This award supports travel for participants in the conference "Fluid Dynamics: From Theory to Experiment," held at Montana State University on 7-10 June 2010. The meeting focuses on three topical areas in fluid dynamics: (1) singularity formation in fluid dynamics, vortex dynamics, and turbulence; (2) generation and reconnection of magnetic fields; and (3) fluid dynamics of biological locomotion.

The conference brings together applied mathematicians and other scientists working in these fields with interests in analytical, experimental, and computational methods. Its goal is to facilitate the exchange of results and ideas concerning the future roles of analysis and experiment in fluid dynamics, and their relation to computational approaches. The format of the conference, with a broad diversity of speakers and extensive informal interaction time, is designed to facilitate discussions, to promote new collaborations among the participants, and to influence the future role of theory and experiment in the fluid dynamics community. A record of the conference will be printed as a special journal issue consisting of fully refereed, original contributions offered by meeting participants.

The meeting features invited talks from leading researchers as well as presentations by graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and junior faculty. The conference encourages presentations by junior researchers in an informal setting and will provide excellent opportunities for young researchers to develop research collaborations. High priority will be given in allocating travel support to individuals who do not have other support, and to students, postdoctoral researchers, women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.

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" was held on the campus of Montana State University, Bozeman, Montana June 7-10, 2010.The attendees included a total of 67 registrees (including 19 from underrepresented groups) from six different countries as well as many other occasional unregistered attendees from the university and local community. The aims of the conference were (1) to overview the current state of theoretical and experimental approaches to study of fundamental open questions in fluid dynamics, and (2) to consider the future of theoretical and experimental approaches in view of the increasing prominence of computational studies.There was general concensus that the insight provided by "classical" methods should have an important role in the future and that efforts should be made to keep these techniques healthy. The extent and importance of fluid dynamics in many fields was clear. Speaker topics ranged from discussion of locomotion and drag in fluids to complexities of computer hard drive design and function to vortex behavior in superfluids. Length scales of interest varied from the microscopic (motility of microbes) to the galactic (role of magnetic field in astrophysical fluid dynamics). Overall, many areas of physics, biology, and geology were represented. In addition to the conference proper, there were two well-attended special lectures on topics of general interest. Also, a special issue of the prominent peer-reviewed journal Physica D based on conference themes is currently in the works, with production expected to begin soon.

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Henry A. Warchall
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