DIMACS would like to call your attention to Reconnect 2003 programs. Please pass this announcement along to anyone you think might be interested. Sincerely, Christine Spassione DIMACS Visitor Coordinator ****************************************************************************** DIMACS Reconnect Conferences 2004 Reconnecting Teaching Faculty to the Mathematical Sciences Research Enterprise In Summer 2004, DIMACS will hold three "Reconnect Conferences": Satellite Program: Lafayette College Experimental Algorithmics, with a Focus on Branch and Bound for Discrete Optimization Problems Principal Speaker: Cynthia Phillips, Sandia National Laboratories, caphill at sandia.gov June 20 - June 26, 2004 (Sunday evening through Saturday afternoon) Satellite Program: St. Mary's College Folding and Unfolding in Computational Geometry Principal Speaker: Joseph O'Rourke, Smith College, orourke at cs.smith.edu July 11 - July 17, 2004 (Sunday evening through Saturday afternoon) DIMACS/Rutgers University Topics in Computational Molecular Biology (Note title change) Principal Speaker: R. Ravi, Carnegie Mellon University, ravi at andrew.cmu.edu August 8 - August 14, 2004 (Sunday evening through Saturday afternoon) About the Reconnect Conferences: These conferences expose faculty teaching undergraduates to the mathematical sciences research enterprise by introducing them to a current research topic relevant to the classroom through a series of lectures by a leading expert and involving them in writing materials useful in the classroom. Participants have the possibility of following up by preparing these materials for publication in the DIMACS Educational Modules Series. These workshops offer the opportunity for junior faculty as well as mid-level and senior faculty to advance to research questions in a new area of the mathematical sciences. Participants will also acquire materials and gain ideas for seminar presentations and for undergraduate research projects. These conferences are also aimed at reconnecting faculty to the mathematical sciences enterprise by involving them in a leading research center, which is a consortium of Princeton University, Rutgers University, AT&T Labs, Bell Labs/Lucent Technologies, NEC Research and Telcordia Technologies. There will be opportunities to follow up after the conference by getting connected to DIMACS researchers and other DIMACS programs throughout the year. Conference Organizers: Rochelle Leibowitz, Wheaton College (rochelle_leibowitz at wheatonma.edu) Fred S. Roberts, Rutgers University (froberts at dimacs.rutgers.edu) Funds for Lodging, Meals and Travel: Lodging and meals will be provided through anticipated NSF funding. Limited funds are expected to be available for travel awards. Who may apply? Anyone may apply. Please apply for any one of the conferences or all of them. Preference will be given to faculty whose primary job is undergraduate teaching. Two-year college faculty are welcome to apply. Faculty from groups under-represented in mathematics are encouraged to apply. To receive more information, visit our web site at http://dimacs.rutgers.edu/reconnect/. Or, contact the Reconnect Program Coordinator, at reconnect at dimacs.rutgers.edu, or telephone at (732) 445-5928. Reconnect Program Administrator DIMACS / CoRE Building / 4th Floor Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey 96 Frelinghuysen Road Piscataway, NJ 08854-8018 USA DIMACS was founded as a National Science Foundation Science and Technology Center and a joint Project of Rutgers, Princeton University, AT&T Labs, Bell Labs, NEC Laboratories America and Telcordia Technologies. Affiliate Members: Avaya Labs, HP Labs, IBM Research, Microsoft Research.