KUMUNU-ISU Conference on PDE, Dynamical Systems, and Applications 2021

KUMUNU-ISU (named for its participating institutions: the University of Kansas, University of Missouri–Columbia, University of Nebraska–Lincoln, and Iowa State University) is an annual mathematics conference in the Great Plains region. The 2021 KUMUNU-ISU Conference will be held at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, October 23-24, in conjunction with the Howard Rowlee Lecture. The 2021 Rowlee Lecture will be given on Friday, October 22, by Professor Edriss Titi of Texas A&M University and The University of Cambridge. During the subsequent weekend, the KUMUNU-ISU Conference will bring together eminent and junior researchers to discuss recent advances in theoretical and numerical analysis of nonlinear partial differential equations (PDEs).


All Conference attendees must register online by September 15, 2021

Due to the pandemic the banquet has been replaced with a cash bar reception at the Graduate Hotel Saturday evening, October 23rd.  

A registration fee is no longer required.


Financial Support

This Conference is generously supported by the National Science Foundation grant DMS-1948942.

(For more information on travel and lodging, see below.)

There will be limited funds available to partially defray travel and lodging expenses of Conference Participants, especially Graduate Students, Postdocs, and Early Career Mathematicians. These funds will be given out on a rolling basis, with preference given to more junior mathematicians.

In order to qualify for reimbursement, please make sure to carefully read and complete the TRAVEL AND LODGING Section of the online registration form by September 15, 2021. Travel funds will be distributed AFTER paying hotel expenses.

Requests will be reviewed and awards made following the conference. If your attendance at the conference is dependent upon travel support from the conference funds, please email George Avalos prior to booking your flight.

Any Student or Postdoc who is requesting support should also send the local organizer George Avalos a brief email which explains the relevance of the Conference to her or his area of research.

Plenary Speakers

  • Michael Renardy
    Virginia Tech
  • Edriss Titi
    Texas A&M and University of Cambridge

Other Invited Speakers

  • Hakima Bessaih
    Florida International University
  • Elizabeth Carlson
    University of Victoria
  • Hongqiu Chen
    University of Memphis
  • Aslihan Demirkaya
    University of Hartford
  • Scott Hansen
    Iowa State University
  • Weiwei Hu
    University of Georgia
  • Ning Ju
    Oklahoma State University
  • Tetyana Malysheva
    University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
  • Dionyssis Mantzavinos
    University of Kansas
  • Leo Rebholz
    Clemson University
  • Gieri Simonett
    Vanderbilt University


4:00 - 5:00 p.m. Edriss Titi (Rowlee Lecture)
8:30 - 9:00 a.m. Registration
9:00 - 10:00 a.m. Michael Renardy
10:00 - 10:30 a.m. Hakima Bessaih
10:40 - 11:10 Elizabeth Carlson
11:20-11:50 Hongqiu Chen
12:00 - 12:30 p.m. Aslihan Demirkaya
12:30 - 2:00 Lunch
2:00 - 2:30 Scott Hansen
2:40 - 3:10 Weiwei Hu
3:20 - 3:50 Break
4:00 - 4:30 Ning Ju
4:40 - 5:10

Tetyana Malysheva

9:00 - 10:0 a.m. Edriss Titi
10:00 - 10:30 a.m. Dionyssis Mantzavinos
10:40-11:10 Leo Rebholz
11:20 - 11:50 a.m. Gieri Simonett

Poster Session

In addition to the invited and plenary lectures, there will be a Poster Session, to be held on Saturday evening, 7:30-9:30pm, in the Rodger/Crouch room in the lower level of the Graduate Hotel. A cash bar will also be available during this time.

Graduate Students, Postdocs, and Assistant Professors who would like to present a poster are encouraged to apply. (In particular, those Young Career Mathematicians who are receiving travel support will be very strongly encouraged to give a poster presentation.) Please make sure that you select the YES box in the POSTER SESSION section of the online registration form and subsequently submit a title and abstract.


The Rowlee Lecture will be held in the Auditorium of the Nebraska Union and all conference talks will take place in Avery Hall, Room 115. The Poster Session and conference reception will be held at the Graduate Hotel.

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Air Travel

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is accessible from the Lincoln Municipal Airport (LNK), located approximately 4 miles from the UNL and the Graudate Hotel, and the Omaha Eppley Airfield (OMA), which is about 1 hour away.

International participants should book their tickets with a US Airline or an airline of a country that has an air travel agreement with the US. See the Fly America Act and the list of the Open Skies Agreements.

There are shuttle services that will transport you from Omaha Eppley Airport to the Embassy Suites Lincoln: Leisure Limousine and OmaLink . The cost of a roundtrip can vary, but be prepared to pay $170 for a roundtrip.

If you arrive at the Lincoln Airport,  you can request a shuttle directly from the hotel. Call 402-475-4011 once you've landed.  The Graduate Hotel is currently running limited shuttles to the airport.  If they are unable to pick you up there are two taxi services in Lincoln. Uber is also available.

Happy Cab: 402-202-2222
Leisure Taxi: 402-476-8294


A block of rooms has been reserved at the Graduate Hotel, Lincoln. Reservations can be made by calling the hotel directly at 402-475-4011, and requesting "in-house reservations" or booking online with the following link: UNL Math Graduate Lincoln Room Block . To be eligible for reimbursement, guests must identify themselves as part of the UNL Math group. Reservations must be made by September 15, 2021.

Lodging costs for Friday and Saturday nights will be direct billed to the conference funds. We are unable to cover rooms Thursday and Sunday nights, as well as incidental costs at the hotel (room service, parking, movies, etc.)

COVID Precautions

UNL follows the CDC guidelines regarding COVID safety. UNL's most up-to-date policy is here: here, while the CDC guidelines can be found here .
In particular, these guidelines state that unvaccinated individuals must wear a facial covering and maintain social distancing while indoors.

Update: Following an order from the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department, the University of Nebraska–Lincoln community is required to wear masks when indoors.

Statement of Appropriate Conduct at KUMUNU-ISU

To provide all participants – undergraduates, graduate students, faculty, speakers, panelists, staff, and volunteers – the opportunity to benefit from the event, KUMUNU-ISU is committed to providing a harassment-free environment for everyone, regardless of gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, ethnicity, religion, or other group identity. KUMUNU-ISU seeks to provide an opportunity for diverse participants to learn, network, and enjoy the company of colleagues in an environment of mutual human respect. We recognize a shared responsibility to create and hold that environment for the benefit of all. Some behaviors are, therefore, specifically prohibited:

  • Harassment or intimidation based on race, religion, language, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, appearance, or other group status.
  • Sexual harassment or intimidation, including unwelcome sexual attention, stalking (physical or virtual), or unsolicited physical contact.
  • Yelling at or threatening speakers (verbally or physically).

All participants are expected to observe these rules and behaviors in all conference venues, including social events. Participants asked to stop a hostile or harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately. Conference participants seek to learn, network, and have fun. Please do so responsibly and with respect for the right of others to do likewise. Please contact designated staff (identified during the conference), or any member of the organizing committee whom you are comfortable with, if you believe you have been harassed or that a harassment problem exists. Any such reports will be investigated immediately and appropriate actions taken, but only if desired by the person who was harassed. Reports will ultimately be directed to the Title IX Office of Institutional Equity and Compliance at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, which will determine and carry out the appropriate course of action, and may consult with and engage other UNL staff, leaders and legal counsel as appropriate.

KUMUNU-ISU Organizers

George Avalos (University of Nebraska-Lincoln)

Pelin Guven Geredeli (Iowa State University)

Mat Johnson (University of Kansas)

Yuri Latushkin (University of Missouri)

Milena Stanislavova (University of Alabama Birmingham)

Samuel Walsh (University of Missouri)

Marilyn Johnson (University of Nebraska - Lincoln), Research and Graduate Programs Coordinator

Paula Egging (University of Nebraska-Lincoln)

For information about this meeting, please contact the local organizer:
George Avalos.