The vast knowledge and research experience of our faculty bring worldwide recognition to the UVM College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences (CEMS). Our faculty are not only members of prestigious committees but are invited to attend conferences on a variety of topics.
Listed (in alphabetical order) are faculty who have presented or will present at conferences, as well as those with organizational connections:
Daniel Archdeacon, Professor of Mathematics, was an invited speaker for Discrete Mathematics Day held Saturday, September 15, 2007, at Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vermont.
Daniel Bentil, Associate Professor of Mathematics and Statistics, and Molecular Physiology and Biophysics, presented two plenary lectures at the International Biometry Society's SUSAN 2007 in Kumasi, Ghana, held July 24-27, 2007. The theme of the conference was "Challenges of the Millennium Goals: The Role of the Biometrician." This international conference was aimed at fostering interactions between researchers at the interface of biometrics and mathematics throughout the African continent, Europe and the Americas.
Bentil also presented three lectures on "Molecular Muscle Mechanics" and "Shortfalls of Hemodialysis Therapy" at the University of Cape Coast, University of Mines and Technology, and the University of Ghana, during this visit.
Tobey Clark, Adjunct Lecturer/Faculty, Biomedical Engineering, was invited by the Pan American Health Organization to be a faculty member for the Healthcare Technology Management Symposium/Advanced Clinical Engineering Workshop held August 13-17, 2007, in Lima, Peru. The conference was also sponsored by the Peruvian Ministry of Health, the American College of Clinical Engineering, and Pontifica Universidad Católica del Peru.
Clark was also invited to speak at the 3rd National Forum on Health Technologies in Mexico City held September 17-19, 2007. The conference was sponsored by the National Center for Health Technology Excellence, Ministry of Health. Clark's topic was a Medical Equipment Technology/Clinical Engineering online course, "Herramientas para el mantenimiento de equipo médico," which was included in the session. He is collaborating with universities in Colombia and Peru to develop bilingual online coursework funded by a Pan American Health and Education Foundation grant. The English version of the Nursing and Health Sciences course was given as part of the UVM's 2007 Summer University.
On November 29, 2007, he will be part of the faculty for a webcast sponsored by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) titled "Clinical Alarm Notification & Management."
Mandar Dewoolkar, Assistant Professor, School of Engineering, was an invited speaker at a Computational Chemistry and Biology Workshop hosted at the Maui High Performance Computing Center in Maui, Hawaii, by the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, August 13-16, 2007. Dewoolkar presented a talk on contaminant transport in common porous materials as it relates to threat agent science based on work with Professors Nancy Hayden, Donna Rizzo, and Mr. Doug Porter, and sponsored by the Los Alamos National Laboratory. This research also involved two undergraduate students Marcy Brownell and Jeremy Matt and one graduate student Lindsay George.
Jeffrey Dinitz, Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science, is an invited speaker for the Twenty-First Midwest Conference on Combinatorics, Cryptography and Computing to be held at the College of Charleston, in Charleston, South Carolina, October 13-15, 2007.
Dinitz also was an invited speaker at the "Design Theory of Alex Rosa" conference held July 2-6, 2007, in Bratislava, Slovakia (birthplace of Alex Rosa). This conference was in celebration of Slovakia's 70th birthday and was organized by IAS, University of Washington, Tacoma; Mathematical Institute of the Slovak Academy of Sciences; and Department of Applied Informatics and Information Technology, Slovak University of Technology.
Peter Sheridan Dodds, Assistant Professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, is an invited speaker for "Complex Networks: Dynamics and Topology Interplay," a Satellite workshop of the European Conference on Complex Systems ECCS'07 to be held October 4-5, 2007, in Dresden, Germany.
Margaret Eppstein, Assistant Professor, Computer Science, was an invited speaker for Wolfram's A New Kind of Science (NKS) Conference, held July 13-15, 2007, at the University of Vermont. Eppstein's talk was entitled, "Predicting naturalization vs. invasion in plant communities using stochastic cellular automata models."
According to Dr. Joseph K. DeRosa (Director of Systems Engineering, The MITRE Corporation), "UVM is gaining increased international attention for its efforts in Complex Systems. The move of the Wolfram New Kind of Science Summer School and Conference from Brown to UVM will enhance these efforts and create even more opportunities on the UVM campus."
For more information, see "National Conference and Summer School Moves from Brown University to UVM."
David Gibson, Research Assistant Professor in Computer Science, is working with the Society for Information Technology in Teacher Education and is chair of the Society's Special Interest Group on Games and Simulations in Teacher Education. Gibson was responsible for panel presentations for the annual conference held March 3-7, 2007, in Las Vegas.
Gibson also created panels on the broad topic of games and simulations in education for the National Educational Computing Conference, a flagship conference of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) held June 29-July 2, 2007, in San Antonio, TX. ISTE will publish an article related to UVM's Global Challenge entitled, "Learning and Leading with Technology," co-authored with Susan Grasso, Director of STEM Curriculum Development for Global Challenge.
Kenneth Golden, CEMS Distinguished Professor and Professor of Mathematics, Physics, and Electrical Engineering, is Chair of the International Advisory Board for the international conferences on Strongly Coupled Coulomb Systems (SCCS). The Board is comprised of 40 of the world's leading scientists in strongly correlated charged-particle systems.
SCCS conferences cover a wide range of topics spanning the fields of plasma physics, condensed matter physics, astrophysics and, most recently, high energy physics. The last conference was held in Moscow, Russia, in June 2005 and the next conference will be held July 29-August 2, 2008, in Camerino, Italy. Information about the upcoming conference is available at: sccs2008.unicam.mm.st
Kenneth I. Gross, Professor of Mathematics, is this year's recipient of the Award for Distinguished College or University Teaching of Mathematics by the New England Section of the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) (see "Kenneth I. Gross Named Outstanding College Mathematics Teacher in New England"). Gross will be the featured speaker at the Regional Meeting of the MAA to be held at Framingham State College in Massachusetts on November 16-17, 2007, with two invited presentations, one on mathematics and another on the teaching of mathematics. The first is titled "Symmetry Some Personal Reflections." The second is a mini-workshop titled "Elementary School Teachers as Mathematicians."
James Iatridis, Associate Professor, was an invited speaker at the AO Biotechnology Symposium: From Basic Research to Clinical Applications using Biotechnology and Bioengineering held October 19-21, 2006, in Lausanne, Switzerland.
Dr. Iatridis was a featured speaker at the Regional Bioengineering and Biotechnology Conference at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, held February 9-10, 2007.
Iatridis' research group also presented 9 papers at the Orthopaedic Research Society in San Diego, California, held February 11-14, 2007, and 2 podium presentations at the ASME Summer Bioengineering Conference held June 20-24, 2007, in Keystone, CO.
Iatridis will be a keynote speaker at the Spine Research Symposium, organized by the Philadelphia Spine Research Society, to be held October 9, 2007.
Iatridis will also be an invited faculty at the World Forum for Spine Research to be held January 23-26, 2008, in Kyoto, Japan. For more information regarding this research, visit: www.cems.uvm.edu/~iatridis
Kurt E. Oughstun, Professor in the School of Engineering, attended several international scientific conferences in the summer of 2007, two with associate Natalie Cartwright, currently a tenure-track Associate Professor of Mathematics at SUNY-New Paltz, New York.
At the Fourth IASTED International Conference on Antennas, Radar, and Wave Propagation held in Montreal, Canada in May 2007, Oughstun chaired the Session on Wave Propagation where Cartwright presented their co-authored paper entitled, "Ultrawideband Pulse Penetration in a Debye Medium with Static Conductivity."
During the URSI 2007 North American Radio Science Conference held in Ottawa, Canada in July 2007, Oughstun chaired the Session on Propagation where Cartwright presented their co-authored paper entitled, "Ultrawideband Pulse Penetration in an Isotropic Collisional Plasma." Oughstun also presented his paper entitled, "Optimal Pulse Penetration through Dielectric Barriers."
At the 2007 Progress in Electromagnetics Research Symposium (PIERS 2007) held in Prague, Czech Republic in August 2007, Oughstun presented a paper entitled, "Ultrashort Electromagnetic Pulse Dynamics in the Singular and Weak Dispersion Limits."
Oughstun is a member of Commission B of the United States National Committee of the International Union of Radio Science (URSI), a member of the Electromagnetics Academy, and a Fellow of the Optical Society of America.
George F. Pinder, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering with a secondary appointment in Mathematics and Statistics, was inducted into the Vermont Academy of Scientists and Engineers (VASE) on September 18, 2007.
Membership in VASE, which is modeled after the National Academies, represents the highest recognition for contributions to science and engineering in Vermont. The State of Vermont chartered the Vermont Academy of Science and Engineering to honor scientists and engineers for their achievements, promote the interests of science and engineering within the state, educate Vermonters about the importance of science and engineering, and help state government address problems in those fields.
For more about this honor, see "George F. Pinder Inducted into Vermont Academy of Science & Engineering (VASE)."
Adel W. Sadek, Associate Professor in the School of Engineering, Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science, and Co-Director of the Complex Systems Center, chaired a session on Emerging Artificial Intelligence Applications in Transportation at the 86th Annual Transportation Research Board Meeting in Washington, DC, in January 2007, and also presented four papers during this conference.
Jonathan Sands, Professor of Mathematics, was an invited speaker for the Palmetto Number Theory Seminar held September 8-9, 2007, at the College of Charleston in Charleston, South Carolina. One of two plenary speakers, Sands gave a one-hour presentation.
Sands also presented at the Maine/Quebec Conference on Number Theory and Related Topics held September 29-30, 2007, at the University of Maine in Orono, ME.
Richard Single, Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Statistics, is an invited member of an expert panel on population and statistical genetics for the National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP) and the Center for International Blood and Marrow Transplant Research (CIBMTR). This work focuses on projecting optimal donor and cord blood registry sizes and predicting match rates for potential stem cell transplant recipients.
Single is also co-chair of the Anthropology/Human Genetic Diversity and Biostatistics Project for the 15th International Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics Workshop.
X. Sean Wang, Dorothean Professor in Computer Science, was co-Chair of the Program Committee for the 14th International Symposium on Temporal Representation and Reasoning held June 28-30, 2007, in Alicante, Spain. The symposium brought together researchers working in various areas involving the representation of and reasoning about temporal phenomena.
This well-established series creates a bridge between theoretical and applied research in temporal representation and reasoning, and encouraged submissions concerning Artificial Intelligence, Linguistics, Temporal/Spatial Databases and Applications of Temporal Logic in Computer Science in order to achieve a multi-disciplinary perspective on the topic and to benefit from cross-fertilization of ideas.
Michael Wilson, Professor of Mathematics, is an invited speaker at the AMS Sectional Meeting to be held October 13-14, 2007, in Albuquerque, NM. He will speak on "Convergence and Stability of the Calderon Reproducing Formula."
Wilson's book, Weighted Littlewood-Paley Theory and Exponential-Square Integrability, will appear in November 2007 as #1924 of the series Lecture Notes in Mathematics, published by Springer-Verlag. The book is available at Amazon.com.