Department of Mathematics

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Benedek Valko Named Simons Fellow

Benedek Valko has been named a Simons Fellow.

Fellows receive salary support from the Simons Foundation for half of their sabbatical year, Benedek will be on sabbatical 2017-18. 

It is a very competitive program, being named a Fellow is a significant recognition. We are very happy for you Benedek, and we hope you will have a great year!!

The Mathematics of Doodling Public Lecture 4/17

Ravi Vakil (Stanford) is presenting on the mathematical aspects of doodling on April 17, at 4pm in B239 Van Vleck Hall.  Doodling has many mathematical aspects:  patterns, shapes, numbers and more.  Not surprisingly, there is often some sophisticated and fun mathematics buried inside common doodles.  It looks like play, but reflects what mathematics is really about:  finding patterns in nature, explaining them, and extending them.  By the end, we'll have seen some important notions in geometry, topology, physics, and elsewhere; some fundamental ideas guiding the development of mathematics over the course of the last century; and ongoing work continuing today.

Dr. Vakil will be presenting on a more technical talk entitled "Cutting and pasting in (algebraic) geometry on Tuesday, April 18 at 4pm in 911 Van Vleck Hall.

Ellenberg Wins Kellett Mid-Career Award

The Kellett awards recognize outstanding faculty seven to twenty years past their first promotion to a tenured position.  Jordan is one of eleven faculty on campus to win this honor this year.

Congratulations Jordan! This is a great addition to your already long list of awards and recognitions, very well deserved!

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Women in the math department find strength in numbers

More female mathematicians teach, mentor and conduct research at UW-Madison than at nearly any other major math department in the country. They’re not only helping to change the face of math here and now, but making it easier for the next generations of women to pursue the path.

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Gurevich and Howe speak at Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) on breakthrough in theory of small symmetries of spaces

On March 8 2017, Prof. Shamgar Gurevich (UW-Madison) and his collaborator Prof. Roger Howe (Yale and Texas A&M) presented at a seminar talk at IAS - Princeton.  Videos are now available here...

Gurevich Talk:
Howe Talk:

Their recent discovery of a notion of “size” for symmetries of spaces, and their new discovery called “eta correspondence” to describe explicitly “small" symmetries. In their research process, Gurevich and Howe benefit a lot from the work of Prof. John Cannon (Sydney) and Dr. Steve Goldstein (UW-Madison) who produced a lot of numerical data, leading to the discovery of the "eta correspondence”.

Howe Gurevich Canon Goldstein

 Update:  Links to Videos.



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