First day of MCRN Junior Researchers Meeting
A total of 39 researchers (6 undergraduates, 17 graduate students, 9 postdocs and 7 faculty members) are meeting for 2 1/2 days (September 11-13) in Carrboro, NC, for the MCRN Junior Researchers Meeting. They come from 20 different academic departments throughout the continental United States, Hawaii, England and India. This annual gathering is an opportunity to get to know each other, learn about climate issues, and work together on projects. Here is a brief summary of what we did today (September 11).
This morning we got an overview of various ongoing research projects. Raj talked about modeling the Indian summer monsoon, Karna showed how patterns in dryland ecosystems can be explained as bifurcation phenomena for reaction-diffusion equations, Kate explored a mathematical approach to resilience---the capacity of a system to absorb change and disturbances and still retain its basic structure and function---, Malte demonstrated some peculiarities of the time series of El Nino and ENSO, and Andrew showed how the mixed-mode oscillations (MMOs) of an augmented recharge oscillator model of El Nino---a three-dimensional dynamical system---gives a better match with the time series for the onset of El Nino.
In the afternoon we worked on designing a graduate program for each of four current NSF solicitations: Research Training Groups in the Mathematical Sciences (RTG), Enriched Doctoral Training in the Mathematical Sciences (EDT), National Science Foundation Research Traineeship Program (NRT), and Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE). Chris first gave an outline of each solicitation, then we split into four groups to design a graduate program in response to the particular solicitation. We presented each of these designs to the whole group and wrote a Project Summary for a proposal to the NSF.
Tomorrow attendees will participate in the MCRN Climate Data Hackathon.