Math Dept 2017-2018 Newsletter 12

  Monday, 26 March 2018


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Combinatorics Seminar

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


Coordinator: Louis Shapiro


Geometry & Topology Seminar 


Monday, March 26.


Joseph Yeager will talk on “A Modified Bott Conjecture In Cohomogeneity Two. ”

Time  : 3:10pm-4:00pm,

Place: ASB-B 213.


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, March 30



Maria Gualdani, GWU

Title TBA.


Her specialties are Nonlinear Partial Differential Equations, Kinetic Theory, Diffusion equations, Mean Field Games, and Diffusion Equations.


4.10 to 5 pm, Room 213, ASB-B


Friday, April 6


Yoshitaka Saiki, Hitosubashi University, Japan.

Title TBA

Speaker’s specialty is dynamical systems and numerical analysis.


Friday April 13


The Scholarship Day will be held on April 13, 2018. Kindly nominate by communicating to the Scholarship Committee (Jill McGowan, Dan Williams and Crépin Mahop) the names of promising students in your present or past classes.


These scholarships are made available each year through endowment funds and/or gifts from the following generous donors: the Elbert F. Cox Scholarship Fund, the Solveig Espelie Foundation, the George H. Butcher, Jr. Prize Fund, the Margaret Bullock scholarship Fund, the James Donaldson Prize, the Gerald Chachere Award for Excellence in Mathematics, and an anonymous donor fund.



 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)

The spring MAA Section meeting of the MD-VA-DC section will be hosted by Washington and Lee University and Virginia Military Institute on April 13 and 14. Talk submission deadline is Thursday, April 5. Students are welcome to submit a talk or a poster. Registration closes on Thursday, April 5.

To register, submit a talk, and read more about the invited speakers, please visit the meeting website.


The Infinite Possibilities Conference (IPC)

A national conference that will be held on April 14-15, 2018 at Howard University. IPC is designed to promote, educate, encourage and support women of color interested in mathematics and statistics, as a step towards addressing the underrepresentation of African-Americans, Latinas, Native Americans, and Pacific Islanders in these fields.

There is a fantastic line up of speakers that will mathematically inspire all who are in attendance! To register ASAP, see:


2. Research Week 2018 Call for Speakers competition 

Howard University will hold its third annual Research Week, April 9-13, 2018.

As part of this year’s Research Week, the University will provide a platform on Tuesday, April 10, from 2-3:30 p.m. for researchers and faculty to share how they are pushing the boundaries of knowledge by creating new frontiers in their fields. The speakers will give an engaging TED-style talk. We encourage submissions from all disciplines so we may showcase the breadth and depth of all innovative fields of study at the University.
The goal of this activity is to inspire and to ultimately foster new collaborations and investigations, advance knowledge and pose problems whose solutions are beyond the scope of a single discipline. Please submit a proposal only if you are interested in a speaking opportunity and have the availability to attend on Tuesday, April 10. from 2-3:30 p.m. 

3. (Thanks to Jill McGowan) MAA mathfest is a great event to attend especially for those attending or hosting summer programs.

August 1-4, 2018 in Denver for the latest in mathematical research and education.

Registration website


4. (Thanks to Louise Raphael) MAA Carriage House lectures

Arthur Benjamin will speak on card tricks on April 7 and

Deanna Haunsperger  will speak about Math Horizons (magazine) on April 26.

The lectures are at 6:30 p.m,

 in the  MAA Carriage House, 1781 Church Street NW, Washington D.C, 20036


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


In previous newsletters:

NSF MPS Distinguished Lecture Series (Ongoing).

Math Frontiers Webinar Series (Ongoing).

Inquiry Based Learning (IBL) Workshops, June 2018.





 1. Tim Myers spoke in the Morgan State University math colloquium on  

Lebesgue Integration on a Banach Space with a Schauder Basis”

 on Thursday, March 15, 2018.





 1. (Thanks to Dennis Davenport)

Summer REU at Howard for Howard math majors

Please make the following announcement to your mathematics majors. I'm also seeking a graduate student to help with the program. The graduate student will receive $2,302. To apply, students simply have to send an email to Dennis Davenport and a letter of recommendation from one faculty member in the Department of Mathematics. 

2. (Thanks to Louise Raphael) Harvey Mudd College Summer REU

Area: data science. PIs: Lisette de Pillis and Tanja Srebotnjak  

Application form online at

Applications are due April 11.


3. (Thanks to Talitha Washington) HU MathWorks Student Ambassador


 The position is open to any Howard student legally authorized to work in the US.


4. 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   


5.  Halcyon Incubator Fall 2018 Fellowship

Application is open until April 4, 2018, and they would appreciate your help to attract the best and brightest social entrepreneurs. Benefits of the Halcyon Incubator Program include $10,000 stipend, 0% equity, 5-months of rent-free housing, and access to a Halcyon’s network of partners, mentors, leadership coaches, and potential investors.


6.  Research Opportunities at Federal Institutions

 The Higher Education Research Experiences (HERE) program

at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) invites applications for internships in software development within ORNL’s Computer Science and Mathematics Division!

As an intern, you will be part of ORNL’s Scientific Software Initiative,

which provides scientific software development expertise to the Laboratory.


In previous newsletters:

Math to Industry Bootcamp





1. (Thanks to Dennis Davenport) New study says graduate students' mental health is a "crisis" 

   Study finds "strikingly high" rates of depression and anxiety, with many reporting little help or support from supervisors.