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UI math researchers receive National Science Foundation grants
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Thomas Branson and Palle Jorgensen, both mathematics
professors in the UI College of Liberal Arts, have jointly received two
National Science Foundation (NSF) mathematics research grants.
The first grant is a three-year, $20,000 award from the NSF East Asia
and Pacific Program to work on a U.S.-Australia cooperative research project.
The investigators will study invariant operators associated, in a natural
way, to geometric structures of interest in mathematical physics.
A separate, three-year grant of $14,000 from the NSF -U.S. cooperative
Science: Western Europe group will fund a project on spectral theory.
The two Iowa researchers -- together with investigators from Louisiana
State University, the University of Oregon, and colleagues in Denmark,
France, Germany, and Norway -- will investigate the mathematical underpinnings
of phenomena in physics, chemistry, the theory of data compression, and
other scientific fields which involve "proper values" or "coherent
In addition to the two shared grants, Branson is also a co-principal
investigator on a $40,000 NSF grant that would bring the Midwest Geometry
Conference to the University of Iowa in the year 2000.