Math Dept 2017-2018 Newsletter 4

  Monday, 23 September 2017


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Geometry & Topology Seminar 


Monday, October 23


Roberto De Leo


Time: 3:10PM-4:00PM

Place: ASB-B 213.


Coordinator:  Stanley M. Einstein-Matthews



Mathematics Department Colloquium


Friday, October 29


Joel Brewster Lewis, GWU

q-analogues of factorization problems in the symmetric group


4.10 to 5 pm, ASB-B 213



 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. 6th Metro Area Differential Geometry Seminar (MADGUYS),


MADGUYS is organized jointly by Johns Hopkins University, University of Maryland, and Howard University since 2014.


Date: Saturday, October 28, 2017

Place: Howard University


Kenji Fukaya (Stony Brook)

Christina Sormani (CUNY)

Wolfgang Ziller (University of Pennsylvania)


All are invited, there are no registration fees. Young mathematicians and graduate students are especially encouraged to attend.


For more details please check the webpage


2. (thanks to Talitha Washington)


Talk: Four Tales of Impossibility

By Dave Richeson

Thursday, October 26, 2017

6:30 - 7:30 p.m, MAA Carriage House, 1781 Church St NW


"Nothing is impossible!" It is comforting to believe this greeting card sentiment; it is the American dream. Yet there are impossible things, and it is possible to prove that they are so. In this talk, we will look at some of the most famous impossibility theorems—the so-called "problems of antiquity." The ancient Greek geometers and future generations of mathematicians tried and failed to square circles, trisect angles, double cubes, and construct regular polygons using only a compass and straightedge. It took two thousand years to prove conclusively that all four of these are mathematically impossible.

RSVP  here


AMS sectional meeting of MD/VA section

Christopher Newport University on November 17 and 18.

Submission deadline is Tuesday, November 7. Students are welcome to submit a talk. 

To register, submit a talk, and read more about the invited speakers, please visit the meeting homepage.

Registration closes on Thursday, November 9.

Also, you are encouraged to take advantage of the MAA group rates on hotels before they expire on October 17.


Presentations by Recent Doctoral Recipients at JMM

Recommendations are solicited for NAM’s new PhD session, the Granville-Browne-Haynes Session of Presentations

by Recent Doctoral Recipients in the Mathematical Sciences, to be held at the Joint Mathematics Meetings to be held in

January 2018 in San Diego, CA.









1. (Thanks to Toka Diagana) Positions at Tennessee State University

Three tenure-track faculty the rank of assistant/associate professor beginning August 2018.  Although all areas of mathematics will be considered, preference will be given to candidates whose research areas are in Algebra or Combinatorics (Position #010200), Applied Mathematics (Position #005480), and Mathematics Education (Position #014821). Please share this information with graduate students in your department.  Thanks.

Candidates must apply online at


2. (Thanks to Louise Raphael) MAA Career Resource Center

Search for jobs, explore new math careers and tell students about jobs.



Opportunities at various federal agencies


1. 2018 Summer Research Team Program for Minority Serving Institutions



Faculty: receive a $1,200 weekly stipend and are encouraged to apply for up to $50,000 in follow-on funding at the end of their appointment.

Graduate students: receive a $700 weekly stipend.

Undergraduate students: receive a $600 weekly stipend.

All participants may be eligible to receive housing and travel allowances.

 Areas of research: Engineering, computer science, mathematics, physics, chemistry, biological / life sciences, environmental science, emergency and incident management, social sciences, and more. 

U.S. citizenship required

Previous program participants may apply.

Application deadline: December 29, 2017, 11:59 pm EST.


How to Apply: Applications and supporting materials must be submitted at


Detailed information about the program can be found at:



2. National Science Foundation, Division of Mathematical Sciences

2018 Mathematical Sciences Graduate Internship Program


The National Science Foundation (NSF) Division of Mathematical Sciences (DMS) aims to provide opportunities to enrich the training of graduate students in the Mathematical Sciences through the provision of an NSF Mathematical Sciences Graduate Internship Program. This program will provide an opportunity for mathematical sciences doctoral students to participate in internships at national laboratories, industry and other approved facilities. Participation in an internship will provide hands-on experience of the use of mathematics in a nonacademic setting. The internships are aimed at students who are interested in understanding the application of advanced mathematical and statistical techniques to "real world" problems, regardless of whether the student plans to pursue an academic or nonacademic career.


Application deadline: February 1, 2018, 11:59PM EST


How to Apply: Applications and supporting materials must be submitted at


Program Information: Detailed information about the internship can be found at


In previous newsletters:


DARPA Young Faculty Award (YFA) program


NSF Dear Colleague Letters (Funding Opportunities).  






1.  Vladimir Voevodsky, Revolutionary Mathematician, Dies at 51


 Described as one of the greatest mathematicians of our time, he created new theories in algebraic geometry

and computer aided proofs of mathematics as well as the foundations of mathematics itself.

He was found dead in his apartment on September 30th. He was known to be sick in the days before.

An obituary from NY Times