University of South Alabama, Office of Public Relations

April 13, 2006
Contact: Joy Washington , USA Office of Public Relations, (251) 460-6638

Steele Prize Winner Dr. Robert Miura to Speak at USA

Dr. Robert M. Miura, acting chair of the department of mathematical sciences at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, will give two lectures in the department of mathematics and statistics at USA.

The first lecture, “Solitons and the Inverse Scattering Method: A Historical View,” which includes the work that was awarded the prestigious Leroy P. Steele Prize, is scheduled from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 20 in the Instructional Laboratory Building, Room 370.

Miura’s second talk, “Spreading Cortical Depression: An Enigma,” is about his current research in mathematical biology. It will be held from 10-11 a.m. on Friday, April 21 in the Instructional Laboratory Building, Room 370.

Dr. Robert M. Miura
Dr. Robert M. Miura

A professor of mathematical sciences and biomedical engineering at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, Miura also has the distinction of being a Fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the Royal Society of Canada, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He was awarded the Leroy P. Steele Prize for Seminal Contribution to Research, 2006, with C.S. Gardner, J.M. Greene and M.D. Kruskal, for their fundamental work on solitons, inverse scattering transforms, and nonlinear completely integrable systems.

Miura is co-editor-in-chief of Analysis and Applications and vice chair for the life sciences activity group of the Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics, SIAM. He serves on the editorial boards of the Canadian Applied Mathematics Quarterly, Integrative Neuroscience and “SIAM Book Series on Monographs on Mathematical Modeling and Computation.” He is also serving on the scientific advisory panel of The Fields Institute.

Miura received his bachelor and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering from the University of California, Berkley and his master’s degree and doctorate in aerospace and mechanical sciences from Princeton University.

Both of Miura’s lectures are free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served 30 minutes before the talks in the Instructional Laboratory Building Conference Room, Room 335.

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