2002-2003 Special Year in Algebra at UF
In a major effort to stimulate research and education, the University of Florida mathematics
department is conducting 5 special year long programs in various areas of its strengths.
The academic year 2002-2003 will be the Year of Algebra.
It will be highlighted by the
celebration of the 70th birthday of Graduate Research Professor John G. Thompson. The general theme of the
Year of Algebra is provided by the wider context of Thompson's monumental
contributions: the beauty and power of group theory, and how it applies to
problems of arithmetic via the basic principle of Galois.
The Year of Algebra will feature a program in Galois theory
and a program in group theory. There will also be a series of lectures
on the history of algebra, accessible to anyone with an interest in mathematics. See the Math Dept Special Events page.
The goal of the special year is to stimulate research and its dissemination
at all levels. For the experts to exchange research ideas, for the young
researcher to get into new important research problems, and for graduate
and undergraduate students to learn about current research.
We strongly encourage participation by students and
recent PhDs and by mathematicians
from under-represented groups such as women and minorities.
They will be given priority for financial support.
Funding for the Special Year in Algebra has been provided
by the Department of Mathematics, the College of Liberal
Arts and Sciences, and the Office of Research and Graduate
Programs of the University of Florida, the National Science Foundation, the
National Security Agency and the Number Theory Foundation.
Group Theory Program
Allen Herman, University of Regina, Canada,
Naoki Chigira of Muroran Institute of Technology, Hokkaido, Japan
and K. Sekiguchi, Kokushikan University, Japan will visit for the year.
F. Lübeck (RWTH Aachen) will be a long term visitor during Spring 2003.
Finite Groups 2003, an international conference on Finite Groups and Related Topics, organized by C. Y. Ho, P. Sin, P. H.
Tiep and A. Turull.