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**Dr. Gilbert Strang of MIT to speak at the UCR Mathematics Department Feb. 1st**

Professor Gilbert Strang is a renowned mathematician and is also known for his passion and expertise in teaching.

Dr. Strang is a member of the NAS (National Academy of Sciences) since 2009. See e.g. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gilbert_Strang and http://www-math.mit.edu/~gs/

Dr. Strang will give two talks at UCR on 02/01/2017

The first talk: "Multiplying and factoring matrices"

Time: 2:10 to 3:00 p.m.

Place: Surge 284

Colloquium Tea Time - 3:40 p.m.

The second talk: "Singular Values of Matrices and Data Science"

Time: 4:10 - 5:00 p.m.

Place: Surge 284

**UCR Math Graduate Students in Field of Dreams Conference**

Graduate students Ryan Moruzzi (on the left of the photo) and Brandon Coya (second on the left) together with department chair Dr. Yat Sun Poon attended the Field of Dreams conference at St. Louis on Nov. 4th and 5th.

This conference was organized by the National Alliance for Doctoral Studies in the Mathematical Sciences.

UCR's attendants networked with graduate students and faculty on mentoring and recruiting graduate students as well as post-doctoral opportunities. Graduate students also share their experience in different graduate programs. Brandon Coya, on the panel of "The Doctoral Experience", shared his experiences as a graduate student going through a doctoral program.

At an exhibit (photo), participating programs offered Q&A time to undergraduate students in the conference.

**Professor Mei-Chu Chang Elected Fellow of American Mathematical Society**

Congratulations to Dr. Mei-Chu Chang to be elected a Fellow of American Mathematical Society, class of 2017. She is recognized for her contribution to arithmetic combinatorics, analytic number theory, and algebraic geometry.

Fellows of the classes of past years in the UCR Mathematics include Drs. Richard Block, Vyjayanthi Chari, Michel Lapidus, and Reinhard Schultz.

**Undergraduate Math Majors Present Research at Conference**

Undergraduate Mathematics Majors Clarisse Bonnand, Reid Booth, and Ethan Rooke will be presented their work on "Bounds of the Number of Irreducible Semigroups of Fixed Frobenius Number" at the Southern California Conference for Undergraduate Research this November 12^{th}.

Their project, which focuses on situations where certain numbers can and cannot be written as sums of numbers belonging to a fixed set, began with their participation in the Math Department's Undergraduate Research Mentoring Program, where they worked on a quarter-long project in the spring under the guidance of graduate students James Ogaja and Andrew Walker. More information about the program is available at https://sites.google.com/site/ucrundergradmathresearch/ .

We would like to congratulate them on their hard work and having their abstract accepted!

**Math Graduate Student Seminar**

The AMS Student Chapter of UCR organizes the Graduate Student Seminar, a weekly meeting where graduate students explain their research and other topics of interest. The seminars consist of 50 minute talks, open to everybody (targeted in particular to graduate students), with a wide range of topics: Numerical Analysis, Comparison Geometry, Topological K-theory, Non-Archimedean Analysis, Fractal Geometry, Category Theory, Geometric Mechanics.

The Graduate Student Seminar is held every Friday, from 1:10 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., in Surge 284. You can find more information as well as a schedule of future and past events, in the website http://math.ucr.edu/~gradsem/

**AMS Western Sectional Meeting 2017 at**

UC Riverside

The Department of Mathematics at UC Riverside is proud to host the Fall Meeting of the AMS Western Section in 2017. It will take place on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 4 and 5, 2017. It will be the third time UCR Mathematics hosts an AMS Sectional meeting.

AMS sectional meeting welcomes high quality special session proposals in a variety of fields connected to mathematics, including Pure and Applied Math., Computational Math, Mathematical Physics, Mathematical Biology, Statistics, Math Education, Philosophy of Math., and Scientific Computing.

The deadline for proposals of special sessions is April 14, 2017.

The preparation of such a proposal should not take more than half-an-hour. Every proposal should be sent to the AMS Associate Secretary for the Western Section (Dr. Lapidus) via e-mail (lapidus@math.ucr.edu) and should contain the following information:

1. The name of the proposed special session.

2. The name, institution and e-mail address of each of the proposed organizers.

2+. VERY IMPORTANT: The name of the contact person for the proposed special session (necessarily one of the proposed organizers).

3. A brief (one-to-two paragraph long) description of some of the main themes of the proposed special session.

4. A list of five to ten potential speakers (along with their institutions). (The organizers need not have contacted them in advance, let alone asked them to accept a potential invitation.)

For more details on AMS Sectional Meetings, please visit its website http://www.ams.org/meetings/sectional/sectional.html.

**Dr. Sara Lapan Joins the UCR Mathematics Department**

Dr. Sara Lapan has joined the department as an Assistant Professor of Teaching. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan and worked as a postdoc at Northwestern University before coming to UCR.

Dr. Lapan's mathematical research lies at the intersection of complex analysis and dynamical systems. More specifically, she studies the long-term dynamical behavior of points near a fixed point when a holomorphic map in several complex variables is iterated and how this behavior depends on the type of holomorphic map. Her focus in mathematics education is in enhancing students' critical thinking skills and creating opportunities for students to actively engage in the material, which is done, in part, through the use of active and collaborative learning.

**Dr. Po-Ning Chen Joins the UCR Mathematics Department**

Beginning this summer, Dr. Po-Ning Chen joins the department as an Assistant Professor working in pure mathematics. He earned his Ph. D. from the Harvard University and comes to Riverside after postdoctoral work at Columbia University. Dr. Chen's research focuses on the interaction between mathematics and physics. He is currently working on mathematical problems in differential geometry arising from the theory of General Relativity. In particular, he is interested in the mathematical formulation of physical concepts such as energy, momentum and center of mass and their applications in differential geometry.

**UCR Math Grad Speaks at Smoky Great Plains Geometry Conference**

In August of this year UCR Math Graduate Student Priyanka Rajan gave a talk at the 3rd Smoky Great Plains Geometry Conference titled Fake 13-Projective Spaces.

The Smoky Great Plains Geometry Conference is a yearly conference held alternately at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville and the Wichita State University. This was the third edition of the conference, in honor of Karsten Grove's 70th birthday.

The overall goal of this conference is to bring together mathematicians in all career stages interested in the branches of Differential Geometry influenced by Karsten's work, such as global and comparison Riemannian geometry, isometric group actions, positive curvature, and Alexandrov geometry, as well as to celebrate Karsten's mathematical achievements on this special occasion.

Priyanka's publication on Fake 13-Projective Spaces can be found on her site: https://sites.google.com/site/priyankarrajangeometry/home**UCR Math Alumnus Alissa Crans Becomes the Subject of an Award Winning Essay of AWM**

Alissa S. Crans (UC Riverside Ph.D. ’04) has been recognized nationally for her enthusiastic ability to share mathematics, having been honored with the Hasse Prize for expository writing and Alder Award for distinguished teaching by the Mathematical Association of America. As a professor of mathematics at Loyola Marymount University, Alissa is known for her active mentoring and supporting of women and underrepresented students and is dedicated to helping all students increase their appreciation and enthusiasm for the discipline. She proselytizes about math in settings that range from the National Math Festival, the National Museum of Mathematics, and the MAA Distinguished Lecture Series to Nerd Nite Los Angeles and public school K-12 classrooms.

Alissa’s passion for broadening participation in mathematics was ignited during her first year at UCR through her experiences assisting Dr. Pamela Clute with the mathematics course for UCR’s FASTSTART program and as a teaching assistant for the Summer Mathematics Program for Women at Carleton College. During her final year at UCR, she and other advanced graduate students created a teaching assistant mentoring program, which to her pride, continues in the department today. These experiences fostered her commitment to helping form a more inclusive, diverse mathematical community.

This commitment continues throughout her career. She was honored when the American Mathematical Society recognized the Pacific Coast Undergraduate Mathematics Conference, which she cofounded with Kendra Killpatrick and Naiomi Cameron, with a “Programs that Make a Difference” award. Recently, Alissa became an Associate Director of MAA Project NExT, a professional development program of the Mathematical Association of America for junior faculty.

Alissa's research interests lie in the field of higher-dimensional algebra and involve categorifying algebraic structures called quandles with the goal of defining new knot and knotted surface invariants. She is also interested in the connections between mathematics and music, and enjoys playing the clarinet with the Santa Monica College wind ensemble. Her work has been supported by an NSA Young Investigator Grant and a Simons Foundation Collaboration Grant for Mathematicians. Recently, Alissa is the subject of an award-winning essay in Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM). https://sites.google.com/site/awmmath/programs/essay-contest/2016-results**Dr. Jose Gonzalez joins the UCR Math Department**

Dr. Jose Gonzalez has joined the department as a new Assistant Professor. He earned his Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Michigan and held postdoctoral positions at the University of British Columbia and Yale University. Dr. Gonzalez is broadly interested in algebraic geometry and its interactions with combinatorics, topology and commutative algebra. The central themes of his research are toric geometry, intersection theory and birational geometry. Part of his work is based on the use of combinatorial techniques to investigate concrete questions about varieties that admit the action of an algebraic torus. He also investigates the algebras called Cox rings using diverse techniques to decide their finite generation. Dr. Gonzalez has also helped developing concrete aspects of the theory of algebraic cobordism.**American Mathematics Competition at UCR**UC Riverside's Mathematics Department participates and supports the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) with their annual American Mathematics Competitions (AMC Contests). We work with local middle schools and high schools to prepare students to take the AMC tests. We recognize and honor the top scorers each year who rise to the challenge. The graduate students from UCR’s Mathematics Program visit the schools and offer weekly tutoring to help prepare the students leading up to the test day. These competitions highlight the mental talents of many young minds and help promote a deeper interest in one of the most important academic fields. Check out the current AMC results for more information.**UCR Math Club**The purpose of the UCR undergraduate Math Club is to encourage and enhance students' understanding of upper division mathematics. Anyone who comes to the meetings will meet other students with mathematically inclined interests. The group hosts events throughout the academic year. The Math Club also participates in the William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition which offers prestige and scholarship prizes. More information on the UCR Mathematics Department's participation can be found on this page.

Check our official Fact Sheet.

Math Club has weekly meetings with guest speakers, competitions, movies and more. Drinks and snacks are provided. Check the Math Club page for the current quarter's schedule and event details