Faculty Research Recognition
awarded the SIAG/APDE Prize. Established in 2005 by the Society of Industrial and
Applied Mathematics, the prize is awarded to the author(s) of the most outstanding paper,
as determined by the prize committee, on a topic in Partial Differential Equations published in
English in a peer-reviewed journal. Misha was honored for the paper "Global Solutions to Shock
Reflection by Large-Angle Wedges for Potential Flow", joint with G.-Q. Chen.
Their work focuses on the study of the reflection of a shock wave from a wedge-shaped obstacle,
and has applications in aerodynamics. The work is a breakthrough in the mathematical
understanding of this long-standing open problem.
More information about the SIAG/APDE prize can be found
was invited by the
University of Ferrara, Italy as a Copernicus Visiting Scientist
June 2010. Each year between 3 and 6 international scholars are invited to Ferrara to offer a
two month course under this program, with the aim of achieving
excellent teaching standards at an international level.
Shi Jin was also one of three principal investigators who obtained the
National Science Foundation Division of Mathematical Sciences
(NSF-DMS) Research Network award: "KI-Net: Kinetic description of
emerging challenges in multiscale problems of natural sciences." This
research network is a new operation mode of NSF-DMS. This is the
first year NSF-DMS runs this program, and only three awards were given
in all areas of mathematics and statistics. University of
Wisconsin-Madison, together with the University of Maryland-College
Park and the University of Texas-Austin, form the three hubs for this
five year five million dollar network focused on research and
training of young scientists. The research supported by the grant is
in the area of kinetic partial differential equations. These
equations describe the behavior of particle ensembles and are used to
model a variety of processes in the physics of liquids, plasma, and in
biology. See this link
for more information.
was elected a
Fellow of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics (IMS). Created in
1935, IMS is a professional society that promotes the theory and
application of probability and statistics. About 6 percent of the
membership of 4500 have the status of a Fellow. Timo is also finishing
a 3-year term as the Chief Editor of Electronic Communications in
Probability, one of the leading journals in probability and affiliated
The paper "Global well-posedness for the critical 2D dissipative
quasi-geostrophic equation" by Alexander Kiselev
and Fedor Nazarov
written jointly with Alexander Volberg from Michigan State University,
was profiled as a fast moving front paper (highly cited) by Thomson
. The paper introduces new mathematical techniques in the
analysis of a class of partial differential equations appearing in
fluid mechanics and atmospheric science.
in Science magazine. Science
is one of the two most visible journals in the broad scientific
community. Thiffeault's research deals with mixing in fluids and
applications to physics, chemistry and biology.
Benedek Valkó and Andrej Zlato won National Science
Foundation (NSF) Career awards. These highly competitive grants are
among the most prestigious NSF awards for young mathematicians, with a
five year budget of approximately half a million dollars. Only a small
number of them are awarded to mathematicians in any given year.
research deals with
the analysis of systems with a large
number of random components and complex interactions. The goal of his
is to develop new tools for their study and to provide
a better understanding of various problems involving such systems. The
educational part of the project focuses on the enhancement of
undergraduate and graduate probability education at UW-Madison and
active involvement of graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in
Valkó's area of research.
works on partial
differential equations modeling reactive processes such as burning in
internal combustion engines, nuclear reactions in stars, and forest fires.
Their study is relevant to
several branches of science and engineering such as astrophysics,
biology, environmental science, and chemical engineering. His Career
focuses on the influence of the motion of the underlying
medium, such as a flow of a fluid or gas, on the speed of spreading of
these reactive processes. It aims to improve our understanding of the
fundamental mathematical models describing such processes, which may
provide useful qualitative insights into real life phenomena. An
educational component forms an integral part of this project as well.
The prize is awarded annually for the most outstanding doctoral dissertation
worldwide in the area of mathematical logic.
Our faculty were also successful in recent university-wide awards
competitions. In particular,
won an H.I. Romnes Faculty Fellowship award in
recognition of his outstanding research and teaching, and
won the 2011
Vilas Associates award in recognition of his ground breaking research in
partial differential equations.
In addition, a list of teaching awards of our faculty as well as teaching and research
awards of our graduate students and undergraduate mathematics majors can be found