and forecasted the returns of long-only portfolios in the Chinese Stock Market. Liang credits the ACMS PhD program for providing him with the solid background and rich hands-on experience in numerical analysis and algorithm to solve the problem. More importantly, the capability of independent research and the experience of collaborative work he has gained through the ACMS PhD program has helped Liang to succeed and learn new knowledge efficiently and to be able to contribute as a team player in a short time.

Shant Mahserejian Granted Fellowship to Work at Argonne National Laboratory

September 30, 2013



During the summer and part of the Fall 2013 semester, Shant Mahserejian, PhD Graduate Student in the Applied and Computational Mathematics and Statistics (ACMS) Department, has been granted a fellowship to work at Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) as a Research Assistant. There, Shant will be conducting a series of experiments aimed at cataloging a library of images and videos for nine strains of the Myxococcus xanthus bacteria, and will be working with high end laboratory equipment to help progress research of this type of bacteria into uncharted territory.

ACMS PhD Program Aids Pancaldi for Summer School in Lyon, France & Colorado State University

September 26, 2013



This past summer, Francesco Pancaldi, PhD Graduate Student in the Applied and Computational Mathematics and Statistics (ACMS) Department, attended a summer school and conference about biomathematics and modeling in Lyon, France. At the end of July,  Francesco then attended a tutorial about the software package "Bertini" as well as attending a conference on applications of algebraic geometry at Colorado State University.

Chunlei Li Involved in the Cloud Computing Team Team in the IBM Research Lab

September 13, 2013

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Chunlei Li, PhD Graduate Student in the Applied and Computational Mathematics and Statistics (ACMS) Department, was part of the Cloud computing team at the IBM China Research Lab as an intern this past summer.  Chunlei participated in three different projects during his summer internship. The first project was to implement DNA sequence alignment on Cloud. The second project was to develop a mobile web application and the third project was to mine a large traffic data set. Chunlei used database techniques and clustering algorithms to identify the spatial-temporal traffic flow patterns. The research experience cultivated by the ACMS PhD graduate program provided Chunlei with a solid foundation to tackle new problems during his internship this past summer. Chunlei found the research he has conducted at Notre Dame was closely related to the research projects conducted this summer during his internship, so it was a smooth transition from the ACMS PhD program to the summer internship at the IBM Research Lab. The insight Chunlei gained from the summer internship has inspired him with new ideas for his research at Notre Dame.

Weiye "Betty" Chen Involved in the Global Service Team in the IBM China Research Lab

September 12, 2013



Weiye "Betty" Chen, PhD Graduate Student in the Applied and Computational Mathematics and Statistics (ACMS) Department, was part of the global service team at the IBM China Research Lab as a global summer intern this past summer.  The team's attempt to improve the application maintenance services using data analysis on the monitored machine data, which are related to the application performance, achieved some exciting results. The project mainly focused on the anomaly detection of the monitored data and the analysis of the relationship between the monitored data anomaly and application issue. The data analysis skills obtained through the ACMS PhD graduate program provided Betty with the knowledge necessary to successfully perform her research.

Mark Alber and Glen Niebur from the University of Notre Dame and Philip Maini from the University of Oxford, UK, co-edit Special Issue of the Bulletin of Mathematical Biology (Springer)

September 06, 2013



Mark Alber (left) and Glen Niebur (center) from the University of Notre Dame and Philip Maini (right) from the University of Oxford, UK, co-edited a Special Issue of the Bulletin of Mathematical Biology (Springer) titled "Biomedical Modeling:  The Role of Transport and Mechanics" which has just appeared:  August 2013, Volume 75, Issue 8, pp 1233-1237.

Wenzhao Sun Wins Schurz Innovation Award: Using Big Data Science to Advance Media Companies

May 08, 2013


ACMS graduate student, Wenzhao Sun, was part of the top team awarded $3,500 for using “big data” sciences to advance media companies.  The competition, sponsored by Schurz Communications, encouraged students to develop digital solutions and innovations for media companies. …

Enhancing Diversity in Graduate Education

May 02, 2013


Enhancing Diversity in Graduate Education (EDGE) is a summer program for women who are about to start graduate studies in mathematics. Participants take intensive four week long courses in algebra and analysis to prepare for the rigors of graduate school. EDGE has proven to be a very effective program in helping women to complete their PhDs. ACMS graduate student Amy Buchmann attended this program at North Carolina State University in 2010 before coming to Notre Dame. This program was very helpful in giving her a glimpse of graduate level mathematics, and introduced her to many women in graduate programs across the country. In 2012, she worked as a graduate student mentor when the program was held at Pomona College, and will be returning this summer to be a graduate mentor when the program is held at the New College of Florida.…

Summer Program for Women in Mathematics

April 26, 2013

The Summer Program for Women in Mathematics (SPWM) is a program for undergraduate women in math who are interested in pursuing graduate degrees. This five week program, held at George Washington University every summer, gives participants the opportunity to take four short courses from research mathematicians as well as attend a variety of seminars. The program is a wonderful opportunity for undergraduate women to learn more about graduate studies in the mathematical sciences.  For ACMS graduate student Amy Buchmann, this program helped influence her area of study. During the summer of her senior year at Chapman University, Ms. Buchmann enrolled in the SPWM program and took various courses such as “Modeling Cancer with Immunotherapy”, “Algebraic Number Theory”, “Mathematical Modeling in Biology and Physiology” and “An Introduction to Dynamical Systems”.  After doing so and meeting various women with graduate degrees, she decided to pursue a PhD in the mathematical sciences. In January, she attended the SPWM Reunion held at the Joint Mathematics Meetings in San Diego where she gave a talk about the Myxococcus xanthus

Career Options for Women in Mathematical Sciences Workshop

April 24, 2013

In March, ACMS graduate students Amy Buchmann and Weiye (Betty) Chen attended the Career Options for Women in Mathematical Sciences at the Institute for Mathematics and its Applications (IMA). This workshop is designed to show women the various professional opportunities in mathematics in the areas of academics, industry, and government.  Women in all three areas presented the various projects they are working on and talked about the opportunities to get involved.  A panel discussion about work-life balance, and the future of mathematics was also held.  During the poster session for graduate students, Ms. Buchmann presented a poster on “Myxococcus xanthus Cluster Formation”, and Ms. Chen presented a poster on “The Economic Gains of Alternative Markowitz Portfolios in the Foreign Exchange Market.”  The workshop provided a great opportunity to meet other women in mathematics and learn about career options.…

Alber leads cancer modeling session at AAAS annual meeting

February 26, 2013



From the election to the economy, mathematical and computational models have been gaining mainstream recognition for their successes in predicting human behavior – and now similar models may be used to predict the behavior of cancer cells in the human body.


A session at the recent 2013 AAAS Annual Meeting organized by Mark Alber, the Vincent J. Duncan Family Professor of Applied Mathematics at Notre Dame, addressed several roles of mathematical modeling in cancer research. Alber also moderated a discussion among leading mathematical and computational biologists on multi-scale models used in cancer research.…

Upcoming Workshop on the Physical Approaches to Studying the Cytoskeleton and Cell Motility

February 04, 2013

Workshop on Physical Approaches to Studying the Cytoskeleton and Cell Motility


Monday, March 4, 2013:  8:30 AM - 7:00 PM (CST)
Notre Dame Chicago Commons

Santa Fe Building
Chicago, IL

This workshop is sponsored by the Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Biocomplexity (ICSB)

What does an actuary do? Learn from the experts.

January 31, 2013

What can you do with a degree in math, applied math or statistics?  Many of our graduates have gone on to very successful careers in actuarial science.  Today's actuaries help make critical business decisions in a surprising variety of areas. 

Learn more from from the experts, David E. Delahanty, ASA, and Nicole Delahanty, FSA, CIMA, who spoke at the Ask the Actuaries seminar on November 27, 2012.…