UK Nonlinear News, November 2001

Center for the Study of Biocomplexity at the University of Notre Dame

The University of Notre Dame has just set up a new Center for the Study of Biocomplexity involving some 40 faculty at Notre Dame and a variety of other institutions.

The initial focuses of the Center are:

  1. Biological networks (at all scales from genetic control networks to neural networks
  2. Cytoskeleton and cell motility (including molecular motors) and
  3. Organogenesis/tissue formation and mechanics.

The departments at Notre Dame would also be interested in people with a device oriented background (confocal microscopy, CT, MRI or synchrotron X-Ray tomography). There is also the possibility of work with the well established and rapidly growing Nanotechnology Center here.

Notre Dame has numerous openings in biological physics/biophysics/biology/biomathematics/bioengineering this year. The appointments may be at different level from assistant to chaired professor with either experimental, computational or theoretical emphasis.

The University is making a strong, long term commitment in this direction with a new building under discussion and hires this year planned in the Departments of Mathematics, Physics, Chemical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science and Aerospace Engineering. The Department of Biological Sciences is also looking for someone in biological physics with a cell biology focus.

We would ask you to encourage your colleagues to apply for one of these positions -- salaries and start-up packages are very competitive and we feel that it is an exciting time to come to Notre Dame. I'd very much appreciate it if you would forward this letter--we would also be interested in making contact with promising younger researchers -- senior graduate students or early stage postdocs of exceptional promise who might be looking for faculty positions in two or three years time.

We would encourage applicants to contact multiple departments if appropriate and especially, to let us know when and to whom they have sent an application so that we can follow it up with the appropriate people. Joint and concurrent appointments are a definite possibility. Some of these positions may not have been advertised yet, but all departments are currently accepting applications. We encourage applicants to apply as soon as possible if they have any interest. All applications will be treated as confidential.

In addition we are looking for both experimental and theoretical/computational postdocs to join our ongoing NSF funded project on chick limb development (Professor Galzier, Department of Physics, Professor Alber, Department of Mathematics, Professor Jesus Izaguirre, Department of Computer Science), Professor Stuart Newman (NY Medical College), Professor Gabor Forgacs (University of Missouri, Columbia) and Professor George Hentschel (Emory University). If you have any promising graduate students who might be interested for this year or next year, please have them send their applications directly to me. These postdocs could be for up to four years duration. Please check our web site for more information:

For faculty positions please send your applications materials to:

Professor Bruce Bunker, Chair Department of Physics, 225 Nieuwland, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana 46556-4618, USA
(Interests) All branches of experimental and theoretical biological physics.

Professor Steven Buechler, Chair Department of Mathematics, 255B Hurley, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana 46556-4618, USA
(Interests) Stochastic analysis, biomathematics, pattern formation.

Professor Graham Lappin, Chair Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, 254 Nieuwland,University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana 46556-4618, USA
(Interests) Computational biochemistry, cell motility and cytoskeleton, cell adhesion (experimental or theoretical)

Professor Jack Duman, Chair Department of Biological Sciences, 107C Galvin
(Interests) Theoretical or experimental issues related to cell biology.

Professor Mark McCready, Chair Dept. of Chemical Engineering, 182A Fitzpatrick, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana 46556-4618, USA
(Interests) All areas of experimental and theoretical biophysics and bioengineering.

Professor Yih-fang Huang, Chair Dept. of Electrical Engineering, 275 Fitzpatrick, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana 46556-4618, USA
(Interests) Bioengineering and Instrument design, nanotechnology.

Professor Kevin Bowyer, Chair Dept. of Computer Science and Engineering, 384 Fitzpatrick, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana 46556-4618, USA
(Interests) Computational biology, finite element modelling of biological materials and tissues.

Professor Robert Nelson, Chair Dept. of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, 365A Fitzpatrick, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana 46556-4618, USA
(Interests) Biomechanics, biomimetics, instrument development, finite element modelling of biological materials and tissues.

For all enquiries and for postdoctoral positions please cc to me and Professor James Glazier, Department of Physics, 316 Nieuwland, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana 46556-4618, USA

The mailing address for the university is

University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame,
IN 46556-5670


Mark Alber
Professor of Applied Mathematics
Associate Director Center for the Study of Biocomplexity

Department of Mathematics
255 Hurley Building
University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, Indiana 46556-4618
(219) 631-8371 (Office)
(219) 631-7245 (Department)
(219) 631-6579 (Fax)

Institute in systems science launched at National University of Ireland Maynooth

Following the recent announcement of the first round of strategic research awards, Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) has awarded an initial seed grant of almost £5M to establish the Hamilton Institute at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth. The objective of this award is to create a world-class centre for research in systems science.

The Hamilton Institute is a multi-disciplinary research institute which seeks to exploit the natural synergies which exist between computer science, mathematics, physics and engineering. The Institute is committed to research excellence, and aims to establish a unique environment in which a team of inter-disciplinary researchers can closely interact. The SFI award will be used to support a research programme tackling a broad range of fundamental issues relating to systems formed from strongly interacting/co-operating software and physical elements.

Please visit our web site at

Enquiries to Professor Douglas Leith (

Source: Douglas Leith (

London Mathematical Society Invited Lecture Series: Pierre van Moerbeke

The web-page of the 2002 LMS Invited course by Professor Pierre van Moerbeke, (``Random matrices, random permutations and integrable lattices") to be held in Leeds (June 27-July 2 2002), is now available:

Source: Vadim Kuznetsov

Southern Bifurcation Group Update

The Southern Bifurcation group is glad to acknowledge continuing support from the London Mathematical Society: its Scheme 3 grant has been generously renewed for the year 2001/02. Meetings are tentatively planned at Southampton (geometry and singularity) and Exeter (bifurcations and statistics of intermittent dynamics) in spring and summer 2002.

For further information and to join the mailing list contact David Chillingworth (tel 02380 593677) and keep an eye on the web page

Source: David Chillingworth (

News from the Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford

As part of the new Oxford-Princeton Research Partnership, the Mathematical Institute is developing with the Program for Applied and Computational Mathematics and the Mathematics Department at Princeton a wide-ranging collaborative venture involving exchanges of students, postdocs and faculty and joint research projects.

Source: John Ball.

Three Postdoctoral Appointments in Applied Mathematics in Leeds

Three young researchers have recently joined the growing Nonlinear Dynamics group in the Department of Applied Mathematics at the University of Leeds.

Rob Sturman arrived in January 2001 to work with Alastair Rucklidge and Peter Ashwin (Exeter) on the EPSRC-funded project 'Intermittency and bursting through symmetry breaking'. He received his PhD from University College London, supervised by Jaroslav Stark.

Oriol Batiste arrived in October 2001 to work with Edgar Knobloch and Steve Tobias on the EPSRC-funded project 'Dynamics near a Hopf Bifurcation in spatially extended systems'. He received his PhD from Polytechnic University of Catalonia, Barcelona, supervised by Isabel Mercader and Marta Net.

Evy Kersale arrived in October 2001 to work with David Hughes, Steve Tobias, and Nigel Weiss and Gordon Ogilvie (both Cambridge) on the PPARC-funded project 'Global properties of nonlinear dynamos and magnetorotational instabilities in accretion discs'. He received his PhD from the Astrophysical Laboratory of Grenoble, under the supervision of Guy Pelletier and Pierre-Yves Longaretti.

Source: Alastair Rucklidge .

Recent appointments at the Mathematical Institute Oxford

Kirill Cherednichenko, previously at the University of Bath, has been appointed to a Junior Research Fellowship at St John's College from October 2001. His research interests are homogenization and related multiscale problems.

Anja Schlömerkemper, previously at the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in the Sciences, Leipzig, has been appointed as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the EC TMR Network on `Phase Transitions in Crystalline Solids' starting in November 2001. Her research interests are in the passage from atomistic to continuum models in micromagnetism, and in related problems of phase transformations and partial differential equations.

Source: John Ball.

Appointments in Applied Analysis at the Mathematics Institute (University of Warwick)

This year Warwick has expanded its existing strength in theoretical and computational nonlinear analysis with the appointment of Gero Friesecke, Florian Theil and Petr Plechac.

Gero Friesecke was previously professor of mathematics at Oxford. He was recently awarded a Junior Whitehead Prize by the LMS, `in recognition of important contributions to the mathematical analysis of problems in continuum mechanics, material science and mathematical physics', in particular for his work with J.B. McLeod on models of phase transformation in solids, his work with J.A.D. Wattis and R.L. Pego on existence and stability of solitary waves in nonintegrable Fermi-Pasta-Ulam lattices, and his rigorous proof of a famous formula of P.A.M. Dirac for the exchange energy of the free electron gas.

Florian Theil was previously postdoctoral associate at Oxford and received his PhD in Hanover, Germany, in 1997 under the supervision of Alexander Mielke. His main interest is in solid mechanics (plasticity, phase transformations in solids, reconciliation of atomistic and continuum models).

Petr Plechac was previously Assistant Professor at University of Delaware, USA. He is an expert in applied and computational mathematics and is in particular the inventor of innovative fast algorithms for nonconvex minimization problems. His recent theoretical work includes blow-up results for nonlinear Schrödinger equations (joint with V. Sverak) and the derivation of a finite-temperature version of the classical Landau/Brown continuum theory of micromagnetism from lattice statistical mechanics.

Source: Andrew Stuart

Dr Steven Webb appointed as a Research Associate at Loughborough University

Dr Steven Webb has been appointed as a Research Associate to work on the EPSRC funded project "Juxtacrine signalling as a developmental pattern generating mechanism" held by Markus Owen (Mathematical Sciences, Loughborough University).

Steven was previously an RA at the University of Minnesota, and earned his PhD from Heriot-Watt University in 2000. His research interests are in mathematical modelling applied to biology and medicine, including developmental patterning, tumour cell invasion, and the interactions between immune cells and tumour cells.

Source: Markus Owen

Razvan Satnoianu appointed to a lectureship at City University

Dr Razvan Satnoianu has been appointed to a permanent lectureship in the Department of Mathematics at City University London effective from October 1st 2001.

Dr Satnoianu is working in Nonlinear Dynamical Systems with applications in Mathematical Chemistry and Biology.

Source: Graham Bowtell (

Peter Bates moves to Michigan State University

Peter Bates will move to Michigan State University, January 2002.

Source: Peter Bates (

Arnol'd Receives 2001 Heineman Prize

VLADIMIR I, ARNOL'D of the Steklov Institute of Mathematics, Russia, has been awarded the 2001 Dannie Heineman Prize for Mathematical Physics for his contributions to the understanding of dynamics and of singularities of maps, with profound consequences for mechanics, astrophysics, statistical mechanics, hydrodynamics, and optics. The prize is presented in recognition of outstanding publication in the field of mathematical physics.

From an American Physical Society announcement carried in Notices of the American Mathematical Society Volume 48, Number 6, page 602, June/July 2001.

Golubitsky and Stewart Receive Sunyer i Balaguer Prize

The Instit d'Estudis Catalans has awarded the 2001 Ferran Sunyer i Balaguer Prize jointly to MARTIN GOLUBITSKY of the University of Houston and IAN STEWART of the University of Warwick, England, for their monograph The Symmetry Perspective: From Equilibrium to Chaos in Phase Space and Physical Space. According to the terms of the prize, the monograph will be published in the Birkhäuser series Progress in Mathematics.

The Ferran Sunyer i Balaguer Prize is awarded each year for a mathematical monograph of an expository nature presenting the latest developments in an active area of mathematics research in which the author has made important contributions.

From an Instit d'Estudis Catalans announcement carried in Notices of the American Mathematical Society Volume 48, Number 6, page 602, June/July 2001.

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