UBC/UMC is the undergraduate mathematics colloquium at the University of British Columbia. It puts on talks by mathematicians; the talks are about research in math, and aim to be accessible to undergrads.
The details of the colloquium may be found below. All are welcome.
Below, you'll find details of the next talk, a schedule of all talks, and a few extras.
the next talk
The next UBC/UMC talk is by Mike Lindstrom. It will take place at 3:00 in MATH 203.
The Art in Problem Solving
The scope of what constitutes a math problem is far wider than "how many apples are left in the basket if..." or "prove the equation has at least one real root." Math problems can be seen in everything from the development of bone structures through the bending of light due to massive objects; math is everywhere. By going through a few projects I've recently had the fortune of working on, I want to highlight a few of the beautiful ways mathematical thinking finds its way into solving real-world problems including: using physical modelling in designing devices for water filtration by electrodialysis, implementing formal asymptotic analysis to predict the behaviour of a fusion reactor, and writing numerical methods to provide a proof-of-concept for a new method of mass spectrometry. Just as there is art in expressing the world through imagery and poetry, so there is in analyzing problems appropriately and making use of such analysis.
No prior knowledge is expected: all the problems presented will include the relevant background information.
November 6, 2013: Christina Koch
Families of forbidden configurations
October 23, 2013: Jim Bryan
Topological quantum field theory
February 27, 2013: Ari Belenkiy
Norms of coining at the Royal Mint and Newton's Revolution
February 13, 2013: Iain Moyles
Case studies in industrial mathematics
January 23, 2013: George Bluman
Introduction to Similarity Methods for Partial Differential Equations
November 21, 2012: Andrew Rechnitzer
November 7, 2012: Malabika Pramanik
The Transatlantic Cable
October 24, 2012: Brian Marcus
Coding Theory and Practice
September 26, 2012: Maxim Stykow
Topological Data Analysis
March 13, 2012: Andrew Bernoff
An Introduction to Surface Tension (Or Why Raindrops are Spherical)
February 15, 2012: Carmen Bruni
An Introduction to Kolmogorov Complexity
November 23, 2011: Dominik Schoetzau
Numerical methods with exponential convergence
October 26, 2011: Ailana Fraser
Deforming complicated plane curves to simple ones
October 5, 2011: Michael Lindstrom
Industrial modelling: Applications to fuel cell and nuclear reactor engineering
September 14, 2011: Eric Cytrynbaum
Everyday mathematics: two modelling case studies
April 6, 2011: Omer Angel
Graph limits, ordering graphs and embedding metric spaces.
March 23, 2011: Richard Froese
Localization and delocalization in the Anderson model
March 9, 2011: Vince Chan
Turning your (infinitesimally thin) car around: Improving on the 3-point turn
February 9, 2011: Bud Homsy
Viscous Fingering in Porous Media
January 12, 2011: Robert Klinzmann
How algebra can determine geometry
January 12, 2011: George Bluman
Dimensional Analysis, Modelling and Invariance
November 24, 2010: Leah Keshet
Getting Together: Flocks and the single bird
November 10, 2010: Josh Zukewich
Evolution of cooperation in structured populations
October 27, 2010: Thomas Wong
Enumeration: Learning to Count
October 13, 2010: Philip Loewen
September 29, 2010: Jun Allard
A mathematical model of
antigen bonds on immune cells
September 15, 2010: Brian Wetton
Approximating the arctan function
April 14, 2010: Alexander Duncan
Solving equations with Groebner bases
March 31, 2010: Alia Hamieh
The Congruent Number Problem
March 17, 2010: Jennifer Johnson-Leung
What's modularity got to do with it?
March 3, 2010: Anthony Peirce
Mathematics at work in geomechanics: why miners and oilmen should learn PDEs
February 3, 2010: Bud Homsy
Fluid motion and the Navier-Stokes Equations: Why is F=ma so tough
for fluids and why haven't we solved these equations yet?
January 20, 2010: Mike Bennett
Diophantine equations for fun (and profit?)
December 2, 2009: Eric Cytrynbaum
How cells get by without a ruler and compass
November 18, 2009: David Kohler
The Missing Region Problem
November 4, 2009: Greg Martin
Prime numbers: What we know,
and what we know we think
October 21, 2009: Richard Anstee
If you can't square the circle, then at least you can square the square
October 7, 2009: George Bluman
Systematic Methods for Solving Ordinary Differential Equations
September 23, 2009: Adam Clay
Introduction to Knot Theory
We're always looking for new ideas. If you'd like to see a particular talk or a particular speaker, or give a talk yourself, drop us a line. (UBC/UMC is run by Fok-Shuen Leung, whose main page is here.)
If you're a student particularly an undergrad interested in mathematics, check out the Math Club; they can be found in MATX 1119, and online as well.
If you're an undergrad interested in teaming up with a prof and doing some research in math, the NSERC USRAs (the National Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada Undergraduate Student Research Awards that's why they have acronyms) are an available opportunity. These talks are a great way to gauge your interest in a professor's research. For USRA details, check out the NSERC site, or ask at the Mathematics Department office.