Student Colloquium, Fall 2008

The student colloquium is held on Tuesdays from 12:00-12:50 PM in AP&M (Applied Physics and Mathematics) B412. Undergraduates interested in receiving credit for attending the colloquium talks may sign up for the one-unit course Math 196 with the P/NP grading option. Graduate students may enroll in Math 296. The list of speakers is given below. If you have questions, please contact Jason Schweinsberg at

September 30: Jason Schweinsberg
Title: An introduction to Mathematical Population Genetics and Coalescent Theory Abstract

October 7: Kate Okikiolu
Title: The art of subtracting infinity

October 14: Jacques Verstraete
Title: Applications of the Combinatorial Nullstellensatz Abstract

October 21: David Meyer
Title: Winning elections with point-set topology Abstract

October 28: Lily Xu
Title: An introduction to Biostatistics Abstract

November 4: Mark Gross
Title: Enumerative geometry Abstract

November 18: Justin Roberts
Title: Low-dimensional manifolds Abstract

November 25: Jiawang Nie
Title: Hilbert's 17th Problem and Global Optimization Abstract

December 2: Cristian Popescu
Title: The prime numbers Abstract