Volume 6, Number 4, Winter 1998
INTRODUCTION TO SPECIAL ISSUE
As its name suggests, the Geoffrey J. Butler Memorial Conference
in Differential Equations and Mathematical Biology is dedicated to
the memory and honor of our friend and colleague, Geoff Butler, who
passed away at the age of forty-two on July 13, 1986 after a brief illness.
His love of mathematics and mathematical education is well evidenced
by his published works and his involvement with the Canadian and
The third Butler Memorial Conference was held on the University of
Alberta campus, June 26-29, 1996. It was sponsored by the University
of Alberta, the Department of Mathematical Sciences, the Applied
Mathematics Institute and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research
Council of Canada. The G.J. Butler Lecturer was Professor Jack
K. Hale of the Georgia Institute of Technology, who gave three talks
under the title "Stable Patterns and Synchronization". Other keynote
speakers were K.L. Cooke (Pomona College), C. Cosner (University of
Miami), W. Langford (Guelph University), J.W. Macki (University of
Alberta), J.S. Muldowney (University of Alberta), J. Selgrade (North
Carolina State University), K. Sigmund (University of Vienna) and X.-
Q. Zhao (Academia Sinica, Beijing).
The Proceedings of this conference are sufficiently large (unlike the
previous two Proceedings each of which was published in a single issue
of the Rocky Mountain Journal of Mathematics), they will comprise
eight issues, namely Volume 5, numbers 3 and 4, and Volume 6,
numbers 1 to 4, of the Canadian Applied Mathematics Quarterly, as
well as Volume 11, numbers 1 and 2, of Natural Resource Modeling.
We are grateful to the other members of the organizing committee,
W. Allegretto, J.W. Macki, J.S. Muldowney and J.W.H. So, for their
help and advice, and to Elizabeth Cunningham who really ran the
conference in an efficient manner.
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