# Mathematician honored for major contributions to algebraic geometry

**February 08, 2016**

James McKernan, professor of mathematics, will share the 2016 E.H. Moore Research Article Prize given by the American Mathematical Society for work cited as a "watershed" in algebraic geometry, a branch of mathematics that investigates connections between numbers and shapes. With a pair of papers published in the Journal of the AMS in 2010, McKernan and co-authors Caucher Birkar of the University of Cambridge, Paolo Cascini of Imperial College London, and Christopher Hacon of the University of Utah made a major stride in advancing the "minimal model program," which seeks a way of classifying algebraic varieties by finding representations that are in some sense the simplest.