Math Dept 2017-2018 Newsletter 9

  Monday, 5 February 2018


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Combinatorics Seminar


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


Coordinator: Louis Shapiro


Geometry & Topology Seminar 


Monday, Feb 5, 3.10 to 4pm, Room 213, ASB-B.





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

3.10 to 4pm, Room 213 ASB-B


Open to all faculty and students.


Coordinator: Matthew Cavallo





Mathematics Department Colloquium


Friday, February 9


4.10 to 5 pm, Room 213, ASB-B


Indu Satija, George Mason University.

Description Title: Pythagorean Triplets, Integral Apollonians and The Hofstadter Butterfly


 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 Talitha Washington)


NSF MPS Distinguished Lecture Series:  You just need to register at least 24 hours prior to the lecture if you want to attend.


Next talk:

Monday, Feb. 12, 2018:

Strange Bonds and Odd Angles: Exploring Exotic Chemistry in Space,

Michael McCarthy, associate director, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.


 Inquiry Based Learning (IBL) Workshops


The 2018 Inquiry Based Learning (IBL) Workshops will be at MAA Carriage House, Washington, DC  in June 2018.


Person of contact: Stan Yoshinobu,


2. (From Louise Raphael)


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


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 



3. Annual HU Research Week

April 9-13, 2018. 


The Research Symposium is scheduled for Thursday, April 12, 2018.  

The Howard University Call for Abstracts for the Research Week Symposium opened in December, 2017.

The flyer has been circulated via HU Communications and the University social media channels.







1. Talitha Washington writes:

    Dr. Vernon Morris (Chemistry) and I have an article published in the AMS Notices on

 “The Role of Professional Societies in STEM Diversity,”

and I have an article entitled “Behind Every Successful Woman, There Are a Few Good Men.”

Both articles can be found here:


PS: This issue is in honor of Black History Month and it features several black mathematicians on

the cover including Talitha Washington.


2. Gentle request from Editor


  Kindly put your paper, plastic and glass bottles in the recycling bins.

  This will help newsletter editor by him not having to pick them out of the trash.

  Mother Earth will thank you!


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. StatCrunch contest sponsored by Pearson.


Prizes of $2500, $1000 and $ 500 awarded to top 3.


Data can tell a story and we are asking students to be storytellers.

Registration will open in February.  It’s free to enter and access to will be provided

 to those who don’t already have it. 

Please encourage your students to register, it also might be a lot of fun to make this a class project. 

The contest website



3. (Thanks to Louise Raphael and AMS) AMS Mathematics Research Communities for young mathematicians


AMS’s Mathematics Research Communities program provides exciting opportunities for early-career mathematicians to do hands-on collaborative research, develop their mathematical network, and benefit from the guidance of leaders in their field of inquiry. Each community is launched with a week-long summer research conference.


Now in their eleventh year and with funding from the National Science Foundation and the AMS, the MRCs provide each participant with:


• Full support for one of the summer conferences (to be held at Whispering Pines Conference Center, West Greenwich, Rhode Island in 2018)

• Travel support to participate in the MRC Special Sessions at the Joint Mathematics Meetings, in Baltimore in January 2019

• Opportunities for follow-up collaboration travel support


The program targets individuals who are up to two years pre-PhD and five years post-PhD. 

Applications are open until February 15, 2018.


4. Math to Industry Bootcamp


The Institute for Mathematics and its Applications (IMA) in Minnesota is hosting its

third Math-to-Industry Boot Camp, a six-week summer program designed to provide

graduate students with training and experience that is valuable for

employment outside of academia.


More information and the online application are available at


5. 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


HBCU/MEI Summer Faculty Research Program

No citizenship requirement, unless specified

Full-time faculty member at institutions of higher learning that are designated by the federal government as HBCUs, Hispanic-Serving Institutions, Tribal Colleges, or Alaska Native or Native Hawaiian Serving Institutions are especially encouraged.


Deadline 11:59PM ET on February 9, 2018


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:


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.  (Thanks to Dennis Davenport) Tax plan and Graduate students


In the House's bill, colleges would be subject to the tax, set at 1.4 percent of net investment income, only if their endowment assets total at least $100,000 per student. The Senate's bill raises the bar, affecting only those colleges with endowment assets of at least $500,000 per student.

Hence, HU would not be affected by the new tax plan. A list of institutions that will be affected is given in the article.

The tax on graduate student's remission of tuition is in the bill. This makes it even more important that students reach candidacy as soon as possible. For those who are not aware, tuition for graduate students not in candidacy is about $30,000 and for those who are it's about $5,200.


2. (Thanks to Louise Raphael)


Secret Link Uncovered Between Pure Math and Physics


Four Hacks to Boost Your Retirement Savings in 2018

Retirement experts share ideas on how to build tax-free retirement assets—

from a backdoor way for high-income taxpayers to make Roth IRA contributions to ramping up savings for a spouse who doesn’t work.

 Read the full story