Brown University's
Department of Mathematics
Graduate Student Seminar
Fall 2009
Wednesdays, 6pm- Kassar 105

Supreme Dictator/Coordinator: Jackie Anderson

Dictator Emeritus, staying on in an advisory capacity: Hatice Sahinoglu

Webmistress: Li-Mei Lim

Instead of having a graduate student seminar for each discipline, we have formed a departmental seminar series that combines all major areas of interest in the department. Talks will rotate between algebra and number theory, geometry and topology, and analysis and partial differential equations. We also include talks from areas closely related such as the history of mathematics and areas in applied mathematics. The goal of the seminar is to provide an opportunity for the graduate students to share information that they have learned, be exposed to mathematics outside their field of interest, and provide an opportunity for the graduate students to give talks.

Seminars this semester will be held on Wednesdays; they are typically given by graduate students, with the occasional talk by visiting scholars and current faculty. Talks can vary from introductory material to more advanced topics; however, all talks are intended to be at least partially approachable by first year graduate students.

We would especially like to encourage talks about mathematics that arise in different fields of study. If you are interested in giving a talk, please contact the seminar's coordinator. Below is a schedule for the current semester. Clicking on the title of a talk will take you to an abstract. You can also see the talks that were given last semester here, or go to the archive of talks back to 2004. Note: The schedule (including "No Speaker" days) is preliminary and subject to change.



Matt Spencer The Nottingham Group
9/23 Tom Hulse The Only Selberg Conjecture that Tom is Aware Of
9/30 Igor Minevich Triangle Geometry over 3,500 "Interesting" Points
10/7 Hatice Sahinoglu A Linear Algebra Estimate that May Change the World One Day
  10/14 Matt Spencer Archimedes' Method
10/21 Ali Gokturk A Representation of 2D Shapes Via Complex Analysis
10/28 Ian Sprung Happy Birthday Ali!
11/4 Oliver Cheng The Mathematics of Juggling
11/11 Jonah Leshin Latin Squares and Finite Projective Planes
11/18 Dinakar Muthiah Young Diagrams
12/2 Ben Wieland An Elementary Proof of the Hairy Ball Theorem
  12/9 Dave Wiygul Aspects of the Isoperimetric Problem
Last modified on 7 December 2009
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