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A Trio of CAREER Grant Awards!


Congratulations to Betsy Stovall, Steven Sam and Melanie Matchett Wood on all being awarded an NSF Career Grant.  

The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program offers the National Science Foundation's most prestigious awards in support of the early career-development activities of those teacher-scholars who most effectively integrate research and education within the context of the mission of their organization.   

Simple Set Game Proof Stuns Mathematicians


A new series of papers has settled a long-standing question related to the popular game in which players seek patterned sets of three cards.

One of the people at the forefront is our own Jordan Ellenberg.

Take a look at the Quanta Magazine article:  https://www.quantamagazine.org/20160531-set-proof-stuns-mathematicians/

This article was a reprint of a wired.com piece:  https://www.wired.com/2016/06/simple-proof-card-game-set-stuns-mathematicians/

Josh Chover Shows His Artwork at Pyle Center


Chover's new show, "From My Inner Eye," will be on display through Dec. 29, 2016 on the second floor of the Pyle Center, 702 Langdon St., Madison, WI.

Paul Rabinowitz Elected to Russian Academy of Sciences


Paul Rabinowitz has been elected as a foreign member of the Russian Academy of Sciences, as part of their 2016 class.  He shares this honor with 3 other mathematicians as well as Henry Kissinger.
 
The Russian Academy of Sciences was founded in Saint Petersburg on the order of Peter the Great and by Decree of the Senate of January 28 (February 8 - by Julian calendar), 1774. The Academy immediately responded to the demands of the times through its scientific research and publications, and quite soon achieved scientific results that were at par with those of other European institutions. The traditions and scientific schools established and further developed by the Academy, as well as its world excellence of research in basic and applied science naturally merited the status of the top scientific institution of the country.
 
Between 1925 and 1991 the Academy bore the name that incorporated the name of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics – the Academy of Sciences of the USSR. It was reconstituted as the Russian Academy of Sciences on November 21, 1991 by a decree of the President of the Russian Federation that also confirmed its status as the highest scientific institution in Russia.

Timo Seppalainen co-organizes 2017 American Mathematical Society Short Course on Random Growth Models


The 2017 AMS Short Course takes place January 2-3, 2017, just before the Joint Mathematics Meeting in Atlanta.  The title of the course is Random Growth Models, and it is organized by Michael Damron (GA Tech),  Firas Rassoul-Agha (Utah) and Timo Seppalainen.   The course consists of lectures by six experts and is aimed at a broad audience, from the casually interested to researchers in probability.   The October issue of the AMS Notices presented a preview of the course  (link http://www.ams.org/publications/journals/notices/201609/rnoti-p1087.pdf)  and a light introductory article titled Random Growth Models by the organizers (link http://www.ams.org/publications/journals/notices/201609/rnoti-p1004.pdf).  

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