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UW Students Perform Well on Virginia Tech Math ContestOn October 24, 2018, several math students took the Virginia Tech Math Contest. The Virginia Tech Contest is similar to the Putnam Exam, but perhaps somewhat easier; this year 94 schools from 29 states took part in the 40th contest and there were 792 participants. The maximum possible score was 70.
We were thrilled to discover two of our students ranked 2nd and 3rd nationwide!
Congratuations to Liwei Jiang (2nd) and Sivakorn Sanguanmoo (3rd).
Also notable, Xiaxin Li (21st) and Ruiting Tong (24th).

John Heim makes Top Moments at the UW in 2018Check out the 2018 Top Moments in Time, https://news.wisc.edu/momentsintime2018photographerschoice/ UW Photographers pick their favorite pictures of 2018. John Heim is #16. 
Melanie Matchett Wood Elected to AMS CouncilMelanie Matchett Wood has been elected to a 3 year term on the American Mathematical Society Council, starting in 2019. The Council formulates and administers the scientific policies of the Society and acts in an advisory capacity to the Board of Trustees. Congratulations, Melanie! 
David Anderson Awarded Vilas Distinguished Achievement ProfessorCongratulations to David Anderson on being awarded as a Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor. Candidates for the professorships possess unusual qualifications and promise, having been recognized nationally and internationally for the quality of their research. Congratulations, David! 
Melanie Matchett Wood explores the rank of elliptic curves in new modelMelanie Matchett Wood is one of a group of four researchers who have recently come out with a model that upends the conventional wisdom in their field. They have used intensive computational data to suggest that for decades, if not longer, prevailing opinion about a fundamental concept has been wrong. The model, which was posted online in 2016 and is forthcoming in the Journal of the European Mathematical Society, concerns a venerable mathematical concept known as the “rank” of an algebraic equation. The rank is a tidy way of characterizing an infinite set of rational solutions with just a single number. “It’s sort of the best possible way of describing rational solutions for these curves,” said Bjorn Poonen, a mathematician at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a coauthor of the model along with Park, John Voight of Dartmouth College, and Melanie Matchett Wood of the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

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