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March 25-26, 1998. "Exploring the Interface between the Sciences and Mathematical Sciences," Washington, D.C.

Presented by the Committee on Strengthening the Linkages between the Sciences and Mathematical Sciences of the National Research Council (NRC).


This workshop will illuminate stimulating research at the interface between the sciences and mathematical sciences and explore the nature of interdisciplinary collaborations between scientists and mathematical scientists. It will do so through case studies of successful interdisciplinary interactions and through a roundtable discussion examining factors that potentially impede interdisciplinary collaboration, and practical means of navigating these obstacles in both industry and academia. The program will feature a panel discussion focusing on multidisciplinary education in the mathematical sciences. This workshop will most benefit students and researchers interested in pursuing interdisciplinary problems at the math-science interface; administrators of and participants in interdisciplinary research and/or training programs; and researchers facing interdisciplinary problems in industry. Participants will have the opportunity to learn from the experiences of colleagues and to raise issues before the academic and industrial research communities. Active audience participation will be encouraged.


Committee on Strengthening the Linkages between the Sciences and Mathematical Sciences Commission on Physical Sciences, Mathematics, and Applications (CPSMA)

National Research Council

2101 Constitution Avenue, N.W., NAS 285

Washington, D.C. 20418-0001

Tel: 202-334-1675

Fax: 202-334-1528


For further information on CPSMA, please visit the committee's Web site, which is posted under


Interested parties should contact Stacey Burkhardt via phone, fax, or e-mail. There is no participation fee. However, spaces are limited, and pre-registration is required.


This workshop is being conducted as part of a NRC Special Task on Strengthening the Linkages between the Sciences and Mathematical Sciences, which is sponsored by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the National Science Foundation, and the National Institutes of Health.


  • THOMAS BUDINGER, E.O. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Chairman
  • R. STEPHEN BERRY, The University of Chicago
  • NICHOLAS R. COZZARELLI, University of California, Berkeley
  • INGRID DAUBECHIES, Princeton University
  • MARTIN FARACH-COLTON, Rutgers University, Bell Laboratories
  • FRANK C. HOPPENSTEADT, Center for System Science and Engineering Research, Arizona State University
  • JOHN LEHOCZKY, Carnegie Mellon University
  • GREGORY J. MCRAE, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • JOSEPH PEDLOSKY, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
  • JAMES L. PHILLIPS, The Boeing Company Information and Support Services
  • I.M. SINGER, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • MICHAEL TABOR, University of Arizona
  • SUZANNE DAVIES WITHERS, University of Washington
  • ELLEN ZWEIBEL, JILA, University of Colorado, Boulder


"Exploring the Interface between the Sciences and Mathematical Sciences"

March 25-26, 1998

National Academy of Sciences Building

Lecture Room

2101 Constitution Avenue, NW

Washington, DC

  Day 1  00 a.m. Chairman's Welcome and Introductions Thomas Budinger (Center for Functional Imaging, E.O. Lawrence  Berkeley National Laboratory)   30 a.m. Introductory Remarks  Phillip Griffiths (Director, Institute for Advanced Study)  45 a.m. The Elucidation and Quantification of Transport and  Mixing Processes in the Ocean by Dynamical Systems Techniques Christopher Jones (Applied Mathematics, Brown University) & Lawrence Pratt (Physical Oceanography, Woods Hole Oceanographic  Institute)  45 a.m. How a Physicist and a Mathematician Got Together and  Did Something Useful in Brain Imaging Lawrence Shepp (Statistics, Rutgers University) & Jay Stein  (Hologic, Inc. & Vivid Technologies)  45 Break  00 Panel Discussion, "Multidisciplinary Research and Training  in the Mathematical Sciences: Successes and Failures" Chair, Michael Tabor (Head, Program in Applied Mathematics,  University of Arizona) Participants:  Avner Friedman (Director, Minnesota Center for Industrial  Mathematics [MCIM] & Past Director, Institute for Mathematics and  its Applications [IMA], University of Minnesota),  Alan Newell (Chairman, Mathematics Institute, University of Warwick),  Nancy Sung (Director, Interfaces Program, Burroughs Wellcome Fund),  Mary Wheeler (Director, The Center for Subsurface Modeling [CSM],  Texas Institute for Computational and Applied Mathematics [TICAM],  University of Texas at Austin)   45 Lunch Break  45 Blue Lasers: Materials Growth, Characterization, and Computational  Physics David Bour (Electronic Materials Laboratory, Xerox Palo Alto Research  Center [PARC]) & Chris Van de Walle (Electronic Materials Laboratory, Xerox PARC)  45 Coping with Complex Surfaces: An Interface between Mathematics  and Condensed Matter Physics Jack Douglas (Polymers Division, National Institute of Standards and  Technology [NIST]) &  Fern Hunt (Applied and Computational Mathematics Division, NIST)  45 Break  00 Numerical Simulation of Subsurface Flow and Reactive Transport Todd Arbogast (Mathematics, University of Texas, Austin) & Mary F. Wheeler (Aerospace Engineering, Engineering Mechanics, and  Petroleum & Geosystems Engineering, University of Texas, Austin)  00 Wavelets: A Synthesis of Ideas in Harmonic Analysis and Subband  Filtering that Happened Serendipitously Ingrid Daubechies (Department of Mathematics and the Program in Applied  and Computational Mathematics, Princeton University) &  Martin Vetterli (Electrical Engineering and Computer Science,  University of California, Berkeley)   00 General Discussion  15 Adjourn  Day 2  00 a.m. Preliminary Remarks by Thomas Budinger   15 a.m. Language and Dynamical Systemsa View from the Bridge Robert Berwick (Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, Department of  Brain & Cognitive Sciences, and Electrical Engineering, Massachusetts  Institute of Technology) &  Partha Niyogi (Bell Laboratories)  15 Protein Folding Class Predictions Temple Smith (Molecular Engineering Research Center, Biomedical  Engineering, and Pharmacology, Boston University) & James White (TASC)  15 Economics in Infinite Dimensional Spaces Robert Anderson (Mathematics & Economics, University of California,  Berkeley) & William Zame (Economics, University of California, Los Angeles)   15 Break (Refreshments served)  30 Roundtable Discussion: "What Helps and What Hinders Collaboration  Between Fields in Academia and Industry" Chairs, James Phillips (Mathematics and Engineering Analysis, The  Boeing Company) & Suzanne Withers (Department of Geography and Center for  the Study of Demography and Ecology, University of Washington)  45 Closing Remarks  00 Adjourn