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### September 2015

On September 4, 2015 Senior Lecturer Adena Calden facilitated two discussion panels for new graduate students at UMass Amherst on "Leading Effective Discussions."

Panos Kevrekidis had a very busy summer of 2015. He was the principal organizer, together with Lora Billings of Montclair State University, of the SIAM biennial meeting on Applications of Dynamical Systems. The meeting hosted approximately 900 participants and took place in Snowbird, Utah. Right after that meeting, Panos hosted another meeting, together with Avadh Saxena of Los Alamos and Fred Cooper of the Santa Fe Institute, at the historic La Fonda hotel in Santa Fe and at the Santa Fe Institute for about 50 participants on "Emergent Paradigms of Nonlinear Complexity" in early June. Finally, the third conference organized by Panos during 2015 took place in early September at Princeton University on "Waves, Spectral Theory and Applications." The latter was a 50-participant workshop that Panos co-organized with Roy Goodman of NJIT, Eduard Kirr of UIUC, and Jeremy Marzuola of UNC under the auspices of the National Science Foundation and in honor of the 60th birthday of Michael Weinstein of Columbia University. During this interval of time, Panos also delivered invited lectures at a minisymposium during the Snowbird meeting, in Halifax CA, in a workshop on pattern formation organized at Dalhousie University by Theo Kolokolnikov, and at the Center for Nonlinear Studies of the Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Professor Rob Kusner was a keynote speaker at the "Shape Up" conference on mathematics and materials in Berlin during the week of September 14-18, 2015. He spoke on "The Willmore, Canham and Helfrich Problems."

On September 18, 2015 Professor Michael Lavine gave a talk in the Department of Statistics at Duke University titled "Approximately Exact Calculations for Linear Mixed Models." On September 25 he gave a talk in the Department of Statistics at North Carolina State University titled "On Likelihood." During the period August 3 - September 4 he attended a workshop on Forensic Statistics. His paper titled "Approximately Exact Calculations for Linear Mixed Models" and cowritten with Bray and Hodges was accepted for publication by *Electronic Journal of Statistics*.

Professor Ivan Mirkovic received a Simons Fellowship, which allowed him to extend his sabbatical semester to the full academic year 2014-2015. He gave invited talks at conferences at MSRI (December 2014), in Paris (January 2015), in Marseille (March 2015), in Dubrovnik, Croatia (June 2015), and in Banff, Canada (August 2015). He also attended a workshop in Banff on Conformal Field Theory in 6 dimensions. During the fall semester of 2014 he was a Simons Professor and Eisenbud Professor in the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute in Berkeley, CA. He visited the University of Chicago for a month and gave a series of four talks in the Drinfeld seminar. He also visited Université Blaise Pascal in Clermont-Ferrand, France for a month.

On September 12, 2015 Professor Jenia Tevelev gave a talk titled "The Craighero-Gattazzo Surface Is Simply-Connected" at the AGNUBC (BC-Northeastern Algebraic Geometry Conference) at Northeastern University in Boston, MA.