Math Dept 2018-2019 Newsletter 3

Monday, 8 October 2018


Past newsletters can now be reached via the department website.

[Click on “Read the Newsletter” in the bottom]. 

Newsletter is sent out when there is something new.

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







Combinatorics Seminar


Organizing meeting was held on Sep 27.

Those interested should get in touch with Lou Shapiro or Alex Burstein.

Coordinator: Louis Shapiro


Geometry & Topology Seminar 

Monday, October 8. 

Roberto de Leo will talk on “Iteration of Continuous Maps and the Newton Algorithm. ”

Time: 3:10pm-4:00pm,

Place: ASB-B 213.

Coordinator:  Stanley M. Einstein-Matthews




Seminar On Topological Semigroups


Tuesdays, in the Annex III computer lab at 2:00 pm. 


On September 11 Dennis Davenport spoke on “Introduction to algebra on the Stone-Cech"


Coordinator Dennis Davenport  




Graduate Student Seminar


Details TBA. 

Open to all faculty and students.

Coordinator: Matthew Cavallo




Math team/Math Club meetings 

Wednesdays at 5pm

Preparing students for math competitions, inspiring videos about math, talks about careers. 

Please tell your students.

This Wednesday it will be the Math Club meeting.


Organisers: Jill McGowan (math club) , Lou Shapiro (math team)





Analysis And Differential Equations On Separable Banach Spaces (New Seminar Series)


3 TO 4 PM, ROOM 213, ASB-B.


 Friday Sep 7, Tim Myers gave the first lecture,  

about the construction of the Kuelbs-Steadman space.


About the series: This series will discuss a new constructive approach to analysis on separable Banach spaces.

The key idea is to first show that any separable Banach space can be continuously embedded in a separable Hilbert space.


Organizers: Tepper Gill, Dan Williams, Tim Myers.



Mathematics Department Colloquium


Fridays 4.10 to 5 pm, Room 213, ASB-B


Friday, October 12.

Neil Hindman, Howard University.

Title to be announced.


Past week’s (Oct 5) speaker was Sungwon Kim of NIH.









 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 very much appreciated.

The staff is currently underfunded for this.






1. (Thanks to Louise Raphael) MAAM 2018

November 9-11, 2018, Blacksburg, VA, USA


The first Mid-Atlantic Analysis Meeting will take place at Virgnia Tech November 9-11, 2018. The purpose of this conference is to bring together early career analysts, primarily from mid-sized US Ph.D. granting institutions within the Mid-Atlantic region broadly construed, for a weekend conference. The participants will have the opportunity to attend lectures by leading mathematicians in diverse subfields of analysis, further disseminate their own mathematical results through short talks and poster sessions, and attend a career panel session tailored to graduate students and postdoctoral researchers. The scientific focus of the conference is on the interactions at the interface of geometric measure theory, geometric functional analysis, harmonic analysis, operator algebras, probability theory and PDE.

Click here for the conference poster.




In past newsletters


1. (Thanks to Talitha Washington) The Blackwell-Tapia Conference 

November 9-10 at ICERM at Brown University. 


 Shenandoah Undergraduate Mathematics and Statistics (SUMS) Conference

 SUMS 2018 happens on Saturday, October 13th 2018 at James Madison University.


2. (Thanks to Aziz Yakubu)  Undergraduate Research Conference at the Interface of Biology and Mathematics 

October 27-28, 2018






1. Aziz Yakubu writes that he had an article published in the Notices of American Mathematical Society on a new result,

an extension of the widely used Next Matrix Generation Method for computing the Basic Reproduction Number.

The article is in the October 2018 issue page 1079.





1. (Thanks to Aziz Yakubu and Katie Gurski) Workshops at AIM, San Jose.


[Katie Gurski submitted a proposal for a 2nd Square last fall and it was accepted.  

She welcomes ideas for a workshop].


Proposals are sought for focused workshops and SQuaREs to be held at AIM in San Jose.  

The deadline for proposals is November 1, 2018 for activities to be held in 2019 or 2020.

The SQuaREs program provides full funding for 4 to 6 people to work together for a week at AIM,

with the possibility of returning for a second or third meeting in subsequent years.


Both proposal forms are relatively short and can be found at:

(for workshops)

(for SQuaREs)




In past newsletters


1. (Thanks to Talitha Washington) NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP). 

Applications for Mathematical Sciences topics are due October 26, 2018. 


2. (Thanks to Katie GurskiREU and Conference funding opportunities

NSA Mathematical Sciences program: 

October 15th








1. Update on Atiyah’s claim of Proof of Riemann Hypothesis.

Renowned mathematician Michael Atiyah gave a talk at the Heidelberg laureate Forum on 9/24

in which he gave a very simple proof using something called a Todd function.

This function is based on ideas of Von Neumann, Hirzebruch and Dirac.

It was introduced in another paper (submitted to the Journal of the Royal Society) as a tool to provide a mathematical derivation of the

Fine structure constant in Physics.

Your humble editor read both (very short) papers but due to lack of expertise in analysis

did not understand how it could work. On the other hand there has been no expert acceptance of

either paper. It is unclear if they would be accepted for publication.

Many are skeptical of the claims in both papers and the most hopeful criticism is

that there might be something useful that comes out of this, even if it doesn’t work out as he claims.

More information here:

2. (Thanks to Aziz Yakubu) Computational Sustainability at Cornell University

video of Computational Sustainability Institute at Cornell University: