Binghamton University Math Graduate Student Seminar
The Math Graduate Student Seminar intends to strengthen the communication among graduate students by letting them present attractive and stimulating mathematics to other students and have discussion around a particular topic. The presentations should be accessible to any graduate student in mathematics and everybody is encouraged to contribute with a talk.

If you would like to give a talk please email Eran Crockett, Patrick Milano, or Rachel Skipper.

For a list of talks from previous semesters, see the archive.

Fall 2017
Meetings: Tuesday 12:05 to 1:05 in WH 309
Organizers: Eran Crockett, Patrick Milano, and Rachel Skipper


5 September

Eran Crockett

Representing lattices

Every distributive lattice can be embedded in the lattice of subsets of some set. Which modular lattices can be embedded in the lattice of submodules of some module? The answer to this question will require a detour into projective geometry. This talk will be accessible to beginning graduate students.

12 September

Matt Evans

Adjunction Junction

In Categories for the Working Mathematician, Saunders Mac Lane wrote "The slogan is 'Adjoint functors arise everywhere'." Consider this talk an attempt to convince you of this fact. My other goals are to introduce the notion of a natural duality and (time permitting) talk about my current research. This talk is accessible to all graduate students.

19 September

Chris Eppolito


A topos is a category with internal structures resembling those in the
 category of finite sets. I will motivate the definition of topoi and
(time permitting) explain the connections to some interesting nonstandard logic systems.

26 September

Ted Ofner

Train track maps

We will discuss train track maps: what they are, how they are known to exist, and how they can be used to understand outer space.

3 October




10 October

Ulysses Alvarez


I will discuss and define a generalization of curvature which shares properties of sectional curvature in Riemannian Geometry.

17 October

No Seminar

Fall Break

24 October

Patrick Milano

Mathematical music theory

I'll survey some applications of math to music. Topics will include Euler's Tonnetz (a network of related musical tones) and a recent geometric approach due to Callender, Quinn, and Tymoczko. A crash course in the music theory will be included for the benefit of music novices.

31 October

Kyle Bayes



7 November

Nick Devin



14 November

Josh Carey



21 November

Sayak Sengupta


28 November

Kunle Abawonse

5 December
Weiyu Zhou


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