We’re fortunate enough at Wisconsin to have an administration that understands countercyclical hiring, and as a result I’m happy to report we have four new faculty members joining us next year.
- Scott Armstrong works in PDE. He gave a beautiful job talk explaining how to construct viscosity solutions f to an equation with some boundary conditions by probabilistic means; f is the expected stopping time of a “Brownian motion game” in which two players “push” a Brownian process, the game ending when one player successfully pushes the process to the boundary.
- Tullia Dymarz is a geometric group theorist who is a master of the coarse geometry of groups (that is, the properties that are preserved by quasi-isometries.) Her job talk featured Cayley graphs made out of multicolored pipe cleaners.
- Shamgar Gurevich is a geometric representation theorist who likes to talk about representations of Lie groups, perverse sheaves, and … wait for it… applications to signal processing and structural analysis of proteins!
- Richard Kent is a topologist specializing in hyperbolic geometry and mapping class groups. On his web page you can find, behind a link only slightly smaller than the one for his publication list, his recipe for “Holy Crap Coleslaw.”
A great list of young mathematicians. Gurevich and Kent will be here in the fall, Armstrong and Dymarz are on leave until 2011.
Update: I completely forgot to mention that we have one more offer outstanding! Should “number 5” accept, I’ll make another post.
I saw the talks by Dymarz and Gurevich. Both were engaging speakers (with different styles) and the hour flew by quickly in both talks. Good going!
It must have been the coleslaw that did it!
(Also in culinary news: on our wedding trip to Austin, we had a great blueberry shortcake with bruleed thyme on top. It was great.)
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