Math Dept 2017-2018 Newsletter 13

  Monday, 9 April 2018


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Combinatorics Seminar

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


Coordinator: Louis Shapiro


Geometry & Topology Seminar 


Monday, April 9.


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


Tuesdays, in the Annex III mathematics lab at 10:00 am. 


On April 3rd Neil Hindman spoke on “Algebraically Defined Subsets of beta S that are not Borel"


Coordinator Dennis Davenport  





Graduate Student Seminar


Details TBA.

Open to all faculty and students.


Coordinator: Matthew Cavallo





Mathematics Department Colloquium


Fridays 4.10 to 5 pm, Room 213, ASB-B





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.


Friday April 20


Jonathan Rosenberg, University of Maryland, College Park


Introduction to non-commutative geometry

Abstract:  Differential geometry is the use of calculus to study geometry. But in the last 30 years, there has been an explosion of interest in non-commutative (differential) geometry. This is the analogue when one no longer has a "space" in the classical sense, but "functions" on which one can do analysis are still present, but fail to commute. This subject has found applications in mathematical physics and number theory.


 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 very much appreciated.

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.


2. 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:


3. (Thanks to Aziz Yakubu) NSF_CBMS Conference at Howard University

May 21-25, 2018 in the Interdisciplinary Research Building on Georgia Avenue.  

The conference starts with an introductory lecture om biology. No biology background is assumed.

The second lecture will be on how to build models. Most of the models will be PDE models.

The conference will feature 9 invited speakers, and 3 panel discussions (please see attachment).


Registration is free and all are invited to the conference. You can register online at the following conference website:


4. Howard University Research Week 2018

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


5. (Thanks to Henok Mawi) Nonlinear Phenomena Workshop, GWU

George Washington University Chapter of SIAM is excited to invite you and students at Howard University to attend the Nonlinear Phenomena Workshop in Washington, DC on April 24, 2018.


This workshop is organized by Professor Svetlana Roudenko, Professor Maria Gualdani and also SIAM student chapter at GWU. If interested contact them at or


6. (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


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

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

The lecture is at 6:30 p.m,

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


In previous newsletters:

Georgetown Undergraduate Research Conference (URC), April 18

NSF MPS Distinguished Lecture Series (Ongoing).

Math Frontiers Webinar Series (Ongoing).

Inquiry Based Learning (IBL) Workshops, June 2018.






1. Daniel Plummer will be participating in the Yale Bouchet Conference this month.

 He will be presenting an abstract on blockchain technology, cybersecurity and cryptography.


2. Francois Ramaroson will be speaking about his research during the HU research week

this week.





 1.  (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.


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


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


3.  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:

Summer REU at Howard for Howard math majors

(contact Dennis Davenport)

Uncommon Schools

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.