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S. S. Chern (Berkeley), J. Damon (Chapel Hill), K. Davidson (Waterloo), L. C.
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*Managing Editor*: K. Kaiser (Houston)

**D. D. Anderson,** Department of Mathematics, University of Iowa, Iowa
City, IA 52242-1419 (dan-anderson@uiowa.edu), **D. E. Dobbs**, Department of
Mathematics, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN 37996-1300
(dobbs@novell.math.utk.edu) and **Bernadette Mullins, ** Department of
Mathematics and Statistics, Youngstown State University, Youngstown, OH
44555-3302 (bmullins@math.ysu.edu).

*The Primitive Element Theorem for
Commutative Algebras, * pp. 603-623.

ABSTRACT.
Let R inside T be an extension of commutative rings (with the same 1). We say
that the ring extension R inside T has FIP if the set of R-subalgebras of T is
finite. If the ring extension R inside T has FIP, then T must be algebraic over
R; if, in addition, R is a field, then T is a finite-dimensional R-vector space.
If the ring extension R inside T has FIP and T is an integral domain, then
either R and T are fields or T is an overring of R. If R is a perfect field,
then the main result identifies four exhaustive cases which serve to
characterize the condition that the ring extension R inside T has FIP.
Considering extensions R inside T having FIP with T the quotient field of R
amounts to studying integral domains R with only finitely many overrings. Such
integral domains R are characterized as the semi-quasilocal i-domains of finite
Krull dimension having only finitely many integral overrings. This property is
interpreted further in case R is either integrally closed or a pseudo-valuation
domain. Examples are given to illustrate the sharpness of the results.

**Paul Centore,** 1546 Route 12, GalesFerry, CT 06335, USA
(centore@downcity.net).
*Volume Forms in Finsler Spaces,*
pp. 625-640.

ABSTRACT.
This paper considers two possible volume forms on a Finsler space and uses them
to characterize Riemannian spaces and state a conditionwhich Berwald spaces must
satisfy. The first form is Busemann's previously known volume form, and the
second is the volume formarising from a Riemannian metric canonically associated
to the Finsler metric. The first form always exceeds the second; they agree if
and only if the Finsler manifold actually is Riemannian. In a Berwald space, the
``ratio" of the two forms is a constant.

**Andrea Spiro,
** Dipartimento di Matematica, Università di Ancona, 60131 Ancona, Italy
(spiro@popcsi.unian.it).

*Chern's Orthonormal Frame Bundle of a
Finsler Space, *pp. 641-659.

ABSTRACT. The definitions of Chern's orthonormal frame
bundle O(M,F) for a Finsler space M, with a real strongly convex Finsler metric
F, and of non-linear connections on O(M,F), are given. It is also proved that
O(M,F) admits a unique torsion-free non-linear connection and that this
connection coincides with the non-linear Finsler connection introduced by S. S.
Chern. This fact brings to a new interpretation of Chern's connection and to a
simplified proof of the following theorem by Chern: the group of isometries of a
Finsler space is a Lie group of dimension less or equal to n + n(n-1)/2, where n
is the dimension of M.

**R.Cowen **and **P. H.Fisher, ** Department of Mathematics, University
of Botswana, Private Bag 0022, Gaborone, Botswana (cowenr@noka.ub.bw,
fisherph@noka.ub.bw).
*On Expanding Endomorphisms of the Circle
II,
*pp. 661-666.

ABSTRACT. In this paper we give sufficient conditions
for weak isomorphism of Lebesgue measure-preserving expanding endomorphisms of *
S*^{1}.

**Artico, Giuliano, **University of Padova,35100 Padova, Italy
(artico@math.unipd.it), and **
Marconi, Umberto, **University of Padova,35100 Padova, Italy
(umarconi@math.unipd.it).
* A Strong Completeness Condition in
Uniform Spaces with Well Ordered Bases, * pp. 667-678.

ABSTRACT.
This papers deals with uniform spaces which admit a base linearly ordered by a
regular uncountable cardinal k (i.e., k-metric spaces). In k-metric spaces, the
completeness condition is not sufficient to ensure the existence of continuous
selections for l.s.c. multivalued functions. Moreover, in contrast with the
metric case, the hyperspace of a complete k-metric space is not necessarily
complete.

A strengthening of the completeness condition can be obtained by requiring that
the intersection of every chain of balls is non-empty. A subspace which
satisfies this condition is said to be B-complete. We prove that the hyperspace
of B-complete subsets of a complete k-metric space is complete in the Hausdorff
uniformity. Furthermore, every l.s.c. function with B-complete values has a
continuous selection. We also show that quite important classes of k-metric
spaces are B-complete.

**Anthony W. Hager, **Mathematics Department, Wesleyan University,
Middletown, CT 06457 (ahager@wesleyan.edu).
*A note on alpha-Cozero-Complemented Spaces
and alpha-Borel Sets,
*pp. 679-685.

ABSTRACT.
Alpha is a regular cardinal,or infinity,and X is a compact Hausdorff space. It
is shown that X is alpha-cozero-complemented iff each alpha-Borel set differs
from an alpha-cozero set by a meager set. This implies that X is
alpha-disconnected iff each alpha-Borel set differs from a clopen set by a
meager set. The Boolean algebra of alpha-Borel sets modulo meager sets is
considered as an extension of the clopen algebra (for Boolean X), and compared
with other completions.

**Yasunao Hattori, **Department of Mathematics, Shimane University,
Matsue, Shimane, 690-8504 Japan (hattori@math.shimane-u.ac.jp).
*Finitistic Spaces and Dimension, *
pp. 687-696.

ABSTRACT.
We shall consider two dimension-like properties on finitistic spaces. We shall
prove that there is a universal space for the class of metrizable finitistic
spaces of given weight. We shall also prove that a Pasynkov's type of
factorization theorem for finitistic spaces.

**Thelma West, **Dept. of Mathematics, University of Southwestern
Louisiana, Lafayette, LA 70504-1010.
*Concerning the Spans of Certain Plane
Separating Continua, *pp. 697-708.

ABSTRACT.
Let X be a plane separating continuum. Suppose C is a convex space contained in
a bounded component of R^{2}-X . It is shown that the span of the
boundary of C is a lower bound for both the span and semispan of X . It is also
shown that if a span of X is equal to the breadth of X and Y satisfies certain
conditions relative to X then thatspan of X is an upper bound for the
corresponding span of Y .

**Grahame Bennett, **
Department of Mathematics, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 47405-7106
(bennettg@indiana.edu).
*An Inequality for Hausdorff Means, *
pp. 709-744.

ABSTRACT. We show that skyscrapers are possible even in
cities like Meanie-apolis. This lofty assertion leads to a new class of
elementary inequalities.

**Narcisse Randrianantoanina, **Department of Mathematics and Statistics,
Miami University, Oxford, OH 45056 (randrin@muohio.edu).
*Absolute Summing Operators on Non
Commutative C*-algebras and Applications, * pp. 745-756.

ABSTRACT. Let E be a Banach space that does not
contain any copy of l^{1} and A be a non commutative C*-algebra. We
prove that every absolutely summing operator from A into E* is compact, thus
answering a question of Pel czynski. As application, we show that if G is a
compact metrizable abelian group and Lambda is a Riesz subset of its dual then
every countably additive A*-valued measure with bounded variation and whose
Fourier transform is supported by Lambda has relatively compact range.
Extensions of the same result to symmetric spaces of measurable operators are
also presented.

**Xiyu Liu** and **Baoqiang Yan, **Shandong Normal University, Jinan,
Shandong 250014, People's Republic of China, (Yliu@jn-public.sd.cninfo.net,
yanbq@sdnu.edu.cn)
*On the Structure of Solutions of a Class of
Boundary Value Problems *, pp. 757-768.

ABSTRACT. In a recent paper, "Combined effects of
concave and convex nonlinearities in some problems, J. Functional Analysis, 122,
No.4, (1994), 519--43", A. Ambrosetti, H. Brezis and C. Cerami studied the
combined effects of concave and convex nonlinearities to a class of
parameterized elliptic boundary value problems with nonlinear term as the sum of
concave and convexpolynomials. They proved the existence of two positive
solutions for small parameter by upper and lower solutions and variational
techniques when the nonlinear term is subcritical.In that paper, they also
indicated several interesting open problems. One of those is what the structure
of the solutions is in the one-dimensional case. The purpose of the present
paper is to study this problem. We give a different approachand a general
setting of the problem. The main feature is the presence of nonlinearity having
a sublinear and superlinear behavior. By applying topological methods on cones
we will show the existence of a branch of solutions bifurcating from the origin
that touches back. Thus we get the behavior of continua of the solution set. As
applications, we discuss in detail a class of boundary value problems of
ordinary differential equations. Some further structure results are obtained,
and a partial a nswer is given to the question raised in the paper of A.
Ambrosetti, H. Brezis and C. Cerami.

**Porzio, Maria Michaela, **Dipartimento di Matematica "G. Castelnuovo",
Universite degli Studi di Roma "La Sapienza", P.le A. Moro, 2 -- 00185 Roma,
Italy (porzio@mat.uniroma1.it).
*Local regularity results for some
parabolic equations*, pp. 769-792.

ABSTRACT.
In this paper we prove the local Ls regularity (where s depends on the
summability of the data) for local "unbounded" weak solutions of a class of
nonlinear parabolic equations including the p-Laplacian equation.