25th Summer Celebration

PROMYS's 25th Summer Celebration
July 5 – 7, 2013

Some of the alums at the PROMYS 25th Summer Celebration - July, 2013

PROMYS has been in existence for a quarter of a century and celebrated this milestone during the PROMYS 25th Summer Celebration on the weekend of Friday, July 5, 2013 – Sunday, July 7, 2013. There were alum talks on math and on physics and finance. There were also panel discussions and mixers. On the evening of Saturday, July 6, there was a festive reception and banquet. The Celebration included alum performances (music, math anecdotes, impressions, walking on hands and more), a Frisbee match, games, problem solving and other activities. Alum committees spearheaded the preparations. Current PROMYS participants joined the festivities as did at least 220 of our alumni, friends and members of the broader mathematical community. This was a joyful reunion for the many people with strong social, intellectual, and emotional ties to PROMYS and an opportunity for current participants to meet the world-wide PROMYS community.

PROMYS 25th Summer Celebration: 1989 – 2013
Boston University
July 5-7, 2013

Alum speakers and panelists include Bryden Cais, Dustin Clausen, Keith Conrad, David Frohardt-Lane, Yoon-Ho Alex Lee, David Gross, Jenny Hoffman, Lionel Levine, Li-Mei Lim, and David Speyer. Topics range from the theory of mathematical pizza distribution, to physics, finance, and much more.

Friday, July 5

2nd Floor of George Sherman Union (775 Commonwealth Avenue) - Lectures and performances are in the Conference Auditorium

12:30 -1:30 Registration - snacks and coffee - Stone Lobby

1:30 -1:45 Welcome from Glenn Stevens

2:00 - 2:50 Dustin Clausen (MIT, Mathematics): (abstract and bio)
"Stereographic projection and number theory"

3:20 - 4:10 David Speyer (University of Michigan, Mathematics): (abstract and bio)
"Seeing (yes, visually!) why we can't solve degree five equations"

4:40 - 5:30 Bryden Cais (University of Arizona, Mathematics): (abstract and bio)
"Cohen--Lenstra heuristics for class groups of quadratic fields"

6:00 - 8:00 Dinner (independently)

8:00 - 10:00 Alum Performances - Master of Ceremonies: Jon Hanke

Saturday, July 6

Metcalf Science Center (590 Commonwealth Avenue) and Fuller Showroom (808 Commonwealth Avenue)

9:00 - 10:00
(A) Metcalf Science Lounge
9:00 - 10:00 Games (Bughouse, Mafia and more) – Muffins, bagels, OJ, and coffee

(B) Sargent Activity Center (One University Road)
9:00 - 10:00 Basketball Game – Dustin Clausen will leave from Metcalf at 8:50

(C) Fitness and Recreation Center (915 Commonwealth Avenue)
9:00 – 10:00 Ping Pong Match – Nick Slowey will leave from Metcalf at 8:50

10:00 - 12:00
10:00 - 10:50 Keith Conrad (University of Connecticut, Mathematics): (abstract and bio)
"Number Theory and Music" - SCI 109

11:10 - 12:00 Lionel Levine (Cornell University, Mathematics): (abstract and bio)
"How to make the most of a shared meal: plan the last bite first" - SCI 109

10:00 - 10:50 David Frohardt-Lane: (abstract and bio)
"Predictive Modeling in Sportsbetting" - SCI 113

11:10 - 12:00 Finance and Law Panel Discussion:
Joshua Greene, David Gross, Alex Lee, Carrie Heilweil, Kate Taylor - SCI 113

12:00 - 2:00 Lunch (independently)

2:00 - 3:00
2:00 - 2:50 Jenny Hoffman (Harvard University, Physics): (abstract and bio)
"Topology: the newest revolution in materials physics" - SCI 109

2:00 - 2:50 Math Education Panel:
Arthur Berg, David Jao, Michael King, Tom Roby, and Julianna Tymoczko - SCI 113

3:30 - 5:00 Frisbee Match - Nickerson Field
(285 Babcock Street - alums will lead the way from the Metcalf Science Center)
In the event of rain, games will be played in the Metcalf Science Lounge

5:30 - 6:00 Group Photo in front of Marsh Chapel (735 Commonwealth Avenue)

6:30 - 10:00 Reception and 25th Summer Celebration Banquet in Fuller Showroom
(Advance Ticket Purchase Required)

Sunday, July 7

1st and 2nd Floors of George Sherman Union (775 Commonwealth Avenue)

8:30 - 9:30 Games (Bananagrams, Set and more) – PROMYS Trivia Contest Awards
- Muffins, tea breads, OJ and coffee - Ziskind Lounge

9:30 -10:20 Li-Mei Lim (Brown University, Mathematics): (abstract and bio)
"Circle Inversion and Steiner's Porism" - Conference Auditorium

10:30 - 12:00 Alum Discussion Fair/Mixer: Selected Topic Officers:
Investment Banking: Wan-Yin Wu, '92, Head of Capital Analysis at JP Morgan.
Hedge Funds: Joshua Greene, '91, '92, '96, '97 (HC), Partner at Comac Capital
Peter Speh, ’02, Jane Street.
Government and Law: Alex Lee, '92, '93, '94, '95, '96, '98 (HC),
Assistant Professor of Law at USC.
Clean Tech: Robyn Allen, ’02, ’03, Founder and CEO at Arcmetra.
High Tech: Robert Bocchino, ’92, ’93, Software Engineer at Jet Propulsion Lab.
Ethan Cecchetti,’07, ’08, Software Engineer at TripAdvisor.
Etienne Vouga, ’01, ’02,’03, ’04, PhD Student in Computer Science at Columbia.
Engineering Design: Carrie Snyder, ’93, ’94, ’96, Senior Manager at Cisco.
Ingrid Guha, ’05, PhD student in Mechanical Engineering at MIT.
News/Media: Kate Taylor, ’95, New York Times, Harvard.
STEM Education: John Bookston, PROMYS for Teachers.
Jobs bulletin board. Snacks and beverages - Metcalf Ballroom

12:00 - Farewells - Lemonade and munchies - Ziskind Lounge

12:30 - 2:30 Looking Ahead: Alum Planning Meeting - Back Court
(Bagels. Boxed lunches provided for alums who have given us at least a week’s notice.)

2:30 on: Extended discussions and socializing with alums who are available for such pleasures