Welcome to LGBTQ+Math Day. The event is the first of its kind in Canada, and aimed at LGBTQ+ mathematicians, students, and post-docs in the mathematical sciences, and their allies. While originally scheduled in-person, we will be hosted on-line by the Fields Institute on November 18, which is LGBTSTEM Day.

Please register. The event is free.

The day will showcase state-of-the-art mathematics conducted by LGBTQ+ mathematicians, presented in an accessible way to non-specialists. 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, community-based 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 2011-2013 and 2016-2018. There he was Lead Program Director of the NSF Scholarships for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (S-STEM) 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 (2005-2010, 2015-2016) and achieving the rank of Full Professor in 2014 after beginning his academic career at Oxy as a Minority Postdoctoral Scholar-in-Residence. Ron holds mathematics degrees (Ph.D., M.Sc. and B.Sc.) from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York. He has published peer-reviewed articles in an eclectic collection of peer-reviewed 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 finite-difference 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 non-standard 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 co-authored with Dominic Verity that reimagines the foundations of infinite-dimensional 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 co-founder 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 fellow-Spectra co-founder 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 infinite-dimensional categories.

Juliette Bruce (University of California, Berkeley / MSRI)

: 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 large-scale computations, which utilize numerical linear algebra and highly distributed, high-performance 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 co-authors. 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, Editor-in-Chief 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 2010-2013 and Associate Dean in the School of Graduate Studies from 2013- 2017. From 2014-2019, Bonato served on the NSERC Discovery Mathematics and Statistics Evaluation Group, and was the Chair for the Pure Mathematics section. He serves on the NSERC-Mathematical 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 pre-tenure 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 up-and-coming LGBTQ+ mathematicians.


Talks and the panel will be hosted online by the Fields Institute. A schedule is available under the header Speakers & Panel.



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