Saturday, April 28, 2007
American Mathematical Society
UCLA's mathematics department has received the American Mathematical Society's 2007 Award for an Exemplary Program or Achievement in a Mathematics Department. UCLA's department is "an outstanding model of all that a mathematics department can be," the society declared.The award, given annually, recognizes a mathematics department that has distinguished itself by undertaking an innovative or particularly effective program that is of value to the mathematics community or to society."I'm telling everyone I meet," said Christoph Thiele, professor and chair of the UCLA mathematics department. "The AMS is the best mathematical society of its kind in the world. We are very honored by this award.The society praised UCLA's mathematics department for creating "a comprehensive vision for its undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral training programs that involves important interactions with the Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics (IPAM) at UCLA, which is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). Through these unusually large training programs, UCLA has become one of the biggest pipelines to mathematical careers in the United States.