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### Announcements

#### Math Club, Fall 2010 Update

Welcome back to a new year! SIAM Student Chapter/Math Club will be at the HMC Math Department barbeque and HMC club fair on Friday (1/3/10). |

#### Welcome Back!

Welcome back to a new year with Math Club. This year will be an especially important year for math club because of Nelson Series. The topic of this year's Nelson Series is "Power and Beauty of Mathematics" and includes speakers such as Brian Greene, Danica McKellar, Gary Lorden, Keith Devlin and Steven Strogatz. This serves as a great opportunity for HMCsquared to show off. Besides this, Math Club plans to host other social events throughout the year; the first one being Math books and Minigolfing! Finally, this is SIAM's second year in operation. This year will serve as another opportunity for the chapter to grow and expand its outreach on the campus. HMC Math Club |

#### Friday, Feb. 27: Integration Bee Workshop

Immediately after math tea this Friday, there will be an Integration Bee workshop with special guest Rajat Gupta, the winner of last year's Integration Bee. Tea starts at 4:15 in the math library under Olin. |

#### Friday, Feb. 13: First SUMS Meeting of the Semester

SUMS, or Seminar on Underrepresentation and the Mathematical Sciences, is a new seminar organized by Professor Dagan Karp. For the first meeting of the semester, Professor Talithia Williams will deliver a talk concerning gender inequity and underrepresentation in mathematics. The title and abstract of her talk are as follows: Stand and Deliver: The Importance of Mentoring for Women in Science Underrepresentation occurs in numerous ways throughout the social structure of our society and the academic community, in particular, has not been immune to its effects. The persistent shortage of women in academic fields such as mathematics and engineering leads us, in this talk, to address mentoring from the perspective of a program that has proven effective in mitigating the underrepresentation of women in science. With an understanding that mentoring is multifaceted and extends beyond the scope of any one individual program, I will discuss components of the EDGE Program (Enhancing Diversity in Graduate Education) as a canonical example of establishing a community of support and academic preparation for women as they matriculate in graduate school. I will share some personal experiences from the program and ways that individuals can aid in strengthening the ability of women and minority students to successfully complete graduate programs in the mathematical sciences. The seminar will take place in the third floor of Sprague Library at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, February 13. For more information, please see the seminar homepage at http://www.math.hmc.edu/~dk/sums/ . |

#### Tuesday, Dec. 2: Special Talk by Professor Laszlo Babai

This Tuesday, Professor Laszlo Babai from University of Chicago will give a special talk entitled "Groups, Graphs, Matrices, Avalanches: The Abelian Sandpile Model". Abstract: Originating in statistical physics and nearly simultaneously
and independently introduced in algebraic graph theory and in
theoretical computer science in the 1990s, the Abelian Sandpile Model
associates a variety of structures with a diffusion process on finite
graphs. The model gives rise to a remarkably rich theory which
connects the fields of graph theory, stochastic processes, commutative
semigroups and groups, matrices and determinants, lattices in
n-dimensional space, algorithms, number theory, discrete dynamical
syetems, and more.
After a general introduction, I will outline work I have done recently with then undergraduate Igor Gorodezky; the collaboration started at a summer REU. The talk will take place in Beckman B126 ("Big Beckman") at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, December 2, 2008. It should be appealing to undergrads and seasoned researchers alike, so save the date! |

#### Monday, Nov. 24: Second SUMS meeting

SUMS, or Seminar on Underrepresentation and the Mathematical Sciences, is a new seminar this year organized by Professor Dagan Karp of Harvey Mudd College. For the second meeting, at 4:00 p.m. on Monday, November 24, Professor Juan Ariel Ortiz-Navarro of the University of Rochester will give a talk entitled "My minority report". The seminar will take place in Beckman B126 ("Big Beckman") at Harvey Mudd College.
For more information, please see the seminar homepage at http://www.math.hmc.edu/~dk/sums/ . |

#### Thurs, Nov. 20: REBMI Summer Research Info Session

On Thursday, November 20, from 12:30 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. in the third floor of Sprague Library, there will be an information session on the NSF-sponsored summer research opportunities through REBMI, Research Experiences at the Biology-Mathematics Interface. There will, of course, be free pizza! Also, guest speaker Professor Eric Cytrynbaum from the University of British Columbia will talk about graduate programs at UBC and summer research opportunities. If you're a sophomore or junior math or science major with applied math skills and an affinity for solving cool problems, don't miss out! |

#### Monday, Nov. 17: First SUMS meeting!

SUMS, or Seminar on Underrepresentation and the Mathematical Sciences, is a new seminar this year organized by Professor Dagan Karp of Harvey Mudd College. Professor Karp will be leading the first meeting at 4:00 p.m. on Monday, November 17 with his talk, "An exploration of civil rights within mathematics". The seminar will take place in Beckman B126 ("Big Beckman") at Harvey Mudd College.
Naturally, Professor Karp describes the series best: "The goal of SUMS is to begin a discussion and exploration of issues
For more information, please see the seminar homepage at http://www.math.hmc.edu/~dk/sums/ . |

#### Friday, Nov. 14: Graduate Studies and Grad School Applications

This Friday, November 14, Professor Thomas Kerler of Ohio State University will come to talk about graduate studies in mathematics and grad school applications. The talk will cover graduate programs in general, and also give some details on Ohio State University's program in particular. Come by the third floor of Sprague at 4 pm this Friday for a great talk and free pizza! |

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