Welcome to the Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM) Chapter at the University at Buffalo. AWM is a non-profit organization founded in 1971 for the purpose of encouraging women and girls to have active careers in the mathematical sciences, and promoting equal opportunity and the equal treatment of women and girls in the mathematical sciences.
Today, our AWM Chapter aims to support this purpose by providing encouragement and assistance to women at UB in developing their mathematical skills and achieving their professional goals, as well as exciting younger generations about mathematics through community outreach programs.
Our Chapter organizes events such as social gatherings,
presentations, and workshops in order to achieve these goals. In
the Fall of 2015 we founded the UB AWM Lecture Series to highlight
the achievements of women in mathematics and to facilitate
discussions about being a woman in the mathematical sciences.
UB Chapter Advisors
UB Chapter Officers
Alyson Bittner, President
Ellyn Sanger, Vice President
Tara Hudson, Treasurer
Megan Johnson, Secretary
Alyson Bittner, President
Ellyn Sanger, Vice President
Tara Hudson, Treasurer
Elizabeth Reid, Secretary
We invite everyone who supports the purpose of AWM to attend our events and to become a member of the Chapter. We emphasize that the Chapter is open to men as well as women, and to both graduate and undergraduate students. Chapter members can (and should) obtain free AWM membership.
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Time/Place: 4:00 p.m. in Math 250, UB North Campus
About the Speaker: Dr. Amber Russell, Assistant Professor, Butler
University, Mathematics, Actuarial Science, and
Statistics, states: "My research area is algebraic representation
theory and Lie theory, and I am particularly interested in the use
of sheaf theory within this area. More specifically, much of my
work relates to the Springer Correspondence and perverse sheaves on
the nilpotent cone. My PhD advisor was Pramod Achar, and my current
research mentor is William Graham. I also have an ongoing
collaboration with Laura Rider."
In this talk, we will go over the definition of the Springer correspondence and see how perverse sheaves give a proof of it. We will also discuss how it relates to other topics in representation theory, and particularly emphasize its generalization due to Lusztig. I am currently working on a joint project with Martha Precup (North- western) and William Graham (UGA) that gives a new proof of the generalized Springer correspondence in the case of G = SLn(C), and I will talk briefly about this new construction. The talk is aimed to be accessible to an audience having taken a graduate level algebra course.
Further information on the 2017 lecture series is
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