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[Sy-cg-global] Announcement: Reconnect 2006 Program

Christine Spassione spassion at
Thu Oct 27 15:00:02 EDT 2005

DIMACS would like to call your attention to Reconnect 2006 programs.
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Christine Spassione
Reconnect Program Coordinator

DIMACS Reconnect Conference 2006
Reconnecting Teaching Faculty to the Mathematical Sciences Research Enterprise

In Summer 2006, DIMACS will hold one Satellite "Reconnect Conference":

Satellite Program: Morgan State University
Topic: Simple and Complex Discrete-time Population Models in Ecology and 
Principal Speaker: Abdul-Aziz Yakubu, Howard University (ayakubu at
Dates: July 9 - July 15, 2006 (Sunday evening through Saturday afternoon)

About the Topic:
The study of population dynamics raises questions involving the four basic 
demographic processes: immigration, emigration, birth and death. The 
inclusion of population structure, spatial heterogeneity or mating systems, 
is dictated by the specifics of each question being asked. Mathematical 
models are a useful tool and a model's details and level of complexity 
depend on the nature of the questions being asked. The overall abstract 
structure of a mathematical model can be simple, but the consequences for 
the population dynamics can be rich and have captured the imagination of 
many generations of scientists and mathematicians.

In some biological populations, such as most animal and plant species, 
population growth is a discrete-process, and discrete-time models are more 
appropriate in studying their population dynamics. However, simple 
discrete-time population models are capable of generating complex dynamics 
such as period-doubling bifurcations enroute to chaos, multiple attractors 
with fractal basin boundaries, strange or chaotic attractors, and so on. 
This workshop will use population models in ecology and epidemiology to 
motivate discrete-dynamical system concepts.  The following topics will be 
covered during the workshop.

About the Reconnect Conference:
This conference exposes 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.

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.

This conference is 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.

About the Principal Speaker:
The principal speaker is Abdul-Aziz Yakubu. Yakubu is a Professor of 
Mathematics at Howard University and his scientific interests range through 
of nonlinear systems that arise in the diverse fields of ecology, 
population dynamics, epidemiology and demography. He is interested in a 
wide variety of equations that define dynamical systems, including 
difference equations, recursive formulas, matrix equations, ordinary and 
partial differential equations, and delay equations. His work focuses on 
asymptotic dynamics, i.e., stability analysis, bifurcation analysis, 
oscillations, periodic solutions (forced or unforced), aperiodic dynamics, 
and chaos.

He has been an instructor and principal lecturer in a number of similar 
programs, including DIMACS reconnect summer workshops in 2002 and 2004, the 
Mathematical and Theoretical Biology Institute at Cornell and at Los Alamos 
National Laboratory 1999-2003. Yakubu has received several awards for 
teaching excellence.

Conference Organizers:

Asamoah Nkwanta, Morgan State University, (nkwanta at
Fred S. Roberts, Rutgers University (froberts at

Funds for Lodging, Meals and Travel: It is anticipated that lodging and 
meals will be provided through NSF funding. Limited funds are expected to 
be available for travel awards.

Who should apply? 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. Much of the material to be covered can be 
incorporated into undergraduate courses in modeling, calculus, analysis, 
and dynamical systems. We expect participants to have a solid grounding in 
analysis. Application deadline: March 1, 2006. Applications will be 
reviewed as they are received. Late applications will be considered if 
space is available.

To receive more information, visit our web site at
Or, contact the Reconnect Program Coordinator, at 
reconnect at, or telephone at (732) 445-4304.

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, Georgia Institute of Technology, HP Labs, IBM Research, 
Microsoft Research, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Stevens Institute 
of Technology.

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