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### April 2015

Postdoctoral Research Associate Efstathios Charalampidis was invited to give a talk at the 9th IMACS International Conference on Nonlinear Evolution Equations and Wave Phenomena: Computation and Theory, which was held at the University of Georgia in Athens, GA. The talk was titled “Dark-bright Solitons in Coupled Nonlinear Schrödinger (NLS) Equations with Unequal Dispersion Coefficients.”

At the UMass Amherst Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony on May 8, 2015, Nicholas Chunias, a graduating senior in our department, was named a Jack Welch Scholar. This honor was given to him and to three other graduating seniors in recognition for their leadership and executive ability. Nicholas was a dual degree recipient in finance and mathematics.

On April 25, 2015 Professor Erin Conlon gave an invited talk at the New England Statistics Symposium in Storrs, CT. The talk was titled “Computational Tools for Bayesian Methods in Big Data and Data Science.” Erin also organized and chaired an invited session at the same conference, which also took place on April 25. The session was titled “Statistical Challenges in Modeling and Applications.” This session also included two faculty members from our department, Anna Liu and Daeyoung Kim.

Professor Panos Kevrekidis has had a very busy winter and spring term. In January 2015, he visited the University of Milan and gave a talk on his work on localized excitations in a one-day workshop there on Localized Dynamics in Nonlinear Hamiltonian Lattices. Then in February, Panos was invited to the Institute for Mathematical Sciences of the National University of Singapore for their workshop on High Performance and Parallel Computing Methods and Algorithms for Material Defects. Panos gave a talk at the workshop on his recent advances in the dynamics of vortices and vortex rings. In March, Panos gave a short talk on Bose-Einstein condensates at the APS March Meeting. At the same meeting he was honored as an American Physical Society Fellow from the Topical Group in Statistical and Nonlinear Physics. He then visited the University of Pittsburgh, where he gave both a colloquium on his work on granular media and an Applied Math seminar on his work on Bose-Einstein condensates. During the same month he also visited UMass Boston as well as Boston University, where he also delivered lectures on his recent work on quantum and classical systems, respectively. At the beginning of April, Panos delivered one of the three plenary lectures at the 9th IMACS International Conference on Nonlinear Evolution Equations and Wave Phenomena: Computation and Theory. Finally, he also recently visited the University of Colorado, Boulder, where he delivered a chalk talk on localized structures in discrete systems as well as a colloquium on Nonlinear Waves in Bose-Einstein condensates.