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The Number Theory of Partitions Conference
Published Date: 2011-01-21
Emory University is hosting a conference on Partitions, q-series, and Maass forms in Atlanta, Georgia. The conference will take place January 21-23, 2011. For more information, please click here
Professor Ron Gould featured on Discoveries and Breakthroughs Inside Science
Published Date: 2011-01-20
Please click here to see the segment.
Atlanta Lecture Series in Combinatorics and Graph Theory to be held November 13-14, 2010
Published Date: 2010-11-12
Atlanta Lecture Series in Combinatorics and Graph Theory

November 13-14, 2010
Emory University
Atlanta, GA, 30322


Emory University, Georgia Tech and Georgia State University, with support from the National Security Agency and the National Science Foundation, will host a series of 9 mini-conferences from 2010-2013. The first of these will be held at Emory University on November 13-14, 2010.

The conferences will stress a variety of areas and feature one prominent researcher giving 2 fifty minute lectures and 4 outstanding southern researchers each giving one fifty minute lecture. There will also be several 25 minute lecturers by young reseachers or graduate students.

The Featured Speaker is Benny Sudakov, UCLA

For more information, click here
Math/CS Tech Support Job Opening
Published Date: 2010-10-29
Primary duties are to support the teaching and research missions of the department in Computer Science, Scientific Computing, and Mathematics, as well as support for department administration. This involves both support of departmental infrastructure and collaboration/assistance with research projects, teaching initiatives, and administrative staff. For more information and to apply online go to the following URL and search for job #17575. http://emory.hr.emory.edu/careers/index.html
East Coast Computer Algebra Day - ECCAD 2010 to be held on May 15, 2010
Published Date: 2010-05-11
Saturday, May 15, 2010
Math & Science Center
Emory University
Atlanta, GA

East Coast Computer Algebra Day (ECCAD) is an informal meeting for those active or interested in computer algebra. It provides opportunities to learn and to share new results and work in progress. Researchers, teachers, students, and users of computer algebra are all welcome!

Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. in the second floor atrium

For more information, please visit http://mathcs.emory.edu/eccad2010/

Evans/Hall Speaker Announced!
news Published Date: 2010-03-19
The Department of Mathematics and Computer Science is pleased to announce the 16th annual Evans/Hall Lecture and Award Ceremony on Tuesday, April 27 from 4-5pm in E208, Mathematics and Science Center, with reception following. Our speaker this year will be Elizabeth Housworth of Indiana University.

The Evans/Hall Lecture honors graduate and undergraduate students in the department and recognizes outstanding student accomplishments via the Trevor Evans Award, Deborah Jackson Award, Marshall Hall Award, and Departmental Awards.
CS Lecturer Search
news Published Date: 2010-02-26
The Department of Mathematics and Computer Science of Emory University invites applications for a non-tenure-track position in Computer Science at the rank of Lecturer, beginning fall 2010.

Responsibilities include teaching primarily undergraduate courses in Computer Science as well as department service activities such as curriculum development and major advising. In addition, Lecturers are expected to contribute to the life of the college through faculty committees and other forms of academic service.

Candidates should have a PhD in Computer Science and must demonstrate potential for excellence in teaching. Initial appointment will be for a period of three years with further renewals and promotions within the lecturer-track possible. Emory policies concerning lecture-track faculty can be found at Appointment and review of Lecturers and Senior Lecturers (http://college.emory.edu/about/faculty/lecturers.html).

Women and underrepresented minorities are especially encouraged to apply. Applications consisting of a cover letter, CV, a statement of career goals and teaching philosophy, evidence of teaching excellence, and three letters of recommendation directly from recommenders should be submitted via Mathjobs.org. Informal inquiries are also invited by email (cs@mathcs.emory.edu). Screening begins February 26, 2010 and will continue until the position is filled.

Emory University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and welcomes applications from women and members of minority groups.
James Taylor receives NIH Grand Opportunity (GO) grant
news Published Date: 2009-10-30
James Taylor, Assistant Professor of Math & Computer Science and Biology, is lead PI on a recently awarded NIH "GO" grant titled "Dynamically scalable accessible analysis for next generation sequence data". Emory, Penn State, and Georgia Tech are collaborating institutions on this exciting project that brings gene sequence analysis within easy reach by leveraging "Cloud Computing" technologies. GO grants are highly competitive awards made under the NIH stimulus program; projects are selected for the high short-term impact. More details on Professor Taylor's research can be found at http://bx.mathcs.emory.edu
Professor James Taylor profiled on the eScienceCommons blog
news Published Date: 2009-10-20
Bug splatter study is data driven

The next time you take a road trip, think before you clean the bug splatter off your car. Those insect remains may actually be more interesting than your vacation photos.

“It turns out that your car is a sampling device for understanding the biodiversity of all the places you’ve been,” says James Taylor, a computational biologist at Emory.

Genome Research recently published a paper by Taylor and collaborators that applied advanced DNA sequencing techniques that are traditionally used on microbial samples to look at insect biodiversity. “We were curious whether these techniques would work for more complex organisms,” Taylor says.

To collect genetic material for the study they used the bumper and windshield of a moving vehicle. Two samples were collected: on a drive from Pennsylvania to Connecticut, and on a trip from Maine to New Brunswick, Canada.

“We found that there is a huge amount of insect diversity, but what was really surprising was to see the enormous amount of novel sequence,” Taylor says. “It’s indicative of how poorly we have sampled the whole tree of life in genome research so far. There’s an enormous amount of species out there.”

Road tested

Taylor is a co-developer of Galaxy, an open-source software system for analyzing genetic data. The Galaxy developers recently refined the system, creating the Galaxy metagenomic pipeline that allows a research team to integrate all of the data, analyses and workflows of a study, and then publish this material as a live online supplement.

The bug splatter paper served as the first test of the metagenomic pipeline. “I believe that this study is one of the most transparent and reproducible bioinformatics papers ever,” Taylor says. “Anyone can go online, follow links and see every step of our analysis and exactly what parameters were used. And they can take our data and do their own analysis of other questions.”

No computational experience is required to use the free Galaxy system, Taylor says. “All of science is becoming computationally intensive, so tools like this are needed to improve transparency.”

DNA sequencing technology is getting cheaper, opening more doors for research by small investigators, and Taylor is focused on serving this niche.

“Nowadays, you can have a crazy idea like studying bug splatter and without a lot of money or work, you can go out and do it just to see what’s there,” he says.
Li Xiong receives Woodrow Wilson Career Enhancement Fellowship
news Published Date: 2009-09-01
The department congratulates Dr. Li Xiong for receiving a Career Enhancement Fellowship from the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. This prestigious fellowship is awarded nationally to 20 junior faculty members each year in the social and natural sciences and the humanities. The award provides a year of leave to Dr. Xiong to work on her project, which focuses on private and confidential information sharing in distributed healthcare information systems.