** **The Brandeis IGERT program is hosting its first summer institute starting Wednesday, July 31 and running weekdays through Friday, August 9. This will be a series of lectures by experts inside and outside of Brandeis, together with some student seminars, aimed at graduate students across the sciences, especially (but not exclusively!) those doing theoretical work.

The lectures will run from 9:30-4 every day, with coffee at 9am, and ample time between lectures for questions and conversations. They will be held in room 055 of the Lemberg Academic Center (note that Domenic’s will be open at that time, so lunch is available nearby). Those interested in attending should RSVP to Tony Bottaro (bottaro@brandeis.edu) so that we can get a head count for coffee.

The lecturers are:

Parongama Sen (University of Calcutta, Kolkata, India), lecturing on applications of statistical physics to social science problems.

Henry Cohn (Microsoft Research, New England), lecturing on symmetry and optimization.

Ben Allen (Emmanuel College and Harvard), lecturing on evolutionary dynamics

Paul Miller (Brandeis), lecturing on aspects of theoretical neuroscience.

Blake LeBaron (Brandeis), lecturing on empirical puzzles in financial data, and applications of agent-based modeling.

Albion Lawrence (Brandeis), lecturing on fiber bundles (“gauge theory”) and their applications to deformable bodies (falling cats, swimming bacteria).

In addition, we will have seminars by IGERT students:

Sumantra Sarkar

Blake Stacey

Daniel Goldstein

and a schedule can be found on this webpage: