Math Dept 2017-2018 Newsletter 2

  Monday, 25 September 2017

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Past newsletters can now be reached via the department website.

[Click on “Read the Newsletter” in the bottom].

 

Newsletter is sent out when there is something new.

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

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MEETINGS AND SEMINARS IN THE DEPARTMENT 

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Mondays

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Geometry & Topology Seminar 

 

Monday September 25

 

Joseph Yeager

GEOMETRIC MODELS IN THREE DIMENSIONS

ABSTRACT: We discuss in some detail manifolds which appear in Perelman’s  Geometrization Theorem, and employ Thurston’s argument to show why they occur in a natural way. We briefly describe some connections with 3-dimensional Lie algebras and Seifert fibrations.

Time: 3:10PM-4:00PM

Place: ASB-B 213.

 

Coordinator:  Stanley M. Einstein-Matthews

 

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Tuesdays 

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Topological Semigroups and Ramsey Theory Seminar

The Seminar on Topological Semigroups and Ramsey Theory will meet

tuesdays from 10:10--11:00 (tentatively). 

Dennis Davenport speaking on "Algebra in the Stone-Cech Compactification" by Hindman-Strauss.

Please contact Dennis Davenport for more information.

 

Coordinator: Dennis Davenport

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Wednesdays 

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Graduate Student Seminar

TBA

 

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Fridays

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Analysis, PDE and Applied Math Seminar.

 

Details TBA

 

Co-ordinator: Henok Mawi

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Mathematics Department Colloquium

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Friday, September 29

 

Alexander Korotkevich, University of New Mexico

Gridless method for plasmonic metasurfaces

 

4.10 to 5 pm, ASB-B 213

 

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 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.

 

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TALKS AND WORKSHOPS OUTSIDE DEPARTMENT 

 

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1. (thanks to Talitha Washington)

 

Presentations by Recent Doctoral Recipients at JMM

Recommendations are solicited for NAM’s new PhD session, the Granville-Browne-Haynes Session of Presentations

by Recent Doctoral Recipients in the Mathematical Sciences, to be held at the Joint Mathematics Meetings to be held in

January 2018 in San Diego, CA.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

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1. Department Leadership

 

As announced and approved by Dean of COAS, Bernard Mair, Bourama Toni will be the new Chairman of the Department starting in the Spring semester.

Paul Bezandry will be the Chair and Crepin Mahop the Associate Chair in the interim.

Bourama Toni is Professor of Mathematics at  Virginia State University and his interests range widely over pure and applied mathematics.

Specifically, he is interested in Differential Analysis & Dynamical Systems , Almost Periodicity, p-Adic Dynamics , Limit cycles, p-adic matrix computations , Feedback loop analysis and Game Theory.

 

2. Talitha Washington writes:  I began my prestigious appointment at the National Science Foundation (NSF) as the Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE) Program Director for the Improving Undergraduate STEM Education (IUSE) program. “DUE’s programs are intended to strengthen STEM education at two- and four-year colleges and universities by improving curricula, instruction, laboratories, infrastructure, assessment, diversity of students and faculty, and collaborations.” (https://www.nsf.gov/div/index.jsp?div=DUE)

 

 3. Housing needed for Graduate Student

 

From Francois Ramaroson: One of our new female graduate students is still looking for housing. Anyone who can help

please contact me.

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 SCHOLARSHIP AND FELLOWSHIP OPPORTUNITIES (from various sources)

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Opportunities at various federal agencies

 

1. DARPA Young Faculty Award (YFA) program seeks to identify and engage rising research stars in junior faculty positions at U.S. academic institutions and introduce them to Department of Defense needs as well as DARPA’s program development process.

 

 https://www.darpa.mil/work-with-us/for-universities/young-faculty-award

 

2. The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)

is accepting applications for the

NIAID Emerging Leaders in Data Science Fellowship Program

 in the OSMO Office of Data Science and Emerging Technologies.

The participant will receive training and hands-on-experience in applying and managing big data, bioinformatics strategies and computational platforms and tool development to study infectious, immunological, and allergic diseases in both extramural and intramural divisions at NIAID and will receive training in the intersection and management of big data and disease-oriented data-intense research efforts. 

 

In addition to a stipend, Research Participants will be provided with a travel and training allowance and health benefits. 

 For full position description and to apply visit https://orise.orau.gov/nih/current-opportunities/index.html

 

3. NSF Dear Colleague Letters (Funding Opportunities).  

 

The Howard office of Research Development is in the process of scheduling a meeting with one of the Program Director’s  for the Historically Black Colleges and Universities Excellence in Research Program.

 

The date and time will be emailed once scheduled. Please note the specific NSF Directorates accepting applications for each opportunity  to ensure that your research will be applicable.

 

Dear Colleague Letter: Life STEM

https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2017/nsf17127/nsf17127.jsp

 

 Dear Colleague Letter: Historically Black Colleges and Universities Excellence in  Research Program

https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2017/nsf17138/nsf17138.jsp?WT.mc_id=USNSF_25&WT.mc_ev=click

 

Dear Colleague Letter; NSF Accepting Proposals Related to Hurricane Harvey

https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2017/nsf17128/nsf17128.jsp

 

Dear Colleague Letter: Announcement of an Effort to Expand the NSF INCLUDES National Network

https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2017/nsf17111/nsf17111.jsp?org=NSF

 

Dear Colleague Letter: Research on Methodologies for STEM Education

https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2017/nsf17136/nsf17136.jsp?org=NSF

 

More information: Contact Office of Research Development

Pamela.a.clarke@howard.edu

http://www.howard.edu/research/index.html

 

 

 

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INTERESTING ARTICLES AND WEBSITES

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1. Hints of Trigonometry on a 3,700-Year-Old Babylonian Tablet

Two Australian mathematicians assert that an ancient clay tablet was a tool for working out trigonometry problems,

possibly adding to the many techniques that Babylonian mathematicians had mastered.”

NYTimes article