Past Seminars- Conference

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  • Professor Edward Bierstone
    Fri May 13, 2011
    4:00 pm
    The talk will be in the general area of birational geometry. Can we find singular representatives of birational equivalence classes of algebraic varieties, with the simplest possible singularities? In particular, can we find the smallest class of singularities that necessarily persist after birational mappings that preserve smooth points and...
  • Research Professor Bob Palais
    Fri May 13, 2011
    2:30 pm
    Many branches of mathematics are used to develop algorithms for modern molecular medicine and visualization of its data. I will discuss some examples, including high-resolution DNA melting analysis to determine transplant compatibility, and identifying genes associated with tumor progression that led to a therapy. I will also describe some...
  • Leslie Lamport
    Fri May 13, 2011
    1:00 pm
    Mathematicians have made a lot of progress in the last 350 years, but not in writing proofs. The proofs they write today are just like the ones written by Newton. In a talk presented at a workshop celebrating Dick Palais' 60th birthday, I explained how to do better. This is a new version of that talk, reflecting 20 more years of experience writing...
  • Professor Hermann Karcher
    Fri May 13, 2011
    10:30 am
    I will show, and comment on, visualizations from the program 3D-XplorMath that are illuminating, entertaining (or both).
  • Fri May 13, 2011
    9:00 am
    Geometry and Its Applications, Conference in Honor of Richard Palais on his 80th Birthday
  • Professor Moe Hirsch
    Fri May 13, 2011
    9:00 am
    Given a Lie group G with Lie algebra g, and a manifold M^n of dimension n >0, what invariants determine whether there is an effective action A of G, or g, on M^n? If A exists what can be said about fixed points? Can A be analytic? If not, what can be said about its kernel? Typical results: 1. The identity component of the group of upper...
  • Associate Director and Chief Informatics Officer Jill Mesirov
    Thu May 12, 2011
    4:00 pm
    The sequencing of the human genome and the development of new methods for acquiring biological data have changed the face of biomedical research. The use of mathematical and computational approaches is taking advantage of the availability of these data to develop new methods with the promise of improved understanding and treatment of disease. I...