UCLA Mathematics Department rose to **9th** place worldwide in the 2014 Shanghai Academic Rating of World Universities in Mathematics. UCLA continues to rank **5th** place in the US in Mathematics.

**Damek Davis**, a fifth year PhD student in the UCLA Department of Mathematics, was selected as the winner of the 2014 INFORMS Optimization Society Student Paper Prize for his paper “Convergence rate analysis of several splitting schemes,” (2014), with UCLA Math Professor **Wotao Yin**.

Breakthrough Prize recipient, Terry Tao was recently featured in an exclusive Australian interview. Check out the video here!

Stanley Osher, UCLA professor of mathematics and director of applied mathematics, is the third person ever to be awarded the prestigious Gauss Prize, the highest honor in applied mathematics.

A UCLA professor since 1977, Osher received the award Wednesday morning local time during the opening ceremony of the International Congress of Mathematicians in Seoul, South Korea. The prize, named for 19th century mathematician Carl Friedrich Gauss, was first awarded at the 2006 congress. (The event is held every four years.)

Geoffrey Mess, mathematics professor at UCLA, died on August 8th, 2014. Mess battled illness for much of the past 20 years. The illness stole away his research productivity first, and then succeeded in stealing him from us. He will be remembered and missed.