Math Dept 2017-2018 Newsletter 5

  Monday, 6 November 2017


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Geometry & Topology Seminar 


Monday, November 6


Roberto De Leo


Time: 3:10PM-4:00PM

Place: ASB-B 213.


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, November 17


Michael Weinstein, Columbia University

Topic TBA


From the speaker’s website:

In 2015 I received a Math + X Investigator Award from the Simons Foundation .
I am also faculty/co-PI in the Columbia Optics and Quantum Electronics IGERT, funded by the National Science Foundation.
My research interests are in the areas of Partial Differential Equations,
Applied Analysis, Dynamical Systems and their role in the study of Waves and Multiscale Phenomena in Inhomogeneous and Random Media.


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. (Thanks to Aziz Yakubu) HU Mathematical Biology workshop


 December 2, 2017 in the Chemistry Auditorium of Howard University.

The focus will be on Mathematical models of Diabetes.

Registration is free and free lunch will be served.

Please, remember to register at the workshop website:


2.  Science of Science Communication Colloquium, NAS.


Nov 16-17: Science of Science Communication III Livestreamed

Climate intervention…fracking…vaccines…human genome editing…artificial intelligence… with so many complex, important, and sometimes uncertain scientific issues facing our society, there has never been a more critical time to communicate effectively. The National Academy of Sciences' Sackler Colloquium on the Science of Science Communication III is the premier gathering for researchers, practitioners, content experts, and philanthropists to come together to ensure that evidence-based science communication thrives. 

November 16-17, 2017
Washington, DC.

 Register to watch the livestream.



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. Roberto de Leo has written a survey on quasiperiodic topology.


This a survey of the Novikov problem of the structure of

leaves of the foliations induced by a collection of closed 1-forms in a

compact manifold M. Equivalently, this is the study of the level sets

of multivalued functions on M.


It is available at







1. (Thanks to Talitha Washington) MIT Broad Institute Research Internships


 -Broad Cancer Genomic Scholars (BCGS- postbac) -

 An innovative, two-year program run jointly by the Broad Diversity, Education and Outreach initiative and the Cancer Program, BCGS offers participants a comprehensive, structured and immersive experience that includes groundbreaking research and academic and career guidance. BCGS participants will carry out research as paid, full-time Associate Computational Biologists or Research Associates, working alongside leading scientists within the Broad Cancer Program.

 Eligibility - seniors or recent graduates who majored in the biological, physical or computer sciences, engineering or mathematics, and are interested in pursuing a graduate degree (M.S., Ph.D., M.D./Ph.D.)

 Deadline: January 26, 2018


 - Broad Summer Research Program (BSRP) -


The Broad Summer Research Program (BSRP) offers students with a demonstrated commitment to promoting diversity and inclusion in STEM disciplines the opportunity to conduct intensive research in a collaborative community. Students from groups that are underrepresented in the sciences are especially encouraged to apply. 

 BSRP participants spend the summer performing original computational or experimental-based research in labs across the Broad Institute’s research areas, from cancer to infectious disease to computational biology. In addition, the program features a rich curriculum outside the lab that emphasizes career development, personal development, and teamwork in a small cohort. 

 Deadline: January 8, 2018



2. (Thanks to Toka Diagana)


Mathematics Teaching Position at The University of Alabama


Opening for position with focus on teaching and revising our courses in calculus, linear algebra, and differential equations. Recent Ph.D. graduates from Howard University who may be interested in working at a large public university and focusing on the teaching aspect of the department are invited to apply:


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


3. (From the AMS) Funding for attending ICM 2018 in Rio de Janeiro

The American Mathematical Society has applied to the National Science Foundation (NSF) for funds to permit partial travel support for U.S. mathematicians attending the 2018 International Congress of Mathematicians (ICM 2018), August 1-9, 2018, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Applications from individuals at all career stages and in all mathematical areas are welcome. Early-career mathematicians, women, and underrepresented minorities are especially encouraged to apply.

It is the intent of this program to fund those who would not be able to participate in the Congress without this grant; specifically, it is not intended to be used by participants with existing NSF or other travel support. Early career mathematicians (those who have or will receive a Doctorate no earlier than November 1, 2011) will receive priority in funding.

For more information and to apply: ICM Travel Grant Program for ICM 2018.

The deadline for applications is 11:59pm, Eastern Time, on November 15, 2017.


Opportunities at various federal agencies


1. NOAA Undergraduate Scholarships


The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is pleased to announce the availability of scholarships for undergraduate students majoring in disciplines related to oceanic and atmospheric science, research, or technology, and supportive of the purposes of NOAA’s programs and mission. Over 100 students are selected each year for participation in the Ernest F. Hollings (Hollings) and Educational Partnership Program (EPP) scholarship programs. These scholarships include support for two years of undergraduate study and summer internship opportunities at NOAA facilities across the country.

For information on program benefits and how to apply, visit our web sites:

Š Educational Partnership Program Undergraduate Scholarship:

Application Deadline:  January 31, 2018


Š Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship:

 Application Deadline: January 31, 2018


2. 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:



In previous newsletters:


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.  Kaisa Matomäki dreams of primes


 Kaisa Matomäki from Finland has recently done some spectacular work on the multiplicative

structure of integers using powerful new results on averages of multiplicative functions.

Her profile in Quanta magazine.