News and updates for the Department of Mathematics faculty and staff
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[ Faculty + Staff E-News | August 2021 ]

Trumpet players from the Marching Illini Band play in front of the Alma Mater statue. | Photo by L. Brian Stauffer, UI Public Affairs

UIUC featured in Celebratio Mathematica series


Several distiguished members of the Department of Mathematics were featured in a five-volume series of Celebratio Mathematica, an open-access scholarly web publication by Mathematical Sciences Publishers that celebrates mathematics and related fields, and their people. Four of the five volumes in the series are published online and feature Kenneth AppelDonald BurkholderJoseph Doob, and Wolfgang Haken.
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The fifth volume, which will feature Lou van den Dries, is currently in production. 
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Special thanks to Professor Emeritus Philippe Tondeur for providing the funding that made this series possible.




In preparation for the Fall 2021 semester and department offices reopening, in addition to the ongoing office moves due to the Altgeld and Illini Halls Building Project, the department has updated the building usage protocols and hours of operations for Fall 2021. These updates can be found on the department's COVID-19 Updates & Resources website.
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Fall 2021 COVID-19 Update

Throughout the summer, the university provided protocol reminders and updates regarding vaccine/testing requirements, face coverings, and more for Fall 2021; the latest update, which addressed booster vaccine info and close contact protocols for employees, was sent out earlier this week.
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As always, for the latest news and updates regarding the university's response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, please visit the university's COVID-19 website.

Inaugural Blackwell Summer Scholars Program held virtually this summer

Cohosted by the UIUC Departments of Statistics and Mathematics, the David H. Blackwell Summer Scholars Program concluded its inaugural session with 14 scholars presenting their culminating research on a wide variety of topics.
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New mental health and wellness website

The university recently launched a new centralized mental health and wellness website that provides information and connections to resources offered anywhere within the university (and some beyond) for students, parents/families, faculty and staff. 
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Fall 2021 update

The department is excited to welcome new students to our graduate program. This fall, we have 21 new PhD students and 45 new students in our MS programs.

Thank you to everyone who assisted with Graduate Student Orientation! While many orientation events were moved to zoom due to COVID precautions, new students were able to meet one another for a department tour, outdoor box lunches, and practice teaching.

The AWM graduate chapter has organized a Saturday potluck picnic where new and continuing graduate students can meet one another before the start of the semester. 

Graduate Papers & Publications webpage

Graduate students are invited to submit a request to have their publicationsjournal pubs, conferences, ArXivadded to our department's Graduate Papers & Publications web page. This page was created to showcase and celebrate graduate student papers, publications, and research. 



Math Library Hours

Summer Interim 2021 Hours (Aug. 9–22)
Beginning Monday, Aug. 9, 2021, the Math Library continues to be open for all library services during the following walk-in hours: Monday through Thursday, 1–5 p.m. Pre-appointments are not required.

Reduced Fall 2021 Hours (Aug. 23–Sept. 19)
Beginning Monday, Aug. 23, to Sunday, Sept. 19, the Math Library will be open for all library services during the following reduced walk-in hours:

  • Monday through Friday: 9 a.m.– 5 p.m.
  • Saturday/Sundays: closed 

Regular Fall 2021 Hours (Starting Sept. 20, 2021)
To be announced in September.

Per campus guidelines, as of July 30, 2021, all faculty, students, staff, and visitors are required to wear a face covering inside all University of Illinois facilities.

If you have any questions, please email us at All Math Library staff and librarians are working during regular business hours and are happy to help with your reference and access needs.

New Math Library Books

While the Math Library facility was unavailable to the public during the recent pandemic-related closings, we continued to acquire books for our distinct collections of mathematics and statistics materials. A list of all new books received at the Math Library during the pandemic is available to download.
Download the list of new books →

A new titles list feed is also available on the Math Library website, providing links to all new books received in the last three months. This list continually updates as new titles are acquired in the Math Library.



Karl Norton (PhD ’66)

Karl Norton (PhD ’66) has published his novel, "Betrayal 101: A College Saga," a book about a young mathematician's college teaching career that he says is loosely based on his own experience.
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COVID-19 Briefing Series: Fall 2021 Operations

In late July, the university provided a COVID-19 briefing on Fall 2021 operations for faculty and staff.
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COVID-19 Briefing Series: Fall 2021 Return for Students

Earlier this month, the university provided a COVID-19 briefing about the Fall 2021 return for students.
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Ellacombe Chimes Bicentennial Celebration

Earlier this summer, the Altgeld chimesplayers participated in the worldwide Ellacombe Chimes Bicentennial Celebration. The online celebration honored the 200th anniversary of Rev. Henry Thomas Ellacombe’s invention of a mechanism that allowed a single person to ring a set of tower bells. 
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Fall Statistics & Mathematics Career Forum

Undergraduate and graduate students are invited to attend the fall career forum on Sept. 21 to meet and network with various companies who may be hiring for full-time, part-time, or internship work. Be on the lookout for more details.

Homecoming 2021

Save the date for this year's homecoming, "Close or Apart, We’re Illini at Heart," Oct. 4–9. Learn more about this year’s plans, events, and updates on the university’s Homecoming website.

Graduate Student Appreciation Week

Celebrate our amazing UIUC graduate students during the annual Graduate Student Appreciation Week, Oct. 25-29. Be on the lookout for more details on the university's Graduate Student Appreciation Week website.

Seminar & Event Calendar

View all the upcoming seminars, colloquia, and events hosted by the department at Virtual event? View the weekly calendar of meeting coordinates.

University of Illinois Calendars

View a variety of Illinois event, academic, and programming calendars at