Noelle Sawyer

Assistant Professor of Mathematics Noelle Sawyer and Benjamin Call (University of Illinois Chicago) applied for and won funding from the American Institute of Mathematics to organize a research community called Big Ideas in Dynamics in 2023. They will have 3-5 experts in dynamical systems give talks on one of the “big ideas” that underlies one of their papers. These talks will serve as jumping-off points for graduate student reading groups centered on the associated papers. Each paper will have an assigned mentor for graduate students to reach out to. Sawyer and Call hope to have the reading groups culminate in graduate students giving expository talks at a conference on the details of the paper and discussing related open problems.

—December 2022

Assistant Professor of Mathematics Noelle Sawyer and Benjamin Call (University of Illinois Chicago) applied for and won funding from the American Institute of Mathematics to organize a research community called Big Ideas in Dynamics in 2023. They will have 3-5 experts in dynamical systems give talks on one of the “big ideas” that underlies one of their papers. These talks will serve as jumping-off points for graduate student reading groups centered on the associated papers. Each paper will have an assigned mentor for graduate students to reach out to. Sawyer and Call hope to have the reading groups culminate in graduate students giving expository talks at a conference on the details of the paper and discussing related open problems.

—December 2022

Assistant Professor of Mathematics Noelle Sawyer gave an invited talk titled “Geodesic Currents and the Boundary at Infinity” in the Geometry Seminar at George Mason University on Monday, November 14th.

—November 2022

On October 20th, Assistant Professor of Mathematics Noelle Sawyer was the speaker at the University of Toronto’s Department of Mathematics Equity Forum in a talk she called “Abstracting People out of Mathematics.” The goal of the Equity Forum is to create a space and time that invites people to think about underserved students, marginalized colleagues, and postdocs, take a serious look at the mathematical culture we promote and propagate to math majors, graduate students, and colleagues. In particular, Sawyer spoke about how math culture and community are harmful to us and the ways that we are still perpetuating the harm that was done to us. The conversation focused on and reminded the audience that people will always be more important than math.

—October 2022

Assistant Professor of Mathematics Noelle Sawyer coauthored a paper titled “Unique Equilibrium States for Geodesic Flows on Flat Surfaces with Singularities” that has been accepted for publication by International Mathematics Research Notices. The paper, written with Dave Constantine of Wesleyan University, Benjamin Call of the University of Illinois Chicago, Alena Erchenko of the University of Chicago, and Grace Work of the University of Illinois, is the result of three years of work that was partly sponsored by the American Institute of Mathematics.

—September 2022