2003 Cherry Award Winner To Lecture Sept. 28

Sept. 27, 2004

by Julie Campbell Carlson

Dr. Colin Adams, recipient of Baylor University's 2003 Robert Foster Cherry Award for Great Teachers, will lecture on "Real Estate in Hyperbolic Space: Investment Opportunities for the New Millenium" at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 28, in D109 at the Baylor Sciences Building.

Appearing as "Mel Slugbate, real estate agent with the fictional Slugbate and Mossbutter Real Estate Agency," Adams explains geometric hyperbolic space - which is an exaggerated or curved area - and how it differs from the everyday world.

An expert in low-dimensional topology, specifically knot theory, Adams serves as the Francis C. Oakley Professor of Mathematics at Williams College in Massachusetts. He received his bachelor's degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his doctorate from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He has held faculty positions at Oregon State University and the University of California, Davis and Santa Barbara. He joined the faculty of Williams College in 1985 and served as chair of the department of mathematics from 1997-2000.

Adams is the author or co-author of several books, including "The Knot Book," "How to Ace Calculus: the Streetwise Guide" and "Why Knot." He has received research grants from the National Science Foundation and is a past winner of the Mathematical Association of America Deborah and Franklin Tepper Haimo National Distinguished Teaching Award.

The Robert Foster Cherry Award program has undergone significant changes, including the elimination of the secondary award, the Robert Foster Cherry Award for Great Teachers. The program now will award a single prize, The Robert Foster Cherry Award for Great Teaching. It will be awarded every other year and will feature a prize of $200,000 for the winner as well as $25,000 for the winner's home department. Dr. Eleonore Stump, Robert J. Henle Professor of Philosophy at Saint Louis University, has been selected as the recipient of the redesigned award.

Adams lecture is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be served from 3 to 3:30 p.m. For more information, contact the Baylor mathematics department at 710-3561.

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