TWIN PRIZES: The accolades keep rolling in for mathematics lecturer Yitang "Tom" Zhang, who was featured in the Fall 2013 UNH Magazine. Following the publication of his groundbreaking work on the Twin Prime Conjecture, Zhang was awarded two of the mathematics world's most prestigious honors: the 2014 Frank Nelson Cole Prize in Number Theory and the 2013 Ostrowski Prize. Presented every three years, the Cole Prize recognizes an outstanding research paper in number theory that has appeared in the preceding six years. The Ostrowski Prize, which is presented every other year, recognizes outstanding achievements in pure mathematics.
MORE AWARDS: History professor W. Jeffrey Bolster capped a prize-winning year with a pair of honors for his 2012 book The Mortal Sea. A history of the human impact on the ocean, the book was honored with the American Historical Association's 2013 Albert J. Beveridge Prize and the 2013 James Rawley Prize in Atlantic History. Both prizes were awarded in early January. The Mortal Sea had previously received Columbia University's 2013 Bancroft Prize, as well as the North American Society for Oceanic History's John Lyman Book Award.
TEAM PLAYER: Last fall, Arnold Garron '84 was appointed interim dean of the Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics. A standout football player and track athlete at UNH, Garron has maintained strong ties to his alma mater, serving as a member of the Foundation board and as a mentor to UNH students and staff. The former defensive back for the Washington Redskins and New England Patriots is also the founder and executive director of APG Organizational Consulting in Bedford, N.H. Garron will serve a one-year term while the university conducts a national search to replace the former dean, Dan Innis.
HANDS ON: January, J. Michael Hickey '73 became interim dean at UNH's Manchester campus. Hickey, a veteran telecom executive who served as president of Verizon, New Hampshire for seven years, has extensive ties in the New Hampshire business community and is well known for his hands-on experience developing the state's workforce. He served for eight years on the UNH Alumni Association Board of Directors, including two years as president, and has been recognized as Citizen of the Year by the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce and as N.H. Business Leader of the Year by Business N.H. Magazine.