It is a testimony to our friendly and vibrant atmosphere
that many retirees continue to come to the department on a regular basis, participating in seminars, discussions, and teaching an
occasional course. Many of our emeriti also remain very active in their service to the mathematics community at large.
Georgia Benkart has been appointed to a 4-year term on the
Board of Trustees of the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI) starting in 2011.
MSRI is one of the leading institutes promoting mathematics in the nation.
Georgia also just finished a term as the President of the Association
for Women in Mathematics (AWM). The organization celebrated its
40th anniversary in 2011 with a conference, "40 Years and Counting:
AWM's Celebration of Women in Mathematics" on September 17-18,
at the new NSF-sponsored Institute for Computational and Experimental
Mathematics (ICERM) at Brown University. Georgia was one of
the organizers along with Kristin Lauter, the head of
the Cryptography Group at Microsoft Research, and
the current AWM President Jill Pipher, who is also the Director of ICERM.
The meeting featured 4 plenary talks and 18 special sessions
on a wide range of topics in pure and applied mathematics, and over 300 participants attended.
We are happy to have Robert Wilson
, one of our best teachers, still working
part time after retirement. Bob has won the Wisconsin Math Professor of the Year award from the
Mathematical Association of America in 2007, and UW-Madison Chancellors Award for Excellence in Teaching in
2008. Bob is receiving another "Honored Instructor Award" from the University
Housing for his calculus class this semester.