# Faculty News Briefs

### September 2001

William Meeks is to lecture at Harvard on March 14, in the weekly Boston area mathematics colloquium which rotates among the major research departments.

Rob Kusner served on two NSF panels during the fall semester.Ü In October he lectured at the University of North Carolina and at University of Tennessee (Chattanooga) on mean curvature; he also gave a colloquium at University of Tennessee (Knoxville) on ropelength of knots and links.Ü He will be an invited speaker at the Texas Geometry & Topology Conference, to be held at Texas Tech April 5-7, 2002.

Frank Sottile gave talks in the Cornell Combinatorics and Geometry Seminar (October 29) and the SUNY Binghamton Combinatorics Seminar (October 30).Ü He also gave colloquium talks at Nov 9 SUNY Albany (November 9) and Purdue University (November 27).

Chris Raphael gave plenary talks at the Seventeenth Conference on Uncertainty in Artificial Intelligence (UAI-2001), Seattle, WA, in August, and at the Neural Information Processing Systems (NIPS) conference in early December.Ü In October he gave a presentation at Univ. of Ghent, Belgium during the Symposium on Stochastic Modeling of Music.

Paola Sebastiani has recently been invited to serve on the editorial board of Machine Learning Journal.Ü She is also serving on the program committee of the workshop Intelligent Data Analysis in Medicine and Pharmacology 2002 (IDAMAP 2002), to be held in Lyon, France during July 2002.Ü On January 24, she gave a seminar at Childrens' Hospital Informatics Program, Harvard Medical School, Boston, describing a novel methodology for the differential analysis of gene expression data. This is part of her work in the new area of functional genomics.

Jared Anderson spoke in the Northeastern University seminar on Geometry-Algebra-Singularities-Combinatorics on January 28.

Bill Meeks has been invited to speak at the fifth Geometry and Topology Conference at Harvard (May 4-5, 2002), organized by the Journal of Differential Geometry.Ü This is a high-level conference held every three years, followed by publication of a special volume

Surveys in Differential Geometry.

### January 2001

Professor Eduardo Cattani spent the 7-week period February 1 ñ March 20, 2011 at the Institut Mittag-Leffler as an invited participant in the program ìAlgebraic Geometry with a View to Applications.î

The following information is available on the Instituteís website. Institut Mittag-Leffler is an international center for research and postdoctoral training in the mathematical sciences. It was founded in 1916 by Professor Gˆsta Mittag-Leffler and his wife Signe, who donated their magnificent villa with its first-class library for the purpose of creating the Institute that bears their name. The Institute, the oldest mathematics research institute in the world, operates under the auspices of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences but enjoys great autonomy. The research programs offer mathematicians the opportunity to spend a period of time at the Institute doing research under optimal circumstances, in the company of and in collaboration with the internationally leading scientists in their respective fields. A special subject area within the mathematical sciences, pure or applied, is chosen for each semester or full year. The internationally most prominent mathematicians in that area are invited along with Swedish and Nordic researchers. Postdoctoral grants are offered to junior participants. The principal aim is to promote substantial progress in mathematical research via informal interaction between experts and newcomers in the chosen field. This is achieved primarily by just bringing them together under optimal conditions. Projects and collaborations are begun that may mature into fruitful research years later. The experience of conducting research at the Institute has been of pivotal importance for the postdoctoral training and development of many young mathematicians.

Professor Rob Kusner will lead a HYPERLINK "http://www.crm.sns.it/event/222/index.html" l "title" workshop on geometric knots at the Centro di Ricerca Matematica Ennio de Giorgi in Pisa this June. He has also been invited to organize (with three physics colleagues) a summer school on knotted fields and materials at the Santa Barbara campus of the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics during June and July 2012.

Professor Michael Lavine gave a webinar on Data Visualization with R for NITLE, the National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education. There were three sessions on February 2, 9, and 23, 2011. On February 23 Michael also gave a talk titled ìWhat Is Bayesian Statistics and Why Everything Else Is Wrongî at the Mount Holyoke Math Club.

On February 23, 2011 Professor Andrea Nahmod gave a talk at the Analysis Seminar at Brown University titled ìPeriodic Derivative NLS: Almost Sure Global Existence and Invariance of its Weighted Wiener Measure.î

On March 8, 2011 Professor Franz Pedit gave a talk in the Geometry Seminar at the University of California, Irvine titled ìSurfaces of Constant Mean Curvature: Theory and Experiment.