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Many know Danica McKellar as the girl-next-door from the popular sitcom, "The Wonder Years." But did you know Danica is also a New York Times bestselling author, summa cum laude graduate of UCLA Math, and an advocate for math education?

Danica McKellar

Mark L. Green, professor emeritus and co-founder/former Director of IPAM, was the invited speaker at the 2013 American Mathematical Society Congressional Briefing entitled "How Math Fuels the Knowledge Economy." His presentation encompassed how the role of the mathematical sciences has expanded dramatically in recent years, providing examples from a variety of dynamically growing industries including internet startups, biotech, film production, computer games, and individualized medicine.

Mark L. Green

Thanks to the latest material point method (MPM) technology created by UCLA Disney Animators, Alexey Stomakhin, Craig Schroeder, Lawrence Chai, Joseph Teran and Andrew Sell, Disney has been able to simulate incredibly realistic snow in its latest animation comedy, FrozenThe following video was presented at the computer graphics conference Siggpath and explains the mathematics (utilizing a user controllable elasto-plastic constitutive model integrated with a hybrid Eulerian/Lagrangian Material Point Method) involved behind the snow simulation and dynamics used in the film. Watch the below video for various realistic simulations of the "snow" in action.

The Math of Making Snow

On Saturday, November 16, the UCLA mathematics department hosted a conference named A Day of Triangulations. Videos of the talks are now

 A Day of Triangulations

Department Newsletter is now available online.

Fall 2013 Newsletter