Announcements
Robot Challenges
For students who still need workshops, or would just like to work with the Lego Robots, there will be a series of workshops structured as a series of challenges. For each challenge, there is a short introductory lecture (see calendar for times), followed by open lab times to design the robot and related programs. Each completed challenge counts as a workshop. All challenges must be completed by 5pm on Thursday, 19 May (Reading Day). We will provide the Legos for the challenges, but you will need to bring your laptop for the programming component. See https://sites.google.com/site/csmscholarshipprogram/robotchallengesspring2011 for more details. 
Research Talk:
Prof. Rob Schneiderman will be giving a research talk on Thursday, 12 May at 3pm. The talk is titled, "Visualizing Surface in 4 Dimensions," and will be held in Gillet 219. Prof. Schneiderman is an assistant professor of mathematics, and starting in the fall, will be the codirector of the CSM Program (along with Prof. Nancy Griffeth). 
Research Day:

Office Closed for Spring Break:
Spring Break starts Sunday, April 17 and runs through Tuesday, April 26. The office will be closed for break, and Silicia's normal hours (on Mondays and Tuesdays) will resume on Monday, 2 May. 
Research Talk:
On Thursday, 14 April, Prof. Gigliola Staffilani from MIT will give a research talk. The talk is titled, "From disorder to order: how a mathematician sees life and work", and will be in Gillet 217. Abstract: I will start by recounting how my life took me from a small farm in Italy to MIT. I will then introduce in general terms the subject of my research: waves. I will explain how different kinds of waves in nature can be represented by the same mathematical object and I will give an idea of the kids of theorems I prove. I will end by describing how I think about math and how this thinking is not so much different than other activities I do in real life. 
Counting Knots:
Prof. Andrew Rechnitzer from the University of British Columbia will give a research talk on knots in mathematics. The talk will be in Gillet 219 on Monday, 11 April at 3:30pm Title: Counting in Thompson's group F  enumeration and experimentation Abstract: In mathematics, a knot is the embedding of a simple closed loop into R^3 and a fundamental problem is to determine when one such embedding is equivalent to another under continuous deformations. This naturally partitions the space of curves into knottypes. One quickly realises that there are a lot of knottypes  and a fundamental question is "How many are there?" The simple answer is "lots". So if there are so many, which ones are typical? And are some more typical than others? What do we even mean by typical? In order to answer this we must decide what we mean by a random closed loop in R^3. I will work with a particular family of curves called selfavoiding polygons. There are many combinatorial tools for studying these objects and in order decide what is a typical knot we will end up counting polygons. I hope to make this talk very selfcontained and will assume very little knowledge of knot theory (I am not a knot theorist) or combinatorics. 
Summer Plans Workshop:
On Thursday, 10 Februay, 3pm, Prof. St. John will lead a workshop on summer research and internship programs. Topics include paid research programs (REUs), internships programs, and preparing applications for these programs. For a list of REUs, see http://www.nsf.gov/crssprgm/reu/reu_search.cfm. The workshop will be held in Gillet 223. 