Brown University's
Department of Mathematics
Graduate Student Seminar
Spring 2011
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.



Igor Minevich Generalized Tic Tac Toe and Beyond
2/9 Tess Anderson Benford's Law for Fascinating Number Theoretic Functions
2/16 Jonathan Ben-Artzi Instability of the Vlasov-Maxwell System
2/23 Noah Giansiracusa Classical Invariant Theory with a View Toward Moduli Spaces


Martin Ulirsch Vector Bundles and Projective Modules
3/9 Wade Hindes 2-rank of the Class Group for Quadratic Number Fields
3/16 Tom Hulse Adjective Numbers
3/23 Armen Vagharshakyan BMO and Exponential Integrability for the Discrepancy Function in Two Dimensions
4/6 Jonah Leshin Peg Solitaire
4/13 Bianca Viray Rational Points on Varieties
4/20 Ian Sprung Can You Hear the Shape of a Lattice?
  4/27 Qile Chen From de Rham to Crystals
5/4 Steffen Marcus Why in the world did we decide to give Steffen the last seminar spot of the year?
Where in the world is Matthew Spencerino?
Last modified on 5 May 2011
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