The 2016 Putnam Award Winners include Sifan Ye, Juan Velasco, and Arun Kannan. Congratulations to all three on this impressive accomplishment!

The award announcements at the Gordon E. Keller Mathematics Majors Dinner revealed this year’s recipient of the E.J. McShane Prize in Mathematics to be Alexander Grieser. Congratualtions to Alexander on this accomplishment!

At the Gordon E. Keller mathematics majors dinner, it was announced that Peter Dillery was the 2016 recipient of the Edwin E. Floyd Prize in Mathematics. Congratualtions to Peter on his accomplishment!

Congratulations to the following mathematics majors who were elected to the Beta Chapter of Virginia of Phi Beta Kappa this week:

- Peter Dillery
- Ji Won Kim
- Honglei Li
- Hexuan Liu
- Megan Marcellin
- Qi Tang
- Yingze Song
- Boya Yang
- Stephanie Gulley

Karen Parshall has been elected to the Nominating Committee of the American Mathematical Society. This is one of the most important committees of the AMS. She will serve from January 1, 2016 to December 31, 2018. She will also become Chair of the History Department beginning in the academic year 2016-17. Congratulations, Karen!

Workshop on Geometric Group Theory and Geometric Topology, October 16 - 17, 2015.

Assistant Professor Leonid Petrov was awarded the 2015 Moscow Mathematical Society prize for a series of works “Combinatorics of Branching Graphs and Probabilistic Models”. The prize is awarded to young scientists for a mathematical paper or series of papers of significant scientific interest.