Professor Chris Danforth received a $2M grant from Mass Mutual to launch the Lived Experiences Measured Using Rings Study (LEMURS), a longitudinal wearables experiment that will incentivize well-being promoting behaviors like exercise, nature experiences, and therapy in college students. The project brings together a team of faculty in Mathematics & Statistics, Biomedical Engineering, Psychiatry, Psychology, Computer Science, and Natural Resources.
The Economist published a pair of articles on Russian citizen perception of the war in Ukraine in collaboration with the Computational Story Lab which Chris cofounded. Mentions of “war” in Russian tweets, frowned upon by the Kremlin, have risen sharply, as have “scary”, “ashamed” and “horror”. Overall, posters’ mood has worsened eight times more than at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. Based on past trends, this implies a one-point dip on Gallup’s one-to-ten happiness scale.
This summer, Assistant Professor Christelle Vincent was invited to lead the Park City Mathematics Institute's Undergraduate Summer School (Park City, Utah, July 17-August 6, 2022). The Park City Mathematics Institute is an annual three-week workshop organized by the Institute for Advanced Study from Princeton. During the Undergraduate Summer School, Professor Vincent gave a twelve-hour mini-course on mathematical cryptography to approximately forty undergraduate students from around the world. The course introduced students to cutting-edge lattice-based cryptography, which was just chosen by the National Institute for Standards and Technologies as a top contender for post-quantum cryptography. In addition to her course, Professor Vincent led the Experimental Math Learning program of the Mathematics Institute, which invited students to work independently on topics connected to cryptography and quantum computing. This invitation is very prestigious for Professor Vincent, demonstrating her national profile as an excellent undergraduate instructor and undergraduate research supervisor. During the program she was assisted by her PhD student Jesse Franklin.
Professor Jianke Yang is organizing the “International Workshop on Rogue Waves”, which will be held at UVM on Dec. 17-18, 2022. This workshop will bring together 21 experts on rogue waves from around the world, who will give talks on this subject either in-person or online. Professor Yang is also writing a monograph titled “Rogue Waves in Integrable Systems”, which will be published by Springer in 2023.
Hunter Rehm, a PhD student of Assistant Professor Puck Rombach, was awarded a VTSGC (Vermont Space Grant Consortium) Graduate Fellowship for the academic year 2022-23. Puck’s two other graduate students Colin Giles and Jeremy Quail were NASA interns in the past summer, working in NASA’s different research groups.