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Shirshendu Ganguly
February 28, 2019
Former UW grad student Shirshendu Ganguly received an early-career research fellowship this month from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Shirshendu received his PhD from UW in 2016, with Ioana Dumitiriu and Christopher Hoffman serving as his advisors. Following two years as a Miller Fellow at UC Berkeley, Shirshendu became an assistant professor in the UC Berkeley statistics department in 2018. His research interests include probability, statistical mechanics, and theoretical computer science.... Read more
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February 25, 2019
For the third year in a row, UW students performed well in the William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition, in which 4623 undergraduates from 568 institutions across North America spent the first Saturday of December working on 12 difficult problems. The three-member UW team placed 15th in the country in the 2018 competition, and Dalai Chadraa—ranking in the top 50 among all participants—received Honorable Mention. The top 160 included Thomas Browning and Bodrol Olonbaatar. They and other UW... Read more
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February 15, 2019
The Dip, a band made up of College of Arts & Sciences alumni, releases their second album. Featured on The Seattle Times 
Moumanti Podder
February 6, 2019
The Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences interviewed Moumanti Podder for online publication Medium.
Zhenqing Chen
January 31, 2019
Zhen-Qing Chen, together with Masatoshi Fukushima (Osaka University, Toyonaka, Japan), have been awarded the 2019 Itô prize for their paper Stochastic Komatu–Loewner evolutions and BMD domain constant. This prize is awarded every two years and honors the memory of Professor Kiyosi Itô.  Visit... Read more
Emily Stone, Ron Irving, Gloria Hewitt, Gail Irving, and Edray Goins
November 19, 2018
Last March, the Gloria Hewitt Endowed Graduate Student Support Fund was established 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.’’ The initial endowment of $50,000 was made possible through reallocation of funds previously given to the department by the... Read more
 John Palmieri, Chair
September 27, 2018
On July 1, Professor John Palmieri began a five-year term as the new chair of the Department of Mathematics.  John studied mathematics as an undergraduate at Swarthmore College and received his PhD from MIT in 1991 as a student of former UW faculty member Haynes Miller.  John held postdoctoral positions at the Universities of Minnesota and Wisconsin, then returned to MIT for three years as an NSF postdoctoral fellow.  After two years at the University of Notre Dame, he moved to UW in 1999. ... Read more
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September 24, 2018
The Washington Experimental Math Lab, founded and directed by faculty member Jayadev Athreya, is one of a number of labs across the country that form faculty-student groups to advance mathematics through experimentation, visualization, and public engagement.  The October issue of the Notices of the American Mathematical Society has an article co-written by Jayadev that... Read more
Branko Grunbaum
September 18, 2018
Professor Emeritus Branko Grünbaum died on September 14, 2018, in Seattle.  Born in 1929 in what is now Croatia, Branko began his studies at the University of Zagreb.  On emigrating to Israel, he continued at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, from which he received his PhD in 1957.  Branko came to the University of Washington in 1966 after spending time at the Institute for Advanced... Read more
Andrew Loveless
September 7, 2018
Hailing from Yakima and wearing a well-loved Mariners cap, Dr. Andrew Loveless might seem like your average Washingtonian. However, the principal lecturer in the Department of Mathematics has set himself apart in a field that is notoriously difficult to teach. In his classes, Loveless utilizes a strategy of gamification that emphasizes student engagement to mitigate math's intimidating reputation as a challenging academic roadblock. "People like solving puzzles," he explains. "If you can make... Read more