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SUMO Speaker Series


The Stanford University Mathematical Organization hosts a speaker series, meeting every week on Wednesday at 4:15 in 380-380C. The purpose of this series is to expose undergraduates to some topics not normally covered in the classroom, as well as to introduce them to Stanford's faculty and community. Each week a different speaker, who may be a Stanford professor, student, or visitor, presents on a topic of interest to undergraduates. All talks will be accessible to freshmen in the 50-series. Food is provided. If you have any suggestions or would like to suggest a speaker, please e-mail Marc Rasi (marcgrr at stanford dot edu).

All talks will be on Wednesdays, 4:15-5:05, in room 380-380C (in the basement of the math building) unless otherwise noted.

Fall 2011

September 28 Professor Akshay Venkatesh Sphere Packing
October 5 Sam Lichtenstein Kubert's Relations and Volume Formulas in Hyperbolic Geometry
October 12 Daniel Litt Morse Theory, Stratifications, and Euler Characteristic
October 19 Professor Elena Fuchs (Berkeley) Guessing Games in Integer Apollonian Circle Packings
October 26 Professor Daniel Kane The Number of Ways of Expressing a Number as a Binomial Coefficient
November 2 Professor Rafe Mazzeo Spectral Phenomena
November 9 Chris Henderson Solvability of Linear Partial Differential Equations and the Pseudospectrum
November 16 Professor Martin Luu The Physis of a Cubic Equation
November 30 Professor Persi Diaconis Mathematics and Magic Tricks: A Look Behind the Veil
Special meeting, 7:30PM in Cubberley Auditorium
December 7 Professor Brian Conrad Finite Groups of Matrices Over Infinite Fields

Winter 2012

January 11 Otis Chodosh Can you hear the shape of a drum?
January 18 Arnav Tripathy Poncelet's Porism
January 25 Rebecca Bellovin Cracking the Enigma
February 1 Professor Gregory Brumfiel Hilbert's 17th Problem
February 8 Professor Benedict Gross (Harvard University) Public Lecture: Rational Solutions to Cubic Equations
Special Meeting, 7:30pm in Cubberley Auditorium
February 15 Emmy Murphy Contact geometry and parallel parking
February 22 Professor Yasha Eliashberg How many discs can a circle bound in the plane?
February 29 Michael Manapat (Google) Evolutionary games: theory and experiments
March 7 Sam Nariman Interactions between topology and combinatorics
March 14 Professor Gautam Iyer (Carnegie Mellon) Partial Differential Equations in Fluid Dynamics

Spring 2012

April 4 Professor Yanir Rubinstein Uniformization and geometry: the quest for canonical geometric structures on manifolds
April 11 Sander Kupers Space-filling curves and the Hahn-Mazurkiewicz theorem
April 18 Professor Andras Vasy Can one sum any Taylor series?
April 25 Professor Rick Sommer A Paradoxical Decomposition of the Sphere
May 2 Professor Rob Rhoades Reasonable and Unreasonable Effectiveness of Modular Forms in Enumeration
May 9 Sam Gross Tangent Distance: Machines learning from people
May 16 Professor Ronen Mukamel A short walk through the space of quadratic polynomials
May 23 Sara Kalisnik Topology and Data: Presenting Mapper
May 30 Professor Nancy Rodriguez A PDE model for biological aggregation: the battle between dispersal and aggregation
June 6 Professor Reviel Netz Archimedes' Hydrostatics and the Birth of Mathematical Physics (de Leeuw Lecture)
Instead of food after the talk, there is a reception 3:15-4:15 before the talk. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Speaker series: 1998-99 | 1999-00 | 2000-01 | 2001-02 | 2002-04 | 2004-05 | 2005-06 | 2008-09 | 2009-10 | 2010-11 | 2011-12 | 2012-13 | 2013-14

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