In Memoriam: Olga Radko, 1974-2020

Olga Radko, an academic administrator for the department of mathematics at the University of California, Los Angeles, died on June 29. She was 45 years old and suffered from ovarian cancer.

Dr. Radko joined the department of mathematics at UCLA in 2002 as a VIGRE Assistant Professor. She also was the director of the mathematics teaching assistant training program. Her pioneering work on the complete classification of two-dimensional Poisson structures is well known in the field of Poisson geometry, where these objects are sometimes called Radko surfaces.

In 2007, Dr. Radko founded the Los Angeles Math Circle and served as its director until her death. Over 1,500 children attended the Math Circle during its first 13 years of operation. More than 170 UCLA students worked with her on the project tutoring young children in mathematics.

Dr. Radko earned a Ph.D. in mathematics at the University of California, Berkeley. She was the co-author of Breaking Numbers into Parts (2015).

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