Math Dept
20182019 Newsletter 3
Monday, 8 October 2018

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MEETINGS AND SEMINARS IN THE DEPARTMENT

Mondays

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
ÒIteration of Continuous Maps and the Newton Algorithm. Ó
Time: 3:10pm4:00pm,
Place: ASBB 213.
Coordinator: Stanley M.
EinsteinMatthews

TUESDAYS

Seminar On Topological Semigroups
Tuesdays,
in the Annex III computer lab at 2:00 pm.
On September 11 Dennis Davenport
spoke on ÒIntroduction to algebra on the StoneCech"
Coordinator Dennis
Davenport

Wednesdays

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)

Fridays

Analysis And Differential Equations On Separable Banach Spaces (New Seminar Series)
3 TO 4 PM, ROOM 213,
ASBB.
Friday Sep 7, Tim
Myers gave the first lecture,
about the construction of the KuelbsSteadman
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, ASBB
Friday, October 12.
Neil Hindman,
Howard University. Title to be
announced. 
Past weekÕs (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.

TALKS AND WORKSHOPS OUTSIDE DEPARTMENT

1. (Thanks to Louise
Raphael) MAAM
2018
November 911, 2018, Blacksburg, VA, USA
The
first MidAtlantic Analysis Meeting will take place at Virgnia
Tech November 911, 2018. The purpose of this conference is to bring together
early career analysts, primarily from midsized US Ph.D. granting institutions
within the MidAtlantic 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 BlackwellTapia Conference
November 910 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 2728, 2018


ANNOUNCEMENTS

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.

SCHOLARSHIP AND FELLOWSHIP OPPORTUNITIES (from various sources)
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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:
http://aimath.org/workshops/proposalguide/
(for
workshops)
http://aimath.org/programs/squares/
(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 Gurski) REU and
Conference funding opportunities
NSA Mathematical Sciences
program:
October 15th: https://www.nsa.gov/whatwedo/research/mathsciencesprogram/
MAA: https://www.maa.org/programs/maagrants

INTERESTING ARTICLES AND WEBSITES

1. Update on AtiyahÕs 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 doesnÕt work out as he claims.
More information here:
https://blogs.ams.org/blogonmathblogs/2018/10/01/onmichaelatiyahandtheriemannhypothesis/
video of Computational Sustainability Institute at
Cornell University: