## Upcoming seminars in Mathematics | Research seminars Seminars in Statistics |

### Jörg Frauendiener

*Department of Mathematics and Statistics*

Date: Tuesday 26 September 2017

Time: 2:00 p.m.

Place: Room 241, 2nd floor, Science III building

In this talk the origin of the Penrose inequality and some attempts and special cases of its proof will be discussed in more detail.

### Ken Ono

*Emory University; 2017 NZMS/AMS Maclaurin Lecturer*

Date: Thursday 5 October 2017

Time: 11:00 a.m.

Place: Room 241, 2nd floor, Science III building

This is joint work with John Duncan, Michael Griffin and Michael Martens.

### Ken Ono

*Emory University; 2017 NZMS/AMS Maclaurin Lecturer*

Date: Thursday 5 October 2017

Time: 5:30 p.m.

Place: Archway 2

**Note venue of this public lecture**

Ramanujan's work has has a truly transformative effect on modern mathematics, and continues to do so as we understand further lines from his letters and notebooks. In this lecture, some of the studies of Ramanujan that are most accessible to the general public will be presented and how Ramanujan's findings fundamentally changed modern mathematics, and also influenced the lecturer's work, will be discussed. The speaker is an Associate Producer of the film The Man Who Knew Infinity (starring Dev Patel and Jeremy Irons) about Ramanujan. He will share several clips from the film in the lecture.

*Biography: Ken Ono is the Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Mathematics at Emory University. He is considered to be an expert in the theory of integer partitions and modular forms. He has been invited to speak to audiences all over North America, Asia and Europe. His contributions include several monographs and over 150 research and popular articles in number theory, combinatorics and algebra. He received his Ph.D. from UCLA and has received many awards for his research in number theory, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Packard Fellowship and a Sloan Fellowship. He was awarded a Presidential Early Career Award for Science and Engineering (PECASE) by Bill Clinton in 2000 and he was named the National Science Foundation’s Distinguished Teaching Scholar in 2005. In addition to being a thesis advisor and postdoctoral mentor, he has also mentored dozens of undergraduates and high school students. He serves as Editor-in-Chief for several journals and is an editor of The Ramanujan Journal. He is also a member of the US National Committee for Mathematics at the National Academy of Science.*

### Gemma Mason

*University of Auckland*

Date: Tuesday 10 October 2017

Time: 2:00 p.m.

Place: Room 241, 2nd floor, Science III building

### Rachel Weir

*Allegheny College, Pennsylvania*

Date: Monday 16 October 2017

Time: 2:00 p.m.

Place: Room 241, 2nd floor, Science III building

**Note day and time of this seminar**

A common theme in the United States in recent years has been a call to increase the number of graduates in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fields and to enhance the scientific literacy of students in other disciplines. For example, in the 2012 report Engage to Excel, the Obama administration announced a goal of "producing, over the next decade, 1 million more college graduates in STEM fields than expected under current assumptions." Achieving these types of goals will require us to harness the potential of all students, forcing us to identify and acknowledge the barriers encountered by students from traditionally underrepresented groups. Over the past few years, I have been working to understand these barriers to success, particularly in mathematics. In this talk, I will share what I have learned so far and how it has influenced my teaching.

### Boriz Daszuta

*Department of Mathematics and Statistics*

Date: Tuesday 17 October 2017

Time: 2:00 p.m.

Place: Room 241, 2nd floor, Science III building

### Matthew Parry

*Department of Mathematics and Statistics*

Date: Tuesday 24 October 2017

Time: 2:00 p.m.

Place: Room 241, 2nd floor, Science III building

### Tom ter Elst

*University of Auckland*

Date: Tuesday 31 October 2017

Time: 2:00 p.m.

Place: Room 241, 2nd floor, Science III building

### Vee Liem Saw

*Department of Mathematics and Statistics*

Date: Tuesday 7 November 2017

Time: 2:00 p.m.

Place: Room 241, 2nd floor, Science III building