Math Dept 2018-2019 Newsletter 2

Monday, 24 September 2018


Past newsletters can now be reached via the department website.

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Newsletter is sent out when there is something new.

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







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 “Iteration of Continuous Maps and the Newton Algorithm. ”

Time  : 3:10pm-4:00pm,

Place: ASB-B 213.

Coordinator:  Stanley M. Einstein-Matthews




Seminar On Topological Semigroups


Tuesdays, in the Annex III computer lab at 2:00 pm. 


On September 11 Dennis Davenport spoke on “Introduction to algebra on the Stone-Cech"


Coordinator Dennis Davenport  




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)





Analysis And Differential Equations On Separable Banach Spaces (New Seminar Series)


3 TO 4 PM, ROOM 213, ASB-B.


 Friday Sep 7, Tim Myers  gave the first lecture,  

about the construction of the Kuelbs-Steadman 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, ASB-B


Friday, September 28.

Erik Slivken, CNRS post-doctoral researcher at University of Paris VII.

“Large random pattern-avoiding permutations.”


Past week’s (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.




1. (Thanks to Talitha Washington) The Blackwell-Tapia Conference 


November 9-10 at ICERM at Brown University. 

The Blackwell-Tapia 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:


 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 post-grads), 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!




 2. (Thanks to Aziz Yakubu)  Undergraduate Research Conference at the Interface of Biology and Mathematics 

October 27-28, 2018 (






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.





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:

(for workshops)

(for SQuaREs)


2. (Thanks to Talitha Washington) NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP). 


Interested students should begin at the applicant information page . 

The GRFP supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based Master’s 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 ( and consider volunteering to serve as a panelist by registering at


3. (Thanks to Katie GurskiREU 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


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 Questions about the program can be directed to

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 Questions about the program can be directed to




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: Tensor-SUMMA 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 under-represented in the field of mathematics.





1. (Thanks to Louise Raphael) Video on Application of math to cancer research


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 doesn’t work out as he claims.


2. Titans of Mathematics Clash Over Epic Proof of ABC Conjecture

Peter Scholze and Jakob Stix say there is an irreparable flaw in Mochizuki’s proof of the ABC conjecture.

Mochizuki claims that they do not really understand his mathematics.