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Leif Ristroph in Gizmodo, December 18, 2015

Photograph of Professor Leif RistrophThe Coolest Science Stories You May Have Missed in 2015

Professor Leif Ristroph's research on candy dissolution in fluid flows is named one of the coolest science stories of 2015 by Gizmodo.com.

Courant in the New York Times, December 6, 2015

The Courant Institute, circa 1968The Mathematicians Who Ended the Kidnapping of an N.Y.U. Computer

In 1970, student protesters stormed into a building at New York University and took control of a computer then considered “the most expensive thing on campus.”

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Fall 2015 CIMS Newsletter

December 17, 2015
Fall 2015 CIMS Newsletter

The Fall 2015 issue of the CIMS Newsletter has been released. A digital copy is available here.






Spring 2015 CIMS Newsletter

June 04, 2015

Spring 2015 CIMS NewsletterThe Spring 2015 issue of the CIMS Newsletter has been released. A digital copy is available here.






Lisa Braden-Harder M.S. Computer Science '91 Receives Innovation, Leadership Award

April 24, 2015

Photograph of Lisa Braden-HarderLisa Braden-Harder, CEO of Appen, a company selling highly specialized data sets that help machines learn to read, listen, and speak in 150 different languages, received the Small Business Innovation and Leadership Award at the 11th annual Connecticut Technology Council's Women of Innovation awards program. According to the press release, Ms. Braden-Harder was recognized for leading her company through an IPO on the Australian stock exchange earlier this year. She started the Butler Hill Group in 1993 before merging it with Australian-based Appen in 2010. The company now reaches more than 50 countries, with offices in San Francisco and Seattle as well as Europe and Asia, and employs 150 people. In addition to earning an MS in computer science from Courant in 1991, she received a BS in computer science from Purdue University in 1982.

Man of the Hour - Professor emeritus Louis Nirenberg

April 14, 2015

Louis NirenbergIt has been an eventful year for Professor Nirenberg, a Courant alumnus (MS, PhD '47) as well as a distinguished member of the faculty. The Institute celebrated his 90th birthday (a few months early) at a reception on October 17, 2014. We were pleased to be joined for the occasion by many of Louis' mathematical friends.

We were then thrilled to learn on March 25 that Professor Nirenberg was named a 2015 Abel Prize winner with John F. Nash, Jr. of Princeton. The Norwegian Academy of Sciences & Letters, which confers the prize, cited Professors Nirenberg and Nash “for striking and seminal contributions to the theory of nonlinear partial differential equations and its applications to geometric analysis.” The Institute celebrated with a reception on Monday, March 30. Colleagues, former students and friends offering their congratulations, anecdotes, and fond feelings for Professor Nirenberg included Institute Director Gerard Ben Arous who flew in from Paris, where he has been on sabbatical, Acting Director Mike Shelley, Mr. Martin Fossum of the Norwegian Consul’s office in New York, Bob Kohn, Jalal Shatah, former Nirenberg student Sergiu Klainerman, Peter Lax, Charles Fefferman and NYU President John Sexton.

Holidays and History

April 13, 2015

Brittany ShieldsThe annual Holiday Lecture was given in December by Brittany Shields (GSAS ’08), presenting “The Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences: A Historical Perspective, 1934-1972”. At the time of the lecture a doctoral candidate at the University of Pennsylvania, Ms. Shields has written and presented extensively about the Courant Institute and Mathematics at NYU, including her master’s thesis: “A Sociological and Historical Study of the Early Development of New York University's Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences”. She spoke more recently on Richard Courant and NYU’s mathematics enterprise during World War II at the American Mathematical Society Spring Eastern Sectional Meeting on March 8 in Washington, DC.

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