The Mathematics Colloquium


The Colloquium of the Mathematics Department of Rutgers University - Newark meets on Wednesdays at 4pm in Smith Hall room 204. All are welcome.


Fall 2015

Date Speaker Title Details
09/09/2015 Shou-wu Zhang
(Princeton University)
Faltings Heights and Zariski Density of CM Abelian Varieties Announcement & Abstract
09/30/2015 Zeev Rudnick
(Tel Aviv University, Israel / IAS)
Divisor Functions, Function fields and Matrix Integrals Announcement & Abstract
10/07/2015 Christopher Cashen
(University of Vienna, Austria)
Contracting Geodesics in Graphical Small Cancellation Groups Announcement & Abstract
10/28/2015 Wei Zhang
(Columbia University)
Euler Product and Taylor Expansion of L-function Announcement & Abstract
11/04/2015 Han-Bom Moon
(Fordham University)
Classical Invariant Theory and Birational Geometry of Moduli Spaces Announcement & Abstract
11/11/2015 Ziyang Gao
(CNRS, France / IAS)
Recent Developments on Andre-Oort Conjectures Announcement & Abstract
11/18/2015 Balazs Strenner
(University of Wisconsin / IAS)
Construction of pseudo-Anosov maps and a conjecture of Penner Announcement & Abstract
12/09/2015 Brice Loustau
(Rutgers University - Newark)
Bi-Lagrangian structures and Teichmüller theory Announcement & Abstract

Spring 2016

Date Speaker Title Details
01/20/2016 Sara Maloni
(Brown University)
Polyhedra inscribed in quadrics and their geometry> Announcement & Abstract
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01/27/2016 Kristen Hendricks
Equivariant versions of 3-manifold invariants Announcement & Abstract
01/28/2016 Jonathan Mboyo Esole
Elliptic Fibrations in String Theory and Hyperplane Arrangements Announcement & Abstract
02/01/2016 Anastasiia Tsvietkova
(UC Davis)
Using hyperbolic geometry to obtain information on knots, links and 3-manifolds Announcement & Abstract
02/03/2016 Andy Sanders
(University of Illinois at Chicago)
Hodge theory and Riemannian metrics on character varieties Announcement & Abstract
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03/09/2016 Michael Lesnick
Visualization of 2-D Persistent Homology Announcement & Abstract
03/23/2016 David Dumas
(University of Illinois at Chicago)
Surface group representations in higher-rank complex Lie groups Announcement & Abstract
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03/30/2016 Jeffrey Danciger
(University of Texas at Austin)
Affine geometry and the Auslander Conjecture Announcement & Abstract
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04/06/2016 Sergio Fenley
(Princeton University and Florida State University)
Quasigeodesic pseudo-Anosov flows in hyperbolic 3-manifolds Announcement & Abstract
04/20/2016 Joel Hass
(UC Davis / IAS)
Isoperimetric regions in negatively curved spaces Announcement & Abstract
04/27/2016 Zeno Huang
Closed minimal surfaces in some classes of hyperbolic three-manifolds Announcement & Abstract


The Department of Mathematics & Computer Science at Rutgers University - Newark is in Smith Hall (address: 101 Warren Street Newark, NJ 07103).

By train: There are two train stations in Newark: Newark Penn Station and Newark Broad Street Station. Either stations are at walking distance from the campus (see below). From New York, you can either take the NJ Transit from New York Penn Station or the PATH from World Trade Center. Either rides are about 20 minutes to Newark. Trains are frequent and you may find their schedules here for NJ Transit and here for PATH.

Walk from train station: From Newark Penn Station it takes approximately 17 minutes to walk (which is recommended) to the department, see map here. You can also take the Newark Light Rail Grove Street/Branch Brook Park line to Washington Street (the second stop). From Newark Broad Street Station, it will take you approximately 12 minutes to walk to the department along University Avenue, see map here.

By car: Here are the directions to the campus. For parking, you have two choices: Parking Deck 1 or 2. You should follow the online directions to Parking Deck 1 or Parking Deck 2. Make sure you keep the parking ticket you receive when you enter the parking lot, since you will need it to exit the parking lot.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions (also see contact below).

Teichmüller theory seminar

The Teichmüller theory seminar is an informal seminar organized by Jane Gilman, John Loftin and Brice Loustau. It is supported by the GEAR network and the talks are video recorded and available online. Please follow this link for the dedicated web page.

Past Colloquia

Please refer to the current web page of the colloquium for the links to other past colloquia.


Brice Loustau (as of Spring 2016). Please feel free to contact with any questions at