More comments from participants:
This year's conferences:
A) Complex Dynamics
June 9 – 15, 2013
Organizers: Laura DeMarco, University of Illinois at Chicago; Adam Epstein, University of Warwick; Sarah Koch, Harvard University
The Mandelbrot set is one of the most famous objects in modern mathematics. The goal of this MRC engaged participants in the active, central research surrounding the Mandelbrot set and related objects. The emphasis of the week's activities was on experimentation and discovery.
B) Tropical and Nonarchimedean Analytic Geometry
June 9 – 15, 2013
Organizers: Matt Baker, Georgia Institute of Technology; Sam Payne, Yale University
Tropical geometry uses a combination of techniques from toric geometry, Groebner theory, combinatorics, and rigid analysis to study algebraic varieties over valued fields. This workshop focused on links between tropical and nonarchimedean analytic geometry, and potential applications in algebraic geometry and number theory.
Geometric Group Theory
June 16 – 22, 2013
Organizers: Ruth Charney, Brandeis University; Tullia Dymarz, University of Wisconsin, Madison; Dan Margalit, Georgia Institute of Technology; Kim Ruane, Tufts University; Kevin Wortman, University of Utah
Regularity Problems for Nonlinear Partial Differential Equations Modeling Fluids and Complex Fluids
June 25 - July 1, 2013
Organizers: Peter Constantin, Princeton University; Gautam Iyer, Carnegie Mellon University; Igor Kukavica, University of Southern California; Helena Nussenzveig-Lopes, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro; Jiahong Wu, Oklahoma State University
This MRC focused on several outstanding systems of partial differential equations modeling fluids and complex fluids: the Euler equations, the Navier-Stokes equations, the primitive equations of oceanic and atmospheric dynamics, the surface quasi-geostrophic equations, the Boussinesq equations, and the Smoluchowski equation of complex materials and polymeric flows.
"The distinguishing feature of this conference is that there are structured opportunities for participants to work on problems in research groups. In my opinion, this is the most valuable thing that happens at the conference."
"It is probably the most hands-on conference I have been to. Also, the followup and the possibility to meet again to finish our work is unique to this conference."
"The small problem groups were wonderful. The atmosphere (casual, relaxed, informal) made the serious math/work more possible, for lack of fear and formality."
"The conference exceeded my expectations. It was a great experience."
About the MRC Program
The American Mathematical Society's Mathematics Research Communities program builds social and collaborative networks to inspire and sustain mathematicians who are just beginning their research careers—those who are close to finishing their doctorates or have recently finished. The structured program engages and guides all participants as they start their careers. The program includes:
"Get a bunch of really good people in one place, and magic happens."
Sunset in Snowbird, Utah. Photos by Sebastian Pancratz.
See information on the 2014 MRC sessions and how to apply.
Photos not credited were taken by Ellen Maycock (AMS Associate Executive Director, Meetings and Professional Services) and James Maxwell (AMS Associate Executive Director for Special Projects).