Applied math seminar: Shilpa Khatri (UC Merced) @ Keller 303
Mar 6 @ 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Title: Fluid dynamics within symbiotic systems

Abstract: To understand the fluid dynamics of marine symbiotic systems, systems composed of multiple organisms, fluid-structure interaction problems must be solved. Challenges exist in developing numerical methods to solve these flow problems with boundary conditions at fluid-structure interfaces. We are studying the impact of fluid flow on symbiotic systems within two different biological systems. (1) Pulsing soft corals, Xeniidae corals, that have internal algal endosymbionts, zooxanthellae, which provide them with much of their energy and (2) the bobtail squid, Euprymna scolopes, that depend on the luminous bacteria, Vibrio fischeri, to protect them from predators through counterillumination. Both of these problems are motivated by field and experimental work in the marine sciences. I will discuss these related data, mathematical models and numerical methods developed to study these problems and provide comparisons with the modeling.

Colloquium talk. @ Keller 303
Apr 5 @ 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Speaker: Dr. Kamuela Yong, UH West Oahu.

3:30-4:30PM, Keller 303.

Title: When Mathematicians Don’t Count

Abstract: A systemic issue of Indigenous invisibility within the mathematical community persists, rooted in practices that obscure Indigenous individuals in demographic data. Whether through aggregation with broader groups, categorization as “other,” or complete omission due to identifiability concerns, they remain statistically invisible. This not only impedes accurate representation but also perpetuates the false narrative that mathematics is devoid of Indigenous presence.

Simultaneously, Indigenous voices remain critically absent within educational spaces.

In this talk, I will not only address these challenges but also share our ongoing efforts to build a thriving community of Indigenous mathematicians. Furthermore, I will discuss my personal journey in transforming my curriculum, infusing it with examples of ancestral knowledge and Indigenous perspectives integrated into mathematical concepts.

By shedding light on these issues and offering actionable strategies for change, this presentation seeks to inspire hope and promote a more inclusive and welcoming environment for Indigenous individuals within the mathematical community.

Benson Farb public lecture
Apr 23 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Benson Farb colloquium
Apr 25 @ 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Benson Farb seminar
Apr 26 @ 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Lynette Agcaoili MA presentation
Apr 30 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Lynette Agcaoili’s MA presentation is scheduled for April 30, 2024.  Everyone is welcome and graduate students are especially encouraged to attend.

Tuesday, April 30, 2024, 3:00 – 5:00 pm, Keller 404

Title:  An Introduction to Inverse Limits

Abstract:  The goal of this presentation is to give an introduction to inverse limits in a way that is (hopefully) accessible to advanced undergraduates/incoming graduate students. We will, of course, define what inverse limits are, and then construct injective resolutions for both abelian groups and inverse systems. We will then talk about flasque resolutions and some properties of flasque to construct a short exact sequence of inverse systems. Finally we will give explicit constructions of the inverse limit of a system and its first derived functor (i.e. varprojlim_{leftarrow}^(1) A_i), and show that if our indexing set is the natural numbers, then the second derived functor and higher are all 0 (i.e. varprojlim_{leftarrow}^(n) A_i = 0 for any n>1).

Last day of instruction
May 1 all-day
Colloquium talk
May 17 @ 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Speaker: Rostislav GrigorchukDistinguished prof. of Mathematics at Texas A&M.
Title: Fractal, liftable and  scale groups.
Abstract:  Scale  groups  are  closed subgroups of the group of isometries of a regular tree that fix an end of the tree and are vertex-transitive.  They  play  an  important  role  in the study  of  locally  compact  totally  disconnected  groups as  was  recently observed  by  P-E.Caprace and  G.Willis.  In  the  past  they  were  studied   in  the  context  of abstract  harmonic  analysis,  random  walks   and  amenability. It  is a  miracle  that  they  are  closely  related  to  fractal    groups,  a  special  subclass  of  self-similar  groups.
In my  talk  I  will discuss  two ways  of  building  scale  groups.  One  is  based  on  the  use  of  scale-invariant  groups studied  by  V.Nekrashevych  and  G.Pete,  and  a second is  based  on  the  use  of  liftable  fractal groups.  The  examples  based on both  approaches  will  be  demonstrated  using  such groups  as  Lamplighter, Basilica,  Hanoi Tower Group, Group  of  Intermediate  Growth (between  polynomial  and  exponential) constructed  by the speaker  in  1980,  and  GGS-groups. Additionally,  the group  of  isometries  of  the  ring  of  integer  p-adics  and group of  dilations  of  the  field  of  p-adics  will  be  mentioned  in  the  relation  with the  discussed  topics.