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The Graduate Mathematics Association is an organization of graduate students in the Department of Mathematics at the University of Florida promoting a sense of community among the graduate students in the Department as well as overseeing and organizing various activities.

These activities include the graduate student colloquium, departmental picnics, and the election of representatives to the Graduate Student Council and departmental committees.

Upcoming Events:

Spring Picnic

When: Saturday, March 23, 2019. 11am – 5pm. Lunch to start around 12pm-12:30pm.

Where: Lake Wauburg – North Shore – Cypress Lodge. Google map link to location:&nbs;http://goo.gl/noNYDM

What: Apart from lunch, various leisure activities generally accompany the picnic. Providing the weather holds, Lake Wauburg is stocked with outdoor equipment for various types of activities (http://recsorts.ufl.edu/outdoors-adventure/lake-wauburg). We will also bring board games and other indoor activities. In either case, if you have any suitable games please feel free to bring them. This is a UF sonsored event, so we unfortunately cannot allow anyone to bring alcoholic beverages.

RSVP/Dietary restrictions: &nbs;If you think you may come, please do take a moment to fill out the RSVP formhttp://goo.gl/forms/YAmUHI3PiVU7OEEC3&nbs;In particular, this form will give you the chance to let us know about any dietary requirements you have, so that we can plan the food accordingly.&nbs;

Rides to Lake Wauburg: If you want to come to the Picnic, but cannot find a ride otherwise, please let me know either in person, or at&nbs;churnibidisha@ufl.edu. We will make sure that everyone who wants to attend has a ride.

 

Colloquium

Date: Wednesday, March 13th, 2019
Time: Period 9 (4:05 – 4:55 pm)
Location: LIT 339
Title: Geometry, Soap Films and Biology
Speaker: John Oprea
Abstract:  Why do one-celled creatures take the shapes they do? What is the mathematics involved in taking a single breath? More and more, Geometry is intruding into the realm of Biology. Here we will see a few examples of how mathematical notions of “shape” fit into our understanding of living things. Mathematics has ways of measuring shape and of determining shape through optimization and this fits well with Nature ́s penchant for economy, so it isn ́t surprising (in retrospect) that soap films, which arise from surface tension ́s ability to shrink surface area, are a kind of analog computer for optimizing shape. This talk will examine a bit of the mathematics underlying the shapes of soap films and then use soap film demonstrations to illustrate the concepts. Since audience participation is required for soap film experiments, attendees are encouraged not to wear formal attire!

 

As always, there will be pizza and soda, as well as *gasp* socializing.

 

Officers:

The current officers (for the 2019 calendar year) are:

President Churni Gupta churnibidisha@ufl.edu
Vice President Jamie Scott hiwhoareyou1@ufl.edu
Secretary
Lauren Wickman wickmanlauren@ufl.edu
Treasurer Jesse Adamski jadamski@ufl.edu
Webmaster Nikola Milicevic nikola@ufl.edu
GSC Representative Lauren Wickman wickmanlauren@ufl.edu