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Math Department News in Brief: Summer-Fall 2019

December 6, 2019
  • Prof. Amy Myers attended a July workshop and conference on the patterns of permutations in Zurich, Switzerland.
  • Aisha Mechery, A.B./M.A. ’20, and Ellie Lee ’20 organized a November workshop for math majors thinking about graduate school. 
  • Mechery and doctoral student Isaac Sundberg started a Directed Reading Program (DRP) in the Math Department this fall. The DRP is an initiative that matches undergraduate students with graduate student mentors to work together on a reading project. The pair work together to read through a mathematical resource (e.g., part of a book or paper). At the end of the semester, the mentee prepares a presentation, given at the DRP Symposium. Any student interested in learning a mathematical topic outside of their current coursework can work on a DRP project.
  • Prof. John Bergdall published two articles: "Slopes of Modular Forms and the Ghost Conjecture, II" and "Upper Bounds for Constant Slope P-Adic Families of Modular Forms."
  • Prof. Leslie Cheng published "Oscillatory Singular Integral Operators with Hölder Class Kernels."
  • Rama Sanjay Kirloskar '12 was profiled by Entrepreneur India.
  • Sophia Schein, A.B./M.A. '20, and Sandy Chen '21 presented their poster “Invariants and Co-invariants of Linear Representations” at the Bryn Mawr Summer Science Research symposium in September 2019. They also presented their research in the DMC the same month. 
  • Last summer, Prof. Lisa Traynor was a project leader for a workshop “Women in Geometry” in Oaxaca, Mexico. Her group had six members, one of whom was Orsola Capovilla-Searle '15, who is now a graduate student at Duke.
  • Traynor was also an organizer and project leader last summer for the workshop “Women in Symplectic and Contact Geometry” (WiSCon for short)!  Her group had nine members and included Ziva Myer, Ph.D. '17, and Samantha Pezzimenti, Ph.D. '18. 
  • In July, AJ Vargas, a current graduate student, attended a two-week workshop in Montreal, Canada on “Current Trends in Symplectic Topology.”
  • Luka Aleksandar Milićević, son of Professors Djordje and Liz Milićević, joined the world on Aug. 14, 2019. Both proud parents are on leave for this academic year, and in the spring, Luka will travel to Bonn, Germany, so they can pursue research with collaborators at the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics. 
  • Prof. Djordje Milićević has been awarded a three-year National Science Foundation grant on “Distribution and analytic aspects of cusp forms."
  • Graduate student Lindsay Dever attended a summer school on “L2-Torsion and Symmetric Spaces” at the University of Göttingen, Germany. 
  • The annual Math Majors Summer Research/Internships Panel took place on Sept. 10, 2019. Panelists included Shannon Fisher '20, data management intern in Energy Office for City of Philadelphia; Becca Genyk '20, integrations summer associate at HealthVerity in Philadelphia; Juliana Gonzalez (HC '20), sales and trading summer analyst at Citi in N.Y.; Lila Hernandez '21, operations intern at Brinker Capital in Berwyn, Pa.; Ellie Lee '20, NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory in Seattle, Wash.; Ruth McLeod '19, summer intern at Youth Engineering and Science in Philadelphia; Mechery, summer @ICERM REU at Brown University in Providence, R.I.; Women in Math program at Institute of Advanced Study in Princeton, N.J.; Undergraduate Summer School at Park City Mathematics Institute, Utah; SUM Workshop in Applied Topology at Georgia Institute of Technology; Young Mathematicians Conference at Ohio State University; and Joan Ndichu '21, outreach team intern at Grid Alternatives in Washington, D.C. 
  • Thirteen senior math majors gave 10-minute thesis presentations on either Nov. 18, 2019 or Dec. 4, 2019. Thesis topics included transverse knots, the portfolio selection problem, the mathematical modeling of the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, mortality modeling of NBA players, and modeling anchovy dispersal in the Puget Sound. 
  • Luka Aleksandar Milićević, son of Professors Djordje and Liz Milićević, joined the world on Aug. 14, 2019.