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Featured from our Fall 2016 Newsletter

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Hand-painted mural in the new Math lounge

New undergraduate lounge opens

Aiming to create a space in Avery Hall designed for undergraduate mathematics students, the Department of Mathematics has opened a new undergrad lounge this fall. Read More

Math Department Chair, Tom Marley

View from the Chair: Tom Marley

As you probably are aware, it has been a year of transitions at Nebraska, starting at the top with the appointment of IANR Vice Chancellor Ronnie Green as UNL’s new chancellor. The ripple effects of this appointment eventually made their way to our department, with former Chair Judy Walker’s appointment as interim associate vice chancellor for academic affairs, and subsequently my appointment as interim chair of the department. Read More

A knot in 3-space with a bridge decomposition induced by an embedded torus

Study of knot theory brings connections

Imagine taking a tangled extension cord and plugging it into itself, so that it forms a closed loop. Can it be untied without unplugging the end? If not, can you prove it? Read More

Professor Susan Hermiller touches the Enigma machine

Breaking Enigma the first time

During his stay at Nebraska, Saltman met with students to offer his perspective on academic vs. non-academic employment, gave a colloquium talk for faculty and graduates, and presented the 10th annual Pi Mu Epsilon address “Breaking Enigma the First Time.” Read More

Henderson Holding the Cornelia Marschall Smith Professor of the Year Award

Alumni News: Hard work resides in teaching for Henderson

Good teaching matters. Nowhere did that become more apparent to Johnny Henderson than as a doctoral student at Nebraska. "I was exposed to exceptional teachers throughout my four years at UNL,” said Henderson, who has been a distinguished professor of mathematics at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, since 2002.” Read More

Dick Marshall is shown on vacation in Vermont

Alumni News: Marshall takes road less traveled

When retired lawyer Dick Marshall was once challenging an engineer’s work during a deposition, the engineer held fast to his conclusions, notwithstanding his methodology was flawed, and referred to his numbers as “fuzzy math.” “There is no fuzzy in math, just like ‘there’s no crying in baseball!’ ” said Marshall, a 1974 graduate in mathematics from Nebraska. “While my duty and loyalty was always to my client, I was able to recognize that when the numbers don’t add up, so to speak, you ought to admit it.” Read More