Brown University's
Department of Mathematics
Graduate Student Seminar
Spring 2008
Wednesdays 5:30pm - Kassar 105

Supreme Dictator: Matt Spencer

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 the talks that were given last year here and here. Note: The schedule (including "No Speaker" days) is preliminary and subject to change.

1/30 Noah Giansiracusa Pontryagin Duality: An Application of Category Theory (!) to Analysis
2/6 Steffen Marcus I Definitely Did Not Invent Spectral Sequences
2/13 Yu Yasafuku Blowups + Heights = Greatest Common Divisors
2/20 Kate Stange Hilbert's Tenth Problem: How to be a clever young Russian
2/27 Conni Liaw Rank one perturbations and embedded singular spectrum
3/5 Ali Gokturk One Reason Why We (I?) Care About Teichmuller Spaces but not Moduli Spaces
3/12  Qile Chen Derived Categories
3/19 Hyun Kyoung Kwon The Similarity Problem in terms of Eigenspaces
3/26 [No Speaker] [Spring Break]
4/2 Chan Woo Kim The formation and decay of shock waves
Special Time: 4pm 4/9 Alex Kontorovich The Affine Linear Sieve
4/16 Jonathan Ben-Artzi The Spectral Theorem
4/23 Prof. Stephen Lichtenbaum Special Values of Zeta-functions
4/30 Hatice Sahinoglu Kuroda's Class number formula
Last modified on 20 Mar 08
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