Williams Faculty Members Named Fellows of the American Mathematical Society

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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass., November 9, 2012 – Williams College faculty members Colin Adams, Edward Burger, Satyan Devadoss, Susan Loepp, and Frank Morgan have been named inaugural Fellows of the American Mathematical Society (AMS). “The AMS is the primary representative of mathematics research in the U.S. and in the world,” explains newly named Fellow, Frank Morgan.

Fellows are recognized for their outstanding contributions to the creation, exposition, advancement, communication, and utilization of mathematics. Among the AMS’s goals for the Fellows is the creation of a class of mathematicians recognized for their contributions to the field and the advancement of mathematicians into leadership positions in academia and society at large.

A sixth member of the department, Richard De Veaux, is already a Fellow of the American Statistical Association. The department also has the largest number of Haimo national teaching awardees of the Mathematical Association of America, the primary representative of higher mathematics education in the U.S., more than any other college or university.

“While it is amazing that so many members of our mathematics faculty are part of this inaugural class of AMS Fellows, it isn’t surprising,” says Williams Dean of Faculty Peter Murphy. “They do wonderful things every day, and have created the best, most inclusive undergraduate math and statistics program in the country.”

Morgan agrees, describing the math department at Williams as extraordinary, and going on say that, “it is stimulating to work with such exceptional colleagues, and a good match for our exceptional students.”

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