Navigation Links
UC Riverside mathematicians recognized by American Mathematical Society
Date:1/3/2013

RIVERSIDE, Calif. John Baez, a professor of mathematics at the University of California, Riverside, and UC Riverside alumnus John Huerta will receive the 2013 Levi L. Conant Prize from the American Mathematical Society (AMS).

Established in 2000 and presented annually, the prestigious prize recognizes the best expository research paper published in either the Notices of the AMS or the Bulletin of the AMS in the preceding five years.

Baez and his former graduate student Huerta will be awarded the prize on Jan. 10, 2013 at the Joint Mathematics Meetings in San Diego, Calif., for their article "The algebra of grand unified theories," which appeared in the Bulletin of the AMS in July 2010.

The Standard Model of particle physics, one of the central theoretical constructs of twentieth century physics, attempts to describe all particles and all the forces of nature except gravity. While the model seems complicated and somewhat arbitrary, it has been very successful in describing mathematically what we see in reality. The article by Baez and Huerta focuses on a key mathematical ingredient in this research, namely, group representation theory. The authors take on the daunting task of conveying decades of work in one, relatively short articleand they succeed.

Baez was an undergraduate at Princeton and got his Ph.D. in mathematics at MIT in 1986. After a two-year postdoctoral appointment at Yale, he was hired by UC Riverside. Until recently he worked on higher category theory and quantum gravity. His internet column "This Week's Finds" dates back to 1993 and is sometimes called the world's first blog. In 2010, concerned about climate change and the future of the planet, he switched to working on more practical topics and started the Azimuth Project, an international collaboration to create a focal point for scientists and engineers interested in saving the planet.

Currently Baez is studying network theory. Many branches of applied mathematics use diagrams to study complex networks made of interacting parts. Electrical circuit diagrams are the most famous example, but similar diagrams appear in chemistry, biology, computer science and many other fields.

"By treating these in a general, unified way, we can take techniques developed in any one of these areas and, with luck, apply it to problems in other areas," Baez explained.

Currently at the Instituto Superior Tecnico in Lisbon, Portugal, Huerta graduated from UCR in 2011 with a Ph.D. in mathematics. Though he studied mathematics, he is deeply interested in physics, deriving inspiration from it. This interest, which began with a popular astronomy book his sister gave him when he was a child, evolved into a fascination with stars, physical laws, and eventually the underlying mathematics and its conceptual interplay.


'/>"/>

Contact: Iqbal Pittalwala
iqbal@ucr.edu
951-827-6050
University of California - Riverside
Source:Eurekalert  

Related biology news :

1. UC Riverside plant cell biologist receives top scientific honor
2. UC Riverside receives grant for global health and development research
3. UC Riverside geologist receives 2 prestigious honors
4. $5 million grant awarded to UC Riverside to study immortality
5. UC Riverside graduate student awarded Guru Gobind Singh Fellowship
6. UC Riverside developing biofuel formulations for California
7. Team including UC Riverside entomologist honored for research leading to healthier potato chips
8. UC Riverside receives 3 grants to assist graduate students in pursuing doctoral degrees
9. UC Riverside entomologist recognized for research in citrus entomology
10. UC Riverside entomologist named Distinguished Scientist of the Year
11. UC Riverside turfgrass specialist receives high honor
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
UC Riverside mathematicians recognized by American Mathematical Society
(Date:3/24/2017)... The Controller General of Immigration from Maldives Mr. Mohamed Anwar ... prestigious international IAIR Award for the most innovative high security ePassport and ... ... Maldives Immigration Controller General, Mr. Mohamed ... the right) have received the IAIR award for the "Most innovative high ...
(Date:3/22/2017)... 21, 2017   Neurotechnology , a provider ... today announced the release of the SentiVeillance ... improved facial recognition using up to 10 surveillance, ... computer. The new version uses deep neural-network-based facial ... it utilizes a Graphing Processing Unit (GPU) for ...
(Date:3/20/2017)... Pa. , March 20, 2017 PMD ... 2.0 personal spirometer and Wellness Management System (WMS), a ... Founded in 2010, PMD Healthcare is a Medical ... with a mission dedicated to creating innovative solutions that ... life. With that intent focus, PMD developed the first ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:5/24/2017)... , May 23, 2017 As Ebola resurfaces in ... four deaths and 20 suspected cases now reported, a new ... PubMed database, showed a correlation between the 2014 and 2017 ... counts rose sharply in 2012-13, which preceded the 2014 outbreak. ... the Ebola gene Replikin counts in 2014-15, which again precedes ...
(Date:5/23/2017)... ... May 23, 2017 , ... ... of human cardiovascular cells for research and the development of cardiac regeneration ... to generate large numbers of cardiomyocytes (hPSC-CMs). Due to varying differentiation efficiencies, ...
(Date:5/23/2017)... USA (PRWEB) , ... May 22, 2017 , ... ... Optics and Photonics 2017 in San Diego, California, this August will feature ... solar fuels, and autonomous vehicles. , SPIE Optics and Photonics, the largest multidisciplinary ...
(Date:5/23/2017)... , ... May 23, 2017 , ... ... as Vice President of Clinical Operations. She brings years of expertise in ... Therapeutics. From her professional foundation as a licensed occupational therapist, through a variety ...
Breaking Biology Technology: