# Mathematics Department

###### Graduate/faculty Seminar

##### Erin Beckman

**Monday, November 19 - 12:00 pm**

**119 Physics**

In this talk, I will introduce a version of the frog model interacting particle system. The system initially consists of a single active particle at the root of a d-ary tree and an inactive particle...

###### Geometry/topology Seminar

##### Ina Petkova (Dartmouth College, Mathematics)

**Monday, November 19 - 3:15 pm**

**119 Physics**

The Reshetikhin-Turaev construction for the standard representation of the quantum group gl(1|1) sends tangles to C(q)-linear maps in such a way that a knot is sent to its Alexander polynomial. After...

###### Triangle Topology Seminar

##### Lisa Piccirillo (University of Texas, Austin, Mathematics)

**Monday, November 26 - 3:15 pm**

**119 Physics**

Surgery-theoretic classifications fail for 4-manifolds because many 4-manifolds have second homology classes not representable by smoothly embedded spheres. Knot traces are the prototypical example of...

###### Number Theory Seminar

##### June Huh (IAS and Princeton)

**Wednesday, November 28 - 3:15 pm**

**119 Physics**

I will build a commutative ring that satisfies "standard conjectures", starting from a finite field. What is this ring? What does it say about the finite field? This talk will be elementary: No...

###### Mathematical Biology Seminar

##### Rachel Howard (H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute)

**Friday, November 30 - 12:00 pm**

**119 Physics**

TBD

###### Applied Math And Analysis Seminar

##### Elina Robeva (MIT)

**Friday, November 30 - 3:15 pm**

**Physics 119**

A symmetric tensor is orthogonally decomposable if it can be written as a linear combination of tensor powers of n orthonormal vectors. Such tensors are interesting because their decomposition can be...

###### Graduate/faculty Seminar

##### Rachel Levy

**Monday, December 3 - 12:00 pm**

**101 Physics**

Professor Rachel Levy will be having a brown bag lunch with Duke math graduate students as well as post-docs and discussing jobs in Business, Industry, and Government Careers for Mathematical...

###### Geometry/topology Seminar

##### Curtis Porter (NCSU, Mathematics)

**Monday, December 3 - 3:15 pm**

**119 Physics**

TBA