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## Department News

## Faculty News Briefs

### May 2016

On May 16, 2016 Visiting Assistant Professor Stathis Charalampidis gave an invited talk at San Diego State University with the title “Dark-Bright Solitons and Their Two-Dimensional Counterparts in Coupled Nonlinear Schrödinger (NLS) Systems.”

On May 10, 2016 Professor Matthew Dobson gave an invited minisymposium talk at the SIAM Conference on Mathematical Aspects of Materials Science in Philadelphia. His talk was titled “Information Theoretic Fitting for Coarse-Grained Molecular Dynamics.”

On May 9, 2016 Professor Michael Lavine presented “Deformation Models for Fingerprints” at SAMSI's Forensic Science transition workshop.

The paper by Professor Yao Li titled "Convergence to Global Equilibrium for Fokker-Planck Equations on a Graph and Talagrand-Type Inequalities” was published in *Journal of Differential Equations*, 261 (2016), pp. 2552-2583.

During the period May 9–12 Professor Franz Pedit visited Technical University Munich to continue his collaboration with Professor Josef Dorfmeister on the classification of constant mean curvature surfaces in Euclidean space. Between May 13 and May 20 he visited the SFB 109 "Discrete Geometry and Dynamics" at Technical University Berlin to continue collaboration with Professor Ulrich Pinkall on conformal Willmore flows of surfaces. Finally, Professor Pedit spent May 21–29 at Tübingen University, working with Dr. Lynn Heller, Dr. Sebastian Heller, and Dr. Nicholas Schmitt on the construction of equivariant constrained Willmore tori and constant mean curvature surfaces of higher genus.