Professor Cantrell New First Vice-chair of the Faculty Senate

Professor Robert Stephen Cantrell was elected April 25, 2012 as the new First Vice-Chair of the University of Miami Faculty Senate, assuming the role June 1, 2012. Nominations for Senate officers were made by a Nominating Committee, itself elected by the Senate. Dr. Cantrell has served as the Senate representative from the Department of Mathematics since 2004. He has served on three Senate committees, Budget and Compensation, Academic Standards, and the Tenure Review Board, and has chaired the first two committees on two occasions and the third once. During the academic year 2011-2012, he was the College of Arts and Sciences representative on the General Welfare Committee and Chair of the Budget and Compensation Committee.

Dr. Cantrell's areas of mathematical and scientific interest are partial differential equations, nonlinear functional analysis and mathematical biology, with a focus on spatial ecology, evolutionary biology and epidemiology. He is the author or co-author of 75+ papers, co-author (with Chris Cosner) of the 2003 book Spatial Ecology via Reaction-Diffusion Equations, and co-editor (with Chris Cosner and Shigui Ruan) of the 2009 volume of essays Spatial Ecology. He has served as Director of the University of Miami Institute for Theoretical and Mathematical Ecology since its inception in 2007. His current research activity centers on the ecological effects and evolution of dispersal in population biology, ecology and mathematical epidemiology.

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April 25, 2012