Math Dept 2017-2018 Newsletter 8

  Monday, 29 January 2018


Past newsletters can now be reached via the department website.

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Newsletter is sent out when there is something new.

Please send entries by the end of the workweek  --Ed







Combinatorics Seminar


Meeting in ASB-B 203, 2.10 pm on Mondays.


Coordinator: Louis Shapiro


Geometry & Topology Seminar 


Will commence on Feb 5.


Coordinator:  Stanley M. Einstein-Matthews






Graduate Student Seminar

3.10 to 4pm, Room 213 ASB-B


Open to all faculty and students.


Coordinator: Matthew Cavallo





Mathematics Department Colloquium


Friday, February 2


4.10 to 5 pm, Room 213, ASB-B


Faina Berzovskaya, Howard University

(To be confirmed)


 Fluid dynamics seminar


 Seminar takes place after colloquium, and does not take place if there is no colloquium.

Abstract:   Fluid Dynamics will be meeting as usual. 

The "Dynamics" refers to the topics of conversation, which is as likely as anything to deal with the Washington Football Club. 

Pizza, including a vegetarian option, and wings are provided.


Donations for fluid dynamics refreshments are requested.

The staff is currently underfunded for this.






1. Louis Shapiro speaking at GWU


Next Tuesday at the  Combinatorics Seminar there.

Rome Hall room 771 at 1:00.


2. (Thanks to Talitha Washington)


NSF MPS Distinguished Lecture Series:  You just need to register at least 24 hours prior to the lecture if you want to attend.


Next talk:

Monday, Feb. 12, 2018:

Strange Bonds and Odd Angles: Exploring Exotic Chemistry in Space,

Michael McCarthy, associate director, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.


 Inquiry Based Learning (IBL) Workshops


The 2018 Inquiry Based Learning (IBL) Workshops will be at MAA Carriage House, Washington, DC  in June 2018.


Person of contact: Stan Yoshinobu,


3. Annual HU Research Week

April 9-13, 2018. 


The Research Symposium is scheduled for Thursday, April 12, 2018.  

The Howard University Call for Abstracts for the Research Week Symposium opened in December, 2017.

The flyer has been circulated via HU Communications and the University social media channels.







1. (From Duane Cooper via Talitha Washington) Passing away of Rudy Horne, consultant for “Hidden Figures” movie


  Duane Cooper of Morehouse College writes:


I am saddened to report the news that our mathematics faculty colleague Rudy Horne, who had been hospitalized the last couple of weeks, passed today (Tuesday).  He was (to my recollection) 49.  I do not have many details other than the sorrowful news to share at this time.


In preparing this email message, I ran across this recent interview of him:     



2. Gentle request from Editor


  Kindly put your paper, plastic and glass bottles in the recycling bins.

  This will help newsletter editor by him not having to pick them out of the trash.

  Mother Earth will thank you!


3. (From Dean Mair via Katharine Gurski) Matlab License


The university has a site license for MATLAB. We need to use it or we will lose it,

so please encourage students and faculty to request a download of the software.

Please contact the university’s help desk for downloads.






1. StatCrunch contest sponsored by Pearson.


Prizes of $2500, $1000 and $ 500 awarded to top 3.


Data can tell a story and we are asking students to be storytellers.

Registration will open in February.  It’s free to enter and access to will be provided

 to those who don’t already have it. 

Please encourage your students to register, it also might be a lot of fun to make this a class project. 

The contest website



2. (Thanks to Louise Raphael and AMS) AMS Mathematics Research Communities for young mathematicians


AMS’s Mathematics Research Communities program provides exciting opportunities for early-career mathematicians to do hands-on collaborative research, develop their mathematical network, and benefit from the guidance of leaders in their field of inquiry. Each community is launched with a week-long summer research conference.


Now in their eleventh year and with funding from the National Science Foundation and the AMS, the MRCs provide each participant with:


• Full support for one of the summer conferences (to be held at Whispering Pines Conference Center, West Greenwich, Rhode Island in 2018)

• Travel support to participate in the MRC Special Sessions at the Joint Mathematics Meetings, in Baltimore in January 2019

• Opportunities for follow-up collaboration travel support


The program targets individuals who are up to two years pre-PhD and five years post-PhD. 

Applications are open until February 15, 2018.


3. Math to Industry Bootcamp


The Institute for Mathematics and its Applications (IMA) in Minnesota is hosting its

third Math-to-Industry Boot Camp, a six-week summer program designed to provide

graduate students with training and experience that is valuable for

employment outside of academia.


More information and the online application are available at


4. Research Opportunities at Federal Institutions


HBCU/MEI Summer Faculty Research Program

No citizenship requirement, unless specified

Full-time faculty member at institutions of higher learning that are designated by the federal government as HBCUs, Hispanic-Serving Institutions, Tribal Colleges, or Alaska Native or Native Hawaiian Serving Institutions are especially encouraged.


Deadline 11:59PM ET on February 9, 2018


Nuclear Forensics Undergraduate Summer School

Application deadline: February 28, 2018


The Intelligence Community (IC) Postdoctoral Research Program

Accepting applications through March 12, 2018.



In previous newsletters:


MIT Broad Institute Research Internships


Mathematics Open Positions


NOAA Undergraduate Scholarships


2018 Summer Research Team Program for Minority Serving Institutions


Department of Homeland Security Summer Internships


National Science Foundation, Division of Mathematical Sciences

2018 Mathematical Sciences Graduate Internship Program


DARPA Young Faculty Award (YFA) program


NSF Dear Colleague Letters (Funding Opportunities).  






1.  (Thanks to Dennis Davenport) Tax plan and Graduate students


In the House's bill, colleges would be subject to the tax, set at 1.4 percent of net investment income, only if their endowment assets total at least $100,000 per student. The Senate's bill raises the bar, affecting only those colleges with endowment assets of at least $500,000 per student.

Hence, HU would not be affected by the new tax plan. A list of institutions that will be affected is given in the article.

The tax on graduate student's remission of tuition is in the bill. This makes it even more important that students reach candidacy as soon as possible. For those who are not aware, tuition for graduate students not in candidacy is about $30,000 and for those who are it's about $5,200.


2. (Thanks to Louise Raphael)


Secret Link Uncovered Between Pure Math and Physics


Four Hacks to Boost Your Retirement Savings in 2018

Retirement experts share ideas on how to build tax-free retirement assets—

from a backdoor way for high-income taxpayers to make Roth IRA contributions to ramping up savings for a spouse who doesn’t work.

 Read the full story