Colloquium Lecture Series

Colloquium Lecture Series

Colloquium Lecture Series

  • Mathematics Colloquium

Mathematics Colloquium Lecture Series

Speaker: Dr. Jennifer Balakrishnan at Boston University
Date/Time: Dec 14 & 15, both 10am-12pm
Venue: 107AB Computer Center, University of Guam


Elliptic curves over the rational numbers are curves that can be described by an equation y2 = x3 + ax + b, where a and b are rational numbers. Despite such a simple description, there are many open questions about these curves (some involving prize money of a million dollars!) I'll describe some open questions and present computational tools to investigate them during this hands-on workshop. Let's see what we discover!

Speaker's Biography

Jennifer Balakrishnan is a number theorist working on explicit methods for curves. Her research is motivated by various aspects of the classical and p-adic Birch and Swinnerton-Dyer conjectures, as well as the problem of algorithmically finding rational points on curves. She is currently the Clare Boothe Luce Assistant Professor of Mathematics at Boston University and is the recipient of a Sloan Research Fellowship. Previously, she was a Titchmarsh Research Fellow at the Mathematical Institute of the University of Oxford, a Junior Research Fellow of Balliol College, Oxford, and an NSF Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard. Balakrishnan graduated from Harvest Christian Academy (2002) and received an AB and AM from Harvard University (2006) and a PhD in Mathematics from MIT (2011).

On Friday, November 16, 2018, at 4:00 –5:20 p.m. in WB 3, Dr. Raymond Paulino will hold a lecture titled:

Groups, Rings, and Things: Minimal Reductions

"Abstract Algebra is a branch of Mathematics that started out from solving equations in the 1800s, and now has many applications. I first introduce the star of Abstract Algebra known as a Group and give a brief sample of Group examples. Then I move to realm of Commutative Algebra. I will introduce the notion of a Ring and, in particular, Ideals, Noetherian Rings and Cohen-Macaulay Rings. Finally, I will discuss some of my results on Minimal Reductions of Edge Ideals."

The Challenges in Mathematics Colloquium Lecture Series is organized by the Division of Mathematical Sciences of the Colleges of Natural and Applied Sciences of the University of Guam. Our location is at the Division of Mathematical Sciences in Warehouse B, next to the Health-Science Building. Our intention is to introduce a wider audience of those who are interested in mathematical challenges into state-of-the-art mathematical theories, puzzles and open problems. We invite students, colleagues working in any area of science and everybody who wants to learn more about mathematics in an accessible setting.

Everybody is welcome!

For more information: see below flyer or contact Dr. Zoltan Szekely at