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CAIMS*SCMAI E-News Volume 02 Number 2
March 8, 2002

Editor: Sue Ann Campbell (


1. Election Reminder

2. CAIMS*SCMAI Membership Drive

3. CAIMS*SCMAI 2002 in Calgary – June 8-10

4. NASA Goddard Space Flight Center’s Top Story

5. Math Awareness Month – April, 2002

6. Post-doctoral Research Position in Applied Math at Waterloo

7. Canada Research Chair in Applied and Computational Math at Simon Fraser

8.* SIAM 50th Anniversary and Annual Meeting: July 8-12, 2002

9.* Dynamics Days Europe: July 15–19, 2002

10.* IMACS Workshop on Adaptive Methods for PDE’S: August 6-9, 2002

11.* International Congress of Mathematicians: August 20-28, 2002

12.* Fourth Butler Memorial Conference: June 17-21, 2003

13.* ICIAM 2003: July 7-11, 2003

14. CAIMS*SCMAI E-News Information

* Links to the web pages for these and other conferences can be found
by clicking on “Related Links” at the CAIMS*SCMAI home page



Election Reminder

All members in good standing should have recently received a ballot for
the election. Please be sure to return it by March 28, 2002 to

Sue Ann Campbell
Department of Applied Mathematics
University of Waterloo
Waterloo ON
N2L 3G1



CAIMS*SCMAI Membership Drive

As you may know, at the 2001 Annual Meeting in Victoria, CAIMS/SCMAI
decided to launch a membership drive. The Membership Committee
consists of Mike Foreman, Martin Gander, Abba Gumel, Ken Jackson
(chair), Paul Muir and Steve Ruuth.

We have had some success so far, but there is more to be done.
Therefore, we are asking for your help with the membership drive. We
would greatly appreciate your taking any opportunity you can to
encourage your colleagues and students to join CAIMS/SCMAI. In many
institutions, the membership fee can be reimbursed from your
professional allowance.

One of our goals is to increase the number of life-members. The cost
is only $600 and it saves you the trouble of paying the annual fee.
Junior faculty members benefit the most from this option. Please
consider becoming a life-member of CAIMS/SCMAI.

Also, please check if your department is an institutional member of
CAIMS/SCMAI. If not, please encourage your department head to join.

Some of the benefits of being a CAIMS/SCMAI member include:

* Free subscription to the CAIMS/SCMAI Newsletter and the CAIMS/SCMAI
Membership Directory. The CAIMS/SCMAI Newsletter, E-news and webpage
help to keep you up-to-date on Applied Math News in Canada.

* Registration for the CAIMS/SCMAI Annual Meeting at reduced rates.
The CAIMS/SCMAI Annual Meeting is an excellent opportunity to present
research, hear about significant new work, and meet colleagues.
CAIMS/SCMAI plans to introduce a proceedings for the Annual Meeting.
This will give members an opportunity to publish their work in a
respected forum.

* Cost-effective membership in a Society devoted to the support and
development of Applied Mathematics as a distinct discipline in
Canada. CAIMS/SCMAI represents Canadian Applied Mathematicians
within Canada, to such agencies as NSERC, and also internationally,
to such organizations as ICIAM.

* Support for CAIMS/SCMAI prizes recognizing significant contributions
to Canadian Applied Mathematics. For many years, we’ve awarded a
Doctoral Dissertation Award. We’re planning to introduce a
CAIMS/SCMAI Research Award soon and possibly a CAIMS/SCMAI Junior
Research Award (for young researchers) after that.

* Subscription to The Canadian Applied Mathematics Quarterly at a
discounted rate. (Only $40 per year!).

* Affiliated membership in Gesellschaft fur Angewandte Mathematik und
Mechanik (GAMM) at two-thirds the current GAMM subscription rate.

Membership forms (both individual and institutional) can be found on
the CAIMS/SCMAI webpages

– Ken Jackson, CAIMS*SCMAI President-Elect



CAIMS*SCMAI 2002 Annual Meeting
June 8-10, 2002
University of Calgary

Plenary Speakers:

Anne Bourlioux, Universite de Montreal
Nira Dyn, Tel Aviv
Robert Elliott, University of Calgary
Ann Gargett, Old Dominion University
Jerrold Marsden, Caltech
Hilary Ockendon, University of Oxford
Paul Sullivan, University of Western Ontario
Gordon Swaters, University of Alberta


Computational Finance (Ali Lari-Lavassani, Organizer)
Hamiltonian Systems (Larry Bates, Organizer)
Environmental Mathematics (Paul Sullivan and Philip Chatwin, Organizers)
Fluid Dynamics (Sam Shen and T. Bryant Moodie, Organizers)
Applied Mathematics Education (Indy Lagu, Organizer)
Mathematical Aspects of Graphics and Visualization (Len Bos, Organizer)
Modelling (Rex Westbrook, organizer)
Poster Session

Local Organizing Committee:

Profs. Paul Binding and Tony Ware
Department Mathematics and Statistics
University of Calgary,,

More details on registration, accommodation etc can be found at the conference
web site:



NASA Goddard Space Flight Center’s Top Story

Sam Shen’s research work was on the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center’s
Top Story press release on January 15, 2002. Sam and his collaborators
developed a new method that greatly improves U.S. seasonal forecasts. The
new technique could raise the bar for predicting seasonal precipitation by
10 to 20 percent for all seasons in the United States.

The new method looks at changes in sea surface temperatures in various ocean
basins, and then weighs their individual impacts on regional climate to greatly
increase predictability of precipitation during all seasons. Changes in sea
surface temperatures strongly influence atmospheric winds, climate and weather.
The paper presents results applied to the U.S. continent, where we show that
the potential predictability can be raised 10 to 20 percent above traditional
methods, said William Lau, a senior researcher at Goddard and lead author of
the paper. “The scheme can be applied to other regions as well. It raises the
bar for seasonal and inter-annual climate forecasts.”

The paper was presented on January 15 at the American Meteorology Society
meeting in Orlando, Fla. The study will also be published in an upcoming issue
of the journal Geophysical Research Letters. W.K.M. Lau, K.M. Kim and
S.S.P. Shen, Potential predictability of seasonal precipitation over the
United States, Geophys. Res. Lett. (2002). Samuel Shen was responsible for
developing the statistical algorithms of the forecasting. See S.S.P. Shen,
K.M. Lau, K.M. Kim and G. Li, A canonical ensemble correlation prediction
model for seasonal precipitation anomaly, NASA Technical Memorandum,
NASA-TM-2001-209989, 2001.

Samuel Shen is a member of the CAIMS/SCMAI and a professor of mathematical and
statistical sciences at the University of Alberta. For the complete press
release and the article about the use of sea surface temperatures to forecast
seasonal precipitation, go to:




April, 2002, is the annual Math Awareness Month this year. It is sponsored by
the Joint Policy Board for Mathematics (AMS/MAA/SIAM) as a sequence of public
awareness events mainly directed at young people (undergrad science majors,
e.g.) and the general public to inform them about ways in which mathematics
and its uses can be important. This year’s theme is “Math and the Genome”.
There is a web page which gives more information:

+ a few brief essays about the theme for the general public

+ some resource materials such as bibliographic and web references

+ a downloadable poster designed for the Month (hard copy can be ordered)

+ a rolling registry of events on campuses and in local science
institutions around the country focusing on the theme

The main URL is

Link from there to other features. In particular, you might consider adding a
link to your webpage, or to any page where science undergrads or the general
public might be likely to see it. The link icon is available at

Consider organizing a local observance to turn young people on to the
excitement of this rapidly emerging scientific area! You can check the
website for what others will do as this develops. Help others and make a note
on the activities bulletin board of anything which you plan to do. For
questions and additional suggestions, write to Annette Emerson (
or the members of this year’s advisory committee, who can be e-mailed via:



From: Kirsten Morris <>
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2002

Post-doctoral Research Position in Applied Math at Waterloo

Applications are invited for a post-doctoral research position in the
Department of Applied Mathematics at the University of Waterloo.
The focus of the research will be the computational aspects of control of
partial differential equations. The appointment will be for one year, with
the possibility of renewal for a second year.The starting date of appointment
is on or after May 1, 2002.

Interested individuals should send a curriculum vitae, two or three selected
reprints/preprints and the names of three references to:

Kirsten Morris
Department of Applied Mathematics
University of Waterloo
Waterloo, ON N2L 3G1

Applications will be processed as they are received.



From: Math Chair Secretary <>
Date: Wed, 20 Feb 2002

Tier II Canada Research Chair
in Applied and Computational Mathematics

The Department of Mathematics at Simon Fraser University invites
applications for a tier 2 Canada Research Chair in applied and
computational mathematics. The Canada Research Chair Program is
supported by the Government of Canada and was established to
enable Canadian Universities to achieve the highest levels of
research excellence. Information about the program may be found

Candidates should have a PhD, be identifiable as having the
potential to lead their fields in research, and have demonstrated
interest and ability in teaching. Appointments will be made in
accordance with the university’s strategic research plan. See our
web page at for further information on
the department. The salary and rank will be based on
qualifications and experience. The appointment will be made at
the assistant or associate professor level. The start date is
expected to be between January 1, 2003, and September 1, 2003.

SFU is committed to the principle of equity in employment and
encourages applications from all qualified candidates, including
aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities, members of visible
minorities and women. All such candidates are encouraged to apply;
however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given

Applications, including a curriculum vitae and descriptive
statements on research plans and teaching activities, should be
sent by May 1, 2002, to:

CRC Search
Department of Mathematics
Simon Fraser University
8888 University Drive
Burnaby, BC V5A 1S6

Please arrange for letters of reference to be sent, in confidence,
from six referees. We thank all applicants in advance; only those
short-listed will be contacted.
The position is subject to final budgetary approval.



From: Sam Shen <>
Date: Sat, 2 Mar 2002

SIAM 50th Anniversary and 2002 Annual Meeting
July 8-12, 2002
Philadelphia, PA USA

A celebration of SIAM’s 50th birthday, this special annual meeting will look at
the strides made by industrial and applied mathematics during the past 50 years
and will peek as far as we can see into the next 50. The meeting themes cover
SIAM’s interests, a partial list of which ranges

from analysis to applications,
from computing to control to computational science,
from dynamics to design,
from linear algebra to life sciences,
from optimization to outreach.

The program features plenary lectures, topical presentations, contributed talks,
prizes, minitutorials, the community lecture, and, of course, minisymposia,
along with diversity day, an evening of professional development, and a gala
dinner. Please join us for this remarkable gathering.

Invited Plenary Speakers

* Ingrid Daubechies, Princeton University
* Martin Groetschel, ZIB and TU, Berlin
* Philip J. Holmes, Princeton University
* Cleve B. Moler, The MathWorks
* George C. Papanicolaou, Stanford University

Organizing Committee

Marsha J. Berger, Courant Institute, New York University
Heinz Engl, Johannes Kepler Universitat, Linz
Martin Golubitsky (co-chair), University of Houston
Walter Strauss, Brown University
Margaret H. Wright (co-chair), Courant Institute, New York University



From: Sue Ann Campbell <>
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2002

Announcement and Call for Extended Abstracts


XXII. Dynamics Days Europe 2002
Heidelberg, Germany —- July 15–19, 2002


Dynamics Days Europe is a major international conference with a long
tradition aimed at covering the entire field of dynamics and
nonlinearity. The XXIInd event in this tradition will take place in

Heidelberg, July 15-19, 2002

at the communication center of the German Cancer Research Center
on the campus of the University of Heidelberg.


The focus of the conference will be on new developments in modelling,
mathematical foundations, applications and experiments. The invited
sessions cover

Computational Physics Patterns and Waves
Dynamical Systems Nonlinear Quantum Effects
Engineering and Optimization Statistical Physics
Fluid Dynamics Stochastics and Applications
Life Sciences Structured Devices


W. Achtziger (U Erlangen) K. Mischaikow (Georgia Tech)
L. Arnold (U Bremen) M. Moeller (U Ulm)
G. Benettin (U Padova) S. Mueller (MPI Leipzig)
E. Brener (FZ Juelich) Z. Noszticzius (TU Budapest)
J. Eggers (U Essen) R. Phair (NIH Bethesda)
M. Eiswirth (FHI Berlin) H. A. Posch (U Vienna)
G. Falkovich (Weizmann) I. Procaccia (Weizmann)
T. Fukuda (Nagoya U) D. Quere (College de France)
E. D. Gilles (MPI Magdeburg) D. Ruelle (IHES Paris)
G. I. Goldburg (U Pittsburgh) K. Sacha (U Krakow)
M. Inagaki (Toyota CRDL) B. Sandstede (Ohio State)
W. Just (TU Chemnitz) B. Schmittmann (Virginia Tech)
Y. G. Kevrekidis (Princeton) H. Schomerus (MPI Dresden)
P. Kotelenez (CWRU Cleveland) C. Schuette (TU Berlin)
G. Leuchs (U Erlangen) A. K. Sood (IISC Bangalore)
M. Marek (ICT Prague) A. Stevens (MPI Leipzig)
H. Matano (U Tokyo) P. Tabeling (ENS Paris)
P. Mendes (Virginia Tech) L.-S. Young (CIMS New York)
A. Mielke (U Stuttgart) J. Zhang (CIMS New York)
A. S. Mikhailov (FHI Berlin)


deadline for abstracts March 31, 2002
notification of acceptance May 1, 2002
deadline for registration May 15, 2002
reservation of accommodation recommended in the course of April

Participants are invited to contribute their recent results in all
areas of nonlinear dynamics. Based on a refereeing of extended
abstracts (two pages) a limited number of contributions will be
selected for oral presentation. By late February details on electronic
registration, submission of extended abstracts and booking of
accommodation can be accessed at the conference home page

Contributed talks will be scheduled in parallel sessions with two talks at a
time. Posters are on display during the whole conference, in addition
to special poster sessions. Reviving an old tradition of Dynamics Days
there will be awards for the best poster presentations.

ORGANIZERS: Jens Starke (U Heidelberg)
Juergen Vollmer (MPI Mainz)
SCIENTIFIC HOST: Roland Eils (German Cancer Research Center)
SPONSORS: Sonderforschungsbereich 359
German Cancer Research Center, Heidelberg
Max-Planck-Institute for Polymer Research, Mainz



From: Ken Jackson <>
Date: Thu, 14 Feb 2002

First Announcement and Call for Papers

6-9 AUGUST 2002
The Fields Institute, Toronto

As part of the Fields Institute’s year on “Numerical and Computational
Challenges in Science and Engineering”, we are organizing a Workshop on
Adaptive Methods for Partial Differential Equations. This workshop,
which is co-sponsored by IMACS and the Fields Institute for Research in
Mathematical Sciences, will be held 6-9 August 2002 at the Fields
Institute in Toronto.

Adaptive methods for partial differential equations (PDEs) are the most
effective computational approach for a large class of PDEs that arise
in many important applications in science and engineering. This area
has grown steadily during the past two decades. This workshop will
bring together leading researchers from around the world to address
both theoretical and computational aspects of adaptive methods for PDEs
and to foster stronger collaboration between mathematicians, engineers
and scientists.

* A posterior error estimation
* Adaptive H-p refinement
* Adaptivity with complex geometry
* Implementation of adaptive codes
* Moving mesh techniques and applications
* Adaptive spectral methods
* Nonlinear analysis
* Adaptive modeling
* Applications of adaptive methods

* Paul Fisher, Argonne National Laboratories, U.S.A
* Joseph E. Flaherty, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, U.S.A.
* Benqi Guo, University of Manitoba, Canada (Co-Chairman)
* Kenneth R. Jackson, University of Toronto, Canada (Co-Chairman)
* Robert D. Russell, Simon Fraser University, Canada

* Mark Ainsworth, Strathclyde University, Scotland
* Ivo Babuska, University of Texas at Austin, U.S.A.
* Martin Berzins, University of Leeds, U.K.
* Anne Bourlioux, University of Montreal, Canada
* Leszek Demkowicz, University of of Texas at Austin, U.S.A.
* Oleg Vassilyev, University of Missouri, U.S.A.
* Jinchao Xu, Penn State University, U.S.A.

The program will consist of invited lectures (45 minutes each), and
contributed talks (30 minutes each). If you wish to contribute a talk,
please send a one-page abstract, written in English, related to the
topics of the conference, by 30 April 2002. The abstract should
include: names(s) and affiliation(s) of author(s), as well as the
address, e-mail address, phone and fax numbers of the contact person.
Authors are kindly requested to submit their abstracts via e-mail in
plain LaTeX (or plain AMS Tex) to:

Prof. Benqi Guo
Mathematics Department, University of Manitoba
Fax: 204 – 474 7611

For more details about the workshop, please see our webpage…



From: Sam Shen <>
Date: Sat, 2 Mar 2002

International Congress of Mathematicians
August 20-28, 2002
Beijing, China

The next International Congress of Mathematicians will take place in Beijing,
China, from Tuesday, August 20, through Wednesday, August 28, 2002. There will
be 20 one-hour Plenary Lectures covering recent developments in the major areas
of mathematics and 169 forty-five-minute Invited Lectures.

Plenary speakers:

* Alon, Noga, Mathematics, Tel Aviv U. , Israel
* Arnold, Douglas Norman, IMA, U. Minnesota, USA
* Bressan, Alberto, S.I.S.S.A. Italy
* Caffarelli, Luis Angel, Mathematics, U. Texas at Austin, USA
* Chang, Sun-Yung Alice, Mathematics, Princeton, USA
* Donoho, David Leigh, Statistics, Stanford, USA
* Faddeev, Ludwig Dmitrievich, Steklov Mathematical Institute, Russia
* Goldwasser, Shafi, MIT Laboratory for Computer Science, USA ;
Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel
* Haagerup, Uffe, Mathematics and Computer Science,
U. Southern Denmark, Denmark
* Hopkins, Michael Jerome, Mathematics, MIT, USA
* Kac, Victor, Mathematics, MIT, USA
* Kesten, Harry, Mathematics, Cornell, USA
* Kirwan, Frances Clare, Mathematical Institute, Oxford, United Kingdom
* Lafforgue, Laurent, Institut Des Hautes Etudes Scientifiques (IHES), France
* Mumford, David B, Applied Mathematics, Brown, USA
* Nakajima, Hiraku, Mathematics, Kyoto U, Japan
* Siu, Yum-Tong, Mathematics, Harvard, USA
* Taylor, Richard Lawrence, Mathematics, Harvard, USA
* Tian, Gang, Mathematics, MIT, USA; Mathematics, Peking U., China
* Witten, Edward, Institute for Advanced Study, School of Natural Sciences, USA

Every registered participant (traditionally called Ordinary Member) of the
Congress will have the opportunity to give a short presentation, either during
a poster session or in the form of a fifteen-minute lecture.

More information about the ICM and registration can be found from



From: Joseph So <>
Date: Thu, 7 Mar 2002

Fourth Butler Memorial Conference

We would like to announce the Fourth Butler Memorial Conference
which will be held in Edmonton, June 17 – 21, 2003.
There is a preliminary website at
Your help in forwarding this announcement to all interested
colleagues, postdocs and students will be greatly appreciated.



From: Bob Russell <>
Date: Thu, 31 Jan 2002

ICIAM 2003
July 7-11, 2003
Sydney, Australia

* Quarterly Update *


The registration circular should be available at the end of March, 2002,
and will contain full details of the Congress including registration fees,
accommodation, program for accompanying persons, social events
and pre-and post-congress tours.

Delegates can make presentations in three ways:

organising or speaking in a minisymposium
making a contributed presentation
making a poster presentation

Deadlines for submissions will be posted on our web site
We plan to accept submissions of abstracts on-line by early April 2002.

Embedded meetings

* an Australian-New Zealand Mathematics Convention, incorporating:
the Winter meeting of the Australian Mathematical Society, and
the New Zealand Mathematics Colloquium
* the 2003 Computational Techniques and Applications Conference (CTAC)
* the 17th National Congress of the Australian Society for Operations Research
* the 2nd National Symposium on Financial Mathematics
* the 5th Biennial Engineering Mathematics and Applications Conference

For more information and updates see



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