“We live in an age where computational science is becoming a nascent interdisciplinary field and the advent of computing technology is rapidly transforming how mathematics get used in applications. What has intrigued me the most in my research are the challenging questions that have strong practical motivations and demand new mathematical and computational tools for their solutions,” says Qiang Du, the Fu Foundation Professor of Applied Mathematics.
Ever since the dawn of the electronic age, science has been on a quest for miniaturization, making transistors smaller in order to integrate many into a circuit and further miniaturizing to build microprocessors. The potential for further miniaturization is predicated on physics: The tiniest transistors must still be large enough to control the on or off flow of electrons. The smallest transistors that can be envisioned consist of just a few atoms or a small molecule. The potential for making such small electronic circuits has captivated Latha Venkataraman, associate professor of applied physics.
Prof. Lorenzo Polvani was named a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society. "Those eligible for election to Fellow have made outstanding contributions to the atmospheric or related oceanic or hydrologic sciences or their applications during a substantial period of years." A full list of awards is available on the AMS website.
Prof. Adam Sobel's first book, Storm Surge: Hurricane Sandy, Our Changing Climate, and Extreme Weather of the Past and Future, was published by Harper-Collins on October 14, 2014. The book focuses on Hurricane Sandy and related issues, such as climate change, the science behind both weather forecasts and climate projections, and how we as human beings and societies cope with environmental risks.
Prof. Wiggins was recently featured in the Fast Company article, "Most Creative People: New York Times Chief Data Scientist Chris Wiggins on the Way We Create and Consume Content Now," by Leah Hunter. “At The New York Times, we produce a lot of content every day, but we also have a lot of data about the way people engage with that content,” Wiggins says. “[The Times] wanted to build out a data science function not only to curate and make available those data, but to learn from those data.