Monday, March 18, 2013
Silver Prof., Currant Institute,
SJH Room 313
Short bio of the presenter.
bi-weekly research seminar
Wednesdays 13:50 PM. Location: SJH 112
In Spring 2013 the topic of the seminar is “Expanders and Metric
Embeddings”. Details may be found
here. For more details please contact Prof. Ostrovskii
Steven J. Brams will give a talk on
“Mathematics and Democracy”.
Short bio of the
Steven Brams is a Professor of Politics at New York
University and the author, co-author, or co-editor of
about 16 books and about 250 articles. His recent books include
Theory of Moves (1994) and co-authored with Alan D. Taylor, Fair
Division: From Cake-Cutting to Dispute Resolution (1996) and The
Win-Win Solution: Guaranteeing Fair Shares to Everybody (1999),
Mathematics and Democracy: Designing Better Voting and
Fair-Division Procedures, appeared in 2008.
Brams has applied game theory and social-choice theory to
voting and elections, bargaining and fairness, international
relations, and the Bible and theology. He is a former president of
the Peace Science Society (1990-1991) and the Public Choice Society
(2004-2006). He has been a Fellow of the American Association for
the Advancement of Science since 1986, a Guggenheim Fellow
(1986-1987), and a Visiting Scholar at the Russell Sage Foundation
Prof. Alexander Koldobsky,
(University of Missouri, Columbia) "Stability in volume comparison
Abstract: We generalize the hyperplane inequality in
dimensions up to 4 to the setting of arbitrary measures in place of
volume. To prove this generalization, we establish stability in the
affirmative part of Zvavitch's extension of the Busemann-Petty
problem to arbitrary measures. Then we discuss different stability
estimates in similar volume comparison problems.
Departmental weekly research seminar
Tuesdays 12:20-1:40 PM. Location: SJH 112
In Spring 2012 the topic of the seminar is “Metric Embeddings”.
Lectures may be found at:http://facpub.stjohns.edu/ostrovsm/Book.html
For details please contact Prof. Ostrovskii at firstname.lastname@example.org
Students Math Competitions Preparations
If you are interested in the competitions, or if you are just
curious of what we do at St. John’s about this, sign up on St. John’s
Central at: Groups-> Groups Index-> Student Study
Groups-> Putnam Math Competition.
If you are a Math major, or just mathematically inclined, you may
want to have a look at the William Lowell Putnam Mathematics
Competition Directory. It will give you a pretty good idea of
what this competition is about
Now approaching its 33rd year, the contest began in 1979 and has
grown to the point where over 50 schools with over 300 contestants
participate in a typical year. Contestants at each participating
school take the two and one-half hour exam on their own campus
under the supervision of one of their own faculty members.
Individuals compete for $750 in regional prizes for which any
contestant is eligible, and $250 in local prizes for which only
Virginia Tech students are eligible.
GRE Subject (MATH) Practice
Are you planning to continue with graduate school? We are
holding practice sessions for students (undergraduates and
graduates) interested in taking the GRE Subject in
Mathematics. These sessions are held most Tuesdays 3:30-4:50
in the Math Lounge. If you are interested, feel free to stop by, no
Even simpler, come and see Dr. Florin Catrina in the Math Dept, SJH
334L, or e-mail email@example.com.
An informal TEA is being organized to meet hebdomadally on Friday
There are no specific agenda – merely friendly gatherings for
chats. The TEA is open to all students, professors and
Besides hot tea, there will be a free buffet of coffee, iced tea,
crumpets, cookies and other assorted small refreshments.
Also, small intellectual games … Chess, Go, Checkers, Hex, etc.,
will become available. Plus, demonstrations of expertise in
such games may be occasioned.
Our first interdisciplinary confluence is scheduled for
September 3 at 3:30 p.m. in SJH 337 (rear of Mathematics
Department), please contact Assoc. Prof. Cal Mittman at firstname.lastname@example.org.