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Math/Stats/CS Mini-Conference/Reunion, June 8, 2008

20th Anniversary of NSF SMALL Undergraduate Research Project

Math/Stats/CS Mini-Conference/Reunion, June 8, 2008

20th Anniversary of NSF SMALL Undergraduate Research Project

1-2 pm Welcome, introduction, invited speaker, Wege Auditorium

Bethany McLean: "How Math Makes Me a Better Journalist" (half hour)

2:20-4:20 pm Short talks in four parallel sessions, Bronfman 103-106 (see below)

4:45-5:30 pm Invited speaker, Bronfman 106

Michael Hutchings: "How the Double Bubble Conjecture was Proved" (half hour)

5:30-6:30 pm Forum on value and future of SMALL, filling out surveys, Bronfman 106

7 pm Dinner, with some remarks by faculty. Water Street Grill.

Algebra and Analysis, Bronfman 103 (Garrity presiding)

2:20 Mark Rothlisberger: "All About Wronskians"

2:40 Joe Rabinoff: "Another Application of Tropical Geometry to Number Theory"

3:00 Brian Wecht: "String Theory and Non-geometry"

3:20 Andrew Beveridge: "Random Sum Graphs"

3:40 Martin Hildebrand: "On Solving a 20-year-old Question in Probability"

4:00 Brent Yorgey: "Executable Mathematics: a Whirlwind Introduction to Haskell"

Teaching and Applications, Bronfman 104 (Welsh presiding)

2:20 Al Gerra: "Homeschooling A Young Math Talent, Advantages and Disadvantages"

2:40 Ted Welsh: "Teaching from the Brick: Math Lessons in Lego"

3:00 Jason Zimba: "What Math Should All Students Learn in High School?"

3:20 Hank Korth: "Multi-core and Multi-thread Processors"

3:40 Dan Robb: "How does a growing nanoparticle choose its shape?"

4:00 Matthew Hoffman: "Computing Currents: Oceanic Data Assimilation & LETKF"

Geometry, Bronfman 105 (Morgan presiding)

2:20 Joel Foisy: "On Graphs that Have Linkless Embeddings into Real Projective Space"

2:40 David Futer: "The Volume of the Space around a Knot"

3:00 Ivan Corwin: "Double Bubbles in Gauss Space"

3:20 Gary Lawlor: "Metacalibrations"

3:40 Quinn Maurmann: "Asymptotics of Perimeter-Minimizing Partitions"

4:00 Colin Carroll: "An Introduction to Equidistribution"

Groups and Dynamics. Bronfman 106 (Silva presiding)

2:20 Sarah Day: "Dynamical Systems and Computer-Assisted Proofs"

2:40 Alex Levin: "Dynamics of the p-adic Shift and Applications"

3:00 Thomas Koberda: "Dynamics and the geometrization of Haken manifolds"

3:20 Kirsten Wickelgren: "Schemes in Algebraic Geometry"

3:40 Brian Street: "Two-sided Convolution Operators"

4:00 Erich Muehlegger: "Illegal Activity and Regulation in Diesel Fuel Markets”

Sponsored by National Science Foundation, Williams College, & Research Corporation