Brown University's
Department of Mathematics
Graduate Student Seminar
Spring 2013
Mondays, 6 - 7 pm - Kassar 105

Supreme Dictator/Coordinator: Amalia Culiuc

Webmaster: Wei Pin Wong

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 Mondays 6-7 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.



Diana Davis Cutting Sequences on Bouw-Möller Surfaces


Numann Malik The Heat Trace and Analytical Index

2/13 (Wed.)

Wei Pin Wong The ABC-Conjecture for Polynomials


Martin Ulirsch The Geometry of Monoids: An Introduction to Algebraic and Tropical Toric Varieties for Everyone (or Almost Everyone)

3/6 (Wed.)

Maxime Fortier-Bourque To Infinity and Beyond in Moduli Space


Minh-Hoang Tran Tate-Nakayama Theorem in Group Cohomology


Florian Sprung Algebra and Analysis: Weil's Geometric Bridge and Its Arithmetic Sister

4/3 (Wed.)

Miles Wheeler Convex Functions and the Legendre-Fenchel Transform


Edward Newkirk An Aperiodic Hexagonal Tile


Ningning Ma Combinatorial Interpretations for the Littlewood-Richardson Numbers


David Lowry An Unexpected Connection between Elementary Sums of Quadratic Functions and Modular Forms


Wade Hindes The Arithmetic of Hyperelliptic Curves


Peter McGrath An Introduction to Classical and Modern Minimal Surface Theory
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