Erotic Equations?

Erotic equations: Love meets mathematics on film | CultureLab | NewScientist -- [Sex and math may not be the most obvious pairing, but Edward Frenkel knows otherwise. The 41-year-old mathematician and professor at the University of California, Berkeley, sacrificed his clothes and €100,000 to show the world the beauty of mathematics. The result, shot in three days, is the 26-minute-long erotic film Rites of Love and Math, which premieres this week in Paris.]

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Greetings! I was wondering if a picture of Stephen Semmes (living legend/analysis professor at Rice University) existed anywhere on the Internet, or (long shot) if anyone has a picture of him and has heard him say "I don't mind if people with pictures of me distribute them." This is for a programming assignment for a class - I would like to make an animation about him. However, Google Image Search is turning up nothing and the Rice website doesn't seem to have a picture of him.

If you don't have a picture, or have a private picture I can't use, it would also be very very useful if you could tell me what he looks like so I can try and draw him.

Thank you!
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Graduate Schools?

This is perhaps the least sexy thing out there, but does anyone know when Canadian universities are sending out their acceptance / rejection letters for graduate school applicants?

I've applied to: UBC, U Alberta, U Ottawa, U Toronto, and McGill.

Any idea when they're going to reject me?
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The next Clay Millenium Prize will be awarded for ... what?

Now that Grisha Perelman became the First Clay Prize Awardee, what about the rest of the Millenium Problems?

Which of the Clay Millenium Problems do you expect to be solved next?

The Riemann Hypothesis
The Hodge Conjecture
The Birch and Swinnerton-Dyer Conjecture
The Yang--Mills Mass Gap Problem
Uniqueness and Existence of Solutions for the Navier--Stokes equation
P vs NP

How do you learn a new math subject? (poll crossposted from math_research)

Poll #1503463 How do you learn a new math subfield beyond your specialty?

How do you learn a new subject beyond your subfield? (Note that you can choose multiple answers)

Ask a colleague who works in the relevant subfield for the basics and the references
Look into Wikipedia (or another encyclopaedia, for that matter) and then follow the references and the links found there
Pick up several books on the subject and go for a bout of reading until you "see the light"
Pick a single book or paper and dig through it until you begin to understand it
Other (please leave a comment with details below)

The results of this poll are here. Thanks for participating!
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What I don't know that I don't know

I'm at a small liberal arts university studying mathematics. I'm particularly drawn to algebra. Group theory and its (co)homology seem interesting to me. The problem I'm faced with though, is that there are only two other people in my groups class, and one was the professor. The exact same thing happened in my rings class, my galois theory class was just me and the professor. I have no friends to talk to in person about anything mathematically interesting. I'm feeling like my exposure to this stuff is really limited. When I go to the undergrad math conferences I really enjoy the atmosphere and the opportunity to discuss interesting problems. I've done a little bit of graduate algebraic topology, at a summer school, which was nice - again the company of like minded individuals was very welcome. Did anyone have a similar undergrad experience? Have they since evaporated? How can I tell if I know anything about anything or where my education stands relative to other Canadian undergrad programs?