School of Mathematical Sciences
Center for Applied and Computational Mathematics
Mathematical modeling and computation in areas such as biomathematics, mathematics of imaging, and dynamical systems were explored at the New York Conference on Applied Mathematics hosted by RIT's Center for Applied and Computational Mathematics. Roughly 90 researchers from New York, the northeast and Ontario met to discuss their work in applied and computational mathematics. The one-day conference was held in RIT's Center for Student Innovation and featured talks from university professors, students, and researchers working in industry. The conference strengthened connections between applied mathematicians and scientists working in the region.
RIT's School of Mathematical Sciences hosted the 23rd Midwest Conference on Combinatorics, Cryptography & Computing on October 3-4, 2009. In addition to the seven invited speakers, sixty contributed talks were presented at the conference and the proceedings will appear in a special volume of the JCMCC. SMS had also hosted the 18th MCCCC in 2004 and 19th MCCCC in 2005 at RIT.
Mathematics Professors Manuela Campanelli, Joshua Faber, Carlos Lousto, Yosef Zlochower, and computer science professor, Hans-Peter Bischof, all members of RIT's Center for Computational Relativity and Gravitation, were awarded an NSF grant to work with groups at Louisiana State University and Georgia Institute of Technology to develop a sophisticated General Relativistic Magnetohydrodynamical computer code that models astrophysical phenomena on petascale supercomputers.
For community outreach, Faber and Campanelli were also awarded a NASA Outreach grant to host Rochester's "Science Cafe" lecture series, which features down-to-earth discussions with scientists eager to share their expertise with interested people in the Rochester community. Click here for more information.
David Merritt, a professor in the Department of Physics, was awarded a grant of $462,061 from NASA to support his project, "Dynamical Studies of the Centers of Galaxies." Merritt will use the award to study the nuclear regions of galaxies that contain supermassive black holes. He will simulate how the nuclei evolve when galaxies collide and merge. One motivation for the simulations is to understand the center of our own galaxy, for which detailed observations are available. The simulations will be carried out using "gravitySimulator", a special-purpose supercomputer that Merritt built at RIT in 2006 using an award from the NSF.
Students in the second and third grades of the Genesee Community Charter School came to the RIT Observatory to learn about telescopes and space. Joel Kastner (CIS) used an infrared camera to demonstrate the difference between visible and infrared light waves. Michael Richmond (Physics) explained how telescopes work, using one of the students as a target.
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