For the latest symposium information see the UMS home page.
The 2017 UMS was held at UIC on Saturday, November 18, 2017.
Download the symposium poster (designed by Jānis Lazovskis)
Abstract: I hope to convince you that questions about factorizations of polynomials with non-negative real coefficients---not necessarily into irreducibles and possibly with conditions on the degrees of the factors---are worth studying by discussing several examples that have interesting answers. The question in the title arises from an equivalent formulation that asks what we can say about a finite collection of dice from knowing the probability distribution of the totals that arise when the dice are rolled. No knowledge of the game of craps will be required, but you may enjoy this classic scene [warning: adult language], from the movie “ A Bronx Tale” set in the Belmont neighborhood that abuts Fordham.
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Please make note of the following deadlines:
Five undergraduates will be given the opportunity to give a 20 minute lecture on their research project, and a poster session will give others the chance to describe their projects. Note that the symposium does not accept group applications for lectures, but only presentations by individuals. A group of students, however, may choose to collectively submit a poster.
In addition to the poster presentation on Saturday, students will also have the opportunity to preview their posters at the weekly UIC math department tea and colloquium reception at 4:00pm on Friday, November 17.
For applications to attend or speak at the symposium that were received by October 15, limited funding for travel and lodging may be available. Faculty references for these applications should be sent by email to:
Plenary lectures are 50 minutes and student lectures 20 minutes; breaks of 10 minutes between talks allow for questions and discussion. A catered lunch of sandwiches and salads is provided for all symposium participants.
Friday, November 17 | |
4:00 - 5:00pm | Poster previews and math department tea in SEO 300 |
Saturday, November 18 | |
8:15 - 8:50am | Sign-in and coffee in SEO 300 |
Morning session — Plenary Lectures — SEO 636 | |
9:00am | Ian Morrison |
10:00am | Christine Berkesch Zamaere |
11:00am | Julius Ross |
12:00pm | Lunch in SEO 300 |
Afternoon Session 1 — Student lectures — SEO 636 | |
1:00pm | Zeid Ghalyoun (Southern Illinois) |
1:30pm | Divya Chalise (UT Arlington) |
2:00pm | Michael Toriyama (UIUC) |
2:30pm | Coffee break in SEO 300 |
Afternoon session 2 — Student lectures and posters — SEO 636 | |
3:00pm | Caitlyn Booms (Notre Dame) |
3:30pm | Khoa D Tran (UIUC) |
4:00pm | Darshan Chalise (UT Arlington) |
4:30 - 5:30pm | Poster Session in SEO 300 |