2004 Van Vleck Notes
Sabbaticals and Leaves
- Amir Assadi
- is based in Madison during his academic year
and is making a sequence of short visits to the laboratories of his
collaborators across the country (Cambridge, Houston, Bloomington and Salk
Institute in San Diego). He was also invited to join the Genome Center of
Wisconsin as an Affiliate last Fall, so the intervening intervals are
spent at GCW, where there are a group of active and energetic post
doctoral fellow and graduate students. His time is primarily spent between
learning more molecular and systems biology, and collaborating with
various laboratories on modeling the brain function and some new projects
in systems biology. He attended the joint Annual Meeting in Phoenix, where
he was invited to give a lecture in the Special Sessions on: Mathematical
Modeling in Neuroscience, Biomedicine, Genetics and Epidemiology,
- Georgia Benkart
- is on sabbatical leave for the whole academic
During the fall semester, she attended a meeting in Banff (which she
coorganized) and an international conference at the Korea Institute for
Advanced Study in Seoul. When she wasn't on visits to Canada to work on
research projects with collaborators there or working on finishing a
monograph on the Recognition Theorem (a missing piece of the puzzle of the
classification of simple modular Lie algebras), she has been in Madison
checking up on her doctoral students. One finished in August, one in
December, and three are hoping to finish in May.
- Thomas Kurtz
- is spending the academic year at the Institute
Mathematics and its Applications (IMA) at the University of Minnesota
where he is helping to lead a year-long program on Probability and
Statistics in Complex Systems. In December, Tom took two weeks off from
IMA to visit India where he spoke in the Conference on Stochastic
Processes and Interacting Particle Systems at the Indian Statistical
Institute in Delhi.
Others on non-sabbatical leave this year are:
- Anatole Beck
- (spring semester, 2003-04) at the London
School of Economics
- Alexander Kiselev
- (spring semester, 2003-04) at Princeton
- Donald Passman
- (spring semester, 2003-04) at the Center for
Research in LaJolla, California.
- Thanos Tzavaras
- (academic year, 2003-04) at the University of
2004-05 Academic Year
Eight faculty have been awarded sabbaticals for 2004-05.
- Yong-Geun Oh
- will spend the academic year at Stanford
on homology theory and symplectic geometry. He plans to write a monograph
on these subjects.
- Peter Orlik
- will have an academic year sabbatical and will
spend the fall
semester at MSRI in Berkeley where he is one of the organizers of the
program on Hyperplane Arrangements and Applications.
- Yongbin Ruan
- plans to spend a fall semester sabbatical at
University and the Institute for Advanced Study doing research on
applications of topology and geometry to physics. He plans to write a
graduate level text in this area.
- Leslie Smith
- will spend an academic year sabbatical
doing interdisciplinary research at Los Alamos National Laboratories,
with shorter visits to Harvard University.
- Dietrich Uhlenbrock
- will have an academic year sabbatical in
plans to explore alternate modes of instruction at the precalculus level,
and to prepare a modified calculus curriculum featuring applications to
- Stephen Wainger
- plans to spend a spring semester sabbatical at Princeton
University working on problems at the interface of harmonic analysis,
number theory, and ergodic theory.
- Fabian Waleffe
- will spend an academic year
sabbatical at Los Alamos National Laboratories working on problems of
turbulence, with shorter visits to Harvard University.