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Former Talent Search Winner Coaches USA Math Team to Big Win


A 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!"

Read more: http://host.madison.com/news/local/former-memorial-high-school-math-whiz-coaches-team-usa-to/article_46884065-21ce-5908-aead-3b86f5cef706.html#ixzz3iXqYSPMs

Slemrod Makes A Splash in Fluid Dynamics


Our own Marshall Slemrod has just made quite a splash.  He's shown that using the Navier-Stokes equations (the fundamental equations of fluid mechanics) to explain the Crookes radiometer, are 'incomplete'.  He proposed to use the  Korteweg theory to better approximate the Boltzmann equation for gases near vacuum. This is related to Hilbert's 6th problem.

See the article in Quanta Magazine: 
https://www.quantamagazine.org/20150721-famous-fluid-equations-are-incomplete/.

Alum Awarded KSTF 2015 Teaching Fellowship


Congratulations to Erin Oakley (B.S. '13, Mathematics) on her selection as a Knowles Science Teaching Foundation Teaching Fellow for 2015.  Erin will begin her first year of teaching at Janesville–Waldorf–Pemberston School in Janesville, Minn., this fall. She is committed to teaching mathematics to high school students in the U.S. She also earned a  Master of Science in mathematics from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities in 2015.

Recent Math Graduate wins Iwanter Prize


Recent graduate Alexander Sherman (B.A.’15, English and Mathematics) has won the annual $2,000 Iwanter Prize, administered by the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Center for the Humanities for an outstanding interdisciplinary humanities-based senior thesis. Read more: http://news.ls.wisc.edu/announcements/sherman-wins-center-for-humanities-iwanter-prize/

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