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March 2006 Burgers Notes:

It is my pleasure to give you a March 2006 update on the status of the Burgers Program for Fluid Dynamics.

Table of contents:

PARTNERSHIP WITH J.M. BURGERSCENTRUM

GRADUATE EDUCATION IN FLUID DYNAMICS

PARTNERSHIP WITH THE JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY

ANNUAL BURGERS SYMPOSIUM

BURGERS VISITING FACULTY PROGRAM

BURGERS SEMINAR PROGRAM

BURGERS BOARD

FACULTY NEWS

BURGERS FUND

PARTNERSIP WITH J.M. BURGERSCENTRUM

The partnership of our Burgers Program with the J.M. Burgerscentrum (JMBC) in The Netherlands was celebrated with a one-day symposium at the Technical University Delft on January 12, 2006. This symposium attracted about 200 participants from the six Dutch universities that are affiliated with JMBC and we have received many favorable comments. Four of the six speakers had some affiliation with our Burgers Program with Bruno Eckhardt, our Burgers Visiting Professor in 2004-05, as the keynote lecturer. A special poster designed for this symposium can be admired at the Burgers exhibition in the conference room (room 1116) of the IPST building. I used this occasion also to visit the JMBC research groups in Groningen and Twente. It means that I have now visited each of the six universities affiliated with JMBC at least once during the past three years in my capacity as Chair of the Burgers Program.

GRADUATE EDUCATION IN FLUID DYNAMICS

In the fall of 2005 the Burgers Program for Fluid Dynamics was recognized by the Graduate School as an interdisciplinary Field Committee. We subsequently have received a grant from the Graduate School to enhance graduate education in fluid dynamics at the University of Maryland. We hope that this will become an annual grant. It will be used to implement our partnership with the Johns Hopkins University in graduate education (see below). We also want to improve the website of the Burgers Program to make it easier and more attractive for prospective students to apply for a graduate study in fluid dynamics at the University of Maryland.

PARTNERSHIP WITH THE JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY

The second CEAFM/Burgers graduate-student symposium wil be held on Friday April 28, 2006 in the Inn and Conference Center at the campus of the University of Maryland. Breakfast will be available starting at 8.45 am and the lectures will commence at 9.30 am. The program of this meeting is being arranged by Ugo Piomelli (UMD) and Charles Meneveau (JHU) with the assistance of Istvan Szunyogh (UMD). Joe Katz of the Johns Hopkins University will give the keynote lecture at this event. Please nominate your graduate students to give a talk at this symposium by informing Ugo Piomelli giving the name of the student, a title of the talk and a brief abstract no later than March 31, 2006.

ANNUAL BURGERS SYMPOSIUM

The 2006 half-day Burgers Symposium will be held on Thursday November 16, 2006. Please reserve this date in your calendar. The 2006 Burgers Lecturer will be Gijs Ooms, Director of JMBC in The Netherlands.

BURGERS VISITING FACULTY PROGRAM

Sasa Kenjeres of JMBC has concluded his stay as a Burgers Visiting Associate Professor at the University of Maryland. He appears to be very positive about this experience and it seems probable that it will lead to some further future collaborations. Sergei Simoens will continue his stay until the end of the current academic year. Nominations of possible candidates for the Burgers Visiting Faculty Program for 2006-07 are welcome and will be considered.

BURGERS SEMINAR PROGRAM

At the meeting of the Faculty of the Burgers Program in February it was decided to merge the Burgers Seminar with the Fluid Dynamics Review Seminar, henceforth to be designated as the Fluid Dynamics Review Seminar of the Burgers program. The seminar will feature both invited speakers from outside the university and speakers from the Burgers Program. The seminars are being organized by Elias Balaras and Jim Duncan. If you like to make suggestions for possible speakers (including yourself), you are encouraged to contact the organizers. There is an interesting historical background of the Fluid Dynamics Review Seminars. They were originally established at the Institute for Fluid Dynamics and Applied Mathematics (IFDAM) with J.M. Burgers and S.I. Pai. They continued to be organized by IFDAM until after the retirement of Allan Faller the fluid-dynamics faculty in the Department of Mechanical Engineering ensured the continuation of these seminars. So they represent a tradition of interdisciplinary seminars and it seems entirely appropriate to incorporate these seminars into the Burgers Program. We want to establish an electronic mailing list not only of the Burgers Faculty but also of students and postdocs potentially interested in the seminars of the Burgers Program. You are, therefore, requested to send Alice Ashton (ashton@ipst.umd.edu) the email addresses of your graduate students and postdocs.

BURGERS BOARD

Bob Dorfman has retired as a member of the Burgers Board and he has been succeeded by David Levermore of Applied Math. We thank Bob Dorfman for his service on the Burgers Board since it was established in 2003.

FACULTY NEWS

DAVID KIRK-DAVIDOFF (AOSC) has joined the Burgers Program. His research is in climate dynamics.

HOWARD M. MILCHBERG (IPST/ENEE/PHYS) has joined the Burgers Program. His research is in nonlinear optics and plasma hydrodynamics. Howard Milchberg received the Distinguished Scholar-Teacher Award of the University of Maryland in 2005 and the Excellence in Plasma Physics Research of the American Physical Society in 2005.

MIKHAIL A. ANISIMOV (IPST/ENCH) was selected as one of the two recipients of a Foundation for Science and Technology Award from Gunma University, Japan.

KENNETH T. KIGER (ENME) has been selected as one of the first Keystone Professors in the Clark School of Engineering for his exemplary teaching skills and commitment to fundamental engineering courses.

DANIEP P. LATHROP (IREAP/PHYS/IPST) was elected as a Fellow of the American Physical Society.

EDWARD OTT (ENEE/PHYS/IREAP) was awarded the Clark School Outstanding Faculty Award for his advancements in estimating the current state of the atmosphere and for his many contributions in chaos and nonlinear dynamics.
JAMES M. WALLACE (ENME) was named by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement and Support of Education as the 2005 Maryland Professor of the Year.

BURGERS FUND

You are encouraged to consider an annual donation to the Burgers Fund. Donations should be made payable to the “UMCP Foundation” with “Burgers Fund” on the memo line. Checks can be sent to either Larry Lauer, Director of Administrative Services of IPST, or to me.