Graduate Student Seminars

Spring 2019

Title: “Gram determinants motivated by Knot Theory”

Speaker:  Rhea Palak Bakshi, GWU
Date and Time: Friday, March 22nd, 2:00-3:00pm
Place:  Rome 206

Abstract:   In the 1990s, Rodica Simion posed a problem about the Gram determinant of Type B, whose solution, inspired by the work of W. B. R. Lickorish on the Witten – Reshetikhin – Turaev invariant of 3 – manifolds, was presented by Jozef H. Przytycki and his former student Qi Chen. In this talk I will define the Gram determinant of Type A and Type B and present the result proved by Przytycki and Chen. I will then define the Gram determinant of type ‘KB’, and speak about some of our recent work.  

Title:Index sets, decision problems, and classes of (somewhat) computable groups

Speaker: Iva Bilanovic, GWU
Date and TimeFriday, March 1, 2:00-3:00pm
Place: Rome 206
Abstract: We will introduce the elementary notions of computability theory with the intention of discussing a few classical decision problems, particularly those pertaining to group theory. Time allowing, we will discuss some recent results on recursively presented groups and computable groups.

Title:How to get your math paper published

Speaker: Robbie Robinson, GWU
Date and TimeFriday, February 1, 2:00-3:00pm
Place: Rome 206
Abstract: So you have written a paper and want to publish it. I'll describe some ideas about how to choose a venue (e.g., journal, conference proceeding), what to send and to whom, what to expect to happen next (basically, wait, revise, wait, and wait again). I'll discuss such issues as coauthoring vs single authoring, dealing with editors and referees, the ArXiV, page limits, and different types of journals. I'll also discuss how to be a referee. I hope to invite other faculty who may offer a different perspective, as well.