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## Department News

## Faculty News Briefs

### March 2016

On March 8, 2016 Visiting Assistant Professor Stathis Charalampidis gave an invited talk at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, ME with the title “Dark-Bright Solitons and Their Two-Dimensional Counterparts in Coupled Nonlinear Schrödinger (NLS) Systems”.

During February and March 2016 Professor Krista J Gile gave departmental seminars at the University of Wisconsin in Madison (February 17), Yale University (March 1), and McGill University (March 15). She also gave a slam talk and poster at the UMass Computational Social Science Institute CSS and Health Mixer on March 25.

During March 2016 Professor Nestor Guillen visited the University of Wisconsin and Michigan State University, both to conduct research and to speak in the Geometric PDE Seminar (Wisconsin) and the Analysis and PDE seminar (MSU). At both universities he gave a talk titled “Min-Max Formulas for Integro-Differential Equations and Applications”.

On March 12, 2016 Visiting Assistant Professor Robin Koytcheff gave a talk titled “Homotopy String Links, Configuration Spaces, and the Kappa Invariant” at the 50th Spring Topology and Dynamics Conference at Baylor University in Waco, TX.

On March 3, 2016 Professor Michael Lavine delivered the talk titled “WHIM: Function Approximation Where It Matters” at North Carolina State University.

Professor Yao Li gave the following talks during February and March 2016: (1) “Systematic Seasures of ODE-Modeled Complex Networks”, MBI Emphasis Workshop: Interplay of Stochastic and Deterministic Dynamics in Networks, Ohio State University, February 23 (invited talk); (2) “Nonequilibrium Steady-States for Some Interacting Particle Systems”, Probability Seminar, Brown University, March 15 (invited talk); (3) “Polynomial Convergence to Nonequilibrium Steady-States”, Seminar on Stochastic Processes 2016, University of Maryland, March 18 (short talk). The following paper co-written by Yao was also published: "Local Thermal Equilibrium for Certain Stochastic Models of Heat Transport" (with Peter Nandori and Lai-Sang Young), Journal of Statistical Physics, April 2016, Volume 163, Issue 1, pages 61-91.

On March 17, 2016 Professor Jenia Tevelev delivered a talk titled “The Craighero-Gattazzo Surface is Simply-Connected” in the Séminaire de géométrie algébrique de Jussieu in Paris <https://www.imj-prg.fr/tga/sem-ga/archives.html>.

During the period March 14-20, 2016 Visiting Assistant Professor Yaping Yang visited the Perimeter Institute forTheoretical Physics in Waterloo, Canada.

During the period February 28 - April 30, 2016 Professor HongKun Zhang was a Visiting Professor at Warshington University in St. Louis. She gave an invited talk titled “Diffusion Billiard Models” in the Geometry Seminar.

On March 3, 2016 Visiting Assistant Professor Gufang Zhao visited the State University of New York in Albany, where he gave a talk in the Algebra and Topology Seminar titled “Quiver Varieties and Elliptic Quantum Groups.” During the period March 14-20, 2016, Visiting Assistant Professor Gufang Zhao visited the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in Waterloo, Canada. On March 17 he gave a 90-minute talk in the Mathematical Physics Seminar titled “Quiver Varieties and Elliptic Quantum Groups”.