Intro
Welcome to LGBTQ+Math Day. The event is the first of its kind in Canada, and
aimed at LGBTQ+ mathematicians, students, and postdocs in the mathematical sciences, and
their allies. While originally scheduled inperson, we will be hosted online by the Fields Institute on November 18, which is LGBTSTEM Day.
Please register. The event is free.
The day will showcase stateoftheart mathematics conducted by LGBTQ+
mathematicians, presented in an accessible way to nonspecialists. Speakers will also describe their journey
navigating their academic careers as a member of the LGBTQ+ community. Participants will come away inspired and learn strategies
for building meaningful allyships with members of the LGBTQ+ community in mathematics.
Speakers & Panel
We will have four speakers followed by a panel. The panel will be moderated by Imogen Coe, and will include the speakers along with Robin Gaudreau and Brian Katz.
Talks are a half hour with time afterwards for questions, and begin at 1 pm EST/EDT. The panel discussion is 45 minutes and begins at 4 pm.
The schedule of talks is:
Opening remarks, 12:45 pm
Ron Buckmire, 1  1:30 pm
Emily Riehl, 1:45  2:15 pm
Juliette Bruce, 2:30  3 pm
Anthony Bonato, 3:15  3:45 pm
Panel discussion: 4  4:45 pm
Speakers and abstracts
Ron Buckmire (Occidental College)
Biography: Ron Buckmire is the Associate Dean for Curricular Affairs and Professor of Mathematics at Occidental College (Oxy) in Los Angeles, California.
In this role, he is the member of the academic affairs leadership team who is in charge of all aspects of Oxy's curriculum. His primary responsibility is direction
of the general education program and he has several other academic initiatives reporting to him, such as undergraduate research, Oxy's writing program, communitybased learning,
Oxy Arts and multiple interdisciplinary centers for the research of and outreach to Los Angeles. He has more than four years of service in the federal government as an employee
of the National Science Foundation (NSF) from 20112013 and 20162018. There he was Lead Program Director of the NSF Scholarships for Science, Technology,
Engineering and Mathematics (SSTEM) program housed in the Division of Undergraduate Education and a permanent program director responsible for undergraduate mathematics
education. He has been on the Oxy faculty since 1994, serving as chair of the Oxy mathematics department twice (20052010, 20152016) and achieving the rank of Full Professor
in 2014 after beginning his academic career at Oxy as a Minority Postdoctoral ScholarinResidence. Ron holds mathematics degrees (Ph.D., M.Sc. and B.Sc.) from Rensselaer
Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York. He has published peerreviewed articles in an eclectic collection of peerreviewed journals such as Data, Notices of the American
Mathematical Society, Numerical Methods for Partial Differential Equations, IMA Journal of Management Mathematics, Works and Days and the Albany Law Review.
His areas of research interest include mathematical modeling, applied mathematics, numerical analysis (specifically nonstandard finitedifference approximations of
ordinary and partial differential equations), mathematics education, data science and the scholarship of teaching and learning. He is a passionate advocate for
broadening the participation of underrepresented individuals in mathematics and other STEM disciplines and a strong believer in the importance of liberal arts education
in the creation and maintenance of an equitable, just and thriving civil society.
Title: Different Differences
Abstract: This talk is centered around different examples of the word "difference." First, I will summarize some of my work in the area of nonstandard finite differences, which are numerical techniques used to generate approximate solutions of differential equations.
Second, I will discuss how my differences from the typical mathematician has (perhaps) caused me to follow a different academic trajectory than one would expect.
Lastly, I will present some comments on how the mathematics community treats "difference" and provide suggestions for how the future for other different mathematicians can be different from the past.
Emily Riehl (Johns Hopkins University)
Biography: Dr. Emily Riehl (she/her/hers) is an associate professor of mathematics at Johns Hopkins University, working on higher category theory, abstract homotopy theory,
and homotopy type theory. She has published over twenty papers and written two books: Categorical Homotopy Theory (Cambridge 2014) and Category Theory in Context (Dover 2016),
both of which are freely available online. She has been awarded an NSF grant and a CAREER award to support her work and has been recognized for excellence in teaching at both
Johns Hopkins and at Harvard. A research monograph coauthored with Dominic Verity that reimagines the foundations of infinitedimensional category theory, Elements of ∞Category
Theory, will appear sometime in 2021. In addition to her research, Dr. Riehl is active in promoting access to the world of mathematics. She has given interviews for the Association for Women in Mathematics,
the radio program Science Friday, and the podcast My Favorite Theorem, and has been featured in the Girls' Angle Bulletin. She has given countless talks and lectures,
including at the Women in Topology workshop at MSRI and the Women in Math and Statistics Conference hosted by Gender Inclusivity in Mathematics at Harvard. She is also
a cofounder of Spectra: the Association for LGBT Mathematicians and has presented on mathematical proof and queer epistemology in the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Graduate
Colloquium and Lecture Series at Johns Hopkins. She has also conducted an interview of fellowSpectra cofounder Mike Hill
On Performing Queerness in Mathematics
for a guest post of the inclusion/exclusion blog of the American Mathematical Society.
Title: Contractibility as uniqueness
Abstract: What does it mean for something to exist uniquely? Classically, to say that a set A has a unique element means that there is an element x of A and any other element y of A equals x.
When this assertion is applied to a space A, instead of a mere set, and interpreted in a continuous fashion, it encodes the statement that the space A is contractible.
This talk will explore this notion of contractibility as uniqueness and its role in generalizing from ordinary categories to infinitedimensional categories.
Juliette Bruce (University of California, Berkeley / MSRI)
Biography: Juliette Bruce is a National Science Foundation (NSF) Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Mathematics at the University of California,
Berkeley, and Postdoctoral Fellow at the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI) in Berkeley, CA. Her research interests lie in algebraic geometry,
commutative algebra, and arithmetic geometry. She completed her Ph.D. in mathematics in 2020 at the University of Wisconsin, Madison advised by Daniel Erman.
She has been extensively involved in various LGBTQ+ initiatives including founding the Out in STEM chapter at the University of Wisconsin  Madison,
organizing/participating in numerous Spectra events, and organizing the LGBTQ graduate student group at the University of Wisconsin  Madison.
Title: Computing Syzygies
Abstract: I will discuss recent largescale computations, which utilize numerical linear algebra and highly distributed, highperformance computing to generate data about the syzygies of various algebraic surfaces. Further, I will discuss how this data has led to several new conjectures.
Anthony Bonato (Ryerson University)
Title: Out, proud, and combinatorial: a gay mathematician's journey
Biography: Anthony Bonato's research is in Graph Theory and Network Science. He has authored over 130 publications with 100 coauthors. His books A Course on the Web Graph,
The Game of Cops and Robbers on Graphs, and Limitless Minds were published by the American Mathematical Society, and Graph Searching Games and Probabilistic Methods was published
by CRC Press. Bonato is currently full Professor in the Department of Mathematics at Ryerson University, EditorinChief of the journal Internet Mathematics, and editor of the
journal Contributions to Discrete Mathematics. In 2017, 2011 and 2009, he was awarded Ryerson Faculty Research Awards for excellence in research. He has delivered over 30 invited
addresses at international conferences in North America, Australia, Europe, China, and India. Bonato has supervised 40 postdoctoral fellows and graduate students. In 2019 and 2013,
he was awarded the YSGS Award for Outstanding Contribution to Graduate Education. He's taught undergraduate and graduate courses at Ryerson, Dalhousie, Laurier, Mount Allison,
Waterloo, the National University of Ireland, and the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences in Cameroon. He served as Chair of the Department of Mathematics at Ryerson
20102013 and Associate Dean in the School of Graduate Studies from 2013 2017. From 20142019, Bonato served on the NSERC Discovery Mathematics and Statistics Evaluation Group,
and was the Chair for the Pure Mathematics section. He serves on the NSERCMathematical and Statistical Liaison Committee, the CMS Research Committee, and the BIRS Board of
Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.
Abstract: Being an openly gay mathematician had a profound impact on my scholarly and personal lives. I will discuss experiences from my time as graduate student in the 1990s,
to a pretenure faculty member, to the present day as a full professor. While I had challenges to overcome and many more remain, my message is a hopeful one for the next generation
of upandcoming LGBTQ+ mathematicians.
Venue
Talks and the panel will be hosted online by the Fields Institute. A schedule is available under the header Speakers & Panel.
Organization
Chairs: Anthony Bonato (Ryerson University), Michelle Delcourt (Ryerson University), Lisa Jeffrey (University of Toronto)
Sponsors: The Fields Institute, Ryerson University
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