12Working it out. 2Reuben Stern ’20 (left), Professor Noam Elkies, and James Hotchkiss ’18 discuss beats in classical music in the fourth floor math lounge at the Science Center. 7Freshmen Shelly Tsirulik (from left), May Wang, and Ariella Kahan do homework together. 9Essential chalk! 6Some visit for quiet contemplation. At almost any time of day, you’ll see students working out problem sets, attacking homework, or chilling with headsets in the Austin and Chilton McDonnell Common Room.“Many students who work in the math lounge might not know that they are actually at the place the legendary Ahlfors has worked,” says mathematics Professor Oliver Knill. Lars Ahlfors was known for his work in complex analysis. Knill says other famous mathematicians are also linked to the room, including Oscar Zariski, Raoul Bott, and Jean-Pierre Serre.“Who knows, maybe one day, one of the students working there will develop new ideas shaping the next century of mathematics.” 3A math lounge blackboard sports writing dealing with a discrete dynamical system, part of linear algebra. 1The lively Austin and Chilton McDonnell Common Room is on the fourth floor of the Science Center. 10Zijian Yao, a Ph.D. candidate in mathematics, offers insight to fellow candidate Jeremy Hahn. 4Gray Putnam ’17 (left) and graduate student Lily Yichen Shi work on a physics lab report. 8Kevin Yang ’17 shares a laugh of frustration while trying to solve a problem. 11Timers are ready for challengers. 5Math department welcome parties are held in the Austin and Chilton McDonnell Common Room.
View Comments Age: 35 (“But I play 15 to 35!”) Stage & Screen Cred: Perhaps best known as the adorably awkward Abed on NBC’s Community, Pudi has appeared in dozens of movies and TV shows, including Royal Pains, Gilmore Girls, Greek and Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Related Shows Hometown: Chicago, IL Show Closed This production ended its run on Nov. 9, 2014 “Besides my family family, the Community cast is my family family family. They’re wonderful people. A couple of them are coming to see Found in a few weeks. We went through so much on that show—we’ll be close forever.” “My mom used to make me do Polish dance when I was a kid, but I didn’t really like it. I was better at making funny faces than executing moves. They’re making me dance in Found, and again, I think I’m better at making faces.” “I have two-year-old twins, and we’re really getting into their Halloween costumes. James is gonna be Batman and Fiona is gonna be Ariel from The Little Mermaid. I’m gonna get [Found co-star] Betsy Morgan, who played Ariel on Broadway, to sing for Fiona. That’ll blow her mind.” Current Role: A zany off-Broadway debut as the precocious owner of Daniel’s Toy Trading Shop, a paranoid woman who thinks Tom Hanks is spying on her and more kooky characters based on real notes and flyers in the new musical Found. “In New York, I’ve been staying with my college roommate and we’ve been recreating our college experience. We call it ‘College II.’ We’ve been eating a lot of pizza, playing videos games and swearing a lot. It’s been really exciting.” Found “I’m half-Polish, half-Indian, and growing up, the first thing you did when you woke up is you talk about what’s for dinner. Food was very important. My mom would make borscht with pierogies and uszka—I miss those so much.” “When I read the script for Found, I thought it was just so cool and weird and different, and I really enjoy that. It’s exciting to try something I’m not sure I can do. That’s the biggest thing—it’s fun to put yourself in a position that’s uncomfortable.” read more
Norwegian oil and gas intelligence firm Rystad Energy has predicted that offshore spending will outgrow spending on onshore shale activities in 2019 with offshore subsea service companies set to benefit from it.Illustration; Image by: Benjamin Duivesteyn; Source: Wikimedia – under the CC BY 2.0 licenseRystad said on Thursday that, at current oil price levels, spending on land rigs, fracking, and other services for the shale industry was likely to stay essentially flat in 2019.The offshore service market will also feel the effects of the recent oil price slide, according to Rystad, but this sector is nevertheless projected to grow by 4% this year.Rystad’s head of oilfield services research Audun Martinsen said: “Many would expect offshore spending to be cut as drastically as shale, but offshore budgets were at a ten-year low last year, after four years of intense cost focus, and from that level you don’t need much additional activity or inflation to drive up the market.”Since oil prices fell in the fourth quarter of 2018 and the oil market outlook for 2019 appeared more bearish, shale budgets for next year have been cut drastically to compensate for the anticipated loss of revenues.“We saw the tendency already last month that the shale service market started to hit the brakes. The number of fracked wells per day dropped from an average of around 50 wells per day to 44 wells per day, and frack service pricing continued to fall in the fourth quarter of 2018.“For the full year of 2019 we expect more or less the same number of wells completed, at around 20,000 wells, and we do not anticipate seeing utilization returning to the levels as seen in early 2018,” Martinsen said.Rystad also expects the uptick in offshore spending to be driven by exploration and greenfield projects. Also, opex budgets will likely swell thanks to cost inflation, more fields coming on stream, and a buildup of work that needs to be completed.According to new research from the firm, a price of $64 per barrel of Brent crude would see both shale and offshore grow at around 5%, but in a scenario where Brent climbs to $70 per barrel, the shale industry could achieve an impressive 14% growth.“Investors now need to position their bets correctly based on their price strip assumptions. As long as oil prices are below $60 a barrel for Brent, it could be interesting to take a second look at service contractors exposed to the offshore sector to see what they have to offer as compared to service companies exposed to shale.“It seems that the names that will be able to deliver the best revenue growth are the service companies exposed to the offshore subsea market and MMO. This is a clear switch from 2018 when it was the shale names that were market share winners in the global service market,” Martinsen concludes. read more