# Research Recruitment Seminar

This is a seminar in which faculty advertise their research areas to prospective graduate students.

Early program graduate students are especially encouraged to attend, but anyone is welcome.

To sign up to speak in this seminar, please fill out this form: https://goo.gl/forms/DaZiLRaoLGuxgzXJ3

**Spring 2018**

We usually have this seminar at Monday 4-5 P.M. The location is B115.

Some weeks the seminar will be held Friday 12-1 P.M. The Friday location is not yet fixed.

Monday, February 5, 2018, Jean-Luc Thiffeault

Title: **Applied topology, mixing, and microswimmers**

Abstract: "I will discuss several topics of my current research, which involves applications of topology and partial differential equations. First, we'll see how ideas from braids and mapping class groups can be used to investigate the behavior of dynamical systems as well as characterize braiding of actual textiles. Nest, we'll examine how the mixing of fluids can be studied via PDEs, and some connections to probability theory. Finally, I'll discuss probabilistic problems for swimming microorganisms, such as dispersion and consumption of resources."