# Future, Current and Recent Events

The XVII AAC mini-course **“Branch groups: theory and practice”** will be given by Professor** John Wilson** of Oxford University, UK, on September 15 - 19, 2014. See details here.

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### The AAC jointly with Network of Ontario Lie Theorists are currently holding an International Workshop "Enveloping Algebras and Representation Theory", August 28 - September 1, 2014. See details here.

*Participants of the workshop in Bay Bulls, NL*

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*Workshop photo*

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On August 26, 2014 Professor **Victor Kac** of Massachusetts Institute of Technology gave a Distinguished Colloquium. The data is as follows.

**Distinguished Colloquium**

Tuesday, August 26, at 3 p.m.

Auditorium SN-2109

“Ramanujan mock theta function and representations of infinite-dimensional Lie superalgebras”

**Abstract.** In his last letter to Hardy in 1920, Ramanujan listed 17 functions, which he called "mock theta functions" since they behave like theta functions but have no modular invariance properties of theta functions. Since then there have been substantial progress in understanding of mock theta functions.

About 10 years ago, Zwegers introduced non-holomorphic corrections, which made these functions modular. In the recent work with Wakimoto, we linked mock theta functions to representation theory of affine Lie superalgebras. This in turn sheds new light on the theory of mock theta functions.

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The XVI AAC mini-course was given by Professor Yuly Billig of Carleton University on February 20 - 22, 2014. See the web page of the mini-course here.

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Atlantic Algebra Centre is pleased to announce the results of the Third AAC/AARMS Graduate Prizes for the graduate students in the Maritime Provinces, specializing in Algebra. The first prize worth $750 has been awarded to Ms Nursel Erey (supervisor - Dr Sara Faridi). The second prize worth $250 has been awarded to Ms Svenja Huntemann (supervisors - Drs Sara Faridi and Richard Nowakowski).

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Atlantic Algebra Centre has awarded Graduate Research support in the amount of $1,000 to a student of Memorial University Mr Huadong Su doing research in Algebra under the supervision of Dr Yiqiang Zhou.

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On June 1 - 4, 2013 Atlantic Algebra Centre held an International workshop "Combinatorial Algebra", followed by a mini course "Commutative Algebra". This was a satellite event to CMS Summer meeting in Halifax, NS. See the details here. The picture below shows some of the speakers of the workshop during their trip to Peggy's Cove.

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On October 14, 2012 Atlantic Algebra Centre organized a mini confrerence “Combinatorial Theory of Groups and Hopf Algebras" as a follow-up to SCIENCE ATLANTIC Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science Conference 2012 at Mount Allison University in Sackville, NB. The first announcement can be found following this link. The schedule of the mini conference can be found here.

From left to right: Dr. Alexander Olshanskiy (Vanderbilt), Dr. Olga Kharlampovich (CUNY), Dr. Alex Miasnikov (Stevens Institute), and AAC Director Dr. Yuri Bahturin, watching the low tide at Hopewell Rocks, NB, during the mini conference “Combinatorial Theory of Groups and Hopf Algebras".

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The XV AAC mini course "Combinatorial Group Theory" was given by Professor Mark Sapir (Vanderbilt University, USA) on March 4 - 7, 2013.