Algebra Extravaganza!

A Conference in Honor of

Ellen Kirkman (Wake Forest University) and Martin Lorenz (Temple University)

July 24-28, 2017 at Temple University

Speakers | Participants | Registration | Schedule | Location | Banquet | Photos | Reimbursement | More Info | Sponsors | Contacts


Jason Bell (Waterloo) [slides from talk]
Georgia Benkart (Wisconsin-Madison) [slides from talk]
Ken Brown (Glasgow) [slides from talk]
Andrew Conner (Saint Mary's)
Simon Crawford (Edinburgh) [slides from talk]
Jason Gaddis (Wake Forest) [notes from talk]
Ken Goodearl (Santa Barbara) [notes from talk]
Ed Green (Virginia Tech) [slides from talk]
Robert Guralnick (U. Southern California)
Rhonda Hughes (Bryn Mawr)
Birge Huisgen-Zimmermann (Santa Barbara) [notes from talk]
Mee Seong Im (US Military Academy) [slides from talk]
Ryan Kinser (Iowa) [notes from talk]
Gail Letzter (US Government)
Donald Passman (Wisconsin-Madison) [slides from talk]
Manuel Reyes (Bowdoin) [slides from talk]
Dan Rogalski (UC San Diego)
Anne Shepler (U. North Texas)
Lance Small (UC San Diego)
Gordana Todorov (Northeastern)
Michaela Vancliff (U. Texas Arlington) [slides from talk]
Xingting Wang (Temple) [notes from talk]
Sarah Witherspoon (Texas A&M)
Quan-Shui Wu (Fudan) [slides from talk]
Milen Yakimov (Louisiana State)
James Zhang (U. Washington, Seattle) [slides from talk]

(S. Montgomery, A. Radunskaya, S. Sierra, and T. Stafford had to cancel, unfortunately.)


Names of registered participants can be found [here].


The registration form can be found [here] . (Note that the deadline for guaranteed funding has passed.)


Please see [here]. Titles and abstracts can be found [here].


Temple University
College of Science and Technology
Science Education and Research Center
1915 N 12th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19122

For location and parking information see the campus map.


The conference banquet will held at Estia in the evening of Wednesday July 26, 2017 from 6:30pm to 9:00pm. There will be a cocktail hour 6:30pm - 7:30pm with a cash bar and free soft drinks, and dinner will begin at 7:30pm. Here is the Banquet Menu. The price of the banquet is:

The price includes 4 courses, soft drinks, and coffee & tea during dessert. Payment for the banquet can be made via this Banquet Payment/ Registration Link for the eyes of our administrators only; your card will not be charged until the week of the conference. Foreign cards are accepted-- please convert the fee to USD.

We need an accurate of the number of banquet attendees, so please use the link to register even if your attendance is free (no card details needed in this case).

The deadline for registering (and paying) for the banquet is Monday July 24th at 12:00pm.


Poster & Wine Reception (taken by Hannah Amadio)
Surprise Party (taken by Hannah Amadio)
Surprise Party (taken by Mee Seong Im)
Misc. Photos (taken by various participants)


The process for requesting reimbursement for travel expenses is explained [here]. Please note that there is a deadline of Friday, August 4th for prioritized funding.

Other Practical Information

We recommend staying in one of the locations below due to the food (and fun!) options in the area. All are close to the Broad St subway line which goes to directly to Temple. You can purchase subway tokens at the subway; they are around $2 each. Make sure to take the **Local line** if heading north to Temple. Temple's stop is "Cecil B. Moore". Please see the campus map above for walking directions to the conference site.

Many participants will stay at the DoubleTree in Center City, Philadelphia. We have reserved an additional block of hotel rooms at this location for the nights of Sunday July 23, 2017 to the night of Friday July 28, 2017. The discounted rate is $168 per night + tax. Please email Chelsea Walton to receive the hyperlink to make a reservation there. The reservation must be made by June 15th.

There are other great hotel options in Center City; one that we recommend is Club Quarters.

Philadelphia also has a wide variety of AirBnb options. Chelsea has tried many of these and she recommends the Washington Square, Bella Vista, and Ritterhouse neighborhoods-- near Broad St for easy access to the Broad St. subway to campus.

The flat cab rate between the Philadelphia International Airport and Center City is 28.50. The Septa train between the airport and Center City (or Temple) is $8.00 one way **cash**. Uber and Lyft also operate in Philly.

Sponsored by

The US National Science Foundation (grant no. DMS-1712663) and Temple University


Vasily Dolgushev (Temple U.)
Ed Letzter (Temple U.)
Frank Moore (Wake Forest U.)
Chelsea Walton** (Temple U.)
James Zhang (U. Washington-Seattle)

** Contact organizer


Barbara Fles, Director of Special Events for the College of Science and Technology
TJ Cusack, Business Manager for the Department of Mathematics

Speakers | Participants | Registration | Schedule | Location | Banquet | Photos | Reimbursement | More Info | Sponsors | Contacts