David Buchsbaum, 1929 – 2021

The following is a note we recently received from David Eisenbud:

I’m writing to announce news that deeply saddens me: David Buchsbaum died at his home on January 8, 2021, of heart failure. David was born on November 6, 1929, and earned his PhD at Columbia University in 1954 under Samuel Eilenberg for the definition and exploration of Abelian categories. He and Maurice Auslander had a famous collaboration laying some of the foundations of homological commutative algebra; among their notable results were the formula relating depth and projective dimension, and the factoriality of regular local rings. His later interests were at the intersection of representation theory and commutative algebra. David spent most of his career at Brandeis University, and was very much engaged in building its mathematics department. He was elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1995.

David had and communicated a deep love of mathematics as an integral part of life and of culture. He loved to travel, most of all to Rome. He was a mentor to students and postdocs from all over the world, but especially in Italy. Many Italians arranged to spend time at Brandeis to be near him. In honor of his contribution to Italian mathematics, David was internationally celebrated in three locations throughout Italy during a six-week conference in 1998.

David and I first met in 1968 at the first conference I attended as a graduate student: my advisor, Saunders MacLane, told me I should pay special attention to David’s lectures. David became my postdoctoral mentor, longtime collaborator in a particularly productive and happy period, and a very dear friend.

David shared deep intellectual interests with Betty, his wife for more than 70 years, a poet and professor of English, who survives him. David and Betty were very close to their three daughters, Helen, Susan and Marion, and their warm family life has always been a model for me. Susan’s son Gabriel Frieden has followed his grandfather into mathematics, and is currently a postdoctoral student in Montreal.

Combinatorial Algebra meets Algebraic Combinatorics 2020, Dalhousie University

Combinatorial Algebra meets Algebraic Combinatorics 2020
January 24 – 26, 2020
Dalhousie University,
Halifax, Canada
This workshop is the 17th in a series of weekend workshops that bring together the mathematical community sharing interests in algebraic combinatorics, commutative algebra and combinatorial algebraic geometry.
Invited Speakers

  • Chris Francisco (Oklahoma State University)
  • Ezra Miller (Duke University)
  • Stephanie van Willigenburg (University of British Columbia)
  • Josephine Yu (Georgia Institute of Technology) (tentative)

Call for papers
If you would like to give a talk at this conference, please send titles and abstracts to Sara Faridi (faridi@dal.ca) by November 15, 2019.
Request for Funding
We have some funds available to assist travel to and housing at the conference. Funding applications should be sent to Sara Faridi (faridi@dal.ca) by November 15, 2019.
Students and postdocs should ask their supervisors to send a short letter of support to the above address.
Susan Cooper (University of Manitoba)
Sara Faridi (Dalhousie University)
Mayada Shahada (Dalhousie University)
Daniele Turchetti (Dalhousie University)
Website: https://www.mathstat.dal.ca/~faridi/CAAC2020.html

BRIDGES: Building Relationships for an Inclusive and Diverse Group of Emerging Students

The AWM student chapter at the University of Utah is organizing a conference, May 20-22, 2020, aimed towards early graduate students and advanced undergraduate students interested in representation theory, number theory, and commutative algebra.
The goal of this conference is to:

  • Foster a sense of community amongst underrepresented groups in mathematics,
  • Introduce possible research areas,
  • Expose the participants to role models and possible mentors.

Potential funding may be available for travel and accommodation for 40 participants, priority will be given to participants from underrepresented groups. To be considered for funding please register before January 31st, 2020. More information can be found at the conference website:

AMS Eastern Sectional, Binghamton University

AMS Fall Eastern Sectional Meeting will be held at Binghamton University, Binghamton, NY on October 12-13, 2019 (Saturday – Sunday). The following sessions might be of interest.


The 2019 KUMUNU will be held at the University of Nebraska — Lincoln this year on September 21-22. Below are a list of confirmed speakers.

  • Federico Castillo (University of Kansas)
  • Srikanth Iyengar (University of Utah)
  • Linquan Ma (Purdue University)
  • Hamid Rahmati (University of Nebraska)
  • Liana Sega (University of Missouri -KC)
  • Gordana Todorov (Northeastern University)
  • Papri Dey (University of Missouri)

For more information please visit: www.math.unl.edu/~tmarley1/KUMUNU/KUMUNU2019

Third Research School on Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry (RSCAAG): Applied Algebraic Geometry, Zanjan, Iran

The Institute for Advanced Studies in Basic Sciences (IASBS) and the Institute for Research in Fundamental Sciences (IPM) are organizing a summer research school on “Applied Algebraic Geometry” from 17 to 29 August 2019. The school consists of three courses on different topics held by Giorgio Ottaviani, Antonio Lerario and Ada Boralevi. These courses are followed by tutorial and research sessions led by the speakers. During the research sessions, the participants will work in groups on some proposed problems under supervision of the specialists.
Please find more information at the website of the school: https://iasbs.ac.ir/~rscaag/rscaag3/

XXIII Coloquio Latinoamericano de Algebra, Mexico City

This year the “XXIII Coloquio Latinoamericano de Algebra” will take place downtown Mexico City, August 5-9, 2019. There will be a special Session on “Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry” organized by Carolina Araujo caraujo@impa.br and Luis Núñez Betancourt luisnub@cimat.mx.
The web page of this meeting is

Equivariant Topology and Derived Algebra, in honor of John Greenlees' 60th birthday

This is the first announcement of “A Jolly Pleasant Conference for Greenlees (J.P.C. Greenlees), officially known as Equivariant Topology and Derived Algebra – A conference in honour of John’s 60th birthday”, July 29 – August 2, 2019 NTNU, Trondheim
Preliminary list of speakers (In reverse alphabetical order):

  • Sarah Whitehouse (Sheffield)
  • Ulrike Tillmann (Oxford)
  • Neil Strickland (Sheffield)
  • Vesna Stojanoska (UIUC)
  • Brooke Shipley (UIC)
  • Constanze Roitzheim (Kent)
  • Nigel Ray (Manchester)
  • Doug Ravenel (Rochester)
  • Peter May (Chicago)
  • Srikanth Iyengar (Utah)
  • Mike Hopkins (Harvard)
  • Mike Hill (UCLA)
  • Kathryn Hess (EPFL)
  • Paul Goerss (Northwestern)
  • Bob Bruner (Wayne State)
  • Andrew Blumberg (Texas)
  • Dave Benson (Aberdeen)
  • Paul Balmer (UCLA)

Website: https://sites.google.com/view/etda2019/home
Contact email: jpcgorganisers@gmail.com
Hope to see you in Trondheim!
Best Regards,
The organisers
Scott Balchin, David Barnes, Magdalena Kedziorek, Markus Szymik and Gareth Williams