Alex Eskin is a 2014 Simons Investigator in Mathematics and the Arthur Holly Compton Distinguished Service Professor of Mathematics at the University of Chicago. A large part of his work has centered on mathematical billiards and geometric group theory, for which he received the Clay Research Prize in 2007.

# Mathematics and Physical Science

### MPS Awardee Spotlight: Daniel Spielman

Daniel Spielman was appointed a Simons Investigator in Theoretical Computer Science as a part of the foundation’s inaugural class in 2012. By combining mathematics with computer science, Spielman is able to make the process of solving mathematical problems faster and more efficient.

### MPS Awardee Spotlight: Emanuel Gull

Emanuel Gull is director of the Monte Carlo Group of the Simons Collaboration on the Many Electron Problem. Gull’s research focuses on condensed matter physics — in particular, on material properties, such as the ability to conduct electricity or produce magnetic fields that arise from the quantum mechanical interactions of electrons. Gull’s interest is in developing new methods to calculate the properties of electrons in materials. There are many applications for this research, such as work on solar cells, sensors, batteries and other forms of energy and power.

### MPS Awardee Spotlight: Olga Zhaxybayeva

One of four awardees in the inaugural class of the Simons Investigators in Mathematical Modeling of Living Systems, Olga Zhaxybayeva’s research in computational genomics uses DNA and protein sequences to study microbial evolution in order to gain an understanding of the evolutionary processes and ultimately, of the origins of life.

### International Centre for Theoretical Physics Celebrates 50th Anniversary

Founded in 1964 by the late Nobel Laureate Abdus Salam, the International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) is a driving force in the global effort to advance science in the developing world. By supporting forefront research, hosting high-level scientific conferences and conducting advanced training schools, the ICTP provides an international forum for scientific collaboration for […]