Brown University's
Department of Mathematics
Graduate Student Seminar
Spring 2012
Tuesdays, 12 - 1 pm - 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 Tuesdays 12-1 PM; 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.



Igor Minevich An Axiomatic Introduction to Classical Algebraic Geometry


Igor Minevich + Oliver Cheng A Little Bit of Everything


Theresa Anderson Continuous and Dyadic function spaces


Dale Winter How to count using measure theory


David Lowry Intro to Combinatorial Game Theory


Diana Davis Amazing connections between Bouw-Möller surfaces


Eren Kiral (Mehmet) Special Functions and Group Representations


Thomas Hulse Linnik's No Finick


Johanna Mangahas Favorite questions about mapping class groups


Hatice Sahinoglu Modular parametrization of elliptic curves and algebraic points on elliptic curves

4/26 (Thur.)

Wei Pin Wong Analytic Characterization of Riemann Zeta Function


Robin Koytcheff Finite-type knot invariants

5/2 6-7 PM

Yunhui Wu Translation lengths of parabolic isometries of CAT(0) spaces and their applications


William Gillam TBA
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