Department of Mathematics

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A Stunning Year for Melanie Matchett Wood

Melanie Matchett Wood has had a simply phenomenal year.  

She's received the Vilas Early Career Investigator Award by the Provost, and was awarded the AWM-Microsoft Research Prize in Algebra and Number Theory by the Association for Women in Mathematics in May 2017.  

The Early Career Investigator Award recognizes research and teaching excellence in faculty who are relatively early in their careers, while the AWM-Microsoft Research Prize in Algebra and Number Theory serves to highlight to the community outstanding contributions by women in the field.

She went from Assistant Professor, to Associate Professor to Full Professor in just the last few months.

And in January, she won an NSF Career Award.  

We have grown accustomed to Melanie’s abundance of awards, but so many celebrations of her excellence is truly special! Congratulations Melanie!! You Rock!

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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Gloria Mari-Beffa Promoted to L&S Associate Dean

Gloria Mari-Beffa, current Chair of the Department of Mathematics, has been selected as Associate Dean for the Natural and Mathematical Sciences in the School of Letters and Science, replacing Dean Eric Wilcots.  Her duties as Chair will be taken over by Associate Chair, Tonghai Yang.  Steffen Lempp will be taking over as Associate Chair.  This is a great honor, and we are thrilled to see Gloria recognized for her committment to the University and the College of L&S.



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