# News Items

## Anderson Named Vilas AssociateDavid Anderson has been granted one of this year's Vilas Associates award! Congratulations David! Well done and very well deserved. |

## Ellenberg Wins Euler Prize for "How Not to Be Wrong"Jordan Ellenberg is the recipient of the 2016 Euler Book Prize for an outstanding book in mathematics: How Not to Be Wrong: The Power of Mathematical Thinking. |

## Melanie Matchett Wood Featured on Public RadioMelanie Matchett Wood was a featured guest of WPR's Central Time on November 17. She makes the case for appreciating the beauty of math--and having fun with it. |

## 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/ |

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