May 9, 2017

Conferences and Workshops Benefit from Shanks Endowment

In addition to the prestigious annual Shanks Conference and Lecture series, a number of other Department of Mathematics conferences and workshops benefit each year from funding provided by the Shanks Endowment. The Shanks Endowment was established in 1984 by the Shanks family in honor of 1956-1969 Department Chair Baylis Shanks and his wife Olivia Shanks.

In particular, “Shanks Workshops” — smaller gatherings organized by Vanderbilt faculty and held at Vanderbilt to foster collaboration and research — have been supported by the Shanks Endowment since 2003 and have become an important hallmark of the Department of Mathematics.

Four Shanks Workshops received support from the Shanks Endowment in the 2016-2017 academic year:

The Shanks Workshop on The Topology of Real Algebraic Varieties was held March 10-11, 2017. The Vanderbilt organizers were Rares Rasdeaconu and Ioana Suvaina.

The Shanks Workshop on Homotopy Theory, held March 25-26, 2017, was organized by Anna Marie Bohmann and Jonathan Campbell.

The 2017 Shanks Workshop on Mathematical Aspects of Fluid Dynamics was held April 8-9, 2017. It was organized by Marcelo Disconzi, Giusy Mazzone, and Gieri Simonett.

In addition, the Shanks endowment is providing support for the upcoming Shanks Workshop: 29th Cumberland Conference on Combinatorics, Graph Theory, and Computing, which will be held at Vanderbilt May 20-21, 2017. The Vanderbilt faculty organizers are Mark Ellingham and Songling Shan.

More than 40 Shanks Workshops have been organized by Vanderbilt Department of Mathematics faculty since 2003.