Brown University's
Department of Mathematics
Graduate Student Seminar
Spring 2009
Tuesday 5:30-6:30, except as noted- Kassar 105

Supreme Dictator/Coordinator: Hatice Sahinoglu

Dictator Emeritus, staying on in an advisory capacity/Webmaster: 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 Tuesday; 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.

1/27 Xiaomin Ma Irregularities of Point Distribution
2/3 Matt Spencer An Introduction to Arithmetic Dynamics
2/10 Prof. Goncharov Periods: What do we know, and what do we want to know
2/17 No Speaker President's Day Long Weekend
  2/24 Joey Lee Global and Local Heights on Algebraic Varieties
3/3 Zhongyang Li Laplacian and Dirac Operators on Critical Planar Graphs
3/10 Hatice Sahinoglu On the Birch and Swinnerton-Dyer Conjecture
3/17 Xiao Xiao Ap weight from dyadic Ap weights
3/24 No Speaker Spring Break
3/31 TBA TBA
4/7 Yu-Lin Lin TBA
  4/14 Jonathan Ben-Artzi

Hamilton-Jacobi equation

4/21 Dan Katz Sudoku: America's Favorite k-coloring Problem
  4/28 Alex Kontorovich Circle Packings, Hyperbolic Geometry, and Twin Primes
5/5 Diana Davis Something Geometric!
Last modified on 21 Jan 09
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