07/02/2005 - 12:00am

Five members of the School of Physical Sciences' mathematics department have

earned three-year National Science Foundation grants totaling almost $1 million

to support their research: Peter Li, Chancellor's Professor, received $236,000 to

study the structure of certain classes of manifolds; Timur Oikhberg,

assistant professor, $85,000 to investigate geometric properties of operator

spaces; Karl Rubin, the Edward and Vivian Thorp Professor of Mathematics,

$265,000 to study elliptic curves; Ronald Stern, dean of physical sciences, $240,000

to examine and classify "smooth 4-manifolds"; and Martin Zeman, associate

professor, $154,000 to study set theory. Learn more about these aspects of

mathematics on the department Web site.