Math Dept 2017-2018 Newsletter 11

  Monday, 5 March 2018


Past newsletters can now be reached via the department website.

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Apologies if there are problems with the appearance of this newsletter.

The computer I use for all work is under repair so I am using an older

backup computer –Ed.


Newsletter is sent out when there is something new.

Please send entries by the end of the workweek  --Ed







Combinatorics Seminar


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


Coordinator: Louis Shapiro


Geometry & Topology Seminar 


Monday, March 5.





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 9.


4.10 to 5 pm, Room 213, ASB-B


No seminar this week or next due to spring break. .


 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 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:

Free Federal Employment Information Sessions for Students! 

The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is offering free virtual presentations

for students and alumni. 


To register for a class, click  the link below:


Finding and Applying for Jobs in the Federal Government (Navigating USAJOBS)


Wednesday, March 7, 2018 from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM (EST)


Writing Your Federal Resume


Monday, March 12, 2018 from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM (EDT)


Interviewing Techniques


Wednesday, March 7, 2018 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM (EST)


Pathways Programs - Recruiting and Hiring Students and Recent Graduates into

Federal Careers


Wednesday, March 14, 2018 from 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM (EDT)


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. 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


4. 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.

Annual HU Research Week, April 9-13.





  1. Daniel Plummer participated in Afrohacks.  This is his second hackathon.  The first was this month with Google Hackathon.

In Previous Newsletters:

Matlab License






  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. 

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.  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.

5.  Research Opportunities at Federal Institutions

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