SIAM's Julian Cole Lectureship awarded to Dr. Michael J. Shelley of the Courant Institute

The Julian Cole Lectureship was established in 2001 and is given at the SIAM Annual Meeting. This year's meeting was held in Boston, July 1014, 2006. The prize, funded by the students, friends, colleagues and family of Julian Cole, is awarded for an outstanding contribution to the mathematical characterization and solution of a challenging problem in the physical or biological sciences, or in engineering, or for the development of mathematical methods for the solution of such problems. The lectureship may be awarded to any member of the scientific or engineering community. SIAM selected Michael J. Shelly as this year's lecturer. His lecture was titled "Bodies Interacting With and Through Fluids."

Professor Shelley's work, like that of Julian D. Cole, emphasizes mathematical modeling and scientific computation in fluid dynamics and other fields. He has worked collaboratively with many individuals, making significant advances in our understanding of basic phenomena from multicomponent fluids and multiphase materials to neuronal activity in the visual cortex.

Michael J. Shelley received his B.A. in Mathematics from the University of Colorado in 1981, and his Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from the University of Arizona in 1985. He was then a postdoctoral fellow in the Program in Applied and Computational Mathematics at Princeton University, following which he joined the mathematics faculty at the University of Chicago and where he was also an NSF Postdoctoral Fellow. In 1992, he joined the Courant Institute at New York University, where he is presently Professor of Mathematics and Neuroscience, and Co-Director of the Applied Mathematics Laboratory.

He was previously an NSF Presidential Young Investigator, and received the Francois N. Frenkiel Award of the American Physical Society, Division of Fluid Dynamics, in 1998.

His research interests include the mathematical modeling, analysis, and simulation of flow-body interactions and of complex fluids, often done in close connection with laboratory studies, as well as in understanding elements of visual perception, again using modeling and simulation, of the neuronal network dynamics of the primary visual cortex.


The Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) was founded in 1952 to support and encourage the important industrial role that applied mathematics and computational science play in advancing science and technology. Along with publishing top-rated journals, books, and SIAM News, SIAM holds about 12 conferences per year. There are also currently 45 SIAM Student Chapters and 15 SIAM Activity Groups.

SIAM's 2006 Annual Meeting themes included dynamical systems, industrial problems, mathematical biology, numerical analysis, orthogonal polynomials and partial differential equations.

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