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# Adinkra Heights and Color-Splitting Rainbows (Ursula Whitcher, American Mathematical Society)

## November 15, 2023 @ 4:15 pm - 5:30 pm

**Title: **Adinkra Heights and Color-Splitting Rainbows

**Speaker:** Ursula Whitcher, American Mathematical Society

**Abstract: **Adinkras are decorated graphs that encapsulate information about conjectural relationships between fundamental particles in physics. If we color the edges of an Adinkra with a rainbow of shades in a specific order, we obtain a special curve that we can study using algebraic and geometric techniques. We use this structure to characterize height functions on Adinkras, then show how to compute the same information using data from our rainbow. This talk describes joint work with Amanda Francis.

Dr. Ursula Whitcher is an associate editor at Math Reviews (MathSciNet), a project of the American Mathematical Society, covering a range of areas from algebraic geometry to history of mathematics. Before joining the AMS, Dr. Whitcher earned a PhD from the University of Washington, was a Teaching and Research Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvey Mudd, and became an associate professor at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Find Dr. Whitcher’s mathematically inspired poetry and fiction in Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine, Analog, or the Journal of Humanistic Mathematics.