Central Michigan University

Note 1: because there might be a time delay for the updates on this webpage, please always first check with the Colloquium Speaker Committee for the available dates.

Note 2: Typically the colloquium talk would occur from 4-5pm in PE227, but there may be exceptions. Please check the following table for more accurate information.

Date |
Speaker |
Affiliation |
Time/Room |
Talk title |
Remark |

01/12/2017 Thursday |
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01/19/2017 Thursday |
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02/02/2017 Thursday |
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02/09/2017 Thursday |
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02/16/2017 Thursday |
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03/02/2017 Thursday |
Kasso Okoudjou | University of Maryland | 4-5pm, PE 227 | TBA | |

03/09/2017 Thursday |
Spring Recess |
Spring Recess | Spring Recess | Spring Recess | Spring Recess |

03/16/2017 Thursday |
reserved |
reserved | reserved | reserved | reserved |

03/30/2017 Thursday |
reserved | reserved | reserved | reserved | reserved |

04/06/2017 Thursday |
reserved | reserved | reserved | reserved | reserved |

04/13/2017 Thursday |
reserved | reserved | reserved | reserved | reserved |

04/20/2017 Thursday |
Awards Ceremony | Awards Ceremony | Awards Ceremony | Awards Ceremony | Awards Ceremony |

05/04/2017 Thursday |
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Abstract:

Date |
Speaker |
Affiliation |
Time/Room |
Talk title |
Remark |

09/22/2016 Thursday |
Phil
Harrington |
University of Arkansas | 4-5pm, PE 227 | The Missing Riemann Mapping Theorem in Several Complex Variables | |

09/27/2016 Tuesday |
Motohico Mulase | UC Davis | 4-5pm, PE 227 | What awaits us on the other side of the rainbow? A story of quantum curves and opers | |

10/20/2016 Thursday |
Carl Cowen | Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis | 4-5pm, PE 227 | Thoughts on Invariant Subspaces for Operators on Hilbert Spaces | |

11/03/2016 Thursday |
Karan Singh |
University of Alabama at Birmingham |
4-5pm, PE 227 | Statistical Considerations in Clinical Research Studies | Department Invited Speaker Series (STA) |

11/10/2016 Thursday |
Charles Doering | University of Michigan at Ann Arbor |
4-5pm, PE 227 | Heat Rises: 100 Years of Rayleigh-Bénard Convection | |

11/17/2016 Thursday |
Ken Ono |
Emory University |
4-5pm, PE 227 | Zeta polynomials for modular forms | |

12/08/2016 Thursday |

Speaker: Phil Harrington

Time/Room:

Abstract: In one
complex variable, the Riemann Mapping Theorem tells us that
every simply connected domain is biholomorphically equivalent
to the unit disc. This means that an introductory course
in complex analysis can focus on the unit disc without
sacrificing much generality. In two variables, Poincare
found a simple counterexample: the unit ball and the cross
product of two unit discs are not biholomorphically
equivalent. While this seems initially discouraging, the
effort to understand why the Riemann Mapping Theorem fails
opened the door to a rich field of research that remains
active today.

Speaker: Motohico Mulase

Time/Room:

Title:

Abstract: Mathematicians keep their childhood dream for a long time. You might have wondered what awaited you if you went over the rainbow. Is the world on the other side of the rainbow the same as what we know? Sir George Biddel Airy discovered the rainbow integral and explained the classical analysis of rainbows. 150 years later, Kontsevich found that the same formula determined the multiplication table of cohomology classes on the compactified moduli spaces of Riemann surfaces. These stories are a simple example of a new mathematical theory of "quantum curves." A general framework of quantum curves will be presented. The talk is based on my joint work with Dr. Dumitrescu.

Speaker: Carl Cowen

Time/Room:

Abstract: The Invariant Subspace Question, that is, deciding whether linear operators on Banach or Hilbert spaces have non-trivial invariant subspaces, has been around nearly since the beginning of functional analysis. If $T$ is an operator on a Banach or Hilbert space, a subspace $M$ is said to be invariant for $T$ if $x$ in $M$ implies $Tx$ is also in $M$. Von Neumann had proved that compact operators have invariant subspaces earlier than the 1950's, but Enflo and Read showed 30 years ago that there are operators on Banach spaces that have no non-trivial invariant subspaces. \\[1ex]

\hspace{1em} Rota showed, in 1960, that there are operators $T$ that provide models for every bounded linear operator on a separable, infinite dimensional Hilbert space, in the sense that given an operator $A$ on such a Hilbert space, there is $\lambda\neq 0$ and an invariant subspace $M$ for $T$ such that the restriction of $T$ to $M$ is similar to $\lambda A$. In 1969, Caradus provided a practical condition for identifying such universal operators. In this talk, we will use the Caradus theorem to exhibit new examples of universal operators and show how they can be used to provide information about invariant subspaces for Hilbert space operators. \\[1ex]

\hspace{1em} This talk is based on work done over the past five years in collaboration with Eva~Gallardo-Guti\'errez, Universidad Complutense de Madrid.

Speaker: Karan Singh

Time/Room:

Abstract: Investigators conducting research at clinical research centers often ask statisticians, “Does new intervention work? Or can we get something equivalent to the existing one just as effective and more economical?"

Statisticians help clinical researchers design studies, help to choose what data to collect, analyze data from experiments, help interpret the results of the study, and collaborate in writing manuscripts to describe the results. Nearly all clinical research studies involve statistician from beginning to end. Statisticians help researchers make sense of the data collected to decide whether an intervention is working or to find factors that may contribute significantly to outcomes.

In this presentation we present statistical considerations for a research study from beginning to end using practical examples. We hope that it will enhance the understanding of the role a statistician plays in an investigation conducted at a research center.

Speaker: Charles Doering

Time/Room:

Abstract: Buoyancy forces result from density variations, often due to temperature variations, in the presence of gravity. Buoyancy-driven fluid flows shape the weather, ocean and atmosphere dynamics, the climate, and the structure of the earth and stars. In 1916 Lord Rayleigh published a paper entitled "On Convection Currents in a Horizontal Layer of Fluid, when the Higher Temperature is on the Under Side" introducing the minimal mathematical model of buoyancy-driven fluid flow now known as Rayleigh-Bénard convection. For a century this model has served as a primary paradigm of nonlinear dynamical systems displaying spontaneous symmetry breaking and pattern formation, chaos and turbulence. Here we describe progress and challenges for the analysis of Rayleigh's model in the strongly nonlinear regime of turbulent convection.

Speaker: Ken Ono

Time/Room:**Thursday, 11/17/2016, 4-5pm, PE227**

** **Title: **Zeta polynomials
for modular forms**

Time/Room:

Abstract: The
speaker will discuss recent work on Manin's theory of zeta
polynomials for modular forms. He will describe recent results
which confirm Manin's speculation that there is such a theory
which arises from periods
of newforms. More precisely, for each even weight k>2 newform
f, the speaker will describe a canonical polynomial Zf(s) which
satisfies a functional equation of the form Zf(s)=Zf(1−s), and
also satisfies the Riemann Hypothesis: if Zf(ρ)=0, then
Re(ρ)=1/2. This
zeta function is arithmetic in nature in that it encodes the
moments of the critical values of L(f,s). This work builds on
earlier results of many people on period polynomials of modular
forms. This is joint work with Seokho Jin, Wenjun Ma, Larry
Rolen, Kannan
Soundararajan, and Florian Sprung.