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OUTLOOK @MSRI, February/March 2014

OUTLOOK FROM MSRI: February/March 2014

For information on submitting proposals to MSRI, to apply for program memberships or workshops, the 2014 Summer Graduate Schools, and many other areas, please see www.msri.org. Videos of many lectures at MSRI can be found on VMath.  For information on Math Circles, see www.mathcircles.org and http://www.msri.org/web/msri/education/for-k-12-educators/math-circles. For information on exhibits and activities at the Lawrence Hall of Science, see http://lawrencehallofscience.org/visit. Information about upcoming Julia Robinson Mathematics Festivals can be found here: http://juliarobinsonmathfestival.org/


1.  February and March 2014 Workshops

2.  “Not on the Test” MSRI-BCC Lecture Series

3.  Math Outreach and Education Events

4.  Math Night at PlayGround 

5.  Programs in 2014–16

6.  How to donate to MSRI

7.  Emissary newsletter

8.  Math & Public Announcement subscriptions



Connections for Women: Model Theory and Its Interactions with Number Theory and Arithmetic Geometry
February 10 – 11, 2104

Hot Topics: Perfectoid Spaces and their Applications
February 17 – 21, 2104



The Not on the Test: The Pleasures and Uses of Mathematics lecture series, presents a talk on “Music, Computing, People” by Stanford University Professor Ge Wang on Wednesday, February 12, 7:00–8:15 pm (see http://tinyurl.com/GeWang), which is co-sponsored by MSRI, Berkeley City College (BCC), and the Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing.  The six-part lecture series (see www.msri.org/events/nott) will be held in BCC’s Auditorium at 2050 Center Street in Berkeley.  Please RSVP to obtain a ticket that is required for admission: go to http://gewang.bpt.me.  

A talk by Dr. Eugenie Scott, executive director of the National Center for Science Education, on “Science Denialism” will take place on Wednesday, March 12, 7:00–8:15 pm (see ), at the Berkeley City College Auditorium at 2050 Center St.  Dr. Scott will examine the controversies that have arisen around evolution and global warming.  Please RSVP to obtain a ticket that is required for admission, see http://tinyurl.com/EugenieScott

The Not on the Test lecture series is funded through the generous support of the Simons Foundation.



MSRI and the California Academy of Sciences invite you to join us on Thursday, February 20, 2014 for a celebration of "Universal Rhythm" as part of the California Academy of Sciences weekly “Nightlife” series for a 21+ crowd.  Go to http://www.calacademy.org/events/nightlife/

The 11th annual Critical Issues in Mathematics Education (CIME) Workshop will be held at MSRI March 26 - 28, 2014 and will address the topic “The roles of mathematics departments and mathematicians in the mathematical preparation of teachers.”  The workshop is being organized by Deborah Ball, Solomon Friedberg, Jim Lewis (lead organizer), Despina Stylianou, Peter Trapa, Hung-Hsi Wu, and Darryl Yong. More information can be found at http://www.msri.org/workshops/732

MathematiComics: Calling all young New York artists, ages 8 to 14!  Come play inside the strange and unexpected world of math in art!  Internationally known comics artist Marek Bennett will teach children mathematical patterns and tricks to create original mini-comics.  The workshop will take place on Sunday, April 6 from 2:00 to 4:30 pm at the National Museum of Mathematics (MoMath).  No comics experience necessary—if you can draw a circle, two points, and a line segment, you’ve got yourself an original character!  All supplies provided.  Families welcome but space is limited, so register at mathematicomics.momath.org.

MSRI now supports Numberphile, a YouTube channel with almost 800,000 subscribers.  See: http://www.youtube.com/numberphile



Those in the Bay Area will not want to miss the 8 pm show at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre on Monday, February 17, where the work of Yitang Zhang, the Polymath Project and James Maynard, and others will be featured in six 10-minute plays about recent breakthroughs related to the twin primes conjecture; see http://playground-sf.org/monday and http://playground-sf.org/topic.

There is a pre-show discussion at 7:10 pm, with MSRI’s director, David Eisenbud, mathematics documentary filmmaker George Paul Csicsery, mathematics and science journalist Erica Klarreich, and PlayGround playwrights.  Tickets online or at the door for $15/$20 (priority seating).


5.  PROGRAMS, 2014–16

For descriptions of our current and future semester- and year-long Scientific Programs, please visit https://www.msri.org/web/msri/scientific/programs



ARCHIMEDES SOCIETY: Annual Fund gifts are recognized through membership in the Archimedes Society.  Archimedes Society members enjoy reserved seating for public events and are invited to special receptions.  Annual Fund gifts support all of MSRI’s activities, including scientific research, K–12 education, and community outreach. Over 3,500 young people participate in our education programs each year and countless others attend our public programs.  For more information and to join the Archimedes Society, please go to http://www.msri.org/web/msri/support-msri/individual-donations/archimedes-society

MUSEION: Your generous gift of $5,041 or more is recognized by an invitation to MSRI’s Museion dinner and lecture series.  At Museion, an elegant dinner complements a lecture by an acclaimed expert in the mathematical sciences.  Attendees have a unique opportunity to get to know the speakers during the discussion following the lecture.  For more information about Museion, please visit http://www.msri.org/web/msri/pages/23.

GAUSS SOCIETY: The Gauss Society honors donors who have chosen to designate MSRI in their Will or Living Trust. Income from contributed endowments will help support MSRI's scientific programs in perpetuity.  Professor Douglas Lind chairs the Gauss Society and hosts an annual gathering each January to recognize its members. For more information, please visit http://www.msri.org/web/msri/static-pages/-/node/235.

CORPORATE PARTNERS PROGRAM: MSRI is grateful to those corporations that have supported our education and scientific programs.  Corporate Partners members enjoy a variety of benefits including invitations to special events and listing in MSRI publications.  For more information about the Corporate Partners program, please visit http://www.msri.org/web/msri/support-msri/corporate-sponsors/becoming-a-corporate-sponsor.

For all questions regarding our donation programs, please contact, Heike Friedman, Director of Development, phone: 510.643.6056, email: hfriedman_at_msri.org



Read the Fall 2013 issue of MSRI’s newsletter, the EMISSARY, which can be downloaded. To get your e-copy, go to http://www.msri.org/attachments/media/news/emissary/EmissaryFall2013.pdf



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