WIMIN15
Saturday, September 19, 2015
Smith College
A oneday conference in mathematics and statistics.
Open to all
Click here for a detailed schedule and abstracts.

The Alice Dickinson Lecture in Mathematics:
Linda Chen, Swarthmore College
"Enumerative Geometry, Combinatorics, and Algebra"
Abstract
Enumerative geometry is the art of counting geometric objects that satisfy various conditions. In the 19th century, based on the "principle of conservation of number," Hermann Schubert developed methods to answer certain questions in enumerative geometry. In 1900, Hilbert listed 23 important unsolved problems of the 20th century. The Fifteeth Problem was to understand Schubertâ€™s enumerative calculus. I will discuss enumerative geometry, connections to combinatorics and algebra, and mention modern techniques, recent results, and new directions and problems.

The Dorothy Wrinch Lecture in Biomathematics:
Mariel Vazquez, University of California at Davis
"DNA Unlinking in Bacterial Cells"
Abstract
Chromosomes are long, rodshaped, DNA molecules that encode the genetic code of an organism. The Escherichia coli genome is encoded in one single circular chromosome. Multiple cellular processes such as replication, recombination, and condensation change the topology of circular DNA. In particular, newly replicated circular chromosomes are topologically linked. Controlling these topological changes is essential to cell survival. The cell uses enzymes to simplify the topology of DNA. Techniques from knot theory and lowdimensional topology, aided by computational tools, now make it possible for us to study the specific action of enzymes involved in these processes.

Short talks by students (that means you!) (if you like), 
Lunch for everyone, A panel discussion on being a graduate student, 
No registration fee.
The schedule, approximately:
9:30 Coffee, etc.
10:00 Welcome and a plenary talk by Mariel Vazquez
11:00 Short talks
12:00 Lunch
1:00 Panel of graduate students
2:30 More short talks
3:30 Coffee and snacks
4:00 Plenary talk by Linda Chen
5:00 It's all over!
would like to give a talk, use this same site to tell us the title.
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Last update: 9/12/15