Brown University's
Department of Mathematics
Graduate Student Seminar
Fall 2011
Wednesdays, 6pm- Kassar 105

Supreme Dictator/Coordinator: Chan Ieong Kuan

Webmaster: Igor Minevich

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, which dates back to 2004. Note: The schedule (including "No Speaker" days) is preliminary and subject to change.



Diana Davis Boew-Möller surfaces: Geodesic trajectories on families of polygons
9/21 Maxime Fortier Bourque Hyperbolic manifolds and Mostow Rigidity
9/28 Vivian Healey Optimal Distribution of Points on Spheres
10/5 Li-Mei Lim Zeta Functions of Prehomogeneous Vector Spaces: A Special Case
10/12 Martin Ulirsch Tropical Geometry


Wade Hindes Galois Representations and Elliptic Curves
10/26 Jingguo Lai Dyadic Hardy Spaces and Bellman Function Technique
11/2 Edward Newkirk Isoperimetric Sets of Integers
11/9 Alon Levy Newton Polygons and a Nonarchimedean Fatou Lemma
11/16 David Lowry Deterministic Methods to Find Primes
11/30 Jonah Leshin Constructing Extensions of Number Fields
12/7 Miles Wheeler Bending rulers and bifurcation from a simple eigenvalue
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