Math Dept 2017-2018 Newsletter 10

  Monday, 19 February 2018


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Combinatorics Seminar


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


Coordinator: Louis Shapiro


Geometry & Topology Seminar 


No seminar on Monday, Feb 19 due to President’s day holiday.

Currently Reza Seyyedali is speaking.





Coordinator:  Stanley M. Einstein-Matthews





Seminar On Topological Semigroups


Dennis Davenport writes:


I would like to continue the seminar on topological semigroups and Ramsey Theory started by Neil Hindman many moons ago. Neil has since retired, but he informed me that he would attend. I could meet anytime on Tuesday. If Tuesday is not good for you, we could try Thursday as well. Please let me know your schedule. I also included graduate students in this message. If we get a sufficient number of graduate students, then our first lectures will be on basic concepts coming from "The Book" (Algebra in the Stone-Cech Compactification, by Hindman and Strauss). 







Graduate Student Seminar


Details TBA.

Open to all faculty and students.


Coordinator: Matthew Cavallo





Mathematics Department Colloquium


Friday, February 23


4.10 to 5 pm, Room 213, ASB-B


Tim Myers, Howard University  (tentative).

Details TBA.


 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 Tristan Hubsch from Physics) Mathematica Colloquium


"Mathematica and Wolfram|Alpha in Education and Research"

Andy Dorsett

Wolfram Research


Wednesday, February 21, 2018,  3:30 -- 4:30 pm,

Thirkield Hall (Physics bldg), Rm. 103


2. (Thanks to Aziz Yakubu) Mean Field Games and Applications, IPAM, June 18-29 2018

    Graduate summer school at the Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics in UCLA.

   More details at


3. (From Louise Raphael)

ASCN Webinar on Effective Partnerships to Advance Change in STEM Higher Education

Wednesday, February 21, 12.30pm.


Using a partnership development model, this session will help participants identify challenges to partnership development and strategies to address them. Lessons learned will be shared from experiences connecting with colleagues across campus and suggestions offered on how to utilize a wide-range of team expertise in campus partnerships/teams. Participants interactively will explore practical steps that can help overcome challenges working in interdisciplinary teams. This session also will offer a look at research findings and insights from two multi-institutional collaborations, the CIRTL, a network of 41 universities focused on preparing future faculty, and CIRTL's NSF INCLUDES launch pilot. Participants will learn what are the key activities and characteristics of individuals who can successfully span the boundary between their organization and a larger partnership collective in service to local and national reform goals.


Presenters: Marilyn Amey, Michigan State University, Sarah Rodriguez, Iowa State University, and Lucas Hill, University of Wisconsin - Madison.


Learn more and register by visiting the webinar page.

Inese Berzina-Pitcher

Project Manager

Accelerating Systemic Change Network (ASCN)


Math Frontiers Webinar Series 


Join the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine for a new monthly webinar series highlighting exciting and upcoming mathematics research across an array of topics. Webinars will take place on the second Tuesday of each month from 2-3 p.m. ET, with each webinar featuring two speakers and a live Q&A session.


Webinar topics will include the mathematics of redistricting, algorithms for threat detection, and the mathematics of epidemics.  The first webinar will take place on February 13 at 2pm ET and will feature speakers discussing the Mathematics of the Electric Grid.


We have set up a single registration portal for the entire webinar series.  To see the complete list of webinar topics and register for the webinars you wish to attend, please visit 



4. Geometry Week at University of Maryland, College Park


March 12-16, 2018 will be Geometry Week at UMD.

Wednesday, March 14: Richard Schwartz (Brown) will give the Pi Day Colloquium

Thursday & Friday, March 15-16: Richard Schoen (Stanford & UC Irvine) will deliver the inaugural Distinguished Lectures on Geometric Analysis.


Details at


5. Georgetown Undergraduate Research Conference (URC), April 18


Student Planning Committee would like to invite students from Georgetown University and from nearby universities to present their health-related scientific research at this year’s URC. URC is a day of student poster sessions and presentations from students and an esteemed keynote speaker.


Georgetown University in the Healey  Family Student Center.

Details at


From previous newsletters:


Inquiry Based Learning (IBL) Workshops, June 2018.


Annual HU Research Week, April 9-13.





1. Talitha Washington writes: A new dorm has been opened at UC Berkeley to honor David Blackwell.

Details at


In Previous Newsletters


Matlab License






1. (Thanks to Dennis Davenport) Illinois State REU for Pre-Service and In-Service Teachers


NSF supported Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) site at Illinois State University that is designed specifically for Pre-Service and In-Service Secondary Mathematics Teachers. The goals of the program are to introduce future and current teachers to research in Discrete Mathematics, develop the mathematical habits of mind necessary for research, and to translate these habits of mind to secondary classroom instruction. In addition, participants will have the opportunity to apply what they have learned by developing and implementing a Mathematics Research Camp for high school students from the Chicago Public School District. Please see the attached flier and our REU website ( for additional information.


2. Baltimore City Teaching Residency


Candidates without a background in education are recruited to become effective teachers for the students who need them the most. Historically they’ve had successful Fellows from Howard university. Please view their One-Pager for more details about the program.

Application Deadline: Tuesday, February 20th. 


3. Uncommon Schools is looking to identify dedicated, passionate teachers who can help us deliver on our promise to prepare every scholar to graduate from college. They have open teaching roles in Brooklyn right now, and have also started hiring for next school year. So if you, or anyone you know, would make a great addition to their team then reach out. You can reach them via email at  



4.  Research Opportunities at Federal Institutions


Virtual Career Fair

Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education are recruiting students in STEM. ORNL is the U.S. Department of Energy’s largest science and energy lab, dedicated to accelerating the development and deployment of solutions in clean energy and global security.


ORNL and ORISE are co-hosting a virtual career fair February 22nd from noon to 3 p.m. EST

Preregistration Website


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:


Math to Industry Bootcamp


StatCrunch contest sponsored by Pearson


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







1. Plagiarism Software Unveils a New Source for 11 of Shakespeare’s Plays

For years scholars have debated what inspired William Shakespeare’s writings. Now, with the help of software typically used by professors to nab cheating students, two writers have discovered an unpublished manuscript they believe the Bard of Avon consulted to write “King Lear,” “Macbeth,” “Richard III,” “Henry V” and seven other plays.  

Story in the New York Times