Greg Lawler's colloquium at 3pm on Wednesday, May 30 in Eckhart 206
The title of the colloquium is "Conformally Invariant Paths and Loops". There has been incredible progress in the last twenty years in the rigorous understanding of two-dimensional critical systems in statistical physics. I will give an overview with a emphasis on several related models: loop-erased random walk, spanning trees and corresponding loop soup; fractal paths and loops arising in critical systems (Schramm-Loewner evolution); the Gaussian free field and functions thereof (quantum gravity). I will also discuss some challenges for the future. This talk is intended for a general audience - it is not assumed that the audience is familiar with these terms.
News and Announcements
2018 PSD and Departmental Teaching Prizes Awarded (May 18, 2018)
Please join us in congratulating all of the graduate students who have earned teaching awards this year! The recipients of Lawrence and Josephine Graves Prize for excellence in undergraduate teaching for 2018 are Mathilde Gerbelli-Gauthier, Yu Li, and Karl Schaeffer, and the Physical Sciences Collegiate Division Prize for excellence in undergraduate teaching for 2018 has been awarded to Benjamin O'Connor.
2018 Wolf Prize in Mathematics (Feb 12, 2018)
We're happy to be able to share the news that Sasha Beilinson and Volodya Drinfeld have won the 2018 Wolf Prize in Mathematics. Please join us in congratulating them!
Welcome to the department (Jan 19, 2018)
We are happy to welcome Eduard Looijinga, Pierre-Louis Lions, and Leonid Polterovich to our department. Eduard will be here for all of Winter and Spring quarters, Pierre-Louis from 1/1 till 2/2, and Leonid from 1/21 till 2/24. Thank you all for coming!
Work of UChicago mathematicians featured in Quanta (Sep 26, 2017)
The work of UChicago's Maryanthe Malliaris (with her collaborator Saharon Shelah) has been featured in a recent article on Quanta, "Mathematicians Measure Infinities and Find They’re Equal".