# News Items

## Melanie Wood Awarded Packard FellowshipMelanie Matchett Wood has been awarded a Packard Fellowship 2015! This is a highly prestigious and extremely competitive award given to all sciences, math and engineering. To put it in context, only 28 awards have gone to mathematicians since its beginning 25 years ago, and only twice before to someone in our department (16 to UW-Madison). This is a tremendous achievement, congratulations Melanie! It is fantastic and very well deserved! |

## The Algebraic Revolution: Solving for ChocolateNigel Boston was featured alongside Rob Nowak from WID on how algebra is being applied to countless problems, such as how Netflix uses algebra to help identify suggestions that a user might enjoy. "The idea of algebra is very clean. Communications, coding theory, and cryptography use a lot of algebra; more and more, computer scientists and engineers are having to learn some algebra. But there are so many other applications – we could be at the start of some movement” says Boston. Link: http://wid.wisc.edu/featured-science/the-algebraic-revolution/ |

## Math Circles Flourish WorldwideFormer Van Vleck Assistant Professor, Natasha Rozhkovskaya, now an Associate Professor at Kansas State University, recently wrote the first guide to math circles for elementary school children. She was interviewed in the blog for Scientific American about math circles in general, their beginnings and their widespread popularity. http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/budding-scientist/from-russia-with-math-for-kids/ Our own Math Circle: https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle |

## Art Evans featured by Live Science, YahooArthur Evans, a new Van Vleck Assistant Professor in the Math Department, tells Live Science about his work showing how a curved object, like a cone, might be folded. Partly inspired by origami, Evans and his colleagues created 3-D models out of dental rubber to see how they deformed. Possible applications include robots and satellites. |

## Former Talent Search Winner Coaches USA Math Team to Big WinA math team coached by former Talent Search winner, Po-Shen Loh, is getting praise from President Barack Obama and many others following its victory over China this week in the International Mathematical Olympiad. The team of six teenagers, topped more than 100 countries during the 10-day competition in Thailand. The U.S. had not won the competition in 21 years, leading the White House to tweet celebratory congratulations and a “Go Team USA!" |

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