I went to my first group meeting today and got to meet everyone. All of Professor Burke's students are really nice, but I don't know any of their names. I've decided to keep a low profile since graduate students are meant to be seen and not heard.
One of the post-docs, Miles, gave the first of a few talks on the renowned Density Matrix Renormalization Group (DMRG). Apparently the method is a computational way to renormalize density matrices in a group and a really slick way to calculate things in one dimension. I took good notes and will see if I can figure out what they mean as I go forward.