## Recent Applied Math News Articles

### Outstanding results from the 2015 Mathematical Contest in Modeling

Each year the Department of Applied Mathematics sponsors undergraduate teams in the international Mathematical Contest in Modeling. The contest lasted 4 days from Feb 5-Feb 9, 2015. During this time, each team of 3 students selected one of four problems, they did the research, constructed mathematical and then numerical models, and wrote a complete report. The modeling contest is essentially a mini-research project done in just 96 hours.

### Associate Professor Vanja Dukic Selected as 2015 American Statistical Association Fellow

Dukic is one of 62 statisticians to be named fellows in this year’s round of ASA fellow elections for her outstanding contributions to the statistical professions throughout her scholarly career. Fellows will be presented with their awards on Tuesday, August 11, 2015, at 8:00 p.m. in Seattle, Washington at the Washington State Convention & Trade Center during the Joint Statistical Meetings awards ceremony.

### PhD Alum Tim Chartier Combines Math and Basketball

Notable Alum Tim Chartier has garnered national recognition in the last several years for his work applying mathematics to college level basketball. He works with the Davidson Wildcats and is considered an integral part of the team along with his students. Chartier is also famous for his “March Mathness” bracket that uses math in order to create a March Madness basketball tournament brackets.

Emmy Noether was one of the most brilliant and important mathematicians of the 20th century. She altered the course of modern physics. Einstein called her a genius. Yet today, almost nobody knows who she is. In 1915, Noether uncovered one of science's most extraordinary ideas, proving that every symmetry found in nature has a corresponding law of conservation. So, for example, the fact that physical laws work the same today as they did yesterday turns out to be related to the notion that energy can neither be created nor destroyed.