Math Professor Receives Grant to Study Algebraic Geometry

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By Jenny Wells

David Jensen, an assistant professor of mathematics in the University of Kentucky College of Arts and Sciences, received funding this fall from the National Science Foundation for his research in algebraic geometry, a central topic in mathematics with applications to many other disciplines.

Jensen will use the three-year, $136,000 grant to study the geometric properties of curves that are described by polynomial equations. Many natural phenomena of interest in physics, biology and computer science can be modeled by polynomials, making algebraic geometry a useful tool for the scientific community at large. While some curves may have exotic or pathological properties, it is expected that most curves do not. This goal of Jensen's project is to show that "typical" curves are geometrically well-behaved, using techniques from the recently developed field of non-Archimedean analytic geometry.

More information at www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=1601896&HistoricalAwards=false.

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