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MSRI's 25th Anniversary Celebration January 26, 2008 - January 30, 2008
Registration Deadline: January 21, 2008 over 9 years ago
To apply for Funding you must register by: October 26, 2007 over 9 years ago
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Organizers Alejandro Adem, Isadore Singer, and Robert Bryant.

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msri logo 25th anniversary jan 26 to 30 2008

MSRI started in dreams of a new center for research in the mathematical sciences on the west coast more than twenty-five years ago, and held its first scientific programs in 1982. Formed by Shiing-Shen Chern (the first Director) with Calvin Moore and Isadore Singer in response to a National Science Foundation Request for Proposals, the fledgling institute quickly established itself with science and scientists of the highest quality. Conceived from the first as a community-sponsored organization, a consortium originally of 9 universities, it grew and expanded very rapidly into the internationally recognized center that it is today. In the course of time the mission of the Institute has evolved and expanded to support mathematical research through a broad range of activities, not only for the top active researchers but also for students, the researchers of the future, and for the public. We hope that you will join us for the Anniversary celebration at the end of January 2008. As befitting the broad mission of the Institute these will include not only mathematical exposition by some of the leaders who have been and are about to be involved with MSRI programs, but also an opening program of mathematics and music and some panels to reflect on the most important directions for future development. The richness of the formal program is presented below. But we also look forward just as much to the multitude of conversations that accompany MSRI activities, that make it possible for people from many backgrounds to participate, and that make the Institute such a fertile ground for intellectual work. In addition to the events on Jan. 27 - Jan. 30, there will also be an event on Saturday Jan. 26. For more information, please visit:

Christopher Taylor in conversation with David Benson and Robert Osserman


Join us on Tuesday January 29 for a Banquet at Hs Lordship's Restaurant in Berkely at 6pm. Reservations for this banquet are $65 per person.


A block of rooms has been reserved at the Rose Garden Inn. Reservations may be made by calling 1-800-992-9005 OR directly on their website. Click on Corporate at the bottom of the screen and when prompted enter code MATH (this code is not case sensitive). By using this code a new calendar will appear and will show MSRI rate on all room types available. The following Group Code should be entered in the "Comment" field when booking through our Website. Group Code = MSRI 25th Anniv. The cut-off date for reservations is January 4, 2008. A block of rooms has been reserved at the Hotel Durant. Please mention the workshop name and reference the following code when making reservations via phone, fax or e-mail: EU0000. The cut-off date for reservations is December 27, 2007.

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To apply for funding, you must register by the funding application deadline displayed above.

Students, recent Ph.D.'s, women, and members of underrepresented minorities are particularly encouraged to apply. Funding awards are typically made 6 weeks before the workshop begins. Requests received after the funding deadline are considered only if additional funds become available.

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A block of rooms has been reserved at the Hotel Durant. Reservations may be made by calling 1-800-238-7268. When making reservations, guests must request the MSRI preferred rate. If you are making your reservations on line, please go to this link and enter the promo/corporate code MSRI123. Our preferred rate is $129 per night for a Deluxe Queen/King, based on availability.

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Jan 27, 2008
08:30 AM - 09:30 AM
Persi Diaconis (Stanford University)
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  Counting curves in 3-folds
Andrei Okounkov (Columbia University)
02:00 PM - 03:00 PM
  Murphy's Law in algebraic geometry: Badly-behaved moduli spaces
Ravi Vakil (Stanford University)
03:30 PM - 04:30 PM
  Remarks on Chern-Simons theory
Dan Freed (University of Texas)
Jan 28, 2008
09:30 AM - 10:30 AM
  Beyond Fourier Analysis
Bryna Kra (Northwestern University)
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  Sensor Imaging
George Papanicolaou (Stanford University)
01:30 PM - 02:30 PM
  Heegaard Floer homology and knots
Peter Ozsváth (Princeton University)
02:30 PM - 03:30 PM
  Topology and Data
Gunnar Carlsson (Stanford University)
04:00 PM - 06:00 PM
  Education Panel
Deborah Ball (University of Michigan), Herb Clemens (University of Utah), Ricardo Cortez (Tulane University), Hugo Rossi (University of Utah), Hung-Hsi Wu (University of California, Berkeley)
Jan 29, 2008
09:30 AM - 10:30 AM
  Class groups and Galois representations
Kenneth Ribet (University of California, Berkeley)
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  Configuration and Moduli Spaces
Richard Melrose (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
01:30 PM - 02:30 PM
  Whitney's extension problem and interpolation of functions
Charles Fefferman (Princeton University)
02:30 PM - 03:30 PM
  Mathematics of Climate Change
Inez Fung (University of California, Berkeley)
04:00 PM - 06:00 PM
  Panel Discussion MSRI: Past, Present, and Future
Alejandro Adem (University of British Columbia), Lenore Blum (Carnegie Mellon University), Robert Bryant (Duke University), Tony Chan (University of California, Los Angeles), David Eisenbud (MSRI - Mathematical Sciences Research Institute), Calvin Moore (University of California, Berkeley), Alvin Thaler (Hunter College, CUNY)
Jan 30, 2008
09:30 AM - 10:30 AM
  MSRI and interactions between operator algebras, physics and low dimensional topology
Vaughan Jones (Vanderbilt University)
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  Dirichlet Duality and the Nonlinear Dirichlet Problem
H. Blaine Lawson (State University of New York, Stony Brook)
01:30 PM - 02:30 PM
  Pair-of-pants decompositions
Paul Seidel (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
02:30 PM - 03:30 PM
  Topological Field Theories
Michael Hopkins (Harvard University)