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# Strings 2016

The Strings conference is an annual event that brings the entire string theory community together. Since the 1980s, it has grown to be the largest and most important conference in the field. The aim is to review recent developments in string theory and to stimulate scientific exchanges among the participants. This year, it will take place at Beijing from August 1 to August 5, 2016. The speakers include R. Dijkgraaf, D. Gross and E. Witten.

For details, please visit its website: http://ymsc.tsinghua.edu.cn:8090/strings/?page_id=49?

Dr. Yat Sun Poon of UC Riverside Math is one of its organizers. For more on Dr. Poon’s activities, visit his website: http://ypoon.ucr.edu/

**Dr. Michael Hartglass named Outstanding Visiting Assistant Professor 2015-2016**Congratulations to Dr. Michael Hartglass to be named an Outstanding Visiting Assistant Professor in the Math Department for 2015-2016 for his outstanding teaching record and service to the department.

Dr. Hartglass research interest is in the area of free probability with applications to subfactors and operator algebras. He uses the tools of free probability to study combinatorial objects called planar algebras, objects that were invented by Jones to facilitate the study of subfactor theory. Specifically, he uses free probability to compute non-commutative topological and measure-theoretic aspects (e.g. K-theory) of algebras arising from planar algebras. He has given talks at several conferences, including two AMS joint meetings, two AMS sectional meetings. He has also given research talks at several universities, including UCLA, Texan A&M, and Purdue.

Dr. Hartglass has been the instructor for several mathematics courses at UC Riverside, including all levels of calculus, linear algebra, and discrete math. In addition to his classroom responsibility, he mentored three graduate students in an operator algebras reading course in the spring of 2015. Along with David Weisbart, Alexander Henderson, and Thomas Schellhous, he served as a judge at the Riverside USD science fair. He will also offer a math subject GRE prep-course in the fall of 2016 for UCR graduating seniors.**Dr. Steven Krantz to Speak at UC Riverside Mathematics Department**Dr. Steven Krantz is giving the Colloquium at UCR Math Department on Wednesday, June 1st, 2016. Refreshment will begin at 3:40pm in Surge 284.

His talk will be about “Smoothness to the boundary of biholomorphic mappings”. For abstract, please visit ( provide link to colloquium page).

Among his numerous accomplishment, Dr. Krantz is famous as the author of*How to Teach Mathematics*( http://amzn.com/0821813986 ) and*A Mathematician's Survival Guide: Graduate School and Early Career Development*( http://amzn.com/082183455X ).

For more on Dr. Steve Krantz visit: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steven_G._Krantz**2016 Summer School and Conference on Fractal Geometry and Complex Dimensions - Celebrating the 60th Birthday of Prof. Michel L. Lapidus**An international 2016 Summer School and Conference on Fractal Geometry and Complex Dimensions - Celebrating the 60th Birthday of Prof. Michel L. Lapidus will be held at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, CA, USA.

Dates: Tuesday, June 21, 2016 to Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Mini-courses, plenary lectures and public lectures to be given by:Michael Barnsley (Australia), Kenneth Falconer (UK), Kurt Falk (Germany), Michael van Frankenhuijsen (USA), Uta R. Freiberg (Germany), Ben Hambly (UK), Alan Haynes (UK), Jun Kigami (Japan), Marc Keßeböhmer (Germany), Sabrina Kombrink (Germany), Michel L. Lapidus (USA), Carl Pomerance (USA), Alexander Teplyaev (USA), Martina Zähle (Germany)

Topics of the mini-courses will include: Analysis on fractals, complex dimensions and fractal zeta functions, and a topic related to noncommutative geometry, quasicrystals and/or tilings.

There will also be a number of short contributed talks to be given by participants, a poster session, and open problems sessions. About 100 researchers and students are expected to participate in the event.

This conference is funded by the US National Science Foundation. Please join the organizers to celebrate Prof. Michel L. Lapidus’ 60th birthday and his many contributions to mathematics. For more information, please click to see.**Dr. Paul Baum to Give Talk as Distinguished Lecturer**The Victor L. Shapiro Distinguished Lecture in Mathematics will take place at UCR Mathematics on May 4. The Distinguished speaker this year is Dr. Paul Baum, Evan Pugh Professor of Mathematics at Pennsylvania State University.

He will speak on “What is K-theory and What is it good for?”.

May 5th Dr. Paul Baum Will speak during the Fractal Research Group seminar on "Dirac Operator" and the Mathematical Physics & Dynamical Systems seminar on "Atiyah-Singer Revisited"

Click for more details and links to Dr. Baum's abstracts.**Freshmen Calculus Microtutorials Online**Since 2014, Dr. Yat Sun Poon has been working with graduate students to develop a series of short videos (a.k.a. micro tutorials) to present solutions to word problems in freshman calculus. In these videos the viewers are guided to develop the contents of physical or biological problems into mathematical formulation, and then solve the problem mathematically afterward. This project is funded by UCR Provost’s Office. For more on this project and its products, please visit the website www.microtutorials.ucr.edu.**UCR Math Department Welcomes Prospective Grads on Preview Day**On March 28, the Department hosted its annual Graduate Preview Day to showcase its research program to a group of prospective graduate students. Dr. Qi Zhang, Graduate Advisor for recruitment, organized the event.

For the morning events, six graduate students spoke on their research. In particular, Donna Blanton spoke on representation of Lie algebras; Kaylee Hamann spoke on Greene-Krantz conjecture in complex geometry; John Simanyi highlighted the use of topological invariants in classification of spaces in dimension four and below. Andrea Arauza discussed how ideas from non-communtative geometry are used to study fractal geometry. Jordan Tousignant described how category theory provides a general setting for module theory. Robert Willet introduced, to the audience, the concept of Gromov Hausdorff convergence.

In the afternoon, after Dean Cindy Larive’s welcoming remark, four professors highlighted some of their current research.

Speaker: Kevin Costello Title: The power of randomness Abstract: Sometimes, when you want an object or an algorithm to have certain properties, "close your eyes and pick" turns out to work a lot better than even the most careful of constructions.

Speaker: Daniele Rosso Title: Representation Theory Abstract: Representation Theory is the study of symmetries, combining abstract algebra and linear algebra

Speaker: Amir Moradifam Title: Hybrid Inverse Problems in Medical Imaging Abstract: A brief introduction to Hybrid Inverse problems and Current Density Impedance Imaging will be presented

Speaker: John Baez Title: Network Theory Abstract: The world is full of networks, from electrical circuits to social networks. Only mathematicians can think abstractly enough to study all these networks in a unified way.

**UCR's Dr. Michel Lapidus leads the 2016 Joint Mathematics Meetings in Seattle**Prof. Michel Lapidus was the AMS Associate Secretary in charge of the scientific program and organization of the 2016 Joint Mathematics Meetings (JMM) in Seattle, WA, January 6-9, 2016.

The JMM combines the annual meetings of the American Mathematical Society (AMS) and the Mathematical Association of America (MAA), as well as as hosts sessions of several other mathematics organizations such as ASL (http://www.aslonline.org/index.htm), AWL (www.awm-math.org), NAM (http://www.nam-math.org/), and SIAM (http://www.siam.org/). The JMM is the largest mathematics meeting in the world. This year's meeting has gathered nearly 6,300 participants. It featured many invited addresses, 80 AMS special sessions, and thousands of contributed talks. For further information, click here (http://jointmathematicsmeetings.org/meetings/national/jmm2016/2181_intro).

This is the fourth JMM for which Dr. Lapidus has been the AMS Associate Secretary. The previous ones have been the 2004 JMM in Phoenix, the 2008 JMM in San Diego, as well as the 2012 JMM in Boston, which was the largest mathematics meeting ever of any kind, gathering over 7,300 participants.**Instructional Coach for Val Verde Unified School District Gives Talk at UCR**On March 7, Mr. Michael Towne gave a seminar talk on "Responding to Student Misconceptions to develop Conceptual Understanding”. Michael Towne has taught elementary, middle and high school mathematics and science. He currently serves as the Instructional Coach for Val Verde Unified School District and is a Ph.D. student in the GSOE at UCR and serves as a instructor in the teacher preparation program. Mr. Towne trains teachers, speaks at teacher professional development programs and conferences around the country and is an advocate for improving instructional practice at all levels.On February 9th, UCR hosted the RUSD Science Fair. Visiting Assistant Professor Michael Hartglass and Assistant Professor of Teaching David Weisbart, together with PhD students Alexander Henderson and Thomas Schellhous, represented the Mathematics Department in the judging of the Mathematics & Software category. Tenth grader Preetha Krishnamurthy of King High School was awarded a first place award for her superb work involving the assessment of similarities in object textures and tenth graders Joanna Fernandez-Fuentes and Alejandra Calzada of Poly High School shared a second place award for their insightful collaborative project on precise questioning and answering. All three young researchers show great promise and the judges look forward to hearing about the many accomplishments these students will have in the future.

Professor David Weisbart Led a UCR Math Delegates in an Outreach Program

The awards ceremony was held on February 11th at Bourns Inc. where David Weisbart presented the Mathematics Department's awards. The event was well attended by a very excited audience of students, teachers, and parents.

In photo: Dr. David Weisbart (on the right), members of the board of Riverside Unified School District, and two awardees (on the left).

For more about MSRI, please visit its website msri.org**Mathematical Sciences Research Institute and**The Department of Mathematics of University of California at Riverside is an academic sponsor of the MSRI (the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute). The MSRI is a research center funded by the National Science Foundation. Dr. Mei-Chu Chang is UCR’s liaison to the MSRI.

UC Riverside Mathematics

Each year, UCR sends several graduate students to participate in MSRI’s summer program. In 2016, Mikahl Banwarth-Kuhn will participate in the program “Dynamics of Biological System”; Ryan Moruzzi, Lauren Ruth and Edward Voskanian will participate in the program “An introduction to Character Theory and the MacKay Conjecture”.

For more about MSRI, please visit its website msri.org**Distinguished Professor Mark S. Alber to Join UCR’s Department of Mathematics**The University of California, Riverside, is pleased to announce that Distinguished Professor Mark S. Alber will join the faculty in the CNAS Department of Mathematics effective June 30, 2016. Professor Alber is currently the Vincent J. Duncan Family Professor of Applied Mathematics in the Department of Applied and Computational Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Notre Dame. Professor Alber also serves as the Director of the Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Biocomplexity at Notre Dame, and is an adjunct professor of medicine at the Indiana University School of Medicine.

Click for more details.**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.

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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