Researcher Highlights Fifth Annual Erdös Lecture Series
release: Feb. 19, 2001
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The Department of Mathematical Sciences at The University
of Memphis will host its fifth annual Paul Erdös Lecture Series
two-day event will begin with a memorial lecture, "Phase Transitions
in Combinatorics and Computer Science," by Jennifer Chayes
on Feb. 23 at 4 p.m. in the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law.
Chayes is manager of the Theory Group at Microsoft Research,
a collaborative research group of mathematicians, physicists
and theoretical computer scientists. Since joining Microsoft
in 1997, Chayes has begun to apply methods from math and physics
to problems in theoretical computer science, networking and
information technology. She also is a professor of mathematics
at UCLA and an affiliate professor of math and physics at
the University of Washington.
series of technical talks will be held Feb. 23 from 1:30 to
3 p.m. and Feb. 24 from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Winfield Dunn
Hall. Speakers include international scholars Christian Borgs
of Microsoft Research; Andrew Granville of the University
of Georgia; Heiko Harborth of Germany; Michal Karonski of
Poland; Gyula Katona, director of the Hungarian Academy of
Sciences and a visiting professor at The U of M; Imre Leader
of Cambridge, England; Cecil Rousseau and Máté Wierdl, both
of The U of M; and Jeff Steif of Atlanta.
series is held in honor of the University's relationship with
the late Erdös, one of the best known and most prolific mathematicians
of the century, who served as an adjunct professor at The
U of M.
lectures are free and open to the public. For more information,
call Dr. Béla Bollobás at 678-5610.
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