
NSF PA/M 0201
 January 3, 2002
Math Meeting to Feature Internet, Helicity, Analytic
Number Theory
More than a dozen mathematicians supported by the National
Science Foundation (NSF) will speak on mathematical
concepts and the role of the Internet at the joint
meeting of the American Mathematical Society (AMS)
and the Mathematical Association of America (MAA)
Jan. 69, 2002, at the San Diego Convention Center,
Calif. NSFfunded mathematicians will also receive
awards. Media are welcome. Below are some highlights
of the presentations.
Dennis DeTurck, University of Pennsylvania: Helicity
of vector fields in geometry, biology, and plasma
physics
Invited address: Sun., Jan. 6, 2002, 11:10 a.m.
The "helicity" concept has applications ranging from
the complexity of DNA to the motion of plasmas in
space. With support from NSF, DeTurck studies partial
differential equations and has organized a multiuniversity
program to improve the science and math education
of students at the undergraduate level and below.
Andrew Granville, University of Georgia: Probability,
combinatorics, and physics in analytic number theory
Invited address: Mon., Jan. 7, 10:05 a.m.
Analytic number theory has changed because of new
ideas from quantum physics and other fields. Granville
heads an NSF supported program at Georgia that "vertically
integrates" the mathematics research of faculty, postdoctoral
fellows, graduate students and undergraduates.
Tony Chan, University of California at Los Angeles:
Variational PDE models and algorithms in image processing
Invited address: Mon., Jan.7, 11:10 a.m.
The integration of math and computers has allowed
great strides in image processing, with uses ranging
from the restoration of photos to the development
of complex geometric models for object detection.
Chan was one of the founders of the NSF Institute
for Pure and Applied Mathematics at UCLA and serves
on NSF's Mathematical and Physical Sciences Advisory
Committee.
Thomas Banchoff, Brown University: The down side
of the trapezoid: an immediate past president surveys
the Internet
MAA retiring president address: Wed., Jan. 9, 10:05
a.m.
The Internet is playing an increasing role in research
and education. Banchoff, a longtime NSF grantee,
is active in developing uses of the Internet for mathematics
education, particularly software for geometric visualization
and for communication between instructors and students.
American Mathematical Society Prizes
Awards ceremony: Mon., Jan. 7, 4:30 p.m.
(Note: names are embargoed until the time of the awards
ceremony)
Six mathematicians with longtime research support
from NSF will receive AMS honors:
 Michael Artin of the Massachusetts Institute of
Technology, for lifetime achievements in algebra,
ring theory, and algebraic geometry;
 Mark Goresky of the Institute for Advanced Study
in Princeton, N.J., for contributions to topology
and algebra;
 Henryk Iwaniec of Rutgers University, for contributions
to analytic number theory.
 Elliot Lieb of Princeton University, for an article
on entropy and the second law of thermodynamics;
 Elias Stein of Princeton University, for lifetime
achievements in various aspects of analysis; and
 Richard Taylor of Harvard University, for research
in number theory.
For more information contact:
Amber Jones (703) 2928070/aljones@nsf.gov
For the meeting agenda, see: www.ams.org/amsmtgs/2049_program.html

