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University of Iowa News Release

May 27, 2004

UI Hosts International Math Conference May 31-June 5

The University of Iowa Department of Mathematics will host a May 31 through June 5 international conference on operator algebra, sponsored by the Conference Board on the Mathematical Sciences (CBMS) and funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). All sessions will be held in Room 301 of Van Allen Hall and are free and open to the public.

One of four CBMS conferences to be held in the United States during 2004, the UI session will feature Iain Raeburn, professor at the University of Newcastle, Australia, delivering a series of 10 lectures on "Graph Algebras: Operator Algebras We Can See." About 60 conference attendees, more than half of them graduate and postdoctoral students, will provide an additional five lectures and 14 contributed papers.

UI math professor Paul Muhly said that one purpose of the conference is to expose young researchers to graph operator algebras, which are easily constructed and underlie more abstract theories. Organizers, in addition to Muhly, are UI visiting professor Mark Tomforde and David Pask of the University of Newcastle, Australia. They are assisted by UI graduate students Cynthia Farthing, Holly Hauschild, Marius Ionescu and Alberto Marrero.

For lecture details, contact Paul Muhly at 319-335-0759 or paul-muhly@uiowa.edu.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all UI-sponsored events. Persons with disabilities who require an accommodation in order to participate should contact the department of mathematics at 335-0714.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACTS: Gary Galluzzo, 319-384-0009, gary-galluzzo@uiowa.edu.