Comet Calendar, The Official Event Calendar for UT Dallas en-us This week's events for Natural Sciences & Mathematics at UT Dallas Biological Sciences Seminar by Dr. Xiongwei Zhu, Case Western Reserve University Thursday, Sep 29
(4 p.m. - 5 p.m.)

Fall 2016 SEMINAR SERIES for the Department of Biological Sciences

Dr. Xiongwei Zhu, Associate Professor, Department of Pathology, Case Western Reserve University

Presenting "Abnormal Mitochondrial Dynamics Contributes to the Pathogenesis of Alzheimer Disease" 

Reception at 3:45 p.m.

Actuarial Career Day Event: Willis Towers Watson Friday, Sep 30
(12 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.)

The Actuarial Student Association (ASA) will host an Actuarial Career Day Event with Willis Towers Watson, an actuarial consulting firm.  The event will take place on Friday, September 30,  2016, from 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm in SSB 3.107 (Career Center Seminar Room).  

Besides Actuarial Science, the following STEM majors are invited: Math, Statistics, Economics and Finance.  Lunch will be served.  Bring your resume and be ready to talk to the employer about your actuarial studies at UT Dallas and your future career plans.  

We look forward to seeing you at this event!

This information is also posted on the Actuarial Program website

under Actuarial Program Events link.  


Mathematical Sciences Colloquium by Francois Baccelli Friday, Sep 30
(2 p.m. - 3 p.m.)

Francois Baccelli

Simons Chair

Mathematics and Electrical & Computer Engineering,

University of Texas at Austin

Dynamics on Random Networks

The talk will be focused on dynamics on discrete random structures.

We will first consider compatible dynamics on the points of a stationary point process, namely “rules to navigate from point to point" which are preserved by translations. Each such dynamics defines a random graph on the points of the process. The connected components of this graph can be split into a collection of foils, which are the analogue of the stable manifold of the dynamics.

We will give a general classification of such dynamics in terms of the cardinality of the foils of these connected components. There are three types: F/F (finitely many finite foils), I/F (infinitely many finite foils), and I/I.

We will then consider compatible dynamics on random graphs and random networks (marked graphs), namely “rules to navigate from node to node" which are preserved by graph or network isomorphisms. We will show that this classification also holds for all unimodular random graphs and networks. We will complement this by analytical results on the relative intensities of the foils.

These results will be illustrated by concrete examples of navigation rules, both on point processes and on random networks.


Joint work with M.-O. Haji-Mirsadeghi, Department of Mathematics, Sharif University, and A. Khezeli, Department of Mathematics, UT Austin.


Sponsored by the Department of Mathematical Sciences

Math and Creativity Saturday, Oct 1
(6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.)

Dr. Po-Shen Loh
Associate Professor of Mathematics, Carnegie Mellon University

Do you enjoy interesting problems? Do you want to find out how to make the most of math competitions?

Professor Po-Shen Loh will address puzzles that don’t look mathematical, but ultimately are unlocked by mathematical insights.

Metroplex Math Circle is pleased to provide this opportunity for free to the public thanks to our sponsor,  AwesomeMath Academy.  

Prof. Po-Shen Loh is Coach and Leader of the USA International Mathematical Olympiad Team, and founder of He is also Associate Professor of Mathematics at Carnegie Mellon University.

The Metroplex Math Circle (MMC) is an enrichment program designed to attract talented students to mathematics and to provide an accelerated avenue to develop students' mathematical and problem-solving skills.

The Director of MMC is Dr. Titu Andreescu, UTD’s mathematics education associate professor, former director of the AMC and former coach of the US International Math Olympiad team. Dr. Andreescu is also the author of multiple books on Olympiad and collegiate level problem solving.

The MMC brings middle and high school students together with professors, researchers, teachers, and other students who share their interest, providing a social context for students who enjoy math.

Sponsored by Dr. Titu Andreescu of the Metroplex Math Circle and AwesomeMath Academy