Cryptic marks

February 5, 2015

New scientist recently ran a series on articles on “How to think about…” One of them, by Richard Webb and published December 13, 2014, was about infinity. It contains this quote:

Woodin’s notepads consist mainly of cryptic marks he uses to focus his attention, to the occasional consternation of fellow plane passengers. “If they don’t try to change seats they ask me if I’m an artist,” he says.

David Roberts wondered on Google+ what these cryptic marks look like. This reminded me of some pictures I took of them at the Conference on inner model theory at UC Berkeley last year.

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Two model theory meetings

October 19, 2014

José Iovino has asked me to help advertise the following:

At the 2015 Joint mathematics meetings (JMM), January 10-13, in San Antonio, TX, there will be two special sessions on model theory.

The first is Beyond First Order Model Theory, a special session of the ASL and the AMS. See here for the schedule, list of speakers, and abstracts.

The second is Model Theory and Applications. See here for schedule, speakers, and abstracts.

The first session will be preceded by a conference (with the same title) at the University of Texas, San Antonio. Additional details can be found here, the speakers are Will Boney (University of Illinois at Chicago), H. Jerome Keisler (University of Wisconsin – Madison), Michael Makkai (McGill),  Maryanthe Malliaris (University of Chicago), Paul Larson (Miami University), Chris Laskowski (University of Maryland), and Sebastien Vasey (Carnegie Mellon).


BEST 2014, First Announcement

March 26, 2014

BOISE EXTRAVAGANZA IN SET THEORY (BEST)
http://diamond.boisestate.edu/~best/
June 18 – 20, 2014
University of California, Riverside

The 21-st meeting of BEST will be hosted at University of California, Riverside, as a symposium of the 95th annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science – Pacific Division (AAAS-PD). Contributed and invited talks at BEST will be held on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

In addition to four invited speakers, the conference program has reserved speaking slots for students, post docs and pre-tenure tenure track faculty. NSF supported funding to assist up to eight student speakers, four post-doc speakers and two pre-tenure tenure track faculty speakers is available. For details on applying to the BEST program committee for these, please visit the conference website. In addition, the AAAS-PD provides up to $150 in travel funding for students. Please see the BEST conference website for more details on these also. There are a number of deadlines associated with applications for a travel grant.

The four invited speakers at BEST 2014 are:

Dr. Joel Hamkins, CUNY Graduate Center
Dr. Dima Sinapova, University of Illinois at Chicago
Dr. Nam Trang, Carnegie Mellon University
Dr. Andrew Marks, Caltech University

Special features of BEST 2014 include:

The BEST 2014 conference marks the end of three weeks of intensive set theory meetings in California. In addition to the BEST symposium there are several other symposia and workshops of interest offered at the AAAS-PD annual meeting. On Thursday, June 19, the AAAS-PD hosts a banquet at which awards of excellence are given to student speakers selected by a panel of judges. On Friday, June 20, Dr. Joel Hamkins will deliver a plenary lecture from 12:15 to 1:15 about our field to the general audience of the AAAS-PD annual meeting.

Important deadlines:

DEADLINE 1: REGISTRATION: Please consult http://diamond.boisestate.edu/~best/ for registration costs and deadlines. Registration fees depend on date of registration. We kindly request that tenure track mathematicians planning to participate in BEST 2014 consider acting as judges for the student presentations. The registration form has a place where willingness to act as a judge can be indicated. There are also a number of excursions available that can be indicated on the registration form. Also consider attending the award banquet in support of our student speakers – meal choices are available on the registration form.

DEADLINE 2: ABSTRACTS: Atlas Conferences, Inc. is providing abstract services for BEST 2014. Abstracts submitted by the deadline will appear in the proceedings of the annual conference of the AAAS-PD. The deadline for submitting an abstract is APRIL 16. The url for the abstract submission is available at the BEST 2014 website.

Organized by Liljana Babinkostova, Andres Caicedo, Sam Coskey and Marion Scheepers.

For any questions, please contact an organizer or e-mail best@math.boisestate.edu


Mérida, XI SLALM, 1998

May 29, 2013

This one is incredible. No beard, and I do not look yet like an orca.

SLALM 1998 - Merida, Venezuela

I’m in the last row, sort of in the middle. Xavier Caicedo is on the second row, to the left. My friend Juan Carlos Rivera is on the last row as well. I should probably stop now.


Paris, Logic Colloquium 2000

May 29, 2013

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I ran into this picture a few days ago, when looking at the old photos from the Martin Conference. I posted here the group picture from that conference. John Steel should be posting the other pictures soon (well, I’ve been waiting since 2001, so we’ll see), or I may post them if that ends up not happening.

This one is the conference photo from the Logic Colloquium 2000. The website has many other pictures available as well. It was an interesting meeting.

Paris, July 23 – 31, 2000. The meeting site will be the Sorbonne, where David Hilbert presented his famous list of problems at the International Congress of Mathematicians in August 1900.

As I recall, at the opening we listened to a recording of part of Hilbert’s address, including his Wir müssen wissen. Wir werden wissen.

I like this picture very much. You can see me behind Joel Hamkins, in what seems to be row eight. (I believe I met Joel and his wife, Barbara Gail Montero, at this conference.) Paul Larson still has hair.


Olden days

May 23, 2013

Martin Conference, Berkeley, May 27-28, 2001.

Martin-Group-medium(If someone has a version in higher resolution, or pictures of the conference, please contact John Steel, or myself.)

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BEST

May 18, 2013

BEST 2013 and NSF funded travel awards – Announcement 3

DATES: June 16 – 19, 2013

PLACE: University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Please consult the conference webpage.
The 20-th meeting of BEST will be hosted at University of Nevada, Las Vegas, as a AAAS-PD symposium during June 16 (Sunday) – June 19 (Wednesday), 2013. It is organized by Liljana Babinkostova, Andrés Caicedo, Sam Coskey  and Marion Scheepers.

Contributed and invited talks will be held on Monday, Tuesday and possibly Wednesday at the University of Las Vegas, Nevada.

BEST PLENARY SPEAKERS: The four invited plenary speakers are:

  1. Todd Eisworth (Ohio University).
  2. Masaru Kada (Osaka Prefecture University, Japan).
  3. Thilo Weinert (University of Bonn, Germany).
  4. Lynne Yengulalp (University of Dayton).

In addition to these four plenary talks, the program has ten reserved speaking slots for students, four reserved slots for post-docs and 2 reserved slots for pre-tenure tenure track faculty, and several slots for contributed talks.

TRAVEL AWARDS:  Graduate students speakers, post-doc speakers and pre-tenure tenure track speakers are strongly encouraged to apply for to BEST for an NSF-funded travel award.  The travel expenses (airfare and lodging) of awarded speakers will be reimbursed up to the $700 maximum amount of the award, and registration fees of awardees will be reimbursed.

  1. There are ten (10) travel awards of up to $700 plus registration fee available for graduate student presenters.
  2. There are four (4) travel awards of up to $700 plus registration fee available for post-doc presenters.
  3. There are two (2) travel awards of up to $700 plus registration fee available for pre-tenure, tenure track faculty members.

STUDENT SPEAKERS: BEST seeks to promote student participation in the conference via short (20 minute) presentations. To this end there are ten (10) NSF funded BEST travel awards available for students. To apply for one of these awards,

  1. Prior to May 25, 2013 submit an abstract for the proposed presentation at the abstract submission site.
  2. Prior to June 10, 2013 submit a resume including current affiliation, advisor name and stage of study, and a separate statement of goals.
  3. Prior to June 10, 2013 have the advisor separately submit a recommendation letter, outlining the benefit of participation in the conference via presentation to the student.

In addition to the BEST travel awards, up to 20 travel awards of up to $150 each are also available from the AAAS-PD to help students (including students participating in BEST) defray travel expenses to participate in the AAAS-PD annual meeting.

Student speakers are also  eligible for a AAAS-PD award of excellence for their presentation at BEST 20. Winners of these awards will be announced at the AAAS-PD banquet on June 18, 2013. Student participants will be guests at this banquet.

POST-DOC and PRE-TENURE TENURE TRACK SPEAKERS: BEST also seeks to be a forum for early career set theoretic scholars. In particular there are four (4) NSF funded BEST travel awards available for post-docs, and two (2) NSF funded BEST travel awards available for pre-tenure tenure track faculty. To apply for one of these awards,

  1. Prior to May 25, 2013 submit an abstract for a proposed 25 minute presentation at the abstract submission site.
  2. In the case of an application for a BEST post-doc travel award, prior to June 10, 2013 submit a resume including current affiliation, post-doc mentor  name, and a list of publications, and a separate statement that addresses the applicant’s professional goals, and availability of travel funds.
  3. In the case of an application for a BEST tenure track, pre-tenure, travel award, prior  to June 10, 2013 submit a resume including current affiliation, years towards tenure, a current list of publications, and a separate statement that addresses the applicant’s professional goals, and availability of travel funds.

CONTRIBUTED TALKS:  The BEST schedule will also have a number of slots for 25 minute contributed talks. Anyone wishing to speak at BEST 20 should submit an abstract as soon as possible (prior to June 10) at the abstract submission site. It is strongly recommended to also contact one of the organizers as soon as possible to indicate interest/intention in presenting a talk at BEST 20.

Important deadlines:

DEADLINE 1: REGISTRATION: Please consult the registration page. Early registration ends May 31. After that only on-site registration will be possible. Registration fees are dependent on date of registration. We kindly request that tenure track mathematicians planning to participate in BEST 20 consider acting as judges for the student presentations. The registration form has a place where willingness to act as a judge can be indicated. There are also a number of excursions available that can be indicated on the registration form. Also please consider attending the award banquet – meal choices are available on the registration form.

DEADLINE 2: ABSTRACTS: Atlas Conferences, Inc. is providing abstract services for BEST 20. Abstracts submitted by April 24 will appear in the proceedings of the annual conference of the AAAS-PD. The deadline for submitting an abstract is June 10. To submit an abstract, follow this link.

LODGING: Las Vegas offers many lodging options. Please see the lodging page on the conference website for lodging suggestions by the AAAS-PD.


Young Set Theory Workshop 2013 – Deadline extension

March 1, 2013

(From Matteo Viale.)

Due to the availability of further grants, the deadline for registration to the YSTW 2013 (the 6th edition of the Young Set Theory Workshops, taking place in Oropa Italy 10-14th June 2013) has been extended to the 15th of March 2013.

The full registration fee is 300 euros (including a double room with full board for all the days of the conference — 350 if a single room is requested). We dispose of at least 50 reduced fees of 150 euros, 10 reduced fees of 70 euros and 10 reduced fees of 0 euros. Priority in the attribution of reduced fees will be given to Ph.D. students in logic; however, all applicants can request these special fees.

Full details  on the registration procedure are given at the info and registration pages of the conference, whose official website is http://www2.dm.unito.it/paginepersonali/viale/YST2013/yst2013-home.html

Recall that the aims of the Young Set Theory Workshops are to bring together young researchers in the domain of set theory and give them the opportunity to learn from each other and from experts in a friendly environment. A long-term objective of this series of workshops is to create and maintain a network of young set theorists and senior researchers, so as to establish working contacts and help disseminate knowledge in the field.

These aims are reflected by the format of this year’s workshop, which consists of:

• Four tutorials by established experts: James Cummings, Sy Friedman, Su Gao, John Steel.
• Five invited talks by young researchers: Tristan Bice, Scott Cramer, Luca Motto Ros, Victor Perez Torres, Trevor Wilson.
• Open discussion sessions.


BEST 2013

February 19, 2013

After a short hiatus, the BEST conference is back this year: http://math.boisestate.edu/~best/ The 20th BEST will take place at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas during June 16–19, 2013, as part of the 94th Annual Meeting of the AAAS Pacific Division.

Please email me or Marion Scheepers for further details, and let people who may be interested know. We expect we will be able to offer some (limited) financial support for students and postdocs. I will be posting more details as they materialize.


6th Young set theory workshop

February 19, 2013

The 6th Young Set Theory Workshop will take place this year at the Santuario di Oropa, in Biella, Italy, on June 10th – June 14th.

There will be tutorials by James Cummings, Sy Friedman, Su Gao, and John Steel, and invited talks by Tristan Bice, Scott Cramer, Luca Motto Ros, Victor Torres Perez, and Trevor Wilson.

Here is the official page for the workshop. (I am part of the scientific committee.)