The Unapologetic Mathematician

Mathematics for the interested outsider

Applicant-opaque departments

I’ve complained before about the opacity of the application procedure. I’ve gotten to the point now that I’m asking all outstanding schools what my status is. Following is a list — which I will keep updating — of departments that have closed their application procedures without bothering to inform applicants that they have been rejected. Petty? Maybe. But I’m the one who’s gotten screwed here, so the least they can do is be publicly known as not acting in good faith towards their applicants.

  • George Mason University
  • Kansas State University
  • Northwestern University
  • Purdue University
  • Stony Brook University
  • University of Arizona
  • University of California, Davis
  • University of California, Irvine
  • University of California, Los Angeles
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Regina
  • University of Tennessee
  • University of Toronto

Note: I am giving departments the benefit of the doubt if they say they did send word. Still I am shocked — shocked — at how many letters the post office has lost.

April 25, 2007 Posted by | rants | 6 Comments

Character Tables for Exceptional Real Reductive Groups

I’ve posted my notes for Zuckerman’s third and final talk. This should get us up to “what exactly does the Atlas Project do?”

Maybe we have enough pull around here to get Jeff Adams to come up and answer that question in a talk before I’m banished from the academy, but even if not I may be able to get time to sit down with him one-on-one once I head back to the Maryland area. Anyhow, my explanations are behind the jump, as usual.
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April 25, 2007 Posted by | Atlas of Lie Groups | 2 Comments