Tuesday, March 10, 2015 - 9:00am to 5:00pm
Mathematics Building, Room 3206

The Kirwan Mathematics Festival will be held on March 10, 2015.

William "Brit" E. Kirwan. Image © October 09, 2014 Maryland State Archives.

William "Brit" Kirwan joined the Department of Mathematics at the University of Maryland just over 50 years ago. In celebration of his 50 years as a mathematician, we are bringing together the following speakers for a conference to be held on the university's College Park campus.

Agenda/Speakers/Talk Titles

  • 9:30am Lawrence Zalcman, Professor Emeritus of Mathematics, Bar Ilan University
    "Picard Theorems 1879-2013"
  • 10:30am Peter Duren, Professor Emeritus of Mathematics, University of Michigan
    "Sums for Divergent Series: A Tauberian Adventure"
  • 11:30am Charles Fefferman, Professor of Mathematics, Princeton University
    "Singularities of Fluid Interfaces"
  • 12:30 Lunch
  • 2:00pm Edward Saff, Professor of Mathematics, Vanderbilt University
    "Minimal Energy and Maximal Polarization"
  • 3:00pm Break
  • 3:30pm Uri Treisman, Director of the Charles A. Dana Center and Professor of Mathematics, University of Texas at Austin
    "The Challenges of Modernizing Postsecondary Math Education"
  • 4:30pm Mark Green, Professor Emeritus of Mathematics, University of California, Los Angeles
    "MathSci 2025 and Transforming Postsecondary Education in Math"

Location & Parking

Location: The seminars will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in room 3206 of the Mathematics Building at the University of Maryland in College Park, MD. The Mathematics Building is located on Campus Drive, close to the circle M.

Directions to the Mathematics Building: http://www-math.umd.edu/about-us/directions.html

Parking: Available in the Paint Branch Drive Visitor Parking Lot. You will need to pay at a kiosk in the lot. Directions: Enter from Route 1 on Campus Drive. Make the first right onto Paint Branch Drive. At the second Stop sign make a left to enter the parking lot. Map: http://www.dots.umd.edu/parking/maps/map_visitor.pdf

Pi Day

Lunch is provided and will include a Pi Day celebration with dessert pies and a recitation of Pi in recognition of this monumental year: 3.1415…


Register for the conference at https://mathconference2015.eventbrite.com. Lunch is included.

Local Hotel Accommodations

The College Park Marriott Hotel & Conference Center is conveniently located on the University of Maryland campus:
3501 University Blvd East
Hyattsville, MD 20783

For a list of alternative hotel accommodations in the local area, visit http://cvs.umd.edu/visitors/offcampus.html.


If you have any questions regarding the Kirwan Mathematics Festival or if you require any special accommodations, please contact Jennifer Casaregola, Events Coordinator, at 301-405-4324 or jencasa@umd.edu.