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U.S.-Uzbekistan Math and Science Conference

Weeklong Event Features Public Talks, Cultural Concert to Foster Global Ties

May 16, 2014


Cal State Fullerton hosts its first USA-Uzbekistan Conference on Natural Sciences and Mathematics May 20-23. The program features invited speakers in mathematics, life sciences, physical sciences and engineering.


More than 120 attendees, including researchers, faculty members and students from universities and research institutions in the United States, Canada, Spain, England, Malaysia, Italy, Denmark, Russia and Israel, as well as Uzbekistan, are expected.


Tuesday, May 20-Friday, May 23 


Cal State Fullerton, various locations
800 N. State College Blvd., Fullerton, 92831


Supported by a nearly $50,000 grant from the National Science Foundation, the conference aims to stimulate interactions among U.S. researchers and their counterparts in Uzbekistan and other countries and serve as a catalyst for future collaborations.

Public Events:

The conference includes two free talks on mathematics; U.S.-Uzbekistan student poster research presentations, including research by CSUF students; and a "cross-culture" concert (tickets are for sale).

Public Talks and Events:

"Visions of Uzbekistan: Photo Exhibition"
The exhibition will be on display throughout the conference in the Titan Student Union, Portola Pavilion's Chapman Atrium.

Wednesday, May 21
9 a.m. Ronald Graham will present "Computers and Mathematics: Problems and Prospects." Graham, who holds a doctorate in mathematics from UC Berkeley, is considered one of the world's foremost mathematicians. In 2003, he won the American Mathematical Society's Steele Prize for Lifetime Achievement. Steven G. Mihaylo Hall, Room 1502

May 21-22
U.S.-Uzbekistan Student Research Poster Presentations
3:30-5:30 p.m. Steven G. Mihaylo Hall, Scott O'Brien Family Innovation Center, Room 3230

Thursday, May 22
9 a.m. Shavkat Alimov of the Malaysian Institute of Microelectronic Systems will discuss "Mathematical Modeling and Problems of Applicability." The mathematical physicist is a former professor at the National University of Uzbekistan and Moscow State University. Steven G. Mihaylo Hall, Room 1502

8 p.m. "Cross-Culture Concert: World Music and Dance"
Sponsored by the College of the Arts, performers include Russian-born pianist Mikhail Korzhev, a staff accompanist in CSUF's Music Department, and Uzbekistan musicians in Meng Concert Hall of the Clayes Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $20 for the public and $10 for students. Ticket information is available online


CSUF speakers include faculty members Marcelo E. Tolmasky, professor of biological science, addressing "The Nightmare Bacteria: Is There a Solution?" at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, May 22, and Maria C. Linder, professor of chemistry and biochemistry, presenting "Investigating the Nutritional Biochemistry of Copper" at 2 p.m. Both talks are in Steven G. Mihaylo Hall, Room 1305.

A complete listing of speakers and conference schedule is available online: Mathematics: Life Sciences, and Physical Sciences and Engineering.

CSUF and Uzbekistan universities and higher education officials have been working collaboratively over the last several years to establish educational partnerships and programs to foster new global relations to advance the fields of math and science.


Colleges of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Humanities and Social Sciences, Arts and Mihaylo College of Business and Economics; Department of Mathematics; Claremont McKenna College; Simons Foundation; and @Xi Computer Corp.


$2 per hour or $8 for a daily permit Monday though Friday. Details are available online


Contact Zair Ibragimov, CSUF associate professor of mathematics and key conference organizer. Ibragimov, a native of Uzbekistan, will spend 2014-15 there as the recipient of a Fulbright U.S. Scholar grant. He also received the 2012 International Anassilaos Prize in Mathematics from the Associazione Culturale Anassilaos for his contributions to analysis and geometry.

Media Contacts:

Robert Koch, special assistant to the provost and professor of biological science, 657-278-7592

Debra Cano Ramos

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