Intro
Welcome to LGBTQ+Math Day, 2021. The event is aimed at LGBTQ+ mathematicians, students, and postdocs in the mathematical sciences, and
their allies. Building on the success of the inaugural LGBTQ+Math Day, 2020, which reached the maximum 500 registrations,
the day will be hosted online by the Fields Institute on November 18, which is LGBTQ+ STEM Day.
The event is free and you can register for the event.
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. 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
Mohamed Omar, 1  1:30 pm
Becca Thomases, 1:45  2:15 pm
Seppo NiemiColvin, 2:30  3 pm
Amanda Folsom, 3:15  3:45 pm
Panel discussion: 4  4:45 pm
Speakers and abstracts
Amanda Folsom
Biography:
Amanda Folsom is Professor of Mathematics and Department Chair at Amherst College, and specializes in number theory, on modular forms, harmonic Maass forms, and applications to combinatorics and other areas.
She hails from the north shore of Boston, and received undergraduate and doctoral mathematics degrees from the University of Chicago and UCLA, respectively. Beyond Amherst, Amanda has held assorted positions at the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics, University of WisconsinMadison, Yale University, and the Institute for Advanced Study Princeton.
Amanda believes in the visibility of LGBTQ+ mathematicians like herself. She is a member of Spectra, was a Joint Mathematics Meetings AWM panelist on Queer Families and Mathematical Careers, and has given numerous research talks including some at LGBTQ+ mathematics conferences.
Some of Amanda's additional outreach involves research with undergraduates and women in mathematics, including her work as a research project leader with the Women in Numbers program.
Title: Symmetry, almost
Abstract: Some definitions of the word symmetry include "correct or pleasing proportion of the parts of a thing," "balanced proportions," and "the property of remaining invariant under certain changes, as of orientation in space."
One might think of snowflakes, butterflies, and our own faces as naturally symmetric objects  or at least close to it. Mathematically one can also conjure up many symmetric objects: even and odd functions, fractals, certain matrices, and modular forms, a type of symmetric complex function.
All of these things, mathematical or natural, arguably exhibit a kind of beauty in their symmetries, so would they lose some of their innate beauty if their symmetries were altered? Alternatively, could some measure of beauty be gained with some symmetric imperfections?
In this talk, we will explore these questions guided by the topic of modular forms and their variants. What can be gained by perturbing modular symmetries in particular?
Seppo NiemiColvin
Biography: Seppo NiemiColvin is a fifthyear Ph.D. student at Duke University studying low dimensional topology under Adam Levine, particularly focusing on knots in threemanifolds other than the threesphere.
Seppo grew up in Raleigh, NC before attending Bryn Mawr College for undergrad, where he realized he is not a girl. After his first year of grad school, he realized that not only isn't he a girl, but he is specifically a queer man.
In addition to mathematics, Seppo also enjoys visual arts, and during the summer of 2020 took a class on landscape painting.
Title: Square Pegs and Round Holes
Abstract: This talk will provide an introduction to lattice homology, an algebraic structure used to study specific threemanifolds; that is, spaces that when you zoom in look like threedimensional space.
Lattice homology is constructed by looking at the failure of a specific integer lattice to (topologically) approximate a family of ellipsoids. At the end, I will bounce off of these ideas to discuss the problems arising from having to interact with institutions that were not built with your needs in mind.
Mohamed Omar
Biography: Mohamed Omar is an associate professor of mathematics at Harvey Mudd College and Joseph B. Platt Chair. His research focuses on discrete math with a particular interest in applications of linear and nonlinear algebra in the field.
He came to Harvey Mudd after a postdoctoral fellowship at Caltech, a PhD at the University of California at Davis, and undergrad and Master's degrees at the University of Waterloo.
Title: Chicken McNuggets
Abstract: Chicken McNuggets used to come in 9 and 20 packs. It turns out that for any N greater than 151, you can find a way to buy exactly N McNuggets using 9 and 20 packs,
but one can't buy exactly 151 McNuggets in this way. What if we generalized 9 and 20 to a set of integers n_{1},n_{2}, ... ,n_{k} instead, and asked for the numbers
that can be achieved as positive integer combinations of them? Questions like this have rich answers that surprisingly lie at the confluence of fourier analysis,
algebraic combinatorics, and numerical semigroups.
Abstract:
Becca Thomases
Biography: Dr. Becca Thomases (she/her) is a full Professor and the Vice Chair for graduate matters in Mathematics at the University of California, Davis.
Dr. Thomases uses tools from analysis and numerical simulations to study fluid dynamics in complex (or nonNewtonian) fluids.
Recently she has been looking at how microorganisms such as sperm and other flagellated organisms move in mucus and other sticky, gooey environments.
In addition to research Dr. Thomases spends a lot of time working on diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts in graduate and undergraduate education.
She led an initiative to introduce undergraduate learning assistants in calculus discussion sections to facilitate active learning environments.
She also modernized the Teaching Assistant training course at UC Davis to incorporate lesson plans that specifically address topics such as understanding
the role of diversity in classrooms, and developing concrete strategies for building inclusive classrooms.
Title: How to swim through goo
Abstract: NonNewtonian or complex fluids describe a wide class of materials from biological fluids like mucus and blood to everyday household products like shampoo and paint.
There are many problems in physics and biology where understanding motion of (or in) complex fluids is essential for understanding natural phenomena.
Tools from mathematical analysis and computational simulations can shed light on these complex problems that are significant in many biological, environmental,
and industrial applications. I will describe some recent work on modeling microorganism swimming in viscoelastic fluids, and understanding the mechanisms that
lead to speed changes in complex fluids.
Panelists
Catherine Cannizzo
Biography: Catherine Cannizzo (she/her) is a postdoc at the Simons Center for Geometry and Physics and earned her PhD from UC Berkeley. Her interests include symplectic geometry, homological mirror symmetry, and Fukaya categories of LandauGinzburg models. While at Berkeley she served as the webmaster for the womeninmath group Noetherian Ring and now coorganizes
the Western Hemisphere Virtual Symplectic Seminar, and a reading group in Symplectic Group Action centered around Black Lives Matter.
She came out as a lesbian during graduate school and hopes to pay forward gratitude for those who paved the way before her. She enjoys dancing ballet and drawing digital art.
Tyler Kelly
Biography: Tyler Kelly (they/he) is an assistant professor and UKRI Future Leaders Fellow at the University of Birmingham. Before, Tyler obtained their PhD at the University of Pennsylvania in 2014 and then held an NSF Postdoc at Cambridge.
Tyler's research is in algebraic geometry and mirror symmetry, studying the mirror symmetry of LandauGinzburg models. They also are active in the LGBTQ+ STEM community, as a member of both the LGBTQ STEM Project's Steering Committee and the London Mathematical Society's Women and Diversity in Mathematics Committee.
Evelyn Lamb
Biography: Evelyn Lamb (she/her) is a freelance math and science writer based in Salt Lake City, Utah.
She received her Ph.D. in math from Rice University in May 2012, and was a postdoc at the University of Utah from 20132015.
Her writing appeared in a number of media outlets such as Scientific American and Quanta Magazine. Her AMS Page a Day Calendar
was published by the American Mathematical Society, and she is cohost of the podcast My Favorite Theorem.
Andrés R. Vindas Meléndez
Biography: Andrés R. Vindas Meléndez (He/They) is a queer, chronically ill, Costa RicanAmerican mathematician. Andrés was raised in Lynwood, South East Los Angeles, California and is a firstgeneration college graduate. Currently, Andrés is a NSF Postdoctoral Fellow at UC Berkeley and a Mathematical
Sciences Research Institute Postdoctoral Fellow. Andrés completed his PhD at the University of Kentucky, where he was also an affiliated graduate student in the Latin American Studies program and earned a graduate certificate in Latin American, Caribbean, and Latino/a Studies. Before that, Andrés earned a master's
degree in mathematics at San Francisco State University and an undergraduate degree in mathematics at UC Berkeley where he also minored in Philosophy and Chicana/o & Latina/o Studies. Andrés' research interests are in algebraic and geometric combinatorics.
Katrin Wehrheim
Biography: Katrin Wehrheim (they/them) is an antifascist revolutionary by calling and a global analyst by training. Applying this training to questions in lowdimensional topology and symplectic geometry  while appeasing the power structure with womeninmath outreach activities rather than addressing the real problems  led them to hold positions at ETH Zurich,
Princeton University, IAS Princeton, MIT, and UC Berkeley. After gaining tenure, despite losing the battle for proofs in symplectic geometry, their main learninganddoing has been on matters of fascism, racial capitalism, genocide accountability, reparations, and justice at large. More recently their identities are combining into attempts to "teach mathematics to counter oppression."
Venue
Talks and the panel will be hosted online by the Fields Institute. A schedule is available under the header Speakers & Panel. Register here.
Organization
Chairs: Anthony Bonato (Ryerson University), Juliette Bruce (University of California, Berkeley), Ron Buckmire (Occidental College)
Sponsor: The Fields Institute
Code of Conduct
LGBTQ+Math Day aims to create an inclusive and memorable conference experience for all attendees.
We do not tolerate harassment of attendees, staff, speakers, or panelists in any way at any time. We are dedicated to a harassmentfree environment for all participants regardless of gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ability, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, or religion.
All participants should behave in a constructive, positive, and professional manner at all times during the conference. Sexual, racist, and discriminatory speech will not be tolerated.
Participants should contact one of the cochairs if they experience discrimination, harassment, or need help/support in other ways. We reserve the right to remove participants from the current and any future events if they violate these guidelines.
Thank you for helping make LGBTQ+Math Day a friendly, welcoming, and inclusive event.
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