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UCLA Mathematicians Bring Ocean to Life for Disney's ‘Moana’

The Math Behind The Ocean

The hit Disney movie "Moana" features stunning visual effects, including the animation of water to such a degree that it becomes a distinct character in the film.

UCLA mathematics professor Joseph Teran, a Walt Disney consultant on animated movies since 2007, is under no illusion that artists want lengthy mathematics lessons, but many of them realize that the success of animated movies often depends on advanced mathematics.

In Memoriam: Philip C. Curtis Jr.

Professor Emeritus Philip C. Curtis Jr.

The UCLA Department of Mathematics lost a cherished and distinguished member of its faculty with the passing away on December 19, 2016, of Professor Emeritus Philip C. Curtis Jr. Among his many accomplishments at UCLA, Phil was instrumental in the development of the UCLA California Mathematics Project and played the key role in founding the Department’s Joint Mathematics Education Program, Mathematics Teacher in Residence Program, and MDTP site. 

Please click here to read his obituary. 


Ciprian Manolescu Named as 2017 AMS Fellow

Professor Ciprian Manolescu

UCLA Mathematics Professor Ciprian Manolescu was elected as one of sixty-five new fellows of the American Mathematical Society (AMS) for his contributions to Floer homology and the topology of manifolds.  The Fellows of the AMS program was inaugurated in 2013 to highlight and celebrate the outstanding achievements of the mathematical sciences community.

To see the full list of fellows, please visit:



Deanna Needell co-awarded the IMA Prize in Mathematics and Applications

Professor Deanna Needell

Professor Deanna Needell was co-awarded the IMA Prize in Mathematics and Applications, an award that recognizes an individual who has made a transformative impact on the mathematical sciences and their applications. Professor Needell has been a mentor for several RIPS and REU summer programs at UCLA, and will be joining the faculty in our department of Mathematics this July.

More information about the prize and her research can be found here.