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November 2005
 
 
  
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Agenda and announcements

  • PR initiative for mathematics

    Recently, the board of the Faculty of Sciences has designated biology and mathematics as spearheads in a new initiative to enlist more bachelor students. A think tank, consisting of Gert Jan van Helden (director of the faculty), Johan Detollenaere (PR collaborator of the faculty), Sjoerd Verduyn Lunel, Sander Hille (chairman of the public relations committee for mathematics) and Fred Bakker is presently working out a new concept for mathematics. As a means of support, the team of student ambassadors, presently consisting of Erik van Werkhoven en Erik Jongsma has been extended per November 1 by Gonnie Hauwert and Pieter Rogaar.

  • Mutation in 'Raad van Toezicht'

    The 'Raad van Toezicht' (Advisory council) advises the (board of the) Mathematical Institute. Recently, Prof.dr. H.A.van der Vorst has been appointed as successor of Prof.dr. M.A. Kaashoek. The 'Raad van Toezicht' presently consists of Ir. B. van Nederveen (chair), dr. M. Elkenbracht-Huizing, prof.dr. G. Nienhuis, prof dr. H.A. van der Vorst and prof.dr. W.R. van Zwet.
  • General Colloquium lectures on Thursdays November 3,10 and December 8,15

    November 3: Prof. Frank den Hollander (UL): The incipient infinite cluster for oriented percolation.
    November 10: Prof. Jaap Korevaar (UvA): Tauberian Theory: History and Highlights.
    December 8: Dr. Patsy Haccou (UL, Institute of Biology): Effects of deleterious mutations on the evolution of reproductive modes.
    December 15:Prof. Philippe Clément (TUD/UL): Maximal regularity for differential equations in Banach spaces and R-boundedness.

    All lectures are from 16:00-17:00 in room 174 of the Snellius. The lectures are preceded by coffee and tea at 15:45 in room 174. See http://www.math.leidenuniv.nl/~evertse/colloquium.shtml for further information.

  • Workshop "Dynamics of Patterns" at Lorentz Center from November 7-11

    Further information: http://www.lc.leidenuniv.nl/lc/web/2005/20051107/description.php3?wsid=164.

  • Intercity Geometry Seminar on Friday November 11 in Leiden

    The lectures are in room 312 of the Snellius. See http://www.math.leidenuniv.nl/~edix/ics/AG_Fall_2005/index.html for further information.

  • Christmas Buffet Dinner on Thursday December 15

    The Christmas buffet dinner of 2005 will be in "Brasserie Park", Van Diepeningenlaan 2, Leiderdorp. Please inform Tineke Bakker-Bouma before December 9 if you (and your partner) want to take part in the dinner. (e-mail to tineke).

Personal notes

  • New personnel

    - Dr.ir. Onno W. van Gaans has been awarded a VIDI-grant by NWO. Starting January 1, 2006 he will be working at our institute in the Analysis and Stochastics group.

    - Prof.dr. Philippe P.J.E. Clement (Professor Emeritus of the Technische Universiteit Delft) will start per November 7 as a guest collaborator in the Analysis and Stochastics group.


Guests

  • Guest of Marcel de Jeu:

    - Dr. Sergei Silvestrov (Lund): he will be visiting our institute for 8 months in total, supported by a visitor's grant from NWO. His first stay is in November and December 2005.

Technical reports

MI 2005-11   R. van der Hofstad, F. den Hollander, G. Slade: The survival probability for critical spread-out oriented percolation above 4+1 dimensions. I. Induction.
MI 2005-12   R. van der Hofstad, F. den Hollander, G. Slade: The survival probability for critical spread-out oriented percolation above 4+1 dimensions. II. Expansion.

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