In April, the UCLA Department of Mathematics was awarded two major Focus Research Group (FRG) grants from the National Science Foundation in both pure and applied mathematics. In pure mathematics, Associate Professor Christian Haesemeyer (with co-principal investigators Eric Friedlander and Aravind Asok at USC; Mark Walker at University of Nebraska; and Chuck Weibel at Rutgers University) will conduct collaborative research to study classical questions in algebraic geometry using invariants of algebraic varieties arising from homotopy theory. Applied math Professor Andrea Bertozzi leads research on the mathematics of large scale urban crime, along with Professor Lincoln Chayes, Assistant Adjunct Professors Martin Short and George Mohler, as well as UCLA anthropologist Jeffrey Brantingham and George Tita (UC Irvine).

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