John Lesieutre

CV

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Employment
  • University of Illinois at Chicago
    RTG Research Assistant Professor, August 2015 – present.
  • Institute for Advanced Study
    Member, September 2014 – June 2015.
Education
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Ph.D. in Mathematics, 2014.
  • Harvard University
    A.B. in Mathematics and minor in Linguistics, 2009.
  • State College Area High School
Papers
  • "A projective variety with discrete, non-finitely generated automorphism group", to appear in Inventiones Math. (arXiv:1609.06391)
  • "Dynamical Mordell–Lang and automorphisms of blow-ups" (with D. Litt), to appear in Algebraic Geometry. (arXiv:1604.08216)
  • "Log Fano structures and Cox rings of blow-ups of products of projective spaces" (with J. Park), Proc. Amer. Math. Soc. 145 (2017), no. 10, 4201–4209. (arXiv:1604.07140)
  • "Effective cones of cycles on blow-ups of projective space" (with I. Coskun and J.C. Ottem), Algebra & Number Theory 10-9 (2016), 1983–2014. (arXiv:1603.04808)
  • "A few questions about curves on surfaces" (with Ciliberto, Knutsen, Lozovanu, Miranda, Mustopa, and Testa), Rend. Circ. Mat. Palermo (2016), 1–10. (arXiv:1511.06618)
  • "Some constraints on positive entropy automorphisms of smooth threefolds", to appear in Ann. Sci. École Norm. Sup. (arXiv:1503.07834)
  • "A pathology of asymptotic multiplicity in the relative setting", Math. Res. Lett. 23 (2016), no. 5, 1433–1451. (arXiv:1502.03019)
  • "Curves disjoint from a nef divisor" (with J.C. Ottem), Michigan Math. J. 65 (2016), 321–332. (arXiv:1410.4467)
  • "Derived-equivalent rational threefolds", Int. Math. Res. Not. (2015), 6011–6020. (arXiv:1311.0056)
  • "The diminished base locus is not always closed", Compositio Math. 150 (2014), no. 10, 1729–1741. (arXiv:1212.3738)
Awards
  • NSF Algebra and Number Theory grant ($132,717), 2017–2020.
  • AMS–Simons Travel Grant, 2016–2017.
  • NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, 2010–2013.
  • Presidential Fellowship, MIT, 2009–2010.
    Support for first year of graduate study
  • David Mumford Undergraduate Mathematics Prize, Harvard, 2009.
Conference & Workshop Talks
  • Birational Classification, Derived Categories, and Moduli Spaces, Oberwolfach, September 2017.
  • Mini workshop on complex geometry, University of Notre Dame, April 2017.
  • Local negativity and positivity, Leibniz Universität Hannover, March 2017.
  • Summer school on Higher Dimensional Algebraic Geometry, University of Utah, July 2016. Four lectures on "Dynamics on higher-dimensional varieties".
  • New methods in birational geometry, CIMI, Toulouse, June 2016.
  • Tokyo–Princeton algebraic geometry conference, Princeton, May 2016.
  • Boston College–Northeastern Algebraic Geometry Conference, April 2016.
  • Higher codimension cycles on algebraic varieties, University of Illinois at Chicago, March 2016.
  • Summer research institute on algebraic geometry, University of Utah, July 2015 (contributed talk).
  • New techniques in birational geometry, Stony Brook University, April 2015.
  • Chow groups, motives, and derived categories, Institute for Advanced Study, March 2015.
  • Recent advances in linear series and Newton–Okounkov bodies, Università degli Studi di Padova, February 2015.
  • Mini-workshop: Negative curves on algebraic surfaces, Oberwolfach, February 2014.
  • AMS sectional meeting, special session on the geometry of algebraic varieties, Temple University, October 2013.
  • Workshop on Okounkov bodies and Nagata-type conjectures, IM PAN, Warsaw, September 2013.
  • Géométrie Algébrique en Liberté, KTH, Stockholm, June 2013.
  • Workshop on the minimal model program in characteristic p, AIM, Palo Alto, May 2013.
Seminar & Colloquium Talks
  • Purdue Algebraic Geometry Seminar, November 2017.
  • Princeton Algebraic Geometry Seminar, September 2017.
  • Stanford Algebraic Geometry Seminar, May 2017.
  • UIUC Algebraic Geometry Seminar, March 2017.
  • Penn State Geometry and Physics Seminar, January 2017.
  • Northwestern Algebraic Geometry Seminar, January 2017.
  • Tufts Colloquium, December 2016.
  • Michigan Algebraic Geometry Seminar, November 2016.
  • UCLA Algebra Seminar, October 2016.
  • UCLA Colloquium, October 2016.
  • UIC Algebraic Geometry Seminar, September 2016.
  • IUPUI Dynamics Seminar, April 2016.
  • Utah Algebraic Geometry Seminar, February 2016.
  • University of Chicago Algebraic Geometry Seminar, February 2016.
  • UIC Algebraic Geometry Seminar, January 2016.
  • Northwestern Geometry and Physics Seminar, November 2015.
  • Columbia Algebraic Geometry Seminar, October 2015.
  • Notre Dame Algebraic Geometry/Commutative Algebra Seminar, September 2015.
  • Johns Hopkins Algebraic Geometry Seminar, April 2015.
  • Michigan Complex Analysis, Dynamics and Geometry Seminar, March 2015.
  • UIC Algebraic Geometry Seminar, March 2015.
  • Missouri Geometry/Topology Seminar, November 2014.
  • Princeton/IAS Algebraic Geometry Seminar, October 2014.
  • Stanford Algebraic Geometry Seminar, May 2014.
  • Penn State Algebra and Number Theory Seminar, April 2014.
  • UCSD Algebraic Geometry Seminar, December 2013.
  • UIC Algebraic Geometry Seminar, November 2013.
  • Rice Algebraic Geometry Seminar, October 2013.
  • Stony Brook Algebraic Geometry Seminar, September 2013.
  • Michigan Algebraic Geometry Seminar, March 2013.
  • Princeton Algebraic Geometry Seminar, February 2013.
  • Harvard/MIT Algebraic Geometry Seminar, November 2012.
Teaching
  • Awards and training:
  • Math, Stat, & CS Teaching Award, Fall 2016.
    Departmental teaching award.
  • UIC Teaching Scholar, Spring 2016.
    Selected for semester-long mentorship on effective teaching, with emphasis on active learning.
  • Charles and Holly Housman Award for Excellence in Teaching, MIT, 2013.
    For "skill and dedication in undergraduate teaching".
  • MIT graduate student teaching certificate, 2013.
    6-week training in university teaching.
  • Harvard University Certificate of Distinction in Teaching, 2009.
  • UIC:
  • Instructor, Math 121 (Precalculus), Fall 2017.
  • Instructor, Math 210 (Calculus III), Spring 2017.
  • Instructor, Math 181 (Calculus II), Fall 2016.
  • Instructor, Math 553 (Algebraic geometry II), Spring 2016.
  • Instructor, Math 310 (Applied linear algebra), Fall 2015.
  • MIT:
  • Instructor, 18.089 (Review of calculus), Summer 2014.
  • Instructor, 18.089 (Review of calculus), Summer 2013.
  • Teaching assistant, 18.06 (Linear algebra), Spring 2013.
  • Teaching assistant, 18.03 (Differential equations), Spring 2012.
  • Teaching assistant, 18.02 (Multivariable calculus), Spring 2011.
  • Harvard:
  • Course assistant, Math 25b (Real analysis), Spring 2009.
  • Course assistant, Math 113 (Complex analysis), Spring 2008.
Professional
  • Referee/reviewer: Int. Math. Res. Notices, Manuscripta Math., Proc. AMS, Adv. Math., Advances in Geometry, Math Reviews, Zentralblatt.
  • Organizer, Workshop on Higher Codimension Cycles in Algebraic Geometry, UIC, March 2016.
    NSF RTG-funded workshop for graduate students and postdocs
  • Organizer, Workshop on SYZ mirror symmetry, Big Bear, CA, May 2013.
    NSF RTG-funded workshop
  • Mentor, Directed Reading Program, MIT, 2011-2014.
    Led four month-long one-on-one undergraduate reading courses
  • Mentor, Research Science Institute, MIT, 2010.
    Guided two high school students in research projects in algebraic geometry; both were Intel STS semifinalists
Expository Talks
  • UIC Rationality Seminar, "Birational rigidity", March 2016.
  • UIC Working Dynamics Seminar, "The dynamical Mordell–Lang conjecture", February 2016.
  • UIC RTG Seminar, "Pathologies of effective cones", February 2016.
  • UIC Working Dynamics Seminar, "Positive entropy automorphisms of varieties", October 2015.
  • Stanford Student Algebraic Geometry Seminar, "Positive entropy automorphisms of surfaces", May 2014.
  • Harvard/MIT Baby Algebraic Geometry Seminar, "The Kawamata–Morrison cone conjecture", December 2013.
  • MIT Pure Math Graduate Student Seminar, "Interpolation problems in the plane", April 2013.
  • Harvard/MIT Baby Algebraic Geometry Seminar, "Lazić's approach to the MMP", November 2012.
  • Harvard/MIT Algebraic Geometry Learning Seminar, "The Li–Tian construction of the virtual fundamental class", November 2012.
  • Harvard/MIT Baby Algebraic Geometry Seminar, "Curves on general blow-ups of P2", April 2012.
  • MIT Pure Math Graduate Student Seminar, "Periodic orbits in billiards", October 2011.
  • Harvard/MIT Baby Algebraic Geometry Seminar, "Hilbert's 14th problem and finite generation of section rings", October 2011.