On October 24-25 the Kuban branch of the Russian-American Project “Research and Educational Eco-Analytical Center for System Studies, Mathematical Modeling and Geo-Ecological Safety of Southern Russia” (REC-004) received the experts from the US Civilian Research and Development Foundation (CRDF) and the Ministry of Education of the Russian Federation. The group of 9 experts – Loren Graham (Harvard University, USA), Frank-Kamenetzky (Boston University, USA), John Modzelevski (CRDF, Arlington), Lauren Bowers (CRDF, Arlington), Maria Lukina (CRDF, Moscow), Valery Shestak (Ministry of Education of the RF), Viktor Gurashvili (”Triniti” State Research Center, Kurchatov Institute), Maria Vasilieva (Ministry of Education of the RF), Ludmila Vasilieva – came to Kuban State University in the framework of the final, reporting stage of the program. The expert group had already visited Rostov State University and Taganrog State University for Radio-Engineering, the partners of KubSU in the work on the project. The purpose of their visit was to expertise basic results of the work of the scientists from three higher education institutions on the project, which had been implemented for 3 years.

V.A. Babeshko, Director of the Kuban branch of REC-004, Full Member of the Russian Academy of Science presented an analytical report on the achieved results and the difficulties faced by the participants of the project. He mentioned that developments in the field of earthquake forecasting and assessment of the ecological state of the environment had achieved recognition all over the world. Vladimir Babeshko paid special attention to the participation of students and young scientists in the project. He also spoke about new partners of the Kuban branch of REC-004 from different parts of the world – scientists, experts, postgraduate and undergraduate students. All of them have contributed into the joint work on the project. The report was backed by the presentation of visual aids, photo and video materials.

Then the floor was given to the young scientists participating in the project. Marina Zaretzkaya reported on the study of modeling of the pollutants transfer processes in layered-inhomogeneous media, taking into consideration underlying surfaces. Svetlana Ratner spoke about the solution of some dynamic problems for the media with inhomogeneities. Olga Evdokimova presented an unusual project “Influence of Clothes on Human Health”, which was a continuation of her previous project on ecology and recreation. Olga Babeshko presented a report about the study of the chemical and biological condition of seawater in the Novorossiysk bay and about interconnection of this data with the consequences of tornadoes. All presentations evoked interesting, sometimes even ardent discussions, aroused numerous questions, and lead to the overview of the project’s prospects.



On the following day the members of the delegation had a meeting with the students and young investigators participating in the project. They showed keen interest in their scientific research, problems, and prospects. The experts are going to summarize everything they have seen and heard and report the results of their expertise to the CRDF Governing Council. In January 2003 the Council will decide either to work on Project REC-004 further or to give it up.

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