Plenary Speaker on Friday (March 31st)
Dr. Linda Hand, Missouri Southern State University.
Title: Oh The Places I’ve Been and the Math I Saw There!
Abstract: From the Rhind Papyrus housed on the wall of the offices in the Egyptology department of the British Museum, to the elliptical houses of the Rapa Nui on Easter Island, there is math to be found everywhere.
Part travelogue, part math and math history lecture, this talk will inspire you to see the world and to keep your eyes open for mathematical artifacts as well as math hidden in the everyday lives of the people of ancient and modern cultures.
- Banquet Speaker on Friday (March 31st)
Dr. Betty Mayfield, Hood College.
Title: Women and Mathematics in the Time of Euler
Abstract: This talk examines some female contemporaries of Euler, some famous, some not so famous. We will look at mathematics that was written both by and for women in the time of Euler.
Plenary Speaker on Saturday, (April 1st)
Dr. Lance Miller, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville.
Title: Multiplicities in positive characteristic
Abstract: The study of rings defined over fields of positive characteristic has long been a deep focus in modern commutative algebra and algebraic geometry. Even classic problems, like those involving invariants of group actions become subtle and intricate.
This talk will survey recent advances in the study of singularities in such settings; focusing in particular on those measured by asymptotic colengths, also known as multiplicities. The most famous of which, the Hilbert-Samuel multiplicity is available in all characteristics and has naturally a long history. A purely positive characteristic version, the Hilbert-Kunz multiplicity, captures detailed information and is much less well understood. A particularly interesting note is that while many of these definitions are of a simple nature, the calculation and ramifications remain one of the strongest driving forces among researchers in the area.