NA Digest Sunday, December 28, 2008 Volume 08 : Issue 52

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From: Karel Segeth <>
Date: Tue, 23 Dec 2008 05:29:42 -0500
Subject: 2008 Babuska Prize Awarded

In December 2008, the Czech Association for Mechanics and the Union of Czech
Mathematicians and Physicists again awarded the I. Babuska Prize for the best
work in scientific computing submitted by students and young scientists. The
Prize winner for 2008 is Dr Vaclav Kucera from the Faculty of Mathematics and
Physics of Charles University in Prague. The work honored is his PhD thesis
Higher order methods for the solution of compressible flows.

Further winners were delivered diplomas of honor. The second and third
positions were shared by Dr Anna Kucerova from the Faculty of Civil Engineering
of the Czech Technical University in Prague who presented her PhD thesis
Identification of nonlinear mechanical model parameters based on softcomputing
methods and Dr Pavel Vachal from the Faculty of Nuclear Sciences and Physical
Engineering of the same University who submitted his PhD thesis Rezoning and
remapping for ALE simulations in fluid dynamics and plasma physics.

Further diplomas of honor were delivered to MS theses. The first position in
this category was taken by Pavel Gruber from the Faculty of Civil Engineering
of the Czech Technical University in Prague for his thesis Homogenization of
composite materials allowing for imperfect contact of components. The second
position was awarded to Hana Kutakova (Faculty of Applied Sciences of the
University of West Bohemia in Pilsen) for her thesis Mortar finite element
method for linear 2D elliptic problems, the third one to Ondrej Frantisek
(Faculty of Mechanical Engineering of the VSB-Technical University of Ostrava)
for his thesis Analysis and optimization of gear shifting mechanism.

The Prize had its fifteenth winners in 2008. It was established in 1994 by an
outstanding Czech mathematician Ivo Babuska. Since fall 1968 he has been
working in the United States. Since 1995 he is at the Institute for
Computational Engineering and Sciences, University of Texas, Austin, TX. His
results in the finite element method belong to the fundamentals of the method.


From: Vladimir Belykh <>
Date: Mon, 22 Dec 2008 04:56:39 -0500
Subject: Conference in honor of Prof. Sergei Godunov's 80th birthday, Jul 2009

First Announcement
Conference “Mathematics in Applications”
in honor of Sergei Godunov's 80th birthday.

We are proud to host a conference "Mathematics in Applications"
celebrating the 80th birthday of Professor S.K. Godunov.
This meeting will be held in Novosibirsk, Russia, July 20–24, 2009.

The conference website

With kind regards on behalf of the Program Committee,
Professor V.N. Belykh.


From: Marc Alexander Schweitzer <>
Date: Thu, 25 Dec 2008 05:05:56 -0500
Subject: Visiting Professorship Program at INS, Bonn, Germany

Visiting Professorship Program at INS, Bonn, Germany

The objective of this ongoing program is to enable distinguished academics
from abroad to spend their sabbatical (up to six month) at the Institute for
Numerical Simulation (INS) of the University Bonn. The aim of the program is
to foster the scientific collaboration of researchers at the INS.

The INS Visiting Professorship is open for applications twice a year. Visiting
Professors are expected to make a substantial contribution to the academic
life of the INS. Successful applicants are expected to be based full-time at
the INS for the duration of the Professorship.

Details are available online at


From: Raymond Spiteri <>
Date: Tue, 23 Dec 2008 14:22:02 -0500
Subject: Announcement of Chronic Wasting Disease modeling position

A cross-disciplinary research team studying the spread of Chronic
Wasting Disease (CWD) in the Canadian Prairies is seeking a
postdoctoral fellow to take the lead in creating mathematical models
to inform understanding as to how intervention strategies will affect
spread of CWD and cervid population dynamics. The modeler will work
closely with established researchers on infectious disease in the
School of Public Health and Department of Computer Science, and with
researchers and students in the Western College of Veterinary Medicine
conducting an ongoing field studies on the movement and health status
of deer populations, investigating the impact of intervention
strategies and vaccination.

Applicants should have earned a doctoral degree in mathematics,
Computer Science, physics or engineering or other technical
discipline, have past experience in building or analyzing models of
infectious disease spread, familiarity with applied mathematics
(including differential equations, probability theory, and some
knowledge of statistics), exposure to programming and debugging in one
or more object-oriented programming languages, and an interest in
applications of modeling to animal and veterinary health. Exposure to
epidemiology, and previous work with ecological modeling or
individual-based simulation models is desirable but not
required. Funding is currently available for a 1- year postdoctoral
positional position, with possible extension to 2 years, starting
immediately. Applications will be considered until February 15,
2009. Interested applicants should write to Dr. Cheryl Waldner at to apply and for further information.


From: "Collis, Samuel Scott" <>
Date: Wed, 24 Dec 2008 15:43:55 -0700
Subject: 2009 CSRI Summer Program at Sandia National Labs

Sandia's Computer Science Research Institute (CSRI) seeks students to
participate in collaborative research across a wide range of areas in
computer science, applied mathematics, and computational science and
engineering. Possible research areas include advanced computer
architectures, systems software, programming languages and paradigms,
networks, informatics and information sciences, combinatorial
mathematics, discrete event simulation, scalable linear and nonlinear
solvers, continuous and discrete optimization, uncertainty
quantification, statistics, multiscale methods and mathematics,
visualization, and meshing. Students are also sought with interests
in applying computational methods to scientific and engineering
applications including shock physics, MHD, CFD, electrical systems,
MEMS, and nanoscience. A theme for the 2009 CSRI Summer Program will
be understanding and exploring uncertainties and numerical errors in
computer models and simulation and their impact in decision making and
students interested in all aspects of these issues are strongly
encouraged to apply.

CSRI student internships are for motivated and enthusiastic
individuals with excellent communication skills who have the desire to
gain research experience in a highly collaborative research
environment. Successful applicants will be exposed to a wide range of
computational research at Sandia and will have a strong project-based
research experience working directly with Sandia staff scientists.

To access the posting, go to, click on
Employment, click on Career Opportunities, click on Search Job
Postings, enter the job opening number (62024 for graduate students
and 62025 for undergraduates) in the Keywords field of the Basic Job
Search, press Search, and scroll down to see the posting.
Applications should include a resume and a cover letter describing the
area that they would like to gain research experience.

For more information visit or contact Scott

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