Three professors at the University of Wisconsin–Madison are among the 2019 class of Simons Fellows in Mathematics. Gheorghe Craciun, Autumn Kent and Andreas Seeger are among the 48 distinguished scientists named to fellowships.
Each year, the Simons Foundation selects as many as 50 fellows conducting research in math and the physical sciences, providing funding for an academic leave from a term to a full year. The support, according to the foundation, is meant to help recipients “focus solely on research for the long periods often necessary for significant advances.” Founded in 1994 by Jim and Marilyn Simons, the Simons Foundation supports basic scientific research undertaken in the pursuit of understanding the phenomena of our world.
Craciun, a professor of mathematics and biomolecular chemistry, studies mathematical and computational methods for understanding properties of the biochemical networks in cells, like those that regulate gene expression, send signals and manage metabolism.
Kent, an associate professor of mathematics, likes to work at the intersection of fields — studying families of geometric objects through hyperbolic geometry, topology and group theory.
Seeger, a professor of mathematics, works in harmonic analysis. His research interests include problems on wave propagation, singular and oscillatory integrals, Fourier and spectral multipliers, and function spaces.