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Sergio Fajardo [PhD 1984, H. J. Keisler] has recently been elected mayor of Medellin, Colombia. He has been a Professor of Mathematics at the University of Los Andes in Bogota, but Medellin is his home city. He ran as an independent and, according to the news reports, his election was a surprise.
Daniel Kalman [PhD 1980, J. Harvey] was awarded two MAA Writing Prizes at MathFest (the MAA's annual summer meeting) in 2003. For his paper ``Doubly Recursive Multivariate Automatic Differentiation'' (June 2002, 187-202) he was given the Carl B. Allendoefer Award for expository articles published in Mathematics Magazine. For his paper ``An undetermined linear system for GPS'' (November 2002, 384-390) he was give the George Pólya Award for expository articles published in the College Mathematics Journal.
Matthew Boylan [PhD 2002, K. Ono] a VIGRE Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign was awarded the Best Talk Prize by a Junior Number Theorist at the West Coast Number Theory Conference in December 2003.
Warren P. Johnson [PhD 1993, R. Askey] was awarded the MAA's Lester R. Ford Award at the MathFest in 2003. This award for expository writing in The American Mathematical Monthly was given for his article ``The curious history of Faà du Bruno's Formula'' (March 2002, 217-234).
William G. Leavitt [PhD 1947, C. C. MacDuffee] has achieved a pinnacle that many of us can only dream about. He has now published mathematics papers in eight decades. His first article was based on his Masters Thesis and was published in The American Mathematical Monthly (1939). His most recent article ``On b-classes'' was published in Acta Math. Hungar. (90 (2001), no. 3, 243-252, and was written jointly with H. France-Jackson. Bill mentioned that his wife Jane was a secretary in the department when they got married. The then department chair, Mark Ingraham, had to get a special waiver of nepotism rules so that they could get married in December 1941. Fortunately we have come a long way since then.

Annual Wisconsin Reunion and Reception

The annual Wisconsin Reunion was held at the joint Mathematics Meetings in Phoenix on January 9, 2004. Nearly 75 former PhD students at UW-Madison, faculty, and Wisconsin friends gathered in the Hyatt Regency Hotel to renew friendships and to enjoy some of the tasty hors d'oevres. It was wonderful to see again so many of our former students and to hear about their mathematical successes and their other activities. Next year the reunion will be in Atlanta. We hope to see many of you there.

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