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May 22, 2006

UI To Host World Class Mathematics Symposium May 22-28

The world's foremost mathematics meeting of its kind will visit Iowa when the Department of Mathematics in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences hosts the 26th annual Great Planes Operator Theory Symposium (GPOTS06) from May 23-28 on the UI campus.

Some 150 participants from the United States and abroad will make presentations, as the symposium will focus on all aspects of operator theory, operator algebras and their application. Paul Muhly, mathematics professor and symposium co-organizer, says that hosting the meeting is an honor for the department, the college and the university.

The symposium has received support from the National Science Foundation; the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications, based in Minneapolis; the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute, based in Berkeley, Calif.; the UI Vice President for Research; and the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Lectures are scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 24, with plenary and invited talks to be held in Lecture Room 1 of Van Allen Hall. Contributed talks will begin at 3:30 p.m. and will be held in various rooms throughout Van Allen Hall. Further information may be obtained by visiting the conference Web site -- -- or by contacting conference organizers: Raul Curto (, 319-335-2615); Palle Jorgensen (, 319-335-0782); or Paul Muhly (, 319-335-0759).

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