Week 
Date 
Activities etc. 
1  Wed Aug 29 
Introductions, Sources for Topics, Expectations, planning 
2  Wed Sep 5 
Discussion of topics. What makes a topic good? 
3  Wed Sep 12 
Introduction To Derivative Markets, by Eddy Fotsing Kamboh (Ohio University, Mathematics) 
4  Wed Sep 19 
The Graph Menagerie: Abstract Algebra and the Mad Veterinarian, by Nick Pilewski (Ohio University, Mathematics) 
5  Wed Sep 26 
Sums of two and four squares, by Vladimir Uspenskiy (Ohio University, Mathematics) 
6  Wed Oct 3 
Zeroth draft of Topic Proposal circulated to peers;
oral arguments for your choice of topic. Design of Topic Proposal template 
7  Wed Oct 10 
A journey into matrix equations AXXB=C, by Quoc Phong Vu (Ohio University, Mathematics) 
8  Thurs Oct 18 
Colloquium on The FGF Conjecture at 2:10pm or on Spectral Functions, The Geometric Power of Eigenvalues at 4:10pm, both in Morton 122.

9  Wed Oct 24 
First draft of Topic Proposal due.
Why do your friends have more friends than you have? The exciting world of random networks., by Winfried Just (Ohio University, Mathematics)

10  Wed Oct 31 
Feedback on the first draft of the Topic Proposal. What makes a seminar talk good?
Software tools for writing mathematics. 
11  Wed Nov 7 
11+11+1...= 1/2 ?, by Jeff Connor (Ohio University, Mathematics) 
12  Wed Nov 14 
Second draft of Topic Proposal due 
13  Wed Nov 21 
Thanksgiving holiday (no meeting) 
14  Wed Nov 28 
The voter model and the Axelrod model: Social interactions as random walks, by Richard Buckalew (Ohio University, Mathematics) 
15  Wed Dec 5 
Final Topic Proposal due 