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AMS-NZMS Maclaurin Lectureship

The Maclaurin Lectureship is a reciprocal exchange between the New Zealand Mathematical Society and American Mathematical Society. A New Zealand and a United States-based mathematician will tour each other's countries on alternate years, with the lecturers to be chosen by both societies. The lectureship is named after Richard Cockburn Maclaurin (1870-1920), who studied at Auckland University College (now The University of Auckland) and Cambridge University, and won the Smith Prize in Mathematics and Yorke Prize in Law. He was Foundation Professor of Mathematics at Victoria University College, as well as Dean of Law and Professor of Astronomy. After serving as Chair of the Mathematical Physics Department at Columbia University he became President of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) 1908-1920.

2016 Maclaurin Lecturer:

Gavin J. Martin, Institute for Advanced Study, Massey University. Schedule to be posted.

2015 Maclaurin Lecturer:

Ingrid Daubechies, Duke University. Below is the schedule of Daubechies' lectures in New Zealand.

  • Victoria University of Wellington: Monday, September 14, 5pm, Public talk: Surfing with Wavelets; Tuesday, September 15, 12-1pm, Colloquium talk: Time-frequency Localization for Non-stationary Signals
  • Massey University, Palmerston North: Wednesday, September 16, 12-1pm, Public talk: The Master's Hand: Can Image Analysis detect the Hand of the Master?; Thursday, September 17, 1-2pm, Colloquium talk: Bones, Teeth and Animation
  • Waikato University, Hamilton: Friday, September 18, 4:10-5pm, Colloquium talk: Bones, Teeth and Animation; 6:10-7pm, Public talk: Mathematicians Helping Art Historians and Conservators
  • Massey University, Albany, Auckland: Monday afternoon, September 21: Institute seminar
  • University of Auckland: Tuesday, September 22, 6-7pm, Public talk: The Master's Hand: Can Image Analysis Detect the Hand of the Master?; Wednesday, September 23, 4-5pm, Colloquium talk: Bones, Teeth and Animation
  • University of Canterbury, Christchurch: Friday, September 25, 11am-12, Colloquium talk: Bones, Teeth and Animation; 7-8pm, Public talk: The Master's Hand: Can Image Analysis Detect the Hand of the Master?
  • University of Otago, Dunedin: Monday, September 28, 10-11am, Colloquium talk: Sparsity in Data Analysis and Computation; 5pm, Public talk: Surfing with Wavelets

Previous Maclaurin Lecturers:

James Sneyd, University of Auckland
Sneyd's field is applications of mathematics to medicine and physiology, and to biology in general. (See a brief video on YouTube, "How can mathematics help fight disease?") He gave a lecture, "The dynamics of calcium: Oscillations, waves, theories, and experiments," at the 2014 Fall Southeastern Sectional Meeting at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He also gave lectures at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (October 27 and October 28, 2014), Tulane University, New Orleans, LA (October 30, 2014), Ohio State University, Columbus (a public lecture, "Mathematics and Music: The beauties of pattern," November 2, 2014), North Carolina State University, Raleigh, (November 5, 2014), the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (November 7, 2014), New York University (November 10, 2014), and the University of Utah, Salt Lake City (November 13, 2014).

Terence Tao, University of California Los Angeles
Tao, born in Australia, works in harmonic analysis, partial differential equations, additive combinatorics, ergodic Ramsey theory, random matrix theory, and analytic number theory. He gave lectures at the University of Auckland (August 19, 2013), Waikato University (August 20, 2013), University of Otago (August 26, 2013), University of Canterbury (August 27, 2013), Palmerston North Massey (August 28, 2013), and Wellington (August 29, 2013 and a public lecture, "Arithmetic progression in the primes," August 30, 2013). See lectures and dates.

Marston Conder, University of Auckland, and Co-Director of the New Zealand Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (NZIMA)
Conder, the inaugural Maclaurin Lecturer, specializes in the development and use of combinatorial group theory and computational methods to study the symmetries of discrete structures. The Royal Society of New Zealand announcement, "Mathematician receives joint NZ-US honour," notes that Conder is a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand and a past president of the Academy Council. Conder gave lectures at the University of California, San Diego (March 21, 2013), University of Washington, Seattle (March 25, 2013), Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN (March 28, 2013), the University of Chicago, IL (April 3, 2013), Colgate University, Hamilton, NY (April 4, 2013), Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA (April 6, 2013), and the University of Texas at Austin (April 9, 2013).

Conder and Savage

Photo: Marston Conder and AMS Secretary Carla Savage at the AMS Spring 2013 Eastern Sectional Meeting held at Boston College after his Invited Address, "Discrete objects with maximum possible symmetry."

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Director of Meetings & Conferences
Phone: (401) 455-4145, 1-800-321-4267, Ext. 4145
Fax: (401) 455-4004
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