Bruce Reznick 66 fest: A mensch of Combinatorial-Algebraic Mathematics

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On July 8, 2019, the day before the start of the 2019 SIAM conference on Applied Algebraic Geometry, we held a one-day symposium to celebrate the work and career of our esteemed colleague Bruce Reznick.

Bruce is well-known to many people for his work in the general area of combinatorial-algebraic-analytic investigations of polynomials and numbers. In particular, Bruce is well-known for his seminal contributions to the study of sums of squares and positivity of polynomials. Bruce is also known as a caring teacher and mentor. He has been a generous and kind supporter and mentor of young researchers for many years.

Event Program:

  • 9:30am Coffee
  • 10:00am-10:30am Vicki Powers (Emory)
    Champaign Problems

  • 10:30am-11am Bernd Sturmfels (UC Berkeley & Max Planck Institute, Leipzig)
    Sixty-Four Curves and Sixty-Six Years


  • 11:15am-11:45am Frank Sottile (Texas A & M)
    Bruce gegen Hilbert '88

  • 11:45am-12:15pm Pablo Parrilo (MIT)

  • LUNCH (we will suggest options nearby)

  • 2:00pm-2:30pm Greg Blekherman (Georgia Tech)
    On an unpublished article of Bruce Reznick

  • 2:30am-3:00pm Salma Kuhlmann (Univ. Konstanz)
    Hilbert's 1888 Theorem for even symmetric forms


  • 3:15pm-3:45pm Jesus A. De Loera (UC Davis)
    Lattice points problems that Bruce may like.

  • 3:45pm-4:15pm Robert Reznick
    Some finite, prime, natural, transcendental, and irrational family photos and stories
    You can find those slides here, a powerpoint presentation with old photos of Bruce's life.

  • and of course, Bruce Reznick himself!
    Rebuttals, plus the talk that nobody understood 30 years ago.

    The symposium took place at the University of Bern on July 2019, Here are some photos/slides of the event.