The article showcases a week in the life of the Oberwolfach Research Institute for Mathematics in Germany. During that week, our own Autumn Kent was part of a group of mathematicians who visited to discuss …

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## Alumna teaches math through knitting

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel features Sara Jensen, a UW–Madison alumna and professor at Carthage College (Ph.D., 2014, Isaacs), who teaches students math through knitting. And we’re not just talking potholders. Someone actually knitted a working Rubik’s …

## Faculty Focus: Vadim Gorin

Vadim Gorin, who recently joined the UW-Madison Department of Mathematics, seeks to obtain precise mathematical descriptions for very large random systems. He is looking forward to teaching students that math is “interesting, unpredictable and beautiful.” Read …

## Shusterman jointly publishes proof of twin primes problem

Two mathematicians, Will Sawin of Columbia University and Mark Shusterman of University of Wisconsin-Madison, recently posted a proof of a version of one of the most famous open problems in mathematics. The result opens a new front …

## Jordan Ellenberg Elected A.D. White Professor at Large at Cornell

Jordan Ellenberg joins a Nobel Prize-winning physicist, another bestselling author and a leader in global sustainable agriculture are among six newly elected Andrew Dickson White Professors-at-Large at Cornell. The professors-at-large program at Cornell sponsors up …

## Jordan Ellenberg’s Hawking Index predicts book unreadability

In The Guardian, Jordan Ellenberg explains his own way of calculating a book’s unreadability, which he dubbed the Hawking Index. Ellenberg looked at the sections that readers have highlighted on Amazon’s Kindle e-readers, and infers …

## Math alumnus named University of Denver Chancellor

The University of Denver has chosen Jeremy Haefner as its 19th chancellor. Haefner, who earned a master’s degree and PhD in mathematics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1983 and 1986, respectively, joined the University of …

## Nan Chen works on model for predicting Indian Monsoons

New research from an NYU/Abu Dhabi team has found that temperatures in the Atlantic are having a growing effect on the Indian monsoon, something that could prove crucial in predicting how severe rains are likely …

## Swimming microbes steer themselves into mathematical order

Saverio Spagnolie and Arthur Evans of UW–Madison, University of Michigan physicist Christopher Miles and mathematician Michael Shelley of the Flatiron Institute and New York University found that when the particles are confined to a thin sheet and …

## Erman, Sam, Ellenberg Mentions in the Bulletin of the AMS this month.

Two of the four articles published this month in the Bulletin of the American Mathematics Society have UW connections. Daniel Erman and former faculty, Steven Sam, have an article titled “Cubics in 10 variables vs. …