First, i wish to express my deepest gratitude to those who helped to make MTAGT a reality..
Generous financial support was provided by the National Science Foundation, Villanova (VU) College of Arts and Sciences, VU Office of Research and Graduate Programs, VU Office of Reasearch and Sponsored Projects, VU Office of the Vice President of Academic Affairs, and VU Office of the President.
Staffing support was provided by Marie O'Brien, Lorraine McGraw, Doug Norton, Najib Nadi, Taylor Berrang, Carrie Caswell, Carolyn Romano, Joseph Reiter, and Pat Woldar.
An indispensable role was played by the Office of Conference Services. In particular, I wish to mention Ron Diment and Stefanie Austinat. I also wish to thank Elisa Wiley and Clete Rickert for web support.
Last but not least, I wish to thank those who attended MTAGT. When all is said and done, the success of a conference depends integrally on the qualifications of its participants.
We had a wonderfully strong and diverse group. More than half of the 110 participants traveled to Villanova from 20 different nations. Over 20% of the participants were female, and roughly 25% were graduate students/recent PhDs. We are most proud of these demographics.
The conference presentations were truly inspired. I am most pleased to now report their online availability:
Mathematics alone does not make a successful mathematics conference. It is a desirable (if not imperative) to promote healthy multicultural relations, and unobstructed lines of communication between participants. As evidenced by these <conference photographs>, we all deserve very high grades for helping to create a wonderful communal atmosphere at the conference.
On a final note, throughout the conference I heard several participants refer to MTAGT as "Villanova 1", suggesting to me that a Villanova 2 would be a welcomed future event. While I must admit that the very thought of a Villanova 2 seems exhausting to me right now, I also can see the enormous benefits to be had by keeping our tightly knit community intact. Of course any future conference(s) will depend heavily on funding availability. Anyway, food for thought..
In closing, I would like to thank you again, dear colleague, for making MTAGT a memorable experience for all. It is my hope that it served its purpose of providing a platform for the dissemination of new ideas, and inspired new research directions for each of you.