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  1. Women in Topology

    Organizers: Maria Basterra (University of New Hampshire), Kristine Bauer (University of Calgary), LEAD Kathryn Hess (École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)), Brenda Johnson (Union College--Union University)

    The Women in Topology (WIT) network is an international group of female mathematicians interested in homotopy theory whose main goal is to increase the retention of women in the field by providing both unique collaborative research opportunities and mentorship between colleagues.  The MSRI WIT meeting will be organized as an afternoon of short talks from participants, followed by two days of open problem seminars and working groups designed to stimulate new collaborations, as well as to strengthen those already ongoing among the participants.


    Updated on Dec 11, 2017 10:39 AM PST
  2. Career in Academia

    Organizers: Hélène Barcelo (MSRI - Mathematical Sciences Research Institute), Estelle Basor (AIM - American Institute of Mathematics), David Farmer (AIM - American Institute of Mathematics), Sally Koutsoliotas (Bucknell University)

    This workshop will focus on preparing each participant for a successful career as a mathematician at a college or university. Beginning with the hiring process, a thorough discussion of the various elements of the application packet will take place in the context of each participant's materials. Working individually with experienced faculty, participants will review and refine their cover letters, C.V., research, and teaching statements. This will be followed by activities related to the interview. The primary goals of the workshop are to develop an understanding of the hiring process from the institutions' perspective, to refine the application packet, to learn what to expect during the interview process (including the job talk), and to prepare for negotiating salary and start-up packages.

    Additional time will be spent on aspects of the pre-tenure years including the development of a research program, writing grant proposals, and mentoring research students. The three-day workshop will consist of one-on-one work with experienced mentors, small group discussions, critique of written materials, plenary sessions, and time for individual work and consultation.

    Updated on May 06, 2017 01:18 AM PDT
  3. Insect Navigation

    Organizers: Larry Abbott (Columbia University), David Eisenbud (MSRI - Mathematical Sciences Research Institute), Mimi Koehl (University of California, Berkeley)

    A 3-day joint workshop of MSRI and Janelia Research Campus of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute

    Navigation in flies, mosquitos and ants is an interesting scientific problem that has considerable societal importance because of their role as disease vectors. This meeting will address two important aspects of navigation: 1) how are locations and orientations in space computed, represented and used in the insect brain, and 2) how do interactions between an organism and its environment affect its ability to navigate.

    Updated on May 06, 2017 01:18 AM PDT
  4. Bay Area Discrete (BAD) Math Day 32

    Organizers: Federico Ardila (San Francisco State University), Ralucca Gera (Naval Postgraduate School), Elizabeth Gross (San Jose State University), Angela Hicks (Stanford University), Carol Meyers (Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory), Rick Scott (University of Santa Clara), Erik Slivenken (University of California, Davis), Ellen Veomett (Saint Mary's College of California), Yan Zhang (University of California, Berkeley)

    Bay Area Discrete Math Days are one-day meetings aimed at facilitating communication between researchers and graduate students of discrete mathematics around the San Francisco Bay Area.These days happen semi-annually and strive to create an informal atmosphere to talk about discrete mathematics. The term "discrete mathematics" is chosen to include at least the following topics: Algebraic and Enumerative Combinatorics, Discrete Geometry, Graph Theory, Coding and Design Theory, Combinatorial Aspects of Computational Algebra and Geometry, Combinatorial Optimization, Probabilistic Combinatorics, and Combinatorics in Mathematical Physics

    Updated on May 06, 2017 01:18 AM PDT
  5. NSF Day at Pasadena City College

    Organizers: Lisa-Joy Zgorski (National Science Foundation)

    NSF Day at Pasadena City College will discuss funding for researchers at 2- and 4-year institutions. 

    Updated on May 06, 2017 01:18 AM PDT
  6. Modern Math Workshop 2015

    Organizers: LEAD Hélène Barcelo (MSRI - Mathematical Sciences Research Institute), Helen Chamberlin (Ohio State University), Ricardo Cortez (Tulane University), Sujit Ghosh (NC State University), Dagan Karp (Harvey Mudd College), Anne Pfister (MSRI - Mathematical Sciences Research Institute), Christian Ratsch (University of California, Los Angeles; Institute of Pure and Applied Mathematics (IPAM)), Ivelisse M. Rubio (University of Puerto Rico), Mariel Vazquez (University of California, Davis), Talithia Williams (Harvey Mudd College)

    As part of the Mathematical Sciences Collaborative Diversity Initiatives, nine mathematics institutes are pleased to host their annual SACNAS pre-conference event, the 2015 Modern Math Workshop (MMW). The Modern Math Workshop is intended to encourage minority undergraduates to pursue careers in the mathematical sciences and to assist undergraduates, graduate students and recent PhD’s in building their research networks.

    Updated on May 06, 2017 01:18 AM PDT
  7. Theory of Neural Computation

    Organizers: Dmitri Chklovskii (Simons Foundation), David Eisenbud (MSRI - Mathematical Sciences Research Institute), Gary Marcus (New York University), LEAD Bruno Olshausen (University of California, Berkeley), Christos Papadimitriou (University of California, Berkeley), Terrence Sejnowski (Salk Institute for Biological Studies), Fritz Sommer (University of California, Berkeley)

    The theme of this workshop is on bringing theory into the study of neural networks---those in brains and those in machines.  We will soon have the capability to monitor activity and structure in the brain at unprecedented scales, but what will these data tell us?  It is unlikely that we will gain insight without some theoretical framework to guide our thinking of what to look for, and why.  Similarly, neural network models can now perform feats of language translation and pattern recognition far beyond what was possible a few years ago; but they have yet to shed new light on neurobiological mechanisms in part because there is only a limited theory of such computations.

    What are likely candidates for such theories? Do they already exist? And what is needed to more tightly integrate theoretical frameworks with empirical approaches?

    Updated on May 06, 2017 01:18 AM PDT
  8. Elementary Introduction to the Langlands Program, by Edward Frenkel

    Organizers: Edward Frenkel (University of California, Berkeley)

    One of the most fascinating and important developments in mathematics in the last 50 years is the "Langlands Program", a collection of ideas that provides a grand unification of many areas of mathematics. Frenkel's celebrated book "Love and Math", now translated into many languages, provides an extraordinarily accessible overview of the deep mathematics involved. The lectures will be a great opportunity to hear the story of these ideas from a great expositor, and participate in a discussion of them. Covering topics from the basic ideas of symmetries and Fermat's last theorem to the recent works connecting the Langlands Program to dualities in quantum physics, the lectures will be accessible to undergraduate students.

    The video content of this workshop can also be found at the Langlands Program Lectures page

    Updated on May 06, 2017 01:18 AM PDT
  9. Math Circle - Mentorship and Partnership Program

    Organizers: Diana White (University of Colorado, Denver), Brandy Wiegers (Central Washington University)

    The next version of Circle on the Road, the MC-MAP Training Workshops will provide a focused training for Novice Math Circle leaders.  These workshops launch a one-year mentorship and partnership program to support Novice Math Circles through their first few critical years.  

    Updated on May 06, 2017 01:18 AM PDT
  10. Partnerships: a Workshop on Collaborations between the NSF/MPS and Private Foundations

    Organizers: Cynthia Atherton (Heising-Simons Foundation), Paulette Clancy (Cornell University), LEAD David Eisenbud (MSRI - Mathematical Sciences Research Institute), Thomas Everhart (California Institute of Technology), Caty Pilachowski (Indiana University, Bloomington), Robert Shelton (Research Corporation for Science Advancement), Yuri Tschinkel (New York University, Courant Institute)

    The National Science Foundation (NSF) and non-profit organizations each provide critical support to the U.S. basic research enterprise in the mathematical and physical sciences. While the missions of these funders differ, many of their goals align and the grantee communities have significant overlap. With the ultimate aim of helping to advance the scientific frontier in the most effective way, we propose to hold a workshop to examine partnerships between the Directorate of Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MPS) at NSF and non-profit funders in MPS-related disciplines to
    •       understand different models of collaboration (the “how”);
    •       understand different motivations for collaboration (the “why”); and
    •       develop opportunities for future communication and/or collaboration.

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  11. Breaking the Neural Code

    Organizers: Larry Abbott (Columbia University), Ingrid Daubechies (Duke University), Michael Jordan (University of California), LEAD Liam Paninski (Columbia University)

    For decades, neuroscientists have dreamed about the possibility of recording from all the neurons in a brain, or of having access to a complete large brain wiring diagram, or ideally to obtain both of these datasets simultaneously, in the same brain.  Recent technical advances have brought this dream close to reality in some cases.  Now the challenge will be to understand these massive datasets.  A few domains will be particularly relevant:

    • Inferring network structure from noisy and incomplete data
    • Inferring computational input-output function from structure
    • Optimal experimental design (incl. compressive sensing methods) for observation of networks
    • Modeling structured stochastic network dynamics
    • Optimal control of network dynamics
    • Inferring low-dimensional dynamics from high-dimensional observations

    There’s a strong need in neuroscience for deep new ideas from mathematics and statistics, and our hope is that this small, focused workshop without many formal talks will spark collaborations that will lead to breakthroughs in the areas described above.

    This workshop is by invitation only.

    This workshop is supported by a generous donation from Sanford Grossman.

    Updated on May 06, 2017 01:18 AM PDT
  12. Macaulay2 Workshop

    Organizers: Sonja Mapes (University of Notre Dame), Frank Moore (Wake Forest University), David Swinarski (University of Georgia)

    The purpose of the workshop is to bring Macaulay2 developers together with those who would like to share or develop their skills at writing packages for Macaulay2 and those interested in developing the corresponding mathematical algorithms.

    Updated on May 06, 2017 01:18 AM PDT
  13. Pacific Rim Mathematical Association (PRIMA) Congress 2013

    Organizers: Alejandro Adem (University of British Columbia), Federico Ardila (San Francisco State University), Marston Conder (University of Auckland), David Eisenbud (MSRI - Mathematical Sciences Research Institute), Yakov Eliashberg (Stanford University), Nassif Ghoussoub (University of British Columbia), Anthony Guttmann (University of Melbourne), Lee Minh Ha, Shi Jin (University of Wisconsin-Madison), Alejandro Jofre, Yujiro Kawamata (University of Tokyo), Jong Keum (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST)), Douglas Lind (University of Washington), Kyewon Park (Ajou University), Shige Peng (Shandong University), Jose Seade (UNAM - Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico), Gang Tian (Princeton University), Tatiana Toro (University of Washington)

    The Second Pacific Rim Mathematical Association (PRIMA) Congress will be held at Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China, on June 24-28, 2013.

    PRIMA is an association of mathematical sciences institutes, departments and societies from around the Pacific Rim, established in 2005 with the aim of promoting and facilitating the development of the mathematical sciences throughout the Pacific Rim region.

    $1000 travel grants are available to representatives from MSRI Academic Sponsoring Institutions. These grants are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.


    Additional Travel Support Available from an NSF Grant

    The NSF has awarded a substantial grant for travel by scientists at US universities to the PRIMA Congress in Shanghai. For further information and application details, please see https://www.mathprograms.org/db/programs/152

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  14. AWM Research Symposium 2013

    Organizers: Hélène Barcelo (MSRI), Estelle Basor (AIM), Georgia Benkart (University of Wisconsin-Madison), Ruth Charney (Brandeis University), Frank Farris (Santa Clara University), Jill Pipher (Brown University and ICERM)

    AWM launches a New Series of Biennial Research Symposia

    AWM Research Symposium 2013 will be held at Santa Clara University March 16 -17, 2013. The symposium, the initial event in the series, will showcase the research of women in the mathematical professions. It will feature three plenary talks, special sessions on a broad range of research in pure and applied mathematics, poster sessions for graduate students, and a panel discussion of the "imposter syndrome." Join us next spring on the Santa Clara University campus.

    Updated on May 06, 2017 01:18 AM PDT
  15. Circle on the Road Spring 2013

    Organizers: Amanda Serenevy (Riverbend Community Math Center), Dave Auckly (Kansas State University), Jonathan Farley (Research Institute for Mathematics), Hector Rosario (University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez), Mark Saul (John Templeton Foundation), Diana White (University of Colorado Denver)

    This workshop will bring together new and experienced leaders of math circles for students and teachers. We welcome anyone who is interested in learning more about math circles, especially teachers. Workshop activities will include discussions, presentations, and a mathematics festival.
    Participants will begin collaborating before the workshop to develop sample math circle sessions that they will present during the festival. These activities will be collaboratively evaluated and refined during the workshop.


    Updated on May 06, 2017 01:18 AM PDT