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Big Data Conference 2024
September 6, 2024 - September 7, 2024      9:00 am
https://cmsa.fas.harvard.edu/event/bigdata_2024/   On  September 6-7, 2024, the CMSA will host the tenth annual Conference on Big Data. The Big Data Conference features speakers from the...
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  • September 6, 2024 - September 7, 2024
    9:00 am
    Harvard Science Center

    CONFERENCE, CMSA EVENT

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  • CMSA EVENT: CMSA Quantum Matter in Math and Physics Seminar: Landscape of Tensor Network States Preparable from Measurement

    Speaker: Rahul Sahay – Harvard

    2:00 PM-3:30 PM
    June 21, 2024
    20 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

    Measurements and feedback have emerged as powerful resources for creating many-body quantum states. However, a detailed understanding of what is possible is restricted to fixed-point representatives of phases of matter. In this talk, we go beyond this, characterizing more general patterns of many-body entanglement that can be deterministically created from measurement. In 1D, a complete framework is developed for the case where a single round of measurements is the only entangling operation. Specifically, we completely classify the space of 1D preparable quantum states (forming a strict subset of all matrix product states), and characterize their physical constraints. In doing so, we find an intriguing physical trade-off between the richness of the preparable entanglement spectrum and correlation functions, naturally implying a powerful no-go theorem for preparing certain quantum states. Moreover, our classification enables one to search for and engineer preparable quantum states with a range of desired correlation lengths and entanglement properties. We conclude by charting out generalizations, such as higher dimensional examples, considering multiple rounds of measurements, and implementing matrix product operators. At a high level, our work offers a resource-theoretic perspective on preparable quantum entanglement and shows how to systematically create states of matter, away from their fixed points, in quantum devices. This is based on two recent works with Ruben Verresen [arXiv:2404.17087; arXiv:2404.16753].
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    Zoom – https://harvard.zoom.us/j/977347126

    Password: cmsa


    https://cmsa.fas.harvard.edu/events-archive/category/quantum-matter-seminar/

    Subscribe to Harvard CMSA Quantum Matter and other seminar videos
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  • OTHER MATHEMATICS DEPARTMENT EVENTS: 2024 Master Class in Teaching Math Modeling for Life Sciences
    All day
    June 23, 2024-June 28, 2024
    1 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA 02138 USA
    A poster with details about a summer workshop held at Harvard about how to teach math modeling for life sciences.

    Where: Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
    When: June 23 – June 28, 2024
    Application Form

    To apply please follow the link above and fill out the form, where you will be asked to submit the following:

    1. Your Curriculum Vitae.
    2. A statement of purpose identifying the logic for a new course at the applicant’s institution, a specific plan of how the new course will impact underrepresented students, your institution’s support for the endeavour, and a timeline for course development.
    3. A letter of support from a department chair or dean recognizing the need for change in the introductory calculus sequence.

    *Limited funding is available if your institution does not offer financial support or sponsorship.

    Space and funding are limited.

    There is a growing realization that traditional “Calculus for Life Sciences” courses do not show their applicability to the Life Sciences and discourage student interest. There have been calls from the AAAS, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the NSF, and the American Association of Medical Colleges for a new kind of math course for biology students, that would focus on dynamics and modeling, to understand positive and negative feedback relations, in the context of important biological applications, not incidental “examples.”

    The workshop is designed for faculty members who are interested in launching a new mathematical modeling course that will serve as an alternative to introductory calculus by the end of the 2025 – 2026 academic year.

    Introductory mathematics courses can equip students with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary to solve the important problems our world faces. Despite this incredible potential to create transformative educational experiences, students often encounter introductory mathematics courses as a burdensome requirement. Educational research has shown that across age levels, content, and nations, that centering modeling in introductory mathematics courses supports students in their civic engagement and persistence in STEM. This summer we are offering a master class for faculty interested in offering a modeling focused course for life science students.

    During the master class, you will:

    • Become familiar with the content and pedagogical approach of UCLA’s successful course LS 30, by working through the syllabus of LS 30 with attention to the mathematical and scientific content and inclusive teaching techniques that will unlock success for the course you are designing.
    • Learn how to bring modern computational tools into your classroom via Jupyter notebooks and Google Colab and think about the pedagogical challenges in teaching Python in the classroom.
    • Be able to frame the underlying mathematical ideas in ways that are meaningful to students who have not completed a long list of prerequisite courses including calculus.
    • Learn about modern approaches to mathematical modeling being employed in cutting-edge biology research that is accessible to students without a calculus prerequisite.
    • Frame the goals and benefits of a modeling-focused introductory mathematics class for different stakeholders to unlock change at your institution.
    • Develop a syllabus for a new modeling course for life science students that leverages existing material, fits your institution’s context, and empowers your students to approach modern scientific problems.

    Organizers

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  • OTHER MATHEMATICS DEPARTMENT EVENTS: 2024 Master Class in Teaching Math Modeling for Life Sciences
    All day
    June 24, 2024-June 28, 2024
    1 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA 02138 USA
    A poster with details about a summer workshop held at Harvard about how to teach math modeling for life sciences.

    Where: Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
    When: June 23 – June 28, 2024
    Application Form

    To apply please follow the link above and fill out the form, where you will be asked to submit the following:

    1. Your Curriculum Vitae.
    2. A statement of purpose identifying the logic for a new course at the applicant’s institution, a specific plan of how the new course will impact underrepresented students, your institution’s support for the endeavour, and a timeline for course development.
    3. A letter of support from a department chair or dean recognizing the need for change in the introductory calculus sequence.

    *Limited funding is available if your institution does not offer financial support or sponsorship.

    Space and funding are limited.

    There is a growing realization that traditional “Calculus for Life Sciences” courses do not show their applicability to the Life Sciences and discourage student interest. There have been calls from the AAAS, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the NSF, and the American Association of Medical Colleges for a new kind of math course for biology students, that would focus on dynamics and modeling, to understand positive and negative feedback relations, in the context of important biological applications, not incidental “examples.”

    The workshop is designed for faculty members who are interested in launching a new mathematical modeling course that will serve as an alternative to introductory calculus by the end of the 2025 – 2026 academic year.

    Introductory mathematics courses can equip students with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary to solve the important problems our world faces. Despite this incredible potential to create transformative educational experiences, students often encounter introductory mathematics courses as a burdensome requirement. Educational research has shown that across age levels, content, and nations, that centering modeling in introductory mathematics courses supports students in their civic engagement and persistence in STEM. This summer we are offering a master class for faculty interested in offering a modeling focused course for life science students.

    During the master class, you will:

    • Become familiar with the content and pedagogical approach of UCLA’s successful course LS 30, by working through the syllabus of LS 30 with attention to the mathematical and scientific content and inclusive teaching techniques that will unlock success for the course you are designing.
    • Learn how to bring modern computational tools into your classroom via Jupyter notebooks and Google Colab and think about the pedagogical challenges in teaching Python in the classroom.
    • Be able to frame the underlying mathematical ideas in ways that are meaningful to students who have not completed a long list of prerequisite courses including calculus.
    • Learn about modern approaches to mathematical modeling being employed in cutting-edge biology research that is accessible to students without a calculus prerequisite.
    • Frame the goals and benefits of a modeling-focused introductory mathematics class for different stakeholders to unlock change at your institution.
    • Develop a syllabus for a new modeling course for life science students that leverages existing material, fits your institution’s context, and empowers your students to approach modern scientific problems.

    Organizers

  • CMSA EVENT: CMSA Workshop on Fibration and Degeneration in Calabi-Yau Geometry
    9:00 AM-5:00 PM
    June 24, 2024-June 26, 2024
    20 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

    Workshop on Fibration and Degeneration in Calabi-Yau Geometry

    Dates: June 24-26, 2024

    Location: Harvard CMSA, 20 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

    Organizer: Chuck Doran, Harvard CMSA

    Registration (in-person)

    Register for Zoom Meeting

    Calabi-Yau manifolds occupy a central place in geometry. Their critical role as the cut-case between basic Fano building blocks and the zoo of General Type manifolds is key to the wide variety of important applications of Calabi-Yau geometry to theoretical physics. In turn, ideas from theoretical physics, such as Mirror Symmetry, help shape investigations in Calabi-Yau geometry

    This workshop focuses on a structural feature of Calabi-Yau geometry identified a decade ago by Doran, Harder, and Thompson. It is an organizing principle that conjecturally underlies any and all constructions of mirror pairs of Calabi-Yau manifolds. Put simply, the DHT Mirror Symmetry slogan is: “Degeneration is mirror to fibration.”

    Confirmed Speakers:

    *= via Zoom

    See CMSA event webpage for detailed scheduled. 

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  • OTHER MATHEMATICS DEPARTMENT EVENTS: 2024 Master Class in Teaching Math Modeling for Life Sciences
    All day
    June 25, 2024-June 28, 2024
    1 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA 02138 USA
    A poster with details about a summer workshop held at Harvard about how to teach math modeling for life sciences.

    Where: Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
    When: June 23 – June 28, 2024
    Application Form

    To apply please follow the link above and fill out the form, where you will be asked to submit the following:

    1. Your Curriculum Vitae.
    2. A statement of purpose identifying the logic for a new course at the applicant’s institution, a specific plan of how the new course will impact underrepresented students, your institution’s support for the endeavour, and a timeline for course development.
    3. A letter of support from a department chair or dean recognizing the need for change in the introductory calculus sequence.

    *Limited funding is available if your institution does not offer financial support or sponsorship.

    Space and funding are limited.

    There is a growing realization that traditional “Calculus for Life Sciences” courses do not show their applicability to the Life Sciences and discourage student interest. There have been calls from the AAAS, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the NSF, and the American Association of Medical Colleges for a new kind of math course for biology students, that would focus on dynamics and modeling, to understand positive and negative feedback relations, in the context of important biological applications, not incidental “examples.”

    The workshop is designed for faculty members who are interested in launching a new mathematical modeling course that will serve as an alternative to introductory calculus by the end of the 2025 – 2026 academic year.

    Introductory mathematics courses can equip students with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary to solve the important problems our world faces. Despite this incredible potential to create transformative educational experiences, students often encounter introductory mathematics courses as a burdensome requirement. Educational research has shown that across age levels, content, and nations, that centering modeling in introductory mathematics courses supports students in their civic engagement and persistence in STEM. This summer we are offering a master class for faculty interested in offering a modeling focused course for life science students.

    During the master class, you will:

    • Become familiar with the content and pedagogical approach of UCLA’s successful course LS 30, by working through the syllabus of LS 30 with attention to the mathematical and scientific content and inclusive teaching techniques that will unlock success for the course you are designing.
    • Learn how to bring modern computational tools into your classroom via Jupyter notebooks and Google Colab and think about the pedagogical challenges in teaching Python in the classroom.
    • Be able to frame the underlying mathematical ideas in ways that are meaningful to students who have not completed a long list of prerequisite courses including calculus.
    • Learn about modern approaches to mathematical modeling being employed in cutting-edge biology research that is accessible to students without a calculus prerequisite.
    • Frame the goals and benefits of a modeling-focused introductory mathematics class for different stakeholders to unlock change at your institution.
    • Develop a syllabus for a new modeling course for life science students that leverages existing material, fits your institution’s context, and empowers your students to approach modern scientific problems.

    Organizers

  • CMSA EVENT: CMSA Workshop on Fibration and Degeneration in Calabi-Yau Geometry
    9:00 AM-5:00 PM
    June 25, 2024-June 26, 2024
    20 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

    Workshop on Fibration and Degeneration in Calabi-Yau Geometry

    Dates: June 24-26, 2024

    Location: Harvard CMSA, 20 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

    Organizer: Chuck Doran, Harvard CMSA

    Registration (in-person)

    Register for Zoom Meeting

    Calabi-Yau manifolds occupy a central place in geometry. Their critical role as the cut-case between basic Fano building blocks and the zoo of General Type manifolds is key to the wide variety of important applications of Calabi-Yau geometry to theoretical physics. In turn, ideas from theoretical physics, such as Mirror Symmetry, help shape investigations in Calabi-Yau geometry

    This workshop focuses on a structural feature of Calabi-Yau geometry identified a decade ago by Doran, Harder, and Thompson. It is an organizing principle that conjecturally underlies any and all constructions of mirror pairs of Calabi-Yau manifolds. Put simply, the DHT Mirror Symmetry slogan is: “Degeneration is mirror to fibration.”

    Confirmed Speakers:

    *= via Zoom

    See CMSA event webpage for detailed scheduled. 

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  • OTHER MATHEMATICS DEPARTMENT EVENTS: 2024 Master Class in Teaching Math Modeling for Life Sciences
    All day
    June 26, 2024-June 28, 2024
    1 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA 02138 USA
    A poster with details about a summer workshop held at Harvard about how to teach math modeling for life sciences.

    Where: Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
    When: June 23 – June 28, 2024
    Application Form

    To apply please follow the link above and fill out the form, where you will be asked to submit the following:

    1. Your Curriculum Vitae.
    2. A statement of purpose identifying the logic for a new course at the applicant’s institution, a specific plan of how the new course will impact underrepresented students, your institution’s support for the endeavour, and a timeline for course development.
    3. A letter of support from a department chair or dean recognizing the need for change in the introductory calculus sequence.

    *Limited funding is available if your institution does not offer financial support or sponsorship.

    Space and funding are limited.

    There is a growing realization that traditional “Calculus for Life Sciences” courses do not show their applicability to the Life Sciences and discourage student interest. There have been calls from the AAAS, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the NSF, and the American Association of Medical Colleges for a new kind of math course for biology students, that would focus on dynamics and modeling, to understand positive and negative feedback relations, in the context of important biological applications, not incidental “examples.”

    The workshop is designed for faculty members who are interested in launching a new mathematical modeling course that will serve as an alternative to introductory calculus by the end of the 2025 – 2026 academic year.

    Introductory mathematics courses can equip students with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary to solve the important problems our world faces. Despite this incredible potential to create transformative educational experiences, students often encounter introductory mathematics courses as a burdensome requirement. Educational research has shown that across age levels, content, and nations, that centering modeling in introductory mathematics courses supports students in their civic engagement and persistence in STEM. This summer we are offering a master class for faculty interested in offering a modeling focused course for life science students.

    During the master class, you will:

    • Become familiar with the content and pedagogical approach of UCLA’s successful course LS 30, by working through the syllabus of LS 30 with attention to the mathematical and scientific content and inclusive teaching techniques that will unlock success for the course you are designing.
    • Learn how to bring modern computational tools into your classroom via Jupyter notebooks and Google Colab and think about the pedagogical challenges in teaching Python in the classroom.
    • Be able to frame the underlying mathematical ideas in ways that are meaningful to students who have not completed a long list of prerequisite courses including calculus.
    • Learn about modern approaches to mathematical modeling being employed in cutting-edge biology research that is accessible to students without a calculus prerequisite.
    • Frame the goals and benefits of a modeling-focused introductory mathematics class for different stakeholders to unlock change at your institution.
    • Develop a syllabus for a new modeling course for life science students that leverages existing material, fits your institution’s context, and empowers your students to approach modern scientific problems.

    Organizers

  • CMSA EVENT: CMSA Workshop on Fibration and Degeneration in Calabi-Yau Geometry
    9:00 AM-5:00 PM
    June 26, 2024-June 26, 2024
    20 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

    Workshop on Fibration and Degeneration in Calabi-Yau Geometry

    Dates: June 24-26, 2024

    Location: Harvard CMSA, 20 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

    Organizer: Chuck Doran, Harvard CMSA

    Registration (in-person)

    Register for Zoom Meeting

    Calabi-Yau manifolds occupy a central place in geometry. Their critical role as the cut-case between basic Fano building blocks and the zoo of General Type manifolds is key to the wide variety of important applications of Calabi-Yau geometry to theoretical physics. In turn, ideas from theoretical physics, such as Mirror Symmetry, help shape investigations in Calabi-Yau geometry

    This workshop focuses on a structural feature of Calabi-Yau geometry identified a decade ago by Doran, Harder, and Thompson. It is an organizing principle that conjecturally underlies any and all constructions of mirror pairs of Calabi-Yau manifolds. Put simply, the DHT Mirror Symmetry slogan is: “Degeneration is mirror to fibration.”

    Confirmed Speakers:

    *= via Zoom

    See CMSA event webpage for detailed scheduled. 

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  • OTHER MATHEMATICS DEPARTMENT EVENTS: 2024 Master Class in Teaching Math Modeling for Life Sciences
    All day
    June 27, 2024-June 28, 2024
    1 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA 02138 USA
    A poster with details about a summer workshop held at Harvard about how to teach math modeling for life sciences.

    Where: Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
    When: June 23 – June 28, 2024
    Application Form

    To apply please follow the link above and fill out the form, where you will be asked to submit the following:

    1. Your Curriculum Vitae.
    2. A statement of purpose identifying the logic for a new course at the applicant’s institution, a specific plan of how the new course will impact underrepresented students, your institution’s support for the endeavour, and a timeline for course development.
    3. A letter of support from a department chair or dean recognizing the need for change in the introductory calculus sequence.

    *Limited funding is available if your institution does not offer financial support or sponsorship.

    Space and funding are limited.

    There is a growing realization that traditional “Calculus for Life Sciences” courses do not show their applicability to the Life Sciences and discourage student interest. There have been calls from the AAAS, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the NSF, and the American Association of Medical Colleges for a new kind of math course for biology students, that would focus on dynamics and modeling, to understand positive and negative feedback relations, in the context of important biological applications, not incidental “examples.”

    The workshop is designed for faculty members who are interested in launching a new mathematical modeling course that will serve as an alternative to introductory calculus by the end of the 2025 – 2026 academic year.

    Introductory mathematics courses can equip students with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary to solve the important problems our world faces. Despite this incredible potential to create transformative educational experiences, students often encounter introductory mathematics courses as a burdensome requirement. Educational research has shown that across age levels, content, and nations, that centering modeling in introductory mathematics courses supports students in their civic engagement and persistence in STEM. This summer we are offering a master class for faculty interested in offering a modeling focused course for life science students.

    During the master class, you will:

    • Become familiar with the content and pedagogical approach of UCLA’s successful course LS 30, by working through the syllabus of LS 30 with attention to the mathematical and scientific content and inclusive teaching techniques that will unlock success for the course you are designing.
    • Learn how to bring modern computational tools into your classroom via Jupyter notebooks and Google Colab and think about the pedagogical challenges in teaching Python in the classroom.
    • Be able to frame the underlying mathematical ideas in ways that are meaningful to students who have not completed a long list of prerequisite courses including calculus.
    • Learn about modern approaches to mathematical modeling being employed in cutting-edge biology research that is accessible to students without a calculus prerequisite.
    • Frame the goals and benefits of a modeling-focused introductory mathematics class for different stakeholders to unlock change at your institution.
    • Develop a syllabus for a new modeling course for life science students that leverages existing material, fits your institution’s context, and empowers your students to approach modern scientific problems.

    Organizers

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  • OTHER MATHEMATICS DEPARTMENT EVENTS: 2024 Master Class in Teaching Math Modeling for Life Sciences
    All day
    June 28, 2024-June 28, 2024
    1 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA 02138 USA
    A poster with details about a summer workshop held at Harvard about how to teach math modeling for life sciences.

    Where: Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
    When: June 23 – June 28, 2024
    Application Form

    To apply please follow the link above and fill out the form, where you will be asked to submit the following:

    1. Your Curriculum Vitae.
    2. A statement of purpose identifying the logic for a new course at the applicant’s institution, a specific plan of how the new course will impact underrepresented students, your institution’s support for the endeavour, and a timeline for course development.
    3. A letter of support from a department chair or dean recognizing the need for change in the introductory calculus sequence.

    *Limited funding is available if your institution does not offer financial support or sponsorship.

    Space and funding are limited.

    There is a growing realization that traditional “Calculus for Life Sciences” courses do not show their applicability to the Life Sciences and discourage student interest. There have been calls from the AAAS, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the NSF, and the American Association of Medical Colleges for a new kind of math course for biology students, that would focus on dynamics and modeling, to understand positive and negative feedback relations, in the context of important biological applications, not incidental “examples.”

    The workshop is designed for faculty members who are interested in launching a new mathematical modeling course that will serve as an alternative to introductory calculus by the end of the 2025 – 2026 academic year.

    Introductory mathematics courses can equip students with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary to solve the important problems our world faces. Despite this incredible potential to create transformative educational experiences, students often encounter introductory mathematics courses as a burdensome requirement. Educational research has shown that across age levels, content, and nations, that centering modeling in introductory mathematics courses supports students in their civic engagement and persistence in STEM. This summer we are offering a master class for faculty interested in offering a modeling focused course for life science students.

    During the master class, you will:

    • Become familiar with the content and pedagogical approach of UCLA’s successful course LS 30, by working through the syllabus of LS 30 with attention to the mathematical and scientific content and inclusive teaching techniques that will unlock success for the course you are designing.
    • Learn how to bring modern computational tools into your classroom via Jupyter notebooks and Google Colab and think about the pedagogical challenges in teaching Python in the classroom.
    • Be able to frame the underlying mathematical ideas in ways that are meaningful to students who have not completed a long list of prerequisite courses including calculus.
    • Learn about modern approaches to mathematical modeling being employed in cutting-edge biology research that is accessible to students without a calculus prerequisite.
    • Frame the goals and benefits of a modeling-focused introductory mathematics class for different stakeholders to unlock change at your institution.
    • Develop a syllabus for a new modeling course for life science students that leverages existing material, fits your institution’s context, and empowers your students to approach modern scientific problems.

    Organizers

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