UBC Mathematics appoints new head

Michael Bennett, an expert in Number Theory and Diophantine problems, has been appointed head of the Dept. of Mathematics effective Jan. 1, 2012.

Bennett received his PhD in mathematics from UBC in 1993, and after appointments at the University of Michigan, the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, rejoined UBC as an associate professor in 2001.

Bennett is internationally recognized for his research, which focuses on using modern techniques to tackle classical Diophantine problems. He takes over leadership of the department from Rachel Kuske, who served as head for four and a half years and was recently appointed Senior Advisor to the Provost on Women Faculty.

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