Dear list members, Fred Roberts asked me to contact you about publicizing the Reconnect Programs to Graduate students. Can you please forward the announcement below to your graduate students and grad students of your colleagues? We are accepting applications from those students who either have already taught in a college/university setting or are about to teach in such a setting. Thank you for your assistance, Christine Spassione Reconnect Program Coordinator ******************************************************************************** Folding and Unfolding in Computational Geometry St. Mary's College, Moraga, CA Principal Speaker: Joseph O'Rourke, Smith College, orourke at cs.smith.edu July 11 - July 17, 2004 (Sunday evening through Saturday afternoon) This workshop offers 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. To immerse themselves in the area, they will be involved in writing educational modules based on the conference research lectures. The folding of flat material (e.g., paper or metal), and the unfolding of a surface in 3D to a planar state, are complementary processes of increasing importance at the nexus between pure mathematics and a variety of application areas. Folding one-dimensional (1D) "linkages" is a model for protein folding. Designing origami foldings of (2D) flat paper from the desired final folded shape is an ancient problem with recent advances. Unfolding a (3D) polyhedron to a nonoverlapping piece is a first step in manufacturing objects by bending aluminum. This course will cover the mathematical and algorithmic issues of folding and unfolding, touching upon the application areas as appropriate. O'Rourke will be following the outline of a book nearing completion, co-authored with Erik Demaine at MIT. There is room in these topics for both pure mathematical research, and pure computer science theory research, but the richest aspects lie at the junction between the two. Progress on the mathematical questions seems to demand computation, and algorithmic progress is impossible without geometric understanding. Participants who bring expertise in either area will benefit from the cross exposure. Prerequisites: Most of the material is accessible to any Mathematics or Computer Science professor. Familiarity with Discrete Mathematics, in particular, the basics of graph theory, will help. Some material can only be fully appreciated by those who understand the concepts of Algorithms. The theory of NP-completeness is used, but not extensively; knowledge of that is not essential. Knowledge of the basics of Differential Geometry will enhance the experience, but again is not essential. 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 for this program or any of the other conferences listed at the end of this announcement. You can apply for more than one program. 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 and computer science are encouraged to apply. Application deadline: April 1, 2004. Applications will be reviewed as they are received. Late applications will be considered if space is available. Conference Organizers: Lidia Luquet, St. Mary's College, and Fred S. Roberts, Rutgers University To receive more information, visit our web site at http://dimacs.rutgers.edu/reconnect/StMarys/. Or, contact the Reconnect Program Coordinator, at lluquet at stmarys-ca.edu , or telephone at 925-631-4423. To view additional 2004 Satellite Reconnect Programs, please visit the following program web pages: Lafayette College, June 20 - June 26, 2004 DIMACS/Rutgers University, August 8-14, 2004 http://dimacs.rutgers.edu/reconnect/Lafayette/ http://dimacs.rutgers.edu/reconnect/2004/ 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.