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Timo Seppalainen co-organizes 2017 American Mathematical Society Short Course on Random Growth Models

The 2017 AMS Short Course takes place January 2-3, 2017, just before the Joint Mathematics Meeting in Atlanta.  The title of the course is Random Growth Models, and it is organized by Michael Damron (GA Tech),  Firas Rassoul-Agha (Utah) and Timo Seppalainen.   The course consists of lectures by six experts and is aimed at a broad audience, from the casually interested to researchers in probability.   The October issue of the AMS Notices presented a preview of the course  (link  and a light introductory article titled Random Growth Models by the organizers (link  

Jordan Ellenberg as extra in movie "Gifted"

If you think you've seen someone familiar in the movie trailer for "Gifted", you aren't imagining it.  

Jordan Ellenberg is seen at 1:31.  

Take a look yourself.... 

Daniel Erman Explains The Josephus Problem on Numberphile

Daniel Erman did a guest video with the youtube series Numberphile about the Josephus problem.  This was one of the first problems he encountered in high school where he didn't know how to approach a complex problem with a wide variability of inputs and solutions.   He talks about an early mentor who encouraged him to spend time experimenting with the inputs and solutions to see if he could find a pattern.  He explains the process to web viewers in a simple and accessible way, much like his early mentor did.   

Check out his video here:

Daniel Erman is also the faculty advisor for the UW Math Circle (, which is an outreach group dedicated to helping younger students interested in math learn more about the many exciting things you can discover by experimenting with numbers.


Brian Street wins Certain/Sandefur award

Congratuations to our own Brian Street, the winner of the Certain/Sandefur award. The Certain/Sandefur award is given to one newly tenured Professor in the College of L&S in recognition of both research and teaching excellence.  Brian stood out among 27 newly promoted and astonishingly impressive Associate Professors.   Congratulations Brian!

Madison Workshop in Analysis and PDE

The Analysis and Applications RTG will be holding a workshop in Analysis and PDE here on October 1-2, 2016. The conference website is available here:  

The format of the conference is something in-between a conference and an autumn school. Each speaker will give 2 talks, one of which will serve as an expository introduction to their research area and should be accessible to first-year graduate students, and one which is based on recent progress in that field. 


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