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March 23, 2009

Differential equations in the sciences subject of March 24 lecture

The use of differential equations in mathematics and the sciences is the subject of a free, public lecture to be delivered at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 24, in Lecture Room 1 of Van Allen Hall.

The lecturer will be Fanghua Lin, Silver Distinguished Professor in the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, New York University, who is visiting the UI campus March 23-26 as an Ida Beam Distinguished Visiting Professor. A public reception beginning at 6 p.m. in the lobby outside Lecture Room 1 will precede his talk.

In a talk intended for an audience having no specialized mathematical knowledge, Lin plans to describe some fundamental roles played by the theories of differential equations in both pure mathematics and applied sciences. By examining past themes and the current developments, he plans to illustrate some philosophical views as well as some new scientific directions and challenges.

In addition to the public lecture, "Roles of Differential Equations in Mathematics and Sciences: Reflections on Current Developments and Challenges," Lin will deliver departmental lectures during his visit:

--Wednesday, March 25, 3 p.m., Room 114, Maclean Hall, "Nonlocal Heat Flows and Partition Problems for Eigenvalues."
--Thursday, March 26, 3:30 p.m., Room 217, Maclean Hall, "Topological Vorticity and Conserved Geometric Motions."

Lin is internationally renowned in the field of geometric analysis and partial differential equations. He is a member of American Academy of Arts and Science, a 2002 Bocher Prize Winner of the American Mathematical Society (AMS), a National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator, Invited Speaker at the 1990 World Congress of Mathematics-one of the highest honors in mathematics, Invited Speaker of 2002 AMS National Meeting, the editor of seven mathematical journals, and the advisor to doctoral students who are now full professors at Notre Dame, Penn State, Minnesota, Michigan State and other universities.

The Department of Mathematics in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering in the College of Engineering are sponsoring his UI visit.

The UI established the Ida Cordelia Beam Distinguished Visiting Professorships Program in 1978-79 based on a bequest from the late Ida Beam of Vinton, Iowa, who willed her family farm to the UI Foundation. The proceeds from the farm's sale enabled the UI to establish a fund that brings top scholars in a variety of fields to the university for lectures and discussions.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all UI-sponsored events. Persons with disabilities who require an accommodation in order to participate should contact in advance the Department of Mathematics at 319-335-0714.

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