NA Digest Wednesday, December 31, 2014 Volume 14 : Issue 46

Today's Editor:
Daniel M. Dunlavy
Sandia National Labs

Submissions for NA Digest:


From: Karel Segeth
Date: December 29, 2014
Subject: 2014 Babuska Prize Awarded

In December 2014, the Czech Association for Mechanics and the Unionof
Czech Mathematicians and Physicists again awarded the I. Babuska
Prize for the best work in computational mechanics and computational
mathematics submitted by students and young scientists. The Prize
winner for 2014 is Dr Petr Havlasek from the Faculty of Civil
Engineering of the Czech Technical University in Prague. The work
honored is his PhD thesis Creep and shrinkage of concrete subjected to
variable environmental conditions.

Further winners were delivered diplomas of honor. The second position
was awarded to Dr Karel Tuma from the Faculty of Mathematics and
Physics of Charles University in Prague for his PhD thesis
Identification of rate type fluids suitable for modeling
geomaterials. The third position belongs to Dr Jan Simak from the same
faculty who presented his PhD thesis Solution of inverse problem for a
flow around an airfoil.

Further diplomas of honor were delivered to MS theses. The first
position in this category was taken by Filip Roskovec from the Faculty
of Mathematics and Physics of Charles University in Prague. The second
was Jan Havelka from the Faculty of Civil Engineering of the Czech
Technical University in Prague and the third position was shared by
Eliska Janouchova and Eva Mysakova from the same faculty.

The Prize was established in 1994 by an outstanding Czech
mathematician Ivo Babuska, now at the Institute for Computational
Engineering and Sciences, University of Texas, Austin, TX. He is
well-known for his fundamental results in the finite element
method. He obtained the Neuron Award for Life Achievement by the
Neuron Foundation in Prague in December 2014.


From: Lena Korsnes
Date: December 30, 2014
Subject: Computational Physiology, Norway/USA, Jun/Aug 2015

The 2015 Summer School in Computational Physiology: Models, Tools, and
Techniques for Cardiac Applications
Oslo, Norway, 15-26 June 2015
La Jolla, CA, USA 10-14 August 2015

Motivation and description: The University of California San Diego has
promoted long-standing research collaborations with the University of
Oslo and Simula Research Laboratory (Oslo, Norway) focused around
multiple aspects of computational physiology.

This joint summer school includes targeted research lectures and a
practical project portion. This course teaches the fundamental
principles of mathematical modeling used in cardiac electrophysiology
and biomechanics simulation. The course focuses on modeling the
cellular-scale biophysical processes responsible for electrical
activation and contraction of cardiac muscle cells, modeling
frameworks for tissue scale electrical signal propagation, as wel as
cellular- and tissue-level mechanics. Although the main focus is on
heart physiology, many of the derived models have a general
applicability in biomedical modeling. Since the final part of the
course will be a small research project, the students will also be
introduced to required and useful numerical methods and software tools
for computational modeling based on differential equations.

The applicant pool is open to interested graduate students
(Master's/early PhD level); students from third-party institutions as
well as both host Universities are encouraged to apply. Course
enrollment will be limited to 10 participants in 2015. Simula will
offer stipends designed to fully cover costs associated with travel
to/from Oslo and/or San Diego to all accepted
applicants. Accommodation and meals will also be provided free of



From: Christine Shoemaker
Date: December 29, 2014
Subject: Postdoc Positions, Computational Optimization, Cornell

We are searching for two Post-Doctoral Associates to develop
innovative stochastic optimization algorithms and software for
operating a large multi-reservoir hydropower system. Candidates are
expected to have a a technical area such as Operations
Research, Systems Engineering, Applied Mathematics, Civil Engineering
or related fields. Candidates must have substantial background in
computational optimization algorithms and be experienced Matlab
programmers. A background in some of the following is desirable:
nonlinear or dynamic programming, watershed hydrology and /or
statistics. Previous knowledge of hydropower operations is not

Applicants should apply and provide required information through the
Cornell job website for
position 26147, which has a longer job description. Direct questions
can be sent to Professor Stedinger via e-mail, with
“BPA Postdoc” in the subject line. Review of applications is immediate
and will continue until the positions are filled. Professors Stedinger
and Shoemaker (Civil and Environmental Engineering and Applied
Mathematics, Cornell University) are supervising this DOE project.

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