In a recent episode of the Marketplace podcast, a question came up about billionaires. Among several experts, Jordan Ellenberg took a stab at it, suggesting a comparison instead. “How much wealth has that person amassed …

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## Virtual Office Hours increases student engagement with ‘hybrid’ approach

When the pandemic forced Betsy Stovall to move her large calculus class online last spring, she wondered how it would affect her office hours, which also became entirely virtual. The answer came soon enough. “I …

## The Atlantic interviews Jordan Ellenberg on Election Forecasting

The Atlantic published an interview by Derek Thompson with Jordan Ellenberg about politics, election forecasting, and how to think about the future like a pro. Link: https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/11/election-probabilities-are-emotional-nonsense/616916/

## Zepeda-Nunez part of new method to improve simulations of waveforms

Our own Leonardo Zepeda-Nunez was part of this new method to expand the theoretical limit on the complexity of simulations. Computer simulations of waveforms are essential tools for researchers in many fields, from earth science …

## Former Van Vleck Professor Chosen to Head Banff Research Station

Former Van Vleck Assistant Professor Malabika Pramanik has been appointed as Director of the Banff International Research Station as of July 1, 2020. She was in Madison between 2001 and 2004. She joined the University …

## Is a District Gerrymandered or Not?

Lorenzo Najt studies algorithms that can build a large group of maps for a state, predict their outcomes, then compare those to the map that legislators selected. He works with UW–Madison mathematics professor Jordan Ellenberg as …

## Exploring the world of Atari, doughnuts and geometry

Autumn Kent offered a perspective of mathematical thinking in terms of Atari, doughnuts and geometry in the recent “Fueling Discovery” insert for the Wisconsin State Journal. Link: https://madisonstatejournal-wi.newsmemory.com/?special=Fueling+Discovery

## How Math tracks the Coronavirus

Much of the discussion about the coronavirus comes from mathematical models about how we expect the coronavirus to behave. Professor Jordan Ellenberg has been discussing mathematical models of coronavirus in several online forums. Slate podcast …

## Qin Li joins in Coronavirus Fight

Qin Li has been working with other researchers here at the UW to combat coronavirus. She is part of a group of researchers, led by UW Geography Professor Song Gao, using cell phone tracking data …

## 2017 Talent Search Winner Named Goldwater Scholar

Mostafa Hassan, of Greenfield, Wisconsin, has been named 1 of 4 Goldwater Scholars for the UW this year. He will graduate in May 2021 with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and computer engineering. He is a …