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Department Welcomes Distinguished Visitors to Speak in Departmental Lecture Series Besides having a regular colloquium series throughout the year involving visiting mathematicians from around the world, the Department of Mathematics runs three prestigious lecture series that are funded through the Office of the Dean in the College of Arts and Sciences with special thanks to Dean Lee Nordt and to Dean Ken Wilkins. The 2012-2013 academic year features several outstanding mathematicians lecturing in these series. All talks are open to the public; we would especially love to see our alumni at these lectures!
The Baylor Undergraduate Lecture Series in Mathematics
Keith Devlin, National Public Radio's "Math Guy", was the fifth speaker in the Baylor Undergraduate Lecture Series in Mathematics when he visited Baylor University from October 2-5, 2012. As is standard with this lecture series, Keith gave two lectures. His public lecture had the intriguing title “Leonardo Fibonacci and Steve Jobs” and was given on October 3 at 4pm in D109 of the Baylor Sciences Building. His second lecture, “First Person Solvers: Rethinking Mathematics Education in the Video Game Era”, was given on October 4 at 4 pm in SR 344.
Devlin earned his bachelor's degree in mathematics from King's College London and his Ph.D. degree in mathematics from the University of Bristol. He is a consulting Professor of Mathematics at Stanford University, co-founder and Executive Director of Stanford's Human-Sciences and Technologies Advanced Research Institute, co-founder of Stanford's Media X university-industry research partnership program, and a Senior Researcher in Stanford's Center for the Study of Language and Information.
He is the author of 31 books and more than 80 research articles. He is recipient of the Pythagoras Prize, the Peano Prize, the Carl Sagan Award, and the Joint Policy Board for Mathematics Communications Award. In 2003, he was recognized by the California State Assembly for his "innovative work and longtime service in the field of mathematics and its relation to logic and linguistics." His latest research work has focused on the development of new tools and protocols to assist intelligence analysis and the development and use of videogames in mathematics education. Devlin is actively engaged in promoting the public understanding of mathematics and its role in modern society, topics on which he lectures extensively around the world.
Information on his two lectures can be found by going to the department‟s web site, specifically to the link Baylor Undergraduate Lecture Series in Mathematics.
Professor Strang returned to his alma mater MIT upon completing his Ph.D. degree from UCLA in 1959 under the direction of Peter Henrici. He received the S.B. from MIT in 1955, and the B.A. and M.A. as a Rhodes Scholar from Oxford University in 1957. He joined the MIT mathematics faculty in 1962, and was promoted to Professor in 1970.
His research focuses on mathematical analysis, linear algebra, and PDEs. He has written textbooks on linear algebra, computational science, finite elements, wavelets, GPS, and calculus. His video lectures are on MIT's OpenCourseWare, and he is on the editorial board of numerous journals, and is the founder of Wellesley-Cambridge Press. His service to the academic community is extensive. Professor Strang served as President of SIAM, 1999-2000, Chair of the Joint Policy Board for Mathematics, 1999, Chair of the U.S. National Committee on Mathematics, 2002, and member of the Abel Prize Committee, 2003In the Mathematics Department, he was Chair of the Pure Mathematics Committee, 1975-1979.
Professor Strang has received distinctions for his research, service and teaching; among them: the Chauvenet Prize (1976), the SIAM Award for Distinguished Service (2003), the MIT Graduate School Teaching Award (2003), the Von Neumann Prize Medal of the U.S. Association for Computational Mechanics (2005), the MAA Lester R. Ford Prize (2005), the MAA Franklin and Deborah Tepper Haimo Prize (2006), and the Henrici and Su Buchin Prizes of the International Congress of Industrial & Applied Mathematics (2007). Professor Strang is a Member of the National Academy of Sciences and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. He is an Honorary Fellow of Balliol College, Oxford.
Life Experiences in Mathematics Series Mike Hosea will deliver the fourth annual Life Experiences in Mathematics lecture when he visits Baylor University on March 21, 2013. The title of Mike‟s lecture is “Closing the Mathematical Software Deployment Gap with Automatic Code Generation”. More information on Mike‟s visit, and lecture, can be obtained by visiting the departmental web site and, in particular, the link Life Experiences in Mathematics Series.
Mike is a numerical specialist with The MathWorks, the company that produces, among other important products, the software packages Matlab and Simulink. Mike graduated with his BS and MS degrees in mathematics from Baylor in, respectively, 1986 and
1988. In 1993, He earned his Ph.D. in numerical analysis from Southern Methodist University under the supervision of well-known numerical analyst Larry Shampine. Mike also earned another MS degree in Operations Research from SMU in 2004.
Prior to his present position at The MathWorks, where he has been since 2004, Mike had considerable experience in both academic and business positions. He was an actuarial assistant at Lewis & Ellis, Inc.
From 1988-1992, Mike worked at Texas Instruments developing scheduling algorithms for semiconductor wafer fabs. He was an Assistant Professor of Mathematics at Northern Illinois University from 1993-1996 before returning to Texas Instruments from 1996-2004 as a Software Development Engineer, working on TI calculators and educational software. Mike was awarded two US Patents in connection with this work.
He and his wife live in Natick, Massachusetts with their three children.
Keep in Touch!
We want to hear what you are up to and the role that your experience with the Department of Mathematics has played in your ongoing journey. We invite and encourage you to remain active in the life of our department. There are a variety of ways for alumni and friends to be involved.
Please stay in touch. Our current students welcome information about internships and other opportunities, and students greatly appreciate presentations by alumni and others who talk about their careers and share their insights into the employment landscape. If you are interested in giving a talk to our majors, please contact Lance_Littlejohn@baylor.edu.
Each of the chairs within the College of Arts and Sciences administers a discretionary fund that directly supports his or her department. If you are interested in contributing to these funds, please contact Lance Littlejohn at Lance_Littlejohn@baylor.edu. Alternatively, you can contact Rose Youngblood at Rose_Youngblood@baylor.edu or Frank Shannon at Frank_Shannon@baylor.edu or in university development.
As we pursue our goal of becoming one of the nation‟s top mathematics programs, endowed chairs, lectureships, visiting professorships, and scholarships will play a very important role. If you are interested in supporting the department through an endowed fund or scholarship, please contact Frank Shannon at Frank_Shannon@baylor.edu or Rose_Youngblood@baylor.edu in university development or Dr. Lee Nordt, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, at Lee_Nordt@baylor.edu.
Let us know what you are doing and please share your stories with us. We would like to include lots of items for our Alumni News section – so please send me (Lance_Littlejohn@baylor.edu) all of your „alumni newsworthy‟ snippets! And, of course, if you are in the area, you are always welcome to come