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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
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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