# The Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics Colloquium presents Swatee Naik and Christopher Stark, from the National Science Foundation.

Date: Friday, Nov 18, 2022

Start time: 2:00 p.m.

End time: 3:00 p.m.

Location: Harris Hall 4145 & Harris Hall 4100

Audience: General

Research level mathematics comes in many different flavors. Topology is a branch of mathematics concerned with a study of flexible shapes. Topological methods are not only useful in mathematics, but they have fascinated scientists since the 1800s. The 2016 Nobel prize in Physics was awarded to three physicists who used topological notions to study phases of matter such as superconductivity and sueprfluidity. In this talk, we will introduce some basic concepts from geometry and topology through diagrams and informal explanations, and mention some applications. The talk should be accessible to undergraduate students who have studied Calculus. In the second half of this talk, we will present an overview of NSF opportunities for students.

Zoom Meeting ID: 822 7853 4531 Password: VCUMATH101

Food and drinks will be provided after the Colloquium.

*Colloquium Seminars are held on select Fridays throughout the year. These broad audience presentations are intended to introduce the VCU community to the world of mathematics. Colloquium presentations explore topics in mathematics, applied mathematics, math history and education, and the exciting connections between math, science, art and humanities. *

Sponsor(s): Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics

Event contact: Nicola Tarasca, tarascan@vcu.edu