UCLA mathematics mourns the sudden untimely death of a colleague and friend, Peter Smereka. Peter was 56 years old and a professor of mathematics at the University of Michigan since 1994. He received his PhD from UCSB and spent three years at UCLA (1991-1994) as a postdoc, with Stan Osher and Russ Caflisch as his advisors.
Professors Andrea Bertozzi, Stan Osher, and Terry Tao have been listed as Highly Cited Researchers in 2015.
Robert J. Blattner (1931—2015) The UCLA Department of Mathematics lost a distinguished member of its faculty with the passing away on June 13, 2015, of Professor Emeritus Robert J. Blattner. He joined UCLA in 1957 and remained there till his retirement in 1992.
UCLA Mathematics Department rose to 8th place worldwide in the 2015 Shanghai rating of World Universities in Mathematics. UCLA continues to rank 5th place in the US in Mathematics.