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November 13, 2006


– Visiting Spanish Physicist, Russian Mathematician to Focus on Research –

NEW YORK, November 13, 2006 – The City College of New York (CCNY) is hosting two 2006-2007 Visiting Fulbright Scholars, Dr. Justo J. López Sarrión, a Spanish physicist, and Dr. Alexander Alexandrovich Mikhalev, a Russian mathematician. Both are at CCNY to conduct fundamental scientific research.

“Our faculty includes many internationally recognized experts, and the arrival of Dr. López Sarrión and Dr. Mikhalev bolsters our research strengths in physics and math,” said CCNY Provost Zeev Dagan in welcoming the two Scholars to City College. “I look forward to their contributions to the world-class research being conducted here.”

Dr. López Sarrión has joined the high energy group led by CCNY physicists Alexios Polychronakos and V. Parameswaran Nair. A graduate of La Universidad de Zaragoza, where he received a Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics in 2004, he described his research as “the bosonization of fermionic field theories at higher spacetime dimensions,” highly technical work that has possible applications to condensed matter physics. Before coming to CCNY, Dr. López Sarrión trained as a researcher for two years at La Universidad de Santiago de Chile.

“I was drawn to City College by the work of Professor Polychronakos and Professor Nair in high energy physics,” said Dr. López Sarrión, whose grant runs through September 2008.

The high energy group’s focus on noncommutative geometry, a mathematical structure that is relevant to string theory and aspects of quantum gravity, was one factor influencing his decision to come to City College, according to Professor Nair.

Dr. Mikhalev, who is at CCNY for the Fall 2006 semester, is an expert in combinatorial properties of free algebras and their automorphisms. In addition to doing research, he has been giving presentations on algebra and computer algebra at seminars at City College and institutions around the country.

“I had been to New York before and knew of City College’s excellent reputation,” he said. “When I received the Fulbright, it was only logical that I select CCNY as the place to perform my research.”

Dr. Mikhalev is currently on a sabbatical from Moscow State University where he has taught since 1989 and has been Professor of Chair of Mathematical Analysis since 2001 and head of the Laboratory for computer textbooks since 2002. Between 1996 and 2000, he held two different fellowships at the University of Hong Kong, and spent a total of three years on the faculty there.

He has written or co-authored several books and numerous articles on algebra and the mathematic foundations of informatics. His honors include a Soros Fellowship in Mathematics (1993) and research grants in mathematics from the Russian Foundation for Basic Research, the International Science Foundation, the American Mathematical Society, the European Congress of Mathematics, and the Pro Mathematica Foundation (France). He holds a Ph.D. in Physics and Mathematics and a “Doctor of Sciences” degree (1996) from MoscowStateUniversity.

About The Fulbright Program

The Fulbright Program, America’s flagship international educational exchange activity, is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Since its inception, the Fulbright Program has exchanged approximately 273,500 people -- 102,900 Americans who have studied, taught or researched abroad and 170,600 students, scholars and teachers from other countries who have engaged in similar activities in the United States. 

About The City College of New York

For over 159 years, The City College of New York has provided low-cost, high-quality education for New Yorkers in a wide variety of disciplines. Over 13,000 students pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the School of Architecture, the School of Education, the Grove School of Engineering, the Center for Worker Education and the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education.