HOW DO WE RANK?
Did you think we were performing
well in mathematics at Minnesota?
Well, others agree. Thomson ISI
publishes a list of 'highly cited
researchers' in mathematics available
at the internet site ISIHighlyCited.com.
Worldwide, out of the top 234
mathematicians listed, 5 of them
are currently in our department.
They are Professors Douglas Arnold,
Wei-Ming Ni, Peter Olver, George
Sell and James Serrin. This surely
puts us in a strong position compared
to other departments.
Thomson ISI also has a number
of different categories into which
they break down the research output
of federally funded universities.
One of these categories is 'most
prolific' - which measures the
total number of papers produced
by mathematics departments in
the years 1998 - 2002. The top
five in this 'most prolific' category,
along with the number of papers
contributed by each department
to a certain group of journals
1. University of California, Berkeley
2. University of Michigan 576
3. Rutgers University 559
4. University of Wisconsin, Madison
5. University of Minnesota 506
(info available from http://www.in-cites.com/research/2003/december_22_2003-1.html).
It was comforting to read the
more general ranking of 'Best
Places to Work in Academia' compiled
by 'The Scientist'. Their top
5 American institutions are:
1. Fox Chase Cancer Center
4. University of California at
5. University of Minnesota - Twin
In a similar vein the Massachusetts
consulting firm Collegia Inc.
produces a College Destination
Index. They evaluate large, mid-size
and small cities on various 'lifestyle'
aspects. In the 'Large City' category
the top 5 are:
1. Boston-Cambridge Mass.
3. San Francisco Bay Area
4. Minneapolis - St. Paul
5. New York - Long Island - Northern