The Valley Symposium -- June 25 - 29, 2002

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Description of Proposed Conference

During June 25-29, 2002, Washington and Lee University will host the Summer Symposium in Real Analysis XXVI. The nature of current work in real analysis is driven by the exchange of ideas generated by real analysts rooted in one subdiscipline of real analysis but with wide ranging interests. The Lexington Symposium will highlight lectures by both leading experts and energetic new researchers. Specifically, Summer Symposium XXVI will emphasize recent important work in dynamics and fractal geometry as well as some of the achievements of younger mathematicians in real analysis. In addition, we will provide a vibrant forum for the discussion of research problems, and allot prime speaking time to recent doctoral recipients.

Principal Speakers

The four principal speakers have been invited and at the time of this submission, all have tentatively accepted our invitation. A brief description of each speaker follows.


The nature of this event, the related high-quality of the program, and the unique location of Washington and Lee University have enabled the organizers to obtain funds from several sources, including:

  1. Washington and Lee University:
  2. Private Industry
  3. Contributions from individual mathematicians: $2070 for this symposium.
  4. The National Science Foundation

Specific to the NSF grant are funds sufficient to enlarge the scope of participation to include a larger number of graduate students, beginning researchers, and those whose research interests are contiguous to work in real analysis. NSF funds to support participants will be distributed with this goal in mind and, in general, on a reverse seniority basis.

The Program

The schedule includes hour-long lectures by four principal speakers, several invited twenty- minute presentations, and a directed and refereed research problem session. Time in the program has been reserved for young researchers, and the research problem session has been designed to entice new people to work in developing areas. Research at the Symposium The symposium program will include a directed research problem session on the first full day of meetings, specifically on Wednesday evening from 7:00pm to 10:00pm. Complementary to the goals of the research problem session is our desire to create an atmosphere that is conductive to people initiating collaborations and actively working on research problems. To be successful we must set aside time when participants can feel free to work. A too full schedule can be a severe hindrance to the type of working atmosphere we wish to create. As such, we plan to set aside at least two hours each early afternoon when no formal activities are scheduled.


We anticipate that Symposium XXVI will attract a broad international audience of about seventy participants from North and South America, Russia, Georgia, Japan, Taiwan, China, India and many European countries. We have set aside at least ten of the twenty-minute presentations for first or second year doctoral recipients. In addition, we plan an active program of support to encourage and enable beginning researchers and graduate students to attend the conference and participate in its proceedings. Indeed, this is one of the main objectives of our fund raising efforts for the symposium. We also plan to hire several undergraduates to work at the conference and to experience first hand the workings of an international research community. Michigan State University Press will publish the proceedings of Symposium XXVI as a separate volume of the Real Analysis Exchange.

Location and Host Institution

The host institution, Washington and Lee University, is an ideal location, physically and philosophically, to hold such a conference. The University's location in the Virginia's beautiful Shenandoah Valley with its many natural and historical attractions should encourage a substantial level of participation. In particular, Lexington offers museums dedicated to Civil War history (Lee Chapel Museum, Stonewall Jackson House, and VMI Museum) and to World War II history (George Marshall Museum). The Dulles International Airport and the Roanoke Virginia Airport provide convenient access to Lexington. Furthermore, the Department of Mathematics at Washington and Lee reflects on a small scale the type of vigorous and substantive research and instructional environment that these symposia seek to nurture. W&L is a highly selective liberal arts college which encourages its faculty to participate and lead in scholarship at the highest levels. The Department of Mathematics has a uniquely talented group of analysts including Michael Evans (pretty darnd good guy), Paul Bourdon, Nathan Feldman, and Brendan Weickert. Since the University will be on break during the period of the conference, all the necessary facilities will be readily available.

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