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From: David Kincaid <>
Date: Fri, 2 Jan 2009 05:15:07 -0500
Subject: David M. Young, Jr. (1922-2008)

David Young, 85, one of the giants of modern scientific computing,
died on December 21, 2008, in Austin, Texas, with Mildred, his wife
of 59 years, at his side.

His classic dissertation in 1950, "Iterative Methods for Solving Partial
Difference Equations of Elliptic Type", under Professor Garrett Birkhoff
at Harvard University, established the mathematical framework for the
Successive Overrelaxation (SOR) method.

Dr. Young served in the U.S. Navy during part of World War II and
later became a Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Naval Reserve.

David spend most of his career at The University of Texas at Austin as
Professor of Mathematics (1958-1999) and Computer Sciences (1966-1999),
Director of the Computation Center (1958-1970), Director of the Center for
Numerical Analysis (1970-1999), and member of the Institute of
Computational Engineering and Sciences, as well as holding
a distinguished professorship there, the Ashbel Smith Professor.

David was appointed to membership in the American Association for the
Advancement of Science and, in 1990, ACM recognized him with an award for
"Outstanding Contributions to Computer Science."

Dr. Young also served on the Board of Trustees for the Argonne Universities
Association (1975-1981).

David was an inspiring teacher, a kind and gracious gentleman,
and a fine leader who certainly had a major impact on the lives
of his students, colleagues, and friends.

We cherish Dr. Young's spirit which lingers on in our memories
and sustains us. We will miss his presence in our lives.

Some photos from Professor Young's 80th birthday reception can be seen at

Please email any additional photos of David Young, you wish to share
to David Kincaid (

David Kincaid, Richard Varga, Paul Saylor


From: Barry Smith <>
Date: Sun, 28 Dec 2008 18:04:18 -0500
Subject: PETSc 3.0 release

We are pleased to announce the release of PETSc 3.0; parallel software
libraries for the implicit solution of PDEs and related problems
involving sparse matrices.

Major improvements include
* PETSc modules and interface definitions for use from Fortran 90
* A much improved interface for using external direct solver packages
including: MUMPS, SuperLU_DIST, PLAPACK and Spooles
* A brand new Python interface (developed by Lisandro Dalcin)
* An implementation of the Yand and Brent variant of Bi-CG-stab that
requires a single parallel synchronization step per iteration
* Preliminary support for unstructured meshes. The Sieve interfaces
allows creation, manipulation, and output of unstructured meshes in
any dimension (developed by Matt Knepley and Dmitry Karpeev)

The software is available at
Changes and additions are listed at
As always, please send bug reports, questions, and requests for new
features to

Thanks for your continued support. The PETSc developers,
Satish, Lisandro, Matt, Dmitry, Victor, Barry, Bill and Hong


From: "J. M. Littleton" <>
Date: Tue, 30 Dec 2008 23:52:42 -0500
Subject: Call for Nominations - Lagrange Prize in Continuous Optimization - due Jan 10


Lagrange Prize in Continuous Optimization - deadline JANUARY 10, 2009

The Mathematical Programming Society and SIAM invite nominations for the
2009 Lagrange Prize in Continuous Optimization. The prize honors an
original paper or book appearing in the period 2003-2008, judged
primarily for mathematical quality, significance, and originality.
Nominations, consisting of a letter of nomination and a copy of the
publication, should be e-mailed to Adrian Lewis at The announcement,, contains full details.


From: Bruce Bailey <>
Date: Fri, 2 Jan 2009 10:25:51 -0500
Subject: New book: Scientific Computing with Case Studies

Announcing the December 19, 2008 publication from SIAM of:

Scientific Computing with Case Studies, by Dianne P. O’Leary

December 2008 / xvi + 383 pages / ISBN 978-0-898716-66-5
List Price $92.00 / SIAM Member Price $64.40 / Order Code OT109

Learning through doing is the foundation of this book, which allows readers
to explore case studies as well as expository material. The book provides a
practical guide to the numerical solution of linear and nonlinear
equations, differential equations, optimization problems, and eigenvalue

Scientific Computing with Case Studies is intended as a primary text for
courses in numerical analysis, scientific computing, and computational
science for advanced undergraduate and early graduate students. Physicists,
chemists, biologists, earth scientists, astronomers, and engineers whose
work involves numerical computing also will find the book useful as a
reference and tool for self-study.

To order or for more information, please visit


From: Bruce Bailey <>
Date: Fri, 2 Jan 2009 10:35:18 -0500
Subject: New book: Elementary Calculus of Financial Mathematics

Announcing the December publication from SIAM of:

Elementary Calculus of Financial Mathematics, by A. J. Roberts

December 2008 / xii + 128 pages / Softcover / ISBN 978-0-898716-67-2
List Price $59.00 / SIAM Member Price $41.30 / Order Code MM15

Modern financial mathematics relies on the theory of random processes in
time, reflecting the erratic fluctuations in financial markets.This book
introduces the fascinating area of financial mathematics and its calculus in
an accessible manner geared toward undergraduate students. Using little high-
level mathematics, the author presents the basic methods for evaluating
financial options and building financial simulations.

By emphasizing relevant applications and illustrating concepts with color
graphics, Elementary Calculus of Financial Mathematics presents the crucial
concepts needed to understand financial options among these fluctuations.
Among the topics covered are the binomial lattice model for evaluating
financial options, the Black–Scholes and Fokker–Planck equations, and the
interpretation of Ito’s formula in financial applications. Each chapter
includes exercises for student practice and the appendices offer MATLAB® and
SCILAB code as well as alternate proofs of the Fokker–Planck equation and
Kolmogorov backward equation.

This book will be useful to teachers and undergraduate students of
mathematics or finance.

To order or for more information, please visit


From: Bruce Bailey <>
Date: Fri, 2 Jan 2009 10:30:23 -0500
Subject: New book: Linear and Nonlinear Optimization, Second Edition

Announcing the December publication from SIAM of:

Linear and Nonlinear Optimization, Second Edition, by Igor Griva, Stephen G.
Nash, and Ariela Sofer

December 2008 / xxii + 742 pages / ISBN 978-0-898716-61-0
List Price $95.00 / SIAM Member Price $66.50 / Order Code OT108

This book introduces the applications, theory, and algorithms of linear and
nonlinear optimization, with an emphasis on the practical aspects of the
material. Its unique modular structure provides flexibility to accommodate
the varying needs of instructors, students, and practitioners with different
levels of sophistication in these topics. The succinct style of this second
edition is punctuated with numerous real-life examples and exercises, and
the authors include accessible explanations of topics that are not often
mentioned in textbooks, such as duality in nonlinear optimization, primal-
dual methods for nonlinear optimization, filter methods, and applications
such as support-vector machines.

This text is primarily intended for use in linear and nonlinear optimization
courses for advanced undergraduate and graduate students. It is also
appropriate as a tutorial for researchers and practitioners who need to
understand the modern algorithms of linear and nonlinear optimization to
apply them to problems in science and engineering.

To order or for more information, please visit


From: Linda Lorusso <>
Date: Mon, 29 Dec 2008 17:09:03 -0500
Subject: New book: Mathematical Physiology, 2/e

New from Springer

Mathematical Physiology, 2/e
James Keener, James Sneyd

There has been a long history of interaction between mathematics and
physiology. This book looks in detail at a wide selection of mathematical
models in physiology, showing how physiological problems can be formulated
and studied mathematically, and how such models give rise to interesting and
challenging mathematical questions. With its coverage of many recent models
it gives an overview of the field, while many older models are also
discussed, to put the modern work in context.

In this second edition the coverage of basic principles has been expanded to
include such topics as stochastic differential equations, Markov models and
Gibbs free energy, and the selection of models has also been expanded to
include some of the basic models of fluid transport, respiration/perfusion,
blood diseases, molecular motors, smooth muscle, neuroendrocine cells, the
baroreceptor loop, turboglomerular oscillations, blood clotting and the

Owing to this extensive coverage, the second edition is published in two
volumes. This first volume deals with the fundamental principles of cell
physiology and the second with the physiology of systems.

The book includes detailed illustrations and numerous excercises with
selected solutions. The emphasis throughout is on the applications; because
of this interdisciplinary approach, this book will be of interest to
students and researchers, not only in mathematics, but also in
bioengineering, physics, chemistry, biology, statistics and medicine.

For more information visit


From: iglesias <>
Date: Sat, 3 Jan 2009 07:56:41 +0100
Subject: Computer Graphics and Geometric Modeling, CGGM, May 2009

Second Call for Papers &
New paper submission deadline
(January 10th 2009)

VIII Int'l Workshop on Computer Graphics and Geometric Modeling, CGGM'2009
Baton Rouge, Louisiana (USA), May 25-27 2009
Conference web site:
Contact person: Andres Iglesias,


* January 10, 2009: Draft papers due
* February 2, 2009: Notification of Acceptance
* February 15, 2009: Camera Ready Papers
* February 2, 2009: Early registration opens
* May 25-27, 2009: ICCS 2009 conference in Baton Rouge, Louisiana (USA)


From: Markus Neher <>
Date: Fri, 02 Jan 2009 17:20:46 +0100
Subject: Intl Workshop onTaylor Model Methods, Germany, May 2009

First Announcement and Call for Papers

Sixth International Workshop on Taylor Model Methods
Universitaet Karlsruhe, Germany

Registration and abstract submission are open.

Following the tradition of the Taylor Model Methods Workshops in
Miami, Boca Raton, and Toronto, we are organizing the sixth meeting in
this series to take place 25-28 May 2009 at Universitaet Karlsruhe in
Karlsruhe, Germany.

The focus of the workshop will be Taylor Model Methods for Validated
Numerical Computing. The list of topics includes

* High-Order Methods * Verification & Taylor Models
* Automatic Differentiation * Differential Algebraic Tools

and their use for

* ODE and PDE solvers * Dynamical Systems
* Global Optimization * Constraint Satisfaction
* Beam Physics * Solar System Dynamics

There is no registration fee for the meeting, but we strongly encourage
all participants to register soon, and by April 30, 2009, at the latest.
Charges for a planned excursion will be collected on site from those who
wish to participate.

Markus Neher and Martin Berz


Date: Mon, 29 Dec 2008 08:06:06 -0500
Subject: Application of Math in Science (AMiTaNS), Bulgaria, Jun 2009

The Euro-American Consortium for Promotion of the Application of
Mathematics in Technical and Natural Sciences is pleased to announce
its First Conference AMiTaNS'09 to be held in Sozopol, Bulgaria, June
22-27, 2009. Papers on all subjects of application of Mathematics in
Mechanics, Physics, Biology, Chemistry and different Engineering
fields are invited. Presentations in the following sections are by
invitation: Nonlinear Waves and Solitons; Computational Fluid
Dynamics; Biomathematics; Difference and Spectral Methods. Some
organized special sessions will be announced soon. One or more
sessions will be organized for the contributed papers. Currently
confirmed plenary and keynote speakers: Azmy Ackleh (USA), Francois
Feuillebois (France), Peter Minev (Canada), Reinaldo Rosa (Brazil).
Conference website Contact at


From: Hassan Safouhi <>
Date: Thu, 1 Jan 2009 23:23:38 -0500
Subject: Mathematical Modeling and Computational Physics, Russia, Jul 2009

This is the first invitation to participate in the International
2009), which will be organized by the Laboratory of Information
Technologies, Joint Institute for Nuclear Research, Dubna, Russia, the
Institute of Experimental Physics, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Kosice,
Slovakia, and the Technical University, Kosice, Slovakia, and which
will be held at the Laboratory of Information Technologies of the
Joint Institute for Nuclear Research on July 7 – July 11, 2009 in

The scope of the MMCP 2009 will be enlarged to include special
sections covering the two traditional Workshops, on Computer Algebra
and on Quantum Physics and Communications, which were until now
organized separately. A tentative list of plenary lecture speakers
will be given in the next bulletin. About 150-200 scientists are
expected to attend the MMCP 2009 Conference. The working languages of
the Conference are English and Russian, covered in distinct plenary
and parallel sections. Conference Proceedings will be published.

Preliminary topics: mathematical methods and tools for modeling
complex physical and technical systems; methods, software and computer
complexes for experimental data processing; computer-algebra software,
symbolic-numeric methods and algorithms; modeling in biology,
biophysics, and physical chemistry; new generation computing tools,
distributed scientific computing; models and algorithms of quantum
computation and quantum information.

We kindly ask you to inform us about your interest to participate at
the Conference MMCP 2009. Please pass the information along to those
colleagues of you who could be interested in the Conference
Mathematical Modeling and Computational Physics 2009.

For all communication and information please use the Conference e-mail

Hassan Safouhi
On behalf of the Local Organizing Committee of MMCP 2009.


From: Jeff Linderoth <>
Date: Sun, 4 Jan 2009 11:27:44 -0500
Subject: Intl Symp on Math Programming (ISMP), Chicago, Aug 2009

The 20th International Symposium on Mathematical Programming (ISMP)
Chicago, IL, August 23-28, 2009. (

Registration for the 20th International Symposium on Mathematical
Programming (ISMP) is now open. ISMP is a scientific meeting held
every 3 years on behalf of the Mathematical Programming
Society. Presentations on all theoretical, computational and practical
aspects of mathematical programming are welcome. Interested speakers
are urged to contact the cluster organizer for their particular topic.
(The cluster chairs are listed on the conference web site).
Submission of abstracts is already under way.


December 7, 2008: Conference registration open
April 15, 2009: Abstract submission deadline
June 29, 2009: Early registration deadline
August 11, 2009: Registration cancellation deadline

Happy New Year!
-The ISMP Organizing Committee


Date: Fri, 2 Jan 2009 16:46:33 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Deadline extension: Special Issue of MP(B) dedicated to Henry Wolkowicz

Deadline Extension for submissions to:

Special Issue of Mathematical Programming (Series B) on
Cone Programming and its Applications
dedicated to Henry Wolkowicz on the occasion of his 60th birthday

We invite submissions of novel research articles for a forthcoming issue
of Mathematical Programming (Series B) on cone programming and its
applications, in the broadest sense.

This special issue is associated with the Modeling and Optimization:
Theory and Applications (MOPTA) 2008 conference. The issue will be
dedicated to Henry Wolkowicz on the occasion of his 60th birthday.
Professor Wolkowicz is known worldwide as a major contributor to the
theory, algorithms, and applications of cone programming, including
semidefinite programming.

We invite papers that address the following topics, individually or in
* Theory of moments and positive polynomials;
* Practical interior-point methods for large-scale cone programming;
* High-impact applications to areas such as combinatorial optimization
and global optimization.

The deadline for submission of full papers is extended to FEBRUARY 28, 2009.

Electronic submissions to the guest editors in the form of pdf files are
encouraged. All submissions will be refereed according to the usual
standards of Mathematical Programming. Information about Mathematical
Programming (Series B) including author guidelines and other special
issues in progress, is available at
Additional information about the special issue can be obtained from the
guest editors.

Guest editors:

Miguel F. Anjos (
Etienne de Klerk (
Franz Rendl (

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