# Tag Mathematics

## UW mourns an important mathematician and beloved mentor

Georgia Benkart, emeritus professor of mathematics, died unexpectedly on April 29. “Each of her papers was a polished gem,” a colleague says of Benkart. Among many professional distinctions, she served as president of the Association for Women in Mathematics in 2009–11.

## Researchers videotape hundreds of classrooms in 8 countries to study teaching

Essential to the study’s success are observation systems designed by Courtney Bell, a UW–Madison learning sciences professor who directs the School of Education’s Wisconsin Center for Education Research.

## Math research produces better way to identify gerrymandering

UW mathematicians are analyzing how algorithms, not just maps, are used to gerrymander political districts. They hope to expose techniques that politicians might use to create biased districts, and use that knowledge to prevent it.

## UW–Madison engineering alum awarded prominent fellowship

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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.