Seminars and Colloquia by Series

Series: Other Talks
Tuesday, November 25, 2014 - 16:00 , Location: Skiles 005 , Colm Mulcahy , Spelman College , Organizer: Matt Baker

Colm Mulcahy is a professor of mathematics at Spelman College, in Atlanta, where he has
taught since 1988. He's currently on leave in the DC area. Over the last decade, he has
been at the forefront of publishing new mathemagical principles and effects for cards,
particularly in his long-running bi-monthly Card Colm for the MAA. Some of his puzzles
have been featured in the New York Times. His book
<a href="" target="_blank">Mathematical Card Magic: Fifty-Two New Effects</a> was published by AK Peters/CRC Press in 2013.
Colm is a recipient of MAA's Allendoerfer Award for excellence in expository writing, for
an article on image compression using wavelets.

Martin Gardner was best known for his 300 "Mathematical Games" columns in Scientific American, in which he introduced thousands of budding mathematicians to topics such as RSA cryptography, fractals, Penrose tiles and Conway's game of Life, as well as elegant puzzles which still lead to "Aha!" moments today. In his centennial year we'll survey some of what he achieved and in particular the puzzle legacy he leaves behind.
Series: Other Talks
Tuesday, November 25, 2014 - 10:30 , Location: Marcus Nanotechnology Building, Rooms 1116-1118 , Michael Levitt , Stanford University , Organizer:

Host: College of Sciences, Georgia Tech

Series: Other Talks
Monday, November 24, 2014 - 16:30 , Location: GT Student Center Ballroom , 2013 Nobel Laureate Michael Levitt , Stanford University , Organizer:

Biography: Michael Levitt is an American-British-Israeli biophysicist and professor of structural biology in
the Stanford University School of Medicine and a winner of the 2013 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. Born
in South Africa in 1947, Levitt earned his Bachelor of Science in Physics from Kings College
London and his Ph.D. in biophysics from Cambridge University. His research involves multi-scale
approaches to molecular modeling: Coarse-grained models that merge atoms to allow folding
simulation and hybrid models that combine classical and quantum mechanics to explain how enzymes
works by electrostatic strain. Levitt's diverse interests have included RNA and DNA modeling,
protein folding simulation, classification of protein folds and protein geometry, antibody
modeling, x-ray refinement, antibody humanization, side-chain geometry, torsional normal mode,
molecular dynamics in solution, secondary structure prediction, aromatic hydrogen bonds, structure
databases, and mass spectrometry. His Stanford research team currently works on protein evolution,
the crystallographic phase problem and Cryo-EM refinement. He is a member of both the Royal
Society of London and the U.S. National Academy of Science. Levitt also remains an active computer
programmer--"a craft skill of which I am particularly proud," he says.

The development multiscale models for complex chemical systems began in 1967 with publications by Warshel and Levitt recently recognized by the 2013 Nobel Committee for Chemistry. The simplifications used then at the dawn of the age of computational structural biology were mandated by computers that were almost a billion times less cost-effective than those we use today. These same multiscale models have become increasingly popular in application that range from simulation of atomic protein motion, to protein folding and explanation of enzyme catalysis. In this talk I describe the origins of computational structural biology and then go on to show some of the most exciting current and future applications. Please RSVP. Reception begins at 4:30PM; lecture starts at 5:00PM.
Series: Other Talks
Thursday, November 6, 2014 - 19:00 , Location: Clary Theatre , Max Donelan , Simon Fraser University, Department of Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology , Organizer:

After the talk there will be a reception and time for visitors to chat with Donelan and each other.

Professor Max Donelan talks about the bionic energy harvester, which uses energy generated from walking to power portable devices. He also discusses his research on the reflexes and nerves of animals, from elephants to shrews.
Series: Other Talks
Saturday, November 1, 2014 - 13:00 , Location: Emory University , Peter Keevash , Oxford University , Organizer: Xingxing Yu
Emory University, Georgia Tech and Georgia State University, with support from the National Science Foundation and the National Security Agency, will continue the series of mini-conferences and host a series of 9 new mini-conferences from 2014-2017. The 13th of these mini-conferences will be held at Emory University during November 1-2, 2014. The conferences will stress a variety of areas and feature one prominent researcher giving 2 fifty minute lectures and 4 outstanding researchers each giving one fifty minute lecture. There will also be several 25 minute lecturers by younger researchers or graduate students. For more details, see the schedule
Series: Other Talks
Friday, October 31, 2014 - 16:00 , Location: North end of Tech Green , Homecoming , Schools in the College of Sciences , Organizer:
This year's homecoming activities promise to be better than ever with all of the schools in the College of Sciences getting together to throw one big bash. Hear the CoS All-Star band, play casino and table games and take part in our photo contest. Come early to take a tour of science labs and hear faculty and students show-off their research. This is Halloween, so wear your costume to take part in the 2014 All Hallow's Eve Costume contest, if you wish. Come as your favorite costume, extra points for including some science in your get-up. There will be fabulous prizes, giveways and much, much more! Families, kids and guests are welcome. Those without an RSVP will still be able to purchase food, but for free food RSVP is required.
Series: Other Talks
Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 19:00 , Location: Clary Theater , Randy Engle , School of Psychology, Georgia Tech , Organizer:

After the lecture, there will be a reception and time to chat with Engle and other guests.

During the next Frontiers in Science lecture, Randy Engle, professor in Georgia Tech’s School of Psychology, will talk about how the cultural and biological aspects of human intelligence differ from each other, and even change over a lifetime. Engle will discuss how biologically based intelligence is involved in our ability to pay attention and resist distractions. He’ll also discuss how socio-economic status plays a role. He’ll uncover some of the brain mechanisms and genetics involved, and talk about recent attempts, by such companies as Lumosity, to help people improve their fluid intelligence.
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Sunday, October 26, 2014 - 08:30 , Location: University of Tennessee Knoxville , Southeast Geometry Seminar , University of Tennessee Knoxville , Organizer: John McCuan
The Southeast Geometry Seminar is a series of semiannual one-day events focusing on geometric analysis. These events are hosted in rotation by the following institutions: Emory University; Georgia Institute of Technology; University of Alabama at Birmingham; University of Tennessee Knoxville. The following five speakers will give presentations: Sigurd Angenent (University of Wisconsin-Madison); Omer Bobrowski (Duke University); Tom Ivey (College of Charleston); Ken Knox (University of Tennessee); Facundo Memoli (Ohio State University). Please email if you plan to attend and wish to request support.
Series: Other Talks
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - 13:00 , Location: Klaus 1116 , Dick Lipton , School of Computer Science, Georgia Tech , Organizer:

Hosted by Dana Randall

I will present a number of stories about some results that I think highlight how results get proved and how they do not. These will span problems from almost all areas of theory, and will include both successes and failures. I hope that beyond the actual results you will enjoy and hopefully profit from the stories.
Series: Other Talks
Monday, September 15, 2014 - 15:00 , Location: Pettit Bldg., Conf Room 102 A&B , Dam Thanh Son , University of Chicago , Organizer:

Host: Shina Tan, School of Physics, Georgia Tech

Hydrodynamics is the theory describing collective behaviors of fluids and gases. It has a very long history and is usually considered to belong to the realm of classical physics. In recent years, it has been found that, in many cases, hydrodynamics can manifest a purely quantum effect --- anomalies. We will see how this new appreciation of the interplay between quantum and classical physics has emerged, unexpectedly, through the idea of gauge/gravity duality, which originates in modern string theory. I will briefly mention the possible relevance of the new findings to the physics of the quark gluon plasma.