In the December 2011 William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition the UCLA team ranked 12th out of 460 institutional teams. A total of 4,440 students from 572 colleges and universities in the U.S. and Canada participated in the competition.
On April 4 – 6, the Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics (IPAM) at UCLA will host a three-day conference on Advances in Scientific Computing, Imaging Science and Optimization in celebration of UCLA Math Professor Stanley Osher's 70th birthday and his mathematical contributions to high resolution shock capturing schemes, the level set
The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation has awarded UCLA Mathematics Assistant Professors Sebastien Roch and Marcus Roper 2012 Sloan Research Fellowships in mathematics.
Basil Gordon was born on December 23, 1931, and died 80 years later on January 12, 2012. He grew up in Baltimore and attended Johns Hopkins University where he received his master's degree in mathematics in 1953. While still an undergraduate, he spent a year in Hamburg, studying with the great algebraists Emil Artin and Ernst Witt.
The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has awarded the Crafoord Prize in Mathematics 2012 to UCLA Mathematics Professor Terence Tao. Tao shares the award with Jean Bourgain (Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton).