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Allan Peterson accepts a gift from the Department and Chair Tom Marley (left) at the April 2018 recognition reception.

Peterson reaches 50 years at UNL

Four faculty members earned 50-year Service Awards from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2018. One was the math department’s own Allan Peterson. Peterson joined fellow Professors Edward Becker, Roger Bruning, and Brett Ratcliffe onstage at the Lied Center in September to receive the award from Chancellor Ronnie Green. He also was recognized at the Department of Mathematics’ April reception. Peterson has taught 51 years without interruption. Read More

The department’s biggest graduating class of 2018 doctorates since 1898 includes (from left to right, back row) Erica Miller, Matt Mills, Jessalyn Bolkema, Carolyn Mayer, Rachel Kirsch, Allison Beemer, Eric Canton; (middle row) Jessica De Silva, Corbin Groothuis, Kelsey Wells, Laura White, Cory Wright, Nick Kass, Jessie Jamieson; (front row) Areeba Ikram, Neil Steinburg, Scott Gensler, Seth Lindokken, and Mohsen Gheibi.

2018 Ph.D. class breaks records with many firsts

It is interesting to contrast the Department’s early doctoral education history with 2018, a year in which 19 outstanding graduate students earned a Ph.D. from the Department of Mathematics. This was the most Ph.D.s ever awarded in one year, breaking the record of 15, which was set in 2015. Read More

Michelle Homp (left) with Masake (Kane) Ly (far right), the Afrimath founder and director.

Michelle Homp’s Journal: Afrimath: Connecting continents

In July of this past summer, I had the privilege of traveling to Africa to introduce the Primarily Math program to seven teachers from the Senegalese-American Bilingual School (SABS) in Dakar, Senegal. This experience was one component of the 2018 Afrimath Summer Program. Headquartered in Dakar, Afrimath is an initiative designed to strengthen mathematics education in Senegal and all of Africa by engaging students and teachers in rich learning experiences that deepen their knowledge of mathematics and mathematics pedagogy. Read More

Linda Bors

Alumni News: The art of applied analysis

Linda Bors wanted to use math and business skills in her career, which she achieved as an Air Force civilian at the U.S. Strategic Command. Before retiring in 2017, Bors did programming, military modeling and simulation, developed advanced spreadsheets, and determined military requirements for various programs. Read More

John Orr

Orr returns to native Scotland

John Orr's current work at Google London continues his interest in education at scale, building software for projects such as “CS First,” which aims to help teachers and parents develop kids’ interest and skills in computer science. Read More


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