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Faculty News Briefs

November 2017

On 6 October, Visiting Assistant Professor Stathis Charalampidis talked about "Nonlinear waves in Granular Crystals” at the William E. Boeing Department of Aeronautics & Astronautics of the University of Washington in Seattle.

During the week of 9-14 October , the first ever Student Competition Using Differential Equations Modeling (SCUDEM) event was held. UMass Amherst undergraduates Jonah Chaban, Artem Vysogorets, and Jimmy Hwang worked together as a team, and they produced the top-scoring project among the seven competing teams. On the first morning, all teams received access to three different modeling scenario prompts, and chose which to work on. Meeting throughout the week outside of class time, they devised a model, analyzed its behavior, determined parameters from real-world data, and wrote up their findings. On Saturday, the teams assembled at Mount Saint Mary College in Newburg, NY, where the students were presented with a new twist to their chosen scenario. In the afternoon, all groups presented their work to peers and faculty. Faculty sponsor Matthew Dobson participated in the Saturday event; he and Professor Nathaniel Whitaker also led practice sessions with the students.

On October 19, Professor Rob Kusner lectured about the "Willmore-stability of Minimal Surfaces in Spheres" at the Princeton University Geometric Analysis Seminar.

As a sequel to the ASA’s statement on p-values, Professor Michael Lavine spoke at the ASA’s Symposium on Statistical Inference during 11-13 October. The symposium’s purpose was to foster discussion on specific approaches for improving statistical practice as it intersects with conducting, using and disseminating research in the 21st century. He remains on the editorial board of Ecology, the flagship journal of the Ecological Society of America.

VAP Jacob Matherne and Professor Tom Braden visited MSRI the week of 9-13 October for a workshop Geometric and Topological Combinatorics: Modern Techniques and Methods.

Professor Bill Meeks was invited to be a senior participant in the Institute for Advanced Study's special program Variational Methods in Geometry during the fall of 2018.

Professor Franz Pedit was a keynote speaker at the Discrete Geometry and Dynamics Conference held at the Akademiezentrum of the Technical University Munich in the Raitenhaslach Monastery during 4-6 October. He talked on "Conformal flows minimizing the bending energy for curves and surfaces" and also reports windy weather in Germany.

Marshall H. Stone VAP Luca Schaffer lectured at SUNY Stony Brook about "The KSBA compactification of the moduli space of $D_{1,6}$-polarized Enriques surfaces" on 4 October.