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Feb 5 , 2015

The Math Dept is making news on campus this week. Firstly, the continuing succesful recruitment of female graduate students has gained wide recognition. See "Graduate Student Sisters" and "Female enrollment in UT math graduate program is on the rise". Secondly, Luis Caffarelli explains the role of understanding Navier-Stokes Equations in modern science in this Interview with Luis Caffarelli.


Ren Kui

Kui Ren was awarded the MediaV Young Researcher Award

Jan 12 , 2015

Kui Ren was awarded the MediaV Young Researcher Award at the International Conference on Inverse Problems and Related Topics, 2014 in Tapei.

This prize is awarded to scientists who are 40 years old or less and who have made important contributions to the field of inverse problems. Read More ... and more


Luis Caffarelli

Caffarelli was awarded the Career Research Excellence Award

October 16 , 2014

Luis Caffarelli was awarded the Career Research Excellence award given by the University Co-op. This award is given to a faculty member or staff researcher who has maintained a superior research program across many years.


Dan Freed

Dan Freed receives The London Math. Soc. Senior Berwick Prize

July 11 , 2014

Dan Freed, together with his collaborators Mike Hopkins and Constantin Teleman have been awarded the London Mathematical Society Senior Berwick Prize. This is in recognition of their paper: Loop groups and twisted K-theory, Journal of Topology, 4 (2011). The announcment can be viewed here.

In addition, the Simon's Foundation announced that Dan will receive one of the 2014 Simons Fellowships. The complete list is available here.


Jane Arledge

Jane Arledge to receive Regent's Outstanding Teaching Award

June 18 , 2014

Jane Arledge has been selected to receive a 2014 Regent's Outstanding Teaching Award. Only a few faculty members from across the UT System are given this prestgious award.


Michael Starbird

Mike Starbird has received an honorary degree

May 27 , 2014

Mike Starbird has received an honorary Doctor of Science degree from Pomona College.Further details can be found here.


Ren Kui

Kui Ren has received a Moncrief Award

May 6 , 2014

Kui Ren has received one of the four ICES' 2014 W. A. "Tex" Moncrief Grand Challenge Awards. Further details can be found here.


Inderjit Dhillon

Inderjit Dhillon has been named a 2014 SIAM fellow

April 22 , 2014

Inderjit Dhillon who holds a courtesy appointment in the Department of Mathematics has been selected as a 2014 Fellow of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics.

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Mirela Ciperiani

Ciperiani wins a NSF CAREER award

April 15 , 2014

Mirela Ciperiani has been awarded a National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development Award.

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Francois Baccelli

ACM award for Francois Baccelli

April 14 , 2014

Francois Baccelli has been awarded the 2014 ACM SIGMETRICS Achievement Award, for his "fundamental contributions to stochastic geometry and to discrete-event dynamic system theory for the analysis of computer/communication systems".

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US News

UT Math ranked 14th by US News

March 11 , 2014

UT Math department retained its ranking as #14 by US News & World Report. Three of our programs are ranked top ten in the rankings: Analysis (#8), Applied Math (#10) and Topology (#8).


Amir Mohammadi

Amir Mohammadi awarded a Sloan Fellowship

February 18 , 2014

Amir Mohammadi has been awarded a 2014 Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellowship. A list of this years fellows is available at


Irene Gamba

Irene Gamba to give 2014 Sonia Kovalevsky Lecture

January 23, 2014

Professor Irene Gamba has been invited by the Association for Women in Mathematics and Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) to be the 2014 Sonia Kovalevsky Lecturer. The Kovalevsky Lectures honor women who have made fundamental and sustained contributions to applied or computational mathematics.

Irene will deliver the lecture at the 2014 SIAM Annual Meeting in Chicago in July 2014.

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Luis Caffarelli

Caffarelli awarded Steele Prize

December 5 , 2013

Luis Caffarelli (along with collaborators Robert Kohn, and Louis Nirenberg) have been awarded the 2014 AMS Steele Prize for a Seminal Contribution to Research.

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Figalli and Zariphopoulou to speak ICM 2014

September 5 , 2013

Two of our faculty members, Alessio Figalli and Thaleia Zariphopoulou have been invited to speak at ICM 2014, in the sections on Analysis and Applications and Mathematics in Science and Technology respectively.
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Fall 2013 New Faculty

Mathematics Welcomes Its Fall 2013 New Members

August 25 , 2013

The Department would like to welcome all of its new members. This semester, eleven new faculty members and thirty one graduate students has joined the department.

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Luis Caffarelli

Prof. Caffarelli received a Solomon Lefschetz medal

Aug 6, 2013

This morning Prof. Caffarelli received the Solomon Lefschetz medal at the Mathematical Congress of the Americas.

Two Solomon Lefschetz Medals have been awarded to mathematicians in recognition of the excellence in their research and the relevant contributions done for the development of mathematics in the Americas.



Jane Arledge

Jane Arledge to Receive Teaching Fellowship

June 17 , 2012

Dr. Jane Arledge has been selected to hold a Dads' Association Centennial Teaching Fellowship for the 2013-14 Fall semester. The award is the latest recognition of Jane's teaching excellence and commitment to students.


Luis Caffarelli

Caffarelli to Receive Honorary Degree from University of Chicago

May 16, 2013

Luis A. Caffarelli, a universally acclaimed forefront authority on nonlinear elliptic PDEs, will receive a Doctor of Science honorary degree from University of Chicago at its 515th Convocation on Saturday, June 15.



Richard Tsai

Tsai is awarded a Simons Fellowship

May 7, 2013

Richard Tsai is awarded a 2013 Simons Fellowship from the Simons Foundation who made the announcement in the New York Times yesterday. Richard will receive compensation for a full year of academic leave to focus solely on research.



Spring 13 awards

Math Dept Spring 13 awards

May 6, 2013

Six of our Faculty members and eleven graduate students have been honored at our Spring 2013 awards reception. Congratuations to all!



Rachel Ward

Rachel Ward

May 2, 2013

Rachel Ward has been awarded an NSF Career award and a U.S. Air Force Young Investigator grant.

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P. Mueller and J. Mann Austin to receive CNS Teaching Excellence Awards

April 2 , 2013

Two of our faculty members, Peter Mueller and Jennifer Mann Austin have been awarded CNS Teaching Excellence Award for 2013. Congratulations to Peter and Jennifer!
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Efraim P. Armendariz

Efraim P. Armendariz

Feb 21 , 2013

It is with great sadness that the department announces the passing of Professor Efraim Armendariz. Efraim died on Wednesday 13th February after a battle with cancer. Efraim had been with the department since 1966 and was Chairman from 1991--2007. Under his leadership the department's stature rose nationally and internationally.

In his time in the department, Efraim was heavily involved in programs to enrich the mathematics experience for undergraduates at UT, as well as programs that impacted mathematics education state wide. For example, Efraim was instrumental in establishing the Emerging Scholars Program at the University of Texas, and he was an active supporter and participant of the UTeach program.

He will be sorely missed by his colleagues in the department, and in the larger University community.

A celebration of Efraim's life will be held on Saturday, February 23, 10am at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 3003 Northland Dr. Austin, TX 78757

Click here to read the obituary in The Austin American statesmen.


Ted Odell

Ted Odell

Jan 24 , 2013

It is with great sadness that the department announces the passing of Professor Ted Odell who died suddenly on January 9th 2013. Ted had been with the Department of Mathematics since 1977, and since 2005 held the John T. Stuart III Centennial Professorship of Mathematics. He was also the Associate Chair for Undergraduate Studies.

On Saturday January 19th, an event, "The Celebration of The Life of Ted Odell" was held in Room MAI 212 of the Main Building of the U.T. campus. Speeches to a packed room were given by a family member, colleagues in the department and two of Ted's co-authors. It was also announced that Ted's family has generously started a "The Ted Odell Excellence Fund in Mathematics."

His death leaves a huge void in the department, and he will be sorely missed by his colleagues there and in the larger University community.

Click here to read the obituary in The Austin American statesmen.


Jane Arledge

Jane Arledge to receive President's Associates Teaching Excellence Award

Nov 30 , 2012

Dr. Jane Arledge has been selected to receive the President's Associates Teaching Excellence Award for the 2011-2012 academic year.

The award recognizes the consistent level of excellence Dr. Arledge has achieved in teaching undergraduate students.



21 Faculty Named 2013 Fellows

Nov 7 , 2012

The inaugural class of Fellows were announced November 1, 2012. Twenty one of our faculty members are honored.

The Fellows of the American Mathematical Society program recognizes members who have made outstanding contributions to the creation, exposition, advancement, communication, and utilization of mathematics.

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RTG Grant in Geometry and Topology

UT Math has been awarded a RTG Grant in Geometry and Topology

Sept 4 , 2012

Thirteen faculty members in Geometry/Topology has been awarded a new, highly competitive, RTG grant from the NSF. Over a five year span, this award will provide $2.5M to enhance the training of undergraduates, graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers in Geometry and Topology.

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Fall 2012 New Faculty

Mathematics Welcomes Its Fall 2012 New Members

August 20 , 2012

The Department would like to welcome all of its new members. This semester, twenty one new faculty members and twenty two graduate students has joined the department.

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Irene Gamba

Gamba Recieves the 2012-13 ICES Distinguished Research Award

August 20, 2012

Prof. Gamba is the 2012-13 recipient of the ICES Distinguished Research Award. The award is given to ICES core faculty who have demonstrated a sustained level of distinguished research in computational sciences and engineering. The award provides $25,000 per year for up to four years of discretionary funds to support research within the Institute.

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Alessio Figalli

Figalli Wins a EMS prize

July 3 , 2012

Alessio Figalli is one of 10 EMS prize winners announced at the 6th European Congress of Mathematics in Krakow. For the complete list see:

For an article written by CNS based on Figalli's recent prize, please see here.


Karen Uhlenbeck

Uhlenbeck received an honorary degree from Princeton University

July 2 , 2012

Karen Uhlenbeck received an honorary doctorate of science from Princeton University during their spring commencement ceremonies. The honor recognized her leadership in mathematical physics and partial differential equations, particularly gauge theory and global analysis; and for her invaluable achievements in mentoring young mathematicians.

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Luis Caffarelli, photo: ICES/UT

Caffarelli received an honorary degree from the University of Notre Dame

June 13 , 2012

Luis Caffarelli received an honorary doctorate of science from the University of Notre Dame during their spring commencement ceremonies. The honor recognized his leadership in the field of partial differential equations and their applications.

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Bennett Calculus Winners

Congratulations to our Bennett Calculus Exam Winners

May 14 , 2012

This semester's Bennett Calculus Prize Exam was held on Saturday, May 5, 2012. The winners are: First Place (tie): Mark Johnson and Ben Seroussi
Third Place: Rebecca Wu
Congratulations to all.


Spring 12 PhDs

Contratulations to our new Ph.Ds

May 10 , 2012

Seventeen of our Ph.D students have successfully defended their dissertations during this academic year. Congratulations to all of our new Ph.Ds

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Spring 12 Awards

Math Dept Spring 12 Awards

May 7 , 2012

A. Neitzke, D. Knopf, P. Monin, E. Staron J. Bennett, R. Jain, G. Moss, N. Rauh, L. Fredrickson, D. Kriventsov, P. Safronov and L. Starkston have been awarded at today's end of year reception.

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Richard Tsai

Richard Tsai to Receive a Moncrief Award

Apr 30 , 2012

Dr. Richard Tsai has been awarded one of the 2012 ICES Moncrief Grand Challenge Faculty Awards.

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Gilbert Moss and Jason Jo

Gilbert Moss and Jason Jo to Receive CNS TA Excellence Award

Apr 25 , 2012

Gilbert Moss and Jason Jo, have been awarded the 2011-2012 Natural Science Council TA Excellence Award.


Francois Baccelli

François Baccelli to Join UT Math

Apr 6 , 2012

The Department of Mathematics is proud to announce that François Baccelli has accepted the Simons Chair in Mathematics and Electrical and Computer Engineering.
An announcement of the recipients of the 2011 competition Math+X: Encouraging Interactions Program can be found at The Simons Foundation website.


Catlett, Knopf and Vick to Receive CNS and UT Awards

April 4 , 2012

S. Catlett has been selected to receive a CNS Staff Excellence Award for 2012. D. Knopf has been selected to receive a CNS Teaching Excellence Award for 2012. J. Vick has been selected as the winner of the 2012 Friar Centennial Teaching Fellowship.

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Gamba and Zariphopoulou Named SIAM Fellows

March 30 , 2012

Dr I. Gamba and T. Zariphopoulou have been named 2012 SIAM fellows, for their contributions to analytical and numerical methods for statistical transport problems in complex particle systems, and to stochastic control and financial mathematics respectively.

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Blumberg, Chen and Neitzke Have Received NSF Career Awards

Mar 30 , 2012

Three of our faculty members, A. Blumberg, T. Chen and A. Neitzke have received Career Awards from NSF this year. In addition, Thomas Chen has received the 2010 Annales Henri Poincare Prize, which is an annual best paper award from the journal "Annales Henri Poincare" of the Institut Henri Poincare, Paris. The award winning paper is "Quantitative Estimates on the Binding Energy for Hydrogen in Non-Relativistic QED", AHP Vol 11, 1487-1544.



Maorong Zou Receives a UT Austin 2012 President's Outstanding Staff Award

Feb 24 , 2012

The office of the president has announced that Maorong Zou will receive a President's Outstanding Staff Award at the Annual President's Staff Awards ceremony on May 4, 2012. This award is in recognition of the positive effect he has had on this campus, his commitment to excellence, and his consistent, high-level performance.

Denise Berry, Mark North, Guillerma Romero, and Maorong Zou will receive Staff Service Awards in recognition of their 15 years of service to the University.
The President's Staff Awards


Rachel Ward

Rachel Ward has been awarded a Sloan Fellowship

Feb 15 , 2012

The Sloan Foundation today announced that Rachel Ward has been awarded a 2012 Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship. The complete list of recipients is available at


Luis Caffarelli, photo: ICES/UT

Caffarelli Wins Israel's Wolf Prize

Jan 10 , 2012

Luis Caffarelli has been named a winner of Israel's prestigious Wolf Prize, along with seven other American, British and Isreli recipients. The Math Department now has two Wolf prize winners on its faculty, John Tate won the Wolf prize in 2002.

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Bjorn Engquist

Engquist Receives 2012 AMS-SIAM Birkhoff Prize

Jan 5 , 2012

Bjorn Engquist has been awarded the 2012 AMS-SIAM George David Birkhoff Prize in Applied Mathematics, "for his contributions to a wide range of powerful computational methods over more than three decades," the prize citation says. "His work blends mathematical analysis, modeling, and computation, and has led to numerical tools with enormous impact across a broad range of applications, including aerodynamics, acoustics, electromagnetism, computational fluid mechanics, and computational geoscience." Read more ...


Ivo Babuska

Babuska Receives 2012 AMS Steele Prize for Lifetime Achievement

Jan 5, 2012

Ivo M. Babuska has been awarded the 2012 AMS Leroy P. Steele Prize for Lifetime Achievement, "for his many pioneering advances in the numerical solution of partial differential equations over the last half century." The prize citation goes on to say: "In his work on finite element methods, Babuska has developed and applied mathematics in profound ways to develop, analyze, and validate algorithms which are crucial for computational science and engineering. In so doing, he has helped to define that field, and has had a great impact on the modern world. A constant characteristic of Babuska's work is the combination of deep and imaginative mathematical analysis with a constant concern for the practical implications of his work for engineering applications." Read more ...


Elizabeth Stepp

Dr. Stepp receives a President's Associates Teaching Excellence Award

Dec 5, 2011

Dr. Stepp has been selected to receive a President's Associates Teaching Excellence Award for the year 2011-12. Congratulations to Elizabeth on this well-deserved recognition of her dedication and excellence in teaching.


Alessio Figalli

Dr. Alessio Figalli Receives the Peccot-Vimont Prize

Oct 1, 2011

Dr Alessio Figalli receives the Peccot-Vimont Prize 2011 and Cours Peccot 2012 of the Collège de France. Further details to follow.


Lexing Ying

Dr. Lexing Ying Received the 9th Feng Kang Award

Sept 20 , 2011

Dr. Lexing Ying has been awarded the 9th Feng Kang Prize for Scientific Computing from the Chinese Academy of Science, for his significant contributions in fast algorithms in scientific computing.


Mathematics Welcomes Its Fall 2011 New Members

Aug 18, 2011

The Department would like to welcome all of its new members. This semester, thirteen new faculty members and twenty graduate students has joined the department.

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Bjorn Engquist

Engquist receives Hernici Prize

June 21 , 2011

Prof. Engquist has been selected to receive the Peter Henrici prize awarded jointly by ETH Zurich and SIAM. He will receive the prize at the 2011 ICIAM Conference in Canada.

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2011 Williams Scholars

Professor Bill Guy Jr. Passed Away

May 22 , 2011

Our distinguished colleague, Dr. Bill Guy, Jr. passed away on May 22 at his home in Austin. Dr Guy was a dearly beloved professor on campus who contributed much to our University, our College and especially our Department.

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2011 Williams Scholars

Williams Scholar Award given to 6 outstanding students

May 12 , 2011

Six outstanding students, Lauren Grimley, Xiaomeng Jiang, Eileen Martin, Sean Simmons, Ruoqing Wang and Laura Warner has been awarded Spring 2011 Williams Scholars.

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Eileen Martin Named Goldwater Scholar

Eileen Martin has been named a Goldwater Scholar

April 15 , 2011

Our student, Eileen Martin, has been awarded a Goldwater Scholarship, the premier undergraduate award of its type in mathematics, natural sciences and engineering. Eileen is being recognized for her work extending methods and theorems in frame theory to the study of differential topology.

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Apr 5, 2011

Rodin and Sofer Wins CNS Outreach Innovation Award

Altha Rodin and Adriana Sofer have been awarded the 2011 College of Natural Sciences Outreach Innovation Award for their achievement and effort in establishing the Mathematics Teachers' Circle of Austin, a professional learning community that brings together middle school math teachers and professional mathematicians so that they may work together and learn from each other.


Margaret Combs Retires

Feb 28, 2011

After 27 years of dedicated service to the department, Margaret Combs retires from UT Austin. A reception was held on Feb 25, 2010 honoring her exceptional service to the University.

Margaret has won this year's UT Austin Outstanding Staff award. She is also a recipient of the inaugural Mathematics department staff excellence award.


Peter Mueller Joins Department

Oct 24, 2010

Bayesian statistician Dr. Peter Mueller from M.D. Anderson Cancer Center will join the Mathematics faculty in January 2011.

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J. Arledge Wins John Durbin Teaching Award

Sep 13, 2010

Dr. Jane Arledge is the 2010-11 recipient of the
John R. Durbin Teaching Excellence Award in Mathematics.

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Mathematics Welcomes Its Fall 2010 New Faculty

Aug 24, 2010

The Department would like to welcome all of its new members. This semester, ten new faculty members and twenty-six graduate students has joined the department.

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Andrew Blumberg Featured on UT Webcentral

Blumberg is featured on UT web central

Aug 10, 2010

Andrew Blumberg is featured on UT web central, for his recent research on "locational Privacy".

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Jim Vick receives Piper Award

J. Vick Receives Piper Award

May 3, 2010

James Vick has been recognized as a Minnie Stevens Piper Professor for 2010

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Engquist Named 2010 SIAM Fellow

B. Engquist is named a SIAM Fellow

March 31, 2010

Bjorn Engquist has been selected as a 2010 SIAM Fellow, for his contributions to numerical analysis and multiscale modeling.

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Tate Wins the 2010 Abel Prize

John Tate Wins the 2010 Abel Prize

March 24, 2010

The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters has awarded the 2010 Abel Prize to John Tate, for his vast and lasting impact on the theory of numbers.

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J.Duthie Awarded

City of Austin won WTS Award

March 24, 2010

The City of Austin recently won WTS International's Innovative Project Solutions Award for its piloting of experimental bicycle facilities. The pilot study, led by UT researchers Randy Machemehl and Jennifer Duthie, has shown shared road pavement markings reduces motorist-bicyclist conflicts.

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Invited Speakers @ ICM 2010

February 1, 2010

ICES faculty Tom Hughes and Mary Wheeler will give invited addresses at the 2010 International Congress of Mathematicians in Hyderabad, India.

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Simons Postdoctoral Fellowship at UT Math

November 7, 2009

For Fall 2010 the Department of Mathematics will offer one 3-year postdoctoral fellowship supported by the Simons Foundation. This position carries a stipend of $70,000 plus travel, et al for three years with a requirement to teach three classes, including one at graduate level. The main constraint is that the successful candidate should have received their Ph.D. within 12 months proceeding his/her appointment.



Fall 2009 Department Awards

October 27, 2009

Professor Mike Starbird and James Vick won Regents' Outstanding Teaching Awards. Professor Natasa Pavlovic won the first John R. Durbin Teaching Excellence Award in Mathematics. Zachary Miner won Math Dept Outstanding Teaching Award. John Meth, Allison Moore and Rory Rother won Frank Gerth III Teaching Excellence Awards. Hector Chang, Keenan Kidwell and Travis Mandel won Frank Gerth III Graduate Excellence Awards.

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Professor Irene Gamba Receives NSF awards

September 16, 2009

Professor Irene M. Gamba, together with chemical engineering Professor Charles Mullins and chemistry Professor Allen Bard have received about $2.5 million grants to identify new materials that will efficiently absorb sunlight and split water into clean hydrogen fuel, which could power cars and be used to generate electricity.

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