I’ve been in Paris for almost a month now. It’s been great! People at the math department and the math institute(1) have all been welcoming and have helped me a lot in getting settled. There have been a lot of administrative procedures to complete – and I am unfortunately not done – and it’s great to have had people being able to guide me. And I finally found an apartment in Paris! It was unexpectedly hard: faculty salaries are not very high compared to the cost of living, and the first year is technically on “probation”, meaning I could theoretically get fired next August… Landlords in Paris have very rigid expectations and this made me fall outside them.
Many changes have happened in my life recently!
I defended my doctorate on November 17th. I guess I’m a doctor now! There are too many people to thank for that, so please see the “Thanks” section of my thesis. I am now entering the scary world of job applications. I am discovering the wonderful “GALAXIE” web application – fellow French job applicants know my pain.
My paper Swiss-Cheese operad and Drinfeld center has finally been accepted! It is going to appear in the Israel Journal of Mathematics. I’ve made the few corrections suggested by the referee (the new version is available on the arXiv), and I’m now waiting for the final proofs before the paper can be published.
I’ve been neglecting this blog a lot. Juggling research, teaching, organizing a seminar, and a personal life leaves little time for writing articles! (Wait, isn’t that the same complaint as last time?)
Most prominently I’ve been spending a lot of time working on my paper about the Lambrechts–Stanley model for configuration spaces (see my previous post). The good news is, I’m done (or as done as one can be with a paper). I’ve just uploaded the third version of the paper on the arXiv, and I’ve submitted it. I’ve finally managed to remove this bothersome hypothesis about the Euler characteristic of the manifold, and I’ve fixed an issue about my use of the propagator (PA forms are hard).
My first article has been accepted for publication with minor revisions! Entitled “Opérades et structures commutatives à homotopie près” (yes, it’s in French), it will appear in the Graduate Student Mathematical Diary, edited by the Mediterranean Institute For The Mathematical Sciences. The article is expository in nature, it contains a general introduction to the theory of operads, and then some applications of the theory, mostly in relation with the little disks operads. I’m psyched!
Now let’s hope that my preprint Swiss-Cheese operad and Drinfeld center meets the same fate… ☺