UK Nonlinear News, August 2003

ESF Network Stochastic Dynamics: Fundamentals and Applications

A new ESF Network has recently been funded on "Stochastic Dynamics: Fundamentals and Applications" (STOCHDYN). It is to finance workshops and visits between the participating countries.

The conveners are L. Schimansky-Geier (Humboldt University), C. Van den Broeck (Limburgs) and F. Sagues (Barcelona); Peter McClintock is the UK representative on the Steering Committee. Further information about STOCHDYN is available from

Source: Peter McClintock.

Lancaster Nonlinear Group visitors

We have some overseas visitors, here or coming, any of whom would in principle be glad to give seminars while in the UK -

Professor Aneta Stefanovska (University of Ljubljana) 
Leverhulme Visiting Research Fellow, 
12 July - 5 October 2003 
Working on - "Nonlinear dynamics of the cardiovascular system."

Dr Ladik Skrbek (Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague) 
EPSRC Visiting Research Fellow, 
18 August - 5 September 2003 
Working on - "Nonlinear dynamics of a vibrating grid in a superfluid."

Dr Jan Iwaniszewski (Copernicus University, Torun) 
Royal Society Visiting Research Fellow, 
30 August - 1 September 2003 
Working on - "Fluctuational crossing and tunnelling through time-dependent barriers."

Dr German Kolmakov (Chernogolovka and Landau Institute) 
Leverhulme Visiting Research Fellow, 
1 September 2003 - 30 June 2004 
Working on - "Capillary turbulence at the surfaces of cryogenic and conventional liquids."

Professor Polina Landa (Moscow State University) 
Royal Society Visiting Research Fellow, 
14 September - 29 November 2003 
Working on - "Fluctuations and the origin of turbulence."

Contact: Peter McClintock, 

Source: Peter McClintock.

Research Professor in Mathematics Appointed at Surrey

Bjorn Sandstede has been appointed to a Chair in Mathematics at the University of Surrey, starting 1st June 2004. This post is devoted to research and carries the title "Research Professor" for the first five years. Bjorn received his PhD in 1993 from the University of Stuttgart, and has held postdoctoral positions at Weierstrass Institute in Berlin, Brown University and the University of Minnesota. Since 1997 he has been successively Assistant and Associate Professor at Ohio State University.

His research interests include reaction-diffusion equations, pattern formation, centre manifolds for homoclinic orbits, numerics of dynamical systems, spiral waves, stability of solitary waves, spectral theory, exponential dichotomies, multi-pulse homoclinic orbits, and finite-time Melnikov theory, with applications in chemistry, neuroscience and optics. Further details of his research can be found at his current website: 

Source: Tom Bridges

Post-Doc at University of Waikato

Gabriel Fruit, having recently completed his PhD in (analytic) magnetospheric work at CESR Toulouse, will be moving to the other side of the world in September to start a post-doc at the University of Waikato with Ian Craig, Alfred Sneyd, and Sean Oughton.

Funding for this project, which is investigating turbulence and magnetic reconnection in the solar atmosphere, is provided by the NZ Marsden Fund

Source: Sean Oughton

New Dynamical Systems Group at San Diego State University Webpage

Ricardo Carretero has set up a very nice home page for the new dynamical systems group at Of particular interest to some readers may be the new Masters program in Applied Mathematics with concentration in Chaos and Dynamical Systems. More details on this course can be found at 

Source: Ricardo Carretero

Obituary: Death of Professor Ilya Prigogine

The International Solvay Institutes for Physics and Chemistry regret to inform you that its Director, Professor Ilya Prigogine, Nobel Laureate, has passed away. He was born in Moscow on January 25, 1917 and passed away on May 28, 2003 in Brussels.

Nathalie Jockmans,

Ilya Prigogine, 86, Nobelist for Study of Complexity, Dies

May 30, 2003

Dr. Ilya Prigogine won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1977 for insights into how life could arise in apparent defiance of the classical laws of physics. full article.

Source email from John A. Pojman to the nonlinear chemical dynamics mailing list

Petter Wiberg awarded 2002 CAIMS Annual Doctoral Dissertation Award

Petter Wiberg, PDRA at the Mathematics Institute, Warwick University, was awarded the 2002 CAIMS Annual Doctoral Dissertation Award for his thesis "Computation of Value--At-Risk: The Fast Convolution Method, Dimension Reduction and Perturbation Theory".

CAIMS is the Canadian Applied and Industrial Mathematics Society.

Source: Andrew Stuart.

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