Tag Mathematics

UW–Madison engineering alum awarded prominent fellowship

April 16, 2019

Bailey Flanigan is a 2019 recipient of the prestigious Hertz Fellowship for young researchers. Eleven fellows were awarded as much as $250,000, allowing them to pursue innovative lines of research.

UW–Madison mathematicians named Simons Fellows

March 21, 2019

Andreas Seeger, Autumn Kent and Gheorghe Craciun are among 48 distinguished scientists named to the fellowships, which will help them “focus solely on research for the long periods often necessary for significant advances.”

Two UW–Madison researchers awarded prestigious Sloan Fellowships

February 19, 2019

Sloan Research Fellowships are given to promising young researchers in the early stages of their careers. UW–Madison’s 2019 Sloan Fellows are mathematics professors Mihaela Ifrim and Botong Wang.

Unraveling threads of bizarre hagfish’s explosive slime

January 15, 2019

Jean-Luc Thiffeault, a University of Wisconsin–Madison math professor, and collaborators Randy Ewoldt and Gaurav Chaudhary of the University of Illinois have modeled the hagfish’s gag-inducing defense mechanism mathematically.

Brady or Rodgers: UW math professor to tell national TV audience who’s greater

October 31, 2018

Sometimes math professors find themselves in surprising places. Look for UW–Madison's Jordan Ellenberg in the national broadcast of the Nov. 4 match-up between the Green Bay Packers and the New England Patriots on Sunday Night Football.

Professor’s innovations changed how children learn math

August 14, 2018

Emeritus professor Tom Carpenter, whose student-centered ideas about teaching math to young children from all backgrounds and skill levels helped transform the field of mathematics education, died Aug. 7

UW mathematician on NOVA

February 26, 2018

Appearing on the PBS program "Nova," UW–Madison professor and math expert Jordan Ellenberg explains how understanding simple facts about probability can help people in their everyday lives. "Prediction by the Numbers" airs Wednesday, Feb. 28, at 8 p.m. CST.

UW-Madison researchers tackle bias in algorithms

July 3, 2017

If you’ve ever applied for a loan or checked your credit score, algorithms have played a role in your life. You might assume that computers remove human bias from decision-making, but research has shown that is not true.

Women in the math department find strength in numbers

March 28, 2017

More female mathematicians teach, mentor and conduct research at UW–Madison than at nearly any other major math department in the country.

Professor: Use math to pick your bracket winners. Really.

March 9, 2017

It's more than picking the teams with the most ferocious mascots. When picking your brackets for the NCAA basketball tournament, Engineering Professor Laura Albert McLay says you can use math. The Markov Chain, for instance. Also, she spins a pretty mean basketball.

Video: I calculate, therefore I am: Mixing math and philosophy

January 27, 2017

By double majoring in math and philosophy, Hannah DeBrine says she learns both kinds of truth: Logical truth, and individual people's truth. Even if a good philosophy class ends with more confusion than it started with.

Bracketology 101: What McLay reads in the seeds

March 17, 2015

Will a No. 5 seed lose to a No. 12? Will No. 1 seed Wisconsin make it all the way to the Final Four for the second year in a row? One could guess the answers to these key questions before March Madness begins in earnest, but there are much better ways to fill out NCAA brackets, according to UW–Madison’s resident bracketologist, Laura McLay, an associate professor of industrial and systems engineering.