Monday Feb 27 
16:3018:00  Number Theory Seminar (MS 5117) 
 Hisaaki Kawamura (Grenoble/Hokkaido)  On the DukeImamoglu lifting of padic families of elliptic modular forms and its applications 
Abstract. For a given prime number p, Hida, Coleman and Mazur constructed the padic
families of elliptic modular forms having a fixed finite slope. In this
talk, starting from such padic families, I shall present how to construct
oneparameter padic families of Siegel modular forms, that is,
automorphic forms on the symplectic group of higher genus given by means
of a functorial lifting à la DukeImamoglu and Ikeda. Key ingredients
in the proof are: (1) A certain pstabilization process (a kind of padic
normalization) for Siegel modular forms above and its effect on the
Fourier expansions; (2) The vertical control theorem for padic Siegel
modular forms which is shown by Hida and Pilloni. Moreover, if
circumstances allow, I'd also like to mention about some applications of
the above result, for instance, to the study of a generalized lifting of
cuspidal automorphic representations of PGL(2) over a totally real number
field. 
Tuesday Feb 28 
15:0015:50  Participating Analysis Seminar (MS6221) 
 Josh Zahl (UCLA)  An introduction to the Kakeya problem.

16:3017:20  Participating Analysis Seminar (MS6221) 
 Sam Xu (UCLA)  Some TimeDependent Parabolic PDEs

Wednesday Feb 29 
14:0014:50  Geometry Seminar (MS 3915G) 
 Mike Williams (UCLA)  Stability of Solutions to the Ricci Flow 
15:0015:50  Algebra Seminar (MS 7608) 
 Detlev Hoffmann (University of Dortmund)  Levels and sublevels of rings

Abstract. Let R be a ring with identity 1 but not necessarily associative.
The level (resp. sublevel) of
R is the least number n such that 1 (resp. 0) can be written (nontrivially)
as a sum of n (resp. n+1) squares in R, provided such a sum of squares
representation is possible at all. The Pythagoras number of R is the
least number n such that any sum of squares in R can be written as
a sum of n squares provided such an n exists. These invariants
and the relations between them have been studied extensively.
For example, a famous result by Pfister states that the level
of a field, if finite, is always a 2power, and that any such value
can be realized as level of a suitable field. In the field case, level
and sublevel coincide, and and if the level of a field is finite, say s,
then the Pythagoras number is s or s+1 (both are possible for a
given 2power s). We give a survey of some old and new results and
present various open problems concerning these
three invariants in the case of certain algebras over fields and
in the case of integral domains. 
15:0017:00  Topology Seminar (MS 5137) 
 Tye Lidman (UCLA)  LeftOrderability and Graph Manifolds 
16:0016:50  Probability Seminar (MS 5233) 
 Tonci Antunovic (UC Berkeley)  Tugofwar and the Infinity Laplace equation with Neumann boundary conditions 
Abstract. TugofWar is a zero sum, two player game played by moving a token in a domain until it hits its boundary. At each step Player II pays to Player I a certain value determined by the current position of the token, and the order of moves is determined by fair coin tosses. In a work of Peres, Schramm, Sheffield and Wilson these games were used to obtain new results on the existence and uniqueness of solutions for certain Infinity Laplace equations with Dirichlet boundary conditions. In this talk we will study the limiting behavior of the game values for TugofWar of prescribed horizon, and use it to prove the existence results for the Infinity Laplace equation with vanishing Neumann boundary conditions. This is a joint work with Yuval Peres, Scott Sheffield and Stephanie Somersille. 
16:0016:50  Applied Math Colloquium (IPAM) 
  No talk due to IPAM Workshop on Nonlocal Equations 
16:3018:00  Number Theory Seminar (MS 5147) 
 MarcHubert Nicole (Institut mathématique de Luminy, Université d'AixMarseille)  The SaitoKurokawa Lifting and Heegner Points 
Abstract. Let f be a newform of weight 2 associated with an elliptic curve E. We relate certain global points on E with the value at 2 of the Fourier coefficient (or its derivative) of the Lambdaadic SaitoKurokawa lifting of the padic family passing through f.
This is joint work with Matteo Longo (Padova). 
Thursday Mar 01 
13:5014:50  Combinatorics Seminar (MS 7608) 
 Matthias Beck (UCSF)  Combinatorial Reciprocity Theorems 
Abstract. A common theme of enumerative combinatorics is formed by counting functions that are polynomials. For example, one proves in any introductory graph theory course that the number of proper kcolorings of a given graph G is a polynomial in k, the chromatic polynomial of G.
Combinatorics is abundant with polynomials that count something when evaluated at positive integers, and many of these polynomials have a (completely different) interpretation when evaluated at negative integers: these instances go by the name of combinatorial reciprocity theorems. For example, when we evaluate the chromatic polynomial of G at 1, we obtain (up to a sign) the number of acyclic orientations of G, that is, those orientations of G that do not contain a coherently oriented cycle.
Reciprocity theorems appear all over combinatorics. This talk will attempt to show some of the charm (and usefulness!) these theorems exhibit. Our goal is to weave a unifying thread through various old and new combinatorial reciprocity theorems, by looking at them through the lens of geometry. 
17:1518:15  GSO Seminar (MS 6620) 
 Jed Yang (UCLA)  Brick walls and easy tiling problems 
Abstract. Tiling problems abound in recreational mathematics, while also being seriously studied by logicians, computer scientists, and combinatorialists. The sizes of tileable rectangular regions by a set of tiles is an example of a Klarner system. We will show that such systems are finitely generated (analogous to Hilbert's basis theorem), and briefly mention some applications. If time permits, we will discuss some new results that relate to this theorem.
As usual, the talk will be selfcontained; in particular, the intersection with the GSO talk last year on "Magic carpets and hard tiling problems" is the necessary and sufficient basic background for this talk. 
Friday Mar 02 
14:0015:30  Logic Seminar (MS 5148) 
 Ben Miller (Muenster)  Bases, nonhyperfiniteness, and rigidity 
Abstract. We will give a selfcontained proof of a local rigidity
property of the usual action of SL_2(Z) on R^2, and use this to obtain new information concerning the Borel reducibility hierarchy just beyond the (measure) hyperfinite equivalence relations. 
14:0015:10  Participating Funct. Analysis Seminar (MS 5138) 
 Brent Nelson (UCLA)  $C^*$simplicity of Powers groups, II (after de la Harpe) ***Note time change*** 
Abstract. In 1974 Robert T. Powers proved that the reduced $C^*$algebra for the free group on two generators is simple and has a unique tracial state. We will explore the generalization of this result to "Powers groups" given in a 2005 paper by Pierre de la Harpe. Starting with the definition of weak containment in the context of unitary representations, we will prove the equivalence of being $C^*$simple and having a simple reduced $C^*$algebra. The relationship between these conditions and amenability will be established. Lastly, we will show that Powers groups are $C^*$simple and have a unique tracial state. 
15:0016:40  Algebra Seminar (MS 7608) 
 Viraj Navkal (UCLA)  Quiver representations VI. 
15:0015:50  Analysis and PDE Seminar (MS 6221) 
 David Renfrew (U.C. Davis)  Outliers in the Spectrum of Finite Rank Deformations to Wigner Random Matrices

Abstract. We consider eigenvalues of finite rank deformation to Wigner matrices
that lie outside of the support of the semicircle. It was first shown
by M.Capitaine, C. DonatiMartin, and D. Feral that the fluctuations
of these eigenvalues are nonuniversal. We can generalize these
results by relating the outliers to quadratic forms of the resolvent
of random matrices. 
16:0017:00  Logic Colloquium (MS 6627) 
 Benjamin Miller (University of Muenster)  Bases, nonhyperfiniteness, and rigidity 
Abstract. By the GlimmEffros dichotomy, every nonsmooth countable Borel equivalence relation contains a copy of the nonsmooth hyperfinite Borel equivalence relation. We will discuss how local rigidity properties of the usual action of SL_2(Z) on R^2 can be used to rule out analogous results for the class of nonmeasurehyperfinite countable Borel equivalence relations. I hope to make the talk accessible to a broad audience. 
16:0017:00  Joint Topology Seminar (Caltech  257 Sloan) 
 David Futer (Temple University)  The Jones polynomial and surfaces far from fibers 
Abstract. This talk explores relations between colored Jones polynomials
and the topology of incompressible spanning surfaces in knot and link
complements. Under mild diagrammatic hypotheses, we prove that the growth
of the degree of the colored Jones polynomials is a boundary slope of an
essential surface in the knot complement. We also show that certain
coefficients of the Jones and colored Jones polynomials measure how far
this surface is from being a fiber in the knot complement. This is joint
work with Effie Kalfagianni and Jessica Purcell. 
17:0018:00  Joint Topology Seminar (Caltech  257 Sloan) 
 Sucharit Sarkar (Clay Math / Columbia)  A Khovanov homotopy type

Abstract. We will start by describing Khovanov's categorification of the Jones
polynomial from a cube of resolutions of a link diagram. We will then
introduce the notion of a framed flow category, as defined by Cohen,
Jones and Segal. We will see how a cube of resolutions produces a
framed flow category for the Khovanov chain complex, and how the
framed flow category produces a space whose reduced cohomology is the
Khovanov homology. We will show that the stable homotopy type of the
space is a link invariant. Time permitting, we will show that the
space is often nontrivial, i.e., not a wedge sum of Moore spaces.
This work is joint with Robert Lipshitz. 