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BRIDGES: Building Relationships for an Inclusive and Diverse Group of Emerging Students October 17th, 2019

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:

Women In Commutative Algebra 2019, Banff, call for Interest February 22nd, 2019

The organizers of the collaborative research workshop Women in Commutative Algebra (WICA) 2019 invite researchers who are interested in participating to fill out the WICA Interest Form linked from the workshop website by April 1. For more information see our post.

Current Trends on Monomial and Binomial Ideals January 23rd, 2019

Inviting submission for a special issue in “Current Trends on Monomial and Binomial Ideals”

Dear Colleagues,

Recently, new trends on monomial ideals and binomial ideals have emerged. Remarkable developments in, for example, finite free resolutions, syzygies, regularity and symbolic powers of monomial ideals, and binomial ideals arising from combinatorial objects including finite graphs, lattice polytopes, and finite partially ordered sets have been brought about by a large number of authors. We

  • Takayuki Hibi
  • Tai Ha

are editing for a Special Issue which aims to summarize recent achievements in these topics and to stimulate further research that invites breakthroughs in the theory of monomial and binomial ideals.

This Special Issue will be published in Mathematics (, an open access journal. We are inviting submissions for the issue. The deadline for submitting a paper is July 31, 2019.

For further information, please see the journal’s special issue announcement

Takayuki Hibi and Tai Ha

FACARD, Barcelona January 16th, 2019

The workshop “FACARD, Frobenius Action in Commutative Algebra: Recent Developments” will be held at the Institute of Mathematics of the University of Barcelona on January 16 – 18, 2019.

The focus of the workshop is on recent developments in positive characteristic algebra and other related topics. It is addressed to Ph.D. students, postdocs and interested researchers in general. There will be two minicourses at graduate level and research talks given by international experts and young emerging scientists.

Minicourse speakers:

  • Holger Brenner (Universität Osnabrück)
  • Linquan Ma (Purdue University)


  • Josep Àlvarez Montaner (Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya)
  • Angélica Benito (Universitad Autonoma de Madrid)
  • Javier Carvajal Rojas (University of Utah)
  • Alberto F. Boix (Ben-Gurion University of the Negev)
  • Ricardo García López (Universitat de Barcelona)
  • Eloísa Grifo (University of Michigan)
  • Jack Jeffries (University of Michigan)
  • Jonathan Montaño (New Mexico State University)
  • Julio José Moyano Fernández (Universitat Jaume I de Castelló)
  • Yusuke Nakajima (KAVLI IPMU)
  • Luis Núñez Betancourt* (CIMAT)
  • Ilya Smirnov (University of Michigan)
  • Francesco Strazzanti (INdAM)
  • Naoki Taniguchi (Waseda University)
  • Matteo Varbaro (Università degli Studi di Genova)

* To be confirmed

For more information see the workshop website.

Jean-Louis Koszul, 1921–2018 February 19th, 2018

Jean-Louis Koszul, whose name is familiar to commutative algebraists as the namesake of the Koszul complex, passed away on 12 January 2018.  Koszul was a student of Henri Cartan, one of the creators of the CIRM, and a member of Bourbaki. Altogether a giant of 20th century mathematics.

Jan-Erik Roos, 1935-2017 January 11th, 2018

We are deeply sad to tell the community that Jan-Erik Roos passed away December 15, 2017.

His colleagues in Stockholm sent the following:

Jan-Erik Roos studies in Paris resulted in a substantial work on Noetherian categories. Since 1970 he held a professorship in Stockholm. One of his greatest achievements was to bring together two fields of mathematics, algebraic topology and commutative algebra. He noted that there were analogous results in these fields, and a fruitful cooperation began as a result. He had many research students taking part in this work. Jan-Erik was successful in using computers to solve problems and finding counterexamples. He was very active to the very last.

Ragnar-Olaf Buchweitz, 1952-2017 November 13th, 2017

We are deeply sad to tell the community of the passing of Ragnar-Olaf Buchweitz, in Toronto on November 11 2017.

Ragnar made deep and influential contributions to an incredible range of topics, including singularity theory, deformations, commutative and noncommutative algebra, representation theory, and algebraic geometry. He was a generous mentor and advisor of graduate students, and a particular friend to the people behind this website. His passing is a great loss to our community.

Liam O’Carroll, 1945-2017. Current Events Bulletin at JMM. October 30th, 2017

We are sorry to write that Liam O’Carroll, born June 10, 1945, and known in the international community of commutative algebraists for his work on various aspects of the subject but especially on uniform Artin–Rees Theorems, died on 25 October 2017, of myeloma and acute myeloid leukemia. In accordance with his wishes, his body was donated for medical research. Messages of condolence can be sent to

Our thoughts are with his family and friends.

Obituary Notice.

We added information about Craig Huneke’s talk in the “Current Events Bulletin” session at the San Diego JMM to our post about the JMM.  See there for details.

Uwe Storch, 1940-2017 October 4th, 2017

We are deeply sad to share with the commalg community that Uwe Storch has passed away on September 17, 2017. Uwe was known for his work in commutative algebra and algebraic/analytic geometry.

Our thoughts are with his friends and family.

Link to University Announcement.