]]>We do a disservice to the profession by giving this image of little geniuses and prodigies. These Hollywood movies about scientists can be somewhat counterproductive, too. They are telling children that there are geniuses out there that do really cool stuff, and kids may think, “Oh, that’s not me.” Maybe 5 percent of the profession fits that stereotype, but 95 percent doesn’t. You don’t have to be among the 5 percent to do interesting math…

The fun is in the struggle with a problem that resists. It’s the same kind of pleasure as with hiking: You hike uphill and it’s tough and you sweat, and at the end of the day the reward is the beautiful view. Solving a math problem is a bit like that, but you don’t always know where the path is and how far you are from the top. You have to be able to accept frustration, failure, your own limitations….It’s really beautiful to observe, as you progress in your mathematical maturity, how everything is somehow connected. There are so many things that are related, and you keep building connections in your intellectual landscape. With experience you develop a point of view that is pretty much unique to yourself—somebody else would come at it from a different angle. That’s what’s fruitful, and that’s how you can solve problems that maybe somebody smarter than you wouldn’t solve just because they don’t have the necessary perspective….

We will feature a variety of shorts, including episodes of The Simpsons, Futurama, Recess, and the Twilight Zone, as well as “The Secret Number” and “What are the Odds?”

Click Bender to witness his excitement for the film fest. Still not convinced? Then see the poster. (Warning: contains cool images that compel the viewer to attend this event.)

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The test will be **Thursday April 14, 2016, 3:00-5:00 pm RSS Room 353** (Conference Rm).

If you’re interested in taking the exam, please contact Garrett Mitchener (MitchenerG@cofc.edu).

Professor Tom Ivey finishes this semester’s MESS (Mathematical Explorations Seminar Series) of colloquium talks for undergraduate math majors with *“The geometry of differential equations” *at **3:10pm Wed. April 13, 2016**, in **104 RSS**. Professor Ivey studies problems that lie at the interface between differential equations and geometry and is an expert in differential geometry and partial differential equations, especially evolution equations, integrable systems, and exterior differential systems. Differential equations are the most commonly used tool in applied mathematics and this talk is sure to be of interest to many students and faculty alike.

For more information, see the flyer.

The talk is preceded by tea in the math department lounge **346 RSS **at** 2:45pm. **

For more information, see the flyer.

The talk is preceded by tea in the math department lounge **346 RSS **at** 2:45pm. **

Title: Network Formation in Amphiphilic Polymer Membranes

Abstract: Polymer chains are typically hydrophobic, the addition of functional groups to the backbone adds regions of hydrophilicity. The amphiphilic material (both hydrophobic and hydrophilic) has a strong affinity for solvent, imbibing it to self assemble charge-lined networks which serve as charge-selective ion conductors in a host of energy conversion applications. We present a continuum model for the free energy of an amphiphilic mixture. The associated gradient flows admit dynamic competition between network morphologies of distinct co-dimension. We present the competitive geometric evolution for co-dimension 1 bilayers and co-dimension two pore morphologies, present an analysis of the associated spectral problems, and describe rigorous existence results.

The talk will be aimed at a general scientific audience and everyone is welcome to join Dr. Promislow and the faculty of the Department of Mathematics for tea prior to the talk at 2:45pm in RSS 346.

]]>For more information, see the flyer, and Professor Kaman’s Soliton Page.

The talk is preceded by tea in the math department lounge **346 RSS **at** 2:45pm**. Come by and say hi.

The talk is preceded by tea in the math department lounge **346 RSS **at** 2:45pm**. Come by and say hi. For an abstract and more information, see the flyer.

a movie about love, sanity and math research starring

Gwyneth Paltrow, Anthony Hopkins and Jake Gyllenhaal.

**Friday October 9, 2015 7:00-9:00 PM in 100 Maybank**

Free and open to everyone. Pizza, Snacks and Drinks will be provided.

]]>For more information about the competition and the winning team, see this Ars Technica article.

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