**M. Brendan Fleming Scholarship**will be awarded to a meritorious mathematics major each year starting in 2017.

This fall, we have welcomed Dr. Min Hyung Cho to the UML Department of Mathematical Sciences. Min Hyung is an applied mathematician who was most recently at Dartmouth College. He holds a Ph. D. from The University of North Carolina at Charlotte, where his advisor was Prof. Wei Cai. The title of his dissertation was “Fast Integral Methods in Layered Media with Application in Photonic Devices.”

- Computational Mathematics
- Numerical solutions of PDEs
- Fast Multipole Method (FMM) and treecodes
- Wave propagation in layered media
- High Performance Computing

- M.H. Cho and A. Barnett, Robust fast direct integral equation solver for quasi-periodic scattering problems with a large number of layers, 23, 2, 1775-1799, Optics Express, 2015
- M.H. Cho and W. Cai, A parallel fast algorithm for computing Helmholtz integral operator in 3-D layered media, 231, 17, 5910-5925, J. Computational Physics 2012
- M.H. Cho and W. Cai, A wideband fast multipole method for two-dimensional complex Helmholtz equation, Computer Physics Communications, 2010

With the outbreak of Ebola in the U.S. last fall, epidemiologists have had their work cut out for them. Whether they investigate the triggers of an infection for a public health agency or collect blood samples at an outpatient care center, epidemiologists examine the causes of diseases to prevent them from transmitting and recurring. These medical scientists might work in hospitals, laboratories or universities, or for pharmaceutical companies or health insurers.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts employment growth of about 13 percent between 2012 and 2022. Job prospects look promising, especially for medical scientists looking to work for state or local governments and general medical or surgical hospitals.

This spring, we have welcomed **Dr. Hung Phan** to the UML Department of Mathematical Sciences. Dr. Phan is an applied mathematician who was most recently at the University of British Columbia, Okanagan. No doubt he has been right at home in the past few weeks as we've had two major snow storms!

Hung's general research areas are Optimization, Numerical Methods, and Variational Analysis. His Ph. D. was earned at Wayne State University, with a thesis titled *New Variational Principles with Applications in Optimization Theory and Algorithms* (Advisor: Boris Mordukhovich).

Here are three of his recent publications:

**Linear and strong convergence of algorithms involving averaged non expansive operators**,(with H.H. Bauschke, D. Noll)*Journal of Mathematical Analysis and Applications*421 (2015), 1-20**The rate of linear convergence of the Douglas-Rachford algorithm for subspaces**, (with H.H. Bauschke, J.Y. Bello Cruz, T.T.A. Nghia, X. Wang)*Journal of Approximation Theory*185 (2014), 63-79**Restricted normal cones and sparsity optimization with affine constraints**, (with H.H. Bauschke, D.R. Luke, X. Wang),*Foundations of Computational Mathematics*14 (2014), 63-83

His web page is http://faculty.uml.edu/hung_phan/

**The Problems**

Prove that every nonzero coefficient of the Taylor series of \[(1-x+x^{2})e^{x}\] about \(x=0\) is a rational number whose numerator (in lowest terms) is either 1 or a prime number.

**The UML Team**

*Aspects of Functional Data Inference and Its Applications*(Advisor: Dennis Cox).

**New Hires**

**Retirements**

**More Hiring**

**More News**

I guess the biggest news centered around Lowell this summer has been the Market Basket fiasco. A couple of weeks into the boycott, I thought I'd create a visual to contrast our spending at different markets in the past year. Naturally, I used *Mathematica*. Here is a version of the plot I posted on a Facebook group site related to Lowell: