20142015 Seminars and Colloquia
department of mathematics
BCMIT Number Theory Seminar
Organizers: Ben Howard and David Geraghty at BC, and Bjorn Poonen at MIT.
September 16, 2014 at BC McGuinn 334 
3:004:00 p.m. Liang Xiao (University of Connecticut, Storrs) Title: Slopes of modular forms Abstract: An interesting computation of Buzzard and Kilford suggested that the slope distribution of the Up operators on the space of overconvergent modular forms tends to form an arithmetic progression, when the Nybentypus character is highly divisible by p. Unfortunately, this was only verified for very small prime p and small tame level. I will explain a joint work with Daqing Wan and Jun Zhang, in which we work with overconvergent automorphic forms for a definite quaternion algebra instead. We prove certain weak version of this expectation for general p and general tame level structure. 4:305:30 p.m. Kiran Kedlaya (University of California, San Diego) Title: Cohomology of local systems on rigid analytic spaces Abstract: Let K be a finite extension of Q_p. The notion of the etale fundamental group of a rigid analytic space has been introduced by de Jong. It is highly noncompact; consider for example Tate's uniformization of elliptic curves. Let X be a smooth proper connected rigid analytic space over K. One then has a RiemannHilbertstyle identification of continuous representations of the etale fundamental group of X on finitedimensional Q_pvector spaces with locally constant sheaves of finitedimensional Q_pvector spaces with respect to Scholze's proetale topology; these are what we call "etale Q_plocal systems" on X. We prove that the cohomology groups of such a sheaf are finitedimensional Q_pvector spaces. The proof uses an extension of padic Hodge theory, especially the theory of (phi, Gamma)modules, to the setting of etale fundamental groups, in order to transform the problem into something resembling the finiteness of cohomology of coherent sheaves on X (proved by Kiehl). Joint work with Ruochuan Liu (Beijing).

October 14, 2014 at MIT Room 4163 
3:004:00 p.m. Wei Zhang (Columbia U.) Title: ATC, special parahorics and exotic good reduction Abstract: I will report a joint work with M. Rapoport and B. Smithling, on an 4:305:30 p.m. Martin Olsson (University of California, Berkeley) Title: Motivic invariants of ladic sheaves Abstract: I will give an overview of a project aimed at understanding the motivic nature of ladic sheaves. I will survey motivating questions about independence of l and past results of Lafforgue, Drinfeld, and others. I will then discuss how to incorporate correspondences into the theory, recent results, and open questions.

November 18, 2014 at BC McGuinn 521 
3:004:00 p.m. Laurent Fargues (Directeur de Recherche CNRS, Institut de MathÃ©matiques de Jussieu) 4:305:30 p.m. Joseph H. Silverman (Brown University) Title: Canonical heights and nef divisors on abelian varieties, with an application to arithmetic dynamics Abstract: Let A/K be an abelian variety defined over a number field, and let D be a divisor on A. The NeronTate height q_D(P) = lim h_D(nP)/n^2 is a quadratic form q_D : A(K) > R, and if D is ample, then q_D is positive definite on A(K) modulo torsion. I will discuss an extension of this theorem to the case that D is only assumed to be a nef divisor and will give, as an application, a proof for abelian varieties of the following conjecture in arithmetic dynamics: Let f : X > X be a dominant rational selfmap of a smooth projective variety, all defined over a number field. Let P be an algebraic point of X whose forward orbit by iterates of f is welldefined and Zariski dense in X. Then the forbit of P has maximal arithmetic complexity. (Joint work with Shu Kawaguchi) 
BC Math Society/Mathematics Department Undergraduate Lectures
Wednesday, March 19, 2014  Stokes S209
Title: The Framingham Heart Study and the Development of Cardiovascular Disease Risk Prediction Functions
Abstract: The Framingham Heart Study (FHS) began in 1948, under the direction of National Heart Institute (now the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute), with the objective of assessing risk factors that contribute to cardiovascular disease (CVD) by examining and following a large cohort of participants from Framingham, MA (n=5,209) who did not have CVD or overt symptoms of CVD. The participants have been periodically examined and followed through death, with approximately 100 of these original cohort participants still alive today. Since 1971, the original cohortâ€™s adult children and their spouses, and since 2002, the grandchildren of the original cohort, have been examined and followed. Also, since 1994, participants reflecting a more diverse Framingham community have been examined and followed. Overall, FHS involves approximately 15,000 participants. The abundance of risk factor and followup data collected over the years has allowed FHS to be among the leaders in CVD risk prediction, both clinically and methodologically. Here, we will provide a brief history of FHS, discuss clinical and methodological development of CVD risk prediction, provide examples of how FHS risk prediction models are used by physicians today, and briefly discuss current research.
BC Geometry/Topology Seminar
Meets Thursdays at 4:00 pm in Carney 309
Schedule: https://www2.bc.edu/ianpbiringer/seminar.html
BC Colloquium Series
To be determined.
Boston Area Links
The Mathematical Gazette is published weekly by the Worcester Polytechnic Institute Mathematical Sciences Department. It provides a list of mathematical seminars and colloquia in the Massachusetts area.
BC Number Theory/Algebraic Geometry Seminar
BC Number Theory and AlgebraicGeometry Seminar
Meets Thursdays at 3:00 p.m. in Carney 309
Schedule: https://www2.bc.edu/dubikelmer/NTAGseminar/NTseminar.html
BC Math Society Undergraduate Lecture Series
September 24, 2014, 3:00 p.m., Prof. Bill Keane (BC)
Title: Eureka! The Life and (Some of the) Work of Archimedes.