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Zihui Zhao
June 4, 2018
Graduate student Zihui Zhao has been named the recipient of the College of Arts and Sciences Graduate Medal in Natural Sciences. Zihui, a student of Tatiana Toro, studies partial differential equations, geometric measure theory, and harmonic analysis. Zihui has been a Program Associate at the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute in Berkeley and will be heading to Princeton next year as a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study. She will then move to the University of Chicago... Read more
May 16, 2018
Three promotions will take effect in September 2018: Soumik Pal to Professor, Thomas Rothvoss to Associate Professor, and Jonah Ostroff to Senior Lecturer. Soumik joined the department in 2008, after two years in a postdoctoral position at Cornell. He works in probability theory, including random matrix theory, random graphs and trees, and mathematical finance. Thomas joined the department in January 2014, after postdoctoral positions at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne and MIT. In... Read more
Sara Billey
April 26, 2018
Sara Billey and and her collaborator Tímea Tihanyi from the School of Art, Art History and Design are the 2018 recipients of the UW College of Arts and Sciences’ Bergstrom Award for Art and Science. The award, given annually, is intended to support faculty projects “that enhance the student experience and bridge the intersection between art and science.” Sara and Tímea have collaborated on several projects over the years, and Tímea has collaborated as well... Read more
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
Photo of Max Lieblich
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