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Experience at an AMS Mathematics Research Community
The AMS Mathematics Research Communities (MRC) is an NSFfunded program to help graduate students and postdocs jumpstart their careers. Every summer the AMS runs three sessions, each on a specific subject. Budding researchers in that area work intensively with each … Continue reading
Optimal Control Theory to Settle Reinhardt’s Conjecture
The 2010’s are a Golden Age for packing problems. In 2014, Hales announced the longawaited completion of a highprofile machine proof project called FlySpeck, which verified his proof of Kepler’s conjecture. Johannes Kepler, in 1600, conjectured that the densest way to pack … Continue reading
Posted in General, Math
Tagged Control Theory, Math, Packing Problems, Reinhardt Conjecture, Sphere Packing
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See, Accept, Affirm
The mathematical community is one, which—while not as diverse as it could/should be—counts as members individuals from all backgrounds and of all identities. These individualities are something we as a community should cherish and support. One outlet for such support … Continue reading
Posted in Diversity, Grad School, Math, Social Justice, Teaching
Tagged Commitment, Inclusion, Inculisivity, Safe Space, Social Justice
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“A Game With Mirrors”
Throughout my grad school experience, from conference registration forms and universitywide surveys to actual grad school applications themselves, I have often run into the following question: Always making me think: Why is this still a thing?
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Tagged Bias, Community, Discrimination, Gender, Inclusive, Invisibility, Math, Survey
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The Role of Generalization in Advanced Mathematical Thinking
Generalization and abstraction both play an important role in the minds of mathematics students as they study higherlevel concepts. In the second chapter of the Springer book Advanced Mathematical Thinking, Tommy Dreyfus defines generalization as the derivation or induction from something particular to something … Continue reading