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:
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 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/
Shi Jin has been awarded a Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professorship. The Professorship "recognizes Professors whose distinguished scholarship has advanced the confines of knowledge, and whose excellence has also included teaching or service". The Professorship is awarded by the Provost office and Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professors carry the title for the duration of their career in Madison.
Congratulations to Solil Shah, William Mulligan, and Meghan A. Turner on winning Goldwater Scholarships. Mulligan majors in Biochemistry, Turner in Biochemistry and Mathematics, and Shah in Chemistry, Mathematics and Economics.
The Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program was established by Congress in 1986 to honor Senator Barry Goldwater. The purpose of the Foundation is to provide a continuing source of highly qualified scientists, mathematicians and engineers by awarding scholarships to college students who intend to pursue research careers in these fields.