November 30, 2008
Here's a picture of my grad students as of the summer of 2004.
I'm very proud of them all! They're smart and
lots of fun. If any of them asks you for a job, you should
instantly hire them.
From left to right they are:
Derek Wise, who
wrote about p-form electromagnetism
on discrete spacetimes, exotic statistics for
strings, and MacDowell-Mansouri gravity and
Cartan geometry. While a student here he created beautiful notes
for our Quantum Gravity Seminar, from Fall
2003 to Spring 2007. In the
spring of 2007 he finished his thesis and went on to a postdoc at
U. C. Davis.
who wrote about
and quantum mechanics and the
cobordisms with corners in topological quantum field theory,
especially the Dijkgraaf-Witten model. In the spring of 2007 he finished
his thesis and
went on to a postdoc with Dan Christensen at the University of Western Ontario.
Alissa Crans, who worked
on aspects of higher gauge theory, namely
Lie 2-algebras and their relation to topology. We wrote a paper together on this
stuff. In June 2004 she gave a nice lecture on higher linear algebra
at the Institute for
Mathematics and its Applications - check out her lecture notes. In August of 2004 she finished
her PhD thesis. She then started a
tenure-track job at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. This
was close enough that we could easily keep on collaborating, so we
wrote a paper on loop
groups and 2-groups with a couple of friends.
Toby Bartels, who wrote many
expository papers including especially nice ones
on quaternionic quantum mechanics
and the theory of
properties, structure and stuff. In June 2006, he finished his thesis on higher gauge theory.
who found a beautiful generalization of the
theorem. Miguel typed up detailed notes of
2000 and Winter 2001 sessions of the
quantum gravity seminar, which dealt with spin
networks and topological field theory. In December 2004, he finished his
thesis on Wilson loop dynamics for
the quantized electromagnetic field. In the process he became a bit
of an expert on analysis on noncompact Riemannian manifolds. Now
he's in London working in mathematical finance.
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If you want to learn more about their research, click
Here is a picture of Miguel, Jeffrey and Derek taken in London in
© 2008 John Baez