BIOFEST 2015!

Chili Bowls, Hot Chocolate, Cookies, Prizes and Grames!

 

Date: 
Thursday, October 22, 2015 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Location: 
Biology - T.H. Morgan Bldg.

Thank You from the College of Arts & Sciences

 

 

Students and faculty thank our donors and friends for their generosity and support of the College of Arts & Sciences.

 

 

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Algebra and Geometry Seminar

Title: Young tableaux and the geometry of algebraic curves
 
Abstract:  A classical computation of Castelnuovo in enumerative geometry (made rigorous in the 1980s) shows that, for certain choices of numerical invariants, the number of linear series on a general curve of genus g is equal to the number of standard Young tableaux on a certain rectangular partition. Later proofs show that this equality becomes a bijection when the algebraic curve degenerates in a particular way. I will discuss joint work with Melody Chan, Alberto Lopez, and Montserrat Teixidor i Bigas, in which we prove that in the case where the variety of linear series is 1-dimensional rather than a finite set of points, then the holomorphic Euler characteristic of this variety can be computed by an analogous enumeration of tableaux. Time permitting, I will explain how similar methods translate other aspects of the geometry of algebraic curves to enumeration of tableaux.
Date: 
Wednesday, October 14, 2015 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Location: 
POT 745

Master's Exam

Title: Reflexive Polytopes and the Reflexive Dimension   

Abstract: Reflexive polytopes were first introduced in the context of theoretical physics and have since played a role in Mirror Symmetry, construction of Calabi-Yau varieties and Gorenstein polytopes.  Applications aside, reflexive polytopes are interesting combinatorial objects.  In this talk we define what it means for a polytope P to be reflexive and characterize P according to its Ehrhart series.  Then we look at the work done by Haase and Melnikov in defining the reflexive dimension of a polytope and producing lower and upper bounds.

Date: 
Friday, October 16, 2015 - 8:30am to 9:45am
Location: 
745 Patterson Office Tower
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"Yinyang: The Way of Ways"

Join the University of Kentucky Confucius Institute (UKCI) in welcoming Dr. Robin R. Wang as the first speaker in the 2015 Distinguished Scholars Series. Her lecture, entitled Yinyang: The Way of Ways, and discussion will take place on Friday, Oct. 16 from 2:30 - 4:00 pm in the Patterson Office Tower 18th Floor, West-End Lobby, with a reception to follow. Please see the attached poster for more information.  

Date: 
Friday, October 16, 2015 - 2:30pm to 4:00pm
Location: 
Patterson Office Tower 18th Floor, West-End Lobby
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"Six New Ways to Survive"

You're 40, reminiscing with college friends about a memorable experience from 20 years ago.  One of them confesses that, just 10 years ago now, he broke into your house and kidnapped the person sleeping in your bed to use as an unwitting subject in a secret government fission project.  Lefty and Righty were successfully issued in one of the usual ways; but never woken up.  Righty was promptly destroyed, and Lefty was returned to your bed, still unconscious and none the wiser.  Here are two ways you might reply to your friend's confession.  1) I'm mad that you took such a terrible risk without consulting me, but thank goodness everything turned out okay.  2) I'm sad that my total life expectancy is 30 years shorter than I'd thought, but thanks for creating me.  I find the first reply much more natural than the second.  But I'm also terrified by the prospect of fission.  Leading theories of personal survival have a hard time accommodating both (a) the retrospective intuition that you've survived fission, and (b) the prospective intuition that it's indeterminate whether you'll survive fission.  In this talk, I show that we can coherently combine (a) and (b) by characterizing survival in terms of existence at a time, instead of numerical identity over time.  A simple exdurantist or stage-theoretic model can be used to illustrate consistency.  And taking care to distinguish the object language of the theory itself from the metalanguage we use to model it helps neutralize potential objections, and clarify certain confusions in the traditional literature on personal identity.  Zooming further out, these considerations suggest that Lewis may have been wrong to claim that fission and kindred puzzles of persistence aren't essentially "about identity".  Here and elsewhere in metaphysics, the way forward may involve outgrowing the habit of defining our theoretical options in terms of identity.

Date: 
Friday, December 4, 2015 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm
Location: 
Classroom Building 334
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"Recognition and Identity: A Hegelian Response to Contemporary Critics"

Starting in the early 1990’s with the publication of Axel Honneth’s landmark book The Struggle for Recognition and Charles Taylor’s seminal essay “The Politics of Recognition”, there has been a resurgence of interest in what might broadly be called “recognition theory,” a tradition with roots in Fichte and Hegel. It is my contention, however, that there are some important and recurring weaknesses in much of this recent literature on recognition that causes it to provide what is ultimately a flawed account of oppression and liberation. Patchen Markell’s Bound by Recognition, in particular, stands as an excellent exemplar of this general trend in the recent literature.  Using his work as a paradigm case, this paper will articulate a response to Markell’s critique of recognition theory that I believe is representative of general weaknesses in much of the contemporary discussions of the topic. I will argue that these contemporary critics are working with a deep, yet common, misreading of the Hegelian roots of recognition theory, and that a return to Hegel's texts will allow for an account of recognition that holds more promise for the theorization of oppression and liberation. 

Date: 
Friday, November 13, 2015 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm
Location: 
Main Administration 005
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Discrete CATS Seminar

Title of talk: Homology of Filters in the Partition Lattice.

Date: 
Monday, October 12, 2015 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Location: 
POT 745

Physics Colloquium: Domain Topology and Emergent Phenomena of Domain Walls In Complex Materials

Ordering of charge/spin/orbital degrees of freedom in complex materials accompanies domains and domain walls associated with the directional variants (Zm) and also antiphases (Zn). It has been recently realized that nontrivial ZmxZn topology can exists in large-scale real-space configurations of domains and domains walls of complex materials. Furthermore, the vertices where domain walls merge can be considered as topological defects with well-defined vorticities (Zl vortices). I will present the recently-discovered examples of ZmxZn domains and Zl vortices in complex materials. We will also discuss emergent physical properties of domain walls, which are distinctly different from those of domains.

Date: 
Friday, October 9, 2015 - 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Location: 
CP155

Committee on Social Theory Works in Progress Series

Please join the Committee on Social Theory on Tuesday, October 13th in welcoming Professor David Hunter (Interim Chair, MCLLC and Cottrill-Rolfes Chair of Catholic Studies) in a lunchtime discussion of his essay, "Sacred Space, Virginal Consecration, and Symbolic Power: A Liturgical Innovation and its Implications in Late Ancient Christianity," with Professors Leon Price and Jacqueline Couti as respondents.

 

This represents the first of our 2015 Working Paper sessions.  It occurs Tuesday, October 13th from 12:30 to 1:45 in POT 1643.

Please email Dr. Marion Rust in advance for a copy of Dr. Hunter's paper at marion.rust@uky.edu

 

Date: 
Tuesday, October 13, 2015 - 12:30pm to 1:45pm
Location: 
1643 Patterson Office Tower

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