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Next Mathematics Colloquium

On Thursday, November 6, 2014, Dr. Vrej Zarikian, Associate Professor of Mathematics at the US Naval Academy, will present a colloquium on The Kadison-Singer Problem (after Marcus, Spielman, and Srivastava)

Abstract:  The Kadison-Singer (KS) Problem was a famous open problem in the theory of operator algebras, posed in 1959. It was recently (and completely unexpectedly) solved (in the affirmative) by three computer scientists: Adam Marcus, Daniel Spielman, and Nikhil Srivastava (MSS). Their proof is both novel and elementary, though intricate. In this talk I will: (1) explain the KS problem; (2) explain its reformulation by Joel Anderson as a problem about paving zero-diagonal matrices; and, (3) outline the MSS proof of the paving problem. The talk should be accessible to a general mathematical audience.

This colloquium will be held in 7800 York Road, Room 320 at 4:00 p.m., with light refreshments served at 3:30 p.m.

Recent Mathematics Colloquium Talks

Date Topic Speaker
Oct 16, 2014 Applications of topological dynamics to the representation theory of transformation groups Dr. Kostya Medynets,
US Naval Academy
May 8, 2014 Dimension of spline spaces on triangular partitions: A homological approach Dr. Nelly Villamizar,
Austrian Academy of Sciences
Apr 23, 2014 The Gibbs phenomenon: The saga Dr. James C. Alexander,
Case Western Reserve University
Mar 12, 2014 College geometry: Effective strategies to develop mathematical knowledge for teaching Dr. Tetyana Berezovski,
Saint Joseph's University
Feb 20, 2014 Carnegie: How Baltimore County Public Schools are using the Carnegie textbook to teach Common Core Math Standards in grades 6-8 and Algebra 1 Ms. Ellen Mangels,
Cockeysville Middle School, BCPS
Dec 13, 2013 Splines and their moduli Dr. Patrick Clarke,
Drexel University
Dec 5, 2013 Effectiveness of online instruction in basic statistics and algebra courses Dr. Min A,
Coppin State University
Nov 7, 2013 The Maryland Common Core curriculum in mathematics and the PARCC: What we know now Dr. Karen E.L. Ross,
Maryland Department of Education
Oct 24, 2013 Combinatorial trigonometry (and a method to DIE for) Dr. Arthur T. Benjamin,
Harvey Mudd College
Oct 9, 2013 An afternoon with Euler Dr. William Dunham,
Muhlenberg College
Sept 26, 2013 Controlling for unmeasured confounding in time to event analysis of longitudinal observational studies Dr. James Troendle,
Sept 19, 2013 A matrix connected with the Riemann Hypothesis Dr. Robert C. Vaughan,
Penn State University
& University of Michigan
May 2, 2013 Modeling mortality of multiple populations with vector error correction models: Applications to Solvency II Dr. Rui Zhou,
University of Manitoba
Apr 25, 2013 Developing critical thinking by infusion approach through probability models, intuitive judgments and decision-making under uncertainty Dr. Einav Aizikovitsh-Udi,
Beit Berl College, Israel
Apr 18, 2013 The congruence condition in Waring's problem Dr. Scott Parsell
West Chester University
Apr 4, 2013 Measuring retirement income adequacy using replacement rates Dr. Bonnie-Jeanne MacDonald
 Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia
Mar 28, 2013 Electrons, buckyballs, and orifices: Nature’s way of minimizing energy Dr. Peter Dragnev
Indiana University-Purdue University
Feb 28, 2013 The Experimental Geometry Lab at the University of Maryland Dr. William Goldman
University of Maryland at College Park

Department of Mathematics
7800 York Road, Room 316 (campus map)
Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Phone: 410-704-3091
Fax: 410-704-4149

other area colloquia
  Johns Hopkins Department of Mathematics

  JJohns Hopkins Department of Applied Mathematics and Statistics

  Loyola University Mathematics & Sciences

  University of Maryland Baltimore County

  University of Maryland Mathematics Department




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