2011-12 Recap: Ergodic Theory Workshop

Prof. Idris Assani hosted the Ergodic Theory and Dynamical Systems workshop, March 22-25, 2012. This annually-held workshop in Chapel Hill was supported by the National Science Foundation. Additional funding was provided by the Department of Mathematics.

The keynote speaker, kicking off the workshop, was Prof. Jean-Christophe Yoccoz from Le College de France. As has been our recent tradition, this kickoff keynote presentation was scheduled as part of our Department Colloquium series.

Thank you to Idris for repeatedly bringing such an interesting workshop to campus and for providing the above photograph of workshop participants on the steps of Phillips Hall (Assani and Yoccoz stand together in the front row).

PDE conference in honor of Michael Taylor

We have had a busy week in the Department with a week-long conference on Partial Differential Equations: Analytic and Geometric Aspects, in honor of Michael Taylor’s 65 Birthday, including a number of distinguished visiting speakers.

Michael Taylor is a William R. Kenan Distinguished Professor in the Department of Mathematics. Among his numerous accolades, he is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. While the breadth and depth of his mathematical research inspired the presented talks and posters, numerous speakers and attendees additionally shared their reminiscences about Michael over the years and the ways that he impacted their lives. With 29 talks and a collection of posters, it was a busy week of celebration. Congratulations to Michael!

A special thank you to Profs. Jeremy Marzuola and Hans Christianson, along with Department alumna Prof. Anna Mazzucato (Ph.D. 2000) of Penn State, for their efforts obtaining National Science Foundation funding for and organizing this conference. Additional support was provided by the Departments of Mathematics at UNC and at Penn State. Thank you to Hans and Prof. Jane Hawkins for photos.