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Remembering Sufian Husseini


Sufian Husseini passed away late December 30, 2017 in Salem, Oregon, after months of health struggles. He was a faculty member from 1961 until his retirement in 2001.

Sufian obtained his PhD at Princeton under Norman Steenrod and was an instructor at MIT before moving to Madison. His research was primarily in algebraic topology, on topics such as loop spaces and configuration spaces. He established a long term collaboration with Ed Fadell (also a UW-Madison colleague) and together they wrote a number of beautiful and influential papers exploring applications of algebraic topology to diverse topics in analysis, manifold theory, economics and mathematical physics. Their joint monograph Geometry and Topology of Configuration Spaces published in 2001 by Springer is a highly regarded reference. 

Sufian was a source of knowledge and inspiration for students and faculty alike and known for his astute insight in mathematics and beyond. Together with his wife Barbara he generously hosted many mathematicians and contributed in important ways to our department for forty years.

 

Seeger awarded Humboldt Research Award


Andreas Seeger has been awarded a Humboldt Research Award by the  Humboldt Foundation. The award is granted in recognition of a researcher's entire achievements to date to academics whose fundamental discoveries, new theories, or insights have had a significant impact on their own discipline and who are expected to continue producing cutting-edge achievements in the future.  Congratulations, Andreas!

Link: https://www.humboldt-foundation.de/web/humboldt-award.html

Seppalainen named as AMS Fellow


The American Mathematical Society has announced that Timo Seppalainen was named as a Fellow in the 2018.  The Fellows of the American Mathematical Society program recognizes members who have made outstanding contributions to the creation, exposition, advancement, communication, and utilization of mathematics.  Timo was nominated for his contributions to probability.  Well deserved!

Link:  http://www.ams.org/profession/ams-fellows/new-fellows

Melanie Matchett Wood Named Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor


Melanie Matchett Wood has been named as a Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor.  These professorships are awarded only to those who "possess unusual qualifications and promise, having been recognized nationally and internationally for the quality of their research".  The title may be carried for the duration of her career in Madison.  This is truly an accomplishment, as Melanie was awarded the Vilas Early Career Investigator award just last year.  It is truly a testament to Melanie's research that she has gone from the junior to the senior award in just one year.  Congratuations!

Jerry Keisler's work is used to determine new information on infinities


Two mathematicians have proved that two different infinities are equal in size, settling a long-standing question. Their proof rests on a surprising link between the sizes of infinities and the complexity of mathematical theories.  Our own Professor Emeritus, Jerry Keisler, created "Keisler's order" in 1967, which was used to make the connection.

Link:  https://www.quantamagazine.org/mathematicians-measure-infinities-find-theyre-equal-20170912

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