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- Alejandro Adem
- has been appointed to the Scientific Advisory
Committee of the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (Berkeley).
- Georgia Benkart,
- as the MAA (Mathematical Association of America) Pólya Lecture for the years 2000-02
(See Van Vleck Notes 2001), gave lectures at MAA sectional meetings
in New York, Illinois, Kentucky,
Wisconsin, and Nebraska-South Dakota. She also gave a joint MAA-AMS invited
hour talk at recent annual meetings in Atlanta, Georgia.
- Richard A. Brualdi
- has been elected to a three-year term on
the Editorial Boards Committee of the American Mathematical Society.
With Rajendra Bhatia of the Indian Statistical Institute, he is
organizing a 10 hour special session on ``The Many Facets of Linear
Algebra and Matrix Theory'' at the first joint meeting of the
American Mathematical Society (AMS) and Indian mathematicians,
to take place in Bangalore, India on December 17-20, 2003.
- Larry Farnsworth
- who has worked in our financial office as
Contracts Coordinator for many years has resigned his position in order to
assume a similar position in the Zoology Department. On November 1, 2002,
Larry was presented with a ``good luck'' gift in recognition of his important
service to the department. There was a cake in the finanicial office with
faculty invited to stop by and give good wishes to Larry.
- Jeremy Lovejoy,
- a VIGRE Van Vleck Assistant Professor, who
spent the 2001-02 academic year at the University of Paris VII on
a prestigious Chateaubriand Fellowship, has received a permanent
100% research CNRS position in France. These are highly
competitive positions, and it is very unusual for a non-French
citizen to be offered one. Jeremy is teaching a graduate course on
partitions and q-series this semester. He received the PhD at Penn
State university in 2000 where he was supervised by George Andrews
and Ken Ono.
- Alex Nagel
- has been appointed to the editorial board of the
Transactions of the American Mathematical Society.
- Ken Ono
- gave an invited lecture in November 2002 at the Beckman
Institute of the U.S. National Academy of Science as part of the 2002
Chinese-American Frontiers of Science Symposium. He has selected to be the
principal lecturer for an NSF-CBMS (Conference Board of the Mathematical
Sciences) Conference. The conference, entitled `The Web Modularity', will be
held at the University of Illinois in Urbana in June 2003. As the principal
lecturer, Ken will be delivering 10 lectures on modular forms and will also be
writing a book in the American Mathematical Society's CBMS Monograph Series.
Present or Emeriti UW Madison faculty who have been CBMS lecturers include
Walter Rudin, Mary Ellen Rudin, Richard Askey, Peter Orlik, Donald Passman,
and Paul Rabinowitz. In addition, Ken will be giving the Milton Brockett
Porter Lectures (four lectures) at Rice University in Houston, Texas in March
2003. Previous Porter Lecturers include S.T. Yau, Arthur Jaffe,
Peter Sarnak, Michael Atiyah, and Janos Kollar.
- Peter Orlik
- is one of the organizers of the Fall 2004
program on Hyperplane Arrangements and Applications at the
Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (Berkeley).
- James Propp
- gave an invited lecture at a conference on
Combinatorics and Solvable Lattice Models held in July, 2002 at the
Australian National University in Canberra. The conference was in
Australia, but Jim gave the
talk via phone-link, and with computer support, from his kitchen in Cambridge,
Massachusetts! Jim will be giving an invited lecture at a conference on Number
Theory and Combinatorics in Physics in March, 2003 at the University of
Florida, Gainesville. After a two year absence, Jim is looking forward to
returning to Madison (and we are looking forward to having him back among
- Arun Ram
- has been appointed as an editor-in-chief of the
Journal of Algebraic Combinatorics and as an advisory editor of
the Journal of Combinatorial Theory, Series A.
- The Walter Rudin Student Series in Advanced Mathematics
- has been announced by the Mathematics & Statistics Publishing Group of
McGraw-Hill Higher Education. The editor-in-chief of this new
is Steven G. Krantz of Washington University in St. Louis.
- Timo Seppäläinen
- received the prize ``Prix Institut
Henri-Poincaré / Gauthier-Villars'' for the best paper in the
Probabilités and Statistiques series of the journal Annales de l'Institut
Henri Poincare published in the year 2000. The title of his paper is: Strong
law of large numbers for the interface in ballistic deposition. The prize
included a medal and 1500 euros. The award ceremony took place at the
Institute in June 2002, and included presentations by the recipients for the
different series, along with a champagne reception and a fancy dinner. Timo
also gave an invited plenary lecture at NORDSTAT 2002, the 19th Nordic
Conference on Mathematical Statistics in June, 2002.
- Marshall Slemrod
- will spend two months (May/June 2003) at the
Isaac Newton Mathematics Institute in Cambridge, participating in the
special program on Nonlinear Hyperbolic PDE's.
- Robert Turner
- is in Pisa this winter. As part of the program
at the Scuola Normale he is giving a month-long course ``An Introduction to
Neural Dynamics.'' The aim of this short course is ``to acquaint the
listener with the ionic basis for voltage variations in single neurons
and to discuss models of small numbers of interconnected neurons.''