Melanie Matchett Wood is one of a group of four researchers who have recently come out with a model that upends the conventional wisdom in their field. They have used intensive computational data to suggest that for decades, if not longer, prevailing opinion about a fundamental concept has been wrong.
The model, which was posted online in 2016 and is forthcoming in the Journal of the European Mathematical Society, concerns a venerable mathematical concept known as the “rank” of an algebraic equation. The rank is a tidy way of characterizing an infinite set of rational solutions with just a single number. “It’s sort of the best possible way of describing rational solutions for these curves,” said Bjorn Poonen, a mathematician at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a co-author of the model along with Park, John Voight of Dartmouth College, and Melanie Matchett Wood of the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
Jiuya Wang (Melanie Wood, Advisor, 2018) has won the Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM) Dissertation Prize. This prize is awarded to three outstanding Ph.D. dissertations presented by female mathematical scientists a year. Jiuya Wang is currently a Postdoc at Duke. Her dissertation title was Malle's conjecture for compositum of number fields. Congratulations Jiuya!
Congratulations to Tonghai Yang, the newest member of our department to be named a Fellow of the American Mathematical Society (AMS) for 2019. He was named For contributions to the theory of Shimura varieties, L-functions, automorphic forms, and complex multiplication.
The Fellows of the AMS designation recognizes members who have made outstanding contributions to the creation, exposition, advancement, communication, and utilization of mathematics.