Mark Johnston: Massey University

The Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) is the major professional society for OR academics and practitioners. From April 23-26 this year, I was priviledged to attend the inaugural INFORMS Spring National Meeting at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in Los Angeles. This was a huge meeting with some 2000 participants and an excellent opportunity to hear many famous names whose research articles have directly influenced my PhD research. The conference schedule was intensive, often with 30 parallel sessions, and I attended talks on a diverse range of familiar and unfamiliar topics. I found the sessions on Vehicle Routing, Tabu Search and Network Location the most interesting. Appropriately the theme for the conference was "MS/OR: Eye on the Pacific Rim" with invited sessions from many countries around the Pacific, such as Australia, Chile, Korea, Singapore and New Zealand. I presented a paper entitled "The Competitive Prize Collecting TSP" to an invited session on "OR/MS in New Zealand". Subsequent discussions generated some positive feedback and hopefully ongoing contacts. I wish to thank the New Zealand Mathematical Society for making this opportunity possible.

David McIntyre : University of Auckland

In August 1994 I attended the International Congress of Mathematicians in Zurich and the 10th Summer Conference on General Topology and Applications in Amsterdam, with the assistance of a $500 travel grant from NZMS.

Attending the ICM was a fascinating experience: I have never been in a city with such a high proportion of mathematicians! The sheer size of such a meeting is overwhelming, and gives a very clear idea of how broad and vigorous the field is. It was particularly interesting to hear the talks of the four Fields Medalists (Bourgain, Lions, Yoccoz and Zelmanov) and the Nevanlinna Prizewinner (Wigderson), as well as such famous mathematicians as Conway, Ratner and Wiles.

Because of the large number of participants at the ICM, contributed papers take the form of posters, with sessions for 19 subjects. One drawback with this approach is that you are expected to

stand by your poster answering questions to any queries during the session in which you are most interested in seeing the other posters. I presented a poster on Intervals in the lattices of topologies and partial orders.

Given the proximity of the ICM and the Summer Conference, it was surprising how few general topologists attended the ICM: perhaps as few as 10 or 20 of the 175 participants of the Amsterdam conference. This conference covered a broad range of topics in general topology, including a special session on set-theoretic topology which I found particularly useful. I was pleased to be able to renew old acquaintances and make new ones among the community of general topologists, and to catch up on recent developments in the subject.

Overall, I found this a very rewarding trip, and I am very grateful to the New Zealand Mathematical Society for making it possible.

Charles Semple: Victoria University

I would like to thank the New Zealand Mathematical Society for their partial support in assisting me to attend the American Mathematical Society, Institute for Mathematical Statistics, and Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics 1995 Joint Summer Research Conference on Matroid Theory, held at the University of Washington, Seattle, July 2-6, 1995.

The conference was invaluable as it enabled me to make contact with other mathematicians with

similar research interests and exposed me to the thinking of leading researchers in the area. I know these contacts will prove useful in future research. At the conference I presented a poster presentation "Matroid Representation Over Partial Fields".

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the American Mathematical Society for their generous support.

Fiona Taylor: Massey University

I arrived at Changi airport, Singapore, in sweltering humidity and clear skies, and left amidst an impressive tropical storm. Singapore is definitely a land of variety - from the culture, language and religions of her people, to the range of cuisine on offer.

It was against this backdrop that the first international meeting of INFORMS (The Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences) was held from the 25-28 June. The countries represented by the approximately 800 participants, were equally varied, as were the topics addressed in the presented papers. These covered such things as the backlash of Singapore's two child management policy, snow clearing problems in Canada, chemical transportation in Australia and USA airline management.

My attendance at the conference was made

possible, in part, through a travel grant from the

NZMS, which allowed me to present a paper on my PhD research into Search and Rescue problems. The conference provided me with an opportunity to gather knowledge in new areas of management science and to establish contacts with those from other countries working in related areas. I also took the opportunity to attend a tutorial on recent Tabu Search extensions given by Fred Glover himself (looking much different from what I had imagined) and colleague Manuel Laguna.

I flew back in through Christchurch to a welcoming 1oC, with a collection of business cards from companies and universities around the world, representing opportunities for future correspondence. In all, it was an interesting and valuable experience and I am grateful to the NZMS for their support.

Positions Available



Department of Mathematics

University of Waikato

The University of Waikato invites applications for a Lectureship in Mathematics within the Department of Mathematics. This Department, together with the Departments of Computer Science and Statistics, forms the School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences. The Department of Mathematics has 10.5 full-time equivalent staff, and approximately 1200 course enrolments across all Schools of Studies in the University. Teaching and research supervision is done at undergraduate, Masters, and Doctoral levels.

The University wishes to appoint an applied mathematician whose interests will fit in with those of its existing strong group of researchers in applied and industrial mathematics.

Enquiries of an academic nature should be made to Associate Professor A D Sneyd (Tel +64 - 7 - 856-2889, ext 8324, email: Information on the conditions of appointment and details of the method of application are available from the Academic Staff Registrar, The University of Waikato, Private Bag 3105, Hamilton, New Zealand (Telephone +64 7 856-2889, Fax +64 7 856-0135).

Places for appointees' children may be available in the creche run by the Campus Creche Society (Inc). The University welcomes applications from suitable people regardless of race, creed, marital status or disability.

Palmerston North

Professorship of Applied Mathematics

Department of Mathematics

Massey University

Consequent upon the resignation of the foundation Professor of Applied Mathematics, Graeme Wake, applications are invited for the Chair of Applied Mathematics within the Department of Mathematics. There are three chairs in the Department. The other professors are Professor Wolfgang Vogel (Pure Mathematics) and Professor Michael Hendy (Personal Chair in Mathematical Biology).

Applicants should possess a strong internationally recognised research record in any area of Applied Mathematics (including Mathematical Physics and Operations Research), good teaching skills and have good administrative potential. Links with industry are encouraged. A proven record in obtaining external funding is required. The appointee will be expected to provide strong leadership across the whole area of Applied Mathematics and be prepared to serve as Head of Department. Enquiries of an academic nature can be made to the Head of Department, tel (06)350-5081 or fax (06)350-5611, or the Dean of Information and Mathematical Sciences. It is hoped that the appointee will take up the position by July 1996.

Applications enclosing a full curriculum vitae are to be sent to the Academic Appointments Officer, Human Resources Section, Massey University, Private Bag 11-222, Palmerston North, New Zealand and should be received by 30 September 1995. Reference No 63/95 should be quoted.

Equality of opportunity in employment is University policy.

W J Tither, Registrar


Professorship of Applied Mathematics

Department of Mathematics and Statistics

University of Canterbury

The University invites applications for a Chair in Applied Mathematics. The successful candidate will possess a strong continuing record of internationally recognized research in any branch of Applied Mathematics. A proven record of academic leadership demonstrated by encouraging excellence in research, teaching and postgraduate supervision will be required.

Current research areas include computational mathematics, dynamical systems, fluid dynamics, biomathematics and relativity. The department has strong traditional links with the School of Engineering and the successful candidate would normally be expected to foster and encourage these ties.

Applications close on 30 November 1995. Preliminary enquiries of an academic nature, regarding this position, may be made to Dr P F Renaud, Head, Department of Mathematics and Statistics: Telephone (03) 3642696 or Fax (03) 3642587.

Further particulars and Conditions of Appointment may be obtained from the undersigned. Applications, quoting Position No. MT65, must be addressed to: Mr A W Hayward, Registrar, University of Canterbury, Private Bag 4800, Christchurch, New Zealand.

The University has a policy of equality of opportunity in employment.

Australian Mathematical Society

The Australian Mathematical Society has introduced an optional accreditation scheme for its members, (including reciprocal members), GAustMS, MAustMS and FAustMS for Graduate members, accredited Members and Fellows respectively. Several different membership criteria apply. Accreditation costs are A$65, A$97.50 and $130 for 1995, in addition to the annual membership fee. A booklet, containing further information on the Society and an application form for membership and/or accreditation, is available from: Mrs Val Pearson, Business Manager, Aust Math Society, Bruce Hall, ANU, Canberra, ACT 0200, Australia.

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