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Jai Laxmi Talks

We have a special guest this week from the Indian Institute of Technology,Bombay.

Jai Laxmi will give a series of talks on, "Tate Resolutions and Deviations of Graded Algebras."

Talk #1:
Date: 11/14/2017
Time: 4:00PM-5:00PM
Place: 313 Armstrong Hall

Talk #2:
Date: 11/15/2017
Time: 4:00PM-5:00PM
Place: 315 Armstrong Hall

Talk #3:
Date: 11/16/2017
Time: 4:00PM-5:00PM
Place: 313 Armstrong Hall

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All are welcome.

Date, Location: 
2017-11-14

Matt Insall

By Renaming If Necessary

Date: 11/10/2017
Time: 3:00PM-4:00PM
Place: 422 Armstrong Hall

Abstract:We explain here how renaming can be insufficient. In particular, we
show that in many rings, there exists a function that is not a conjugate
of some polynomial function. The only tools needed are from typical
undergraduate Mathematics courses, such as Linear Algebra. If time
permits, we will show some relevant computations in MathCAD, and in
the Universal Algebra Calculator. This talk is intended to be accessible
to undergraduate students.

All are welcome.

Date, Location: 
2017-11-10

Thomas Polstra

When are two rings similar?

Date: 11/7/2017
Time: 4:00PM-5:00PM
Place: 315 Armstrong Hall

Abstract: Inspired by results of Samuel, Hironaka, Cutkosky and Srinivasan, and others which give criteria for rings which are quotients of a common power series ring to be isomorphic, it is natural to investigate when two rings, which are the quotient of a common power series ring, are ”similar.” In this talk we will discuss recent collaboration between the speaker and Ilya Smirnov which investigates this problem in rings of prime characteristic.

All are welcome.

Date, Location: 
2017-11-07

Roger Wiegand

Rigid Ideals in Complete Intersection Domains

Date: 10/24/2017
Time: 4:00PM-5:00PM
Place: 315 Armstrong Hall

Abstract: View

All are welcome.

Date, Location: 
2017-10-24

Misha Feldman

Short-time existence of smooth solutions for semigeostrophic system with variable Coriolis parameter.

Date: 10/12/2017
Time: 3:45PM-4:45PM
Place: 315 Armstrong Hall

Abstract: The semigeostrophic (SG) system is a model of large scale atmosphere/ocean flows. Previous results were obtained for the SG system with constant Coriolis parameter, by rewriting the problem in the "dual variables" and using Monge-Kantorovich mass transport techniques. A more physically realistic SG model has variable Coriolis parameter. Dual space is not available in this case. We work directly in the original "physical" coordinates, and show existence of smooth solutions for short time. This is a joint work with J. Cheng and M. Cullen.

All are welcome.

Date, Location: 
2017-10-12

WVU-China Graph Theory and Combinatorics Workshop

Every year, the Department of Mathematics at WVU hosts about 10 long term visitors sponsored by Chinese Scholar Council to conduct research in graph theory and combinatorics. To strengthen our collaboration with Chinese Graph Theory and Combinatorics Society, the Department of Mathematics will host a WVU-China Workshop on Graph Theory and Combinatorics on Thursday, September 14, 2017.

All are welcome and are invited to attend the workshop.

Workshop Schedule

Location: Mountainlair Shenandoah Room

Speaker Abstracts

Time   Speaker   Title
8:30am - 9:00am   Dr. Eddie Fuller, Chair of Mathematics, West Virginia University   Opening Remarks
9:00am - 9:50am   Xueliang Li, Nankai University   Conflict-free connections of graphs
10:00am - 10:50am   Kevin Milans, West Virginia University   First-Fit chain partitions in partially ordered sets
11:00am - 11:50am   Guanghui Wang, Shangdong University   Splitting graphs and digraphs
12:00pm - 1:30pm   Lunch Break   Lunch Break
1:30pm - 2:20pm   John Goldwasser, West Virginia University   Polychromatic colorings of complete graphs with respect to 1-regular and 2-regular subgraphs
2:30pm - 3:20pm   Mike Schroeder, Marshall University   Adding To and Removing From the Structure of Graph Decompositions
3:30pm - 4:20pm   Jerzy Wojciechowski, West Virginia University   General Matroids and the Almost Intersection Property
4:30pm - 5:20pm   Jiaao Li, West Virginia University   Nowhere-zero Flow Problems

Other Participants from China

  • Professor Lingqi Zhao, College of Computer Science and Technology, Inner Mongolia University for Nationalities
  • Bofeng Huo, Qinghai Normal University
  • Liqiong Xu, Jimei University
  • Yingzhi Tian, Xinjiang University

Brief Introduction to the Speakers from China

Dr. Xueliang Li, Nankai University

  • President for the Chinese Society of Combinatorics and Graph Theory
  • Director of the Center for Combinatorics at Nankai University
  • Dean of the School of Mathematics and Statistics, Qinghai Normal University
  • Vice President of the International Academy of Mathematical Chemistry (IAMC)
  • A member of editorial boards of many journals including Discrete Applied Mathematics, Graphs and Combinatorics, et al.
  • President of Tianjin Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (TJSIAM)
  • Council Member of the Chinese Mathematical Society (CMS)
  • Executive Council Member of the Chinese Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (CSIAM)

Dr. Guiying Yan, Academy of Mathematics and Systems Science, Chinese Academy of Sciences(CAS)

  • Vice Director of National Center for Mathematics and Interdisciplinary Sciences at CAS
  • Secretary-General of China Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (CSIAM)

Dr. Guanghui Wang: School of Mathematics, Shandong University

  • Assistant Dean of School of Mathematics, Shandong University
  • Deputy General Secretary of Graph Theory and Combinatorics Branch of Operations Research Society of China
  • Director of Young Crew Management Board of the Society
Date, Location: 
2017-09-14

Hung Tran

Some selection problems in the theory of viscosity solutions

Abstract:   I will explain some interesting selection problems in nonlinear PDEs. The basic question is about how to select one good solution out of many reasonable ones. A question of this type led to the whole theory of viscosity solutions in 1980s. Then I will focus on the vanishing discount problem and describe the main results, which solve an open question also in 1980s. This is a joint work with Ishii and Mitake.

Hung Tran

Date: 4/28/2017
Time: 3:30PM-4:30PM
Place: 315 Armstrong Hall

All are welcome.

Date, Location: 
2017-04-28

David Offner

Polychromatic Colorings on Hypercubes, Complete Graphs, and Integers

Abstract:  Given a set S, and a set T of subsets of S, a coloring of the elements of S is called T -polychromatic if every set in T contains an element of every color. Let polyT (S) be the largest n for which there is a T -polychromatic coloring of S with n colors. This talk introduces theorems and open problems on the value of polyT (S) in three settings:

• S is the set of edges of a hypercube, and T is the set of all subgraphs isomorphic to
a given graph H.
• S is the set of edges of a complete graph, and T is the set of all regular spanning
subgraphs of a given degree.
• S is the set of integers, and T is the set of translates of a given finite set.

David Offner

Date: 4/26/2017
Time: 3:30PM-4:30PM
Place: 315 Armstrong Hall

All are welcome.

Date, Location: 
2017-04-26

Juan Pablo Mejia-Ramos

Developing valid and reliable measures to assess students' comprehension of the proofs that they read

Abstract:  In this talk I will focus on the assessment of undergraduate students' reading comprehension of mathematical proofs, discussing a research program aimed at developing and validating reliable proof comprehension tests. I will present findings on students performance on three of these tests and discuss what we can learn from using this kind of measures in the mathematics classroom and in mathematics education research.

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Date: 4/21/2017
Time: 2:30PM-3:30PM
Place: 315 Armstrong Hall

All are welcome.

Date, Location: 
2017-04-21

Deborah Chun

Matroids and wilder things: Polymatroids and Delta-matroids

Abstract:  Matroids will be introduced in this talk. I will give an example of a result for general matroids, which has interesting corollaries in more specialized classes of structures, like graphs. I will also discuss two generalizations of matroids. In polymatroids, I will give a conjecture from Vertigan, that, if true, has an important corollary in matroid theory. That is, it gives us Rota's conjecture. In delta-matroids, I will present a splitter theorem.

Deborah Chun

Date: 4/13/2017
Time: 4:00PM-5:00PM
Place: 315 Armstrong Hall

All are welcome.

Date, Location: 
2017-04-13

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