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enA New Discovery about Dodecahedrons - Numberphile
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<div class="body field"><div class="field-items" class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" class="field-item even"><div class="tex2jax"><p><span>Jayadev Athreya is featured on the YouTube show <a href="https://www.numberphile.com/videos/yellow-brick-road">Numberphile</a> where he discusses </span><span>a new discovery about platonic solids, in particular dodecahedra.</span></p>
</div></div></div></div>Tue, 04 Feb 2020 00:48:36 +0000Rose Choi10232 at https://math.washington.eduFaculty and StaffIn the Press2018-2019 Undergraduate Student Honors and Awards
https://math.washington.edu/news/2019/12/04/2018-2019-undergraduate-student-honors-and-awards
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<h5 style="text-align: left;">John and Kathy Connors Foundation Endowed Scholarship in Mathematics:</h5>
<p style="text-align: left;"><span>Derek Johnson | </span><span>Joshua Ramirez | </span><span>Benjamin Zielinski</span></p>
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<h5><span>Thomas P. Bleakney Endowed Scholarship in Mathematics:</span></h5>
<p style="text-align: left;"><span>Shea Engle | Sophia Taylor</span></p>
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<h5>Mathematics Endowed Scholarship:</h5>
<p style="text-align: left;"><span>Daniel Humphreys | </span><span>Roark Wolf | </span><span> Dafang Ye</span></p>
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<h5>Clara M. McGee Endowed Scholarship in Mathematics:</h5>
<p style="text-align: left;"><span>Corin Hildick</span></p>
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<h5>Barbara Sando Scholarship in Mathematics:</h5>
<p style="text-align: left;"><span>Yeu Chen | Sophie Larsen</span><span> | </span><span> Kimberly Ruth | Julie Zhang</span></p>
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<h5><span>Ernie Esser Undergraduate Scholarship in Mathematics:</span></h5>
<p style="text-align: left;"><span>Guangqiu Liang</span></p>
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<h2><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Award Recipients</span></strong><br /><span style="text-decoration: underline;"></span></h2>
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<h5>Honors Calculus Award<span> </span><span>(1st year)</span>:</h5>
<p style="text-align: left;"><span>Christopher Kang</span></p>
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<h5>Honors Calculus Award<span> </span><span>(2nd year)</span>:</h5>
<p style="text-align: left;"><span>Logan Gnanapragasam</span></p>
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<h5>Gullicksen Award for Outstanding Juniors in Mathematics:</h5>
<p style="text-align: left;"><span>Jordan Brown</span></p>
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<h5>Outstanding Graduating Senior in Mathematics (B.A. Teacher Preparation):</h5>
<p style="text-align: left;"><span>Nathan Lloyd</span></p>
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<h5>Outstanding Graduating Senior in Mathematics (B.A. Standard Major):</h5>
<p style="text-align: left;"><span>Hayley Owens</span></p>
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<h5>Outstanding Graduating Senior in Mathematics (B.S. Standard Major):</h5>
<p style="text-align: left;"><span>Rory Soiffer</span></p>
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<h5>Outstanding Graduating Senior in Mathematics (B.S. Comprehensive Major):</h5>
<p style="text-align: left;">Thomas Browning</p>
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<h5>Putnam Exam Outstanding UW Score:</h5>
<p style="text-align: left;">Dalai Chadraa</p>
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</div></div></div></div>Wed, 04 Dec 2019 19:14:24 +0000Rose Choi8535 at https://math.washington.eduHonors and AwardsStudent Success2019 Graduating Class
https://math.washington.edu/news/2019/12/04/2019-graduating-class
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<h3><span style="text-decoration: underline;">DOCTORATE:</span></h3>
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<div><strong>Connor Ahlbach</strong><strong> </strong><span style="font-family: inherit; font-size: 1rem;">(advisor: Sara Billey) | </span><span style="font-family: inherit; font-size: 1rem;">Lecturer at Texas State University</span></div>
<div><span style="font-family: inherit; font-size: 1rem;">Dissertation: <em>Applications of the Cyclic Sieving Phenomenon to Words, Branching Rules, and Tableaux</em></span></div>
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<div><span style="font-family: inherit; font-size: 1rem;"><em></em></span><strong>Gabriel Dorfsman-Hopkins</strong> (Max Lieblich) | Post-doc at University of California, Berkeley</div>
<div><em>Projective Geometry for Perfectoid Spaces</em></div>
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<div><strong>Abraham Engle</strong> (James Burke) | <span>Applied Scientist at Amazon</span></div>
<div><em>Local and Global Convergence for Convex-Composite Optimization</em></div>
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<div><strong>Peter Lin</strong> (Steffen Rohde) | Post-doc at SUNY Stony-Brooke</div>
<div><em>Conformal Welding of Dendrites</em></div>
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<div><strong>Kevin Lui</strong> (William Stein) | Looking at industry jobs</div>
<div><em>Explicit Isogenies of \$J_0(N)\$</em></div>
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<div><strong>Kellie MacPhee</strong> (Dima Drusvyatskiy) | Data & Applied Scientist at Microsoft</div>
<div><em>Geometry and algorithms for signal recovery: from convex duality to non-convex formulations</em></div>
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<div><strong>Sean McCurdy</strong> (Tatiana Toro) | Post-doc at Carnegie Mellon University</div>
<div><em>Minkowski-type Estimates on the Quantitative Strata of the Generalized Critical set of Green's functions for Two-Sided NTA Domains arising from a Free-Boundary Problem for Harmonic Measure</em></div>
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<div><strong>Manar Riman</strong> (Bianca Viray) | Assistant Professor at Phoenicia University, Lebanon</div>
<div><em>The Vanishing of the Brauer group of a del Pezzo surface of degree 4</em></div>
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<div><strong>Lucas Van Meter</strong> (Max Lieblich) | Visiting position at Lewis & Clark College</div>
<div><em>A Functorial Approach to Algebraic Vision</em></div>
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<div><strong>Liang Ze Wong</strong> (James Zhang) | Research Scientist at the Institute of High Performance Computing, Singapore</div>
<div><em>The Grothendieck Construction in Enriched, Internal and Infinity-Category Theory</em></div>
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<div><strong>Amy Wiebe</strong> (Rekha Thomas) | Dirichlet Postdoctoral Fellow of the Berlin Mathematical School, Freie Universität Berlin</div>
<div><em>Realization spaces of polytopes and matroids</em></div>
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<div><strong>Gerardo Zelaya Eufemia</strong> (William Stein) | Data Science Consultant, Lowe's Headquarters</div>
<div><em> Computing the Tate-Shafarevich group order and type of as many rational elliptic curves of conductor up to a million</em></div>
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<h3><span style="text-decoration: underline;">MASTER’S:</span></h3>
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<p><strong>Mathias Budoba De Badyn</strong> (advisor: Dima Drusvyatskiy)</p>
<p><strong>Sharat Chandra</strong> (Sara Billey)</p>
<p><strong>Eli Johnson</strong> (Sara Billey)</p>
<p><strong>Matt Robinson</strong> (Gunther Uhlman)</p>
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<h3><span style="text-decoration: underline;">BACHELOR’S:</span></h3>
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<p><strong>206</strong> in Mathematics</p>
<p><strong>75</strong> in Applied & Computational Mathematical Sciences</p>
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</div></div></div></div>Wed, 04 Dec 2019 17:43:02 +0000Rose Choi8534 at https://math.washington.eduAlumniStudent SuccessNew Postdoctoral Scholars
https://math.washington.edu/news/2019/12/03/new-postdoctoral-scholars
<div class="body field"><div class="field-items" class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" class="field-item even"><div class="tex2jax"><p>Arunima Bhattacharya completed her PhD at the University of Oregon this Spring <span>under the supervision of </span>Micah Warren. Her research is in partial differential equations.</p>
<p>Joshua Rosenberg completed his PhD at the University of Pennsylvania in May 2018 <span>under the supervision of </span>Robin Pemantle and has spent the last year as a Zuckerman Postdoctoral Scholar at Tel Aviv University. His research is in probability.</p>
<p>Melanie Graf completed her PhD at the University of Vienna in June 2018, under the supervision of Michael Kunziger. Her research is in differential geometry.</p>
<p>Minseon Shin completed his PhD at UC Berkeley this Spring <span>under the supervision of </span>Martin Olsson and spend the last year as a postdoc at the Max Planck Institute. His research is in algebraic geometry.</p>
</div></div></div></div>Tue, 03 Dec 2019 19:22:51 +0000Rose Choi8530 at https://math.washington.eduFaculty and StaffAssistant Professor Farbod Shokrieh
https://math.washington.edu/news/2019/12/02/assistant-professor-farbod-shokrieh
<div class="body field"><div class="field-items" class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" class="field-item even"><div class="tex2jax"><p>This past summer, Farbod Shokrieh joined the department as a tenure-track assistant professor. Farbod, who works in number theory, algebraic geometry, and combinatorics, received his BS in electrical engineering from Sharif University of Technology in Iran. He received an MS in electrical engineering from Georgia Tech, then switched to mathematics, receiving an MS and a PhD at Georgia Tech under the supervision of Matt Baker. He held postdoctoral positions at Cornell and Copenhagen before coming to Seattle.</p>
<p>His research interests overlap those of many faculty in the department: the algebraic geometers, the number theorists, and the combinatorialists. He also brings his background in electrical engineering and theoretical computer science to his work in mathematics.</p>
<p>He has a strong background in mentoring undergraduates and graduate students, and our students will benefit from his knowledge and enthusiasm.</p>
</div></div></div></div>Tue, 03 Dec 2019 00:59:12 +0000Rose Choi8529 at https://math.washington.eduFaculty and StaffNew Lecturers
https://math.washington.edu/news/2019/12/02/new-lecturers
<div class="body field"><div class="field-items" class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" class="field-item even"><div class="tex2jax"><p>During the 2018-2019 academic year, the department conducted a national search for two full-time lecturers, who would join the seven existing faculty members holding the ranks of principal lecturer, senior lecturer, and lecturer. Lecturers play a central role in the department's mission, providing leadership in teaching, developing new pedagogies, mentoring of teaching assistants, serving on departmental committees, and much more. The two candidates who emerged from the search—Elena Pezzoli and Natalie Naehrig— were already among us, having occupied the position of part-time lecturer since 2000 and 2014. Below, each reflects on her path to UW and what lies ahead.</p>
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<h3><strong>Elena Pezzoli</strong></h3>
<p>I grew up in Italy, where I completed the bulk of my undergraduate studies, except for one year I spent at UC Berkeley as an exchange student. I then went on to obtain my PhD in Mathematics from Stanford University under the direction of Professors Solomon Feferman and Phokion Kolaitis (then a Professor in the Computer Science Department at UC Santa Cruz). My research was in the areas of Computational Complexity and Logic. After Stanford, I taught at Boston College, where I got interested in Computational Biology, and then for many years at the University of Washington as a part-time lecturer, with a brief pause when my second son was born. I have taught a variety of courses, including Calculus and Precalculus, Linear Algebra, Real Analysis, and Mathematical Reasoning, one of my favorites.</p>
<p>As a new full-time lecturer, I welcome the opportunity to continue doing what I love: to keep learning, whether by reading a math research article or listening to a talk about innovative teaching assessment and methods, and to collaborate more closely with members of the department. In an ever-changing society—where students’ background knowledge, expectations, and needs keep changing at a fast pace—it is very important to adapt and to keep modifying course contents and teaching practices. But this can be a difficult task. It is therefore crucial to rely on collaboration and to create tools to facilitate this effort: whether it is a common course web page, teaching blogs to share experiences, or a technology committee to explore and disseminate possible uses of technology in the classroom.</p>
<p>I look forward to tackling the challenge of evolving the teaching and learning process so as to make the material more digestible for the students and, in turn, to help the students feel more confident and excited about mathematics.</p>
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<h3><strong>Natalie Naehrig</strong></h3>
<p>I am originally from a mid-sized and very old German city called Aachen, located right at the border of the Netherlands and Belgium. I studied at the RWTH Aachen University and finished my PhD under the supervision of Professor Gerhard Hiss in 2008. It was in 2010 that I first visited the University of Washington to give a seminar talk. Who would have thought that only two years later my family and I would be moving to the Seattle area altogether? In 2014, I started a part-time lecturer position in the department with great excitement. I have always enjoyed teaching because of the interaction with students. Their evolution as mathematicians and sparking interest reinforced my enthusiasm about mathematics. While still in Germany, I volunteered at the local elementary school to organize a math club. The kids would learn about negative numbers by walking up and down the school’s stairways. I still smile at the experiences I had with those curious and adventurous kids.</p>
<p>After starting my lecturer position here, I quickly noticed that teaching is about engaging students, confronting their brains with problems that are within their reach, encouraging them through struggle to develop grit. I submerged myself in Evidence-Based-Learning methods. Through UW’s Center for Teaching and Learning, I have met many other lecturers and professors who also try to turn away from “up-front-teaching” to a student-engaging way that has been shown to be more lasting and more effective.</p>
<p>Another of my interests is the issue of diversity and underrepresented minorities, which is especially important in mathematics and science. I am thrilled that as a full-time lecturer this year, I was asked to be part of the department’s Diversity Committee. Helping to form the department’s policies in this area adds much value to my work beyond my teaching-only role as a part-time lecturer. My plans in upcoming quarters include setting up courses aimed specifically at underrepresented minorities.</p>
<p>Believe it or not, I have a personal life, too! With a husband, four boys ranging in age from 6 to 20, and two male dogs, my life is very active and full of surprises on a daily basis. I am proud that Lukas, my oldest, is also a Husky and very much enjoying his life on campus. My husband and I share one hobby, dancing Argentine tango . Alas, <span>my dancing does not (yet) look</span> as elegant as you might envision Argentine tango to be. I never cease to be amazed by the beauty of this state. I love the lakes, the forests, and the natural ocean shores that are all just around the corner from Seattle.</p>
<p>In the future, I hope to continue to evolve as an evidence-based-learning lecturer, commit to improving issues around minorities, and make mathematicians out of students who would never have thought that could happen.</p>
</div></div></div></div>Tue, 03 Dec 2019 00:40:27 +0000Rose Choi8528 at https://math.washington.eduFaculty and StaffDmitriy Drusvyatskiy Promoted to Associate Professor
https://math.washington.edu/news/2019/12/02/dmitriy-drusvyatskiy-promoted-associate-professor
<div class="body field"><div class="field-items" class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" class="field-item even"><div class="tex2jax"><p>Dmitriy Drusvyatskiy received his PhD from Cornell's School of Operations Research and Information Engineering in 2013, and then spent a postdoctoral year at the University of Waterloo in their Department of Combinatorics and Optimization. He arrived at the University of Washington as an assistant professor in Autumn 2014. His promotion to associate professor with tenure became effective in September 2019.</p>
<p>Dmitriy has received a number of awards since joining UW, including the Air Force Office of Scientific Research Young Investigator Award, a National Science Foundation CAREER award, and the 2019 Young Researchers Prize of the INFORMS Optimization Society. He is currently a co-PI of an NSF-funded Transdisciplinary Research in Principles of Data Science institute at the University of Washington that brings together researchers across campus.</p>
<p>Dmitriy’s general area of expertise is mathematical optimization, which develops theory and algorithms for selecting decision variables so that a given cost function is as small as possible. The subject has roots going back centuries, but crystalized in its modern form through the work of George Dantzig and others during and after World War II. Our department has had its own distinguished history in the field, going back to the work of Victor Klee and Terry Rockafellar.</p>
<p>Over the past twenty years, the ﬁeld of optimization has experienced explosive growth, with driving factors including the internet, advances in computational power and computing architectures, and the availability and importance of very large data sets in science, medicine, engineering, and communication. The recent advances in data science and engineering, as well as advances in artificial intelligence, critically depend on a synthesis of new ideas from statistics, computer science, and optimization. Dmitriy’s research broadly lies within this body of work, with the core aim of advancing the foundations of large scale computing and data science through the lens of optimization.</p>
<p>Dmitriy teaches the department’s standard undergraduate and graduate courses in nonlinear optimization. In addition, he regularly offers special topics courses in convex optimization. This year, he is teaching a graduate course in high-dimensional probability and statistics.</p>
</div></div></div></div>Tue, 03 Dec 2019 00:23:10 +0000Rose Choi8527 at https://math.washington.eduFaculty and StaffDmitriy Drusvyatskiy receives INFORMS Young Researcher Prize
https://math.washington.edu/news/2019/09/30/dmitriy-drusvyatskiy-receives-informs-young-researcher-prize
<div class="body field"><div class="field-items" class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" class="field-item even"><div class="tex2jax"><p>Dmitriy Drusvyatskiy and <a href="https://people.orie.cornell.edu/dsd95/">Damek Davis</a> (Cornell) are the joint recipients of the <span><a href="https://connect.informs.org/optimizationsociety/prizes/young-researchers-prize">2019 INFORMS Optimization Society Prize for Young Researchers</a> for their outstanding paper in optimization (details forthcoming). This prize serves as an esteemed recognition of promising colleagues who are at the beginning of their academic or industrial career.</span></p>
</div></div></div></div>Mon, 30 Sep 2019 23:20:19 +0000Rose Choi8444 at https://math.washington.eduFaculty and StaffHonors and AwardsIsaac Namioka (1928-2019)
https://math.washington.edu/news/2019/09/30/isaac-namioka-1928-2019
<div class="body field"><div class="field-items" class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" class="field-item even"><div class="tex2jax"><p><span><em></em></span><span>Isaac Namioka was born in northern Japan on April 25th, 1928. His family moved to Himeji, where they were one of the few Christian families living in Japan. His father was the principal of a Christian girls’ school. The household included his grandmother, who was originally from France.</span></p>
<p style="text-align: left;">After receiving his Electrical Engineering degree at Kobe University, Isaac moved to the United States and, through connections with missionaries in the Baptist Church, was able to attend college and then graduate school at the University of Kansas. At KU, he met Professor John Kelley, and later followed Professor Kelley to UC Berkeley, where Kelley became his PhD advisor and co-author of their textbook Linear Topological Spaces. It was at Berkeley that he met Lensey Chao, his future wife and fellow graduate student in mathematics. After receiving his doctorate, he and Lensey married in 1957 and moved to Ithaca, New York, where he taught at Cornell <img src="https://cache.legacy.net/legacy/images/cobrands/seattletimes/photos/image-74493_20191103.jpg" alt="Isaac Namioka photographed by Paul R. Halmos in 1985" width="250" height="274" caption="false" style="float: right; padding-left: 20px; padding-bottom: 20px; padding-top: 20px;" />University. Both their daughters, Aki and Michi, were born in Ithaca.</p>
<p style="text-align: left;">In 1963, Isaac and his family moved to Seattle, where he became Professor of Mathematics at the University of Washington, focusing in the area of functional analysis. A topological space described in a 1974 paper he wrote became known as a Namioka space, with the proof of its property known as the Namioka Theorem. A special issue of the Journal of Mathematical Analysis and its Applications was dedicated to Isaac in 2008 to honor his 80th birthday. In 2013, he became one of the inaugural class of Fellows of the American Mathematical Society. He retired from teaching in 1996, but remained Professor Emeritus at UW until his death.</p>
<p style="text-align: left;">Isaac was also a member of the Japanese Baptist Church in Seattle. Isaac’s interests included a love of classical music, especially the music of J.S. Bach. He was also interested in black and white photography, and developed and printed his own photos. Isaac never relinquished his Japanese citizenship but remained a permanent resident of the United States.</p>
<p><a href="https://funerals.coop/obituaries/isaac-namioka.html">Isaac passed away peacefully at home on September 25th, 2019.</a> He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Lensey Chao Namioka, his daughters Aki Namioka and Michi Garrison, his grandchildren Leila Garrison, Brendan Garrison, and Sven Nilsson, and his son-in-law Erik Nilsson.</p>
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<h5 style="text-align: left;">Isaac’s longtime colleague and fellow emeritus professor Ramesh Gangolli shared the following memories: </h5>
<p style="text-align: left;"><img src="https://opc.mfo.de/photoSmall?id=2985" alt="Isaac Namioka photographed by Paul R. Halmos in 1985." width="250" height="169" caption="false" style="float: right; padding-left: 20px; padding-bottom: 20px; padding-top: 20px;" />Isaac Namioka joined our department in 1963. He had spent some years as an Assistant Professor at Cornell, and his appointment to our department was proposed at the level of Associate Professor with tenure. I had joined the department just the year before, in 1962. So I was in the very first year of my service at UW, and when his appointment came up for a vote, I was surprised that I was being asked to vote on an appointment at a rank higher than mine. To my mind, accustomed to the hierarchical systems of India and England, this was extraordinary. Moreover, Isaac’s academic credentials were already so good that I felt unqualified to even begin to evaluate them. Of course I voted for his appointment without reservations.</p>
<p style="text-align: left;">When he arrived in the fall, we met and became friends over the following year. The shared traditions of Asian culture made it easy for us to get to an easy level of comfort in each other’s company, and our friendship soon extended to a connection between our families, which continues today.</p>
<p>Some years before we both arrived in Seattle, some members of the department had created a mythical mathematician named John Rainwater. I have heard that someone stumbled across an interesting mathematical result, and submitted it to the Proceedings of the AMS under the pseudonym John Rainwater, a confirmed aptly named Seattle resident. The paper was accepted and a lighthearted tradition was born. Whenever a member of the department stumbled across a mathematical discovery that was interesting but perhaps not of any major significance, there was the option of publishing it under the name of John Rainwater. In the two decades following, a few such papers appeared. It became clear that John Rainwater had wide mathematical interests. This joke gave rise to a seminar—the Rainwater Seminar—in which the topics presented had no restriction of area. Bob Phelps and Isaac Namioka were the most active members of this seminar for many years. In my early years in Seattle I attended the seminar often and got to see Isaac’s wide ranging interests and fine mind at work. He would very quietly ask a question or make a comment—quite often also posed as a question—that would bring a new perspective on whatever was being said. His main interest was in Functional Analysis and infinite dimensional linear topological spaces, a field to which he contributed handsomely. The seminar continues today, covering a broad range of topics in Modern Analysis.</p>
<p>The most striking feature of Isaac's personality was a quiet gentleness that immediately communicated his goodwill and put anyone he met immediately at ease. Music and photography were his two great recreations. He was a pretty good pianist and a fine photographer. He preferred to take black-and-white pictures and his home had on display many striking examples of his felicity in that medium.</p>
<p>Isaac’s wife Lensey was a wonderful companion to him. Lensey’s Chinese New Year dinner party was a fringe benefit to which their close friends looked forward with immense anticipation. My wife Shanta and I were the grateful recipients of this annual feast, which was meticulously prepared and served. It is impossible to describe the friendly camaraderie and banter that was exchanged at their table.</p>
<p>After he retired, Isaac still came to campus regularly. In these years, he and Lensey delighted in their annual trips with their two daughters and their families. These trips were out of the ordinary. For example, on one trip they hired a boat and conducted it through the canal systems of Holland and France on their own, without the benefit of a professional boatman.</p>
<p>Lensey started writing fiction after her daughters were grown up. She wrote for young readers and published several books, which enjoyed a devoted and considerable following. She earned a reputation and was often invited to lead workshops for aspiring authors. I remember on one occasion complimenting Isaac on something he had just published. He smiled and wryly said "That is all very well, but I will be happy if it is read by more than a hundredth of the number who read one of Lensey’s books."</p>
<p>We were out of town when Isaac passed away peacefully in September. He will be missed, but his gentle smiling face will be always in my memory.</p>
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<h5 style="text-align: left;">Professor Emeritus John Sullivan offered some additional memories:</h5>
<p style="text-align: left;"><img src="https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/6/62/Isaac_Namioka_MFO.jpeg/300px-Isaac_Namioka_MFO.jpeg" width="250" height="179" caption="false" style="float: right; padding-left: 20px; padding-bottom: 20px; padding-top: 20px;" />In 1963, Isaac and his Cornell colleague Caspar Curjel decided to move to Seattle from Ithaca and teach at the University of Washington. Isaac and I shared both a Cornell connection (I received my PhD there) and a Berkeley connection (I was a postdoc there). When Jean and I moved from Berkeley to the Montlake neighborhood of Seattle, not far from Isaac and Lensey’s home, they welcomed us warmly. In later years, they would invite us to a wonderful Chinese New Year’s celebration at their house with other mathematical friends.</p>
<p><span>Isaac was a gentleman and a gentle man. He was so friendly in welcoming me to the department. Early on, Isaac would ask me questions that fortunately I could answer. In that way, he made me feel confident that I had a role to play in the department. When you met Isaac in the corridor, he was always warm and friendly. In the years to come, he would stop by my office in the late afternoon so that we could walk home to Montlake together. </span></p>
<p><span>In retirement, Isaac continued to come to Padelford daily to work on mathematical projects. He shared his office with Bob Phelps, for whom he had the greatest affection. When Bob passed away in 2013, Isaac missed him deeply. I retired a year later and had the great pleasure of joining Isaac in his office. When Lensey was taking a class at UW, she and Isaac would come to campus together, and after class they would join a group of us for lunch at the UW Club.</span></p>
<div>Isaac was a man of gentleness who will be in our hearts forever.</div>
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</div></div></div></div>Mon, 30 Sep 2019 18:16:11 +0000Rose Choi8432 at https://math.washington.eduFaculty and StaffObituariesAlumni Matt Junge featured on The Monti
https://math.washington.edu/news/2019/09/26/alumni-matt-junge-featured-monti
<div class="body field"><div class="field-items" class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" class="field-item even"><div class="tex2jax"><p><a href="http://www.mathjunge.com/about">Matthew Junge</a> shares his experience teaching at the <span>women's prison in Monroe at <a href="http://themonti.org/stories/the-monti-video-series-matt-junge-1">The Monti's "Man Behind the Curtain"</a> Show on June 16, 2018 at The ArtsCenter in Carrboro, NC.</span></p>
</div></div></div></div>Thu, 26 Sep 2019 22:54:35 +0000Rose Choi8429 at https://math.washington.eduAlumniIn the Press