Brown University's
Department of Mathematics
Graduate Student Seminar
Fall 2010
Wednesdays, 6pm- Kassar 105

Supreme Dictator/Coordinator: Jackie Anderson

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.



Jackie Anderson Newton Polygons and p-adic Dynamics
9/15 Oliver Cheng When Does A Graph Have A Perfect Matching?
9/22 Li-Mei Lim Applications of Minkowski's Theorem
9/29 Diana Davis Veech groups: Cutting Polygons into Puzzles


Edward Newkirk Minimal Sphere Partitions
10/13 Dale Winter An Experimental Approach to Homology: Morse Theory, Doughnuts and Chocolate Syrup
10/20 Hatice Sahinoglu Elliptic curves, Class Fields of Quadratic Fields and Finding Rational Points on Elliptic Curves
10/27 Ian Sprung Binary Quadratic Forms and Lots of Water
11/3 Martin Ulirsch Semistability for Lattices
11/10 Joris Weimar The Object is Simply Simplicial Objects
11/17 Mehmet Kiral Generalizations of the Factorial Function
12/1 Ali Gokturk Combinatorial Geometry on the Five-holed Sphere
  12/8 Matt Spencer TBA
Last modified on 30 November 2010
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