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Rekha Thomas
June 19, 2017
Rekha Thomas, an expert in optimization and director of the department’s undergraduate program, will be one of the invited speakers at the quadrennial International Congress of Mathematicians in Rio de Janeiro in August 2018. She joins five other mathematicians from Europe and Brazil as a speaker in the section on Control Theory and Optimization.
William Dana
June 2, 2017
Will Dana has been named one of the four 2017 recipients of the College of Arts and Sciences' Dean's Medal, presented annually to an outstanding student in each of the College's four divisions. Will is a Mathematics major and Music minor, and will begin graduate studies in mathematics at the University of Michigan next year. He has been doing research for a senior thesis under the supervision of Professor Jim Morrow as well as research within the Washington Experimental Math Lab with other... Read more
Dmitriy Drusvyatskiy
April 17, 2017
Dima Drusvyatskiy and Thomas Rothvoss have both been awarded CAREER grants under the National Science Foundation's Faculty Early Career Development Program.  Thomas, who has a joint faculty position in Computer Science and Engineering, had previously received a Sloan Research Fellowship and a Packard Fellowship in Science and Engineering.  Dima had previously received an Air Force Young Investigator Research award.  Both work on aspects of optimization theory.
Mathematical Association of America
April 11, 2017
Every December, undergraduates across North America devote the first Saturday to working on 12 difficult problems in the annual William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition. The top five three-student teams and the top five individuals are singled out for special awards, with additional teams and students receiving honors as well. For the 2016 competition, the UW team was one of five finishing just behind the top five... Read more
Julia Pevtsova
March 15, 2017
The Simons Foundation has announced that Julia Pevtsova is one of the 2017 Simons Fellows in Mathematics. The fellowship program, which began in 2012, is designed to provide awardees with additional sabbatical funding that can "lead to increased creativity and productivity in research." Tatiana Toro was one of the inaugural fellows... Read more
Earth's inner structure
February 23, 2017
In collaboration with András Vasy at Stanford and Plamen Stefanov at Purdue, Gunther has solved the longstanding open problem of boundary rigidity in Riemannian geometry. They prove for Riemannian manifolds with boundary of dimension 3 or greater (under suitable hypotheses) that knowledge of the restriction to the boundary of the manifold’s distance function determines the distance function overall. Their result is featured in an article in Nature... Read more
Tatiana Toro
December 10, 2016
Tatiana Toro will spend the spring at UC Berkeley as the Chancellor’s Visiting Professor in Mathematics while participating at the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute in their Harmonic Analysis program. Every year, the programs scheduled at MSRI the following year nominate leading mathematicians in the field to be the Chancellor’s Professor, with the Berkeley Math department selecting one for the position. The Chancellor’s Professor serves as a bridge between graduate students in the... Read more
Isabella Novik
November 1, 2016
Isabella Novik, Julia Pevtsova, and Tatiana Toro are among the sixty-five mathematicians from around the world who have been named Fellows of the American Mathematical Society for 2017. This is the fifth year of the program, which recognizes AMS members who have made outstanding contributions to the creation, exposition, advancement, communication, and... Read more
Gunther Uhlmann
October 1, 2016
The Swedish Academy took a break from awarding Nobel Prizes in October to learn from Gunther Uhlmann about Inverse problems and Harry Potter's cloak. This was part of the Academy Lectures, a series of open lectures covering the most exciting fields of science in which the Academy is active. Gunther spoke about inverse problems and the progress that has been made in achieving invisibility via... Read more
Thomas Rothvoss
October 1, 2016
Thomas Rothvoss has been named one of eighteen recipients of a 2016 Packard Fellowship in Science and Engineering by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation. The Foundation describes the fellows as among "the nation's most innovative early-career scientists and engineers... Read more