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This is a follow-up to https://plus.google.com/+AndresCaicedo0/posts/jMuP5DzfHow

The  proposal for a Q&A site for History of Science and Mathematics, as part of the StackExchange network, has just entered its second stage (Commitment).

http://area51.stackexchange.com/proposals/65204/history-of-science-and-mathematics/

If you feel to have such a site is worthwhile, please follow the link and commit.
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BEST 2014, First Announcement


BOISE EXTRAVAGANZA IN SET THEORY (BEST)
http://diamond.boisestate.edu/~best/
June 18 - 20, 2014
University of California, Riverside

The 21-st meeting of BEST will be hosted at University of California, Riverside, as a symposium of the 95th annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science - Pacific Division (AAAS-PD). Contributed and invited talks at BEST will
be held on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

In addition to four invited speakers, the conference program has reserved speaking slots for students, post docs and pre-tenure tenure track faculty. NSF supported funding to assist up to eight student speakers, four post-doc speakers and two pre-tenure tenure track faculty speakers is available. For details on applying to the
BEST program committee for these, please visit the conference website at the URL provided above. In addition, the AAAS-PD provides up to $150 in travel funding for students. Please see the BEST conference website for more details on these also. There are a number of deadlines associated with applications for a travel grant.

The four invited speakers at BEST 2014 are:

Dr. Joel Hamkins, CUNY Graduate Center
Dr. Dima Sinapova, University of Illinois at Chicago
Dr. Nam Trang, Carnegie Mellon University
Dr. Andrew Marks, Caltech University

Special features of BEST 2014 include:

The BEST 2014 conference marks the end of three weeks of intensive set theory meetings in California. In addition to the BEST symposium there are several other symposia and workshops of interest offered at the AAAS-PD annual meeting. On Thursday, June 19, the AAAS-PD hosts a banquet at which awards of excellence are
given to student speakers selected by a panel of judges. On Friday, June 20, Dr. Joel Hamkins will deliver a plenary lecture from 12:15 to 1:15 about our field to the general audience of the AAAS-PD annual meeting.

Important deadlines:

DEADLINE 1: REGISTRATION: Please consult http://diamond.boisestate.edu/~best/ for registration costs and deadlines. Registration fees depend on date of registration.
We kindly request that tenure track mathematicians planning to participate in BEST 2014 consider acting as judges for the student presentations. The registration form has a place where willingness to act as a judge can be indicated. There are also a number of excursions available that can be indicated on the registration form. Also consider attending the award banquet in support of our student speakers - meal choices are available on the registration form.

DEADLINE 2: ABSTRACTS: Atlas Conferences, Inc. is providing abstract services for BEST 2014. Abstracts submitted by the deadline will appear in the proceedings of the annual conference of the AAAS-PD. The deadline for submitting an abstract is APRIL
16. The url for the abstract submission is available at the BEST 2014 website.

Organized by Liljana Babinkostova, Andres Caicedo, Sam Coskey and Marion Scheepers.

For any questions, please contact an organizer or e-mail best@math.boisestate.edu
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My student Shehzad Ahmed will defend his Master's thesis next Friday, March 14, 12-1pm, in Room MG-124 at BSU. The topic is Analytic determinacy and sharps. Refreshments will be served in MG-226. The abstract follows:

To each set of reals A we can associate an infinite game G(A) between two players. The set A, or equivalently the game G(A), is called determined if either player has a winning strategy.

The study of games, and the determinacy thereof, has become incredibly important in modern day set theory. In particular, modern work on the inner model program grew out of the wonderful connection between determinacy, descriptive set theory, large cardinals, and the structure of L-like models that can accommodate these large cardinals. In the thesis, we seek to give an exposition of the Martin-Harrington theorem, which can be seen as the first steps in the exploration of these connections. While the determinacy of Borel games is provable without any extra hypotheses, the next step, the determinacy of analytic games, already requires large cardinal assumptions. The Martin-Harrington theorem states that the determinacy of analytic games is equivalent to the existence of a sharp for every real.

We present Martin's inductive proof of Borel determinacy, and attempt to exhibit the power of determinacy hypotheses, and an outline of the proof of the Martin-Harrington Theorem.
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I translated a blogpost by a Crimean Russian, for the benefit of English speakers.
This morning, I read yet another a media report casually mentioning the "allegiances of eastern Ukrainians", as if the people there were just itching to fight for one or the other side.  Dear American friends: no matter how m...
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There is a proposal for a Q&A site for History of Science and Mathematics, as part of the StackExchange network.

http://area51.stackexchange.com/proposals/65204/history-of-science-and-mathematics

See her for some details from the proponent:

http://meta.mathoverflow.net/questions/1496/area-51-proposal-history-of-science-and-mathematics
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If I get this right, they need about 12 more on topic questions to get the ball rolling. We can do that!
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From: Fernando Hernandez <fernando@matmor.unam.mx>

Dear Colleague:

This is the second  announcement  about the Mexican International Conference on Topology and its  Applications  (MICTA-2014)  which will be held from the 19th to the 22nd of August, 2014 in Hotel Resort Hacienda Cocoyoc in the City of Cocoyoc situated about 100 km (65 miles) south of Mexico City.  One of the objectives of the MICTA-2014  is  to  bring  together  topologists  from around the world.  The  conference  will  be  dedicated  to  Dr.  Richard G. Wilson on the occasion of his 70th anniversary.

Our plenary speakers are

Ofelia Alas         University of Sao Paulo, Sao Paolo, Brazil
Ralph Kopperman     City University of New York, New York, USA
Isabel Puga         UNAM, Mexico City, Mexico
Manuel Sanchis      Universidad Jaume I, Castellon, Spain
Angel Tamariz       UNAM, Mexico City, Mexico
Mikhail Tkachenko   UAM,  Mexico City, Mexico

There will also be workshops  delivered  by  S.  Garcia  Ferreira
(UNAM, Morelia, Mexico) and A. Dow (UNCC, Charlotte, NC, USA).
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Ramsey theory conference. University of Denver. May 24–28, 2014.

The aim of this conference is to bring together students and researchers from around the world in the field of Ramsey Theory. The focus is on structural and infinitary Ramsey theory and applications to other fields of mathematics, including Banach spaces, Boolean algebras, Set Theory, and Topological Dynamics.

Additional details, including confirmed speakers: https://portfolio.du.edu/ramsey/
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Save the date:

A conference in honor of W. Hugh Woodin's 60th birthday will be held at Harvard University on April 17-19, 2015.
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A follow-up to https://plus.google.com/+AndresCaicedo0/posts/X533QcNZPMb

From Bob Kustra, President of BSU:

Date: Wed, 26 Feb 2014 14:18:45 -0700
Subject: Concerns with Idaho's Guns on Campus Bill

I know many of you have heard about the bill to remove from the State Board of Education and the administrations of public universities and colleges in Idaho the right, currently held, to prohibit weapons on their campuses. It has passed the Idaho Senate and now awaits a hearing in the House. I have very serious concerns about the bill and its implications and have spoken out against it in recent media. I should note that every public college and university president in our state and every member of the State Board of Education, with responsibility for K-20 schools in Idaho, also oppose the bill. I think it's important for everyone in the Boise State family to know and understand my concerns about this bill.

Bob Kustra, President Boise State University

  *An 'Open Carry' Law: This bill permits those with certain permits to carry concealed weapons on campus except in residence halls and in public entertainment facilities with seating capacity of 1000 or more. Naturally, folks are focusing on this being about concealed weapons being allowed on campus. But under Idaho law, anyone with a concealed carry permit can also openly carry a weapon.

So that means this bill would allow students and others to strap weapons openly on their hips or across their shoulders as they stroll across campus or enter their classrooms. Ironically, while they would be prohibited from carrying a concealed weapon into Bronco Stadium or the Morrison Center, we could not prohibit anyone with a permit from openly carrying their weapons into either of those venues or into Taco Bell Arena.

We have no idea how much this will affect booking entertainment and athletic events into Taco Bell Arena or conferences into the Student Union Building, but staff warns that it will surely have a chilling effect on these opportunities and revenues based on weapon-ban requirements by these groups in past booking contracts.

That is not the picture of Boise State University that any of us should need or want. The sponsor keeps saying this will not change campus life, but it surely will. What sort of message does this send about our schools and, indeed, our state? The bill also requires signage "conspicuously posted at each point of public ingress" throughout our campus implementing these changes. Again, what kind of message does this send about Boise, about Idaho and about our priorities?

Utah allows concealed weapons on campuses (most states do not) but even Utah does not permit open carrying of weapons on its public university campuses. In fact, of the handful of states that allow concealed carry on public campuses, none allow open carry of weapons as this bill allows.

  *A "basic right?" Sen. Curt MacKenzie, sponsor of the bill, claims this is about restoring a basic right, which implies that anyone opposed to this bill would be opposed to and is seeking to infringe upon the rights granted in the Second Amendment. Yet the United States Supreme Court, including its most conservative members, have recognized that firearms prohibitions in "schools and government buildings" and other "sensitive areas" could well be necessary and thus never extended constitutional protection against regulations or prohibitions when schools or government buildings are involved. Justice Scalia wrote in the Heller case that "nothing in our opinion should be taken to cast doubt on the longstanding ...laws forbidding the carrying of firearms in sensitive places such as schools and government buildings..." In the McDonald case, Justice Alito added that the laws prohibiting weapons in schools and government building are valid and that the Court "repeat[s] those assurances here."

It is also interesting that when universities are given a choice, as private schools are, they most always choose to be gun free on their campuses. Two prominent examples are BYU-Idaho and Northwest Nazarene University, the latter the school from which Sen. MacKenzie is an alumnus. This bill will not affect private school policies. Those "basic rights" purported by proponents will not be available there.

  *Unfunded mandate: It is currently unknown what regulations will be promulgated to guide universities in the implementation of this bill should it become law. But it is a certainty that it will lead to major expenditures in the arming and training of security forces; in the likelihood of needing metal detectors at residence hall entrances and entrances of other venues on campus where this law would prohibit concealed weapons. Early estimates from affected institutions from across the state are running into the millions of dollars with no state funding provided.

The bill likely would require such costly inspection measures because if we did not take these steps, we could be open to lawsuits for not enforcing the law and its restrictions. The immunity clause in the bill does not provide protection to the universities in those cases.

  *Loss of local control: This bill strips a critically important policy decision from the members of the State Board of Education, and from the locally elected trustees of community colleges from across Idaho. It imposes central control from the State Capitol that assumes one size will fit all in this matter, when certainly we are seeing how that is not the case as each university or college is realizing its particular problems with this bill.

* Children unintended participants: Weapons, concealed or otherwise, are not allowed in Idaho's elementary, middle and high schools. Yet children of these same ages are frequently on Boise State's campus and cannot be kept separate from where guns would now be permitted.

The bill's sponsor may be targeting universities in the belief that all students are aged 18 and above. This assumption misses completely our strong role and mission to serve youth of all ages. Since we have young people on our campus nearly constantly throughout the year, it is impossible to list all the occasions. For just one example, this week our Student Union is hosting the Idaho High School Student Council meetings involving 800 high school students from across the state.

It bears noting specifically that we operate a Children's Center with 182 children annually ages 2 months to 6 years on campus.

In the summer, our campus is alive with young people participating in athletic and academic camps. During this time, they are all over campus including the Student Union and, often, residence halls. A partial list follows: Summer Chamber Music Camp; e-Camp; football, swim, volleyball, soccer, tennis, softball, cross country, lacrosse, gymnastics and wresting camps; DanceFest; Adventure Program, Youth Sports Program, Elementary-Level Academy, Literacy Academy, Morrison Center Performance Camps, Teen GameLab Design Camp, STEM Summer Adventure.

  *Law enforcement concerns: There are good reasons that the police force that provides our campus security is opposed to this bill. Boise Police Chief Mike Masterson was prohibited from offering testimony in the Senate State Affairs Committee chaired by the bill's sponsor, but if he had been permitted to testify, he had planned to focus on the vast gulf in training between constantly drilled police officers and the "enhanced" concealed weapons permit holders, who go through one 8-hours class once every five years. He and other law enforcement leaders have pointed out the difficulty in having armed "good guys" and armed "bad guys" as law enforcement comes upon an emergency scene. It will be almost impossible for them to sort it out correctly and tragedy could well be the consequence if they cannot.

His prepared testimony included the following: "I'm here to oppose this legislation and am joined by virtually all police chiefs across the state policing Idaho's college campuses as well as presenting a letter from Chief Dan Hall, president of the Idaho Chiefs of Police Association, opposing it as well."
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