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BEST 2016 slides

The 23rd BEST conference was held June 15–16 in San Diego, CA.

Shehzad Ahmed – Jonsson cardinals and pcf theory
Liljana Babinkostova – A weakening of the closure operator
Kyle Beserra – On the conjugacy problem for automorphisms of countable regular trees
Erin Carmody – Killing them softly
William Chan – Every analytic equivalence relation with all Borel classes is Borel somewhere
John Clemens – Relative primeness of equivalence relations
Paul Corazza – The axiom of infinity, quantum field theory, and large cardinals
Cody Dance – Indiscernibles for $L[T_2,x]$
Natasha Dobrinen – Ramsey spaces coding universal triangle-free graphs and applications to Ramsey degrees
Paul Ellis – A Borel amalgamation property
Monroe Eskew – Rigid ideals
Daniel Hathaway – Disjoint Borel functions
Jared Holshouser – Partition properties for non-ordinal sets under the axiom of determinacy
Paul McKenney – Automorphisms of $\mathcal P(\lambda)/\mathcal I_\kappa
Kaethe Minden – Subcomplete forcing and trees
Daniel Soukup – Orientations of graphs with uncountable chromatic number
Simon Thomas – The isomorphism and bi-embeddability relations for finitely generated groups
Douglas Ulrich – A new notion of cardinality for countable first order theories
Kameryn Williams – Minimal models of Kelley-Morse set theory
Martin Zeman – Master conditions from huge embeddings

23rd Boise Extravaganza in Set Theory, June 15-16, 2016

BOISE EXTRAVAGANZA IN SET THEORY (BEST) – ANNOUNCEMENT 1.
Conference Website: http://diamond.boisestate.edu/~best/
DATE: June 15 – 16, 2016
WHERE: University of San Diego

The 23-rd annual meeting of BEST will be hosted at the University of San Diego as a symposium of the 97th annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science – Pacific Division (AAAS-PD). Contributed and invited talks at BEST will be held on Wednesday and Thursday.
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In addition to the invited speakers, the conference program has several speaking slots for shorter talks. We strongly encourage students, post docs and pre-tenure tenure track faculty to present at BEST. NSF supported funding to assist a limited number of student speakers, post-doc speakers and pre-tenure tenure track faculty speakers is available. For details on applying to the BEST program committee for these, please visit the conference website at the URL provided above. In addition, the AAAS-PD provides up to $150 in travel funding for students. Please see the BEST conference website for more details on these also. There are a number of deadlines associated with applications for a travel grant.

Currently confirmed plenary speakers for BEST 2015 are:

Dr. Erin Carmody, Nebraska Wesleyan University
Dr. Natasha Dobrinen, University of Denver
Dr. Simon Thomas, Rutgers University
Dr. Martin Zeman, University of California – Irvine

Special features of BEST 2016 include:

In addition to the BEST symposium there are several other symposia and workshops of interest offered at the AAAS-PD annual meeting. On Thursday, June 16, the AAAS-PD hosts a banquet at which awards of excellence are given to student speakers selected by a panel of judges.

Student, post-doc and pre-tenure tenure track speakers are strongly encouraged to apply to BEST for an NSF-funded travel award. The travel expenses (airfare and lodging) of awarded speakers will be reimbursed up to the maximum amount of the award, and registration fees of awardees will be reimbursed.

STUDENT SPEAKERS:
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BEST seeks to promote student participation in the conference via short (20 minute) presentations. To this end there are eight (8) NSF funded BEST travel awards available for students. To apply for one of these awards, please follow the instructions given at the BEST website.

In addition to the BEST travel awards, up to 20 travel awards of up to $150 each are also available from the AAAS-PD to help students (including students participating in BEST) defray travel expenses to participate in the AAAS-PD annual meeting. Winners of these AAAS-PD travel awards will be announced at the AAAS-PD student award banquet. Student participants will be guests at this banquet.

POST-DOC and PRE-TENURE TENURE TRACK SPEAKERS:
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BEST also seeks to be a forum for early career set theoretic scholars. In particular there are NSF funded BEST travel awards available for post-docs, and for pre-tenure tenure track faculty. To apply for one of these awards, please follow the instructions given at the BEST website.\

CONTRIBUTED TALKS:
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The BEST schedule will also have a number of slots for 25 minute contributed talks. Anyone wishing to speak at BEST 2016 should submit an abstract as soon as possible (preferably prior to April 05) at the abstract submission site. It is strongly recommended to also contact one of the organizers as soon as possible to indicate interest/intention in presenting a talk at BEST 2016.

Important deadlines:

DEADLINE 1: REGISTRATION: Please consult http://diamond.boisestate.edu/~best/ for registration costs and deadlines. Registration fees depend on date of registration. We kindly request that Ph.D. mathematicians planning to participate in BEST 2016 consider acting as judges for the student presentations. The registration form has a place where willingness to act\’a0 as a judge can be indicated.

There are also a number of excursions available that can be indicated on the registration form. Also consider attending the awards banquet in support of our student speakers – meal choices are available on the registration form.

DEADLINE 2: ABSTRACTS: Atlas Conferences, Inc. is providing abstract services for BEST 2016. Abstracts submitted by April 5 will appear in the proceedings of the annual conference of the AAAS-PD. The url for the abstract submission is available at the BEST 2016 website.

DEADLINE 3: TRAVEL GRANTS: Presenting students, post-docs or pre-tenure tenure track faculty, please complete the application process to BEST by May 15. See the BEST 2016 website for details. Students, the deadline for the AAAS-PD student travel grants is May 1, 5:00 p.m. Pacific time.

Organized by Liljana Babinkostova, Sam Coskey and Marion Scheepers.

For any questions, please contact an organizer or e-mail best@math.boisestate.edu

BEST 2015 slides

The 22nd BEST conference was held June 14–17 in San Francisco, CA.

Mirna Džamonja – FAC and WQO orders and their ordinal invariants
Luke Serafin – Cardinal invariants of generalized continua
Ari Brodsky – A microscopic approach to higher Suslin tree constructions
Ola Kwiatkowska – Dynamics of the homeomorphism group of the Lelek fan
Paul Ellis – The conjugacy problem for countable homogeneous structures
Trevor Wilson – Covering properties of derived models
Miha Habic – Joint Laver diamonds
Bill Chen – Scales in Prikry extensions
Rodrigo Dias – Productively countably tight spaces and selective games
Steven Clontz – Limited information strategies in infinite games
Liljana Babinkostova – The selective strong screen ability game
Spencer Unger – Baire measurable paradoxical decompositions via matchings
Diana Ojeda-Aristizábal – Finite forms of Gowers’ FINk theorem

22nd Boise Extravaganza in Set Theory, June 15-17, 2015

Boise Extravaganza in Set Theory
June 15 – 17, 2015
San Francisco State University
math.boisestate.edu/~best/

At present plenary speakers for BEST 2015 include:
Dr. Rodrigo Dias, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil
Dr. Mirna Dzamonja, East Anglia University, U.K.
Dr. Aleksandra Kwiatkowska, UCLA
Dr. Spencer Unger, UCLA
Dr. Trevor Wilson, Miami University, OH
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21st Boise Extravaganza in Set Theory, June 18-20, 2014

BOISE EXTRAVAGANZA IN SET THEORY (BEST)
June 18 – 20, 2014
University of California, Riverside

The 21-st meeting of BEST will be hosted at University of California, Riverside, as a symposium of the 95th annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science – Pacific Division (AAAS-PD). Contributed and invited talks at BEST will be held on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

In addition to four invited speakers, the conference program has reserved speaking slots for students, post docs and pre-tenure tenure track faculty. NSF supported funding to assist up to eight student speakers, four post-doc speakers and two pre-tenure tenure track faculty speakers is available. For details on applying to the BEST program committee for these, please visit the conference website. In addition, the AAAS-PD provides up to $150 in travel funding for students. Please see the BEST conference website for more details on these also. There are a number of deadlines associated with applications for a travel grant.

The four invited speakers at BEST 2014 are:

Dr. Joel Hamkins, CUNY Graduate Center
Dr. Dima Sinapova, University of Illinois at Chicago
Dr. Nam Trang, Carnegie Mellon University
Dr. Andrew Marks, Caltech University

Special features of BEST 2014 include:

The BEST 2014 conference marks the end of three weeks of intensive set theory meetings in California. In addition to the BEST symposium there are several other symposia and workshops of interest offered at the AAAS-PD annual meeting. On Thursday, June 19, the AAAS-PD hosts a banquet at which awards of excellence are given to student speakers selected by a panel of judges. On Friday, June 20, Dr. Joel Hamkins will deliver a plenary lecture from 12:15 to 1:15 about our field to the general audience of the AAAS-PD annual meeting.

Important deadlines:

DEADLINE 1: REGISTRATION: Please consult http://diamond.boisestate.edu/~best/ for registration costs and deadlines. Registration fees depend on date of registration. We kindly request that tenure track mathematicians planning to participate in BEST 2014 consider acting as judges for the student presentations. The registration form has a place where willingness to act as a judge can be indicated. There are also a number of excursions available that can be indicated on the registration form. Also consider attending the award banquet in support of our student speakers – meal choices are available on the registration form.

DEADLINE 2: ABSTRACTS: Atlas Conferences, Inc. is providing abstract services for BEST 2014. Abstracts submitted by the deadline will appear in the proceedings of the annual conference of the AAAS-PD. The deadline for submitting an abstract is APRIL 16. The url for the abstract submission is available at the BEST 2014 website.

Organized by Liljana Babinkostova, Andres Caicedo, Sam Coskey and Marion Scheepers.

For any questions, please contact an organizer or e-mail best@math.boisestate.edu

20th Boise Extravaganza in Set Theory, June 16-19, 2013

The 20th BEST conference will be held on the  campus of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas during June 16 – 19, 2013.
The conference is organized as a symposium of the 94th Annual Meeting of the AAAS Pacific Division.
The mission of BEST 2013 is to provide a forum for interactions between set theory and related areas of mathematics and between mathematics and natural sciences, to integrate student and postdoc dissemination of research into its scientific program, and provide an opportunity for interaction between the leaders in the field and set theorists early in their careers.
All mathematicians in set theory and related areas, as well as graduate and undergraduate students, are invited to present their research results at the meeting. The participation by women and other underrepresented groups is strongly encouraged.

The 20-th meeting of BEST is organized by Liljana Babinkostova, Andres Caicedo, Sam Coskey and Marion Scheepers.

Contributed and invited talks will be held on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at the University of Las Vegas, Nevada.

BEST PLENARY SPEAKERS:

The four invited plenary speakers are:

Todd Eisworth (Ohio University)
Masaru Kada (Osaka Prefecture University, Japan)
Thilo Weinert (University of Bonn, Germany)
Lynne Yengulalp (University of Dayton)

In addition to these four plenary talks, the program has ten reserved speaking slots for students, four reserved slots for post-docs and 2 reserved slots for pre-tenure tenure track faculty.

POTENTIAL TRAVEL AWARDS:

We have applied for funding from the NSF to assist with travel costs for speakers for these reserved speaking slots. The grant proposal has been recommended for funding, but the final award decision has not yet been made. We strongly recommend that speakers from the categories of student speaker, psot-doc speaker or pre-tenure tenure track speaker, interested in presenting at BEST 20, apply as soon as possible to the BEST selection committee for potential travel assistance to participate in BEST 20. Application requirements for these funds are as follows:

Student speakers:
1. Prior to April 16, 2013 submit an abstract for the proposed 14 minute presentation at the abstract submission site.
2. Prior to May 15, 2013 submit a resume including current affiliation, advisor name and stage of study, and a separate statement of goals.
3. Prior to May 15, 2013 have the advisor separately submit a recommendation letter, outlining the benefit of participation in the conference via presentation to the student.
Please note that student speakers are eligible for a AAAS-PD award of excellence for their presentation at BEST 20. Winners of these awards will be announced at the AAAS-PD banquet on June 18, 2013. Student participants will be guests at this banquet.

Post-Doc speakers:
1. Prior to April 16, 2013 submit an abstract for a proposed 25 minute presentation at the abstract submission site.
2. Prior to May 15, 2013 submit a resume including current affiliation, post-doc mentor name, and a list of publications, and a separate statement of goals.

Pre-tenure tenure track faculty:
1. Prior to April 16, 2013 submit an abstract for a proposed 25 minute presentation at the abstract submission site.
2. Prior to May 15, 2013 submit a resume including current affiliation, years towards tenure, a current list of publications, and a separate statement of goals.

Please note that the AAAS-PD also offers up to 20 travel awards of up to $150 to students to help defray travel expenses to participate in the AAAS-PD annual meeting: This includes BEST.

CONTRIBUTED TALKS:

In addition to these speakers there will also be a number of slots for contributed talks. Anyone wishing to speak at BEST 20 should submit an abstract as soon as possible (preferably prior to April 16) at the abstract submission site. It is strongly recommended to also contact one of the organizers as soon as possible to indicate interest/intention in presenting a talk at BEST 20.

Important deadlines:

DEADLINE 1: REGISTRATION:  Early registration ends May 31. After that only on-site registration will be possible. Registration fees are dependent on date of registration. We kindly request that tenure track mathematicians planning to participate in BEST 20 consider acting as judges for the student presentations. The registration form has a place where willingness to act as a judge can be indicated. There are also a number of excursions available that can be indicated on the registration form. Also please consider attending the award banquet – meal choices are available on the registration form.

DEADLINE 2: ABSTRACTS: Atlas Conferences, Inc. is providing abstract services for BEST 20. Abstracts submitted by the deadline will appear in the proceedings of the annual conference of the AAAS-PD. The deadline for submitting an abstract is APRIL 16.

LODGING: Las Vegas offers many lodging options. Please see the conference website for lodging suggestions by the AAAS-PD.

 

 

Money
Students are encouraged to apply for a travel grant, and to give a talk or a poster. The AAAS has $300 travel awards available for students.
Assuming it is confirmed, BEST will have additional awards up to 700USD for students, as well as several 700USD awards for postdocs/faculty. The travel application is not yet up at the web site yet, but interested folks should contact either Sam Coskey or best@diamond.boisestate.edu.