Department of Mathematics News

Excellence in Academic Outreach, Global Awareness Recognized at Annual Honors Banquet

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At the campus’s annual Honors Banquet last week, Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek celebrated faculty, staff, and students for their accomplishments throughout the past academic year. Suzanne Lenhart, a mathematics professor and Chancellor’s Professor, was recognized for her excellence in academic outreach. Michael Handelsman, director of global studies, received the Ready for the World Award.

Expert to Discuss Scientific Computing at Science Forum

Steven Wise, associate professor of mathematics, will present “Simulations for Solutions: Solving Problems Through Scientific Computing” on Friday, April 4, at this week’s Science Forum. The weekly brown-bag lunch series allows professors and area scientists to discuss their research with the general public in a conversational presentation. The presentation begins at noon in Room C-D of Thompson-Boling Arena. Attendees can bring lunch or purchase it at the arena.

UT Hosts Second Annual STEM Symposium for High School Students March 29

Tennessee high school students interested in careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics are invited to a symposium sponsored by UT Libraries on Saturday, March 29. The second annual Big Orange STEM Symposium (BOSS): High School Outreach will be from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the John C. Hodges Library. The symposium is free, but participants are encouraged to register online.

Pregame Showcase to Feature Scientific Computing Expert

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Before the Vols’ football game against Vanderbilt on Saturday, fans can learn about the past, present, and future of scientific computing at the College of Arts and Sciences Pregame Showcase. Steven Wise, associate professor of mathematics, will discuss the evolution of scientific computing and look at the challenges that lie ahead beginning at 5:00 p.m. in the UC Ballroom. This is the final Pregame Showcase of the season.

Student Uses Math Model to Determine How to Reduce Vicodin Abuse

After surgery or an injury, American doctors’ go-to treatment has become the pain killer Vicodin. In fact, 99 percent of all hydrocodone, the narcotic agent in the prescription, is used in the United States. With the rise in use comes a rise in abuse. More than 2 million Americans are currently abusing the drug, research shows. Wendy Caldwell, a senior in UT’s Honors Mathematics Program, wanted to know the best way to reduce this number. Caldwell worked with students and faculty across the country and found that prevention is more successful than treatment.

Faculty News and Notes

Honors and awards for the university’s faculty and graduate students.

Epigenetics Study Receiving International Media Attention

Is homosexuality genetic? It’s a long-running debate. Now researchers at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, say they’ve found a clue that may unlock the mystery. It lies in something called epi-genetics. The research is getting media attention worldwide.

Study Finds Epigenetics May Underlie Homosexuality

Is homosexuality genetic? It’s a long-running debate. Now researchers at UT say they’ve found a clue that may unlock the mystery. It lies in something called epi-genetics—how gene expression is regulated by temporary switches. A working group at NIMBioS used mathematical modeling that found the transmission of sex-specific epi-marks may signal homosexuality.