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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 states."

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.