Associate Professor of Mathematics
Burton Hall 314
Email: jtymoczko AT smith dot edu
Office hours: Monday noon-2pm, Wednesday noon-1:20pm, Thursday 3-4pm, and by appointment. I also hold email office hours Monday and Wednesday from 8-9pm.
I co-organize the Algebra/Combinatorics/Geometry seminar at Smith College.
I attend the Valley Geometry Seminar and the Representation Theory seminar regularly.
- In September, I'll speak at a special session at the AMS Sectional Meeting at Bowdoin College, and organize another special session at the same Sectional Meeting.
- In September, I'm also helping organize WIMIN and SMATH at Smith.
- In October, I'll attend a national conference for chairs of math/stats departments in Washington, DC.
- In October, I'll speak at a special session at the AMS Sectional Meeting in the Twin Cities.
- In November, I'm organizing the Connections for Women at AGNES here at the Five Colleges.
- In December, I'm attending a conference at the Fields Institute.
Research Interests and Activities
My research is in algebraic geometry where it intersects combinatorics and representation theory. I use combinatorial or algebraic tools to answer geometric questions, and vice versa. I am supported by a National Science Foundation grant and was an Alfred P. Sloan fellow.
A geometer studies objects like circles, spheres, doughnuts, inner tubes, and others too complicated to imagine. The most concise way to describe geometric objects is as the zero set of a collection of polynomials; for instance, the zero set of x2+y2=1 is the unit circle in the plane. Now imagine the zero set of seventeen polynomials in forty variables. What dimension is it? Does it have holes? How many pieces does it have? An algebraic geometer uses the algebra of polynomials to answer questions like these about the object.
Technical details are on my research page.