Lineup for Baylor Lecture Series Set; Percy Deift and Tom Banchoff to Speak

August 20, 2016

Dr. Percy Deift, the Silver Professor at the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, will be the tenth speaker in the Baylor Lecture Series in Mathematics when he visits Baylor University from September 12-15.

Professor Deift, who earned his Ph.D. in mathematical physics from Princeton in 1976, has earned several honors and won several awards for his research. In 2009, he was elected to the US National Academy of Sciences. He is also a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (elected 2013). Since 2012, he has been a Fellow of the American Mathematical Society. He is a leading researcher in the analysis of Riemann Hilbert problems and their applications. His steepest descent method has enabled him to solve long-standing questions in diverse fields, such as algebraic geometry, analytic number theory, and random matrix theory.

Percy Deift

Professor Percy Deift

On Tuesday, September 13, he will give his public lecture entitled "Integrable Systems" in Marrs McLean Science MMSCI 101 at 4:00 pm. His second lecture " Universality in numerical computations with random data. Case studies" will be delivered on September 14 at 4:00 pm in MMSCI 301. Further information on his visit and lectures can be found at Baylor Lecture Series in Mathematics.

From November 8-10, the Department will welcome Dr. Tom Banchoff, emeritus professor at Brown University, to speak in the ninth annual Baylor Undergraduate Lecture Series in Mathematics.

Professor Banchoff, who obtained his Ph.D. under the supervision of S.S. Chern from UC-Berkeley in 1964, is a world-renowed geometer. He has won several professional and national teaching awards throughout his distinguished academic career. These awards include the Lester R. Ford Award for excellence in expository writing in 1978, the MAA National Award for Distinguished University Teaching of Mathematics in 1996, and the NSF Director's Award for Distinguished Teaching Scholar in 2004. He has been recognized as both a Pew Scholar and a Carnegie Fellow from the Carnegie Foundation. Dr. Banchoff was President of the Mathematical Association of American from 1999-2000.

Tom Banchoff

Professor Tom Banchoff

On November 9, Dr. Banchoff will give his public lecture "The Fourth Dimension and the People You Meet There" in the Bennett Auditorium at 4:00 pm. His second lecture "Folds, Intersections, and Inflections: Seven Ways to Distinguish a Cylinder from a Möbius Band" will be given on November 10 at 4:00 pm in Marrs McLean Science MMSCI 301. More information on Dr. Banchoff's lectures and visit can be found at Baylor Undergraduate Lecture Series in Mathematics.

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