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Amzi Jeffs
April 19, 2018
Second-year graduate student Amzi Jeffs was recently awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship to study discrete geometry, with Isabella Novik as his mentor. The award provides three years of financial support. Amzi received his BS in 2016 from Harvey Mudd College, where he wrote a senior thesis on Convexity of Neural Codes.
Julia Pevtsova
April 17, 2018
Julia Pevtsova is the 2018 recipient of the Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences Education Prize. The prize is awarded each year to a member of the PIMS community who has made a significant contribution to education in the mathematical sciences, recognizing individuals “who have played a major role in encouraging activities which have enhanced public awareness and appreciation of mathematics, as well as fostering communication among various groups and organizations concerned with... Read more
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April 17, 2018
Department of Mathematics professor, Gunther Uhlmann, proposed a series of equations which could be used to build an invisibility cloak. Featured on Mashable 
Dr. Gloria Conyers Hewitt
April 3, 2018
In mid-March, the Gloria Hewitt Endowed Graduate Student Support Fund was established with an initial principal of $50,000 in order to “promote excellence in the graduate program of the Department of Mathematics, in particular enhancing efforts to achieve a more equitable representation of those under-represented in the field of mathematics.’’ Dr. Hewitt is among the first African-American women in the US to receive a PhD in mathematics. Should the principal (through growth or new gifts) reach... Read more
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March 26, 2018
The Simons Foundation has announced that Max Lieblich is one of the 2018 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, followed in subsequent years by Hart Smith, Gunther Uhlmann, Sándor Kovács, Chris Hoffman, Julia Pevtsova, and now Max.
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March 14, 2018
For the second year in a row, UW students performed well in the 2017 William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition, in which 4638 undergraduates across North America spent the first Saturday of December working on 12 difficult problems. The three-member UW team placed 14th in the country, while Rory Soiffer—ranking in the top 50 among all participants—received Honorable Mention. The top 150 included Thomas Browning and Dalai Chadraa. They and other UW participants were prepared for the... Read more
Julia Pevtsova
February 22, 2018
Julia Pevtsova is the 2018 recipient of the distinguished teaching award given by the Pacific Northwest Section of the Mathematical Association of America. The award recognizes her wide-ranging contributions to mathematical learners at every level, from elementary schoolers to postdocs. For example, in collaboration with Ioana Dumitriu, she teaches a problem-solving course for undergraduates each autumn and prepares students for the annual Putnam competition. In the community, she has... Read more
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February 22, 2018
Bobby Wilson will join the department in the summer of 2018 as a tenure-track assistant professor. Bobby, who works in geometric measure theory, partial differential equations, and harmonic analysis, received his B.S. from Morehouse College in 2010 and his Ph.D. under Wilhelm Schlag at the University of Chicago in 2015. He has spent the past three years as a C.L.E. Moore Instructor at MIT and as a postdoctoral fellow for two semester-long programs at the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute... Read more
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

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