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Thomas Kurtz named as a 2020 Fellow of AMSCongratulations to Professor Emeritus Thomas Kurtz, who has been named as a member of the 2020 Class of AMS Fellows! He is specifically mentioned for "For research in probability and its applications, especially for contributions to the study of Markov processes." Link: http://www.ams.org/profession/amsfellows/newfellows

Faculty Focus: Vadim GorinVadim Gorin, who recently joined the UWMadison Department of Mathematics, seeks to obtain precise mathematical descriptions for very large random systems. He is looking forward to teaching students that math is “interesting, unpredictable and beautiful.” 
In Memoriam: Richard AskeyRichard Askey died on October 9, 2019 after a short illness. He joined the UW Department of Mathematics in 1963 and retired in 2003 after 40 years of service. Dick was a member of the National Academy of Sciences and a Honorary Fellow of the Indian Mathematical Society. He was named Gabor Szego Professor of Mathematics in 1986 and was awarded a John Bascom Professorship in 1995. He had 13 Ph.D. students,, but his influence went far beyond his students. Professor Askey was passionate about mathematics and mathematics education. He excelled in research, teaching, and service to the university and to the mathematics community. He was once described as a `national treasure.’ Link: https://www.math.wisc.edu/~askey/ Link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Askey Obit: Link 
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