Anna and I are not only co-bloggers extraordinaire, we also co-organized a Special Session titled “Discrete Structures in Number Theory” (the title was all Anna). We knew we had a good lineup from the time we started organizing, but I was pleasantly surprised by just how good our speakers were. The energy was extremely positive, the talks were interesting, and the whole event was just really fun. We also had several speakers who were on the job market, so I hope some of their interviewers came to their talks (*wink wink*).
From the organizational point of view, this was my first special session, and I must say it was a really fun process (of course, as you all know, Anna is great, and that helped). I encourage all young mathematicians who have not yet organized a session to really consider doing it, it will be worth it! The deadline for an AMS Special Session is April 7, and you can go here. If you’d rather do an MAA Invited Paper Session, you have until March 15, and you can go here.
Favorite quotes/pictures from the session below.
First, a fun fact: Two of our afternoon speakers, Paul Pollack and Lola Thompson, are academic siblings (students of Carl Pomerance) and collaborators. Lesser known fact, Paul was able to train Lola’s guinea pigs to do some fun tricks! So now you know, even if you publish as much as Paul and give really good talks, you will only be as good if you’re an accomplished guinea pig trainer!