The Johns Hopkins Gazette: March 13, 2000
March 13, 2000
VOL. 29, NO. 27


Mathematicians To Hold Annual Conference At Hopkins

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Mathematicians from around the world will meet at Homewood on Friday, March 17, for the start of a 10-day international conference, an annual event co-sponsored by the Mathematics Department and the Japan-U.S. Mathematics Institute, known as JAMI. This year's conference will focus on recent progress in homotopy theory.

The conference aims to facilitate interaction between the mathematicians working in homotopy theory, which is a branch of algebraic topology, and to allow them discuss recent developments.

The JAMI program, inaugurated in 1988, continues the tradition of friendly relations and interaction with Japanese mathematicians. JAMI also has attracted the attention of European mathematicians, and consequently, the yearly conference has attained an international scale with scholars from Europe joining the American and Japanese participants.

The conference is part of a semester-long special program that has attracted 11 visitors from Japan, who are staying for one to three months. Because of them and the strength of the department in homotopy theory, Johns Hopkins attracts faculty on leave in the field. Consequently, nine non-Japanese also have taken up residence in the Department of Mathematics during the three-month period. The program is organized by J. Michael Boardman, Don Davis, Jean-Pierre Meyer, Jack Morava, Goro Nishida, W. Stephen Wilson and Nobuaki Yagita with grants from the National Science Foundation and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science.

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