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Abstract: Groeneboom in 1989 discovered an explicit formula for the law of the entropy solution to Burgers’ equation when the initial condition is white noise. The method of his proof relied extensively on probabilistic methods and in particular on the sophisticated excursion theory for diffusions. Recently, by verifying a conjecture of Menon and Srinivasan, Kaspar and Rezakhanlou managed to prove a closure theorem for Markovian solutions to scalar conservation laws which bridged the probabilistic problem to kinetic theory. In this talk, I present a new and significantly shorter proof of Groeneboom’s results (Joint work with Mehdi Ouaki). This approach builds on these recent developments and a central limit theorem for certain Markovian jump processes. I also discuss how a kinetic theory can be developed when we add an external force to the Burgers’ equation.