I am an associate professor in the Mathematics Department of the University of Massachusetts in Boston, and hold a Ph.D. in mathematics from Yale University. I am also a member of the American Mathematical Society, the Mathematical Association of America, and the Mathematicians and Education Reform Forum, and a National Project NeXT Fellow.

- Dolciani-Halloran National Project NExT Fellow, 2003--2004.
- Award for Outstanding Achievement in Research and Scholarship, UMB College of Science and Mathematics, 2004--2005.
- Visiting Scholar, National University of Singapore, January 2006.
- Award for Outstanding Overall Achievement, UMB College of Science and Mathematics, 2006--2007.

My research interests include
invariant theory and
representation theory. I am particularly interested in toric
degenerations of categorical quotients of flag varieties and their use
in the calculation of branching multiplicities. Recently I
have also been working with Alfred
Noël on some problems
connected with prehomogeneous spaces of Dynkin-Kostant type arising in
the theory of nilpotent orbits in real reductive Lie algebras, and on
some problems in the representation theory of Coxeter groups connected
with the Atlas of Lie Groups
and
Representations Project.
In addition to this, I am
investigating the structure of centralizers of maximal compact
subgroups in the universal enveloping algebras associated with real
reductive Lie groups.

- Prehomogeneous spaces associated with complex nilpotent orbits, with Alfred Noël, Journal of Algebra 289 (2005), pp. 515--557. A computation of isotypic decompositions and relative invariants of prehomogeneous spaces of Dynkin-Kostant type arising from conjugacy classes of nilpotent elements in complex reductive Lie algebras.
- A LiE subroutine for computing prehomogeneous spaces associated with complex nilpotent orbits, with Alfred Noël, Lecture Notes in Computer Science 3516 (2005), pp. 611--618. An algorithm for determination of highest weights in prehomogeneous spaces of Dynkin-Kostant type, implemented in the computer algebra system LiE.
- A LiE subroutine for computing prehomogeneous spaces associated with real nilpotent orbits, with Alfred Noël, Lecture Notes in Computer Science 3482 (2005), pp. 512--521. An algorithm for determination of highest weights in prehomogeneous spaces arising via the Kostant-Sekiguchi correspondence from nilpotent orbits in simple real Lie algebras of inner type.
- Polarizable theta-stable parabolic subalgebras and KC -saturation in the non-compact real forms of G2 and F4, with Alfred Noël, Lecture Notes in Computer Science 3992 (2006), pp. 422--429. An algorithm for computation of the KC-saturation of the nilradical of a polarizable theta-stable parabolic.
- Prehomogeneous spaces associated with real nilpotent orbits, with Alfred Noël, Journal of Algebra 305 (2006), pp. 194--269. An extension of our calculation of isotypic decompositions and relative invariants to prehomogeneous spaces arising via the Kostant-Sekiguchi correspondence from nilpotent orbits in real reductive Lie algebras.
- Prehomogeneous
spaces
associated with nilpotent orbits in simple real Lie algebras E
_{6(6)}and E_{6(-26) }, with Alfred Noël, Experimental Mathematics 15 (2006), pp. 455--469. Algorithmic determination of isotypic decompositions for exceptional simple real Lie algebras of non-inner type. - Toric degeneration of branching algebras, with Roger Howe, Soo-Teck Lee, Eng-Chye Tan, and Jeb Willenbring, Advances in Mathematics 220 (2009), pp. 1809--1841. Construction of canonical bases for symmetric pair branching algebras, leading to equivariant degeneration of branching varieties to affine toric varieties.
- A new approach to computing generators for U(g)^K, with Alfred Noël. An algorithm for computing generators for the centralizer of a maximal compact subgroup in the universal enveloping algebra of a reductive Lie algebra (to appear in Journal of Algebra).
- A short
note on nilpotent orbits associated to Coxeter cells,
with Alfred Noël (to appear in ACM
Communications
in Computer Algebra).

- A geometric proof of the Newell-Littlewood rule. A proof that certain products of classical nullcones admit flat equivariant deformations to products of a single nullcone and an affine space, leading to simple proof of the Newell-Littlewood rule governing decomposition of the corresponding classical tensor products (submitted).
- Nilpotent
orbits associated to Coxeter cells,
with Alfred
Noël. An algorithm to identify irreducible representations
of classical Weyl groups from their tau-signatures (i.e. the
sets
of parabolic subgroups admitting sign characters in the restriction).
For cell representations (and hence for their special irreducible
components) the tau-signature can be read off immediately from the
W-graph; in particular, in the context of the Atlas of Lie Groups and
Representations
project this gives a simple algorithm for computing the associated
variety of the annihilator of an irreducible Harish-Chandra module
(submitted).

- Invariant theory of the enveloping algebra. A description of primary and secondary $K$-invariants in the enveloping algebra of a symmetric pair.
- Orbit structure of Dynkin-Kostant spaces, with Alfred Noël. Full orbit decompositions and closure orderings for Dynkin-Kostant spaces arising from Z-graded complex reductive Lie algebras.
- Limited-depth Littlewood-Richardson cones and toric degeneration of the centralizer of a maximal compact in SU(p,q), with Sangjib Kim. A study of the centralizer of a maximal compact subgroup in the universal enveloping algebra of su(p,q), showing, in particular, that this algebra admits a SAGBI degeneration to the toric algebra associated with a polyhedral cone constructed in a straightforward manner from limited-depth Littlewood-Richardson cones, and utilizing a simplicial decomposition of the depth three LR cone to give explicit generators for U(g)^K in the cases g=su(p,2) and su(p,3).
- Conormality of nilpotent orbits in classical Lie Algebras, with Hervé Sabourin. Classification of nilpotent orbits whose centralizers admit complementary subalgebras.
- Conormality of nilpotent orbits in exceptional Lie Algebras, with Alfred Noël. Computer algebra project to find subalgebras complementary to the centralizers of nilpotent elements in exceptional Lie algebras.
- K-spherical flag varieties and multiplicity-free branching rules. An explicit determination of covariant algebras for certain affine spherical cones, leading to combinatorial (positive-sum) branching rules for the corresponding symmetric pairs.
- A
Macaulay2 package for computation of invariants of reductive group
actions.
An implementation of Derksen's algorithm for (infinite) reductive
algebraic groups.

Currently (spring 2012) I am teaching:

- Math 260 (Linear Algebra I).

Steven Glenn Jackson

Department of Mathematics

University of Massachusetts

100 Morrissey Boulevard

Boston, MA 02125-3393

Tel.: (617) 287-6469

Fax: (617) 287-6433

E-mail: jackson@math.umb.edu

Office: Sci-3-082

Drop-in office hours (fall 2011): Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2:00
p.m.--3:00 p.m.

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- My CV.
- The Mathematics Club at UMass Boston.
- The Mathematical Gazette, a weekly guide to mathematics happenings in the Boston area.
- The UMB Mathematics Department seminar schedule.
- MathSciNet, the American Mathematical Society's search engine for Mathematical Reviews.
- The ArXiv, my favorite preprint server.
- Healey Library at UMB.

Last updated January 24, 2012.