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Today's Topics
     1. From the Editor
     2. Message from the Chair 
     3. Gainesville Conference on Symbolic Computation, Number Theory,        
           Special Functions, Physics and Combinatorics
     4. Sturmfels to lecture at DMV-Jahrestagung 1999 
     5. Berkeley Workshop on Computational Algebraic Analysis
     6. San Diego Symposium on Asymptotics and Applied Analysis
     7. Alhambra 2000: a Joint Mathematical European-Arabic Conference
     8. Vigo Colloquium on Lie Theory
     9. Report on INTAS Workshop in Leuven
    10. Reports on Ballenstedt Workshop
    11. Reports from Hong Kong Workshop
    12. Review of "Hypergeometric Summation" by Wolfram Koepf
    13. Announcement of a book on self-similar systems
    14. Postdoctoral position in special functions and computer algebra
    15. Richard C. DiPrima Prize
    16. George B. Dantzig Prize
    17. OP-SF preprints in xxx archive
    18. Changes of Address, WWW Pages, etc
    19. Subscribing to OP-SF NET 
    20. Obtaining back issues of OP-SF NET and submitting contributions        
         to OP-SF NET and Newsletter

Calendar of Events:

August 9-13: MAA Seminar "Calculus and Counting", Duluth, MN, USA  6.2 #8
August 9-14: Gyorgy Alexits Memorial Conference, Budapest
              Hungary                                              6.1 #8
August 13-20, 1999: Third International Workshop "Transform Methods &
          Special Functions, Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria                 6.2 #5
August 18-20: Workshop on Symbolic and Numerical Scientific 
           Computation, Linz, Austria                              6.3 #4
September 14-18:  International Conference on Analytic Methods of
         Analysis and Differential Equations, Minsk, Belarus       5.6 #6
September 20-24: International Symposium on Orthogonal Polynomials,
     Special Functions and Their Applications, Patras, 
     Greece                                               5.4 #3   6.1 #8
October 31 - November 7: Benin Workshop on Contemporary 
     Problems in Mathematical Physics                              6.3 #6
November 8-12: Hong Kong Workshop on Minimal Energy Problems       6.3 #5
November 11-13: Conference on Symbolic Computation, Number Theory,
      Special Functions, Physics and Combinatorics,
                     Gainesville, Florida, USA                     6.4 #3

January 5-7: Workshop on Computational Algebraic Analysis
                     Berkeley, California, USA                     6.4 #5
January 10-14: Symposium on Asymptotics and Applied Analysis 
                     San Diego, California, USA                    6.4 #6
July 3-7: Alhambra 2000, a Joint Mathematical European-Arabic
                     Conference                                    6.4 #7
July 10-14: SIAM Annual Meeting in Puerto Rico
July 17-22: I Colloquium on Lie Theory and Applications
                      Vigo, Spain                                  6.4 #8 

Topic #1    -------------    OP-SF NET 6.4   -------------  July 15, 1999
From: Martin Muldoon <muldoon@yorku.ca>
Subject: From the Editor

Once again, we are in the midst of a very busy summer of activities in the
areas of orthogonal polynomials and special functions.  Several news items
in this issue report on recent activities and announce forthcoming ones. 
A major highlight of the past month was the Hong Kong meeting modestly
styled a "Workshop" but in fact a major international gathering in special
functions with an emphasis on asymptotics, harmonic analysis and
mathematical physics.  In Topic #11, Bill Connett and Paco Marcellan give
their impressions of the Workshop, followed by a report on the asymptotic
aspects by Nico Temme and a summary report by Charles Dunkl, one of the
Workshop organizers.  An interesting and valuable feature was the Panel
Discussion in which the plenary speakers and others gave their views on
important future directions in the Workshop topics.  A report on this
Panel Discussion will be featured in the September 15 issue of OP-SF NET.

Topic #2    -------------    OP-SF NET 6.4   -------------  July 15, 1999
From: Daniel W. Lozier <lozier@cam.nist.gov>
Subject: Message from the Chair

[This is copied from the June (printed) Newsletter - Ed.]

Let me open by congratulating Dick Askey for his election
to the National Academy of Sciences.  Watch for an account
of his accomplishments that led to this honor in an upcoming
issue of SIAM News.

The SIAM Annual Meeting in Atlanta was quite successful from
my point of view.  First, the Minisymposium on Orthogonal
Polynomials: Theory and Applications, organized by Jeff Geronimo,
featured seven stimulating talks; see the report by Charles
Dunkl in this issue of the Newsletter.  Second, the informal
poolside reception, sponsored by the Activity Group and paid
for by SIAM, was pleasant though lightly attended.  Thanks to
Coley Lyons of the SIAM staff for arranging this!  I would
like to try it again at the next Annual Meeting because I think
it is a good way to promote the Activity Group among SIAM
attendees who could benefit from more exposure to orthogonal
polynomials and special functions.

Third, we had a very useful officer's meeting, attended by
Walter Van Assche, Charles Dunkl, Peter McCoy and myself, in
which we considered the Activity Group program from now until
the next SIAM Annual meeting.  Unfortunately Paco Marcellan,
our Program director, was not present but I will see him at
the upcoming International Workshop on Special Functions in
Hong Kong.  The major activity is likely to be a minisymposium
at the SIAM Meeting.  Peter McCoy volunteered to work on this
and to be the co-chair.  If you have ideas for a topic, or
would like to assist in some way, please contact one of the
Activity Group officers.

I had a discussion with Gil Strang, President of SIAM.  He is
very supportive of our Activity Group.  He has mentioned the
impact of special functions in some of his recent columns in
SIAM News, and I am grateful for his support.  Also, I felt
that his Town Meeting, in which he presented views and invited
discussion on future directions for SIAM, was valuable.  One
emphasis was on international activities, an area in which
our Activity Group is already a leader.

Please note that the subscription lists for OPSF-Net and
OPSF-Talk have been transferred from Tom Koornwinder's
institution to mine.  See Tom's discussion of OPSF-Talk
in this issue of the Newsletter.  For full information
on the new setup, see math.nist.gov/opsfnet and
math.nist.gov/opsftalk.  Archives are available from
these sites, or directly at math.nist.gov/opsfnet/archive
and math.nist.gov/opsftalk/archive.  If you have comments
or suggestions for improvements, please send them to me.
For OPSF-Net, as before, mirror archives are available in
Europe and at the Journal of Approximation Theory.

Topic #3    -------------    OP-SF NET 6.4   -------------  July 15, 1999
From: OP-SF NET Editor <muldoon@yorku.ca>
Subject: Gainesville Conference on Symbolic Computation, Number Theory,
           Special Functions, Physics and Combinatorics

This is taken from the URL:
with additional material from a poster circulated by the organizers


November 11 - 13, 1999. 

University of Florida, Gainesville 

The main emphasis of the conference will be Computer Algebra and how it
relates to the fields of Number Theory, Special Functions, Physics and
Combinatorics. A subject that is common to all of these fields is
q-series. We hope to bring together those who do symbolic computation with
q-series and those that need q-series including workers in Physics and
Combinatorics. The conference should inform mathematicians and physicists
that use q-series of the latest developments in the field of q-series and
especially how symbolic computation has aided these developments. It
should also inform participants of new computer algebra software and
algorithms used in the study of q-series.

     George Andrews, Pennsylvania State University 
     Jon Borwein, Simon Fraser University 
     Barry McCoy, Stony Brook 
     Dennis Stanton, University of Minnesota 
     Sergei Suslov, Arizona State University 
     Doron Zeilberger, Temple University 

The following have confirmed that they will give half-hour talks:
A. Berkowich, B. C. Berndt, S. Bradley, S. Milne, Murata, K. Muttalib, K.
Ono, Quine.

University of Florida, NSA and The Number Theory Foundation 

The conference proceedings will be published by Kluwer and will be
combined with one of the number theory workshops to be held at the
University of Illinois as part of their program "Special Year in Number

     Frank Garvan, University of Florida (frank@math.ufl.edu) 
     Mourad Ismail, University of South Florida 

Topic #4    -------------    OP-SF NET 6.4   -------------  July 15, 1999
From: Wolfram Koepf <koepf@imn.htwk-leipzig.de>
Subject: Sturmfels to lecture at DMV-Jahrestagung 1999

[From the June (printed) Newsletter]
The DMV-Jahrestagung (annual meeting of the German Mathematical Society) 
will take place in Mainz from 5 to 11 September 1999.  I would like to
announce that Bernd Sturmfels is invited to present a plenary talk
"Grobner bases and hypergeometric functions". Further information on the
meeting can be obtained from

Topic #5    -------------    OP-SF NET 6.4   -------------  July 15, 1999
From: Bernd Sturmfels <bernd@math.berkeley.edu>
Subject: Berkeley Workshop on Computational Algebraic Analysis

                           Workshop on 
        Mathematical Sciences Research Institute, Berkeley
                         January 5-7, 2000
     Organizers: Bernd Sturmfels, Nobuki Takayama and Uli Walther 
Linear partial differential equations can be regarded as left ideals in the 
Weyl algebra D. This enables one to study differential equations as D-modules 
and was the starting point for the fundamental work of Bernstein, Deligne, 
Kashiwara, Malgrange, Sato, and others in the 1970's. The term "Algebraic 
Analysis" was chosen by Sato to emphasize affinity with "Algebraic Geometry". 
D-modules now sit at the crossroads of many areas: algebraic geometry, 
representation theory, PDE's, combinatorics, and hypergeometric functions.
A new trend in D-module theory is the appearance of algorithms and
explicit computations. This lead to an interplay of algebraic analysis and
computational and combinatorial algebraic geometry. For example, the
computation of de Rham cohomology groups, restriction functors and local
cohomology modules has been reduced to computing Grobner bases over D. 
This workshop will focus on current developments in this area. Topics include:
* Non-commutative Grobner bases 
* Combinatorics and D-modules,
* Cohomological computations,
* D-modules and tight closure,
* Hypergeometric functions,
* Multidimensional residues,
* Regular and irregular singularities
This is an informal workshop, and there is no financial support through MSRI. 
Senior participants are expected to pay their own expenses. Participating 
graduate students and postdocs will be accommodated with locals. If you are
interested in attending, please write to Uli Walther (walther@math.umn.edu).

Topic #6    -------------    OP-SF NET 6.4   -------------  July 15, 1999
From: Editor, OP-SF NET <muldoon@yorku.ca>
Subject: San Diego Symposium on Asymptotics and Applied Analysis

This announcement is from the Symposium web site:


                           January 10 - 14, 2000

                          T. M. Dunster and D. A. Lutz 
                   Department of Mathematical and Computer Sciences 
                           San Diego State University 
                           San Diego, CA 92182-7720

                 email: dunster@math.sdsu.edu and lutz@math.sdsu.edu

This symposium will compose of talks in the following three categories of
asymptotics and applied analysis: difference equations, ordinary
differential equations, and functions defined by integrals. The first of
these would emphasize representations for solutions in large sectors and
asymptotic methods involving special functions. Included in the second and
third categories would be new results related to exponentially-improved
asymptotics and hyperasymptotics, summation of divergent solutions,
connection problems, error analysis, and applications to special
functions. In all of the above three areas physical applications would be
covered under the scope of the symposium: for example new results in wave
physics (where asymptotics describes the high-frequency limit and
separation of variables leads to ordinary differential equations with a
large parameter), and tunneling in quantum mechanics (where asymptotics of
certain special functions could be used in the determination of
exponentially small widths of energy bands in one-dimensional potentials).. 

The following eleven leading experts in the above fields have indicated a
willingness to participate as principal speakers in the proposed
symposium: F. W. J.  Olver (Maryland), R.  Askey (Wisconsin), W. Balser
(Ulm, Germany), C. Bender (St. Louis), M.  Berry (Bristol, UK), B. 
Braaksma (Netherlands), F. Pham (Nice, France), R. Schaefke (Strasbourg,
France), Y. Sibuya (Minneapolis), N. Temme (Netherlands), and R. Wong
(Hong Kong).  Each will give a 50 minute talk focusing on significant, new
developments. In addition, there will be a series of shorter 30 minutes
talks from other participants. Post-doctoral and graduate students, and
especially those from under-represented groups in mathematics, are
encouraged to attend. 

Topic #7    -------------    OP-SF NET 6.4   -------------  July 15, 1999
From: Paco Marcellan <pacomarc@ing.uc3m.es>
Subject: Alhambra 2000: a Joint Mathematical European-Arabic Conference

                          ALHAMBRA 2000
                  Granada, July 3rd to 7th, 2000
                  e-mail: alhambra2000@ugr.es
         secretariat e-mail: eurocongres@mx3.redestb.es

                  | PRELIMINARY ANNOUNCEMENT |

within European Mathematical Society (EMS) as an opportunity of a meeting
between mathematicians from every European-Arabic culture. Granada, with
the Alhambra as an ensign, accepts this challenge of promoting a meeting
between scientists of the three Mediterranean cultures, which is to be
good at the same time to commemorate the year 2000 as the World Year of

The Spanish Royal Mathematical Society, integrated in the EMS Since 1998,
offers support and heads the organization of this encounter in Granada.
ALHAMBRA 2000 is already going to become a reality.

ALHAMBRA 2000 is an acknowledged satellite activity of the 3rd European
Congress of Mathematics, Barcelona, July 10th to 14th.

                          | STRUCTURE |

The ALHAMBRA 2000 Conference includes:

- The ALHAMBRA 2000 European-Arabic Congress of Mathematics that will deal
with historical perspectives on contributions of both cultures to the
present mathematical knowledge, and also will discuss about the state of
the more relevant mathematical concepts over the centuries and the way
have evolved.
Plenary lectures of the above subjects will be held in morning sessions,
and short communications will be held.

- Eight ALHAMBRA 2000 Symposia on current mathematical subjects to be held
in afternoon parallel sessions. The Symposia serve as platforms for the
presentation and discussion of the state of the art of topics in the list
of scientific topics below, and they include lectures as well as short
communications, either spoken or in the form of posters.

               . Computational mathematics
               . Geometry of submanifolds
               . Mathematical demography
               . Non-linear problems
               . Orthogonal polynomials
               . Public mathematics
               . Representation theory of algebras
               . Symmetry

                      | PRE-REGISTRATION |

If you wish to receive the Second Announcement and information
about the ALHAMBRA 2000 by e-mail, please pre-register.
Pre-registration is free and implies no obligation whatsoever.
In order to become a participant in the ALHAMBRA 2000,
full registration and payment of the registration fee
are necessary.

Pre-registration can be made online, by accessing the Conference
web site http://www.ugr.es/local/alhambra2000, or via e-mail, by
filling the pre-registration form below and sending it to the
Secretariat Conference e-mail address:


Pre-registration deadline: July 31, 1999.

                   | ADDITIONAL INFORMATION |

For further information please contact with the conference secretariat:
             ALHAMBRA 2000 Conference
             Avda. Constitución, 18 - Blq.4
             E-18012 - GRANADA, SPAIN

             Voice:  +34 958 209 361
             Fax:    +34 958 209 400
             E-mail:  eurocongres@mx3.redestb.es
Local organisation committee:
             E-mail:  alhambra2000@ugr.es
             Web: http://www.ugr.es/local/alhambra2000


                   |     ALHAMBRA 2000     |
                   | PRE-REGISTRATION FORM |
                   |  (Please send before  |
                   |     July 31, 1999)    |

  First name:____________________ Last name:____________________
  Phone:______________________ Fax:_____________________________
  E-mail:_______________________ URL:___________________________

  Institution or Company:_______________________________________
  Faculty or Department:________________________________________
  Street or P.O.Box:____________________________________________
  City:_______________ Country:______________ Zip code:_________

HOME ADDRESS (if appropriate)
  Street or P.O.Box:____________________________________________
  City:_______________ Country:______________ Zip code:_________

(choose one or several items from the list below)

    (with History of European and Arabic Mathematics and
[ ] ALHAMBRA 2000 Symposium on Computational Mathematics
[ ] ALHAMBRA 2000 Symposium on Geometry of Submanifolds
[ ] ALHAMBRA 2000 Symposium on Mathematical Demography
[ ] ALHAMBRA 2000 Symposium on Orthogonal Polynomials
[ ] ALHAMBRA 2000 Symposium on Non-linear Problems
[ ] ALHAMBRA 2000 Symposium on Public Mathematics
[ ] ALHAMBRA 2000 Symposium on Representation Theory of Algebras
[ ] ALHAMBRA 2000 Symposium on Symmetry

- Would you like to do any contribution?

     Oral [ ],   Poster [ ],   None [ ]

- Number of accompanying persons:   [  ]



Topic #8    -------------    OP-SF NET 6.4   -------------  July 15, 1999
From: Ignacio Bajo Palacio <ibajo@dma.uvigo.es>
Subject: Vigo Colloquium on Lie Theory

I am pleased to inform you that at the University of Vigo we are
organizing the "I Colloquium on Lie Theory and Applications", which will
be held in Vigo (Spain) from July 17 to July 22, 2000.

Some information on the colloquium and a pre-registration form are
available in the following web page:

[The following is extracted from the web page - Ed]
                            I COLLOQUIUM ON

                       LIE THEORY AND APPLICATIONS

                      Vigo (Spain), July 17-22, 2000
A Satellite Activity of the Third European Congress of Mathematics (3ecm) 

                        FIRST ANNOUNCEMENT
The University of Vigo is pleased to announce the I Colloquium on Lie
theory and Applications which will be held at Vigo (Spain) from July 17 to
July 22, 2000. 
The Colloquium will be the first of a series of conferences devoted to all
aspects of Lie Theory and to be held in different locations biennially. 

The Colloquium will include three courses, of three hours each, delivered
by Professors D.V.  Alekseevsy, A.T. Fomenko and M. Scheunert, eleven
invited lectures and several short communications (fifteen minutes each).

All participants should fill, as soon as possible, a pre-registration
form. Those intending to present a short communication must submit by
ordinary mail a printed abridged version to the Organizing Committee NOT
LATER THAN NOVEMBER, 30, 1999. Instructions on the dimensions and style of
the abridged version are detailed in the call for communications. 

The languages of the colloquium will be English, Spanish and French; the
organizing committee, however, encouragely recommends the use of English
specially in abstracts and in the written version of the communications.

                        FURTHER INFORMATION

List of Invited Speakers and Titles: 

     D. V. Alekseevsky: Semisimple Lie algebras, Dynkin diagrammes and
          geometry of flag manifolds. 
     A.T. Fomenko: Lie groups and integrable Hamiltonian systems. 
     M. Scheunert: (Title not provided) 

     S. Benayadi 
     M. Bordemann 
     V. Cortes 
     A. Gonzalez-Lopez 
     Yu. B. Hakimjanov 
     E. Koelink 
     M. de Leon 
     E. Macias-Virgos 
     A. Medina 
     C. Moreno 
     K-H. Neeb 

Scientific Committee: 
D.V. Alekseevsky (Max-Planck Institut fur Mathematik, Germany)  S.
Benayadi (Universite de Metz, France)  M. Bordemann (Universitat Freiburg,
Germany)  V. Cortes (Universitat Bonn, Germany) A.T. Fomenko (Moscow State
University, Russia) A. Gonzalez-Lopez (Universidad Complutense de Madrid,
Spain) Yu.B. Hakimjanov (Universite d'Haute Alsace, France) K.H. Hofmann
(Tulane University, USA)  E. Koelink (Technische Universiteit Delft, The
Netherlands) M. de Leon (CSIC, Spain) E. Macias-Virgos (Universidad de
Santiago, Spain) A. Medina (Universite de Montpellier II, France) C.
Moreno (Universite de Bourgogne, France / Universidad Complutense de
Madrid, Spain) K-H. Neeb (Technische Universitat Darmstadt, Germany) M.
Scheunert (Universitat Bonn, Germany)
Registration Fees: 
Registration in the colloquium will be possible from February 1 to April
30, 2000. The registration fees are the following:
 General Fee
               22,000 pesetas (132 Euros)
 Reduced Fees
               Participants registered in the 3ecm
                                              18,000 pesetas (108 Euros) 
               Individual members of SEMA
                                              18,000 pesetas (108 Euros) 
               Young Researchers(*)
                                              16,000 pesetas (96 Euros)

(*) The "Young researchers" fee is applicable to researchers under 30 who
declare to be unemployed or whose net income does not exceed 125,000
pesetas (750 Euros) per month.
Organizing Committee: 
N. Alonso, I. Bajo, R. Gonzalez, A. Martin and E. Sanmartín (Universidad
de Vigo, Spain) 

Ignacio Bajo (Dept. Matematica Aplicada, Universidad de Vigo, Spain) 
Esperanza Sanmartín (Dept. Matematicas, Universidad de Vigo, Spain) 

I Colloquium on Lie Theory and Applications 
E.T.S.I. Telecomunicacion 
Universidad de Vigo 
36280 Vigo (Spain) 

+86 81 21 52 // +86 81 24 45 

+86 81 21 16 // +86 81 24 01 

Sponsors and Collaborating Entities: 

Universidad de Vigo 
Xunta de Galicia 
Ministerio de Educacion y Cultura 
Real Sociedad Matematica Espanola (RSME) 
Sociedad Espanola de Matematica Aplicada (SEMA) 
European Mathematical Society (EMS) 

Social Programme: 

The Social Programme of the colloquium will include a closing dinner and a
visit to the city of Santiago de Compostela. The city of Santiago de
Compostela has been proclaimed one of the Cultural Capitals of Europe
How to arrive at Vigo: 

The city of Vigo, with 300,000 inhabitants, is located in Galicia, a
region in the northwest of Spain. 

The airport of Vigo connects the city with Madrid, Barcelona, Bilbao,
Valladolid, Frankfurt and Paris daily. The airport of Santiago de
Compostela is the largest airport in Galicia;  it is only 90 kilometres
from Vigo and has flights to many other international destinations. The
city of Porto (Portugal) is approximately 150 kilometres from Vigo and a
large number of destinations are possible through its airport.

There are regular bus and train services to almost all important towns in
Spain and Portugal. 

Topic #9    -------------    OP-SF NET 6.4   -------------  July 15, 1999
From: Walter Van Assche <walter@wis.kuleuven.ac.be>
Subject: Report on INTAS Workshop in Leuven

[This report appeared in the June (printed) Newsletter]

INTAS workshop "Constructive complex analysis", Leuven, Belgium, February
3-5, 1999.

This was already the fourth workshop in the framework of an INTAS project,
with participating research groups from Spain (Universidad de Granada and
Universidad Carlos III de Madrid), Belgium (Katholieke Universiteit
Leuven) and the 'new independent states' (Steklov Mathematical Institute,
Keldysh Institute of Applied Mathematics, Moscow State University in
Moscow, and State Technical University in Nizhnii Novgorod).  The project
ended in April so that part of this workshop was used to present the
results obtained by the various research groups, but there was also some
room for new research problems and future plans. 

There were about 30 participants, mainly from Spain, Belgium and Russia. 
Each day consisted of expository talks and workshops, allowing
participants to do some collaborative work in small groups).  On the first
day, Francisco (Paco) Marcellan (the activity group's program director) 
talked about semiclassical orthogonal polynomials and electrostatic
properties of their zeroes, Antonio Duran lectured about his results on
indeterminate matrix moment problems, Guillermo Lopez presented several
results regarding the asymptotics of Stieltjes polynomials, and Andrei
Martinez showed the latest results on entropy of Gegenbauer polynomials,
which was one of the main research problems which we wanted to investigate
in the INTAS project. 

The second day was entirely devoted to talks from the Russian participants
of the project. Alexander (Sasha) Aptekarev and Vladimir Buyarov first
explained how one can get asymptotics for polynomials with varying
weights. Vladimir Sorokin then gave a very nice talk on Angelesco-Nikishin
systems in number theory, which deals with simultaneous rational
approximation in a very general setting, with its applications in
irrationality and transcendence proofs for various real constants. Finally
Sergei Suetin talked about sets of minimal capacity and asymptotics of the
generalized Akhiezer polynomials. 

The final day started with a talk by Arno Kuijlaars on the generic
behaviour of equilibrium measures, explaining how one can get information
of the support of the equilibrium measure for various external fields, a
problem of interest not only for orthogonal polynomialists but also for
random matrix theory and Toda lattices. Jorge Arvesu talked about work in
progress on discrete multiple orthogonal polynomials, Renato
Alvarez-Nodarse (one of our newsletter editors) and his wife Niurka
Rodriguez Quintero (no, she's not the Rodrigues formula person)  presented
some of their work on linearization and connection problems for discrete
and q-polynomials, with emphasis on computer algebra and algorithmic
aspects, while Jorge Sanchez-Ruiz tried to find explicit analytic
expressions for continuous hypergeometric linearization. 

I enjoyed very much driving the participants around from their hotel to
the university and to the airport, with the minibus that I rented for the
occasion, which was not particularly easy since there was a lot of
construction going on just in front of the hotel. 

Topic #10    -------------    OP-SF NET 6.4   -------------  July 15, 1999
From: OP-SF NET Editor <muldoon@yorku.ca>
Subject: Reports on Ballenstedt Workshop

[These reports have appeared in the June (printed) Newsletter]

Second  Workshop on Orthogonal Polynomials:  Approximation and Harmonic
Analysis. Ballenstedt, Germany, April 23--26, 1999 

I. Report by Wolfram Koepf <koepf@imn.htwk-leipzig.de>

This workshop was the successor of a workshop which took place in
Travemunde, Germany, in April 1998, see 

The very old castle in Ballenstedt was the pleasant location for a
wonderful workshop on orthogonal polynomials. Forty-four participants from
eight countries, but mostly from Germany, attended the workshop. The
Conference languages were German and English.  I had not been aware of how
many German researchers are working in this field, and I was very
favourably impressed!

The invited speakers were Hrushikesh N. Mhaskar, Walter Gautschi, 
Ajit I. Singh, Paul L. Butzer, Charles F. Dunkl and Ryszard Szwarc.

Although the schedule was rather dense---there were 31 talks presented in
three-and-a-half days---the auditorium was always full. Fortunately, there
was still time for a joint social event: On Sunday afternoon, most of the
participants took a walk to one of the neighboring towns, and for the
return trip a steam engine with a regular schedule was used. This was a
remarkable trip! 

To give a hint about the interesting topics of the workshop I would like
to give a (rather personal) selection:  Paul L. Butzer spoke about
Bernoulli functions, and presented connections with the Riemann zeta
function; Hypergeometric representations of positive definite $1$-radial
functions were given by Wolfgang zu Castell; Charles F. Dunkl gave an
introductory talk about orthogonal polynomials of several variables that
are connected with symmetry groups;  Roland Girgensohn presented Schauder
bases for C[-1,1] consisting of orthogonal polynomials; The indeterminate
Hamburger moment problem was discussed by Caroline Lasser;  Andreas
Ruffing treated the $q$-Hermite polynomials II in connection with the
$q$-Heisenberg algebra, and showed that their orthogonality measure is not
uniquely determined;  Gerhard Schmeisser spoke about the location of the
zeros of polynomials depending on the coefficients of an orthogonal
expansion;  Nonnegative linearization coefficients for arbitrary, and in
particular for discrete orthogonal polynomial systems were discussed by
Ryszard Szwarc.  The main emphases of the talks were orthogonal
polynomials of one variable.

The program, list of participants, and time table of the workshop as well
as pictures of participants of the workshop as well as of the steam
engine can be found at the URL 

I would like to thank the organizers, especially J\"urgen Prestin, for
the excellent organization, and Frank Filbir for the selection of the
well-suited location. I will remember this event as a special one!

II. Report by Jurgen Prestin <prestin@gsf.de>
         and  Rupert Lasser  <lasser@gsf.de>
The second workshop on Orthogonal Polynomials in Ballenstedt was an event
with a very pleasant and cooperative atmosphere. Specific topics and new
ideas for concrete work in the theory of this subject were discussed, as
well as other areas where orthogonal polynomials can play an important
role.  Here is a (personal) selection of some possible future research

- Develop Poisson summation formulas in the context of orthogonal
polynomials and their continuous analogs, and derive related sampling
theorems. The work of P.L. Butzer and M.H. Annaby can provide useful

- Find new specific examples for translation operators connected with
orthogonal polynomials, as in the work of R. Szwarc. Another class of
interesting examples comes from the 1-radial functions presented by W. zu

- Investigate in detail orthogonal polynomial systems with respect to
special orthogonality measures.  Examples of such systems connected with
multiresolution analysis were presented by W. Gautschi; other examples
concerning the q-Hermite polynomials were given by A. Ruffing.

- Continue investigations on multivariable orthogonal polynomials.  The
polynomials connected with the differential-difference operators of Ch. F.
Dunkl are particularly interesting from various points of view. 

- Transfer more of the powerful results of functional analysis and
operator theory to the field of orthogonal polynomials, as in the work of
H.N.  Mhaskar and B. Beckermann. Similarly, Th. Kriecherbauer reported on
the application of results from the theory of dynamical systems (in
particular, on the Riemann-Hilbert problem) to orthogonal polynomials. 

Finally we thank all participants for their contributions  and we hope to
continue this fruitful endeavour by similar activities in the future.

Topic #11    -------------    OP-SF NET 6.4   -------------  July 15, 1999
From: OP-SF NET Editor <muldoon@yorku.ca>
Subject: Reports from Hong Kong Workshop

From: William Connett <connett@arch.cs.umsl.edu>

     The International Workshop on Special Functions -- Asymptotics,
Harmonic Analysis and Mathematical Physics was held June 21-25, 1999 at
the City University of Hong Kong. The organizing committee was Charles
Dunkl, Mourad Ismail, and Roderick Wong. The scientific program was
outstanding, with a very full schedule of plenary lectures and workshops
being presented from 9:00 am until 6:00 pm every day. I do not normally
attend conferences devoted to asymptotics, so one of the most exciting
parts of the program for me were the many fine presentations by the
specialists in this area.  The talks of Frank Olver, Roderick Wong, Nico
Temme, Mark Dunster, and Walter Gautschi were very helpful to me, and
suggested a number of new approaches to problems of long standing concern.
In another direction, the community of users of Hypergroups were quite
active, and hypergroups appeared in at least five talks.

     In his paper in the proceedings of the Madison conference of 1975,
Tom Koornwinder said "It does not yet seem to be the time to make a final
decision, which systems should be called two-variable analogues of the
classical orthogonal polynomials." It is now 25 years later, and after
many fits and starts the time seems to be at hand. I was astonished to see
that the effort to answer this question was seriously addressed by a
number of speakers, including Lance Littlejohn, Yuan Xu, Hjalmar
Rosengren, Kil Kwon, Charles Dunkl, and your reporter.  It was exciting to
see the variety of approaches and results that were obtained.  The final
answer is not there, but this is a problem whose time has come. I also
feel obliged to comment on the very energetic presentation of Adam
McBride. The pride of Scotland managed to inspire an exhausted audience on
the last day of the conference with a celebration of fractional
integration. A delight. 

     The physical surroundings were magnificent.  The city is quite
beautiful, and the streets were electric with the excitement of the new
political order. Despite the recent financial collapse of the Asian
Tigers, there was nothing depressed about the economy in Hong Kong. 
Certainly one of the most popular attractions to Hong Kong is the food,
and the conferees were treated to many epic and delicious meals.  The
final banquet featured a wonderful selection of dishes including
traditional standards like Chinese bar-b-que, and special delights like
crispy fish maws, and sweet bean soup for desert. A special treat at the
banquet was an informal concert by Jojo Wong who played the erhu (a
Chinese version of the violin) and Moody Lam who played the pipa (a
Chinese guitar). The traditional music was a delight, even this untrained
ear heard hints of Celtic fiddle tunes in the erhu, and wonderful
Andalusian overtones in the pipa. The international audience gave the
talented musicians a well deserved standing ovation. Finally the
conference secretary, Colette Lam was one of the most competent and
helpful people that I have ever dealt with.  She solved all problems, and
did so unobtrusively. 

     The 120 participants from 26 countries were edified, charmed, and
delighted by the conference, the city, and the people. A heartfelt
thank-you to the organizers, and especially to Roderick Wong, who made
this all possible. 

William Connett

From: Paco Marcellan <pacomarc@ing.uc3m.es>

        From June 21 to June 25 an International Workshop on Special
Functions, with an emphasis in Asymptotics, Harmonic Analysis and
Mathematical Physics was held at the City University of Hong Kong. The
Organizing Committee, consisting of Charles Dunkl, Mourad Ismail and
Roderick S. C. Wong, were in charge of a high level program: 18 one-hour
invited lectures by the most relevant specialists in these subjects, 51
half-hour invited speakers and 42 short communications in three parallel
sessions gave the possibility to experience the modern building of this
young University. In fact, the workshop was one of the main activities of
the University's 15th anniversary. 

        All participants must thank the organizers for the friendly
atmosphere as well as the computer facilities and the opportunity to taste
authentic Chinese food not only in the University restaurant but in (at
least) two places where we enjoyed the quality and quantity of a delicious
buffet. Everyone agreed that a wonderful job was done by Colette Lam, an
excellent secretary. (I think she is one of the most efficient people that
I ever met as an administrative support in a scientific event.)
        On the other hand, from the scientific point of view, we had the
occasion to hear from people working on many non-overlapping topics.  What
was very instructive for me was the set of wonderful lectures in
orthogonal polynomials in several variables, a subject too often neglected
in conferences on orthogonal polynomials, as well as the lectures on the
role of special functions in integrable systems, solitons and algebraic
combinatorics which open new fields of applications and increase the value
of the research in our domain. The q-world was also present with many
contributions, in particular I was very impressed by the work of Suslov on
basic Fourier series. 

        Finally, I would like to remark that the workshop justified the
round trip from the dilapidated airport in Madrid airport to the modern
and quiet one in Hong Kong.  If you travel for 14 hours in each direction,
you can imagine how it is possible to read and do mathematics away from
your office!

Paco Marcellan

From: Nico Temme  <nico@cwi.nl>
International Workshop on Special Functions

The participants came from all disciplines, from applied to theoretical
areas, from the classical to basic group theoretical q-aspects of special
functions. Lectures on _Asymptotics_ were given by Wong (an overview of
methods from uniform asymptotics, in particular for orthogonal
polynomials), Olver (a new method for constructing error bounds for the
asymptotic expansion of solutions of a class of difference equations, with
application to Legendre functions), Huntley (on asymptotics of Gl(3,R)
Whittaker functions), Dunster (on Airy-type uniform asymptotic expansions
of generalised Bessel polynomials by using methods for differential
equations), Temme (on asymptotic relations between the hypergeometrical
polynomials of the Askey scheme), O'Malley (on several problems from
singular perturbations that arise in boundary value problems), Nakano (on
the WKB method for third order linear differential equations, with
classification and discussion on the Stokes phenomenon), Qiu (on a new
method to give uniform Airy-type asymptotics for orthogonal polynomials
governed by an exponential weight function), Gerardin (on asymptotics of
the eigenfunctions on type A affine buildings with rank >= 2),
Martinez-Finkelshtein (on the distribution of the zeros of certain
classical families of polynomials with parameters coupled with the large
degree of the polynomials), Lopez (on asymptotic expansions of the
symmetric Carlson-type elliptic integrals, complete with error bounds),
Zarzo (on the zero distribution of solutions of oscillatory second order
differential equations) and Zhao (on smoothing the Stokes discontinuity
for a generalised Bessel function). 

I learned about several new problems, had many interesting discussions
with new and old workers in the field of asymptotics and special
functions, also in connection with a new effort to prove the Riemann
hypothesis. We hope to meet again, and are preparing another meeting in
this series of workshops in Amsterdam, 2002. 

Nico Temme, CWI, Amsterdam

From: Charles F. Dunkl <cfd5z@virginia.edu>

[Here is a report I wrote for the program officer at NSF (who awarded a
travel grant].

The International Workshop on Special Functions- Asymptotics, Harmonic
Analysis and Mathematical Physics was held at the City University of Hong
Kong (in Kowloon, Hong Kong), June 21-25, 1999. The organizers were
Professors Charles Dunkl (U. Virginia), Mourad Ismail (U. South Florida),
Roderick Wong (City U. Hong Kong). 

Participants: There were 119 registered attendees from 29 different
countries.  Here is a list of countries with 4 or more participants (with
actual number in parentheses): U.S. (30), Japan (18), Hong Kong (10),
China (6), Spain (6), Canada (5), France (5), Germany (5), Netherlands
(5), S. Korea (4). Lectures: There were 18 plenary lectures (50 mins.), 48
invited lectures (30 mins.) and 41 contributed talks (20 mins.). The
plenary speakers were: K.  Aomoto (Nagoya U., Japan), R. Askey (U.
Wisconsin), T. Baker (Kyoto U., Japan), C. Berg (U. Copenhagen, Denmark),
C. Dunkl (U. Virginia), G. Gasper (Northwestern U.), W. Gautschi (Purdue
U.), E. Koelink (T.U. Delft, NL), A.  McBride (U. Strathclyde, UK), F.
Olver (U. Maryland), R. O'Malley (U.  Washington), E. Opdam (Leiden U.,
NL), D. Stanton (U. Minnesota), N. Temme (CWI, NL), A. Terras (UCSD), L.
Vinet (U.Montreal), R. Wong (City U., HK), Y.  Xu (U. Oregon). 

Themes: In asymptotics, the talks concerned the new methods of uniform
asymptotic expansions and hyperasymptotics. These methods allow greater
regions of validity and exponential rates of decay of the error as the
number of used terms from the asymptotic expansion increases. The special
functions to which these methods are applied come mostly from differential
equations. The workshop themes of mathematical physics and harmonic
analysis became closely intertwined. Techniques from group theory and
algebraic combinatorics are blended with the classical theories of
hypergeometric functions and polynomials to produce important new
structures, which allow more detailed study of the integrable models of
quantum mechanics. In particular, systems of many identical particles,
which allow symmetry group actions, such as Calogero-Moser-Sutherland
models, occur in this context. In turn, these ideas from physics
cross-fertilize research in special functions. Of course this includes
functions of one or several variables.

Future Directions: A panel discussion was part of the program. The plenary
speakers and some others put forth their ideas about important problems.
There was a strong sense that the interaction between modern mathematical
physics and special functions (including group theory and algebraic
combinatorics) has been very fruitful and beneficial. In more detail, some
of the mentioned topics were: extend the idea of hyperasymptotic
expansions to parametrized integrals and solutions of difference
equations, discover better asymptotics for parabolic partial differential
equations, the theory of expansions of functions in series of orthogonal
polynomials of several variables, the study of multi-variable special
functions and mathematical physics (including the hypergeometric functions
of basic(q-) and elliptic types). As well, important connections between
solvable quantum models and algebraic combinatorics (examples: the
Rogers-Ramanujan identities, the n-factorial conjecture) were mentioned. 

Support: Contributions were made by Epson Foundation, K.C. Wong Education
Foundation, Lee Hysan Foundation Ltd., Liu Bie Ju Centre for Mathematical
Sciences at City U. HK, NSF, and the Royal Plaza Hotel (Kowloon). 

Charles F. Dunkl     

Topic #12    -------------    OP-SF NET 6.4   -------------  July 15, 1999
From: Tom Koornwinder <thk@wins.uva.nl>
Subject: Review of "Hypergeometric Summation" by Wolfram Koepf

[This review appeared in the June (printed) Newsletter]

Wolfram Koepf,
Hypergeometric Summation. An Algorithmic Approach to Summation
and Special Function Identities,
Advanced Lectures in Mathematics, Vieweg, Braunschweig/Wiesbaden, 1998.
ISBN 3-528-06950-3, x+230 pp., 69.00 DM.

The book under review deals with the very successful set of algorithms for
hypergeometric summation which came to maturity during the last decade. 
This development started with Gosper's algorithm for indefinite summation
in 1978, and got a decisive impetus by Zeilberger's algorithm for definite
summation in 1990. Closely related is the WZ-method, while Petkovsek's
algorithm provides a useful complement.  These algorithms were extended to
the $q$-case and (in some cases) to multiple summation. Also, analogous
algorithms were developed for the case where one or both variables become
continuous and derivatives and integrals replace differences and
summations.  Implementations of the algorithms in many different computer
algebra systems were given, in particular in Maple and Mathematica.  The
success of these implementations has been enormous.  It is a serious
option nowadays to replace compendia of formulas for hypergeometric
functions, or their electronic versions containing static formulas, by
electronic utilities where the formula of desired type is produced by an
implemented algorithm.  A further, very attractive property of the
Gosper-Zeilberger algorithm is that it not just produces an explicit sum
evaluation or recurrence (if it exists), but also provides a few simple
data (proof certificate)  which give all ingredients for a short proof of
the identity.  These developments might revolutionize the way mathematics
will be done in future, as is frequently argumented by Doron Zeilberger in
an eloquent but provoking way. 

An account of these algorithms addressed to a wide audience was published
in 1996 by Petkovsek, Wilf and Zeilberger in the book "A=B".  The book
under review is very much related to "A=B" in scope and aimed audience,
but in many respects it is also different.  Let me first discuss the
similarities.  Both books can be read with few preliminaries.  They do not
require earlier acquaintance with special functions or computer algebra
algorithms or with computer algebra systems in practice.  In both books
the "five basic algorithms" by Sister Celine, Gosper, Zeilberger,
Wilf-Zeilberger and Petkovsek take a prominent place (Koepf treats W-Z
before Zeilberger's algorithm).  Each of the two books gives many worked
out sessions with Maple and Mathematica (in Koepf's book only Maple). 
Both books effectively bring the reader from scratch to a good
understanding and knowledge of these algorithms and to a practical ability
to use them.  However, none of the books gives fully rigorous proofs that
the algorithms are valid.  Both books point to websites from where
implementations by the author(s) of the algorithms can be downloaded. 

As for the differences, the style in "A=B" is looser, and the message that
this topic is great fun is effectively sent to the reader.  Standard
hypergeometric notation is introduced in both books, and regularly used by
Koepf, while "A=B" gives most sums with terms in the form of products of
binomial coefficients.  Koepf pays more attention to subtle aspects of the
algorithms (for instance zeros occurring in the denominator), but he
usually does not discuss these subtleties in an exhaustive way (see for
instance the discussion about zeros in the denominator on various places
in Ch.6 dealing with the Wilf-Zeilberger method).  Thus, if one wants to
be definitely convinced that the algorithm is correct, one has to go to
Koepf's implementation, and check the details of his Maple code.  Koepf
gives more extensions of the algorithms than "A=B".  Almost each chapter
ends with a short discussion of the q-analogue.  He discusses the extended
Gosper algorithm and WZ method (for instance where in the evaluation of a
definite sum different parities of n yield different analytic
expressions).  Very valuable additions, compared to "A=B", are Koepf's
chapters 10-13 on, respectively, Differential equations for sums,
Hyperexponential antiderivatives, Holonomic equations for integrals,
Rodrigues formulas and generating functions.  Koepf has a wealth of
exercises at the end of each chapter, many more than in "A=B". Koepf's
accompanying Maple source file hsum.mpl bundles all relevant procedures
for single summation and single integration (q=1), while his file qsum.mpl
gives many procedures for the q-case.  These files are somewhat more
comprehensive than Doron Zeilberger's Maple source files EKHAD and qEKHAD.. 
A very nice service of Koepf is that Maple worksheets for the various
Maple sessions described in his book are available from his website. 

So, as a conclusion the book under review, together with the
accompanying free software, can be very much recommended for self-study,
for reference, and for usage in classroom and student seminars.

NOTE: Free accompanying software can be downloaded from
or from
http://www.imn.htwk-leipzig.de/\char'176 koepf/research.html

Topic #13    -------------    OP-SF NET 6.4   -------------  July 15, 1999
From: Vyacheslav Spiridonov <svp@thsun1.jinr.ru> 
Subject: Announcement of a book on self-similar systems

 "Self-Similar Systems", Proceedings of the International
 Workshop (July 30 - August 7, Dubna, Russia, 1998).
 Edited by V.B. Priezzhev and V.P. Spiridonov
 (JINR, E5-99-38, Dubna, 1999), 404 pp.
 ISBN 5-85165-525-9

This book consists of three parts:
I. Wavelets and their applications.
II. Self-structuring, quasicrystals, nonlinear equations.
III. Orthogonal polynomials and special functions.

The orthogonal polynomials session of the workshop was devoted to the 
centenary of the Soviet mathematician and mechanicist Ya.L. Geronimus. 
The contents of the corresponding part of the proceedings is given 
below. Complete information on the book is available on  the web-page:  


Golinskii L., On the scientific legacy of Ya.L. Geronimus
    (to the hundredth anniversary)
Andrievskii V.V. and  Blatt H.-P., Local discrepancy theorems 
    for the distribution of zeros of polynomials
Aptekarev A.I. and Kaliaguine V.A., On a generalization of the 
    nonlinear Langmuir chains
Bangerezako G. and  Magnus A.P., The factorization
    method for the semi-classical polynomials
Belogrudov A., Semi-classical orthogonal polynomials and integrable 
Mantica G., Generalized Bessel functions: theoretical relevance, 
    and computational techniques
Marcellan F. and  Petronilho J., Orthogonal polynomials and 
    polynomial mappings on the unit circle
Nikiforov A. and Skachkov M., Methods for computing the Hahn polynomials
Osilenker B.P., Generalized trace formula for symmetric
    Legendre-Sobolev orthogonal polynomials
Rodriguez J.M., Alvarez V., Romera E., and Pestana D.,
    Generalized weighted Sobolev spaces
Spiridonov V. and Zhedanov A., Self-similarity, spectral
    transformations and orthogonal and biorthogonal polynomials
Stahl H., Rational best approximants in the Hardy space H^2
Steinbauer R., Considerations on Schur parameters with 
    constant blocks
Suetin P.K., Classical orthogonal polynomials in the theory
    of Schrodinger equation
Van Assche W., Zero distribution of orthogonal polynomials
    with asymptotically periodic varying recurrence coefficients

Topic #14    -------------    OP-SF NET 6.4   -------------  July 15, 1999
From: Tom Koornwinder <thk@wins.uva.nl>
Subject: Postdoctoral position in special functions and computer algebra

Two-year Postdoc position
"Algorithmic Methods for Special Functions by Computer Algebra"

Tom Koornwinder (Korteweg-de Vries Institute, University of Amsterdam) 
and Nico Temme (CWI Amsterdam) have obtained a grant from the Dutch
national research organisation NWO for a two-year postdoc position in
their joint new project "Algorithmic Methods for Special Functions by
Computer Algebra". 

The purpose of this project is to investigate and develop algorithmic
methods for special functions, in particular by using the principles of
computer algebra, and to implement the obtained algorithms in existing
computer algebra programs like Maple and Mathematica.  The proposal
consists of two main parts and a few optional parts. 

The first main part is related to the algorithms of Gosper and Zeilberger.
It aims at an automated demonstration and generation of identities for
non-terminating hypergeometric series. 

The second main part aims to develop algorithmic methods for handling
uniform asymptotic expansions of special functions, both existing and new.

Candidates should have a PhD in mathematics or related field or should
expect to obtain this within a half year, and they should have knowledge
and experience in one or preferably more of the areas
   - special functions
   - asymptotics
   - computer algebra algorithms and their implementation

Please send applications including CV, list of publications and names of
referents to Tom Koornwinder (thk@wins.uva.nl) or Nico Temme
(nicot@cwi.nl).  Further information about the project can also be
obtained by contacting one of these persons.

The above text can also be found on the web page

Tom H. Koornwinder                             Nico M. Temme
Korteweg-de Vries Institute for Math.,         CWI, P.O. Box 94079,
Universiteit van Amsterdam,                    1090 GB Amsterdam,
Plantage Muidergracht 24,                      The Netherlands.
1018 TV Amsterdam, The Netherlands.            tel +31-20-592 4240
tel.:  +31-20-525 5297 (office),               fax +31-20-592 4199
       +31-20-525 5217 (secretary),            email: nicot@cwi.nl
       +31-20-525 5101 (fax),                  URL: http://www.cwi.nl/~nicot
       +31-35-694 4981 (home)
email: thk@wins.uva.nl
URL: http://turing.wins.uva.nl/~thk/

Topic #15    -------------    OP-SF NET 6.4   -------------  July 15, 1999
From: Allison Bogardo <bogardo@siam.org>
Subject: Richard C. DiPrima Prize

                               Call for Nominations
                           The Richard C. DiPrima Prize
     The DiPrima Prize
     SIAM will present the award at the 2000 SIAM Annual Meeting in Rio 
     Grande, Puerto Rico, July 10-14.  The award honors the memory of 
     Richard C. DiPrima, long-time Chair of the Department of Mathematical 
     Sciences at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and former President and 
     energetic supporter of SIAM.  The award will be based on an 
     outstanding doctoral dissertation in applied mathematics.
     The award, based on Ph.D. research in applied mathematics (defined as 
     those topics covered in SIAM journals or series) is made to a young 
     scientist.  The Ph.D. thesis and all other Ph.D. requirements should 
     have been completed in the time period from July 1, 1997 to June 30, 
     1999.  The Ph.D. degree must be awarded by December 31, 1999.
     Description of the Award
     The award will consist of a certificate and a cash prize of $1,000. 
     The SIAM President will notify the recipient of the award in advance 
     of the award date and invite the recipient to attend the annual 
     meeting to receive the award.  Travel expenses will be paid by the 
     prize fund.
     Nominations, along with a copy of the dissertation (in English), should 
     be sent by February 15, 2000 to:
                Professor Ronald A. DeVore
                Chair, DiPrima Prize Selection Committee 
                c/o A. G. Bogardo
                3600 University City Science Center
                Philadelphia, PA 19104-2688
                Telephone: (215) 382-9800
                Fax: (215) 386-7999
                E-mail: bogardo@siam.org
     Members of the selection committee are Russel Caflisch (UCLA), Andrew 
     J. Wathen (University of Oxford, UK), and Ronald A. DeVore, Chair 
     (University of South Carolina).

Topic #16    -------------    OP-SF NET 6.4   -------------  July 15, 1999
From: Allison Bogardo <bogardo@siam.org>
Subject: Call for Nominations: Dantzig Prize 

Nominations are solicited for the George B. Dantzig Prize, administered
jointly by the Mathematical Programming Society (MPS) and the Society for
Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM). This prize is awarded to one or
more individuals for original research which by its originality, breadth
and depth, is having a major impact on the field of mathematical
programming. The contributions(s) for which the award is made must be
publicly available and may belong to any aspect of mathematical
programming in its broadest sense. Strong preference will be given to
candidates that have not reached their 50th birthday in the year of the
The prize will be presented at the Mathematical Programming Society's
triennial symposium, to be held 7-11 August 2000 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
Past prize recipients are listed on the MPS Web site
 http://www.caam.rice.edu/~mathprog/ ). The members of the prize committee
are William H. Cunningham, Claude Lemarechal, Stephen M. Robinson (Chair), 
and Laurence A. Wolsey.
Nominations should consist of a letter describing the nominee's
qualifications for the prize, and a current curriculum vitae of the
nominee including a list of publications. They should be sent to
        Stephen M. Robinson
        Department of Industrial Engineering 
        University of Wisconsin-Madison
        1513 University Avenue
        Madison, WI 53706-1572, USA
        E-mail: smrobins@facstaff.wisc.edu
Nominations must be received by 15 October 1999. Any nominations received
after that date will not be considered. Submission of nomination materials
in electronic form (e-mail with attachments as needed) is strongly

Topic #17    -------------    OP-SF NET 6.4   -------------  July 15, 1999
From: OP-SF NET Editor <muldoon@yorku.ca>
Subject: OP-SF preprints in xxx archive

The following preprints related to the field of orthogonal polynomials and
special functions were recently posted or cross-listed to one of the
subcategories of the xxx archives. See: 

math.RT/9905045. Yu. A. Neretin. Matrix analogs of B-functions and
Plancherel formula for Berezin kernel representations. RT (CA DG MP).

math.CA/9906095. Charles F. Dunkl, Donald E. Ramirez (University of
Virginia). Computation of the Generalized F Distribution.  15 pages. CA. 

math.CA/9906041. Charles F. Dunkl, (University of Virginia). Planar
Harmonic Polynomials of Type B. 17 pages. CA.

math.QA/9906092. Anne Schilling, S. Ole Warnaar. Conjugate Bailey pairs.
29 pages. ITFA-99-12. QA (CO).

solv-int/9907001 [abs, src, ps, other] :
     Title: Classical skew orthogonal polynomials and random matrices
     Authors: M. Adler, P.J. Forrester, T. Nagao, P. van Moerbeke
     Comments: 21 pages, no figures 

hep-th/9906114 [abs, src, ps, other] :
     Title: Airy functions in the thermodynamic Bethe ansatz
     Authors: Paul Fendley
     Comments: 4 pages
     Subj-class: High Energy Physics - Theory; Mathematical Physics 

cond-mat/9905178 [abs, src, ps, other] :
     Title: Rodrigues Formula for the Nonsymmetric Multivariable Hermite
     Authors: Hideaki Ujino, Miki Wadati
     Comments: 5 pages, LaTeX
     Subj-class: Statistical Mechanics
     Journal-ref: J. Phys. Soc. Jpn. 68 (1999) 391-395 

cond-mat/9905179 [abs, src, ps, other] :
     Title: Rodrigues Formula for the Nonsymmetric Multivariable Laguerre
     Authors: Akinori Nishino, Hideaki Ujino, Miki Wadati
     Comments: 6 pages, LaTeX
     Subj-class: Statistical Mechanics
     Journal-ref: J. Phys. Soc. Jpn. 68 (1999) 797-802 

Topic #18    -------------    OP-SF NET 6.4   -------------  July 15, 1999
From: OP-SF NET Editor <muldoon@yorku.ca>
Subject: Changes of Address, WWW Pages, etc

Juergen Prestin has a Home Page at:


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Alvarez-Nodarse and Rafael Yanez. The deadline for submissions to be
included in the October 1999 issue is September 15, 1999 and for the
February 2000 issue it is January 15, 2000.
Please send your Newsletter contributions directly to the Editors: 

Renato Alvarez-Nodarse
Departamento de Analisis Matematico
Universidad de Sevilla
Apdo. Postal 1160, 
Sevilla E-41080 Spain
fax: +34-95-455-7972
e-mail: renato@gandalf.ugr.es

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Departamento de Matematica Aplicada
Universidad de Granada
E-18071 Granada, Spain
phone: +34-58-242941
fax: +34-58-242862
e-mail: ryanez@ugr.es

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