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UTEP Distinguished Teaching Professor Dr. Larry Lesser is the 2021 winner of the Waller Distinguished Teaching Career Award, given by the American Statistical Association (ASA), the world’s largest community of statisticians and the nation’s second-oldest continuously operating professional association of any field.
UTEP American Mathematical Society Graduate Student Chapter recently approved
The UTEP AMS Graduate Student Chapter was recently approved by the AMS and UTEP, with graduate student Diego Siera as its founding president, and Dr. Michael Pokojovy as faculty advisor. Graduate and undergraduate students interested in Mathematics and related fields are welcome to join the Chapter, and follow their activities on the UTEP AMSGC minetracker page.
Speaker Series Launches on Math and Religion
Dr. Larry Lesser and Rabbi Ben Zeidman are the co-organizers of a 2021 funded international speaker series titled “Higher Meanings: Exploring Connections Between Religion and Mathematics.” This online (Zoom) series of six talks targets a worldwide general audience seeking nuanced appreciation for the two domains and how they may overlap. Dr. Lesser kicked off the series with a March 18 talk on infinity attended by 131 people. The series has generated coverage from TV (e.g., ABC-affiliate KVIA), radio (e.g., NPR station KTEP-FM), and print media (e.g., Jewish Herald-Voice). For more detail on the series and to register (at no charge) for each speaker’s presentation, go to www.templemountsinai.com/Learning/SiS .
The PhD program in Data Science has received approval by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. Pending approval by SACSCOC, the program is set to begin as early as spring 2021. It will become UTEP’s 23rd doctoral program and the first one housed completely in the Mathematical Sciences Department. The PhD in Data Science will prepare and train individuals who can immediately obtain positions in business and industry that use data to guide decision-making. This program also involves applied training that will allow graduates to collaborate with others to drive innovation. Recent surveys suggest that there is currently a deficit of people with this type of training; in fact, over 40% of companies report not being able to find personnel for positions that require expertise in processing and modeling data to make decisions. The establishment of this program at UTEP will create a pipeline of data science professionals in the region and will be a unique and valuable contribution to data science education, both regionally and nationally.
Student interested in pursuing a PhD in Data Science at UTEP may find more information at the program's page on this website.
The AMS fall central sectional meeting that was scheduled to take place at UTEP on September 2020 will be held virtually. It is the first time that the AMS hosts a virtual meeting, so the AMS and UTEP will be making history together. The AMS has also approved the department's request for rescheduling the on-campus AMS sectional meeting to September 2022.
Tutors are available online to help students with Math and Stat questions.