WebAssign User Honored with 2012 International Anassilaos Prize in Mathematics

Congratulations to Zair Ibragimov, assistant professor of mathematics at  Cal State Fullerton, who has been awarded the 2012 International Anassilaos Prize in Mathematics.  Zair is a long time WebAssign user and we are pleased to share his success with our fellow WebAssign customers. Ibragimov-Zair-Classroom Cal State Fullerton spoke to Zair about this achievement; “It’s a great honor,” Zair said of his first award. “It’s a good feeling that all of my hard work has culminated in this global recognition. This also means that Cal State Fullerton has been put on the world stage.” According to the prize citation, he received the honor in recognition of his “distinguished contributions to analysis and geometry, including geometric function theory, metric geometry and hyperbolization of metric spaces.”

The mathematics prize is in honor of the 20th-century Italian geometer, Renato Calapso. Zair was nominated for the award by his Italian colleague, David Carfi, a mathematician from the University of Messina. He was one of two recipients of the award, with his fellow honoree an Italian mathematician. He traveled to Reggio Calabria, Italy, to attend a Nov. 10 ceremony where he accepted the award in memory of his doctorate adviser, the late Frederick W. Gehring, a world-renowned mathematician and distinguished university professor emeritus at the University of Michigan. zair An author of more than 20 publications and collaborator with scientists from all over the world, Zair often involves undergraduates in his research efforts and has published two papers with students. He leads and organizes a weekly research seminar for undergraduates and colleagues, often inviting outside math experts to speak. Each year, he attends a half-dozen national and international conferences to present his research and network with colleagues.

Congratulations again on this great achievement, Zair!

Friday Funny!


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Friday Funny!

Our scientific Valentine’s Day cards last year were so popular we thought we would share them again as this week’s Friday funny!

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WebAssign Sponsors Krispy Kreme Challenge

This past Saturday the streets of downtown Raleigh were filled with people and doughnuts!  It was the ninth annual Krispy Kreme Challenge, which raises money for the North Carolina Children’s Hospital.  2,400 calories, 12 doughnuts, 5 miles, 1 hour is the motto of the Challenge which involves racing 2.5 miles through historic downtown Raleigh to the Krispy Kreme Doughnut shop, where participants attempt to consume one dozen original glazed doughnuts. The hardest part of the Challenge awaits them as they run 2.5 miles back to the finish line.

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About 8,000 people took part in the event this year including some of our own WebAssign employees.  We were honored to be part of this popular North Carolina State University tradition that  raised a record-breaking $177,000 to donate to the North Carolina Children’s Hospital.

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WebAssign Continues to Sponsor PhysicsBowl

For the fifth consecutive year, WebAssign will proudly serve as a sponsor of the PhysicsBowl, an annual competition for high school students and schools administered by the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT).

Physics Bowl Logo

The 2013 PhysicsBowl exam will be given over a two-week period beginning April 3, with 40 multiple-choice questions from topics and concepts covered in a typical high school physics course. The 45-minute exam is open to all high school physics students; the deadline to register to participate is March 4.

We began partnering with the AAPT in 2008 to create an online version of the contest. In addition, WebAssign provides free practice exams to all registered students, who can take as many as five different sample tests from previous years to see if they are prepared for the contest.

“This contest is an important outreach project to encourage students to study physics,” said Dr. John Risley, CEO and founder of WebAssign, and a physics professor at North Carolina State University. “WebAssign is again very proud to partner with the AAPT.”

The College Park, Maryland-based AAPT has created several different divisions and regions of PhysicsBowl winners, and last year 29 percent of the schools that entered were awarded prizes. The 2012 competition drew nearly 10,000 students from more than 250 schools across the United States and Canada, with entrants from China and Italy as well. The PhysicsBowl debuted in 1985.

For more information about the competition and accessing WebAssign’s practice exams, please visit the PhysicsBowl link on the AAPT website.

Friday Funny!

Q: What do physicists enjoy the most at sporting events?

A: Doing the Wave!

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