Congratulations to Professor Shou-Wu Zhang for being named a 2016 Simons Fellow in Mathematics by the Simons Foundation. The fellows programs provide funds to faculty for up to a semester-long research leave from classroom teaching and administrative obligations with the goal of increasing creativity and providing intellectual stimulation.

# News

##### Sir Andrew J. Wiles Receives 2016 Abel Prize

Congratulations to Professor Emeritus Andrew J. Wiles, who has been awarded the 2016 Abel Prize "for his stunning proof of Fermat’s Last Theorem by way of the modularity conjecture for semistable elliptic curves, opening a new era in number theory.” The citation continues, "Andrew J. Wiles is one of very few mathematicians – if not the only one – whose proof of a theorem has made international headline news. In 1994 he cracked Fermat’s Last Theorem, which at the time was the most famous, and long-running, unsolved problem in the subject’s history."

##### Professor Stefanos Aretakis Named 2016 Sloan Fellow

The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation recently announced the list of 2016 Sloan Research Fellows. Among the 5 Princeton faculty selected is Assistant Professor Stefanos Aretakis.

The Sloan Research Fellowships seek to stimulate fundamental research by early-career scientists and scholars of outstanding promise. They are awarded in recognition of distinguished performance and a unique potential to make substantial contributions to their field.

##### Check it out: Professor Maria Chudnovsky shows you don't have to be a genius to do your taxes

##### Daniel Spielman to Deliver Spring 2016 Minerva Lectures, March 21, 23, & 25

The Mathematics Department is happy to announce that Daniel Spielman, Yale University Henry Ford II Professor of Computer Science, Mathematics, and Applied Mathematics, will deliver the Spring 2016 Minerva Lectures. Professor Spielman will give three talks:

Monday, March 21 at 4:30 pm

Wednesday, March 23 at 4:30 pm

and Friday, March 25 at 4:00 pm.

##### Analysis, PDEs, and Geometry: A Conference in Honor of Sergiu Klainerman January 26-29, 2016

The Mathematics Department is pleased to announce Analysis, PDEs, and Geometry: A conference in honor of Sergiu Klainerman. For registration, schedules, and abstracts, please see the conference webpage.

##### New directions in statistical mechanics and dynamical systems A conference dedicated to 80th birthday of D. Ruelle and Y. Sinai.

**Wednesday, December 16, 2015:**

**10 am: **Hillel Furstenberg (Hebrew University of Jerusalem) - Title TBA

**11:10 am: **Peter Sarnak (Princeton University and the Institute for Advanced Study) - Title TBA

**2 pm: ** Charles Fefferman (Princeton University) - Title*TBA*

**3:20 pm: **Senya Shlosman (Centre de Physique Théorique) - Title *TBA*

##### Professor Codá Marques Shares 2016 AMS Oswald Veblen Prize in Geometry

Professor Fernando Codá Marques and André Neves (Imperial College London and Princeton faculty member from 2005-2009) will receive the 2016 AMS Oswald Veblen Prize in Geometry. They are honored for "their remarkable work on variational problems in differential geometry [including] the proof of the Willmore conjecture." The prize citation points in particular to a paper by CodáMarques and Neves, "Min-max theory and the Willmore conjecture," Annals of Mathematics (2014).

##### 3 Princeton Professors Named Fellows of the American Mathematical Society

Professors Alice Chang, Mihalis Dafermos, and Shou-wu Zhang have been named fellows of the American Mathematical Society for 2016.

Chang was sited for her "contributions to geometric analysis, nonlinear partial differential equations, and harmonic analysis;" Dafermos for his work in general relativity and PDEs; and Zhang for his " contributions to Arakelov geometry, arithmetic dynamics, and for extensions of the Gross-Zagier formula”.

##### Undergraduates: Professor Paul Yang Hosting Special Session on Next Steps for Juniors and Seniors

**MATHEMATICS DEPARTMENT SPECIAL PROGRAM**

**Dear Math Seniors & Juniors,**

** Have you been thinking about THE NEXT STEP – applying to graduate school or working in the industry?**

** Professor Paul Yang is hosting a special session:**

** **- **Professor Ozsvath will speak about the application process to study in graduate school.**