Monday January 29, 2018 1:00 PM  2:30 PM Math Tower P131
 Radu Laza and Christian Schnell, Stony Brook University
Introduction and job offersFirst meeting of the professional development seminar this semester. We'll start by discussing possible topics; please bring along ideas and suggestions. Also, we'll try to get a headcount for our weekly pizza order.
After that, the topic is going to be, "What do you do after you get a job offer?"

Monday February 05, 2018 1:00 PM  2:30 PM Math Tower P131
 Tony Phillips, Stony Brook University
Tony Phillips on teachingTeaching is an important aspect of a career in academia. Tony Phillips  whom many of you probably got to know during the teaching practicum  has agreed to share some of his experience and advice with us in the seminar. (Pizza will be served at the beginning of the seminar.)

Monday February 12, 2018 1:00 PM  2:30 PM Math Tower P131
 Lisa Berger, Stony Brook University
Developing (and documenting) your teachingWe will discuss ideas for developing as a teacher and for documenting your successes as a teacher. Please feel free to bring any questions about teaching or the academic job search. (Pizza, as usual.)

Monday February 19, 2018 1:00 PM  2:30 PM Math Tower P131

No seminarNo seminar due to President Stanley's visit.

Monday February 26, 2018 1:00 PM  2:30 PM Math Tower P131
 Robert Lazarsfeld, Stony Brook University
Robert’s Rules of Mathematical PublicationI’ll discuss various issues involved in publishing math papers, including some thoughts about what happens behind the scenes when you submit a paper to a journal. I'll also share some reminisences of how the system worked in "the good old days."

Monday March 05, 2018 12:45 PM  2:00 PM Math Tower P131
 Allen Tannenbaum, Stony Brook University
Optimal Mass Transport and the Robustness of Complex NetworksToday's technological world is increasingly dependent upon the reliability, robustness, quality of service and timeliness of networks including those of power distribution, financial, transportation, communication, biological, and social. For the timecritical functionality in transferring resources and information, a key requirement is the ability to adapt and reconfigure in response to structural and dynamic changes, while avoiding disruption of service and catastrophic failures. We will outline some of the major problems for the development of the necessary theory and tools that will permit the understanding of network dynamics in a multiscale manner.
Many interesting networks consist of a finite but very large number of nodes or agents that interact with each other. The main challenge when dealing with such networks is to understand and regulate the collective behavior. Our goal is to develop mathematical models and optimization tools for treating the Big Data nature of large scale networks while providing the means to understand and regulate the collective behavior and the dynamical interactions (short and longrange) across such networks.
The key mathematical technique will be based upon the use optimal mass transport theory and resulting notions of curvature applied to weighted graphs in order to characterize network robustness. Examples will be given from biology, finance, and transportation.

Monday March 19, 2018 1:00 PM  2:30 PM Math Tower P131
 Chris Bishop and Raanan Schul, Stony Brook University
Q&A with Chris Bishop and Raanan SchulChris and Raanan are going to share some advice on the job market, journal publications, research, postdoc jobs, etc. from the point of view of someone working in analysis. (Pizza will be served.)

Monday March 26, 2018 1:00 PM  2:30 PM Math Tower P131
 Corey Hoelscher, Morgan Stanley
Transitioning from math academia into financeCorey Hoelscher has a Ph.D. in Riemannian geometry from the University of Pennsylvania, and now works at the fixed income division of Morgan Stanley. He is going to discuss quantitative careers in finance and share his experiences transitioning from math academia into finance.

Monday April 02, 2018 1:00 PM  2:30 PM Math Tower P131
 Radu Laza and Christian Schnell, Stony Brook University
Conferences, workshops, summer schoolsThere are many events for mathematicians, such as conferences, workshops, summer schools, etc. We'll talk about some basic questions, such as: How do you figure out which events to go to? How do you get funding? How much travel is good, how much is too much? (With pizza, as always.)

Monday April 09, 2018 1:00 PM  2:30 PM Math Tower P131
 Jennifer Pearl, American Association for the Advancement of Science
Mathematics and Taking the National View – Which Details Count?Jennifer got her PhD at Stony Brook in 1998 (with Dusa McDuff), and after being at the NSF for several years, is now the director of the AAAS Science and Technology Fellowship program. She will talk briefly about her career path from academia to the government and nonprofit sectors, and about the common thread of teasing out the important structural details in complex situations, and then answer questions.
Jennifer is also doing a campuswide information session about the Science and Technology Fellowship program (Wang Center, Lecture Hall 1, 3pm), in case you are interested.

Monday April 23, 2018 1:00 PM  2:30 PM Math Tower P131
 Radu Laza and Christian Schnell, Stony Brook University
Giving a short talk about your researchIn view of the upcoming graduate student recitals, we are going to look at some advice for giving good short talks.
Useful references:
"Technically Speaking", http://techspeaking.denison.edu/
(a collection of short videos about communication skills)
"How to give a good 20minute math talk" by William Ross
(https://blog.richmond.edu/wross/2008/03/26/howtogiveagood20minutemathtalk/)

