Tuesday, September 30, 2014

The Ringing Bell


In a movie I watch,
I hear the ringing of the monastery bell,
In the veil of cloudy night,
The sound echoes among orchards on hills,
The first dew glitters on a fresh leaf,
As the tones of the bell rain,
from reverberating
to deeply sharp,
Until they finally halt, under July strife,
The bondage and vanity of the world
appear clear to see,
But, in the space that's limitless,
Who knows what constitute truth:
and how reality and daydreams work
together so that we're free from death?

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Merkurjev Named Guggenheim Fellow


Alexander MerkurjevAlexander Merkurjev
UCLA Mathematics Professor Alexander Merkurjev has been named a Fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation for 2013 for his work on the Complexity of homogeneous spaces. 175 fellowships were awarded to a diverse group of scholars, artists, and scientists from an applicant pool of roughly 3,000 individuals. Fellows are appointed on their foundation of prior achievement and promising research. This marks the eighty-ninth annual competition for the United States and Canada.