2011-12 Recap: Greg Forest named as a SIAM Fellow

Prof. M. Gregory Forest, a Grant Dahlstrom Distinguished Professor of Mathematics with joint appointment in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, was named to the Class of 2012 Fellows of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM). The SIAM Fellows Program designates “certain members who have made outstanding contributions to fields served by SIAM.”

The text accompanying the naming of Forest as a Fellow singles him out for “contributions to integrable and nearly integrable partial differential equations, material science, and to polymeric, liquid crystalline, and biological and biomedical fluid mechanics.”

Forest becomes the second member of the Department of Mathematics to be named to the list of SIAM Fellows, in only the 4th year of the Fellows Program.

Forest joins our colleague Prof. Christopher K. R. T. Jones, a Bill Guthridge Distinguished Professor of Mathematics, who was named as a SIAM Fellow in the Class of 2011. Jones’ designation as a Fellow identified him for “contributions to dynamical systems, nonlinear partial differential equations, and applications in nonlinear optics, ocean dynamics, and neuroscience.”

Congratulations to Greg and Chris for these well-earned honors.

2011-12 Recap: Fluids Lab in National Geographic News


Oil jets pre-mixed with soap are injected into stratified fluid, mimicking the internal spreading of a Gulf oil plume. Photograph by Steve Harenberg, Rich McLaughlin, Johnny Reis, William Schlieper, Will Owens, Brian White, UNC Joint Fluids Laboratory and Carolina Center for Interdisciplinary Applied Mathematics

On the second anniversary of the explosion at the Deepwater Horizon oil rig that caused the Gulf oil spill, National Geographic News profiled work in the UNC Joint Fluids Laboratory that describes how dispersants break oil into micro-droplets that can be suspended in underwater layers. This research was led by Profs. Richard McLaughlin and Roberto Camassa in the Department of Mathematics and Prof. Brian White in the Department of Marine Sciences.

2011-2012 Recap: UNC Science Expo

Continuing the theme of outreach from last week’s post, we have a few pictures to share from the UNC Science Expo held on April 14, 2012. The Department of Mathematics participated strongly this year, with a number of tables in the courtyard in front of Chapman Hall and multiple demonstrations in the Joint Fluids Laboratory in the basement of Chapman.

Prof. Laura Miller demonstrates the wind tunnel in the Joint Fluids Laboratory,

while Prof. Roberto Camassa perches over the wave tank,

and a small crowd gathers to watch the vortex ring generator demonstration,