Macaulay2 Research Meeting and School, 2014

Subject: Macaulay2 Research Meeting and School

IMPORTANT NEWS: there is funding available both for those wishing to attend the 3 day research meeting and for those wishing to attend that and the Macaulay2 school! Those who wish to apply for funding should do so by April 4, 2014. See below.

Dear Mathematician,

With funding from the National Science Foundation and the Mathematics Department at the University of Illinois, we are organizing a Macaulay2 school and research meeting at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, from Monday, June 16, 2014 through Friday, June 20, 2014 with Sunday, June 15 and Saturday, June 21 serving as the travel days. For more detailed information, including hotel arrangements, refer to the website at

Research Meeting

The research meeting will take place from June 18-20, open to all who wish to attend, with talks ranging from high-level descriptions of research in where computational algebra plays an important role to descriptions of advances in computational algebra systems and packages. There is a large and vital community of people using the system in a wide variety of ways, from computational biology to string theory to algebraic geometry. Because the spread of fields is great, many do not know the techniques that the others are using. One purpose of the research meeting is to bring together these disparate communities and foster bridges between them. At this point, speakers include

- Lara Anderson (Virginia Tech)
- Dan Bates (Colorado State)
- David Eisenbud (Berkeley)
- Dan Erman (Wisconsin)
- James Gray (Virginia Tech)
- Yang-Hui He (City University London)
- Anton Leykin (Georgia Tech)
- Diane Maclagan (Warwick)
- Claudiu Raicu (Princeton)
- Steven Sam (Berkeley)
- Jessica Sidman (Mount Holyoke)
- Greg Smith (Queens)
- David Swinarski (Fordham)
- Josephine Yu (Georgia Tech)

Funding to defray the costs of travel, lodging, and subsistence is available for those wishing to attend the research meeting.

For planning purposes, we request those who intend to attend the research meeting to register at , and to indicate their request for funding, if any. Feel free to re-register to amend your information. Those who wish to apply for funding should do so by April 4, 2014.

Macaulay2 School

The school will take place June 16-17, and although space is limited, all who wish to attend are invited to apply. The school will center on three tutorial sessions:

- Greg Smith: Toric Varieties
- Dan Bates: Numerical Algebraic Geometry
- Josephine Yu: Tropical Geometry

We plan to include a mix of advanced graduate students, recent postdocs, and some senior people who are relatively inexperienced with Macaulay2 for hands on training. Funding is available to defray the costs of travel, lodging, and subsistence; indicate that you wish to attend on the registration form mentioned above. Please also include a short statement of purpose on why you wish to attend. Graduate students and postdocs should also arrange for a letter of endorsement from their advisor to be sent to Sonja Mapes <>. Those who wish to attend should do so by April 4, 2014.

Those who wish to attend the school should commit to being present for the 5 days of the school and meeting, and should install Macaulay2 on the laptops they will bring with them to the school and ensure that it runs.

Sonja Mapes <>
Hal Schenck <>


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