Fractal mystique: The Buddhabrot
A Buddhabrot rendering of
the Mandelbrot set
Image courtesy of Paul Bourke

MathAcrossCampus is a quarterly colloquium series at the University of Washington to showcase applications of mathematics, with a special emphasis on the growing role of discrete methods in math applications. The goal of this seminar is to expose theoreticians to applied work, to create a community of mathematicians and users of mathematics at UW, and to serve as a guide to students and researchers looking for projects and jobs in math-related areas by offering exposure to ongoing math applications in the Seattle area.

Upcoming Public Lecture in the MathAcrossCampus Series

Friday, May 20, 2016, 3:30 PM Kane Hall 110, reception to follow at 4:30

Irit Dinur, The Weizmann Institute of Science

Most Recent Public Lecture in the MathAcrossCampus Series

Friday, February 19, 2016, 2:30 PM Kane Hall 110, reception to follow at 3:30

Taylor Perron (short biography) , Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Branching Out Across the Solar System

Poster for Taylor Perron's talk

River networks, which branch like tree limbs across the landscape, are one of Earthís most widespread and recognizable surface features. They have also been discovered on two other Solar System bodies, Mars and Saturnís moon Titan. What do these striking landscape patterns tell us about the histories of alien worlds? I will show how mathematical and computational descriptions of slow-acting geological processes, combined with measurements of todayís landscapes, have provided a new perspective on the origin and evolution of river networks. I will then direct your gaze to Titan, where an exotic cocktail of materials and conditions has formed a deceptively Earth-like landscape, and show what our Earthly knowledge can teach us about this mysterious world.

Organizers and contact information

The organizers of MathAcrossCampus are Rekha Thomas, Ioana Dumitriu, and Christopher Hoffman.

MathAcrossCampus is also made possible by the efforts of UW Mathematics graduate students Clayton Barnes, Gerandy Brito Montes de Oca, Christopher Fowler, Matthew Junge, Hon Leung Lee, Avi Levy, Harishchandra Ramadas, and Jacob Richey.

The MathAcrossCampus website was designed and created by Nathaniel Blair-Stahn.

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MathAcrossCampus is currently supported by UW's College of Arts and Sciences and the Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences.

Additional support has been provided by: The NSF VIGRE grant at UW; the departments of Applied Mathematics and Economics; the Milliman Fund; and the NSF Research Training Group in Inverse Problems and PDEs.