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Fall 2013 Samuel Eilenberg Lecture Series by Prof. Joe Harris

Prof. Joe Harris (Harvard University) will give a weekly lecture every Friday during the Fall 2013 semester for the Samuel Eilenberg Lecture Series. The lectures begin on Friday, September 6, 2013.

Title: Parameter Spaces in Algebraic Geometry

Abstract: One of the most fundamental aspects of algebraic geometry is the existence of parameter spaces: in other words, the fact that certain classes of objects (for example, curves of given degree and genus in projective space) are themselves naturally parameterized by other varieties and schemes. The presence of these parameter spaces enriches the subject tremendously, both helping us frame questions about varieties and giving us tools to answer them. In this series of talks, we’ll explore this idea, focusing on examples and open problems.

Time: 12pm – 1pm

Venue: Room 312 Math


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Geometric Topology in New York

The GTiNY Conference will be held at Columbia University from Monday, August 12, 2013 through Friday, August 16, 2013.

Mathematics Building, Room 312

Please click HERE for more information regarding the conference.

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Conference in Honor of Duong H. Phong

Analysis, Complex Geometry, and Mathematical Physics: A Conference in Honor of Duong H. Phong

Tuesday, May 7, 2013 – Saturday, May 11, 2013

*Conference Program*


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Dusa McDuff Elected as a Member of the American Philosophical Society

Congratulations to Dusa McDuff for her election as a member of the American Philosophical Society.

The APS promotes useful knowledge in the sciences and humanities through excellence in scholarly research, professional meetings, publications, library resources, and community outreach.

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Herve Jacquet & Duong H. Phong Elected as Members to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Congratulations to Herve Jacquet & Duong H. Phong for their election as members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

The Academy is an international learned society aimed to elect membership to men and women of exceptional achievement drawn from science, scholarship, business, public affairs, and the arts. The Academy also conducts a varied program of projects and studies responsive to the needs and problems of society.

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Spring 2013 Ritt Lectures by Prof. Jonathan Pila

The Spring 2013 Ritt Lectures by Prof. Jonathan Pila will take place on April 29th and April 30th. Prof. Pila (University of Oxford) will deliver a two talk series titled:

“Functional transcendence and atypical intersections”

Abstract:  I will explain the Zilber-Pink conjecture on “unlikely intersections.” This is a far-reaching generalisation of the Manin-Mumford, Mordell-Lang, and Andre-Oort conjectures. I will describe how some problems of this type may be approached with methods involving the model-theoretic notion of “o-minimality” and the crucial role played here and in the provenance of the conjecture by Schanuel’s conjecture on the transcendence properties of the exponential function and its analogues.

Monday, April 29, 2013 from 5:30pm-6:30pm, Room 207 Math
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 from 4:30pm-5:30pm, Room 520 Math

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2013 Kolchin Lecture with Prof. Burt Totaro

The spring 2013 iteration of the Ellis R. Kolchin Memorial Lecture will be delivered by Prof. Burt Totaro (UCLA)on Monday, April 15th, 2013. Prof. Totaro will give the following lecture:

The Hodge Conjecture: History and Recent Progress

Abstract: A basic issue in algebraic geometry is the relation between continuous functions (topology) and polynomial functions over the complex numbers (algebraic geometry). The Hodge conjecture is a major problem about this relation: roughly, when can an even-dimensional real submanifold of a complex algebraic manifold be moved continuously to a complex algebraic submanifold? We discuss the history and some recent advances, notably on the integral Hodge conjecture in dimension 3.

Monday, April 15, 2013 at 4:15pm
Room 207 Mathematics
2990 Broadway at 117th Street

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Wei Zhang wins 2013 Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellowship

Congratulations to Wei Zhang for being one of the recipients of the 2013 Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellowship.

The Sloan Foundation recognizes the achievements of outstanding scholars in original research and education related to science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and economics.

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Rachel Ollivier Awarded Prestigious Grant

Congratulations to Rachel Ollivier for being awarded a prestigious grant under the Provost’s Junior Faculty Diversity Program.

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Ovidiu Savin awarded The Distinguished Columbia Faculty Award

Congratulations to Ovidiu Savin for winning this year’s Distinguished Columbia Faculty Award. This award recognizes the excellence of faculty as scholars, participating members of our academic community, and teachers and mentors of undergraduate and graduate students. (The Arts and Sciences has been able to establish The Distinguished Columbia Faculty Award through the generosity of University Trustee Gerry Lenfest.)

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