Melanie Matchett Wood has been awarded a Packard Fellowship 2015! This is a highly prestigious and extremely competitive award given to all sciences, math and engineering. To put it in context, only 28 awards have gone to mathematicians since its beginning 25 years ago, and only twice before to someone in our department (16 to UW-Madison).
This is a tremendous achievement, congratulations Melanie! It is fantastic and very well deserved!
Former Van Vleck Assistant Professor, Natasha Rozhkovskaya, now an Associate Professor at Kansas State University, recently wrote the first guide to math circles for elementary school children. She was interviewed in the blog for Scientific American about math circles in general, their beginnings and their widespread popularity.
Our own Math Circle: https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle
Arthur Evans, a new Van Vleck Assistant Professor in the Math Department, tells Live Science about his work showing how a curved object, like a cone, might be folded. Partly inspired by origami, Evans and his colleagues created 3-D models out of dental rubber to see how they deformed. Possible applications include robots and satellites.