Mark Keel was promoted to
the rank of Associate Professor
with tenure effective September
2003. Professor Keel has
our warmest congratulations
and we wish him continued
AWARDS and RECOGNITIONS
NICOLAI KRYLOV AWARDED STEELE
Ordway Professor Nicolai Krylov
was awarded the 2004 Leroy P.
Steele Prize for Seminal Contribution
to Research. He shares the prize
with Lawrence C. Evans of the
University of California, Berkeley.
They were honored for their
fundamental contributions to
the theory of fully nonlinear
elliptic equations. Presented
annually by the American Mathematical
Society, the Steele Prize is
one of the highest distinctions
in mathematics. The prize was
awarded at the Joint Mathematics
Meetings held in January in
The Prize Citation states in
part: "The Steele Prize
for Seminal Research is awarded
...for the "Evans-Krylov
theorem".... Fully nonlinear
elliptic equations are of interest
in many subjects, including
the theory of controlled diffusion
processes and differential geometry.
These authors, independently
and with different arguments
established ...a result now
known as the Evans-Krylov theorem.
The Evans-Krylov theorem was
both a capstone on fundamental
contributions of the recipients
and others and a harbinger of
things to follow from the community.
...both recipients have made
a variety of distinguished contributions
to the theory of nonlinear partial
Further information may be found
All of us join in congratulating
Professor Krylov on this great
RESEARCH AWARD FOR HANS OTHMER
The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation,
Germany, presented the Humboldt
Research Award to Professor
Hans Othmer. The award honors
his academic achievements, especially
in the field of mathematical
biology. Professor Othmer was
invited to carry out research
projects in cooperation with
his colleagues from Germany
for a period up to one year.
The award carries an amount
of 50,000 Euro. We congratulate
Professor Othmer on this major
recognition. An interview with
Professor Othmer by Professor
Peter Webb who is one of the
Newsletter editors appears below.
DISTINGUISHED MCKNIGHT PROFESSORSHIP
FOR VICTOR REINER
Professor Victor Reiner is one
of the recipients of the Distinguished
McKnight University Professorship
Award. This is a very high recognition
of Professor Reiner's accomplishments
as a researcher and a teacher.
The only other Distinguished
McKnight University Professor
in the School of Mathematics
is Professor Vladimir Sverak.
We congratulate Professor Reiner
on this well deserved honor.
ZEITOUNI AWARDED HENRI POINCARE
Professor Ofer Zeitouni was
awarded the 2003 Prix de l’Institut
Henri Poincare for his paper
“Cut points and diffusive
random walks in random environment”.
This award is made every year
for a paper that has appeared
in the Annals of the Institut
Henri Poincare - Probability
He shares the award with E.
Bolthausen and A. Sznitman.
BEST IT MATH PROFESSOR AWARD
FOR ARTHUR LIM
Visiting Professor Arthur Lim
received the "Best IT Math
Professor" award for two
consecutive academic years:
2001 - 02 and 2002 - 03. The
award is given by the IT Student
Board. We congratulate Professor
Lim for this recognition of
his excellent work.