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Graduate Student Picnic and Orientation Conference for 2006

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Hilltop Arboretum

Each fall semester, the Department welcomes all new graduate students and all returning graduate students to the new academic year. This year, the Graduate Student Picnic and Orientation Conference took place at LSU's Hilltop Arboretum on Saturday, September 16. The Arboretum is a 14-acre tree garden which was donated to the University to preserve as a quiet place for peaceful contemplation. The lectures and picnic lunch took place in a covered pavilion which was built over the edge of the pond.

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First there was an informal breakfast of coffee and doughnuts.

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This year the Department invited two advanced graduate students to give talks in the morning, and two professors to speak in the afternoon.

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Graduate student Jens Christensen presented a talk about harmonic analysis concerning the short time Fourier transform and wavelets, along with the underlying group structures. He gave advice also to new graduate students about how to deal with challenges they will face.

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Graduate student Gideon Daspan spoke about his research on the KP Equation.

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A delicious buffet lunch was provided around noon, including veggie-burger sandwiches, assorted pizzas, salads, and desserts.

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After lunch there was time set aside for walks in the tree garden,informal conversations, and some recreation.

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The Conference resumed for the afternoon session with a lecture by Prof. Guoli Ding about graph theory and other topics of research in the Combinatorics Group. He presented theorems which permit one to determine whether a graph can be embedded in the plane, the torus, or other 2-manifolds.

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The final lecture was presented by Prof. Padmanabhan Sundar. Prof. Sundar spoke about the research opportunities in the Probability Group, emphasizing the unifying theme of stochastic processes. He spoke about Brownian motion and stochastic differential equations.

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