Distinguished lecturer to share wave theories

Jerry L. Bona, University of Illinois at Chicago

Jerry L. Bona, professor, Department of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Chicago will deliver the fourth annual UCCS Mathematics Distinguished Lecture at 12:30 p.m. Sept. 20 on the third floor apse of the Kraemer Family Library.

Bona will discuss mathematics and the ocean, providing an overview of important milestones in the study of mathematics of the ocean before demonstrating an example of the use of water wave theory to create mathematical models.

“We will then turn to some of the more spectacular applications of the theory,” Radu Cascaval, associate professor, Department of Mathematics, said. “This involves tsunami propagation, rogue waves and near-shore zone sand bars.”

Bona is known for his contributions to the study of fluid mechanics, partial differential equations and computational math. He earned a Ph.D. from Harvard University and worked at the Fluid Mechanics Research Institute at the University of Essex. Later, he was a faculty member at the University of Chicago, Pennsylvania State University, and the University of Texas, Austin, before joining the University of Illinois at Chicago.

The event is free. Refreshments will be served at 12 p.m.

For more information, contact Radu Cascaval, 255-3759, rcascava@uccs.edu or visit http://www.uccs.edu/math/math-events/distinguished-lecture-series.html

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