Fwd: Math and CSc Problem Solving Seminar

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Peter van Hardenberg

Nov 18, 2009, 8:01:15 PM11/18/09
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Hey all,

given how lousy I've been at organizing RCSS for, oh, a year or two now, this development excites me! I'll forward details as their available, but I hope to make it out to the first meeting.


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From: Alejandro Erickson <alejandro...@gmail.com>
Date: Wed, Nov 18, 2009 at 3:28 PM
Subject: Math and CSc Problem Solving Seminar
To: Alejandro Erickson <alejandro...@gmail.com>

Hi All,
Thank you for you input on designing this seminar.  Here is a summary of what will happen.

Firstly, Erin pointed out the irony in denoting informality with latin words, so we are changing the name to 

"Math and CSc Problem Solving Seminar"  

Here, problem solving gives the air of informality, seminar tells us that we will take turns speaking, Math modifies CSc, implying that this is theory and CSc implies that we will discuss mostly discrete math with a CSc perspective.

To begin, we will meet every two weeks in the Theory lab, starting the week of January 18 (exact day/time to be determined by class schedules and such).  At each meeting there will be one presenter and then discussion.  They can present for as long as they want within the hour - I think people will go longer than they expect.  The topics and brief descriptions will be announced on a website.

If the active student participants feel they want some meetings excluding professors we can arrange that.  But at this point I don't see a great demand for that, and I would actually like to encourage professors to speak and participate every so often.

As for the topics themselves, we decided we would see what the demand is from the active participants.  At this point I want to include anything with applications to both Math and CSc (hence the name of the seminar) and would encourage anyone who is interested to come.  Presumably there will be some emergent topic trends and maybe even splits in the group.

Given some money, we would spend it on refreshments and possibly a prize for most interesting topic/presentation/contribution.

Please feel free to send your continued input.  Also, send along my email to anyone who you think is interested and I'll keep them up to date.


Peter van Hardenberg
Victoria, BC, Canada
"Everything was beautiful, and nothing hurt." -- Kurt Vonnegut

Peter van Hardenberg

Nov 18, 2009, 8:01:41 PM11/18/09
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my god: their != they're

my 3rd grade english teacher would be so disappointed in me.

Noel Burton-Krahn

Nov 24, 2009, 4:42:38 PM11/24/09
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Thanks a lot, Peter.  This sounds interesting.  Sorry I haven't made it to RCSS for a while.  Hope to see you soon.


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