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Joint BYU/USU Applied Math/PDE seminar

We are combining with Utah State University for our seminar this fall. All who are interested are welcome to join us next Monday at 3pm for an inaugural, organizational meeting. Details for the zoom link are included below:

Topic: USU/BYU Applied Math/PDE seminar
Time: Aug 31, 2020 03:00 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada)
Every week on Mon, until Dec 14, 2020, 16 occurrence(s)

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Math 112 Pre-Semester Preparation Click for more information

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Taught by Coach Michael Dorff and Robbie Snellman.

Where: On Zoom – a link will be provided to those who contact Dr. Snellman.

When: August 25, 26, 27, 12:00PM – 2:00 PM

TMCB Open with Reduced Hours

The TMCB will be open for general access according to Phase II that starts on Monday (August 17), and then will move to Phase III on August 31. Face masks will be required.

Building hours:

Phase II (August 17-August 30): 6:00 AM – 5:30 PM
Phase II (August 31-November 25, Thanksgiving Holiday): 6:00 AM – 11:00 PM.

If you have any questions about this, please contact the department secretary, Lonette Stoddard, at 801-422-2062 or

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Colloquium: Margaret Beck (Boston University)

Speaker: Margaret Beck

Title: Spectral stability and spatial dynamics in partial differential equations

Abstract: Understanding the spectral stability of solutions to partial differential equations is an important step in predicting long-time dynamics. Recently, it has been shown that a topological invariant known as the Maslov Index can play an important role in determining spectral stability for systems that have a symplectic structure. Moreover, this perspective has lead to a framework for developing a spatial dynamics in multiple spatial dimensions. In this talk, the notions of spectral stability, the Maslov Index, and multidimensional spatial dynamics will be introduced and an overview of recent results will be given.

Retired Faculty Luncheon

Focus on Math: Pallavi Dani (Louisiana State University)

Title: Crystallographic groups

Abstract: Wallpapers are formed by repeating the same picture in a regular, periodic pattern. Have you ever wondered how many different wallpaper patterns are possible? Just a handful, or a very large number, or infinitely many? In this talk we will explore the answer to this question by considering the symmetries of wallpapers. Such symmetries make up the so-called crystallographic groups, and we will discuss their classification, as well as their connection to modern mathematics.

Biography: Dr. Pallavi Dani is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mathematics at Louisiana State University. She grew up in Mumbai, India and came to the United States to enter a doctoral program. She obtained her PhD from the University of Chicago in 2005. After brief postdocs at the University of Oklahoma and Emory University, she arrived at LSU in 2009. Her research has been funded by grants from the National Science Foundation and the Simons Foundation. In 2016 she was awarded the Ruth I. Michler Memorial Prize by the Association of Women in Mathematics in recognition of her research. Her work revolves around studying groups, which can be thought of as collections symmetries of spaces, from a geometric perspective.