**Welcome to the Mathematics Department!**

Our research specialties are in algebra, analysis, geometry, probability and topology.

There are about thirty-five research faculty members and almost seventy graduate students in the department.

The American Mathematical Society has ranked us in the top group of U.S. research departments in Mathematics.

Six members of the department were named Fellows of the American Mathematical Society in 2013. Three members of the department spoke in the Lie Theory Section of the 2014 International Congress of Mathematics.

We also take great pride in the quality of our outstanding undergraduate teaching as well as our thriving graduate program.

The EUGENE MATH CIRCLE is continuing in the department. It is aimed at elementary, middle and high school students who enjoy math and want to be stretched by challenging problems.

## News and Events

## AWM Distinguished Speaker

AngĂ©lica Osorno, an Assistant Professor at Reed College, will visit campus on November 12 – 13, 2015. She will present two lectures, one suitable for undergraduates and the second a colloquium for faculty and graduate students.

Undergraduate Lecture on November 12th at 4 p.m. in Condon 301

Title: Why Should We Care About Category Theory

Abstract: One of the first mathematical concepts we learn as children is counting, and when we do so, we think of counting the number of elements in a specific set. Soon after, we forget about sets and we just consider the abstract numbers themselves. This abstraction simplifies many things, but it also makes us forget about some structure that we had when we were thinking about sets. That structure can be encoded by a category. In this talk we will describe certain concepts in category theory, and you will realize that in most of your mathematics classes you have been working with categories, you just didn’t know about it. There will be plenty of examples that will show that category theory provides a unifying language for mathematics, and that many constructions are more naturally understood when they are seen through the categorical lens.

Colloquium on November 13th at 4 p.m. in Deady 208

Title: Why Do Algebraic Topologists Care About Categories

Abstract: The study of category theory was started by Eilenberg and MacLane, in their effort to codify the axioms for homology. Category theory provides a language to express the different structures that we see in topology, and in most of mathematics. Categories also play another role in algebraic topology. Via the classifying space construction, topologists use categories to build spaces whose topology encodes the algebraic structure of the category. This construction is a fruitful way of producing important examples of spaces used in algebraic topology. In this talk we will describe how this process works, starting from classic examples and ending with some recent work.

## Kleshchev elected AMS Fellow

Congratulations to Sasha Kleshchev, who has been elected an AMS Fellow in the class of 2016.

The citation reads “For contributions to the representation theory of finite groups, Hecke algebras, and Kac-Moody algebras, and for exposition.”

See http://www.ams.org/profession/ams-fellows/new-fellows for the complete list of new fellows.

## Mike Price wins Tykeson Teaching Award

Congratulations to Mike Price for winning the College of Arts & Sciences Tykeson Teaching Award.

## Leahy Endowment Fund

A new fund, the Leahy Endowment Fund, has been created in honor of the long term department member, John Leahy, who passed away on January 29, 2015. The fund is “for the broad purpose of supporting mathematics graduate students” and it will remain open for contributions for about one year. Contributions should go to the UO Foundation “in memory of John Leahy.”

## Pacific Northwest Number Theory Conference

The University of Oregon is hosting the Pacific Northwest Number Theory Conference on May 16-17, 2015. For additional information, visit PNWNT Conference.

## Oregon Invitational Mathematics Tournament

The University of Oregon Mathematics Department is proud to host the Thirty-fifth annual Oregon Invitational Mathematics Tournament. Each year, the OIMT attracts the state’s best and brightest for a day of rigorous examination and mathematical discourse. For more information, please see http://blogs.uoregon.edu/oimt

## Dan Dugger wins Thomas F. Herman Award

Congratulations to Dan Dugger for winning the Thomas F. Herman Award for Excellence in Pedagogy, one of the highest teaching honors at the University of Oregon.

## AWM Distinguished Speaker

Lan-Hsuan Huang from the University of Connecticut will be on campus May 7 – 8th. She will give an undergraduate and a research talk as part of the AWM Distinguished Speaker series.

Undergraduate talk – Thursday, May 7, 3 PM, Deady 102

Title: Why are soap bubbles round?

Abstract: You would be surprised if you saw a soap bubble shaped like a duck, wouldn’t you? But why are all soap bubbles spherical? We will explain the mathematical model of soap bubbles, which are called “constant mean curvature surfaces”. We will discuss the classical Alexandrov theorem, which says that a smooth surface with constant mean curvature that encloses a finite region of space and doesn’t intersect itself has to be a sphere.

Research talk – Friday, May 8, 4 PM, Deady 208

Title: A tour to the Positive Mass Theorem and beyond

Abstract: The Positive Mass Theorem has been a cornerstone of mathematical general relativity since the resolution of the three dimensional case in the 80’s. In this talk, we begin with a calculus proof of a special graphical setting of the theorem. After providing the necessary background in differential geometry, we then discuss both the classical results and recent progress toward the more general case, as well as the stability statement of the theorem.

## Ph.D. Candidate Receives NSF Post-Doc

The Department congratulates graduating Ph.D. candidate Nathan Permutter on receiving a postdoctoral fellowship from the National Science Foundation. Nathan is working in Algebraic Topology with Professor Boris Botvinnik. After graduating this spring, Nathan will pursue his research at Stanford University.

## Pacific Coast Gravity Meeting

The Institute for Theoretical Sciences, the Mathematics Department and the Physics Department at the University of Oregon are hosting the 31st Pacific Coast Gravity Meeting on March 13-14, 2015. For information, visit PCGM.