Café Science Finds New Home at Solea

The Brandeis Café Science page tell us:

**Café Science will Resume in February!**
Food for thought. And a Drink.

Café Science has found its new home:

SOLEA
Restaurant and Tapas Bar
388 Moody Street
Waltham, MA 02453

We are thrilled to kick-off Café Science’s Spring Talks with Geometry for Grown-Ups! Presented by Ruth Charney.

Please join us at Solea on February 3rd at 6PM as Professor Charney helps us explore the exotic side of geometric structures, bringing us both the useful and fun side of Geometry!

$10.00 admission includes 1 drink per person.

Quantum Field Theory: An Interdisciplinary Study Group

William Hicks, a grad student in Physics, writes:

    This semester, graduate students from a wide range of departments will be coming together to study quantum field theory (QFT) as part of the interdisciplinary IGERT program. QFT is a subject whose mathematical underpinnings crop up in a wide range of seemingly unrelated fields, and the study group hopes to take advantage of the varied backgrounds of its members. Mathematicians in the group can help provide mathematical rigor, while physicists can help supply the physical intuition for many of the otherwise abstruse corners of the subject.  Students from other disciplines will be able to broaden the discussion by showing how some of the techniques discussed also show up in their fields.

The study group will meet from noon to 1:00 every Wednesday in Goldsmith 226. All are welcome!

IGERT Summer Institute

 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:

http://www.brandeis.edu/igert/calendar/index.html

Brandeis mathematicians in inaugural class of AMS fellows

Department members and emeritus professors named as AMS fellows.

The Math department website notes that Professors Ruth Charney, Ira Gessel, and Kiyoshi Igusa, along with emeritus professors Edgar Brown, David Buchsbaum, Harold Levine, Richard Palais, and Gerald Schwarz, have been named to the inaugural group of Fellows of the American Mathematical Society.  According to the description on the AMS website, the “Fellows of the American Mathematical Society program recognizes members who have made outstanding contributions to the creation, exposition, advancement, communication, and utilization of mathematics.” The first class was announced earlier this month. Among Brandeis alumni in this first batch of fellows, we noted Karen Uhlenbeck (PhD ’68), Jill Mesirov (PhD ’74), Ralph Cohen (PhD ’78), and Ulrike Tillmann ‘85.

Gessel awarded Simons Fellowship

Professor of Mathematics Ira Gessel has been awarded a prestigious Simons Fellowship in Mathematics.  He is part of the initial class of awardees for this fellowship, which will support research activities during his sabbatical leave in the spring of 2013.  Other recipients included Math alumni János Kollár (PhD ’84), now at Princeton, and Irena Peeva (PhD ’95), now at Cornell.

Math graduate student training grant renewed

Mathematics Ph.D. students and faculty at Brandeis should be happy to learn that the department’s training grant from the US Dept. of Education’s Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN) program is being renewed for another three years. Training grants are a vital piece of the puzzle for supporting graduate education in the sciences, allowing Ph.D. students to focus on research.

 

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