Modern Math Workshop 2018 – October 10-11, 2018



Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, San Antonio, Texas


The Mathematical Sciences Diversity Initiative holds a Modern Math Workshop (MMW) prior to the SACNAS National Conference each year. The 2018 MMW will be hosted by SAMSI at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, San Antonio, Texas on October 10th and 11th, 2018. This workshop is intended to encourage undergraduates, graduate students and recent PhDs from underrepresented minority groups to pursue careers in the mathematical sciences and build research and mentoring networks. The Modern Math Workshop is a pre-conference event at the SACNAS National Conference. The MMW includes a keynote lecture, mini-courses, research talks, a question and answer session and a reception.

** Deadline for funding applications was June 30, 2018 **


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Schedule and Supporting Media

Printed Schedule
Speaker Abstracts


Keynote Speaker: Javier Rojo
Professor of Statistics, Oregon State University
Keynote Speaker will present his lecture on Wednesday, October 10 at 4:30pm. A topic for this lecture has not yet been announced, but will be published at a later date.
Keynote Lecture: Partial Orders of Distributions




Ernest Fokoué
Associate Professor of Statistics, Rochester Institute of Technology
Mini Course Lecture: Foundational Statistical Machine Learning Methods for Modern Data Science


Katie Newhall
Assistant Professor of Mathematics, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Mini Course Lecture: Stochastic Dynamics on Energy Landscapes



Wednesday, October 10, 2018
Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, San Antonio, Texas

Time Description Speaker Location
12:00-1:00pm Registration/Check-In Foyer
1:00-4:30pm Undergrad Mini Course 1: Foundational Statistical Machine Learning Methods for Modern Data Science Ernest Fokoué, Rochester Institute of Technology 225A
1:00-4:30pm Undergrad Mini Course 2: Stochastic Dynamics on Energy Landscapes Katie Newhall, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill 225B
1:00-4:30pm Institute Research Talks 225C
MSRI: Symmetry and Graph Profiles Annie Raymond, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
ICERM: Illustrating Mathematics at ICERM Henry Segerman, Oklahoma State University
IAS/PCMI: Contact Invariants and Reeb Dynamics Jo Nelson, Rice University
SAMSI: Nonsubsampled Graph Filter Banks and Distributed Implementation Cheng Cheng, SAMSI Postdoc
2:30-2:45pm BREAK Foyer
4:30-4:45m Brief Overview of DMS Juan Meza, University of California, Merced 225C
4:45-5:45pm Keynote Lecture: Partial Orders of Distributions Javier Rojo, Oregon State University 225C
5:45-6:45pm MMW Reception 225D

Thursday, October 11, 2018
Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, San Antonio, Texas

Time Description Speaker Location
9:00-11:25am Institute Research Talks 225A
AIM: Rainbow Numbers for $x_1$ + $x_2$ = $kx_3$ in $Z_n$
Michael Young, Iowa State University
IPAM: Taming the Homotopy of Networked Data Pablo Suárez-Serrato, UNAM Mexico City
MBI: Modeling the Cytoskeleton Roads in Intracellular Transport Veronica Ciocanel, Ohio State University
10:30-10:45am BREAK Foyer
11:30am-12:30pm Closing and Q&A with Institute Representatives 225A

Two half-day mini-courses will be offered on October 10, from 1:00-4:30pm, running concurrently. These mini-courses are intended for undergraduate students.

Research Talks:
The intended audience is graduate students and recent PhD’s. Each participating institute will provide a speaker who will present a research talk. All presentations will be expository in nature, intended for mathematical scientists and students not necessarily working in these areas but interested in learning about new developments and the possibility of spending some time at one of the Math Institutes. Due to the diverse portfolio of the Institutes, these talks expose participants to a broad range of topics in modern mathematics. These sessions run over the two days of the Modern Math Workshop: 1:00-4:30pm on the afternoon of Wednesday, October 10, and 9:00-11:30am the morning of Thursday, October 11.

The NSF Math Institutes’ networking reception will immediately follow the keynote lecture at 5:45pm on Wednesday, October 10.

Q&A Session:
The closing session of the workshop is a Q&A with NSF Math Institute representatives, 11:30am-12:30pm on Thursday, October 11.