UTPA math conference attracts mathematicians from across the country
By Julie Dolores Villarreal, Informational Writer
Posted: 12/14/2001
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The University of Texas-Pan American Department of Mathematics welcomed mathematicians from various universities to the annual NSF/CBMS Regional Research Conference, Friday, Dec. 14 at the University.

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Dr. George Avellano, UTPA associate vice president for Academic Affairs for Graduate Programs and Research, speaks to participants in the recent NSF-CBMS regional conference, "Using Spectral Data to Solve Inverse Problems" at the University.

The conference, “Using Spectral Data to Solve Inverse Problems,” runs through Tuesday, Dec. 18 and features topics on “One-dimensional Problems,” “Asymptotic and Spectral Analysis of an Aircraft Wing Model,” “Two-dimensional Problems with Low Order Perturbations,” “Isospectral Vibrating Systems” and “Determining the Distribution of Dendritic Spines from Dual Potential Recordings.”

“This conference is designed to bring people together who are not in the area but are interested in the region,” said Dr. Roger Knobel, UTPA math professor. “We hope this conference will help us enhance the research of the area.”

Thanks to the 10-lecture conference, visitors will become familiar with both South Texas and UTPA.

“I hope this conference not only gives you information on mathematics, but also that of our area,” said Dr. George Avellano, associate vice president for Academic Affairs for Graduate Programs and Research, in his welcome address.

“On behalf of our president, Dr. (Miguel A.) Nevárez and the Provost, Dr. (Rodolfo) Arevalo, I want to welcome you to our University.”

During the five-day conference, participants will work in small groups on topics discussed in the lectures. Invited lecturers include Joyce McLaughlin, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; Marianna Shubov, Texas Tech University; Graham Gladwell, University of Waterloo; and Steven Cox, Rice University.