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December 18, 2017
Four years + six hours + one bout of flu. That was a winning equation for Will Dana when he competed in the prestigious William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition as a UW undergraduate. In his fourth year taking the six-hour Putnam exam, flu-ridden Dana (BS, Mathematics, 2017) scored high enough to earn a coveted honorable mention in the competition. He also helped the UW team place in the top ten — the University of Washington’s highest ranking ever — alongside math powerhouses like MIT,... Read more
Caspar Curjel
November 15, 2017
Former faculty member Caspar Curjel died on October 15, 2017, in Zurich, Switzerland. Caspar was born in Berlin but grew up in Zurich, where he studied at the Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule, receiving his doctorate in 1960. He spent two years at Cornell and two years at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton before coming to UW, first for a year as a visiting faculty member,... Read more
Frank H. Brownell
November 14, 2017
Former faculty member Frank Brownell died on October 21, 2017, at his home on Bainbridge Island.  Frank grew up in Seattle, attended Lakeside, and then Yale, where he was a member of their team that placed second in the 1942 Putnam Competition.  Frank served in the US Navy during the final years of World War II, returned to Yale for his Master’s degree, received his PhD from Princeton in 1949, then spent an... Read more
Photo of Max Lieblich
November 2, 2017
Max Lieblich is one of over sixty mathematicians from around the world who have been named Fellows of the American Mathematical Society for 2018. He is cited "for contributions to algebraic geometry and for service to the mathematical community.” This is the sixth year of the program, which recognizes AMS members who have made outstanding contributions to the... Read more
Martin Hairer, Imperial College London
October 16, 2017
Each year, the Department invites a distinguished mathematician to deliver a series of three lectures and participate for a week in department life.  Support for the visit is from a departmental endowment in the name of Wendell Alfred Milliman, founder of one of the largest actuarial firms in the country.  This year, our speaker will be Martin Hairer FRS.  Hairer is the Chair in Probability and Stochastic Analysis at Imperial College London.  He holds... Read more
John Westwater
October 4, 2017
Former faculty member Michael John Westwater died on May 14, 2017, at his home in Seattle.  He was born in Aylesbury, England, and attended Trinity College, Cambridge, where he earned a first-class degree in Mathematics in 1962.  Following graduate studies at Cambridge and Princeton, he held a NATO postdoctoral fellowship at the ETH in Zürich, returning to Princeton in 1968 to spend two years at the Institute for Advanced Study.  John joined the... Read more
Jim Morrow
October 2, 2017
On October 2, the Association for Women in Mathematics named its inaugural class of 25 AWM Fellows, including Jim Morrow as the lone man.  Fellows were selected from past AWM presidents, AWM Life Time Service Award winners, and AWM Humphreys Award winners, with Jim having received the... Read more
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September 14, 2017
Assistant Professor (AA25311) Applications are invited for a full-time tenure-track Assistant Professor position at the Department of Mathematics of the University of Washington, to begin in September 2018.  Applicants are required to have a PhD, or foreign equivalent, and an established research record in mathematics.  Duties include undergraduate and graduate teaching and independent research. Priority will be given to applicants whose... Read more
photo of Bianca Viray
August 29, 2017
Two promotions take effect in mid-September: Ethan Devinatz to Professor and Bianca Viray to Associate Professor.  Ethan joined the department in 1991, after six years at the University of Chicago as a Dickson Instructor, NSF postdoctoral fellow, and assistant professor.  Shortly after arrival, he was named a Sloan Research Fellow.  His research is in algebraic topology.  Bianca joined the department in 2014, after four years at Brown University as a Tamarkin Assistant Professor and NSF... Read more
Dmitriy Drusvyatskiy
August 28, 2017
Dima Drusvyatskiy and four UW colleagues have been awarded one of twelve grants under the National Science Foundation’s new Transdisciplinary Research in Principles of Data Science (TRIPODS) initiative.  Jim Ulvsestad, the NSF’s acting assistant director for Mathematical and Physical Sciences, explains that "TRIPODS will accelerate the development of modern foundations of data science through a truly transdisciplinary... Read more