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Monday, April 16
Topology Seminar
Vinh Dang (Lone Star College)
Compression bodies and their boundary hyperbolic structures
4:00 pm, HBH 427

Tuesday, April 17
Jen Berg (Rice)
Odd order transcendental obstructions to the Hasse principle on general K3 surfaces
4:00 pm, HBH 227

Wednesday, April 18
No Events or Seminars scheduled today.

Thursday, April 19
Current Mathematics Seminar
Austen James (Rice)
Infinite Galois Theory
2:30 pm, HBH 227

Current Mathematics Seminar
Leo DiGiosia (Rice)
Old and New Problems in Isoperimetry
3:00 pm, HBH 227

Steven Kerckhoff (Stanford University)
Rigidity and flexibility for geometric 3-manifolds
4:00 pm, HBH 227

Friday, April 20
No Events or Seminars scheduled today.

Special Events

Thin groups in Number Theory, Geometry and Topology, May 14-18, 2018. Conference information can be found here.

Rice University Math Circle will not be offered for the Spring 2018 semester. Please check the website for updates about the program.

Department News

Tom VandenBoom wins Audience Choice Award

Representing our department in the Wiess School Homecoming presentations on Friday November 10, Tom VandenBoom was awarded the "Audience Choice Award" for favorite and most compelling talk by a young researcher, receiving the most votes from the audience who heard all the five-minute presentations. Even with strong research as a subject matter, a five minute mathematics presentation is a uniquely difficult challenge, so Tom's victory in an audience-approval competition is all the more impressive. Congratulations, Tom!

Tom VandenBoom

Department adds 2 new faculty members

We have added to our senior faculty when Alan Reid came onboard as the Edgar Odell Lovett Professor of Mathematics. His research interests include hyperbolic manifolds, discrete groups, low dimensional topology with a particular interest in connections to number theory and moduli spaces. Professor Reid had previously been at the University of Texas at Austin.

Gregory Chambers joined the department as our newest Assistant Professor. He received his PhD in 2014 from the University of Toronto under Alexander Nabutovsky and Regina Rotman and was an L. E. Dickson Instructor at the University of Chicago from 2014 - 2017. His interests include metric geometry, geometric analysis and discrete and combinatorial geometry.

2017 Evans Instructors

We hired 3 new G.C. Evans Instructors this Fall:

Gökalp Alpan, a graduate of Bilkent University in Turkey. His research includes orthogonal polynomials, potential theory, fractal geometry, and complex dynamics.

Siran Li, a graduate of the University of Oxford. His research interests include analysis and PDE, differential geometry, and fluid mechanics.

Selim Sukhtaiev, a graduate of the University of Missouri and whose research includes mathematical physics, partial differential equations, spectral theory, and infinite dimensional dynamical systems.

Kiselev and Reid to give invited addresses at ICM 2018

Alexander Kiselev, Edgar Odell Lovett Professor of Mathematics, and Alan Reid, the incoming Edgar Odell Lovett Professor of Mathematicss, have been invited to give 45 minute invited addresses at the International Congress of Mathematicians, which will take place in August 2018 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Kiselev will speak in the Partial Differential Equations section and Reid will speak in the Topology section. Invitations to speak at an ICM are among the highest honors in mathematics. Congratulations to both!