Colloquium, Rice University Math Department

Most talks are Thursdays at 4:00 in Herman Brown 227

## Fall 2011

Date |
Speaker |
Title |
Host |

August 25 | Ciprian Manolescu (UCLA - Math) | Combinatorial Heegaard Floer theory | Heck |

September 1 | Brian Lehmann (Rice University - Math) | Algebraic bounds on analytic multiplier ideals | Varilly-Alvarado, Hassett |

September 8 | Moshe Vardi (Rice University - CS) | P vs NP | Hardt, Hassett, Wolf |

September 15 | Alexander Kiselev (U. of Wisconsin - Madison) | Nonlocal maximum principles for active scalars | Damanik |

September 22 | Lewis Bowen (Texas A&M) | Entropy in measurable dynamics | Damjanovic, Varilly-Alvarado |

September 29 | Igor Mineyev (UIUC) | An introduction to the Hanna Neumann Conjecture | Heck, Putman |

October 6 | |||

October 13 | Jinho Baik (University of Michigan) | Last passage percolation and random matrix theory | Mkrtchyan, Belov |

October 20 | Yaroslav Vorobets (Texas A&M) | Commutator group of the group of interval exchange transformations | Boshernitzan |

October 27 | Daniel Allcock (UT Austin) | Arithmetic aspects of infinite-dimensional groups | Varilly-Alvarado |

November 3 | Alexander Soshnikov (UC Davis) | On fluctuation of the outliers in the spectrum of finite-rank deformations of large random matrices | Mkrtchyan |

November 10 | Kasra Rafi (University of Oklahoma) | Counting closed loops in a stratum of quadratic differentials | Wolf, Mkrtchyan |

November 17 | Mark Feighn (Rutgers) | Folding: a tour through some geometric group theory | Heck, Putman |

December 1 | Kent Orr (Indiana) | Knots and their manifold stories | Heck, Cochran |

## Spring 2012

Date |
Speaker |
Title |
Host |

January 12 | |||

January 19 | Andrew Putman (Rice University) | Representation stability and congruence subgroups | Lukic |

January 26 | Robert Seiringer (McGill University) | Hot Topics in Cold Gases - a Mathematical Physics Perspective | Damanik |

February 2 | Richard Tapia (Rice University -- CAAM) | Math at Top Speeds: Establishing and Breaking Myths in the Drag Racing Folklore | Hassett |

February 9 | Luis Caffarelli (UT Austin) | Non linear equations involving integral diffusions | Hardt |

February 16 | Anatole Katok (Penn State) | Actions of higher rank abelian groups: from measure rigidity to arithmeticity to topology | Damjanovic, Lukic |

February 23 | Felipe Voloch (UT Austin) | Local-Global principles for integral points on curves | Varilly-Alvarado |

March 1 | Spring Break | ||

March 8 | Mircea Mustata (University of Michigan) ) | Invariants of singularities in zero and positive characteristic | Varilly-Alvarado, Hassett |

March 15 | Lawrence Ein (University of Illinois at Chicago) | Syzygies of algebraic varieties | Varilly-Alvarado, Hassett |

March 22 | Midterm Recess | ||

March 29 | |||

April 5 | Misha Kapovich (UC Davis) | Polyhedral complexes and topology of projective varieties | Heck, Harvey |

April 12 | Akshay Venkatesh (Stanford University) | Wolfe Lecture |
Damanik |

April 19 | Vladimir Pestov (University of Ottawa) | Infinite dimensional groups versus locally compact groups: some recent trends | Lukic, Veech |