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Agenda and announcements

Ph.D. thesis defense by Leila Mohammadi on
Wednesday October 6
Leila Mohammadi will defend her Ph.D. thesis on Wednesday October 6
at 4:15 pm in the Academiegebouw, Rapenburg 73.
Title: Estimation of tresholds in classification
Promotor: Prof. Sara van de Geer.
Copromotor: Dr. Franz Merkl.

Intercity Number Theory Seminar on Friday October 8
The Intercity Number Theory Seminar of Friday October 8 meets in Leiden.
The following lectures have been scheduled:
10:4511:45  
Tarlok Shorey (Tata Institute): Powers in products of terms of an arithmetic progression

12:00 1:00  
Bas Jansen (Leiden): Classical Iwasawa Theory

2:00 4:00  
Bill Hart (Leiden): What is the noncommutative Iwasawa Main Conjecture?

For further information see the webpage of the Intercity Number Theory
Seminar,
http://www.math.leidenuniv.nl/~desmit/ic/current.html

Science Day on Sunday October 24
The Science Day 2004 is on Sunday October 24.
In the framework of this, the University of Leiden organizes
several activities of interest to both children and adults.
These activities consist of experiments and demonstrations
in which attendees are encouraged to participate,
as well as (Dutch) lectures of general interest.
The main theme of the activities in Leiden is "Use your brains" (Gebruik je
hersens).
For further information (in Dutch) see
http://www.wetenschapsdag.leidenuniv.nl. For activities organized
by the Faculty of Sciences click on
Wiskunde en Natuurwetenschappen.

First year exams
One year ago, the universities of Delft and Leiden started
a common Mathematics curriculum.
The following students from Leiden have passed
the exam of the first year of this new curriculum
(MP means that the student passed the first year exams of both Mathematics
and Physics):
A. Aleman
J.W.M. Beenakker (MP)
B. Benthem (MP)
D.B. Biesheuvel
H.P. Chang (MP)


J.T. van Essen
R. de Jong (MP)
M.H.P. Kleuskens
A. Krul
D. Marjenburgh (MP)


M. Roelands
S.B. Roobol (MP)
Z. Tanovic' (MP)
K. van Vuurden
D.J. van Well


Master's programme ALGANT (ALgebra, Geometry And Number Theory)
gets Erasmus Mundus grant
The universities of Bordeaux, Leiden and Padova have established
a common Master's programme in algebra, geometry and number theory,
called Erasmus Mundus Master ALGANT. This programme has been awarded financial
support from the Erasmus Mundus fund.
Erasmus Mundus has been established by the European Union
to make European higher education more appealing to students
outside the EU. Erasmus Mundus supports common Master's programmes offered
by consortia of universities from different EU countries.
Altogether 128 consortia have applied for an Erasmus Mundus grant, among which
7 consortia with Dutch participation. From those, 19 consortia were
selected, 7 of which had Dutch participation.
Each selected consortium receives 86 full stipends for talented students
outside the EU over a period of five years, as well as
EU. 15,000 for additional expenses. Stipendees are required to follow
courses from at least two universities from the consortium.
For further information see
http://www.math.ubordeaux1.fr/ALGANT/
ALGANTAlgebra, Geometry and Number Theory (pdf file)

Workshops at the Lorentz Center
October 48:
PGM 2004Probabilistic Graphical Models 2004
Coordinators: P.J.F. Lucas, N.A. el Moustakim (Nijmegen).
See
http://www.lc.leidenuniv.nl/lc/web/Mathposter2004.jpg
for an overview of all Mathematics workshops at the Lorentz Center in 2004.

General Colloquium
November 4:  
Prof. Willem van Zwet (Leiden): TBA 
For further information, see
http://www.math.leidenuniv.nl/~evertse/colloquium.shtml.
Guests

Guests of Robert Tijdeman:

 Prof. Tarlok Shorey (Tata Institute, Mumbay, India)
is visiting our institute from September 1October 15 to work together
with Robert Tijdeman. On October 8 he gives a lecture at the
Intercity Number Theory Seminar (see above).
 Dr. Clemens Fuchs (Technische Universität Graz)
is visiting our institute for one year starting with September 1.
Visits/lectures outside our institute


 Peter Stevenhagen: He will visit the University of California
at San Diego from October 211 to cooperate with Joe Buhler. On October 7,
he will give a colloquium lecture, titled "Efficient construction
of elliptic curves," see
http://www.math.ucsd.edu/seminars/upcoming/pdfs/20042005/20041254.pdf
for further information.
On October 15 he will give a lecture at the
Universität ErlangenNürnberg, titled "Escher und der DrosteEffekt,"
see
http://www.mi.unierlangen.de/~tschach/wso405/Lehrerkolloquium.html
for further information.


 Jelle Goeman, Georgia Hadjicharalambous, Leila Mohammadi,
Bernadetta Tarigan, Sara van de Geer and Erik van Zwet:
They will attend the workshop
"Notions of Complexity" at EURANDOM,
Eindhoven
from October 79. Leila will give a talk about estimation of thresholds
and Sara will give a talk about adaptive support vector machines.
For further information on this workshop, see
http://www.eurandom.nl/workshops/2004/PASCAL/PASCAL_main.htm.


 Bert Peletier:
He will visit Boston University, Boston from October 1721
and Rutgers University, New Brunswick NJ from October 2129.


 Bas Edixhoven:
He will visit the university of Rennes (France) on October 29.
