|"Women and Mathematics" lecture is April 16|
Did you see the movie "Proof"? Think about how its impact would change if the roles had been sex-reversed: if the daughter of the crazy mathematician were a son, the post-doc a woman. The subject of women in mathematics is both above and below the public awareness; it helped bring down Larry Summers, the president of Harvard, and it brought out lots of comments from non-scientists who think scientific research shows women are innately less able in many aspects of mathematics. Learn some new research.
Jean E. Taylor, Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar, will deliver a lecture, "Women and Mathematics," at 8 p.m. Monday, April 16, in the River Valley Room, Memorial Union. The lecture is free and open to the public.
Dr. Taylor began teaching in the Department of Mathematics at Rugers in 1973, became professor emerita in 2002, and is currently a visitor at New York University's Courant Institute. She has also been a visiting professor at Princeton and Stanford Universities. Her research interests lie primarily in the field of geometric measure theory applied to soap bubble clusters and problems of equilibrium and growth shapes of crystals. She also lectures and writes on issues concerning women in mathematics.
Past president of the Association for Women in Mathematics, she is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Association for Women in Science, and the AAAS. Taylor has served the American Mathematical Society as vice president and is currently chair of its board of trustees; she was a plenary speaker at the AMS Mathematical Challenges meeting in 2000. In 1998 she gave the Hedrick Lectures for the Mathematical Association of America. -- Mathematics.