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Faculty News Briefs

May 2014

Various department folk - including Professors Panos Kevrekidis, Rob Kusner, Andrea Nahmod and Floyd Williams - gave talks at the AMS Meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico, April 5-6. Floyd gave a 40 minute talk entitled "Magnetic resolvent trace formula for 2d black hole vacua" in the "Topics in spectral geometry and global analysis" special session; Rob lectured on "Chirality for knots and fields" (after presenting a short video roasting "Physical Knots" special session honoree Jon Simon on his retirement); Panos spoke on "Dynamics of Nonlinear Waves in Granular Crystals" in his special session (going on to lecture in Los Alamos later that week); and Andrea talked about "Bilinear estimates... for the Ward system" in the "Harmonic Analysis" special session.

On April 23, Professor Rob Kusner was invited by the students of Commonwealth College to lead a "Faculty Chat" about "Bubbles" - about 40 students dropped in, enjoying pizza and chicken wings while performing bubble experiments and discussing the geometry of bubble surfaces with Rob.

Professor and Department Head Michael Lavine gave a talk on "Kernel Intensity Estimation of 2-Dimensional Spatial Poisson Point Processes from k-Tree Sampling" to the Virginia Tech statistics seminar April 10.

G. D. Birkhoff Professor William Meeks has a major paper on "Properly embedded minimal planar domains" (written with his Granada collaborators Joaquin Perez and Antonio Ros) appearing in the Annals of Mathematics this month. This is the sixth paper Bill has published in the Annals - arguably the premier journal in all of mathematics - over his distinguished career. Bill also gave a three-lecture mini-course on "Curvature and radius estimates for embedded CMC surfaces" at the March 2014 International Geometry Conference in Maceio, Brazil.

Professor Jenia Tevelev reports the following activities this semester: On January 30, his talk "Mori nightmare spaces" was delivered at Yale. From February 24 to 28 he gave two talks at the "Workshop on birational geometry and stability of moduli stacks and spaces of curves" held at the Vietnam Institute for Advanced Study in Mathematics in Hanoi, Vietnam. Jenia spoke on "Birational geometry of moduli of stable rational curves" at several venues: Michigan (March 19), Princeton (April 22) and Harvard (April 29). On April 26, he co-organized and led a panel discussion on undergraduate research with Sam Payne (Yale) and Jessica Sidman (Mt Holyoke)at the AGNES (Algebraic Geometry Northeastern Series) conference in Stony Brook. This professional development event was intended for - and attended by - all 170 conference participants: graduate students, postdocs and faculty.