This special issue of the Discrete and Continuous Dynamical Systems is dedicated to Professor Frederic Yui-Ming Wan on the occasion of his seventieth birthday. For this special occasion, a conference on Biology and Mechanics: Applications of Mathematics and Computations was held on May 25 and 26, 2006 at the Beckman Center for National Academies at Irvine. This volume is a compilation of contributions from friends, colleagues, and collaborators of Fred Wan. All submissions were peer-reviewed under the normal procedure of DCDS-B.
Fred Wan has made influential and pioneering contributions in many areas of applied mathematics in his long career, such as shell and elastic theory, asymptotic analysis, and modeling and analysis of biological systems. The topics covered in this volume are mostly related to Fred's research on applications of mathematics and computations in mechanics and biology.
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