Math Dept
20182019 Newsletter 2
Monday, 24 September 2018

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MEETINGS AND SEMINARS IN THE DEPARTMENT

Mondays

Combinatorics Seminar
Organizing meeting was held
on Sep 27.
Those interested should get in touch with Lou Shapiro
or Alex Burstein.
Coordinator: Louis Shapiro

Geometry & Topology Seminar
Monday, September 24.
Roberto de Leo will talk on ÒIteration
of Continuous Maps and the Newton Algorithm. Ó
Time
: 3:10pm4:00pm,
Place: ASBB 213.
Coordinator: Stanley M.
EinsteinMatthews

TUESDAYS

Seminar On Topological Semigroups
Tuesdays,
in the Annex III computer lab at 2:00 pm.
On September 11 Dennis
Davenport spoke on ÒIntroduction to algebra on the StoneCech"
Coordinator Dennis
Davenport

Wednesdays

Graduate Student Seminar
Details TBA.
Open to all faculty and
students.
Coordinator: Matthew Cavallo

Math team/Math Club meetings
Wednesdays at 5pm
Preparing students for math
competitions, inspiring videos about math, talks about careers.
Please tell your students.
This Wednesday it will
be the Math Club meeting.
Organisers: Jill McGowan (math club) ,
Lou Shapiro (math team)

Fridays

Analysis And Differential Equations On Separable Banach Spaces (New Seminar Series)
3 TO 4 PM, ROOM 213,
ASBB.
Friday Sep 7, Tim Myers gave the first lecture,
about the construction of the KuelbsSteadman
space.
About the series: This series
will discuss a new constructive approach to analysis on separable Banach spaces.
The key idea is to first show
that any separable Banach space can be continuously
embedded in a separable Hilbert space.
Organizers: Tepper Gill, Dan Williams, Tim
Myers.

Mathematics Department Colloquium

Fridays 4.10 to 5 pm,
Room 213, ASBB
Friday, September 28.
Erik Slivken,
CNRS postdoctoral researcher at University of Paris VII. ÒLarge random
patternavoiding permutations.Ó 
Past weekÕs (Sep 21) speaker was
Tanner Crowder.







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.

TALKS AND WORKSHOPS OUTSIDE DEPARTMENT

1. (Thanks to Talitha Washington) The BlackwellTapia Conference
November 910 at ICERM at
Brown University.
The BlackwellTapia Prize
winner is Dr. Ronald Mickens of Clark Atlanta
University.
He is the first HBCU faculty
member to receive this prize.
For more information,
see: https://icerm.brown.edu/events/btc2018/
Shenandoah
Undergraduate Mathematics and Statistics (SUMS) Conference
SUMS 2018 happens on
Saturday, October 13th 2018 at James Madison University.
Registration opens in August,
and will be free and open to all in our mathematical community.
That includes students
(undergrads, pre and postgrads), faculty, and friends.
Invited talks:
opening address: Dr. Alissa Crans of
Loyola Marymount University
closing address: Dr. Kimberly Sellers of
Georgetown University
Research Students: Give
your first (or tenth!) research talk and/or poster!
Undergrads: Watch as
your peers race to present months of their work in just 15 short (well, 12 with
time for questions) minutes!
CONFERENCE INFORMATION:
http://www.jmu.edu/mathstat/sums/
2. (Thanks to Aziz Yakubu) Undergraduate
Research Conference at the Interface of Biology and Mathematics
October 2728, 2018 (http://www.nimbios.org/education/undergrad_conf2018).


ANNOUNCEMENTS

1. Aziz Yakubu writes that he had an article published in
the Notices of American Mathematical Society on a new result,
an extension of the widely used Next Matrix Generation Method for
computing the Basic Reproduction Number.
The
article is in the October 2018 issue page 1079.

SCHOLARSHIP AND FELLOWSHIP OPPORTUNITIES (from various sources)
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1. (Thanks
to Aziz Yakubu and Katie Gurski)
Workshops at AIM, San Jose.
[Katie Gurski
submitted a proposal for a 2nd Square last fall and it was accepted.
She welcomes ideas for a workshop].
Proposals are sought for
focused workshops and SQuaREs to be held at AIM in
San Jose.
The deadline for proposals is
November 1, 2018 for activities to be held in 2019 or 2020.
The SQuaREs
program provides full funding for 4 to 6 people to work together for a week at
AIM,
with the possibility of returning for a second or third
meeting in subsequent years.
Both proposal forms are
relatively short and can be found at:
http://aimath.org/workshops/proposalguide/
(for
workshops)
http://aimath.org/programs/squares/
(for
SQuaREs)
2. (Thanks
to Talitha Washington) NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP).
Interested students should
begin at the applicant information page http://www.nsfgrfp.org .
The GRFP supports outstanding
graduate students in NSFsupported science, technology, engineering, and
mathematics disciplines who are pursuing researchbased MasterÕs and doctoral
degrees at accredited United States institutions. The program provides up to
three years of graduate education support, including an annual $34,000
stipend.
Applications for Mathematical
Sciences topics are due October 26, 2018.
The GRFP also needs qualified
faculty reviewers. Review panels are conducted by videoconference.
Please see the panelist
information page (http://www.nsfgrfp.org/panelist_info)
and consider volunteering to serve as a panelist by registering at https://nsfgrfp.org/panelists.
3. (Thanks to Katie Gurski) REU and
Conference funding opportunities
Would you like to have summer
pay, but not teach the same courses?
Would you like to get more
early undergraduates to stay as math majors?
Would you like to find funds
to host a small math workshop?
Here's some places to get the money.
If you are interested, please
send word to Katie Gurski and she'll try to get some
interested parties to apply together.
Grant application information
and upcoming deadlines:
NSA Mathematical Sciences
program:
October 15th: https://www.nsa.gov/whatwedo/research/mathsciencesprogram/
Conferences, Workshops and
Special Situation Proposals
The MSP supports conferences
and workshops in the five subject areas of Algebra, Discrete Mathematics,
Number Theory, Probability and Statistics. In order to avoid endorsing or
giving the appearance of endorsing approaches to cryptography we do not accept
proposals that deal with cryptography. The award for conferences and
workshops will not exceed $25,000. The Special Situation category is for
infrastructure development projects and for events that do not fall within the
typical research conference format. Principal investigators and other personnel
receiving support on NSA grants (including students, speakers and other
participants) must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the United
States. The MSP will accept proposals from September 1 through October 15 via
email to MSPgrants@nsa.gov.
Questions about the program can be directed to MSPgrants@nsa.gov.
Proposal
Submission Guidelines
Research Experience for
Undergraduate (REU) Grants
The MSP supports research
experience for undergraduate programs in any area of mathematics or computer
science consistent with the policy about cryptography mentioned above. We are
especially interested in supporting efforts that increase broader participation
in the mathematical sciences, promote wide dissemination of mathematics, and
promote the training of undergraduates and graduate students. Beneficiaries of
these grants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the United States.
The MSP will accept proposals from September 1 through October 15 via email
to MSPgrants@nsa.gov.
Questions about the program can be directed to MSPgrants@nsa.gov.
MAA: https://www.maa.org/programs/maagrants
Dec 15th: National
Research Experience for Undergraduates Program (NREUP) supports
the participation of mathematics undergraduates from underrepresented groups in
focused and challenging research experiences to increase their interest in
advanced degrees and careers in mathematics.
Feb 12th: Tensor Grants
for Women and Mathematics support projects designed to
encourage college and university women or high school and middle school girls
to study mathematics.
Feb 12th: TensorSUMMA
Grants: Strengthening Underrepresented Minority Mathematics Achievement support
programs designed to encourage pursuit and enjoyment of mathematics among
middle school students, high school students, and/or beginning college students
from groups traditionally underrepresented in the field of mathematics.

INTERESTING ARTICLES AND WEBSITES

1. (Thanks to Louise Raphael)
Video on Application of math to cancer
research
http://www.mathtube.org/lecture/video/usingmathematicsfightcancer
2. Proof of Riemann Hypothesis?
Renowned mathematician
Michael Atiyah is scheduled to give a talk at the
Heidelberg laureate Forum.
The talk is on monday (9/24) and he claims he has
a simple proof based on ideas of Von Neumann, Hirzebruch
and Dirac.
Many are skeptical. Your editor
thinks there might be something to this, even if it doesnÕt work out as he
claims.