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This academic year we have four new Van Vleck Assistant
Professors, along with a large group of continuing Van Vlecks.
- Seung Yeal Ha received the PhD from Stanford University in
under the guidance of Tai-Ping Liu with a thesis ``L1
stability for systems of conservation laws with a non-resonant
moving source''. His Bachelor's degree is from Seoul National
University in Korea. From April to August 2000, Seung was a
research assistant at the ``Institute of Mathematics, Academia
Sinica.'' His research interests lie in nonlinear stability theory
of hyperbolic conservation laws and kinetic equations, and
hydrodynamic limit of some kinetic equations.
- William J. McGraw received the PhD from the University of
in 2001. His thesis advisors were Stephen Kudla and Lawrence
Washington. The title of his thesis is ``On the rationality of vector
valued modular forms.'' Bill has Bachelor's and Master's degrees from
Boston College in mathematics (and also economics for the B.A.). His
research interests are in number theory, specifically modular
forms and arithmetic properties of their Fourier coefficients.
Bill is supported half-time as a Number Theory Foundation
Postdoctoral Fellow, from a grant held by Ken Ono.
- Manuel A. de Macedo Portilheiro received the PhD from the
University of California - Berkeley in 2001. His thesis,
supervised by L. Craig Evans, is entitled ``Weak solutions of
nonlinear equations and relaxation limits''. His earlier degrees
are from the Technical University of Lisbon. Manuel is also
supported half-time as a Postdoctoral Fellow on an NSF Focused
Research Group Grant, under Mikhail Feldman.
His research areas are nonlinear PDE, conservation laws, and
- Govind Menon
received the PhD from Brown University in 2001. His thesis
``Geometric methods for the Maxwell-Bloch equations and the kinetics of
multiscale materials" was written under the guidance of G. Haller. He has
a Masters degree in theoretical and applied mechanics from Cornell
University and a Bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the
Indian Institute of Technology. His research interests lie in mathematical
problems in materials science and optics, and applied analysis. Govind
worked at the Max-Planck Institute for Mathematics in the Sciences during
the 2000-01 academic year.
- Malabika Pramanik received the PhD also from the University
California - Berkeley in 2001. Her thesis advisor at Berkeley was
Michael Christ. Malabika was a graduate student at Madison but
transferred to Berkeley after one year (1995-96). Her Bachelor's
and Master's degrees from the Indian Statistical Institute are in
statistics. She gives her research interests as harmonic analysis,
specifically scalar oscillatory integrals and oscillatory integral
operators, and almost everywhere convergence of Fourier series.
She is also interested in scattering theory and PDEs.
Continuing Van Vleck Assistant Professors are: Markus Banagl,
Yiftach Barnea, Rebecca Field, Dan Knopf, Rajesh Kulkarni, Ernesto
Charles McCoy, Chris Raymond, Bo Su, and Wojciech Wieczorek. Jeremy
Lovejoy has been
on leave this academic year enjoying a postdoctoral fellowship in
France and will return for 2002-03. Continuing Lecturers this year are
Marina Arav, Gwynneth Coogan, and Greg Lee.
Next fall, Markus Banagl will start a tenure-track job at the University
of Cincinnati; Dan Knopf takes up a position at the University of
Iowa; Rajesh Kulkarni will start a tenure-track job at Michigan
State University and Charles McCoy will enter the seminary of Notre Dame
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