NO. 7                                                          UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA - NEWSLETTER OF THE SCHOOL OF MATHEMATICS                              FEBRUARY 2000


-From the Department Head
-Award & Recognitions
-Academic Visitors
-Retirements & Resignations
-Symposium for Prof. Serrin's
  75th Birthday
-Speaking Invitations &
  Other Notable Activities
-Conference for Prof. Krylov's
  60th Birthday
-Conference for Prof.
  Aronson's 70th Birthday
-Riviere-Fabes Symposium
-Actuarial Program
-Research Experiences for
-School of Math Fall Picnic
-School of Math Holiday Party
-NCS-MAA Mathematics Contest
-Graduate Program
-MN Center for Industrial
-IMA Math Modeling Wkshop
-IMA Update
-Contacting Us


Regents' Professor Avner Friedman was an invited plenary speaker at the International Conference on Nonlinear Parabolic Equations, Tel Aviv, Israel, June 2000, and participated in the program on "Free Boundary Problems in Industry" held at the Isaac Newton Institute in Cambridge, England, July 30 to August 5. He also served as a member of the organizing committee for the conference "Homogenization and Materials Science" held at the University of Akron, Ohio, September 15-17, 2000, as well as moderator for the panel discussion, "The Future of Homogenization", at this conference. Professor Friedman also gave an invited lecture entitled "Free Boundary Problems in Mathematical Biology" at the Conference on Singularities Arising in Nonlinear Problems in Kyoto, Japan, December 4-6, 2000, and accepted an invitation to serve on the Scientific Advisory Board of the Institute for Mathematical Sciences at the University of Singapore.

Professor Paul Garrett will be an invited speaker at the annual meeting of the Minnesota Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges and the Minnesota Council of Teachers of Mathematics to be held in April 2001 in Duluth. He will give presentations about his innovative courses on Cryptology and Coding Theory, and about the on-line calculus exercises he developed for our first-semester calculus, and which have now been in use for one-and-half years.

Professor Dihua Jiang was an invited participant and speaker at the Automorphic Forms Semester held at the Institut Henri Poincare, Paris, during May-June 2000. He will also be an invited speaker at a conference on automorphic forms and number theory to be held in March 2001 at Hebrew University, Jerusalem.

Professor Willard Miller has been appointed to the Organizing Committee for the 2001 Annual Meeting of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM), to be held in San Diego, July 9-13. Willard is organizing plenary talks and special minisymposia on networks, including wired networks (such as most of the internet) and wireless networks. These sessions will be coordinated with two workshops to be held in Minnesota at the IMA in early August 2001: "Mathematical Opportunities in Network Dynamics" and "Wireless Networks."

Professor Peter Olver is a member of the organizing committee for the Year on Multimedia taking place during the current academic year at the Institute for Mathematics and its Applications (IMA) (for more information on IMA activities see the IMA update near the end of this Newsletter). He was also a member of the organizing committee for Special Session on Integrable Systems, at the First Joint International Meeting of the AMS and the Hong Kong Mathematical Society, Hong Kong, December 13 - 17, 2000. He will be an invited speaker at the international conference "Differential Equations and Related Topics" dedicated to 100th anniversary of birthday of the prominent Russian mathematician I.G.Petrovskii (1901-1973). The conference will be held in Moscow, May 22-27, 2001.

Professor Hans Othmer is the principal organizer of a semester long program titled "From Individual to Collective Behaviour in Biological Systems". The program will take place at the Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences, Cambridge, U.K., September-December, 2001. Incorporating individual aspects of behaviour into macroscopic descriptions of population behaviour poses challenging mathematical problems, requiring methods from a wide range of areas. Four major biological areas to be studied are (1) Physiology, (2) Developmental Biology, (3) Stochastic Spatial Ecology, and (4) Theoretical Immunology. In addition to mathematicians, leading biologists will also take part in the program.

Regents' Professor Emeritus James Serrin was a keynote speaker at the Third World Congress of Nonlinear Analysts in Catania, July 22-28. In addition, he was an invited speaker at other meetings at Bologna, Perugia, Rome and Pisa. He also contributed a paper on Jean Leray's work on differential equations to a special volume of the Gazette des Mathématiciens of the Société Mathématique de France, dedicated to the life and work of Leray. In the forthcoming months he will give the Hubbard Invited Lecture at the University of North Texas; a keynote address at the conference on Dynamics of Continuous, Discrete and Impulsive Systems in London, Canada; and he is an invited speaker at seventieth birthday conferences for Donald Aronson and for J. Bryce McLeod; finally he is an invited speaker for EQUADIFF 2001 in Prague and for the conference on Quasilinear Elliptic and Parabolic Systems and Equations in Luminy (Marseilles).
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